Originally Posted by sbaddison
Due to illness, we fancy moving up to caravaning from camping and I'm wondering if the 156 is up to the job?
The specs say I can to a maximum of 1300KG (braked).
Has anyone had a towbar fitted to their car (preferably the type that's invisible when not in use) and if you have, what was the car like with the load?
Nice to see your looking up to caravanning!! Have a look in my garage at the current outfit I have http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/vbgar...o=view&id=7765
. On Monday (17/10/05) I will be collecting my new caravan though.
See the following links - its not this EXACT one though as this ones damaged - I getting a brand spanking new one again! (pictures will soon to follow).
Its got a fully fitted microwave, huge fridge freezer, huge clear rooflights, MP3 CD player, electric ignition all round on the fridge, fire, oven etc and a massive washroom with a shower bigger than the one I have at home!! This is just to name some of the spec!
Towing wise, what engine is yours and what type of caravan are you looking for. My outfit currently is the best EVER I have owned. The current caravan itself has always towed pretty well, but the 147 is simply awesome at towing. My kerbweight according the manual is 1310kg (without driver) but I measured it on a public weighbridge at 1480kg (without driver) and I have no options fitted
The noseweight is a little on the low side, but careful loading will avoid this problem. The heavey kerbweight, combined with the short overhang, stiff suspension, low profile tyres and monsterous diesel engine make 4x4's look crap for towing.
Not sure how the 156 will fair as it does have a longer rear overhang, although most of the chassis and suspension is the same. The petrol engines may be a little weak, but adequate.
I have a detachable towbar (NEVER go for the ugly fixed towbar) and I fitted it which took around 5-7 hrs.
Keep me posted on you progress please! I am very interested! and if you need any help do not hesitate to ask