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Old 16 March 2008, 02:16   #1
Country: UK - England
Boat name: Ribtickle
Make: Zodiac Medline 2
Length: 6
Engine: Mariner 135 Optimax
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 10
Towing Cars

I have towed my 6M Zodiac Medline (total set up with full tank about 1500 kg) very successfully with a 2001 Range Rover. It has never missed a beat pulling the boat up slipways, and back home.

However, my family has got smaller (my 18 year old son would rather eat his own toenails than come with us now), so I am now looking at alternatives, as living near the centre of Bristol does give some practical problems with a Range Rover.

Who out there in Ribster land uses anything other than a 4X4 or a double cab set up to pull a +6M RIB?

I would be very interested to get a flavour of the possibilities.

Here's looking forward to the season.

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Old 16 March 2008, 03:58   #2
Country: UK - England
Town: London
Make: Humber
Length: 6m +
Engine: 115hp
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Just got myself a BMW 325d
Towing capacity 1800 kgs
MPG without towing near 55mpg (motorways)

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Old 16 March 2008, 05:31   #3
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Glasgow
Boat name: Riberty
Make: xs 650
Length: 6m +
Engine: suzuki 175
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Hi, we use a Kia Sedona 2.9d with no problems its a big heavy car and has given us no problems towing a 6.5m rib and a 6m Hardy Pilot.
We do carry a 'just in case box' with turfer winch and rope
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Old 16 March 2008, 09:17   #4
Country: UK - England
Town: east cowes
Make: academic
Length: no boat
Engine: fresh air
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Hi, I tow a humber 6.5 diesel with a passat
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Old 16 March 2008, 09:25   #5
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Town: East Coast
Make: Chaudron 33
Length: 6m +
Engine: Black uns
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Posts: 161
Passat TDI 130
We had ours for 3 years and towed a phantom 20 with a 225 yam from Edinburgh to Southampton often,
Put a set of RS4 alloys on to sport it up, brilliant cars and good on the juice too.
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Old 16 March 2008, 09:56   #6
Country: UK - England
Town: birmingham
Boat name: dawnraid
Make: ribcraft
Length: 6m +
Engine: ob 200hp
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 107
rib towing

for towing on the road most moderm cars with equal weights & a braked trailer no problem.BUT if you are going of a beach for get it .if off a slip with any angle or slime for get it .i use an old lr for just that piont you cant beat a dif box when it all goes wrong stick with your RR
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Old 16 March 2008, 10:50   #7
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Country: UK - England
Town: The wilds of Wiltshire
Boat name: WhiteNoise/Dominator
Make: Ballistic 7.8/SR5.4
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Just buy a short wheelbase equivalent (yes I know you can't buy a SWB RR) but there are SWB 4x4 out there. They'll tow a 6.5m no problem and most SWB are a similar length to a Vectra.
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Old 16 March 2008, 12:48   #8
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Country: UK - England
Town: Fareham
Length: 6m +
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I love my Kia Sportage, not the new one but a 1996 model. Braked trailer weight is a little on the low side but mine tow a 6.2 with no probs.

Looks Slow but is Fast
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Old 16 March 2008, 13:06   #9
Country: UK - Wales
Town: swansea
Boat name: Too Blue
Length: 8m +
Engine: Suzuki DT225
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 12,791
You could get what Clarkson reckoned should be tow car of the year - the Bentley Turbo R!!!

Seriously though what's wrong with a RR in the middle of Bristol - my Discovery seems to manage well enough...............

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