Vehicle size for outback trip

Submitted: Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 15:53
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I am planning to tow a off road trailer around Oz (1200kg loaded). I want to get away from the black stuff, I don't want to buy a big 4x4. But I don't want to do it hard either.
Please advise on vehicle type, been thinking of Hilux, manual v auto, petrol v diesel,fuel range, snorkle, moyor size etc.
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 16:04

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 16:04
Wato35,

Replies from more knowledgeable posters will follow but if you like the Hilux and have the readies get the auto TD 3.0l for mine.

I'll leave the other aspects to the more experienced.

regards
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 16:09

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 16:09
ooops sorry.

Auto because it's much easier to drive in sand in my opinion.
Diesel because it's available everywhere and economical i.e. litres/100k
Turbo because of the get up and go vs normal diesel
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:54

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 19:54
Prado is probably your best all rounder. Smaller, Turbo diesel, Long Range Tanks, lots of power and good economy too boot.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 08:45

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 08:45
Wato

With 1200kg loaded trailer and say a loaded Hilux ( not sure about the weight of a lux but say fully loaded with gear 2.5 ton) you are going to be needing a nice powerful motor to move forward and at least turbo'd.

Good luck
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Reply By: sandyngraham - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 19:47

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 19:47
Hi Wato.
We towed a fully loaded off-road camper around oz on a lot of dirt road with an Auto Pathfinder... learnt a lesson, autos a VERY expensive to repair if a mishap happens a long way from no where (Archer River, Cape York). Pathy was trucked to Weipa where they weren't game to look at an auto, had to truck it back to Cairns and hire a vehicle to get the camper back to Cairns, had to return the hire vehicle to Weipa and then fly back to Cairns $+$+$+$+$+$+$ = LOTS A $$$$, now they say if it was a manual????. To the short IMHO I would never TOW off the black stuff with an auto.... but that's is just my opinion / experience.

Graham
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