- Mar 14, 2006
Hi, I'm considering getting a C-Max 2.0tdci Zetec to pull my '04 Elddis Avante 505 (MTPLM 1325kg). I'd appreciate any comments from anyone with a similar outfit. Cheers, Steve.
I've already checked the kerbweight for the 2.0tdci zetec, its quoted as 1506kg which makes an 88% match. Cheers.Hi
If I'm not mistaken the kerbweight of the C-Max is 1431kg and with a MPTLM of 1325kg on you caravan you will be running at around the 93% mark which unless you are an experienced tugger with your noseweight bang on it could be a little hairy at times.
Not a good combination,even with a payload of 250kg in the car you will still be borderline. Unless I have the kerbweight wrong.
hi steve are you still looking for c max we are selling ours its a 2.0tdci zetec in midnight blue 15.000 miles,witter twin elecs fitted (costSorry Lutz, although I do agree that kerbweights will not conform exactly to the manufactured specs your post gives the impression there is a significant difference in road supplied vehicles. This is wrong. The only reason kerbweights will change is if a particular vehicle has had extra items added, or removed (less likely), that may add to the weight. The initial 'kerb' weight weight has to be within the manufacturers' specs, or the vehicle is illegal,??
The only way to be absolutely sure is to weigh both individual car and caravan. You also have to define does kerbweight include, or not, driver. I prefer to err on the negative side of both. I also feel you are being a little blase about the fact that 93% trailer load will act similarly to 85%. Physics suggest otherwise, although an experienced driver may be able to compensate safely. An inexperienced driver may not be so fortunate which is why the 85% 'rule' has been identified as giving a degree of latitude to allow for any 'abnormalities'.
If any driver is unsure of what they are doing, and by that i mean is asking advice, then let us keep them within the defined rules so at least they reduce any chances of conflict to a minimum.
Play safe, and we all live happily ever after.