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    What Van have you bought. Have been towing best part of 46 years. Last time I booked an hotel room was on our honeymoon

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    I am hoping to get a Bailey Unicorn Madrid 2018

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    Im reading this and taking it in.

    We are a 2 car family, me with my Insignia and the wife drives a 3.2ltr LWB Shogun... which we obviously use to tow our caravan.

    However the Shogun is on a 53 plate and shes looking for another car, she said.... and i quote "Ill buy a new small car you can tow the van in yours"
    Now im not gonna lie, im not happy about this tbh

    When i drive the shogun i feel like i could tow the house to a new site, never mind the caravan, it tows so easy i sometimes forget im towing the van (till i look in the rear view)
    its a bit of a beast
    im trying to convince her to get another Shogun, so i dont have to abuse my car haha

    Those figures above worry me a little.
    Being so close to the limit might be ok cruising down a nice flat motorway in nice weather, but what about really bad weather, steep hills or dragging the van through a bumpy muddy farmers fields getting to your camping spot?
    North Manchester - Diesel 2.0 litre 2013 facelift SRI VX-LINE CDTIA - Nav 900 Intellilink - 19" Diamond Alloys

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    You don't say what your Caravan MTPLM is. In Really Bad weather I would choose not to tow, even with your Shogun, after all bad weather can turn a 40 ton Artic over, having said that, my outfit is stable in windy conditions. The towing limit on my motor is 1600 kg MY 63 facelift, on your V5 yours maybe higher. I have a Challenge with a MTPLM of 1350 kg which is just under 85% of said towing limit. At that weight the Insignia will do any thing your shogun will do, apart from the muddy fields bit, although you don't see many of them nowadays, unless you rally. Bearing in mind that it's 2.0lt against 3.5ltr.
    If your van is above your SRIs towing limit, you have a the perfect set of figures for SWMBO not to tow with the insignia.
    One Question what it the "A" for after the CDTI never see it before ???

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    I've never towed but I'm fascinated by the detail. I remember the Omega won tow car of the year several years running. I loved mine though never towed. Rear wheel drive an advantage. Insignia 'A' is the old Insignia, 'B' being the new Grand Sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttons View Post
    I've never towed but I'm fascinated by the detail. I remember the Omega won tow car of the year several years running. I loved mine though never towed. Rear wheel drive an advantage. Insignia 'A' is the old Insignia, 'B' being the new Grand Sport.
    I had an Omega for 10 years, old age caught up with it, daft I know (it's only a car) but when I part exchanged it for my first Insignia, I had to go and give it a pat to say goodbye.
    Towed all over the country with it. Rear wheel drive definitely an advantage. Whisper quite, if you drove it through town, sensibly. But only 16/19 mpg when towing.

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    Interesting that nowhere in the insignia handbook does it state any variants tow limit.
    The 85% limit is only a guide and not legislation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill b View Post
    Interesting that nowhere in the insignia handbook does it state any variants tow limit.
    The 85% limit is only a guide and not legislation.
    Yes, I've looked at 2012, 2014 and 2016 owners manuals but no towing weights listed.
    V5 for my 2.8 says 1800kg although I don't do any towing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phill b View Post
    Interesting that nowhere in the insignia handbook does it state any variants tow limit.
    The braked and unbraked limits are dependent on each individual model and engine combination. They are stated on the cars Registration Certificate.
    On mine the cars plate states max gross vehicle weight is 2330kg and gross train weight is 4090kg. On the Reg Cert the max braked tow weight is 1700kg (unbraked 750kg).
    4090kg - 2330kg = 1760kg. The manual states the rear axle load may be exceeded by 60kg on the tourer when the car is fully loaded, so it all ads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buttons View Post
    ....The braked and unbraked limits are dependent on each individual model and engine combination......
    Quote Originally Posted by phill b View Post
    Interesting that nowhere in the insignia handbook does it state any variants tow limit....
    I knew I had seen towing weights somewhere. They're in the sales brochure, not the car manual!

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