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Can anybody suggest the correct rear tyre pressures when towing a lightweight caravan (960kgs gross weight) with a 1.4SE DSG and 17" tyres. In my previous car, a Skoda Octavia 1.8tsi, I increased the rear tyres by 4 lbs/sq inch and left the fronts as normal. I was thinking of using normal tyre pressures for a full load of passengers (not comfort pressures) as the noseweight of my caravan is approx. 75kgs. Any advice/comments would be appreciated, thanks.
 

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I also currently have a Skoda 1.8 tsi for towing an Eriba Triton. probably less than 1000kg but the important bit is the load on the towball.
I try for a 70kg load and for that I pump the Skoda's tyres up to that recommended for max load , about 45 psi if I recall correctly.

When I finally get my 1.4 petrol SE towcar with factory fit towbar, I will set the tyre pressures recommended again for maximum load. Apparently there is an information plate near the passenger door with the details.

The Ateca has a slightly shorter overhang from the tow ball to the back axle than the Skoda and thus the maximum weight on the towball is increased to 80kg. I will probably stick with a 70kg load though. Tyre pressure will be as recommended for 4 passengers.
 

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Thank you Kindness71 and Phosphoric for your replies. My Octavia rears only had 36 psi in because my old van had a light nose weight. The spec I have is the same as yours Phosphoric and I think I might go for the maximum passengers setting.
 

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Hi I've just finished my first towing trip with the caravan and put the rear tyre pressures up a couple of psi from the normal settings for 2 people.
The Ateca a 2.0tdi dsg towed with no problems at all towing at 1100kg caravan it did 30 mpg over a mix of motorway and A roads was very stable in the high winds on way home today. I previously towed with my V8 petrol Touareg so its a big improvement the 17 mpg it did.
Seat Ateca first time towing the caravan by david, on Flickr
 

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What type / size caravan will a 1.4 petrol se tow?
 

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Hi missy, the 6 speed manual 1.4SE can officially handle 1800kgs up a slope of 12% (about 1in 8). I wouldn't recommend this as it will make the outfit combination way over the top weight wise. The generally accepted maximum towing weight is 85% of the weight of the car which for the 1.4SE is 1,155kgs with a fully loaded caravan. This would be my recommendation for a safe combination. Re the type of caravan there are so many choices available that it makes it difficult to recommend a particular type/manufacturer.
 

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Hello gwagen. Thanks for your reply.Your outfit looks well matched and seems to ride fairly level, good omens for a good towcar.
 

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Think we are back to the weight of Missy's partners horse and horse box we never resolved. In the final analysis the horse will just have to walk ;). I was hoping some caravaners would turn up in that conversation.
 

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gwagen said:
Hi I've just finished my first towing trip with the caravan and put the rear tyre pressures up a couple of psi from the normal settings for 2 people.
The Ateca a 2.0tdi dsg towed with no problems at all towing at 1100kg caravan it did 30 mpg over a mix of motorway and A roads was very stable in the high winds on way home today. I previously towed with my V8 petrol Touareg so its a big improvement the 17 mpg it did.
Seat Ateca first time towing the caravan by david, on Flickr
Looks splendid.
 
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