AnswerID: 312850 Submitted: Sunday, Jun 29, 2008 at 13:02
Member - Ed. C. (QLD)
I know there are plenty out there doing it, but I personally would not even contemplate towing anywhere near 2 ton on a single axle (not for any distance, anyway)....
If you must, make sure that it's a sturdy axle (at least 50mm square), and running parallel bearings.. the tyres also need to be of appropriate construction, and given that they will need to be run at near max, pressure to carry the weight, it follows that the suspension
needs to be very compliant, with good shockies, otherwise it'll shake everything to bits!
The major concern that I see here, is the stated 88kg ball wieght... On a 2-ton single-axle, that is waay too light, and that van will be very unstable at highway speed (especially on some of the roads in black-soil areas where ya get that nice "see-saw" action going)... Tandems can be a bit more forgiving in this (ball weight) regard, but not a single!...
Sorry to appear negative, but it's not something I would consider buying..
FWIW, for the past 30 years or so,I've towed trailers every which way across this country, so I think I can claim to have more than a little experience towing;-)
My current campertrailer (Mk2) is on tandem axles, as was the previous (Mk1), and as far as I'm concerned, it's the only way to go...
You asked for comments good or bad, so that's my 2-bobs worth;-))
Regards, Ed C
"He who lie underneath automobile with tool in hand,
....Not necessarily mechanic!!"
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