Pathfinder V Prado V Patrol

Submitted: Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 18:43
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Hi all, I currently have a 17ft Jayco towed by a 6cyl Jackaroo. In the next few months we will be upgrading the van to a larger model with manufacturers ball weight spec of 200kg and 2200kg Tare weight. We therefore need to upgrade the tow vehicle. I have been looking at new Pathfinder, Patrol or Prado. I was wondering with the wealth of knowledge from all subscribers to this forum, what your experiences are regarding these vehicles towing such a load. Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:28

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:28
I was a bit surprised to see the towing capacity of the prado was only 2500. With all your gear and sundries, that put you close or even over the limit.
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Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:22

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:22
Heavy load = heavy vehicle = Patrol !!

The bigger the tow capacity of the 4x4, the easier the job of towing will be !!
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Follow Up By: Member - David K (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:54

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:54
Hi Gronk,

Thanks for the advice. One thing I should have mentioned in my post is that I want an auto turbo diesel. The Patrol is then limited to 2500kg. Not sure why when the manual turbo is 3200kg.
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Follow Up By: StormyKnight - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 10:27

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 10:27
The automatics have a tendancy to overheat with the bigger loads & as such derates the maximum towing weight.

In addition, the braking provided normally by the engine through a manual gearbox is much less thru an auto & so the braking reserve in the vehicle is also reduced.

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