Towing a 16ft avn with hilux 95 mode

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I have just brought a 16ft Jayco van and was wondering iif i should attached a turbro to my 2.8 deisel . Or will it tow it
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:43

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:43
The Lux will tow it however the trip will be tedious and I suggest that you do turbo the vehicle or even trade for a turbo job.
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Reply By: lewjack1 - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:57

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:57
have done what you have suggested and happy with the result but 2 things to bare in mind will make your car engine run a little hotter [just beware]
2. try and get it intercooled [told it will make a difference]
by the way specs of my car 1994 4runner 2.8 diesel
215,000ks, towing poptop golf caravan 17ft 1400kg
3.turbo safari [garrett] 2 1/2 inch exhaust.
with the subject of intercooling, i have found that room under the bonnet [or lack of it] is a big problem, i have looked into buying a barrel shaped air to water intercooler from pwr

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Reply By: Stephen M (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 00:02

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 00:02
I would make it look nice and pretty and advertise it and update to a factory turbo diesel lux. I had a 2.8D in my duel cab.Great thing and reliable to boot, but to tow with ??? Forget it. I use to tow a camper trailer behind myn, far to underpowered. Flat knackers in 4h gear would strugle to see 90klm maybe100 on a dead flat open road with out air on. Turn air on and knock another 10k off it. And thats with only roughly 800kg all up and little head wind due to the trailer being far lower then an average caravan. Turbo ?? 9 out of 10 people I spoke to when I asked the same question was overheating issues. You will be looking at at least 3k plus to turbo then bits and pieces on top of that to try and stop the over heating issues then when you look at the power gain in Nm's its hardly worth the drama's and headaches. And you wille driving it all the way so to speak and not actually enjoying the scenery around you. Just my opinion. Regards Steve M
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 14:14

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 at 14:14
A little tedious would be an understatement. Down right slow and painful would be my observations.

Having driven the odd 2.8 diesel lux, they couldn't pull the skin off a 3 day old custard without a van. They might be slightly better with a turbo. Putting on a turbo could be an expensive waste of time.

You really need to upgrade to a better tow vehicle with higher torque and power.

If money is an issue try an early model V8 Disco or even the TD5. Not a fan of them but they can be a cheap and reliable tower.

If you stuck with the lux make sure you stay in the left lane!
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