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What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra
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My inlaws have a 98 Vauxhall Vetra 2.0 and they are looking at getting a 2 berth caravan. They though cannot find details of the maximum towing weight. Does anyone know? Thanks Scott 
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What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra
Scott wrote:
Hi My inlaws have a 98 Vauxhall Vetra 2.0 and they are looking at getting a 2 berth caravan. They though cannot find details of the maximum towing weight. Does anyone know? Thanks Scott The usual rule is that the caravan should not weigh more than 85% of the kerb weight of the car. Very experienced and careful towers might go as far as 100% but it's risky. You can find the kerb weight of the car in the handbook or, failing that, at: http://www.cuddles.abelgratis.net/kerbweights.htm which reveals the 85% weight for a 1998 Vectra 2.0 TDi as 1194kgs. Most caravans have the maximum weight (NOT the the MRO  mass in running order) on a plate under the door. Also vital is the downforce on the towball. Ideally this should be 7% of the maximum weight of the caravan. Some cars have a very low limit on this force but the Vectra seem OK. The maximum towing weight quoted by car manufacturers is the weight which can be restarted up a 10% (or 8%) hill and should be ignored unless, of course, it's less than the weight you get from the above. Another Dave 


What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra
Scott wrote:
Hi My inlaws have a 98 Vauxhall Vetra 2.0 and they are looking at getting a 2 berth caravan. They though cannot find details of the maximum towing weight. Does anyone know? Thanks Scott The usual rule is that the caravan should not weigh more than 85% of the kerb weight of the car. Very experienced and careful towers might go as far as 100% but it's risky. You can find the kerb weight of the car in the handbook or, failing that, at: http://www.cuddles.abelgratis.net/kerbweights.htm which reveals the 85% weight for a 1998 Vectra 2.0 TDi as 1194kgs. Most caravans have the maximum weight (NOT the the MRO  mass in running order) on a plate under the door. Also vital is the downforce on the towball. Ideally this should be 7% of the maximum weight of the caravan. Some cars have a very low limit on this force but the Vectra seem OK. The maximum towing weight quoted by car manufacturers is the weight which can be restarted up a 10% (or 8%) hill and should be ignored unless, of course, it's less than the weight you get from the above. Another Dave 


What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra
Scott wrote:
Hi My inlaws have a 98 Vauxhall Vetra 2.0 and they are looking at getting a 2 berth caravan. They though cannot find details of the maximum towing weight. Does anyone know? Thanks Scott The usual rule is that the caravan should not weigh more than 85% of the kerb weight of the car. Very experienced and careful towers might go as far as 100% but it's risky. You can find the kerb weight of the car in the handbook or, failing that, at: http://www.cuddles.abelgratis.net/kerbweights.htm which reveals the 85% weight for a 1998 Vectra 2.0 TDi as 1194kgs. Most caravans have the maximum weight (NOT the the MRO  mass in running order) on a plate under the door. Also vital is the downforce on the towball. Ideally this should be 7% of the maximum weight of the caravan. Some cars have a very low limit on this force but the Vectra seem OK. The maximum towing weight quoted by car manufacturers is the weight which can be restarted up a 10% (or 8%) hill and should be ignored unless, of course, it's less than the weight you get from the above. Another Dave 