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What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra



 
 
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Old April 14th 06, 04:58 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning,uk.rec.cars.maintenance
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Default What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra

Hi

My in-laws 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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Old April 16th 06, 04:36 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning,uk.rec.cars.maintenance
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Default What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra

Scott wrote:
Hi

My in-laws 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
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Old April 16th 06, 04:36 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning,uk.rec.cars.maintenance
Another Dave
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Default What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra

Scott wrote:
Hi

My in-laws 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
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Old April 16th 06, 04:36 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning,uk.rec.cars.maintenance
Another Dave
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Default What is the Maximum towing weight for a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra

Scott wrote:
Hi

My in-laws 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
 



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