Tow vehicle for 304 kg?

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 14:23
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The 'WestWHEELS' liftout in todays 'West Australian' newspaper has an article on the latest Supreme Territory - looks the goods being suitable for off roading, BUT I note the towball weight is 304 kg.

This would narrow options for suitable (legal) tugs are my immediate thoughts, with the majority of larger vehicles limited up to 300 kg.

Does anyone know if you could use a WDH to transfer a few kg onto a 300kg limit tow vehicle and bring it within legal towing allowance?

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 15:12

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 15:12
Many of the larger vehicles take up to 350kg on the ball ............. no, re the WDH....doesn't reduce any ball weight. And just a note - a hefty model WDH kit from Hayman for example, is 30kg in itself ! Weight weight weight - its everywhere.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 15:45

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 15:45
Thanks Darian

Also a consideration I thought of later is that any gear on board will take the ball weight well beyond the limit, so I have realised it would be futile to consider anything near the 300 kg tow limit.

But you have answered the very query I was struggling with - thanks again.

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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 17:23

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 17:23
300kg is not too bad. That's a hell of a weight right on your back end. I would have thought a properly set up trailer or van would put significantly less weight on the towball than that - the idea being that its own wheels carry its weight, not the tow vehicle.

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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 19:26

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 19:26
Good logic, but many loaded vans easily get to around 3000kg all up - in 'general terms', around 9 - 11% of that mass on the ball is necessary for towing stability.
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 10:19

Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at 10:19
Our base station is over that without a load in the back.
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Reply By: Geoff in SA - Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 12:11

Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 12:11
Hi Phill

Have a look at this thread and see what some caravan manufacturer did to me

Ball Weight I love the subject

http://www.exploroz.com/Forum/Topic/91844/Ball_Weight_of_new_Off_Road_Van.aspx


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Follow Up By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 01:31

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 01:31
Thanks for the 'heads up' on your scenario Geoff - I do hope you can sort that issue out to your satisfaction.

Thanks also for sharing your problem on the forum as there are bound to be others considering similar projects and being forewarned of potential pitfalls may save them from similar outcomes.

Cheers - Phil
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