Towing Van with Triton

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 18:35
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Hi All,
Just wondered if we could get some feedback/advice
We are thinking of getting a Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R Auto Diesel to tow a 2004 24ft Jayco Heritage.
Have purchased neither yet but these are what we are currently looking at
Any advice from Members would be appreciated
Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Ross M - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 19:28

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 19:28
They may be cheaper but for all round ability and performance for the price I would buy a New Dmax auto.
Possibly both will need different shocks to cater for the weight and mass transfer which occurs when towing any van.

2.5 litres has to work harder than 3L to tow the same thing.

Of course personal preference comes into play but Triton isn't one of my preferences.
Other will see it differently of course.
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Reply By: Member - Sanantone - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 19:42

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 19:42
I have a GLX-R 4x4 auto diesel Triton, no problems, but you do know you are towing a caravan, especially up hills (though I would suspect that would be for most vehicles).

They tell me they went for the 2.5lt engine for fuel consumption, but I don't know, my unit is 9500kms old, the last tow with my Starcraft was giving me 17lts/100km, I am told this should improve at around 20,000km's???

The only thing I have done is put an extra spring leaf in the rear end. It rides very well & has no need for a WDH.
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 20:37

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 20:37
Penzance - I haven't got 24' Jayco Heritage tare to hand, but I'd be hazarding a guess at around 2300-2400kgs?

I've got kerb weight figures for a current Triton dual cab 4x4 between 1920 and 1975kg.

Add in your load in the ute (passengers, plus luggage, plus extra fuel, plus accessories, plus bikes/toys/spares) and you're most likely running up close to maximum GCM.

Add in a couple of hot Summer days and few big hills and you've got a little engine stewing, as it performs to its absolute maximum - for several hours at a time.

The old truckies have a good saying, from way back. "You can have a little motor working hard, or a bigger motor working easy". It's your call.
I know what I'd be eliminating from the search - and it's anything with an engine 2.5L and under.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Member - escapesilv - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 20:43

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 20:43
Hi Penzance.

I am towing a off road Supreme Territory with my 2010 Challenger that has the same motor as the triton, the van is just over the 2100 Kg, it tows with no problems and consuming between 13.5 to 15 Lts for every 100 Km depending on the road, if the Jayco Heritage does not exceed the weight limits, you will be fine.

Good luck.

Cheers Rob.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 23:41

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 23:41
I had the same year Challenger with a 2500kg van and it was within it's legal limits but beyond what I felt was comfortable for that size motor. Sitting on 90-95 it just had nothing left to overtake slower vehicles.

Upgraded to the D-Max and it is chalk and cheese. D-Max does it so easily and as mentioned above, the auto handles towing extremely well.

The van of the size you have described is going to come in at 2500kg or more. The current Triton is rated for 3000kg but to tow that is pushing the envelope - I believe that the 2015 model will be rated for 3500kg so one wonders what they are going to do to achieve this.

My shopping list consisted of the Ranger, BT50, Colorado and the D-Max as all 4 have a tow capacity of 3500kg.

Even with all the extras I have added I am legally limited to towing only about 3000kg - this is after having a GVM upgrade givin me a 270kg increase in payload.
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 22:22

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 at 22:22
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Reply By: Batt's - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 17:13

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 17:13
Personally If I was towing something that big I would rather do it with a bigger vehicle which is heavier or similar to the weight of van you're towing. It will be a lot for safer and it will help give you control over the van not the other way around if things start to go wrong.
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 19:14

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 19:14
Be aware the van may be close to 3 tonne loaded
I have a Jayco Sterling 24 foot 2007 model.
When I put it over a weigh bridge it came in at 2.9 tonne.
This included two tanks of water (180L) a genset and 2 Jerry’s of fuel and an annex.
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 20:46

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 20:46
There is an excellent Australian Triton forum called newtriton.
It has excellent information on towing.
It has an excellent search engine and is very well run.

You will not be able to post a question without being flamed until you have searched for your topic, unlike some websites that allow you to post a question identical to the one above it or below it, thus making the website next to useless when it comes to searching, that is, if it has a decent search engine at all. Like this forum.
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Follow Up By: ModSquad - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 22:48

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 22:48
Hello Penance

The Triton forum John and Regina M are referring to is HERE .

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Reply By: Penzance - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 19:04

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 19:04
Thanks to all who have replied to my original question.
Have now decided against the Triton
Will come back to this forum after some more thought
Thanks again
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