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Post by roger7webster on Tue May 01, 2018 12:53 pm

aajax42 wrote:[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Looks good, but is classed as a trailer by Euro tunnel etc and greatly increases crossing costs. Also incurs extra fees on toll roads.
I frequently tow a small trailer or a motorbike trailer on the French Toll roads. Motorhome is Class 2 and there seems to be no extra charge for the trailer
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Post by Actionmike on Wed May 09, 2018 9:10 pm

Hi,
we had a tow bar fitted to our 07 Nuevo with the plan to tow bikes to shows.  PWS in Poole made a great tow bar which replaced the rear cross member. It is a substantial piece of kit, and has enabled me to make a Monkey bike carrier that drops over the tow ball. The ST50 fits nicely across the back of the van, no ramp needed, its light enough to lift on!. When we take two bikes, I tow a custom bike trailer. I have no handling issues, you don't notice any difference whether you tow or carry. ( I have fitted air suspension units )
Havn't had much luck putting pic's on site, but could email them to you.
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Post by Brumloz on Mon May 21, 2018 7:59 am

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Our trailer with two bikes loaded for the MCN bike festival this weekend.
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Post by bikeralw on Mon May 21, 2018 8:48 am

Nice bikes. I was at the MCN bike festival on Saturday, but rode there on my Aprilia 850. Might go in the van next year.
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Post by aajax42 on Sat May 26, 2018 1:15 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]    Saw this mentioned on another forum [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. This coupled with a honda C90 or Monkey bike is a possibility.
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Post by aajax42 on Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:13 pm

Have been travelling around France for a while now and it is clear the wife is not happy riding a bike. Was considering an e-bike for her but she is terrified of going anywhere near a road even if it has good cycle lanes. So I am convinced some sort of two person motorised transport is the best option for us. Love the Nuevo despite being very disappointed by the many faults that are showing up in this brand new motorhome, however we might have made a big mistake if we cant find a solution.
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Post by -mojo- on Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:43 pm

This forum's Dutto (who sadly we haven't heard from for nearly a year) and wife seemed happy with their 2-seat quad bike, which they towed to and in France using a small trailer. Might suit you?
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Post by raymondo on Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:52 pm

Before you even think of buying a tow bar (much less towing anything) for a Nuevo, load it up as though you were going away and the take it down to a weigh bridge and weight it - especially the rear axle weights If you think that you have sufficient spare capacity to add 25Kgs for a tow bar and another 25+ Kgs of nose weight then go for it.

On mine in holiday trim Im about 20 - 30 Kgs under the maximum weight  of 1900Kg - which is incidentally the maximum loading of the standard rear tyres.

then consider that weight added behind the rear axle will lift weight off the front axle - the end that does most of the braking and all of the steering.

The Nuevo is seriously tail heavy as standard think very carefully about the ramifications of adding more weight there - construction and use regulations, insurance reduced braking and worsened handling


all of the above goes double or treble for simply putting a 70Kg motorcycle on atowbar mounted  rack!
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