Sahara or GXL HELP PLEASE

Submitted: Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 06:53
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We are going to purchase a 2006 turbo diesel model cruiser. However I am so confused on the suspension issues with the sahara I am not sure if I am better off with a GXL.

This is our current rig

25.5 ft van weights fully loaded 3.2 ton
Outback drawers and cargo barrier with 60 lit weaco and drawers filled with tools
15 hp yamaha
Easy load boat loader with 3.7 mtr tinny
Medium cargo rack under tinny for spare tyre (collapsable trailer spare) water Jerry and outboard fuel tank and small electric winch to operate boat loader.


Our current tow rig is
2000 Gxl petrol and gas
With king springs and raw shocks slightly raised
Polyair bags
With all gear listed above but also has a steel full cargo rack on the roof which we will not
be putting on the new rig.

Does a great job and tows level with distribution bars. But the fuel is an issue.

Really want a sahara but unsure about the suspension with our load and need to know from other families traveling with similar weight and same car if they are happy.

Please let me know if you have good info doing a deal on a car next week.


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Reply By: dindy - Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 08:11

Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 08:11
Go to the Lcool (landcruiser owners on line) site, register its free, go to the tech forum for 100 series vehicles all will be answerd.
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Follow Up By: 3 Boys and a Lady - Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:05

Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:05
Thank you will check it out.
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Reply By: Member - nick b - Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 08:57

Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 08:57
3 Boys and a Lady : what is the difference & what your confusion .

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Follow Up By: 3 Boys and a Lady - Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:04

Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:04
The sahara has an sensor airbag system from factory that apparently won't work independently under heavy tow. Looking for advise as keen on the sahara.
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:52

Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:52
I think to be safe you need a mechanical engineer advice ..
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:16

Friday, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:16
Can't advise on the Sahara...... but if heading for an 06 100 GXL TD, it seems you may encounter serious overloading - payload is 670k at most from my notes (30kg less if manual, and other variants may differ from those numbers) - 320kg of that is gone when you hook up the van (if you have 10% ball-load) - add the passengers and 140L of fuel and that is probably your payload done. A lot of vanners ''guesstimate'' their loadings without safety issues via arranging loads to near specification, but your indications seems way over. From my readings on Lcool, you can 'up' the load specs via engineering mods, plus certification.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 09:22

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 09:22
I think with what you are wanting to do you will be exceeding the GVM and maybe the GCM..... Landcruisers like most only have around 600kg carrying capacity..... that includes passengers, fuel, accessories and the tow ball down weight.

In other words if your caravan has a tow ball down weight of 250Kg, you have two passengers weighing 100Kg each and full standard diesel tanks weighing 100Kg..... that only leaves you with 50+Kg for every thing else ( fridge, aux battery, bull bar......).
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