THE ONLY FORUM FOR ENTHUSIASTS OF CLASSIC SAFARI CARAVANS MADE BETWEEN 1948 AND 1982.
This group was started in 2003, with the aim of encouraging the preservation and enjoyment of all Safari Caravans made before 1978 and of the classic shape with the drop front side window made until 1982.
We try to assist owners in preservation, restoration, sales and purchase of these excellent Caravans. Membership is open to anyone who owns, has owned, or would like to own a Safari caravan, or is a supplier of products or services directly related to these Caravans.
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I have just bought my 1971 11-2 Safari and have yet to tow it. It will hopefully be delivered to me on Saturday.
I had hoped to use our Toyota Hilux Invincible but I am worried that the tow ball is too high and the caravan will be on an angle and the back will catch on the road.
We have a Nissan NV200 Van, it's 1500cc diesel but it is quite light and struggles up the very steep cart track to our house in the wet. It's useless in mud and I don't think it will tow the weight. I have just used it for taking the trailer to the tip or picking up small bits of furniture.
Our car is a Jaguar S Type, 2.7 diesel which I think will tow the caravan easily but we don't have a tow bar fitted. Obviously it will be a lot closer to the ground than the pick up truck.
I have taken a photograph of the caravan wheel, does it look normal? Are they usually that low to the ground? If not is it likely that I need to get the suspension looked at to raise it?
Believe it or not the B&B suspension is height adjustable – at the correct setting the swinging arms should be dead parallel with the chassis rail above them. This however is not intended to compensate for saggy and worn out springs. As a height guide the top of the tow ball should measure 450mm to the ground plus or minus up to 50mm depending on the size of the outfit. I guess the shorter the caravan the less tolerance is allowed. Based on that principle park the caravan level on level ground and measure from the inside of the hitch socket/head to the ground – ideally this should be no less than 400mm which allows up to 50mm for suspension movement on the tow vehicle when hitched up. Of course the tyre profile comes into play as well; these should be van spec/80 profile tyres and inflated to around 40psi although there is some debate as to the correct pressures!