Tow rating ?

Submitted: Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 03:47
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Just wondering why some vehicles have a higher tow rating overseas for the same model ,someone told me the prado diesel was rated at 2.5 tonnes here yet the exact overseas model with the same engine I stated to tow 3 tonnes why is this .and it's not just toyota its a lot of Other makes as well?

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Reply By: TomH - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 07:10

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 07:10
In some instances it is because we are considered a high heat area and they limit it to allow for harsh conditions.
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Reply By: Malcom M - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 07:19

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 07:19
Local insurance implications maybe?
Probably find the Oz rating is the same as the USA rating. Both increasingly run by lawyers and other parasites.
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Follow Up By: Members - Bow & Nan - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 08:00

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 08:00
The 200 series LC has a higher rating in the USA
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:03

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:03
Probably because some of us out here use em the way they are meant to be used instead of driving down 6 lane highways and Autobahns!
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Reply By: Ken - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:51

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:51
Could another factor be the fact that Australian Prados have 2 big fuel tanks, European ones don't seem to have this. Not sure about NZ and US does anyone know if Prados there have 2 tanks? The thing that surprises me with Prados is that the 2 door one has a higher tow rating than the 4 door ones.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 14:21

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 14:21
"The thing that surprises me with Prados is that the 2 door one has a higher tow rating than the 4 door ones."

Shorter rear overhang? Lower GVM for the same running gear?
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Reply By: Member - Witi Repartee - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 15:20

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 15:20
Same with Pajero. In NZ rated at 3 tonne regardless...here in Australia rated 2.5 tonne when Towball weight exceeds 180kg. Apparently to protect Aisin automatic in hot conditions.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 16:07

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 16:07
I'm guessing it's our country's over-zealous law makers.

Have a look at a product called Air Safe Hitch. These are made in the USA and come from that country with a sticker stating what they are rated to tow and the down weight. Once they get here to Australia the local agent, BTA Towing Equipment, whack another sticker on the damned thing that has a substantially lower rating than what the yanks have stipulated.

From discussions I've had with another Silverado owner who owns a 5th wheeler, the same thing applies to the apparatus these vans require that gets bolted into the bed of the truck. He thought he'd be smart and bought one direct from the states that met his van's requirements. However, when he went to have the whole rig checked over by the authorities, he was told that he needed a heavier duty 5th wheel in the bed of his truck.

Go figure!!!
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 16:25

Monday, Jun 20, 2016 at 16:25
Law makers do not determine tow capacities of vehicles, it is the manufacturers that do this.

Landrover Discovery and Range Rover products have a much higher tow capacity and ball downforce loading than the same UK vehicles and about the same as the US.
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