Towing with an X Trail

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I am thinking of doing an around Oz trip. I have a 2007 X Trail and thinking of towing a Jayco (probably a Penguin). Can anyone tell me if the X Trail is comfortable towing something around 1 ton @ 100kph and an idea of the fuel consumption I would expect.
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 22:10

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 22:10
I drive an 80 series Lancruiser..............
I would drive it across town with a ton in the trailer and would certainly know its there!
I reckon a lap of OZ in an Xtrail with a cravan would be a pain in the ar$$e!

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Reply By: Dunaruna - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 22:15

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 22:15
If a cruiser 'feels' 1000kg on the hitch something ain't right!

Peter, the Xtrail will tow a small van around OZ no problem.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 22:56

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 22:56
It should tow it easily just watch the ball weight. The vehicle will use a lot of fuel at 100kph but at 90kph would be a lot better.
Whatever you get for consumption now add 1/3 more to the usage and you will probably be pretty close to the mark.
EG if you now get 9ltr per 100k then towing you can expect at least 12 ltr per 100k.
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Reply By: Stu-k - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 08:15

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 08:15
Forget about overtaking anything or sitting on 100kph.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 09:29

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 09:29
G'day Peter, I would suggest you hook up to something similar to
what you intend towing & try it out. While I have no particular Xtrail experience I do feel you may find it will be extended doing
the job. Towing with Front Wheel Drive can be a bit iffy as you are using the light end of the rig to do the work. While I'm not saying it wont work,you can expect high fuel consumption from the load on the motor & tooling along at 100kph is unlikely to
occur too often. Trial it first would be my advice...oldbaz.
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Reply By: EaglePatrol - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 10:32

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 10:32
Towed a Eagle Off Road to the Pilbara in 2006 (5000Km) using a Auto X-trail. Terrain and wind had a bearing on engine revs but (utilising electric brakes) the vehicle is very capable of managing the weight. Some increase in fuel consumption should be expected but nothing unreasonable. If you travel off the sealed road watch the tyre pressures (especially rear) as the load as you hit the bottom of a dip with the van on the back can turn loose gibber into punctures if the pressures are too high. Also met another couple (Shark Bay) also in X-Trail towing a Jayco. They were doing a complete lap of OZ. Their only complaint was range of fuel tank (60L).
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Reply By: HowdyDoody - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 12:13

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 12:13
I have not done it myself but have done a lot of research into the x-trail to buy. Towing capacity of 2 ton.
Diesel version goes on sale in July.
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Reply By: jrt - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 07:12

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2008 at 07:12
Hi Peter i have done just as you are thinking in An 03 MODEL top of the range XTrail and i must say it was fantastic best economy was always in auto four wheel drive, we towed a cub camper loaded up with the lot including spare water and fuel, the one small complaint i had was the ride on the corrugations being very short in the wheel base you need to drive a little slower, which suits me anyway, we towed it into Palm Valley, across the Tannami track etc very comfortably.
on the dirt we probably averaged 30 percent more fuel than on the tar where we were getting around the 10 to 12 lts per hundred depending on the weather etc one thing i would recommend is an upgrade in the rear coils, this made a big difference
regards Jim
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