hilux towing campertrailer

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hello both me and my wife are looking at traveling from townsville to darwin, down the centre to adelaide and then onto tasmania. we have a dual cab 1995 2.4 lt hilux and i was wondering if this 4x4 will tow a campertrailer whithout much trouble. looking at cavalier off road camper, we dont expect to do much off roading with it just thought it would be better suited, any advice would be very helpfull thankyou john.
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 16:41

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 16:41
John,
The hilux will tow a cavalier but it will be a slow trip, but that will give you time to soak in the view
regards
Vince
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Follow Up By: johno! - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 16:52

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 16:52
thankyou vince, we dont need to get anywhere fast just looking for a long and happy journey!
thanks again john.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 18:40

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 18:40
Johno

We have a Cavalier Camper off road model with 5 foot extra extension and all awning etc. From memory I think it only weighs about 1/2 a tonne by itself, nowhere near as heavy as the more expensive Kimberleys and so on which can weigh 1.5 tonnes or more.

My point, you will notice a difference towing but it will be minimal, you will easily be able to tow at 100 km/h on the flat, but overtaking may be a bit more tricky. That's when the above reply is true, don't stress, just wait till the next opportunity and don't push the overtaking. Enjoy the scenery.

By the way, I haven't proven our camper trailer in extreme offroad conditions yet, but for what we paid for it ($8500 brand new) it serves more than its basic function. Easy to erect (5 minutes or less if not windy) for quick stopovers, a bit more (1/2 hr) if pegging properly and putting up the annex, but extremely strong in gale forced winds. I trust you will find the same, takes a few goes to get efficient in erecting it though.

I went away with a mate in his 2.4 (I think it was) but on gas and still managed to sit on the speed limit towing the trailer. Should be no probs. I would just make sure the car is properly serviced and in good mechanical condition (especially engine cooling and clutch/trans) as you would undoubtedly do anyway

Hope this gives you the confidence you need to go ahead and really enjoy the trip

D-Jack
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Follow Up By: johno! - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 17:52

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 17:52
D-JACK thankyou for your reply your comments have been very re-assuring our hilux is in very good condition as we bought from new and we know the car off by heart thats why we dont really want to upgrade to another 4x4 thankyou again for your reply johno!.
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Reply By: Member - Bob et Joëlle (NSW) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 19:41

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 19:41
Johnno

We tow an Ultimate with a Landcruiser - no problems - but we also have a petrom 3.4l (3.something anyway) HiLux. It does it but it is not fast up hills etc. No worries about getting there - just relax and enjoy the scenery.
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Follow Up By: johno! - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 17:56

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 17:56
BOB ET JOELLE thankyou also for your reply its good to know that there is a few hilux 4x4 doing some towing in this great land and now there will be another one thanks again johno!.
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Reply By: pjd - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 20:22

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 20:22
johno you shouldnt have a problem i have an old 1985 hilux 2.4 diesel twin cab and i tow a 7x4 off road cameron camper with the lot. 12ft room,full annexe, bike racks,80ltrwater,3jerry holders,gas bottle,kitchen,huge tool box,toilet,chain saw, battery,table & chairs,3.6 mtr tinnie & out board & on some occasions a suzuki dr 250 on the draw bar and enough gear for 2 adults & 3 kids & 1 german sheperd
fully loaded its about 1200 kgs & it has brakes it will sit on 100-110klms all day if theres no head wind or hills & if there is sit back & enjoy the view like everyone says
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Follow Up By: johno! - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 18:01

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 18:01
PJD also thankyou for your post , we dont have as much gear as you to tow around but our dog will be joining us in our adventures aswell.
if you have been down the centre we would appreciate some good camping spots where dogs are allowed. thanks johno!
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Follow Up By: pjd - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:59

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:59
the flinders ranges are as far as i have ventured so far in that direction but looking forward for the time to go further cheers
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Reply By: Banjo - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 10:57

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 10:57
Yep - had much the same rig with a 4 door Mazda Bravo 2.6 4X4 and a HD camper.
As said above, you won't break any records, but you're probably too smart for that sillyness anyway. You can have a good time with that rig if you choose to !
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Follow Up By: johno! - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 18:09

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 18:09
BANJO thankyou for your imput it is good news to hear, we are not going to break any land speed records, we have all the time in the world to get to our destinations and it would only defeat the purpose of our trip if we were in any hurry.thanyou johno!
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Reply By: Russ - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 17:26

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 17:26
Jonno,

All comments here are valid. We have a 2.8l D, have been towing a 1 tonne trailer. Okay on the flat, very slow through hills etc and of course over taking.

Whilst it may seem to ob logical, do NOT tow in 5th gear. You will be surprised that some do.

The previous owner of our vehicle did and we paid the price of a gear box rebuild.

Russ
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Follow Up By: johno! - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 18:13

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 18:13
RUSS thanks for your reply i didnt know about the fith gear ill be sure to take your advise and hopefully all will be good thanks again johno!
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