What can I tow ?

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 12:58
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Just doin the excerise on just how much I can legally tow with 2008 bt50 daul cab ?i would be hoping to pull around a mid size daul axle van ? Any ideas
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Reply By: Athol W1 - Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 13:46

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 13:46
Ray t1
A quick check on redbook.com.au indicates that the 2008 Mazda BT50 4 door ute has a GVM of 3059kg, a GCM of 5500kg and a towing capacity of 2500kg. You can not legally exceed any of these figures.

You should be able to find a van up to about 19ft that would meet those specs, just be aware that not all 19 ft vans will be under the required 2500kg loaded mass.

Have fun
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Follow Up By: ray t1 - Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 13:48

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 13:48
Thanks for that Athol ,
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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 17:35

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 17:35
As said you can legally tow 2500kg BUT the following applies.
Check your towbar is rated to at least that weight.
When your vehicle is loaded and hitched to a van the max GVM includes your towball weight in its 3059kg.
The difference between GVM and GCM is 2441 kg which is Ok as GCM is comprised of the GVM plus the GTM of the van (weight on the wheels only).

However I would suggest that towing the absolute maximum allowed is not the best for a long trip.
Also towing in top gear at lower than optimum revs will not be good.
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Follow Up By: ray t1 - Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 18:04

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 18:04
Yer thanks Tom, your replies are very helpful. Cheers
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Reply By: noggins - Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 19:58

Thursday, Jul 07, 2016 at 19:58
If it's the same as my 2008 Ranger and Auto it's 2500Kgs Max.

And if it's auto drive with the Overdrive OFF or else the box won't last all that long.

Make sure you use a HaymanReece tow bar as well as I've sen a few Ford ones "grow" around the tongue hole where the hitch goes in and had to be re-inforced a bit.

I've had the ECU upgraded on my Ranger and pull a close to 2500K's van without too much effort
I do have a Scangauge fitted that also , apart from a few other read outs keeps an eye on the Trans Fluid Temp ( TFT )

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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 19:10

Friday, Jul 22, 2016 at 19:10
Actually like most people you are asking the wrong question.

The question should be what can I safely, comfortably and reasonably tow.

The published figures are absolute maximums ...... intended on "smooth improved surfaces" and on passenger and passenger derived commercials not on a continuous basis at high speed.

remember too that those maximum ratings will be influenced by the load carried in the vehicle.

Some vehicles will only produce their maximum towing capacites with a large sized driver and his lunch in the vehicle.

you must become familiar with the detail of how this is worked out and be 100% familiar with the numbers and how they work.
like many you will find yourself overloaded but blissfully unaware
with a premature vehicle failure.

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