Avan Cruiseliner towing

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 07:49
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I have purchased an Avan Cruiseliner and would like to tow it with a 103TDI VW Tiguan.
The Tig has a max ball weight of 100kg which is close to the 90kg measured weight of the empty van.
Can people advise me if it is practical to pack the van so I doesn't go over the limit? or should I choose another car(that would be VERY sad)
Gary
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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 15:16

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 15:16
Gary,
The maximum allowable tow ball weight may be reduced even further depending on the weight you load into the vehicle itself.
Check the Vehicle Handbook for more info.
Also check the Avans ATM (Max legal loaded weight of the van) on the Vin Plate and take around 8 - 10% of that for a realistic towing ball weight.
Ozjohn.
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Follow Up By: Gazzer_56 - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 16:54

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 16:54
Thanks Ozjohn,
The ATM is 1200kg, so your suggested formula comes to 97-120kg if fully loaded with 300kgs of stuff. It would have to be evenly loaded too.
Just filling the water and gas tanks apparently adds 70kg, so without food, clothes and annex I could tow it with 3kg to 20kg to spare.
Looks like if I am determined to get the Tiguan, then I would have to creatively pack the car and van, with the towbar sitting on some scales!
Can anyone think of another fuel miserly diesel, available in automatic, that doesn't push the luxury sales tax on the car lease? ie mid $50K
Gaz
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 20:10

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 20:10
Gaz. Have a look at a Hyundai Sante Fe or the equivilent Kia Sportage maybe.
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Follow Up By: Gazzer_56 - Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 22:17

Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 at 22:17
I had a chat with the retired trucky across the road who does a lot of towing and camping now. He suggested the Nissan X-trail diesel. He said I you travel in the Australian "outback" you notice most vehicles are Toyota 4WD, with some Nissan, and not much else. You want to know there is a garage with a few parts!
I will have a look at the X-trail too
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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 10:48

Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 10:48
The Kia equivelant to the Santa Fe is the Sorento, not the Sportage.
Fit and finish of both are first calss as it their 5 year warranty.
All at a much lower price than the VW, along with less of a hit for depreciation.
OJ
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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 10:50

Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 10:50
PS> I forgot to include tht the Santa Fe and Sorento have a 150Kg ball weight.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 13:12

Sunday, Feb 19, 2012 at 13:12
Woops, brain fade. Sportage was the old one. Bob

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