Towing capacities

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 21:54
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Hi all,

In thread 54298, "Vehicle testing", Peter 2 made an interesting observation on the vehicle's towing abillity. It was followed on in post 54432 ATM's and all that.

NOW I'm playing devil's advocte...............

Does anyone know what the "OFF ROAD" towing capacity of their vehicle is??

The only vehicle specification indicating "off road" I have found in my searching is the Landrover Freelander, specs say the off road tow capacity is (only) 500 kg.

Looking forward to your comments. Thanks.

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Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:09

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:09
Hi Wayne,

I guess the problem for any manufacturer is to determine what is meant by "OFF ROAD". What type of surface, sand, mud, rocks how steep up or down and lots of other factors. The type of trailer, how many axles, tyre type, the list goes on. The only constant is a reasonably level and secure surface. You say that the Freelander off road capacity is 500kg. What capacity do they give for on road? I would be interested to see how great the derating factor is between the two.

Cheers, Pop
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Reply By: Member - Tessa (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:15

Sunday, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:15
I guess they didnt have a problem giving the Freelander an Off Road rating because they spend so much time off the road for

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Reply By: TroopyTracker - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 00:05

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 00:05
I believe something similar exists for the D3, ie 1000kgs limit "off road"
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Reply By: traveller2 - Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:07

Friday, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:07
Years ago I asked Toyota about the off pavement towing capacity of my troopy.
After much to ing and fro ing they said it was approximately the same as the unbraked towing capacity on bitumen (750kgs) but if it was unbraked then it would be less, possibly around 450 -500kgs and the duty cycle was approximately 30%.
The only reason that we could even find these figures out was that Toyota had submitted vehicles for Army contracts and while the specs for the Army spec vehicles were slightly higher due to strengthened tow points and upgraded cooling systems there wasn't much in it.
Apparently the Landrover towing capacities were higher and had a greater duty cycle which is probably why the military kept to Landies.
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