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Old 21 August 2011, 19:25   #1
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What car do you use when towing/launching your RIB?

Eventually saw a rib I want, a Ribcraft 5.8m with a nice 4 stroke OB. The only issue is that I drive a vauxhall vectra 1.9. So I am not sure if my car would be capable enough to launch/recover without giving me and my family stress.

So I was just wondering if all you guys who own the rib, use a 4x4?
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Old 21 August 2011, 19:48   #2
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I have Audi A3 quattro , 1.8 T , tows lovely ....it's a sports 4x4 drive but has no low box...used it a few weeks to demo a launch and recover of a 5.5 metre RIB on a PB 2 course ....

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Old 22 August 2011, 03:09   #3
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I have a bmw 320td, I have a 17ft speedboat aswell as my 5.4 avon searider. The rib is a joy to tow you dont notice its there. I tend to plan ahead before launching, tend only to use slip ways & bring a long climbing rope just incase the slip is flat.
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Old 22 August 2011, 03:12   #4
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Old 22 August 2011, 03:42   #5
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Hi here is my list of cars and boats.

CAR BOATS
Ford escort 45 Vand 1.3 E-reg DELTA 5-5, Osprey Sparrow Hawk, 4mtr SIB
Vauxhall cavalier old type OSPREY, DELTA
MITSUBUSHI SHOGUN SPORT RIBTEC
Vauxhall Vectra All newer Types OSPREY, DELTA, RIBTEC 5.35 with indi roller coaster
RANGE ROVER Classic 3.9 efi LPG RIBTECH
VW Passat SPORT estate 130 TDI RIBTEC
Vauxhall Frontera LWB TDI RIBTEC
Jaguar x-type estate 2l tdi RIBTEC
and my old man towed a few of them with things like ford shaphires 1.8 petrol.
I have even towed a few with old mk1 ford escorts 1.3 no bother even if we were a little over weight!
never had any issues with any of them and the 1.3 escort van was a very good tower suprisingly.
The 4x4 were good as you can imagine. especialy for launcing when its a little shalow like in Dale wales.
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Old 22 August 2011, 06:48   #6
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John Deere 4230... great for launching... not very practicle on the road
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Old 22 August 2011, 07:19   #7
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Used to tow my old 5.8m rib with an Audi A3 1.9tdi. No problems at all on a good slipway and was well within the 1500kg tow limit of the car.
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Old 22 August 2011, 08:40   #8
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John Deere 4230... great for launching... not very practicle on the road
Now THAT is a tow vehicle!
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Hi here is my list of cars and boats.

CAR BOATS
Ford escort 45 Vand 1.3 E-reg DELTA 5-5, Osprey Sparrow Hawk, 4mtr SIB
Vauxhall cavalier old type OSPREY, DELTA
MITSUBUSHI SHOGUN SPORT RIBTEC
Vauxhall Vectra All newer Types OSPREY, DELTA, RIBTEC 5.35 with indi roller coaster
RANGE ROVER Classic 3.9 efi LPG RIBTECH
VW Passat SPORT estate 130 TDI RIBTEC
Vauxhall Frontera LWB TDI RIBTEC
Jaguar x-type estate 2l tdi RIBTEC
and my old man towed a few of them with things like ford shaphires 1.8 petrol.
I have even towed a few with old mk1 ford escorts 1.3 no bother even if we were a little over weight!
never had any issues with any of them and the 1.3 escort van was a very good tower suprisingly.
The 4x4 were good as you can imagine. especialy for launcing when its a little shalow like in Dale wales.
Do you have enough boats? And cars?
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Old 22 August 2011, 08:47   #10
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No problem. I use to toey RC 596 with mariner 150 on with am Astra 1,9. Now have a Kis Sorento Wichita doesake it easier!
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