This video had some valid points. And some that annoyed me. The drop in economy is real, but totally expected, and just as real for ICE vehicles. No mention of the different weather in the two days.
While I agree that buying an EV specifically for towing (especially very long distance over a short time) would not be sensible, using one as an occasional tow, where solo is still 90% of the usage is valid.
JohnB for your 3000 mile Eurpean tow - how frequently do you move and how far. My guess is you do that over several months, not days? And that you move perhaps 200-300 miles between stops? and each stop is a few days? If so, maybe each tow day has a single stop, or maybe 2, and you can charge when you arrive. Or maybe you cant. Either way, I would not base my decision to select a new tow vehicle (especially an EV) on the strength the information presented here.
I have to say that the video I linked is not to be regarded as a definitive resource when considering an EV. That's not in contention.
Of course a drop in fuel economy is to be expected when towing and the same can be said for my diesel car. The crucial implication for me is not the economy but, of course, the ease of finding a place to re-fuel. Planning a journey with my car requires no need to consider where and how (unhitch van etc etc) I can re-fuel.
For me either here in the UK, or in Europe, there is the same issue. I can fairly reliably estimate how long my journey will take to be at a site when I want to be but the complication of planning a route that takes in a charging station, finding it available and not in use, unhitching my van and leaving it somewhere, passing how ever long it takes to re-charge somehow and then, eventually, continuing my trip is not for me.
I watched an Andrew Ditton video after this one and have to say, as might be expected, his conclusions are not any more "scientific" than those in the more light hearted video I've linked. In fact I enjoyed watching "my" video and found the Andrew Ditton presentation far from convincing and whatever "warts and all" he pointed out were liberally coated with sugar.
It was, for example, fortuitous that he found the charging station on the end of the row in the video I watched. It's that sort of uncertainty that does nothing to make for a relaxed method of transport - at least not for me. I will not plan routes, build in "plan B", to be able to go where I want without the disaster of running out of power.
The European trip usually lasts 6 or 7 weeks. We downgraded (upgraded for us) our van from a fixed bed Lunar Clubman to a Swift 480 3 years ago. We may spend up to 2 weeks some years on a particular site on the Mediterranean but the remainder is spent exploring Europe. Having a smaller van opens routes for us that might be uncomfortable with an 8 feet wide twin axle.
Our van is a means to an end and not an end in itself. The constraints imposed by an EV would do nothing for our preferred style of caravanning.
You say: "If so, maybe each tow day has a single stop, or maybe 2, and you can charge when you arrive. Or maybe you cant".
Well, yes, that's exactly the dilemma.
Bottom line is, like you, I would NOT base any decision regarding buying an EV on the video I linked. BUT nor would I take much notice of anything Andrew Ditton is involved in. Bit like reviews in the Caravan Magazines where ALL caravans/motorhomes are judged seen through "rose tinted spectacles".
Bottom, bottom line is I am pleased I opted for my Santa Fe 3 years ago and fully intend to keep it for as long as I need a tow car. The day will come when I "hang up my hitch" and by then, almost certainly, there will be a better infrastructure servicing EV needs.
At that time I don't doubt we will run only one car. The car we run will be smaller than the current cars. It is likely that car will be an EV.