Nissan Qashqai towing Lunar Qasar 524. Please help

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Good evening.

Im looking to change my caravan for a 2013 Lunar Quasar 524 to be towed by my 2008 Nissan Qashqai 2.0 Dci Acenta (not 4WD).

Im a little confused as ive done towcar checks with the caravan club and what tow car and the results are slightly different. The caravan club quotes the kerbweight of the car as 1520 and the whattowcar quotes 1595. This means one is over 85% and one is under 85%. Ive tried to locate the actual kerbweight of my own vehicle using the internet and some throw out other figures as low as 1490. (at the time of writing i havent got access to my vehicle or i'd check it).

What are yout thoughts on the variations of the kerbweight and do you think its safe to tow the lunar with it (Ive been towing for 4 years and my current caravan is a Bailey Ranger GT60 500/5).

The other thing that im confused at is the noseweight. The Nissan has a maximum towball weight of 75KG but ive read somewhere that the weight shouldnt be more than 7% of the MTPLM which is 91KG.

 

I hope that smoeone can put me out of my misery as to the suitability as ive already put a £500 deposit on the Lunar !!!!

 PS - Any tips on loading the van and the car would be helpful too

Many Thanks 

 
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If you have towed successfully for 4 years then a ratio over 85% should not be an issue. I tow my Lunar at 90% and others at 100%. The 85% is only a recommendation .

You should not exceed the tow ball weight of 75 kg. The recommendation is between 4 and 7% of the mtplm, so 75kg will be fine. I had a 2011 524 and it towed like a dream. 

 
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Firstly, because kerbweight is specific to each and every vehicle, one should not be surprised at one source quoting 1520kg and another 1595kg. This is only to be expected. Besides, a difference of only 75kg is hardly going to change the weight ratio by an amount that you would ever notice in practice. I challenge anyone to be able to detect the difference in behaviour of an outfit at 85% compared with one at, say, 88%.

Regarding the noseweight formula of 7%, this is only a recommendation that originated in the dim and distant past when there were no limits set by the manufacturer. Nowadays we have such limits, so it's best simply to stick to them, keeping as close to but not exceeding them.

 
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before  I bought my Lunar Quasar 524 I aked the salesman to work out if my car which was a Golf Plus 1.9tdi to work out if it would pull the Quasar. He did and it was OK.

It's dangerous to rely on the salesman to do such a check. After all, he's out to catch a deal, so he will always be tempted to say that an outfit is quite OK although it may actually be borderline.

 
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before  I bought my Lunar Quasar 524 I aked the salesman to work out if my car which was a Golf Plus 1.9tdi to work out if it would pull the Quasar. He did and it was OK.

It's dangerous to rely on the salesman to do such a check. After all, he's out to catch a deal, so he will always be tempted to say that an outfit is quite OK although it may actually be borderline.

Write your comments here...Yes I hear what your saying but I did get a print out from him . I believe it was from towsure.

 
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ps: You should find the kerbweight of your particular car in the V5c certificate, Section 4, Item G (Mass in Service).

Thanks for this Lutz, I'd not been able to find a weight for my car, but never thought of looking there!   May confirm it on a weighbridge soon though, as I need to check the fully loaded weight of our 524 now a mover has been fitted.

Do you know what "Mass in Service" means in this context?

 
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