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Burger vans, towing, 4x4s and transits.

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Old Sep 25th, 2015, 16:35   #1
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Right folks, as some of you may know ( Most wont ) I have a burger trailer on an industrial estate. I have to tow it the the 30 mile round trip every day. Occasionally I do events and car boot sales at weekends.
The set up is a 16ft catering trailer towed by a RWD swb transit. On the fen roads it is a bloody nightmare. The first 10 miles of the journey is 25 to 30 mph. When I hit the main road I can get up to about 45mph before it begins to snake about. I also have an ifor Williams that sits fine at 60mph even with a car on it. What am I missing ?????

Next quandary: The transit isnt really man for the job. Most events I do and occasionally on the industrial estate when on grass the traction is none existent.
So I have decided to go for a 4x4. As I need to mount a generator in the back one of the crew cab ( l200/warrior / nivara ) trucks seem to be a logical choice, but I hate the damn things. Around here you are either a **** or a pikey to run one. So I am stuck. I would love a Xc70, but then we have the generator problem.
Any ideas throw them my way, no matter how daft. ( that's usually where the best ones come from )
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Just get yourself a better, more modern van BM. A Merc Sprinter perhaps.
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How heavy is the generator? Why does it rule out the XC70?
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Right folks, as some of you may know ( Most wont ) I have a burger trailer on an industrial estate. I have to tow it the the 30 mile round trip every day. Occasionally I do events and car boot sales at weekends.
The set up is a 16ft catering trailer towed by a RWD swb transit. On the fen roads it is a bloody nightmare. The first 10 miles of the journey is 25 to 30 mph. When I hit the main road I can get up to about 45mph before it begins to snake about. I also have an ifor Williams that sits fine at 60mph even with a car on it. What am I missing ?????

Next quandary: The transit isnt really man for the job. Most events I do and occasionally on the industrial estate when on grass the traction is none existent.
So I have decided to go for a 4x4. As I need to mount a generator in the back one of the crew cab ( l200/warrior / nivara ) trucks seem to be a logical choice, but I hate the damn things. Around here you are either a **** or a pikey to run one. So I am stuck. I would love a Xc70, but then we have the generator problem.
Any ideas throw them my way, no matter how daft. ( that's usually where the best ones come from )
Your trailer shouldn't snake about. Have you considered a stabiliser used on caravans? It would dampen any snaking motion before it gets wayward.
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G Wagen? I thought snaking was bad weight distribution in the towed unit.
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Sounds like you need a bit more nose weight as it tends to be a light drawbar that causes snaking. Also if your GCW is over 3.5 tonnes you should have a tachograph, you can PM me for more details if you like
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Just get yourself a better, more modern van BM. A Merc Sprinter perhaps.
The transit is a mk6 ( 05 reg ) same chassis set up they used till a couple of years ago. I agree the sprinter is a better van but I can only go SWB or I cant get it in my drive. I also have an old LWB transit, it doesn't tow it any better
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How heavy is the generator? Why does it rule out the XC70?
The Genny is pretty light, about 35 kg. But it has to be bolted down/padlocked for security.
Couple of local catering vans have had their gennys pinched lately, the thieves unplug them pick them up and run to a waiting car and gone.
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Your trailer shouldn't snake about. Have you considered a stabiliser used on caravans? It would dampen any snaking motion before it gets wayward.
Just googled that, definately worth a shot.
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