Nissan Patrol 2.8 turbo diesel towing

Submitted: Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 20:45
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Hi there. Does anyone know much about towing a 21 foot caravan with a GU 2.8 Nissan Patrol Turbo Diesel.
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Reply By: apwaddo - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 20:52

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 20:52
Ever thought of weighing the van fully laden instead of measuring it? It does have slightly more relevance.
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Reply By: outback epicurean - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:01

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:01
Think you might struggle. We pull a Aussie Swag camper weighing about 1200 kg and thats plenty for our GQ 2.8 which is the same motor minus I/C but lighter truck.

Biggest problem is taking off on an incline especially black top where you don't have enough punch down low to get underway. Been caught once or twice.

Also, the gear box in these is based on the 240/260 Z sports so is really too light for heavy continuous towing. Certianly stay in 4th and don't use O/D.

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Follow Up By: ACDC - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:29

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:29
Yeep i agree!
Realistically 1500kg would be the limit for 2.8d patrol
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Reply By: desert - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:39

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:39
I'd reckon 1500kg is too much of an ask. The 2.8 model has a physically small, car size clutch plate coupled to a light duty gearbox, lifted from the 280Z sedan. Asking for trouble.
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Reply By: Bilbo - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:32

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:32
If you were pulling the skin off a rice pudding then it may just manage it, but a 21 foot van - no way.

,,,,,,,,,and I love Nissans.

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Reply By: bombsquad - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:35

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 23:35
It depends on the distance and regularity, and the terrain. I towed a 2 tonne boat quite a bit with mine, but most runs were short, and a few up to 100k, once towed it 1000k. It didn't give an trouble, but was fairly flat going everywhere. I wouldn't tow it around Australia though.

Cheers Andrew
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 13:15

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 13:15
My 1998 GU 2.8 tows my Kanga Off Road camper OK. Got that low down problem on really steep inclines when starting off but I've overcome that by fitting manual locking hubs - leave them unlocked and select low range 2WD. Towed the Kanga (1400kg laden) on a 4 week trip of the Flinders Ranges, Big and Little Deserts with no problems. I've also hauled it through Broken Cart and points beyond OK. As a general rule I'm 1 gear lower than my mates 4.2. I don't hesitate to put it in 5th on the black top...especially at 100kph ++ - the 2.8 is more cut out for highway cruising than for the low down torquey stuff. I've had a vibration in the flywheel/clutch since new and have learned to live with it. When this clutch wears out (now has 185000km on it) I intend fitting an Exeddy HD clutch and solid flywheel. I've been advised that the vibration is most likely a problem with the existing dual mass flywheel - not just a problem for Nissan but according to the local Brake and Clutch centre they deal with a number of similar problems with HSV commodores.
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