Toyota Prado towing Heritage

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 14:12
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I have ordered a new 21' Heritage caravan and am about to trade my old tdi Disco on another Fourby and was thinking Pajero or Prado. On 15 April Danny posted re his Prado and a 21'Heritage..If you are about Danny ,could you please contact me either via this site or email sunter@westnet.com.au I'd like to know how you find the Prado.If you're in Perth we could show you around if you like .

Can't wait to get back out there. Sunter
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Reply By: Jason (macca) - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 14:31

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 14:31
Sunter,

I have a Manual 3.4l petrol Prado and tow a large boat(2 ton) with it. If I had my
time again I would go Automatic transmission. The prado pulls the
boat no worries but when it comes to reversing the boat and not being
able to select low range because of the automatic locking of the centre diff,
I tend to give the clutch a hard time. I am suprised I still have a clutch to
use !!!

Jason

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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 16:10

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 16:10
Gday Jason
I am of the opinion that the transfer in your prado is thesame as an 80/100's with (2.48 low ratio) The reason is that the hj105 has a prado 5 speed and transfer in it.
So, the ctr diff lock is electric and is controlled by a simple switch on the transfer. If you get to one of the wires and put your own switch in there, you will be able to select low range constant. I have this on my 80, and because i already have a dash switch, it was as simple as removing the plug off the transfer switch so it didnt lock automatically once pulled into low.
The reasons ive done this is a caravan and steep driveway:-)
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 21:25

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2003 at 21:25
Andrew, Only the top spec VX and TX prados have a push button centre diff, and can be modified as you describe. The RVs and GXLs (which make up 70% of Prados) have a 4 position mechanical transfer lever, and can't be modified.

Cheers
phil
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Follow Up By: Member - DOZER- Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 08:48

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 08:48
Thanks for that Phil,
Bug#*r
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Jason (macca) - Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 15:37

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 15:37
Phil,

I found out about the 4 position mechanical lock last week when I was researching this exact topic. What a pain in the ar@e. I would love to be able to use low range, I really give my clutch a hard time when reversing the boat up my drive.

Back to the drawing board for me.

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Reply By: sunter - Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 19:31

Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 19:31
Thanks for your response Macca.......I think the new c'van will weigh in at about 2350kg loaded so I'm hoping that a Prado diesel / auto will handle it OK. A journo in a 4x4 mag thought overheating and rear diff problems might emerge with sustained heavy towing. I'll wait to see if anyone confirms that i guess. in the Aug issue of Caravan &motorhome there was a very good roadtest of petrol and diesel Prados towing heavy vans.( usually they do these test with 15' pop tops that you could pull with a veedub !).........sunter
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony- Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003 at 05:59

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003 at 05:59
Sunter
its quite a large van be sure to check the vertical ball weight aginst your tow bar and u`ll should be rite, the prado should handle the rest very well happy caravanning
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