coments re 22ft Bt ( towing, manouverability etc)

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 04, 2007 at 07:40
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We are considering bying a 22ft BT, and would like comments of ownners of this size van..as opposed to 21ft van..

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John & Sophie
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Reply By: Motley - Thursday, Oct 04, 2007 at 08:17

Thursday, Oct 04, 2007 at 08:17
My first question would be - what is the tow vehicle?

That will determine the answer to your question.

I have a 20' BT which I tow with a Lexus (same wheelbase as a Landcruiser)) My opinion is that I would not want to tow a longer or heavier van with my current tow vehicle. Having said that, I've towed the 20' BT on several trips around Oz, on both bitumen and the dirt, covering about 100,000 kms without a problem.

Anything longer or heavier and I feel I would be in a position where the tail is wagging the dog.

So, from my point of view, the level of safety in towing a 21' or 22' van will be largely determined by your choice of tow vehicle.

I'm sure there will be other opinions.
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Reply By: Flipp'n Lorry - Thursday, Oct 04, 2007 at 15:14

Thursday, Oct 04, 2007 at 15:14
Agree with Motley.

We have towed both an 18' and 20' behind a Landcruiser. Whilst the 20' has always towed beautifully, my sense is that anything larger might be starting to push a safe boundary, irrespective of weight compliance.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Oct 05, 2007 at 03:00

Friday, Oct 05, 2007 at 03:00
John & Sofie,

We tow a 21 foot BT with an F250 twin cab and it tows like a dream.

The only thing that affects our manouverability is the poor turning circle of the 4WD F250. We have never found the caravan to be a problem.

We travelled with a 27ft BT last year and only once did he get caught between trees that we were able to get through, and we both went into some pretty tight places, the tightest being the turn around at the end of Red Bank Gorge in the West Macdonal Ranges, and if anyone has been in there they would know that you shouldn't take a caravan in there.

If you have an F250, then you will not have a problem with a 22ft van.

Steve & Leith Harry have a 22ft that they tow behind a Landcruiser and they have been everywhere with it, including parts of the Telegraph Track in Cape York.

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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Friday, Oct 05, 2007 at 07:45

Friday, Oct 05, 2007 at 07:45
With only the experience of smaller vans, it would depend on what sort of travelling you intend to do. If it is to be your only home, and you plan to stay in places for quite a while, perhaps doing the touristy stuff as day trips, then you may like the space of a big van. We have and 18', and although my king sized husband would like the space and to have an island QS bed in a 20', for just holidaying, i wouldn't go past 18'. Some 19' look as roomy as 20', but even when we were away from January to April last year, including Tasmania, we had clothes for all seasons, plenty of food, tools etc, and still had room to spare in the cupboards.

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