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Old 06 September 2013, 02:55   #11
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Having borrowed a big camper of the type in the pictures from a family member for a short break , the following soon became apparent.

Where do you park it during the day when you go out off the site, carparks have height barriers and the lorry & coach parks largley do not allow camper vans, you are forced to park it miles away from where you are going and walk.

Also as said by others slipways would be a problem.

I would have thought a pannel van based conversion with a low/pop-up roof would be the answer, I run a volkswagen van for work and its been exellent.
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Old 06 September 2013, 03:06   #12
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I would have thought a pannel van based conversion with a low/pop-up roof would be the answer, I run a volkswagen van for work and its been exellent.
I am involved with a company that converts VW T5 vans to day vans or full campers and everything in-between - T5's generally tow about 2500 kg and no more (legally).
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Old 06 September 2013, 03:27   #13
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Old 06 September 2013, 03:29   #14
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My 7m only weighs 2000kg fully fuelled and ready to go so 2500kg is plenty for me and is virtually as much as my Kia Sorrento will pull albeit without the 4wd unless you can find (and afford) a 4Motion.
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Old 06 September 2013, 04:27   #15
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I am involved with a company that converts VW T5 vans....
Who's that?

My Old Dad has a Torbay New Yorker. It's purely for sacrificial purposes, he takes it out, gives its a dig, it saves his car from getting clouted.

He's 82 bless him.
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Old 06 September 2013, 04:40   #16
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I have a Motorhome 7.5 m and a 4.9 m rib, the only time i launch the rib from the MH is when we travel to Spain, and launch it from a very shallow slopped slipway in the marina at Canyelles.

When in the UK I always use the car to launch, if we are stopping for several days, I will ensure we have either a car available to us for launching, or that my daughter comes on holiday with us and she uses the car.

I would never put my MH on a UK slip, most are far too steep.
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Old 06 September 2013, 06:16   #18
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I have a vw t4 kitted out as a full camper and used to tow my 6m rib around everywhere with no worries, I've just towed my 4m Avon to Newquay and back with the van fully loaded and I still was getting 40mpg so a good all rounder (and I fit in every car park which is a bonus) !!!
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Old 06 September 2013, 07:38   #19
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I used to tow a small RIB with a VW T25, it killed the clutch in no time! I now have a T4 and intend to put a tow bar on it. If you were towing any distance and went for a T4, I would recommend the 2.5 tdi - excellent engines. T5s are lovely too.
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I have a Bongo 4x4 2.5 TD auto and it tows my Ribtec 5.35 OK, but yes heavy on fuel 22-25mpg solo no idea what it does towing as I haven't towed far or checked.
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