Some people hit the nail on the head the first time while others have to go back to the drawing board. Either way, these readers are quite happy with their vehicles and caravans.
2015 TOYOTA FORTUNER 3.0 D-4D He might have to wait a few years before owning his dream Prado, but Johann van der Merwe from Schweizer Reneke is quite content with his flawless Fortuner.
A good towing vehicle needs to be powerful enough to pull a caravan, and after briefly looking at the Ford Ranger, I decided on this used Fortuner that I picked up for R320 000. I have been towing my 1986 Jurgens Fleetline XL with the Toyota using a standard Toyota tow bar for a year without any issues. The Jurgens might be an older model but it is every bit as comfortable and spacious as its modern counterparts. The Toyota has given nothing but great service, but my only bugbear is that it doesn’t have cruise control, so my right foot has to keep on working. The Fortuner tows without strain at 120 km/h, and with the caravan hitched it manages an average fuel consumption of around 10,5 ℓ/100 km. Without the Jurgens that figure easily drops to 8,3 ℓ/ 100 km. Our favourite getaway with this towing combination has to be the Rietspruitdam Holiday Resort near Ventersdorp. It’s very cosy there and the resort also has a heated swimming pool.
2006 JEEP CHEROKEE 2.8 Their BMW 316 might have been big on luxury but it just couldn’t go all the places Christo and Alida Laing from Paarl wanted to go.
After driving an executive sedan for five years we decided to get something a little hardier to carry us off the beaten track. We purchased “Smurfie” for R145 000 six years ago and haven’t looked back since because it’s been quite reliable and is a pleasure to drive. I’ve had to change the tyres to a brand and type that’s more readily available so they can be replaced on a whim, but otherwise I haven’t had to alter what the manufacturer’s put together. My only source of irritation is the rear hatch that rattles on poor gravel roads. If I had a spare R10 000 I’d put the funds into a new suspension system – particularly for more ground clearance. The Jeep has more than enough power for our usual journeys, but you pay for that at the pumps. Smurfie averages around 11,7 ℓ/100 km on tar, and on 4x4 trails it can climb to as much as 20 ℓ/100 km. Our favourite trip with the Jeep was our month-long tour of Namibia, a beautiful country occupied by friendly and hospitable people. We visited the Skeleton Coast, Etosha, Damaraland and several other places.