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Old 11-09-2015, 09:20 AM   #1
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I have a dream...

.... to have a sports car as my TV with a 13ft FGRV. I absolutely love tearing up the corners with my modified MINI Cooper, but it certainly won't tow a 13 foot camper. Has anyone ever researched what decently handling sports cars can tow a bit?

It'd be like having my cake and eating it too... to be able to tow my home with me fulltime and unhook at a campsite and have some fun on the backroads with my TV.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:45 AM   #2
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Hmmmm... Last post you were talking about using a mini-van for a TV, is there more than one Bster13 in there? LOL
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:56 AM   #3
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Sitting at a desk job for years... I have lots of dreams.

But I will say I do take notes from all the responses I receive to my questions, and I appreciate the help.
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I hear VW diesels have pretty good performance and towing capacity..... Actually I would look to some of the German models of VW or Mercedes. Do some google searching for "caravan tow vehicles" you might get more hits on European sites where camping trailers are called caravans.


Sporty with tow might be something more prevalent in Europe than in the US. We have a bit more tendency to just get a pick em up truck or SUV for tow capacity, our fuel prices allow for that size as a second car. Europe higher fuel prices = different approach.
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.... to have a sports car as my TV with a 13ft FGRV. I absolutely love tearing up the corners with my modified MINI Cooper, but it certainly won't tow a 13 foot camper. Has anyone ever researched what decently handling sports cars can tow a bit?

It'd be like having my cake and eating it too... to be able to tow my home with me fulltime and unhook at a campsite and have some fun on the backroads with my TV.


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Old 11-09-2015, 11:43 AM   #6
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Ah yes, a TDI with some suspension work done, a performance alignment and decent tires (save for the cost of performance tires ) would work very well, forgot about them.

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I hear VW diesels have pretty good performance and towing capacity..... Actually I would look to some of the German models of VW or Mercedes. Do some google searching for "caravan tow vehicles" you might get more hits on European sites where camping trailers are called caravans.


Sporty with tow might be something more prevalent in Europe than in the US. We have a bit more tendency to just get a pick em up truck or SUV for tow capacity, our fuel prices allow for that size as a second car. Europe higher fuel prices = different approach.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:08 PM   #7
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I attended a ScampCamp once where a guy came in with a beautifully remodeled 13Scamp behind a matching MiniCooper. He claimed many miles of comfortable towing. (Not an endorsement)
I understand your desire and I hope to tow my Scamp one day with my 5.0 Pinto. Have even considered my Mustang as a TV.
Life is full of dreams and compromises though... at least I don't have to drive an oversized truck.
While not a "Sports Car",Good tires and minor mods will make a 5SPD Ford Escape very respectable on the twisties and still a great match for a 13Scamp.
or how about something like this ...

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Old 11-09-2015, 12:19 PM   #8
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While it isn't a true "Sports" car, my 2010 RAV4 Sport handles better than some real sports cars, has the power to tow an Escape 17B (V6 & tow package) and is a joy to drive unhooked or towing.

Of course it doesn't quite compare to my college vehicle, a 1957 MG Midget, however it also doesn't need to be repaired every other day!
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:21 PM   #9
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Good to know the MINI was able to tow a 13 footer... to be honest, the car brand is not the most reliable and there aren't that many dealers around, but it sure is a good handling car. The TDI intrigues me though...
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You know, of course, that the TDIs are embroiled in an emissions scandal, right? New ones have been pulled from the US market, and I don't think VW is selling used ones either, so you're left with the secondary market. The scandal may actually drive up prices. Hard to say what the fix will involve, how (or whether) it will be enforced, and what the final performance numbers will look like. And for the record, they are actually only rated by VW to tow 1000 pounds in NA.

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A Mazda CX-5 is fairly sporty, by most accounts. It is rated to tow 2000 pounds in all drivetrain configurations (per the 2015 owner's manual), so you could get the manual transmission version if you wanted. Sadly it's only available with the smaller 2.0L engine.
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Yeah, I guess if the TDI are muffled further, their nice torque profile and towing ability ay diminish.

CX-5... I guess I was hoping someone would find a srt8 challenger, or a hellcat, or older BMW M5... all those beefy engined cars have no towing capability?
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Aaah… you want some muscle, too! I'd love to tow with a Mustang drop-top myself. I can't imagine a more awesome way to explore the Pacific Coast Highway. But, alas!... 1000 pounds in all configurations.

Near the end of the linked thread about the VW scandal, I posted a report on some testing done by CR. It seems to indicate newer TDIs won't suffer as much of a performance hit as older ones (or will be an easier fix, anyway).
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Old 11-09-2015, 02:04 PM   #13
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Sadly this car is now gone, but it had a L67 3.8; supercharged engine in it and only weighed 1500lbs, plus it had a small hitch. I wonder how it would of towed an FGRV. Would of been a hoot! Haha.



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TDI was towing a Airstream Bambi when I was in Florida last winter
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