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« on: January 11, 2008, 11:06:33 AM »

We have an Elddis wisp 510cd which weighs in at 1050kg fully loaded.  Now on our 3rd year caravaning and started off in 2005, with 1979 2 berth stirling which let more water in the it kept out Cheesy  It was still 100% more comfy than the tent though Wink Cheesy

THis is the old stirling, which was never pulled by the galaxy


And this is the wisp with Frank after the first time it towed it.
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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2008, 09:02:37 PM »

Hi All,
       Just joined,first post. Currently tow a 2004 Abbey Spectrum 419 with an all up weight of 1653 kg.
Tow car is a Galaxy, (what else!) 2002, 1.9tdi, 115 PD. Taken all our holidays for last three years, at Three Cliffs Bay, on the Gower Peninsular (near Swansea, South Wales). Absolutely lovely. The Galaxy fits the bill for me. Steady 50-55mph, 6th gear all the way except for once or twice down to 4th or 5th on some of the really long uphill drags other side of Cardiff. Seems to run on fresh air. Touch wood it has never once given the slightest concern with any towing stability problems, although I must say the nose weight is always checked and it's loaded correctly (car as well) whenever we travel. It would be nice to try a 130 - 150 powered Gal. just to see if it could stay in 6th all the way. Pretty sure it would and something we will look forward to trying.
       Anyone who knows any other sites in South\Mid-Wales where you can literally perch on the sea shore\cliffs edge I would be very interested in hearing about them.
       Will get round to posting some Pics of the units when we get back Easter time when I should manage to get some reasonable ones by having the room to stand far enough back to get both in the frame.
       Anyone any thoughts on the best mirrors? Cheers, Bob
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2008, 10:34:46 PM »

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We have an Elddis wisp 510cd which weighs in at 1050kg fully loaded.  Now on our 3rd year caravaning and started off in 2005, with 1979 2 berth stirling which let more water in the it kept out Cheesy  It was still 100% more comfy than the tent though Wink Cheesy

THis is the old stirling, which was never pulled by the galaxy


And this is the wisp with Frank after the first time it towed it.

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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2008, 11:00:30 PM »

Addison, I think you need to add some text to explain why you have quoted TDi90's post. Undecided
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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2008, 11:21:25 PM »

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Addison, I think you need to add some text to explain why you have quoted TDi90's post. Undecided
i had a 1996 ford galaxy 90 bhp itwas under powed so ifitted apower box giving me 120bhp it could tow up to 60mph and hold caravan in 5th   gear agood towing car recomend power  box.
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2008, 09:54:13 AM »

I bought my Swift Challenger 12 years ago firstly towing with a Granada Scorpio 2.8 (6 years)  MK1 2.3 Galaxy (5 years) and less than  one year with the MK2 2.8 V6 Gal (all automatics).  The Scorpio auto box burnt out on the first trip so had an oil cooler fitted with the new box, thereafter no more problems but the van was affected quite badly by high sided vehicles even with a stabiliser.

When I changed to the Galaxy I got a much better ride without the swaying and I was assured that there was absolutely no need for a oil cooler to be fitted.  It didn't seem particularly underpowered although I did notice the difference with the 2.8 V6.  I couldn't think of a better tow car.
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« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2008, 07:55:11 PM »

I tow a 2007 Swift SportStyle 5 berth caravan, single axle, approx 1100 Kg with all the kit in. My 1.9TDi 115 pulls this with ease and I can easily maintain maximum speed on any road or motorway. Although it is possible to tow at a higher speed I have noticed that 'drifting' occurs if I try to tow at 10mph above the national speed limit.

Keeping some weight in the back of the Galaxy helps and loading over the axle on the caravan. I use an Al-ko stabiliser which means you feel very secure with the caravan behind but also 'feel' any road bumps three times instead of two.

I also tow a 3m box trailer which holds three karts and spare engines etc. This is twin axle and to be honest harder to tow than the bigger, heavier caravan. It has a bigger, negative effect on fuel consumption due to the extra drag caused by the second axle.

I have towed with various vehicles and rolled one caravan with a Sierra back in the '80s.

I can assure anyone thinking of towing with a Galaxy that they will definitely tow and tow well. Get the right match for your Galaxy and consider safety and all things are possible.

Ask me anything you like about towing with the Galaxy or caravanning.

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« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2008, 01:16:40 AM »

Looks like I am now a member of the caravanning fraternity Wink

Just travelled over 300 miles on an 8-hour round trip to Bridlington to pick up my caravan, an Elddis Typhoon XL. Was very impressed with how the Gal towed it. Looking forward to many weekends away and I am sure I will be asking our many, fully fledged caravanning, members for some advice.

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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2008, 01:38:15 AM »

looks a beauty!

As soon as the mrs gets back into paid work we'll be joining the caravan brigade too (this tent lark is no good for my back! LMAO)
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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2008, 01:47:02 AM »

It's not bad for it's age, about 1991. Needs a little TLC from me, but all round it is in good nick.

The interior is quite spacious for a tourer, which was one of the selling points.

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I was interested in buying a tourer when we got the Galaxy (2 years ago), but Sarah wasn't. You could've knocked me down with a feather when, two weeks ago, she said "shall we get a caravan?". I didn't hesitate Wink
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« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2008, 02:44:37 AM »

looks nice and clean inside. 4 birth?

Been looking at a few on ebay very similar to yours. We'd probably go for a 4 birth with awning (me, mrs 2 girls inside and the boys sleeping in the awning when we have all the kids)
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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2008, 10:46:59 AM »

she looks well nice daz,very tasty,reminds me of the early 90`s when me and tina had a caravan

didnt do galaxys then,just hooked ours up to the cortina mk5 estate,boy what a fun time lmao Grin

you guys are gonna have loads of fun Wink
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« Reply #27 on: June 22, 2008, 11:37:00 AM »

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Yes m8, 4 berth!

The two long seats turn in to a double bed and the two single seats turn in to a single bed with a bunk above it. Came with a full awning too.

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« Reply #28 on: June 22, 2008, 11:37:55 AM »

Looks great Daz!
Welcome to the rolling road block club  Cheesy


I recommened you join one of the major clubs (here or here).  Both offer good caravan/breakdown insurance and access to some great caravan sites along with practical advice.  
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« Reply #29 on: June 22, 2008, 11:47:07 AM »

Thanks for that TDi90.

Which club would you recommend? My wife thinks the Caravan Club are "up themselves"! Undecided whereas she feels a lot happier with the Caravan and Camping Club. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #30 on: June 22, 2008, 12:19:54 PM »

Its now almost our 3rd year with the caravan club, and we only joined the c&cc last month Cheesy due to the caravan forum I am a member of, using their camp sites more (members get discounts Wink)

Its all down to personnal preference really.  We have caravan club car breakdown cover and caravan insurance, + they have more of the '5 van only' sites near us (Starting from £6 per night Wink)

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