Blackrat,We use our MP in exactly the way you suggest!
It’s main function was to give us self contained travel between home and our apartment in Spain, once restrictions are lifted.
It also doubles as a tow car for our caravan. We got to use it for the first time having spent all week in the Lake District.
I can report that it is an excellent tow car. In 30 years of towing its the most stable vehicle I’ve had.
I was a bit concerned that the 220 might be underpowered but it’s not. It romped up Shap on the M6 with 1400 kg of caravan in tow and didn’t drop below 55 mph. Most of the journey I had the cruise set at 63 mph and it was flawless.
Once on site I think we have the perfect combination. The MP and all the facilities for days out has been great.
Then the comfort of the caravan with its fixed bed, bathroom with separate shower and proper cooking facilities.
All in all we are very pleased.
That’s just the sort of feedback I wanted and great to hear that the MP is such a good tow car. We plan on buying a small caravan which is only 5.1m long (Swift Basecamp 2) and weighs (MIRO) 932kg, so should be a doddle.
My wife is concerned about the length and width of the rig which would be 10.24m long by 2.28m wide - effectively double the length of the MP. She towed the Eriba when we had a Subaru Forester and the overall combo was nearly a metre shorter 28cm narrower. I suppose if you’ve had 30 years of towing experience you wouldn’t find the size issue a problem.
As I’ve been writing this - very slowly! - I’ve seen your reply to GT, saying you have a Swift. Can you comment on build quality. They look to me as though they are built for a particular price point and I was wondering how they stand up to use. Like you, we hate the chintzy nature of most caravans which is why we like the very modern interior of the Swift Basecamp. Likewise, we went for the Westfalia Columbus because it was one of the very few PVC’s with a modern interior. The Eriba, on the other hand, was pretty nasty inside.
On the question of build quality, surprisingly we had several issues with the Eriba (don’t believe the hype about quality) and similarly many problems with both the Westfalia Columbus conversion of the Ducato and bed and roof problems with the MP. I fear for the future of Westfalia ‘proper‘ in the future, before even considering the fallout from the roof debacle. The days of Westfalia being a very large, prestigious company (in their heyday they employed 3,000 in Germany and it is now down to 300) are long gone. They are now part of the French Rapido group and according to my mole in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, when Westfalia were taken over the plan was to shut down all German production and move it to France. In fact there is quite a lot of badge engineering already taking place - the ‘Westfalia’ Kepler, Jules Verne, Kelsey etc are all built in France in the Florian factory. These are inferior (but expensive) products. The furniture is poor, the ‘leather’ is vinyl. I suspect we will see increasing build quality issues as a result of cost cutting by the Rapido accountants. Rant over.