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towing a caravan 2993 325i touring msport

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So my wife is keen on a caravan.  Is there anything I should know about issues with the car towing a caravan ?

My concerns are the rear springs, do I change them or upgrade them ? Also as it's an auto is the gearbox ok ....I'm thinking overheating and possibly as it's quite high geared would that be an issue.

Maybe I should read the manual....Still nothing beats experience !!

any advice welcome.  You can take the p!ss about the caravan as well, It can;t be any worse than the flack I'm going to get from my mates !

 

 

 

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Hi mate,

Ex caravan owner here & yes I got a load of abuse too but pound for pound if the weather is good...brilliant fun with the family! Towed my 4 berth with Audi A4 1.9TDi. Yes it broke its std springs!

As long as you've been savvy by buying a van that's within the limits ie towing weights of the car you should be reasonably ok.  Yes read the manual for your car to see if it recommends a gearbox oil cooler but I think that's a bit old school now. My e46 breaks springs if I fart so dont be surprised if the van does break the springs. If your new to towing a van then bear in mind the "nose weight" on the tow bar. You can buy scales  for this I think?? Spread the weight through the van. i.e dont put it all at the front or all at the rear. The tail will wag the dog!!!!! A good hitch lock/stabiliser is a MUST! If the van is pretty new it should be fitted already.

I really think this question should be on Practical Caravans (do they only drive Volvo`s?)site or similar though? I did once see a geezer with a e46 325i Vert towing a 4 berth & IMO it needed stronger springs!!!!

Have fun!

Edited by MICK 330
missed a bit

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Cheers Mick, we've had a caravan before so know a bit about it although far from experienced.  I was just interested in how the Car would stand up to it as I wouldn't think a 2003 touring M sport auto would be a first choice.  As you say I'll RTFM   Read the flippin manual !

 

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IMHO ...330d manual touring would be my choice mate...every time LOL

Have fun

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derv all the way for towing a van..i had an old rover 210 derv,,pulled the van easy,,although the van was a small one with a elevating roof,,so was flat also,,god the missus hated it and ended up being a playhouse for my daughter,,only paid £500 for it,,but only used it twice,,still got all the gubbins ie elec hookup cable.towing mirror.water bottles/toilet wste container etc

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Just now, rasa said:

derv all the way for towing a van..i had an old rover 218 derv,,pulled the van easy,,although the van was a small one with a elevating roof,,so was flat also,,god the missus hated it and ended up being a playhouse for my daughter,,only paid £500 for it,,but only used it twice,,still got all the gubbins ie elec hookup cable.towing mirror.water bottles/toilet wste container etc

 

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