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Old 14-01-2020, 10:19 PM   #1
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hi everyone.

was wondering what sort of larger trailer would be close enough to a van in size and weight would a car trailer be close enough or would you need furniture trailer.

want to start towing a van and as still dont have a van you got to work around it and at moment only way is hire a larger trailer as no one has a van that cars rated to tow.

finally got the transmission cooler put on the ba.

am as most of you know are building trailer and got to hire a car trailer to take the old chassis away and wondered wether a car trailer with a old chassis loaded on is close enough to a van.

even if you hired a car trailer and either had it empty or found something else to load would that be close enough.

want the ed soon as so vans got to wait but when that happens am building one that looks like the old viscount duralvan but have newer tech that newer ones have.

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Old 15-01-2020, 12:12 AM   #2
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hi everyone.

was wondering what sort of larger trailer would be close enough to a van in size and weight would a car trailer be close enough or would you need furniture trailer.

want to start towing a van and as still dont have a van you got to work around it and at moment only way is hire a larger trailer as no one has a van that cars rated to tow.

finally got the transmission cooler put on the ba.

am as most of you know are building trailer and got to hire a car trailer to take the old chassis away and wondered wether a car trailer with a old chassis loaded on is close enough to a van.

even if you hired a car trailer and either had it empty or found something else to load would that be close enough.

want the ed soon as so vans got to wait but when that happens am building one that looks like the old viscount duralvan but have newer tech that newer ones have.

thanks
A tandem trailer can weigh anywhere between 500 and 1000 kg depending on the build/carrying capacity. If you want to substitute a tandem for the average weight of a van you would need to put a car on it, not just a chassis. A van, once itís fully built can weigh anywhere from 1500 to 3000 kg depending on length, materials used and what mod cons you have.
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Old 15-01-2020, 12:24 AM   #3
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A tandem trailer can weigh anywhere between 500 and 1000 kg depending on the build/carrying capacity. If you want to substitute a tandem for the average weight of a van you would need to put a car on it, not just a chassis. A van, once itís fully built can weigh anywhere from 1500 to 3000 kg depending on length, materials used and what mod cons you have.
a goof car trailers about 750-800kg unloaded and a box trailer is about 200kg normally plus obviously the spare tyres on the hire trailer too, would a tonne for all that sound right.

a medium van would be about 1000-1500kg probably depending on what you got. what would be close enough.

would the current radiator in the ba be ok until it goes then get a bigger one now that the transmission coolers on
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Old 25-01-2020, 05:06 PM   #4
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WTF?
You don't own a caravan?
And so because you don't have a caravan, you feel the urge to tow something else?

Are you trying to test your car's performance as a tow-car? Is that it?
So you want something to approximate a Caravan?

IMHO, the biggest issues in towing a van are:
1) Braking. Unfortunately you can't really trial this, because most hire trailers will have illegal and usually non-functional over-riders.
2) Weight Distribution. By law you're only supposed to have 10% of te weight on the hitch, but if you have to choose, more is better than less. Vans can be rebalance by moving water tanks, gas bottles, and spare tyres. It can be hard to re-balance a car on a trailer, as you only have tow choices.
3) Side Winds, including those caused by passing trucks. A large covered furniture trailer would give you your best approximation of this, but they're smaller than most vans.
4) Drag. Most people think in terms of power to weight, but at highway speeds its the drag that kills you. Again, a tall covered trailer would be the best approximation.
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Old 25-01-2020, 08:19 PM   #5
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Want to have the chance to tow one and donít have a van so got to come up with something close for now
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Old 25-01-2020, 08:20 PM   #6
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It’s only since having a better car you can think about doing that and many other things
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