Towing and the right gear

Submitted: Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
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Hi,
Just a quick question regarding towing.
I and the family are off to Uluru and Darwin this July. I am towing a old push up camper (an old Viscount explorer) weighing 750 kg. Plus gear (1000-1200 kg)? The question is what is the best gear to tow in going through hilly country? Is it just a case of watching the tacho and changing when the revs drop down. My major concern is fuel economy going on such a long trip. (cost) I have a 99 td man Jackaroo.
Thanks Will
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Reply By: Mike - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 00:00
Will,that weight shouldn't cause too many problems for the jackaroo, Just don't let it labour. Happy trails, Mike.
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Reply By: Damien - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00
Hi again Will, i also have the TD Jackaroo. 1-1.2 tonne will be absolutely no problem for your vehicle. I tow my parents 21ft caravan which weighs over 2 tonne & it cruises at 100Kph in 5th quite happily. Even up slight hiils it stays in 5th while maintaining speed. As Mike said, don't let the engine labour (you'll know when it is), just drop it to 4th & away you go. With that size camper behind, there will probably be very few situations where you need to go lower than 4th.
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Follow Up By: Will - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 00:00
Thanks D with an E, and Mike, its as I thought but its good to hear my thoughts make sense (for a change).
thanks guys.
and well done the BLUES.
Will
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