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    Posted: 11 Jan 07 at 11:45am

Forumites, I could use some advice on choosing a car to tow an RS Vareo. I quite fancy doing some open meetings however Iíve never done any towing before. Iíve done a little research and found that my current car ( a Honda Jazz 1.2) has an Ďun-brakedí towing capacity of 450kg. I donít suppose that the Vareo on its combi would weigh more than 250kg so I guess that it would be feasible to use the Jazz if I were to get it fitted with a tow-bar. I am looking to change my car anyway and I was considering something with 1.4 litre engine, can I get away with such a small car ?ÖÖ.any advice would be appreciated 

Many thanks in advance 

Nigel

P.S. By way of entertainment, what is the most ridiculous vehicle that you've seen used to tow a dinghy (please don't say a Honda Jazz towing a Vareo !)


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I used to tow my hurricane 5.9 behind a 1.1 litre fiesta. getting it going wasn't the problem it was stopping it!!!! 
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Virtually whatever car you have you won't notice it on there!! 

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Hi Webmuppet,

I have towed both a scorpion and a Fireball (not at the same time) with a 206 SW 1.4 petrol. I was ok as long as there were not any long hills.

The only thing to remember about towing something as light as a dinghy is that you can often forget it is there.

Do make sure you do all the usual checks on the trailer before you set off though:

1) Check bearings run smoothly

2) Check tyres on the road trailer are inflated and the tyres have not perished

3) Check your safety wire on the trailer is still firmly secured

4) Check the hitch is not seized

5) Check the boat is tied down securely and cannot move independantly of the trolley/road base (ratchet straps are good but dont over tighten them)

6) Check all the lights are working on your trailer board and do make sure you have the correct number plate, they boys in blue get very anal about this!

Just my 2p.... I am sure you will get other words of wisdom.

I would reckon the Jazz will be fine if a little lightweight for towing the Vareo but it should be well withing the weight limit.

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I've heard of a National 12 being towed behind motorcycle and side car back in the 1950s...
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as a car salesman i spose i'm qualified to answer this, and the answer is that as long as you dont break the towing weight unbraked you should be fine, even 1.1's are powerfull enough to pull a dinghy my brother has towed 2 albacores on a double stacker in his 306 1.4, i wouldnt recomend it to be honest that was a little sketchy.
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Stolen from another thread. I think the photo's the right way up!

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Looks impressive but its only 36kg so no wayfarer..
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Towed 2 Hurricanes stacked from Canvey to a many an open meeting in a Audi A4. Had to sell the car in the end, as I was getting oil into the water which was the result from racing up the hill on the A3 to Stokes bay open meeting some years ago.

 

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