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post #7 of (permalink) Old 29th July 2007
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Sadly many people are led astray with the notion "big is powerful" - but the towing capacity of any vehicle is governed by numerous aspects - such as the power to weight ratio, suspension and steering geometry, gearing, etc. As manufacturers are being forced to produce more economic and environmentally friendly cars something has to be sacrificed and as towing needs are a relatively small proportion of the market most manufacturers don't take this aspect into their design. When deciding to tow a caravan there are two approaches "buy a car to suit the van" or "buy a van to suit the car". In my experience very few people consider the towing capabilities into cinsideration when buying a car and caravan companies are reluctant to give advice when selling caravans in case it spoils their sale. One of the best places for advice is to join a well established caravan club.
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