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We are about to travel to Darwin for 6 weeks (from Victoria) towing a caravan. At the moment we drive an XR6 but the few times we've towed have been overly expensive on fuel. We are considering updating to either a Navara, Rodeo, Triton or Courier (probably only 4 X 2) but are unsure which is the best way to go or should we just stick to the XR?
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 13:46

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 13:46
So towing is the only time you have an issue?

What is the change over figure on deals you have so far? How far would that change over figure get you in klms? Same as your planned trip?

Changing cars just for 1 or 2 trips a year seems a bit of a waste, specially when its fine for the other 48 weeks a year.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 14:31

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 14:31
Im with Truckster xr6 would be an excellent tow vehicle and the other vehicles are tradsemans vehicles. You will be disapointed in the ride/handling/power long after you remember you saved a few hundred(if lucky) the other 45 week sof the year you dont tow
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Reply By: alister - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 14:40

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 14:40
Lets do the sums. Melbourne to Darwin and back, with a little running around in the mean time, say 10000 kms. I tow a 17' van with a Fairmont Ghia VCT 6 cyl, average towing 23-24 l/100 kms.

So lets say you will do the whole trip at 23/100 kms. DOWNGRADING to one of the four you mention may get fuel to 15/100 kms. Seeing as deisel is the same price as premium (which you should be feeding the XR6 for towing) means no price difference at the pump. I have also towed with a Patrol turbo deisel at 17/100 so I don't think 15 for a smaller engine is unreasonable.

Saving by downgrading is 2300 lt premium to 1500 lt, say 800 litres. Fuel prices are sure to dance, but how does 115 cpl sound? 800* 1.15 = $920, call it $1000 saving in fuel.

The extra you pay in stamp duty will gobble that up, wipe out any savings you could have hoped for, at at the end of the day you are left with a bucket of bolts nowhere as nice as an XR6.

Do your own numbers, for a one-off you will probably come to the same conclusion.

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Reply By: sean - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 22:18

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 22:18

and when you are not towing, you might even be tempted to wind it out - to whatever.

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