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Old 01-03-16, 08:09 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm planning to go on a 6000 mile trip around Europe in my 407 2.0 HDI and I will have a lot of luggage with me as I will be gone for about a month.
I was wondering whether anyone knows what would be more fuel efficient, either driving a full, cramped and heavy car (nose up, rear down) or towing a little 750kg type trailer around me? I will only be towing it for about 4000 miles out of the 6000.
Any help much appreciated.
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Where abouts?
What month?
What route?
Where are you stopping?

I've done a fair few miles in Europe and if it's holiday season, you're going through small villages between mountain routes before going over the top of them I'd not recommend a trailer. It's full of idiots on bikes, motorbikes, crazy couch drivers and the type of people who only drive when it's time to take the kids to school or the "main" driver is too tired.

If you're bombing down to Italy on motorways then a trailer is fine and would be a massive advantage if you can secure it during the day and leave it somewhere.
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I'm going France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and back to UK and I'm going around December and it would be mainly motorway driving as I have friends and friends' families in most of the countries where I could leave the trailer for a day or 2.
As most of the driving will be on motorway, I'm between these 3 options

1) Towing a trailer for 4000 miles part of trip on motorways only.
2) Have a full car for the whole trip.
3) Full boot + roof box all the time

What would you say works out cheaper?

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I'd go with the trailer. A cramped car is no fun on short journeys never mind prolonged stints. A cramped cabin is likely to cause fatigue and with cramped and uncomfortable passengers likely to be a distraction I'd say comfort and a relatively pleasant drive would far outweigh any increase in fuel costs (if any).
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Agreed. I wouldn't normally go with the trailer route, but if its just for a short bit on motorways it shouldn't be so bad.
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my thoughts exactly....i often go on long journeys, most times with 3 other passengers and this being the longest one I thought a trailer might come in handy.
I am now convinced to go with the car itself as empty as possible haha.
I know a roof box would cause some drag and air resistance but what about the trailer that is smaller than the rear of the car - so from inside the car, I can't see the trailer in any mirror, except the very end of it in the rearview mirror, so it's a tiny one.
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Trailer would be my choice, two small caveat's,

Have you a good clutch?

Has your trailer got the barrel that gets pulled out with the key style lock that can't be removed with a bolt cutter.
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Roof box - I've a large thule evolution box I use on my 307sw which has very little effect on economy/performance on trips from York to Cornwall.

Downside - no point in panoramic roof! Also they can be easily broken into so may pose a security risk.
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I'm going France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and back to UK and I'm going around December and it would be mainly motorway driving as I have friends and friends' families in most of the countries where I could leave the trailer for a day or 2.
As most of the driving will be on motorway, I'm between these 3 options

1) Towing a trailer for 4000 miles part of trip on motorways only.
2) Have a full car for the whole trip.
3) Full boot + roof box all the time

What would you say works out cheaper?

Thanks
Ignoring costs, a trailer would be my choice, just like everyone else.

Keep in mind that you'll probably encounter snow at some point as well.
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Thanks everyone for your input...trailer it is!
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