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Corss bakkie 1.4i bakkie

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13 Oct 2017 @ 18:58:49 pm
Bridgid
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Hi have a corsa bakkie 1.4i if I put a bigger engin in, do u think I would beable to tow with a caravan then. Dont have money to buy another tow bakkie
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13 Oct 2017 @ 20:06:13 pm
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Hello Bridgid Yes the size of the engine does play a big role in towing but the big issue here is the gross vehicle weight of your caravan is not to exceed the tare weight of your towing vehicle
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13 Oct 2017 @ 20:38:18 pm
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I will say, go for a Sherpa,for me too expensive for the size, Scout, if you may still get a bargain or an oldish C2, if you still lucky to get one.
Annother thought might be a Sprite Swift from the 90's onwards.
2nd Thought will be a Camplite.
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14 Oct 2017 @ 06:55:22 am
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Bridgid as mentioned above by Benkie, the engin strength dose play a role, but to stay legal you will not be able to tow anything exceeding 750kg. This is where DK's post come in about a smallish caravan. Hope you get sorted out.

"Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
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14 Oct 2017 @ 16:04:03 pm
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I think some correct and some incorrect comments above. Due to out of warranty if another engine that is strong enough is put in you can legally tow up to 1080kg(tare of Corsa) if the specs are right for a caravan with run-in brakes. You can confirm the tare of the bakkie on the licensing disk.

The second point will be the manufacturer gave a maximum weight you can tow as 670kg. This follows that insurance can come into play if you exceed the 670kg. One will have to find out what their conditions are with such a modification. This mod is then just to get more power/torque to pull as small caravan.

Interesting it seems like a Corsa light car with the same engine as the pick up pulls a lot better.

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14 Oct 2017 @ 16:52:35 pm
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Danie, I have to put some input here.
If Bridget decide to camp around the "pispot", meaning close by with travelling a short distance to his campsite, I do not see a problem with towing a small caravan.
My brother in law bought years ago my C4 from me and he used to tow the caravan within short distances with VW Golf 1.4i Rox with a bit of difficulty against the wind.
Bridget did not mentioned the capacity of the bigger engine, but if this might be either a 1.6i or 1.8i, I do not see a problem with a smallish caravan.
An important point is, Bridget has to police clear the new engine, if not and same came out of a stolen vehicle, both the car and caravan get conviscated when drive into a roadblock.
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14 Oct 2017 @ 17:11:40 pm
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Hi DK. We have given out opinion about using a Corsa. I also mentioned the fact that the Corsa Lite with 1400 engine and Pick up I drove recently were like cheese and chalk as far as power is concerned. I tried to indicate what is legal. Due to the tare of the bakkie it would be legal to tow 1080kg. I would never even try to haul any of the vans you indicated with the Corsa 1400pick up. A Nissan 1400 would tow much easier but the weight of about 700kg is just too low to be legal. Yes if it was other 1400cc cars it might be OK like the Golf you indicated.

This is just like a magazine that indicated one should look for nothing smaller than a 2.8L TDi while a lot of 2.0 TDi would be just as good for towing a specific weight.

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