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Old 05 September 2013, 07:02   #11
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https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/c...d-width-limits

Watch your Gross weights etc.......
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...and get a V8 Land Rover.....
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Gross weights are only relevant to driving licences, it's actual weights that are relevant to vehicles
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I have an XC60, great car - though I have seen someone pull a 5m plus rib up a very steep slipway with a Golf, was impressed - I also saw a Land Rover Defender slipping all over the place trying to pull a small power boat out at Chichester - so I guess much depends on the driver and the tyres.
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And the slip...
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A5 3.0l quattro auto. I toyed with idea of having two vehicles normal car for work and 4x4 for the boat. Didn't want the cost of running two vehicles. I would stick with the ideas of a 4 wheel drive car like the scout. Definitely auto I have had my trailer off the edge of the slip at very low tide so I was in a load of seaweed and it pulled my rib with no problems no wheel slippage and you don't have to faff around with getting the car on the bite as the auto sorts out hill starts
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Gross weights are only relevant to driving licences, it's actual weights that are relevant to vehicles
Quite right. My comment was a 'catch all' ,well meant to be

When I had a 15 ft GRP boat, I used to tow it whith an 1100cc 2wd Panda - might not have been legal but it was a damn good tow car. Dale & Llangwm slips on Milford Haven were no problem.
Never tried Hobbs point

I also agree with Thomas - technique and traction are everything!
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One thing to watch if you go down the "4x4 car" route - much increased running costs due to the extra weight, the torque converter that will inevitably die, and unless it is fitted with auto freewheeling hubs or similar will chew through tyres a lot quicker than a 2wd.... Not to mention the fuel consumption.

I;ve been hauling a not too dissimilar boat out the water for years using a 2.0l Focus diesel estate (manual gbx). Yes, There are slips that I wouldnlt take it down, but at the same time Ipd be wary of taking any 4WD down them.....

Do you use the same slip(s) all the time? Are they steep & weedy? - Has your Astra ever failed you with the current boat? - The answers to that will give you a good feel for whether you need a "super tractor" or not......

I suspect like a lot of us your tow car also needs to keep you & your family mobile as cheaply & comfortably as possible for the other 98% of the year!
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Skoda Octavia 4x4.Had 2 over the years......negligible extra cost over a 2wd car.Great vehicles.
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Audi allroad - diesel, automatic, all wheel drive and 2100kg towing capacity
Agree. Just check the airbag suspension is working properly. Genius car for geniuses.
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