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Old 07-12-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Towing in Europe

Hi everybody,

I have a 68 Overlander 26΄and I lfe in Europe, and here we have much less options to find a towing vehicle due the towing cars are smaller in engine, length and weigth. Also in here there is the double of the price for an american tow car, if Actually I have an old truck but is very slow and I am trying to find something faster..where to find an extended list of towing cars?

Thanks a lot and have a nice day!
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:40 AM   #2
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Depending on your budget, BMW's diesel X5 is a good European towing option. Mercedes' GL should also be good, and I think Jeep sells the Grand Cherokee there.
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The X5 diesel would be sweet.

This Ford Mondeo might work too with a 4,500lb tow rating.
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Stay classic and get a Mercedes 300TD.

Unless you have a good Budget, you can also use the Large Audi SUV or a Porsche Cayenne.
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:44 PM   #5
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thanks for the answers!
One of the points is that to be safe, the gross weigth of the trailer must be less than the 80% of the death weigth of the tow vehicle, and I can only tow with Mercedes GL, Toyota land cruiser 200, Nissan patrol Gr,Range rover, land Rover Discovery, cadillac Escalade..and thats all.Due my low budget, i can not afford any of them.
I found a ford F250 2Awd Diesel (very rare in here).
What you think?
this should be enough?
from other side I found this:
MIL ANUNCIOS.COM - renault premium 400
This will be more than enough and easy to drive at the european roads...
any sugesstion?
Any link where I can find the fittinng between tow cars and trailers?
Thanks again!!!
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:45 PM   #6
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thanks for the answers!
One of the points is that to be safe, the gross weigth of the trailer must be less than the 80% of the death weigth of the tow vehicle, and I can only tow with Mercedes GL, Toyota land cruiser 200, Nissan patrol Gr,Range rover, land Rover Discovery, cadillac Escalade..and thats all.Due my low budget, i can not afford any of them.
I found a ford F250 2Awd Diesel (very rare in here).
What you think?
this should be enough?
from other side I found this:
http://www.milanuncios.com/camiones-usados/renault-premium-400-27418200.htm
This will be more than enough and easy to drive at the european roads...
any sugesstion?
Any link where I can find the fittinng between tow cars and trailers?
Thanks again!!!
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:46 PM   #7
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towing in Europe

thanks for the answers!
One of the points is that to be safe, the gross weigth of the trailer must be less than the 80% of the death weigth of the tow vehicle, and I can only tow with Mercedes GL, Toyota land cruiser 200, Nissan patrol Gr,Range rover, land Rover Discovery, cadillac Escalade..and thats all.Due my low budget, i can not afford any of them.
I found a ford F250 2Awd Diesel (very rare in here).
What you think?
this should be enough?
from other side I found this:
http://www.milanuncios.com/camiones-usados/renault-premium-400-27418200.htm
This will be more than enough and easy to drive at the european roads...
any sugesstion?
Any link where I can find the fittinng between tow cars and trailers?
Thanks again!!!
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:31 AM   #8
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I think the F250 would be easier to deal with than that Renault lorry. I wonder if you're misunderstanding the weight to use in your calculation, though. It's not the weight of the tow vehicle itself, but conservatively the trailer should be about 80% of the vehicle's towing capacity. According to Airstream your trailer weighs under 2200 kg, and the Grand Cherokee will tow 3500 kg. I don't know what the tow rating is on the older Grand Cherokee diesels that have been sold in Europe for years, but I realize the GC costs more in Europe than here.

I think any normally equipped F250 diesel would have no problem towing the Overlander, though maneuvering all of that on European roads may be challenging sometimes! How about a 4-door HiLux diesel? What's that rated to tow? I looked at the Italian site and didn't find the rating (the Italian Jeep site is where I found the GC's tow ratings for Europe.)
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In Europe the possible follower weight is put down in the vehicle identity card. My Cayenne pull to 3.5 tonnes, this is the maximum. Then higher weight goes only by truck....
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Thanks everybody for your help,
i think I have evrything clear now, I will continue the investigation of a big-enough and a no-too-big-tow-car.
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