Type of towing vechile

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 11:27
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hi guys,can anyone give me advice if a Toyota kruger,ford falcon or ford territory would be suitable for towing on road a 18ft van with shower and toilet. weight would be 2.5 tonnes.
i did,nt want a heavy four wheel drive.
any advice would be most welcome.
thank you.
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Reply By: DCTriton - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 11:36

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 11:36
The only one I can comment on is the Falcon and perhaps the Territory falls in to the same box - with the weight distribution tow pack, I think the Falcon is limited to 2300kg and by the manufacturers recommendations, you are restricted to 80kph, I'm told this is legally binding...

Personally, I would want the heaviest vehicle I could find sitting in front of 2500kg of van as a matter of pure safety - JMO of course... Another thing to consider, a 'heavy' four wheel drive, diesel, will probably return far better fuel economy than either the Falcon/Territory/Kluger...

Happy to stand corrected by those with actual experience.
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 11:46

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 11:46
Hi Gary, not sure what the towing capacity of a territory is, but I reckon the Falcon would be right on the limit if not over at 2.5 t
We have a 16 footer that has a loaded weight of about 1400 Kg that we used to tow with a Camry V6 which has a max towing capacity of 1500 Kg.
It was a bit close for comfort for us, so we now tow with a diesel twin cab 4x2 as we do not go off road & do not need a 4x4. It has a towing capacity of 2.5 t and the 4x4 version has a towing capacity of 3 t. Its a Mazsa BT 50 & we are very happy with it. Cheers.
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Reply By: Dunco (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 12:31

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 12:31
I wouldn't tow a 2.5 ton vehicle with any of the vehicles you mentioned.

You may be worried about costs etc, but a heavier 4WD is the only thing I would use. Others will disagree, but safety is a priority

Good luck in your choice.

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Reply By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 13:28

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 13:28
According to Carpoint, the maximum towing capacities are: Kluger 2000, Falcon and Territory 2300 (Territory 1600, unless fitted with the heavy duty towing pack). And those are the upper limits. I suggest you have a re-think. Personally I wouldn't want to tow anything over about 80% of maximum. I can't see anything but a"heavy four wheel drive" doing the job for you. BTW 2.5t seems awfully heavy for an 18' van. Are you planning on carrying 500litres of water?

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Reply By: splits - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 13:59

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 13:59

The first van I ever towed was a little 11 footer behind a Holden powered Bedford van. As you would imagine, towing it was a breeze and I hardly knew it was on the back. It was safe and enjoyable but I can not say the same about some other combinations I have driven. Listen to the others and get something that will do the job easily. 2.5 tons is a lot of weight and if that is the empty weight then who knows what you will have behind you when you fill it up. A Cruiser or Patrol will be far better than the cars you listed but even then you will know the van is on the back and the fuel gauge will drop a lot faster than you would like it to.

One thing that might help would be to talk to the company that is insuring your van and see what they are expecting you to tow it with.

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Reply By: PeterInSa - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:23

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:23
A good friend of mine towed his 19ft van with full ensuite with a Falcon wagon. He had the Haymen Reece Weight Distribution hitch installed went from Adelaide to Cairns and back now has a 4.2 Patrol. The Falcon can do the job and he also ran on Gas. His Van with an ATM of 2300Kg was legal with the falcon being able to tow 2300KG.

I don't know if he stuck to 80Kph though. I would suggest you look at a Patrol also or an 80 or 100 series Cruiser. Second hand Petrol Patrols are very good value for money.

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Reply By: bobbev - Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:55

Saturday, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:55
What type of van are you towing? - need to consider the ball weight as well. 2.5t seems a lot for an 18footer?

are you touring? - any rough country?
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Reply By: mowing - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:31

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:31
Gary, I tow a 2T (when full) mowing trailer with a BA dedicated LPG 1 ton trayback. 2.3T is the towing limit and I would not tow a van or trailer @ 2.5T. You will need a patrol or cruiser.
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