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Bx towing capacity

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A bx weighs approx 1000kg give or take..
So safe capacity braked trailer = 850kg at 85%
So bx + 4 people, boot full of stuff, full tank, 2dogs = 350kg ish (1350kg)
Does this mean I can pull 1150kg (approx)?
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Lot of info here

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Its a case of not having the tail wagging the dog so to speak,

A bx will self level and pull most big caravans but I would stick to one at 850kgs or less.
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It goes by MAM (maximum authorised mass). Your VIN plate will have the numbers to calculate it (though it's all done on plated weight, not actual weight; For example, you can't legally tow a 3500kg rated trailer with a BX, even if it's empty.
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There are towing specs in the Haynes manuals.
Though I don’t know if the legality of these have changed
It was printed 30 years ago !

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4. Clean LHM tank then a complete flush
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Tim Leech wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:17 pm
Its a case of not having the tail wagging the dog so to speak,
A bx will self level and pull most big caravans but I would stick to one at 850kgs or less.
Good advice.
That's exactly what we did, going for an 850kg Swift Corniche.
Car boot carried a good bit of the heavier stuff; blade-type stabiliser for good measure.

The self-levelling was immaculate - but you need to be careful when you park up, hitched, and put the van's jockey-wheel/legs down. If left like that, the car can sink, and end up hanging its rear end from the tow-hitch – not good. We carried a short length of wood to pop under the tow-ball, to take the car's rear-end weight.
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I've been offered a free caravan from a family member who can no longer do the travelling to site (in Bere Regis) due to illness, its ULW is 930kg with gross at 1200kg or thereabouts, its a Sprite single axle.
The other option is to use my daughters Nissan Duke 1.6 as a tow vehicle.
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Too heavy for the lightweight BX, alas.

One of the things we learned the hard way, towing a caravan, was that even new standard car tyres are just not up to the job on a single-axle caravan. We went through two 'van tyres in the space of a week, while in Spain/Portugal. Apparently, the loading/stress on tyres on a 'van is more severe than the same ones on a car. Cure (and Caravan Club advice) is simply to use 5-ply (reinforced) tyres. We switched to some 5-ply Avons, and end of problem. Even more important with a heavier 'van.
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Kitch wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:22 pm
It goes by MAM (maximum authorised mass). Your VIN plate will have the numbers to calculate it (though it's all done on plated weight, not actual weight; For example, you can't legally tow a 3500kg rated trailer with a BX, even if it's empty.
But we've all done it haven't we?
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rutter123 wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:10 pm
Kitch wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:22 pm
It goes by MAM (maximum authorised mass). Your VIN plate will have the numbers to calculate it (though it's all done on plated weight, not actual weight; For example, you can't legally tow a 3500kg rated trailer with a BX, even if it's empty.
But we've all done it haven't we?
I did. Got tugged by the old bill, too :roll:
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Towing capacity?

Or

How much have you towed?
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Just give any of us a loaded canal barge, a length of rope, and a decent towpath :-"
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I have to admit that the brakes on a BX don't quite measure for a 3500kg trailer with 250kg on the hook. While trying to stop when reversing (when the trailers brakes don't work).. Lucky it was on flat, and just 20 meters but boy, you had to push the pedal like no before!
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