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Car for family dive trips

Discussion in 'British Isles' started by BlueTrin, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. drakcheslav

    drakcheslav Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Serbia
    @Gareth J
    did you consider the Skoda Scala. It's like a bit shorter Octavia, and a lot cheaper.
    Inside it's basically an Octavia, just a bit shorter in the trunk
  2. HKGuns

    HKGuns Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Merica
    F150 in London would be great fun.
  3. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
    I drive a ford F150 Raptor with double cab. The reg legroom is the same as my old S500 LWB

    The truck is 6.2m bumper to bumper, 2.5m wing mirror to wing mirror and weighs 3500kg. It does 10mpg IF you drive it nicely (6.2 V*) but 140l tanks cost me £35

    It would be a nightmare (but oh so much fun) in the UK especially since it's CO2 is north of 500g/km

    That said it does tow well, I've taken a taxi off they lights (They drive like madmen) with a 7000kg club boat and trailer behind me (when that's attached it's 20m from front bumber to the outboards - certainly not allowed in UK)

    Happily takes 20 cylinders, 2 scooters a few cool boxes and gear for a weekend away. Land rover Discovery TDi - don't waste my time! :p

    * Aware that other that F150, most US readers won't understand this post :popcorn:
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  4. Gareth J

    Gareth J Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: UK
    You would be in luck, Petrol prices are unusually low at the moment because of the lockdown, it would only cost you about £150 to fill up in the UK at the moment :cheers:.

    It would cost more to drive to and from the boat, than for a full weekend of diving.
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  5. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: London
    Yea I came to the same conclusion, I think the previous example because it was due to carrying construction parts, it’s incredibly easy to go over the limit: bricks are very dense for example.

    Yea, living in London, car size (for parking) and mileage per unit of fuel is an issue for me

    In London, there is even a tax on old engines (mostly on old Diesel engines), so many people here buy petrol rather than diesel (in case they change the regulations and include more Diesel engines in the ULEZ charges)
  6. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

    I can fit a compressor plus all my dive kit and still has room for 3 passengers in my Lexus. The one I really wanted I saw in Thailand, but at B12,000,000 (£300,000) I can’t afford it.
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