Triton

Submitted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 13:34
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My friend has an 09 4wd diesel auto Triton and is about to buy an off road 21' Jayco but has heard some worrying things about towing with older Tritons. Should he be concerned?
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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 14:15

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 14:15
Yep
He's buying a Jayco. They do not make Off Road caravans!!! They make caravans that will survive well made outback roads. That's why they call them "Outback" not Off Road. If he wants an Off Road caravan he will have to be prepared to spend probably double his current budget for an equivalent van. As far as the Triton is concerned, my understanding is that the current model is a very competent tug.

teege
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Follow Up By: Keaysie - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 14:35

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 14:35
I don't think he wants to go "real off-road" he just wants a van capable of taking corrugations and flooded roads and stuff
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Follow Up By: Faulic_McVitte - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:27

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:27
"van capable of taking corrugations and flooded roads and stuff" He is looking at the wrong brand of caravan. Corrugations is what destroys caravans and vehicles. Nothing wrong with Jayco vans, not designed or made for evil corrugations. On corrugations air bag suspension should be considered essential.
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Reply By: Mark S (cns) - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 15:47

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 15:47
1) What are the 'worrying things' he has heard?.
2) Not sure how a 2009 Triton is an 'older' Triton?
3) No, he should not be concerned.
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Follow Up By: Keaysie - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:43

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:43
Sorry Mark,
Not saying the 09 is an older vehicle. I meant the one before the 09 model. He is concerned that the new model may not be much better. A friend of his used an older Triton to pull a 21' Nova and got a lot of resistance and wobbles. It was hard going.
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Follow Up By: landseka - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 17:24

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 17:24
We had an "older model" ML Triton (diesel/manual) which was a late 2007 model for 2 years.

We drove around Australia a month after we bought it towing an 18 foot full height van which weighs about 2 tonne. Never had a problem with it but we made sure our van was loaded and balanced correctly.

We sold the ML Triton 2 months ago to a friend and upgraded to the new MN Triton. Have only towed the van on a 300 km round trip so far and we're happy with it and the indications are that it will do the job as well as the old one.

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Faulic_McVitte - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:38

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:38
"A friend of his used an older Triton to pull a 21' Nova" previous model was never rated to tow the weight of 21' van and would have exceeded the tow rating.
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Reply By: Faulic_McVitte - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:30

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:30
Have a large fleet of 1T utes. Since 2.8l turbo Triton have been lowest running costs and maintainance. 3.2l T have been sensational and 2.5l T are too new but so far looking good. He should consider himself lucky your mate does not own a Nissan Navara or Toyota Hilux
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Follow Up By: Faulic_McVitte - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:32

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 16:32
our vehicles tow tandem trailers 1t to 1.8t
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 17:57

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 17:57
The first couple of sentences got me in and thought I was in for an intelligent dissertation of the Triton capabilities....reckon you blew it with the brand bitching in the last sentence though. I've seen both the Navara (D22 and D40) and the 'lux towing vans in all sort of configurations. Some of the D40s even set up as 5th wheelers......guess these folk got it wrong ;-)
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Follow Up By: Faulic_McVitte - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:41

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 21:41
not brand bashing. Maintainence and service costs of Nissan Navara and Toyota Hilux were horrid compared to other Jap brands. Navara reliability was not good.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 22:43

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 22:43
Agree with you Faulic. The company I work for has bought over 40 Triton's in the past two years along with smaller numbers of almost all other brands (diesels only) & found the Triton to have the best whole of life running costs. Many of the utes regulary tow 1 to 2 tonne.
The auto Navara I test drove in the trials was a dog, for me a poor driving position & the auto hunted up & down gears at 60 kph as the turbo dropped in & out of boost.
Cheers Craig...
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Reply By: gelatr- Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 17:36

Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 17:36
Hi,

I own a 2008 3.2TD GLX-R Triton. Its main towing duties are either a 1600kg boat or a Tambo camper trailer. As far as I'm concerned its towing abilities are sensational for my requirements.

Given a 21' OB Jayco is likely to be in excess of 2200kgs you might want to take advice from people that own the vehicle and who have towed weights closer to its specified limit.

As far as taking a Jayco on corrugated tracks I'll provide this little gem. As the information provided by Jayco on their website concerning the capabilities of their OB model vans is a little ambiguous I emailed Jayco directly about the suitability of theirs vans to travel on gazetted dirt roads like the Tanami Track or the Plenty Hwy - the salesperson’s advice - buy a Bushtracker or a Kedron. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear because BTs and Kedron’s cost serious money and as the van would be lucky to be on the road for 3 or 4 weeks a year I couldn't justify the outlay.

Cheers

Geoff
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Follow Up By: Member - david m2 (SA) - Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:57

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 20:57
im not very familiar wth the Tritons . Are they the same motor etc. as the pajeros
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Reply By: GETTY63 - Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 20:33

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2010 at 20:33
In January, we did a 5500 klm trip through NSW, VIC and Mt Gambia SA. We did it with a 2007 3.2l diesel manual 4WD Triton twin cab, towing a Vacation Camper trailer, both trailer and truck, fully loaded.Given, it was mainly on sealed roads, but It towed faultlessly, no problems whatsoever...
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