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Old 16 August 2006, 19:23   #11
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Defender 110 Hard Top?

You could probably fit a mattress in the back if you wanted to sleep in it

I use my 90 for towing mine and it works well, also I like the 90 because rearward vision is excellent when I am reversing the trailer, which is important in negotiating the exit to my yard from where the boat is stored out on to the road.
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Old 17 August 2006, 05:03   #12
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I use a Smart Car for towing It's the forfour (four seater version) and it's actually not too bad for a 4m RIB (weighs in at just under the 1/2 ton complete). Get about 38mpg with the boat on the back!!
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Old 17 August 2006, 05:54   #13
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thanks for all the responses folks. Has anyone tried a van and a 4x4 often enough to know the pros&cons of launcing retrieving on awkward slips (or even getting to the slip in eg Cornwall?)

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I tow our 6 metre rib with a vw transporter. I use it for work anyhow, but it tows with ease and never had any problems recovering and as you rightly say acres of lockable space for gear.
Have you ever pulled your rib up a slippery/long/steep/ slip with the VeeDub? This is the crux of what I'm at here...I towed for ages with a volvo estate (2L) no probs, in fact you can tow - on the flat - with anything. The fun starts on steep hills and Less_Than_Perfect launching/retrieving sites, which is where the 4x4 comes into its own - but there's all the other stuff you can do with a transporter.

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I occasionally use the companies Transit we have fitted with towbar also in the front and it does well with the smaller boats (Bayliners and Valiant) but useless ones it comes to the weight of 1300 kg and above

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Old 17 August 2006, 06:44   #15
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The fun starts on steep hills and Less_Than_Perfect launching/retrieving sites, which is where the 4x4 comes into its own - but there's all the other stuff you can do with a transporter.
Indeed. I wouldn't like to try using anything without low range gears on the slip I use (photos attached) , as I usually crawl up in 1st low range difflock, but if it was a smooth concrete one and if I had a roller trailer which was a ton lighter than the one I use, I expect a biggish car or van would be fine, an automatic would probably be best.
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Old 17 August 2006, 08:11   #16
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There's a slip I've launched from in South Shields that regularly gets sand on it, that can trouble a 4x4 as well as a car or van.

No experience of using a van though, how about a VW Synchro?
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Old 17 August 2006, 16:02   #19
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Anyone got an opinion on a Mazda Bongo as a tow vehicle?
Yup, a friend had a 4x4 one and it towed and launched top banana (6m osprey) really well.

In the later days i used a Volvo V70 AWD and still haul ribs and other boats about with it. A truly excellent comprimise and really confuses people when the front wheels are spining up the slip and you are still moving (plus being able to do 150mph as well is great )
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I use a Smart Car for towing It's the forfour (four seater version) and it's actually not too bad for a 4m RIB (weighs in at just under the 1/2 ton complete). Get about 38mpg with the boat on the back!!
I used to use my Ford transit . Its was a better tow vehicle for the open road than the Ford Maverik I now use , the van was wider and more stable and better on fuel

I changed to the 4x4 for 2 reasons only . Reversing was a pain with the transit , getting my boat into my drive which is tight and steep was near impossible , and I also got stuck on a slipway .

The slipway problem could be cured by using a winch for most situations but if you ever have to reverse trailers into tight spaces a long panel van makes life very difficult .
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