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Hi Andy, Are you new to caravanning? You will have to know what the kerbweight of the car is to start with and then find a 'van that weighs no more than 85% of this. There's not much about that will be a good match I feel, but good luck!
 
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Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your reply. I think the Reliant weighs about 500kg, but I was thinking of casting some concrete blocks and putting them in the boot to increase the cars weight ............ will that work?
 

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Andy, if you go to your local ToysRUs I am sure you will find a suitable caravan for your Reliant. If my memory serves me correctly they are made by Corgi.
 
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Thanks a lot for being no help at all ( apart from the nice reply from Dave). I was hoping that there maybe a microvan i could tow. Not all of us have loadsa money to spend on a big car and van .......... I'm only a market trader!
 
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Sorry if some of the replies, including my own, have offended you but I don't think anyone realised that this was a serious request for information. Even if you were able to find a really lightweight trailer, I would strongly suspect that the Robin was never even approved to tow at all and therefore you probably won't find a towbar on the market that will fit. Safety considerations preclude the use of a 3-wheeler for towing.
 
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Thanks Andy, I was trying to be helpful. Obviously if you cannot afford a larger towcar like a mini or whatever perhaps you could look at buying a trailer tent for you and your family (if you have one!). My wife loved this kind of adventurous camping and maybe yours would too!
 
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You have omitted to tell us engine size which is pretty important, and what number of berths you prefer for your van.

If you were going on your own you might consider a roof rack and

space saver box which could double up as a bed.Agreed you would be limited to sites with toilet blocks but better than nothing.
 
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Thanks everyone for your considerate replies,

To come clean, I don't actually have a reliant robin, but a Bond Bug (a classic made by reliant, well i think its classic, especially in its bright orange) but not many people know what they are so its easier to say reliant robin.

So in answer to Daves advice If you don't know the Bond Bug, it is shaped like a wedge of cheese and has a canopy which lifts up to allow the user to get in and out. So with a roof box I would probably not be able to get out of the car! Considering the engine the Bug does have a Coventry Climax, which has been well and truly bored out, to a not inconsiderable 1150cc and does rev quite freely, in fact she's a bit of a goer!

I don't mind a suitable van not having a toilet but now that i think about it, is there a caravan which has space age looks to match my Bug, I don't mind an old van, even a basket case becuase i am very good with my hands.

Cheers

Andy
 
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Thanks everyone for your considerate replies,

To come clean, I don't actually have a reliant robin, but a Bond Bug (a classic made by reliant, well i think its classic, especially in its bright orange) but not many people know what they are so its easier to say reliant robin.

So in answer to Daves advice If you don't know the Bond Bug, it is shaped like a wedge of cheese and has a canopy which lifts up to allow the user to get in and out. So with a roof box I would probably not be able to get out of the car! Considering the engine the Bug does have a Coventry Climax, which has been well and truly bored out, to a not inconsiderable 1150cc and does rev quite freely, in fact she's a bit of a goer!

I don't mind a suitable van not having a toilet but now that i think about it, is there a caravan which has space age looks to match my Bug, I don't mind an old van, even a basket case becuase i am very good with my hands.

Cheers

Andy
If you,ve got a 1150cc engine in your Bond Bug, you should have a toilet in your car!

Seriously though what a cracking little car to own. Nice one.
 
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Hi Dave,

Many thanks for your reply. I think the Reliant weighs about 500kg, but I was thinking of casting some concrete blocks and putting them in the boot to increase the cars weight ............ will that work?
KH stop using my name.
 
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Andy, if you can find a towbar for your Bond Bug, have a look at The Pod made by Podcaravans. You will find a link to their website from the 'Buying New' section of PC's homepage.
 
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Dusty you are nothing short of god like!

The Pod ................ I'm in heaven! How cool is the pod!!

It will look fantastic towed behind my Bug, I will probably get one sprayed bright orange to match my bug, although the pastel pink is quite fetching.

Does anyone know if there is a towbar for the bond bug and what the towing limit is?

Once again Dusty you are a god!

Andy
 
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Does anyone know about the legality of making ones own towbar?

I have searched and searched for one for my bond bug but alas cannot find one.

I do have some mild steel tube around some where and have access to a forge and anvil and an electric drill, torque wrench etc. So I should be able to knock something up.

Any advice appreciated

Andy
 
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Does anyone know about the legality of making ones own towbar?

I have searched and searched for one for my bond bug but alas cannot find one.

I do have some mild steel tube around some where and have access to a forge and anvil and an electric drill, torque wrench etc. So I should be able to knock something up.

Any advice appreciated

Andy
Andy, towbars are a specialist business so try talking to the manufacturers like Witter, Dixon Bate, Brink, Towsure or Peter J Lea.

I think Tanfield in Oldham used to make towbars but now only fit them. It may be worth talking to them.

Good luck.
 
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Does anyone know about the legality of making ones own towbar?

I have searched and searched for one for my bond bug but alas cannot find one.

I do have some mild steel tube around some where and have access to a forge and anvil and an electric drill, torque wrench etc. So I should be able to knock something up.

Any advice appreciated

Andy
Suggest you look for specs on the Hillman imp as the Bond bug used the engine/transmission of the above car.
 
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You could try Waltling Engineers (around St. Albans, I think). They used to design and make one-off towbars, but EU regulations may have put a stop to that. Be warned - the kerb weight of your Bond is only 395Kgs. Best practice states that you should only tow 85% of kerb weight.
 

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