Originally Posted by kencocamper
have just been told by A FRAME fitter when asking for a quote that recent Daihatsu Charade models are not good cars to tow on A FRAMES as they have zero caster angle suspension which isnt good so far as towing is concerned, has anyone heard this or would dispute it,
I have beem pm ing you but for the rest of the members I reiterate here that not only is it a great TOAD but my wife is in love with it for her voluntary driving, taking old/infirm etc to hospital etc as its doors open a full 90 degrees and it has a low floor/deep seats great for access. The clients love it too for that and its roominess, always getting compliments.
I tell my missus thats why I bought it but she knows its because its the lightest 5 door in its class (740KG Unladen, 1200KG GVW)! Up to 68 mpg, acceptable performance, and £35 road tax. Pulled behind an only 2001 1.9TD Fiat I literally do not know its there and it hardly affects solo M/H performance, which is admittedly poor. I can reverse it in a straightish line on tarmac or similar high adhesion surface for as far as I need (YES without the overun applying the car's brakes!) for overshot fuel pumps etc with no problem either.
If Chris Cox is reluctant perhaps he has had problems with some aspects of fitting and tying-in the electrics on this car to work the car's existing rear lights via the M/H rather than use a separate board?
I note Towtal (obviously they never mentioned any problems) always fit the spreader bar for the tow eyes behind the front skinning whereas Chris Cox/ Car a Tow/Pro Tow fit all in front so you have a black lateral bar and eye ends showing, I only see the eye ends on mine.
As I said, apart from the first set of front tyres wearing quickly on the outside treads (and that might have been under-inflation from new, I never checked a new car) I have had absolutely no problems in 2 years of towing over 1000's of miles in all sorts of conditions including some pretty horrendous hair-pins in Germany. The second set of front tyres are wearing fine now I inflated to 5 psi over normal load figure.
It has had 2 full annual services (no MOT yet, 2005 model) where my very good local garage mechanic has not noted any problems with the suspension (it was he who noted the tyre wear on the first service).
Thoroughly recommended, go for it!