- Feb 2, 2006
the towball weight in the handbook gives the weight as 50kg this seem very low. the sharan almost the same car has a weight of 85kg.I know that people on this forum tow with an alhambra, any comments on this please
I accept your comments Lutz, and welcome back after you grande tour of teh UK, but the thrust of my point was thatIt is possible that differences in suspension tuning and/or different rear bumper configurations between the Galaxy and the Alhambra to suit their specific styling layout account for the apparent anomaly. Model year engineering design changes can also account for later adjustments during the lifetime of a particular car, too.
Small correction to your statements about the Zafira, John. There is no difference between German and UK market Zafiras as far as max. towload is concerned. The GM Europe Tech Centre is responsible for both and their submissions for EU type approval are identical. What is different is that Vauxhall specify figures only according to the EU directive for a 12% gradient but German customers have the option being able to tow higher loads on less severe gradients of 10% and, in some cases, 8% as these have been tested, too. It appears that Vauxhall are unwilling to make such concessions.
Has anyone asked where Practical Caravan get there info from, they rate the nose wieght at 85kgHello again kenneth.
It is intersting that Nigel has been told of an increased nose load capacity, but I must reinforce what Lust.fish has stated. The published figures are what any law enforcement officer would use to assess the legitimacy of an outfit.
You could only use a higher rating if the manufacture supplies a written confirmation that includes full reference to chassis numbers and registration marks, and has a document reference that would enable the authorities to confirm the authenticity of the change notice with the manufacture that a change has been properly authorised.
The only alternative (and better for every one) is if the manufacture publishes an ammendment, and lodges it with the vehicle standards agency that records type approvals.
Simply saying that the garage has said its ok to use 85kG will not wash with the authorities.