Small engines. Motor Caravans and tow cars.

9 Mar

ford 1.0 litre ecoboost engine

Prior to owning and driving the Dinkum Kamper, I was a little concerned about the 1.5 litre Turbo Diesel capabilities. I need not have worried. Our version has 110ps and 240Nm of torque. It copes with the Drivelodge campervan conversion easily. I have no doubts about towing our little Freedom Microlite Caravan with it. The Whattowcar website indicates a very comfortable towing match.

We used to tow with our Fiesta 1.6Tdci Mk Vii. No worries and excellent fuel efficiency achieving 45 mpg towing overall. Now a close friend has bought a similarly sized caravan to ours with a maximum tow weight of 750kg. His towcar? A nearly new Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost. It’s towing capacity is listed as 900kg. The engine gives 101ps and a torque figure of 170Nm. the torque curve of this little 3 cylinder engine is quite broad. Much broader than a conventional petrol engine due to it’s turbo characteristics. I shall post reports of my friend’s experiences , towing with this innovative (much patented!) motor. I want it to work well. I love compact solutions and believe this is where the future of motor camping lays.

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