Suitable small vans for Skoda Yeti

Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 20:59
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Hi only new here.
Couldn't find an answer in the forums so will put it out there.
We have a 2013 Skoda Yeti tdi all wheel drive auto. From my research it appears that the maximum ball weight is only 85kg which is obviously pretty limiting.
We are looking for a van around 15 - 16' for 2 adults only with shower/toilet.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 22:04

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 22:04
The RACQ Towing Mass Guide indicates the limit is 1600/80 kg. What does your handbook say and what is on the tow bar compliance plate?

This pretty well limits you to a European van of perhaps Jurgens.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 22:39

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Gday
Jurgens advertise that they are made in Australia....
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 00:09

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 00:09
"This pretty well limits you to a European van of perhaps Jurgens."
That should have read:

This pretty well limits you to a European van or perhaps Jurgens.

Looking back at Jurgens, their smallest model is the only one likely to have a low enough ball weight but it does not have an ensuite.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 08:20

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 09:24

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 09:24
We have a similar situation with our Tdi Tiguan - a massive 2000kg towcapacity with only 100kg allowed on the ball.
Problem is that that's the European way of doing things - designed for Germany where vehicles towing caravans are limited to 80 kph.

I've towed our 1250kg Tvan behind our Tig, having redistributed the weight to get the ballweight down to 100kg, and it didn't feel good going down hills. Fine on the flat. I would think that a 1600kg van behind a Yeti would sway all over the place with only 75kg on the towbar on hilly Australian roads. I personally wouldn't do it, but if I did do it I wouldn't travel anywhere near the speed limit, which does make you a nuisance on the highway.
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Reply By: SDG - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 13:30

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 13:30
Maybe look at a light weight camper instead.
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 16:07

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 16:07
Upgrade the towbar.

A Hayman Reese replacement on many of the popular 4WD raises the capacity.

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 16:13

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 16:13
Hayman Reece replacement for a Yeti is still only 80kg ballweight.
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Follow Up By: Tony H15 - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 16:50

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 16:50
I'd be looking at a Jayco windup or an Avan Camper. The Jayco Swift and Avan Aliner/cruiser have ball weights around 65-75 kgs. The Swift is remarkably roomy for a small camper and the Cruiser 5 even more so.
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Follow Up By: Yeti13 - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 22:07

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 22:07
Thanks for the help. Looked up Skoda website (should have done so prior!) to find 1700kg limit & 85kg ball weight.
Have looked at the Eldis site and also the Swift site.
Most of their vans seem to have low ball weights and light overall weight as well.
Anyone have experience with these brands?
How do they handle Australian roads?
Thanks in advance.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Friday, May 09, 2014 at 00:41

Friday, May 09, 2014 at 00:41
As long as you stay pretty much on blacktop/good gravel roads and drive to the conditions (road surface, speed and tyre pressures) your Yeti and any of the continental/English type caravans should handle the conditions with little or no trouble at all.

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