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Post by melcragg on Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:10 pm

I'm thinking of towing a Smart car behind my Sherbourne. Is this possible and recommended?
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Post by Nuevo on Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:16 pm

the sherbourne from memory has a pretty long overhang so not sure but someone here should know

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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Tue Feb 03, 2015 5:50 pm

Your vehicle and AS manuals should give the maximum braked trailer mass for the base vehicle. The Smart will be about 850 kg on A frame or 1200 kg on a trailer.

I tow a Smart on a trailer with my Gloucester (163 bhp Merc). Tows very well, hardly notice it is there, about 4% increase in mpg.

I went for a trailer because the Smart is nearly new and an A frame fitted would have voided the warrantee on brakes, wiring loom and front body. There are reported problems with A frame legality in Spain and France?

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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:03 pm

There are not many Sherbourne's about so you may not get a response based on experience.

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Post by Pete Taylor on Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:10 pm

PLOUGHLIN wrote:Your vehicle and AS manuals should give the maximum braked trailer mass for the base vehicle. The Smart will be about 850 kg on A frame or 1200 kg on a trailer.

I tow a Smart on a trailer with my Gloucester (163 bhp Merc). Tows very well, hardly notice it is there, about 4% increase in mpg.

I went for a trailer because the Smart is nearly new and an A frame fitted would have voided the warrantee on brakes, wiring loom and front body. There are reported problems with A frame legality in Spain and France?
...and problems in other Euro countries now too, following very recent (end of 2014) legislation.

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Post by WEXFORDBELLE on Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:28 pm

At last another Sherbourne  allthumbz owner that makes three on the forum to my knowledge, I was also thinking of towing our Smart

 but am now looking into possibly towing it on a trailer I have a tow bar which was already fitted so when I next go down to the van

 I will check it out underneath to see how the land lies.

I also chipped the VW a few months ago which gave me a good increase in power which would help if you find out anymore info

 regarding the towing please PM me and I will do the same.


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Post by melcragg on Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:05 pm

I love my Sherbourne. I waited 3 years for a non-dealer one - Meaning a sensible price. Mine is 4 berth, 26k miles 'Y' reg. I would love to hear about the Towbar on yours and possibly see some photos? I was actually thinking of towing a Twizy. I do lots of running and the bathroom in the Sherbourne is perfect. Oh the chipping is interesting - does it help the pulling power? [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by WEXFORDBELLE on Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:55 pm

Ditto allthumbz at the risk of going off topic the power difference was very noticeable and I am glad I did it very simple to do if you want

 the details I can e mail you including how to do it and the original emails and pictures from this well known company, however I brought through there auction site rather than there web site and saved about £40. up!  

With regards the tow bar I will pick up the van next weekend from the farm and check it out and take some pictures.

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Post by melcragg on Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:30 pm

Hi Pat. will you be able to take some photos of the Tow bar? Many Thanks
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Post by WEXFORDBELLE on Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:01 am

Hi I have just put the Sherbourne back down the farm I will go next Sunday and see if I can take some pictures, I will also get

 the make and model of the towbar if that will help.

What I did notice when I was fitting a reversing camera this weekend is that the towbar is a serious bit of kit with really thick tubing

 involved,

My towbar was professionally fitted (by the previous owner ) so on the label it has the approvals weight etc.

regards Pat up!
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