NT Pajero Towball weight

Submitted: Monday, Jan 04, 2010 at 23:39
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Does anyone know if the 180 kg tow ball weight above 2.5 ton on the NT Pajero could be engineered out legally to 300 kg or even 250 kg?
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Reply By: Rhys - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 05:30

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 05:30
I think it would be very expensive to do with proper engineering compliance, the best place to ask is here Victorian Pajero Forum good luck, Rhys.
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Reply By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 11:44

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 11:44
Hi Chooksta

Our 2004 NP Pajero has a factory fitted Weight Distribution towbar hitch which is stamped for 250 kg limit. Would expect the same hitch on your unit would allow you the 250 kg ball weight you seek.

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Follow Up By: stumbly1 - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 13:34

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 13:34
Hi phil,

I think what chook is after is any thing over 2.5 ton reduces the ball weight to 180kg. because his vans gross is 2700 he needs to engineer the ball weight up above the 180kg limit.

Hope that helps any one with an answer for him.

Cheers, Keith

p.s oi chook - just buy my Patrol, i'll give you mates rates!!!
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Reply By: ozjohn0 - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 13:26

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 13:26
This question has been raised before on this forum and others over the past 12 months.
Ball weight is 250kg up to a tow weight of 2500kg and decreases to 180kg ball weight for a tow weight of 2500 - 3000kg.
But a WDH is still required for ball weights over 130kg.
Figures from the 2009 Vehicle Towing Mass Guide.
I doubt very much if you could have it re engineered and certified.
Sounds like you'll need a vehicle with a higher specified Ball weight of a lighter van. If the van ATM (Legal Maximum Loaded Weight) is at or lower than 2500kg then by redistributing weight your should be able to get the ball weight down to 250kg.
Good luck - ozjohn.
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Reply By: creedo - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 13:59

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 13:59
A number of van companies recommend/design their vans to have a ball weight of less than the supposedly ideal 10% of ATM. e.g. coromal, paramount, retreat and others. One example I have been looking at is a van with an ATM of just over 2500kg but with a designed ball weight of 180kg. Not sure if this will help and am interested in reasonable comments about such an arrangement.
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Follow Up By: ozjohn0 - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:45

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:45
Creedo,
You'll find that most new vans have a ball weight of less than 10% of the ATM.
This takes into account the weight the owner will add and the water to be added to the tanks which are in many cases forward of the axle.
You'll find that after loading the the van the ball weight will inevitably be up around the recommended 10%. It may be more or leas depending on the distribution of the added weight.
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