Jackeroo - towing capacity

Submitted: Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 08:32
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I have a July 1992 4WD, UBS Jackeroo, manual, V6. The car manual suggests that max towing capacity is 1600kg however the local caravan dealer has indicated (from their Hayman Reese catalogue) that the capacity for a Jackeroo built after Mar/Apr 1992 is much greater than this.

It is possible that the car manual could be for the earlier model.

Can anyone clarify this for me please. Thanks.
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Reply By: TASPAJ - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 16:32

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 16:32
It's all in the tow bar. Our local Hayman Reese dealer told me with the H/D tow bar fitted they can tow 2500kg no worrys. I think the holden fitted tow bar was only rated for 1600kg. I hope this helps.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 18:03

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 18:03
Higgins,

The gospel from my 1998 UBS Series Handbook says:-

TOWING CAPACITY. (State regulations permitting)
You may tow up to 750 kg without trailer braking.
When towing from 750 kg to 2,000 kg the trailer must have, at least, over run trailer brakes.

If towing over 2,000 kg up to the maximum allowable mass of 2,500 kg the trailer must be fitted with driver actuated brakes operating on all wheels which includes "break away" operation in an emergency.

Note: The maximum rated towing capacity for your vehicle is 2,500 kg.
Isuzu-General Motors offer a genuine tow bar package of 2,250 kg.
If you wish to use the additional towing capacity from 2,250 kg up to 2,500 kg., consult a tow bar specialist for a tailored Heavy Duty tow bar.

I wouldn't have thought there would be any difference between the 1992 and 1998 UBS model. Maybe mine has larger capacity brakes???
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Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 18:22

Friday, Jul 22, 2005 at 18:22
The 98 3.5 and new diesel models have larger brakes, axles, and diffs than the previous 3.2 model. This extra engineering was probably not necessary but welcome all the same.

I think, however that the towing capacity is more related to the weight of the towing vehicle than the strength of the drivetrain, and with the right towbar you should be able to tow up to 2500kg. That's a bloody heavy load, though, and would see your fuel consumption go through the roof.

I have towed an 1800kg caravan with my 98 Monterey 3.5 petrol and it did it easily, but I wouldn't want to go to 2500kg. When a trailer is heavier than the tow vehicle I believe it becomes an unsafe combination no matter what brakes and other stabilising accessories the trailer might have. I have no scientific backup for this, but I believe the dog should always wag the tail.
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