Towing a basestation

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We have a base station and are currently towing it with a pathfinder. On the open road the pathfinder is fine, but it struggles with take off. We are heading of on a long trip shortly and are seriously considering purchasing a 100 series landcruiser. I was wondering if anyone out there with a base station can advise there experience toeing this van and the vehicle they are using.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 09:42

Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 09:42
It might be an idea to supply sufficient information to get a reasonable answer.

1 how big is the van

2 what is its ATM

3 is the Pathy diesel or petrol

Dont toe it you will hurt your foot LOL
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Reply By: Member - mazcan - Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 13:42

Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 13:42
hi willharry7
is a basestation one of those vans that where made to carry a workshop and motorbikes in as well as living quarters
you could put a chip in the pathfinder to boost the power it would be cheaper than buying a L/Crsr

www.chipit.com.au

or are you towing your- CB -basestation around in a
trailer ??????? must be a big one lol ???????

or am i mixed up with something else
excuse my ignorance
but i'm probably not the only one thats wondering about the basestation question
cheers
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Follow Up By: Willharry7 - Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 14:59

Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 14:59
Hi Mazcan

Correct, the basestation has a garage at the back (with bunks for the kids - so doubles up as a bedroom for them) and living quarters at the front. We have the 22 ft off road version

The main problem with the pathfinder is when you take off on a hill. The PF is manual and we have been advised that automatic would be better (the PF came before the BS). The trouble with other autos (e.g nissan) is that the towing capability drops from 3 tonne to 2.5 where as the landcruiser stays at 3.5
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Reply By: Cruiser 2091 - Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 15:14

Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 15:14
From what I understand the Basestation loaded weight is close to 3T. I would want a tow vehicle whose unloaded weight was similar to the Basestation so the van wasn't pushing the car around. The Ford F250 should be a good match.
As you have experienced vehicles similar in size to the Pathfinder are not suitable.
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Follow Up By: Willharry7 - Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 15:16

Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 15:16
What about a 100 series cruiser
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 15:45

Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 15:45
A 100ser TD auto would be perfect. Its legal loaded weight is 3260kg

If using a Pathfinder I would make sure I had a Hayman Reece towbar and not a Nissan factory one or you may have a more mobile base station than you want.

What is the plated ATM or max legal loaded weight of it.

Because thats what defines the tow vehicle.

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Follow Up By: Willharry7 - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:21

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:21
The ATM of the van is 2766 kg, the Tare weight is 2166 kg and the empty ball mass is 246 kg.

We do have a HR tow ball - that was something I picked up on off this forum some time ago
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:25

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:25
A 100TD would be fine as I said Our van is of similar weight and it tows it fine.

Just dont overload as its not how fast you can go its how fast can it all stop if you have to in a hurry.

Do you mean just a towball or a Hayman reece Hitch setup which is what we usually use.

Load it up ready to go and weigh it you may be surprised. We were.


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Follow Up By: Willharry7 - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:30

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 17:30
Thanks Graham

Sorry I meant a HR tow bar and yes we have the hitch and level rides.

No doubt we would be surprised at the loaded weight. We are mindful of this and are planning on being conservative where possible.
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Reply By: kingswoodwagon - Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 20:48

Saturday, Jul 03, 2010 at 20:48
I have one question for Base station owners

Whats in the back?




Show me your toys and I'll show you mine!


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Follow Up By: Member - michael H (NSW) - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:43

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 20:43
Yes show me the toys :-)
So I can add them to the getting longer wish list lol
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Reply By: landed eagle - Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 05:30

Sunday, Jul 04, 2010 at 05:30
What's the towball capacity of the PF? These basestations have a 200+kg ballweight. The 22'er is about 250kg from what I remember.
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