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    Posted: 18 Sep 2014 at 5:12pm
Would people use a Mk1 2.0 Tdci to tow a caravan with a 1800kg MTPLM??
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Not a good idea as the MTPLM is above the kerb weight of the car and there is a danger of the tail wagging the dog with disastrous results.  It is below the max train weight weight but that is not the point as the heavier caravan will dictate where the car goes with any violent swing.
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The Mk1 Kuga should easily be capable of pulling a 1800Kg caravan or trailer, with no problem at all. The trailer stability programme built into the ESP system mitigating any sway or swinging before you would even sense anything was wrong from the drivers seat (assuming you have a TSP compatible dedicated electrics tow pack fitted to your Kuga). The short rear overhang and ability to take 100Kg noseweight also adds to the Kuga's capabilities, making for a very stable tow.
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Should be no problem-have a look at the detailed posts on here from Oldman
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I've towed such weight with no isses. Just don't go too fast, be safe.
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With all the gear in my caravan it must come close to that figure anyway. I have never ever had any issues. Its got to be one of the best tow cars that I have had. Steady as a rock.
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Definitely not.The caravan is to heavy for the car.
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Originally posted by dave7339 dave7339 wrote:

Definitely not.The caravan is to heavy for the car.




Ha ha ha another expert that's probably never towed with a Kuga.
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It's not being an expert. Regardless of how good the car is, as stated earlier the tail could wag the dog with a poosibilty of a nasty accident. You should not exceed kerb weight of the car
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote hillybilly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Nov 2016 at 9:04am
I would have no problem towing that caravan with my kuga witch is a mk2 180
Powershift 4x4 I wouldn't hesitate to drive it with your car iether provided I set it up first properly set up and properly driven the is no reason why the tail would wag the dog.
But set off with the front wheels b early touching the ground you'd be in bother like wise all the weight in the back would be a problem to
Other thing is and very common see it a lot is the chap that thinks he can drive as normal with a caravan on and becomes a danger to us all
When I worked I worked in farming where I regularly drove a discovery and
Latterly a ranger pick up with a loaded livestock trailer weighing up to
3.5 tonne with no incidents and no drama again loaded properly
One time while going away with the caravan we caught up with another caravan the driver was struggling to keep it in a straight line swinging all over the place I tried to get his attention by flashing lights etc but no
Eventually the was a line off cars lorries etc as far as the eye could see
Then he pulled into a stop off we use after parking along side the guy was
Very distraught we explained what was wrong helped them re balance thier van and with my nose weight gauge set thier nose weight and also set up thier stabiliser (oldtype) he later phoned me to say how much better it was .
Properly set up your kuga will handle 1800kg with no problem will you?
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No problem towing this weight I tow a twin axle Caravan at 1810Kg regularly and have no issues at all and hardly know it is there, except for the hills. I have a 163 AWD Manual Mk1
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RedKuga,
 It is probably OK in normal driving but you have to consider unusual situations e.g. a swerve to avoid an obstacle with the weight of the caravan exceeding the weight of the car.  The heavier object will dictate the direction of travel particularly on slippery surfaces, this is why lorries can jacknife.  It is nothing to do with the admirable towing characteristics of the Kuga but more to do with the laws of physics.

The Caravan Club and the Caravan and Camping Club recommend a ratio (Caravan Weight/Kerb Weight of car)of 85% for novice caravanners and 100% for the experienced.  These Clubs should know as they are the experts. Or one could learn the hard way!



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