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Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 19:25
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Hi all i have just purchased a 2002 Coramal 600 pop top van.For years i have towed a camper trailer so it will take a bit of getting used to towing a van.My tow vechile will be my 2002 3l patrol auto.Any tips to make our trips safer will be very appreciated as it is all new to me.Thanks in advance Dennis and Kath.
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:10

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:10
A supplementary transmission cooler
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Reply By:- Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:21

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:21
I tow a 535 Coromal pop top behind my Mits. Challenger V6 3.0 L Auto.
I assume yours is also a tandem, and as long as you distribute your load ok it should tow like a dream. I hadn't towed anything other than a box trailer for many years and was really surprised how well the Coromal tows.
Tips.
1. Fit a transmission cooler ($150 fitted)
2. Fit a weight distribution hitch
3. Don't tow in overdrive
4. Don't try to tow at the speed limit. 90kmh is fine.

KenD
Bris
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:22

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 20:22
Good luck with your new "Toy" and most of all - enjoy it....Image Could Not Be Found
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:12

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:12
Hi Dennis

I have learnt to take our time, when hooking the van up to the
truck, double check things, like safety chains, and the break a way
connection, and the load levelers, ect even check the lights,
the last thing you want is some body running up the rear end, or the van comming of the tow ball, and a good set of mirrors, so you can see what is behind the van. you will get the hang of it,
Good Luck.

Cheers
Daza
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:22

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:22
Dennis Hi

Buy the DVD Caravanning with Confidence

some may say it crap but like anything I buy I like to train up for and this is in my collection

Cheers

Richard
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Reply By: Member - Dennis F (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:35

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:35
Thanks Richard,i have just ordered the dvd and thank you everyone who have answered my post as i need all the advise that you all are willing to share.
Dennis and Kath
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Reply By: Member - Dalb (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 12:02

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 12:02
Dennis

I have a 2004 Coromal pop-top 535 tandem and it tows like a dream - I used to tow it off-bitumin with a Falcon and never had a difficult situation. Would recommend using load levelling gear, and still do even with the LC100, just for an extra safety measure.

Only thing i dont like are the rear indicator lights - other vehicles cant see them in all daylight situations and I nearly had a serious accident on my first trip. I am going to add to (not replace) the rear lights with a set of Led's.

Cheers, Dalb

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