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Transit (or other) for removals and towing.

Postby daddio1977 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:29 pm

Evenin’ all,

Apologies as this is a bit long, but I could do with some advice on what “prime mover” to get please? Or if my plan is even possible? Or any good advice at all?

We recently converted from a 7 seater MPV to a 2010 2.2tdci SWB low roof 9 seater Transit and wouldn’t go back now. Would like to get a second Transit for a move abroad, but open to other suggestions.

Me and the family are moving from UK to Portugal in the very near future and taking our 9 seater Transit with us. I was going to ditch most furniture and white goods and buy new locally, simply driving down with what I could fit in the van with a 2 tonne trailer on the back, but have had to be a bit more realistic with costs and taking more with us as time goes on. I passed my driving test before Jan 1997, so understand that I can drive a combination of vehicle and trailer up to 12 tonne (B+E and C1+E) and am confident to do so, which got me thinking....……instead of paying £4000+ for removal firm and £2000-ish for a 2 tonne trailer, I could save money and hassle by either:

1. Get a 3.5 tonne trailer instead of the 2 tonne (I’m buying a trailer anyway).
2. Load 9 seater Transit, motorbike and few other bits on the trailer.
3. Get a £2000ish LWB medium/high roof (maybe even 17 seater minibus) or Jumbo to load house in back and tow the trailer. Max all up of around 6-7 tonne.

OR:

1. Get a 3.5 tonne trailer instead of the 2 tonne.
2. Load 9 seater Transit, motorbike and few other bits on the trailer.
3. Get a £2000ish LGV to take me closer to the 12 tonne limit.

The 9 seater will stay as our main transport, the “spare” will become either my workhorse or get converted into a campervan for me and the Mrs.

So my questions are:

1. What do you think of the plan and which option would you go for?
2. What make/model of van/LGV/etc for towing would you use?
3. Any other advice?

Many thanks in advance.
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Re: Transit (or other) for removals and towing.

Postby Altransit » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:11 pm

You'll need to check the weight plate on the 9 seater, but I'm pretty sure that the max train weight will be 3500kg; so with the van itself loaded to around 2600kg, you're looking at a tow weight of (GTW-GVW) only 900kg (all of these actual figures will be on the weight plate)
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Re: Transit (or other) for removals and towing.

Postby daddio1977 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:32 pm

Altransit wrote:You'll need to check the weight plate on the 9 seater, but I'm pretty sure that the max train weight will be 3500kg; so with the van itself loaded to around 2600kg, you're looking at a tow weight of (GTW-GVW) only 900kg (all of these actual figures will be on the weight plate)


Cheers mate, I did the calcs for the 9 seater and trailer a few weeks ago, there's not much room or weight left and why I'm having a rethink about getting a bigger van and bigger trailer so I can load the 9 seater on the trailer.
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