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Old 07 January 2008, 11:48   #11
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I get by Have to be a bit gentle with the loud pedal though as it gets a bit noisy and smokey if you're a bit too enthusiastic!
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Old 07 January 2008, 11:52   #12
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I get by Have to be a bit gentle with the loud pedal though as it gets a bit noisy and smokey if you're a bit too enthusiastic!
I also had a P100 a few years ago, mine was the wanky diesel turbo, about 85hp. Bloody thing fell to bits with rust. What's your's like?
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Old 07 January 2008, 12:02   #13
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I also had a P100 a few years ago, mine was the wanky diesel turbo, about 85hp. Bloody thing fell to bits with rust. What's your's like?
I try and keep it out of the salty stuff and give it a good wash down - it's been waxoiled and Aussie steel must be good stuff because it's going strong!
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Pro open 550 witha 115 Opti
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no problems - and Balloch (Loch Lomond) has a fairly steep slip. [this picture at picture at South Queensferry BTW}
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Old 17 January 2008, 15:03   #15
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and Balloch (Loch Lomond) has a fairly steep slip.
Yeah but its a good slip, good surface - no slime or anything.

I only have a little 4m rib with 20HP engine - not really had any significant problems towing it with either a citreon c5 (1.8L) or mazda 323F (1.3L) - except on the slimiest slips - a rope and/or a bucket full of gravel has sorted that problem out.
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Yeah - much nicer slip than Pot Edgar. Low tide at PE is a real pain, slip runs out into mud, slime on slime on slime. Nice once you're afloat though.

Pretty well any slip is still better than a flat sandy or shingle beach. That's where the fun starts. I can't remember a year when I haven't pulled at least one car out of the sea, and once they're stuck it doesn't seem to make a difference which axle has the pleasure of spinning
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I got the opportunity to take the car and the car + boat over a "weigh beam", which essentially gives you the weight on each axle as you drive over it, then it totals it all up to give the the gross.

Car on it's own: Front - 930Kg, Rear, 660Kg
Car with trailer: Front - 900Kg, Rear, 740Kg

So although I was 30Kg Lighter at the front with the trailer on, I still have 160Kg more tractive grip on the front axle than at the rear.
But on a RWD car, you'll naturally have less weight over the front and more over the rear because of the position of the drivetrain.

Hugh Jardon (who's gone quiet on here of late) has a RWD BMW 7 series Auto, which pulls his 6.5m Vipermax out no problem. The Gross weight of his boat & trailer must be around 1800kg. Hope this helps
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You will be fine if its rear wheel drive.
We had a 04 A6 2.5 TDI auto which was unfortunatly non-quattro, wasn't brilliant on a steep slip lots of wheel spin, because it wasn't my car i just floored it and it eventually got up there. The main problem was the slipway was concrete and the carpark was gravel, so even using rope you were better off on the concrete.
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as my next car probably will not longer be a 4x4 (due to BE licence weight issue), I'm thinking of getting a BMW 5 series/Mercedes E or V70 Volvo.

So the BMW/Mercedes will be a better choice? What about the transmission? (Right now I've got a automatic XC90.)

Will manual be better for a 2WD or auto?

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Yes RWD is much better - not a fan of front wheel drive - especially with powerful engines!!!

An Auto box is much better at this sort of thing - you can feed the power in gradually and avoid wheelspin or wear on the clutch. having said that it seems many modern autos just don't have the oil coolers you need for towing heavy weights so best check with the makers first.
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