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VW Kombi Caravelle

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08 Jan 2020 @ 17:44:16 pm
Colin
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Hi To all. Happy 2020 to everyone.

I need to start a discussion please if you can assist it would be highly appreciated

I have the Sprite Sunway 1986 Model double axle Tare is 980KG or Gross 1150KG.

I am on the market for an older either Syncro or Caravelle Kombi. About a 1998 to 2002 model the 2.3, 2.5 or 2.6 petrol. However I have no idea if it would handle the caravan

Can anyone advise me if I am going to waste my money if I buy one of these golden oldies?

I have seen a number of them advertised on Junkmail/Gumtree/OLX and Cars.co.za but I really dont know if firstly I can trust the sellers and if I am buying a dud or a genuine good Kombi that will handle the caravan.

Thank you

Colin

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08 Jan 2020 @ 18:00:45 pm
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My Neef het die 2.5 auto. Dink hy is twee keer so swaar op petrol as wat ek op bier in die somer is.

Maar hy hou van hom met die krag en spasie.

Moet net nie dat een jou indoen met die koop nie.

Maak seker die voertuig is darm 100%.

Sterkte

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransies. (Parys - Frankryk)
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08 Jan 2020 @ 18:10:37 pm
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Hahahahaha

I have heard they are heavy on petrol, but then maybe worth it when I have Ouma, kids and grandkids with us. I have heard they can go to 13L/100km's without towing. So possibly 18-20L/100km's towing, which is very heavy, that is around 5km's per litre

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08 Jan 2020 @ 20:50:20 pm
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Dis wat hy sê.....krag en spasie.

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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09 Jan 2020 @ 06:48:39 am
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They were great towing vehicles in earlier days, that said if the cooling system worked fine.

Hope that the early Kombi users will give you heads up on, is the cooling of the engine that big an issue or not.  This should help with your decision.  Why not try a Hyundai H1.  I have heard that the engine performs very well and its also a bus.

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09 Jan 2020 @ 07:18:43 am
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I had a 2.6i. One of the nicest vehicles I owned. Plenty of power, I towed a loaded bike trailer all over SA with no issues. (Granted, not as heavy as a caravan, but certainly no butterfly). 

Pro's? Space, power, comfort.

Cons? Its a tad thirsty. No ABS or airbags. The manual gearbox is tricky between 1st and 2nd (especially with a quick shift) The aircons are erratic, and when they work they like to give the occupants the occasional shower.  The affirmative shoppers still find them desirable to this very day.

Having said that, I would buy one again in a heartbeat if to be used as a tow car only.

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09 Jan 2020 @ 22:25:00 pm
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I had the 2.5 and 2.6.

Pulled a 1991 Fleetline XL and 1995 Penta without a problem.

By the way, they were excellent offroad as well. Gave a number of then 4x4's a run for their money!

Can't remember fuel consumption. Price of fuel then was not a big concern as it is today, rather for us it was not.

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10 Jan 2020 @ 17:58:30 pm
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Hi

Thank you very much for the information. I really like the older VW Kombi Caravelle 2.6i it has everything I am looking for in a Bus, besides the fuel consumption, and as a 2nd car fits the budget perfectly.

I am so happy that it is a recommended tow vehicle as well as a bus.

Guess I am now going to search for the right Seller and bus.

Thank you again  guys

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11 Jan 2020 @ 14:09:39 pm
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Good luck Colin, I will keep a out for one  for you as well.

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12 Jan 2020 @ 12:12:35 pm
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Colin these logsheets would give an idea of fuel consumption. It might not matter for you as it is a 2nd car. Surely they are great towing vehicles.

Happy hunting for a good one.

Caravelle info.

Synchro info.

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12 Jan 2020 @ 21:48:56 pm
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Thanks very much for everything guys. 

Just a thumbs up on the above chart. Doesnt look too heavy on petrol. 

I had the Kia Sorento CRDI it gave me about the same consumption as shown above.

I have found a couple of Caravelle's 2.6i starting from R90 to R149. So I have a few lined up to go and test drive, at least most of them are at reputable dealerships (of course the more expensive ones) Hahahahaha. Guess we all have to make money

I will keep this Chat updated

Bless you all

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14 Jan 2020 @ 17:52:45 pm
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Colin daai Caravelle 2.6 awsome voertuig sterkte met besluit

Haak daai wa kamp bly koning
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18 Jan 2020 @ 11:49:15 am
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Hi all. I'm a newbie here as well as a first time caravan owner. Just bought a 1998 Fleetline l. Did not take it on a road trip just yet. Having the zips on the poptop replaced first.I am going to tow it with my VW Microbus 2.6 Exlusiv. Any one out there that still towing with one of these and any tips for a newbie in caravaning. Thanks

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18 Jan 2020 @ 17:00:05 pm
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Hi Faizel

Welcome to the forum.

Congratulations with the caravan. It will help you and your family making memories. Best way to have a holiday.

Your towing vehicle will hardly know it has a Fleetline on its tail. As for towing you are set. Just make sure your caravan runs slightly nose down on the tow hitch when viewed from the side. If that is in place, you will find the Fleetline a pleasure to tow.

Consensus on the forum is max 100km/h as a safe towing speed. Irrespective of the fact that your vehicle will easily go faster with the van. It is about safety. All is fine untill something goes wrong.

Make sure you have an EB license at least, that is for towing above GVM 750kg and below 3500kg. If not, get one asap to be legal, otherwise you may have insurance and legal problems in case of an accident.

The other forum members will add advice as they respond to your mail.

Happy holidays with the van, that is living!

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18 Jan 2020 @ 20:06:18 pm
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Thanks for the input. Much appreciated. Regarding the EB license. Do I obtain that from the traffic department and this an anual renewal license or just an once-off thing.

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18 Jan 2020 @ 20:11:22 pm
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Thanks for the input. Much appreciated. Regarding the EB license. Do I obtain that from the traffic department and this an anual renewal license or just an one-off thing.

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18 Jan 2020 @ 22:13:15 pm
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Thanks for the input. Much appreciated. Regarding the EB license. Do I obtain that from the traffic department and this an anual renewal license or just an one-off thing.

Currently you have to redo the learners test. Thereafter you train and get tested for the EB license.

Once obtained, it works exactly the same as your normal drivers licence. It requires renewal every 5 years, no retesting except for your eyes.

The EB will override your B licence. You can therefor drive a car with or without towing a trailer (caravan).

Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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19 Jan 2020 @ 09:22:31 am
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Proffie much appreciated. If I don't have that EB license, does that mean that I can get fined should I be pulled over while pulling caravan. Because the guys I with caravans I know of, never mentioned anything about additional permits or a special license. Again thanks for the input.

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19 Jan 2020 @ 10:58:33 am
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Faizel  - your correct driver's licence is always checked FIRST during any roadblock when you have a caravan behind .... trust me, you won't get away without it. Also, during any accident or insurance claim you may have, the correct licence is an absolute must, so don't even think of trying to go without it!

Enjoy the camping!

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19 Jan 2020 @ 13:29:00 pm
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Thanks Nico. Will do the application a.s.a.p.

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19 Jan 2020 @ 13:46:33 pm
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Phew...Just checked my driving license and the code is EB. Now I just need to check if my Microbus is legal to tow the 98 Fleetline L.

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20 Jan 2020 @ 10:37:24 am
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Phew...Just checked my driving license and the code is EB. Now I just need to check if my Microbus is legal to tow the 98 Fleetline L.

Good shot.

I do trust that the Kombi would be a legal tow as far as GVM is concerned.

The required data will be on the stamped info plate in the driver door sill. If not there, check in the car's manual where it is located. The data should also be shown on the license disc.

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20 Jan 2020 @ 10:55:47 am
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Ek het n 2.6 Caravelle gehad en wat n lekker voertuig. n plesier om te bestuur met meer as voldoende krag en gemak. Brandstofverbruik is nie altyd die voertuig nie maar die ou wat die pedaal intrap en die ry genot wat jy kry kan jy maar ingooi dit is die moeite werd

Later het hy n stamp van voor gekry en wat ek hier will se is ek het gebars om onderdele te kry. Wil nie eens dink hoe jy vandag  gaan sukkel. 

 

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20 Jan 2020 @ 12:43:56 pm
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Proffie, will check. Thanks.

Bak oor, hier in die Kaap is daar n paar manne wat 2de hanse parte verkoop. En kan die mense vir laastig val om mynne te verkoop aan hulle. Ek het maar my Mercedes verkoop en die Fleetlin aan geskaf. Dink die VW was n beter toukar. 

 

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