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Submitted: Saturday, Sep 08, 2012 at 21:52
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We have a Nissan patrol GU II DX 2004 Cab Chassis 4.2l Turbo diesel with a canopy (ex telstra) and would like to know if the vehicle is capable to tow a 3tonne caravan if you put the correct towbar on it.
We have checked the Nissan handbook and there is nothing in it to suggest the correct towing weight the vehicle will tow.
Can anyone suggest or give us information that is correct so we can decide.

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Reply By: Stefandsal - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 05:45

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 05:45
It doesn't appear so mate. Both the leaf & coil sprung models have a braked towing capacity of 2500kg.

Patrol specs leaf

Patrol specs coil

I think I got the links right - either way - both 2500kg towing cap braked.

Good luck

Stef
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Follow Up By: export - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 10:22

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 10:22
Thanks Stef for the info,looks like we have to trade the vehicle for one that's able to tow it or look at a lesser van weight.

Thanks again
Lin
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Reply By: lizard - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 10:44

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 10:44
It is possible to get a GCM upgrade done , by a Signatory Engineer - requires a chassis modification - then licence approved by state licensing authority .....
towing capacity = GCM minus GVM
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Follow Up By: export - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 12:19

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 12:19
Thanks Lizard for your reply,we live in Mandurah W.A. so where would be the best place to contact/look a signatory Engineer to check the chassis for a upgrade.
Thanks again
Lin
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 12:32

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 12:32
lizard,
Probably shouldn't stick my 2 bobs worth in here but are you sure the towing capacity can be upgraded. I know with chassis, tyre, suspension mods the GVM can be. The reason I ask is that a lot of people that had 80 series Landcruisers earlier than about 1997 had a towing max of 2500 kg while the same vehicle from 1997 onwards had 3500kg towing and no one would sign off on an upgrade no matter what mods they did.
Could be wrong and have been in the past...lol

Cheers
Pop
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 17:02

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 17:02
For an engineering signatory you could try - PITIC Adrian D @ Endracon Pty Ltd -HILLARYS - (08) 9307 1436


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Follow Up By: export - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 21:11

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 21:11
Thanks Pop and PeterD for your comments and I will certainly follow them up and verify everything before I do anything,whether its and upgrade or to sell the nissan and buy something else.
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Follow Up By: lizard - Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 20:14

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 20:14
have been out of internet coverage for awhile , I forgot name of signatory engineer that certified my ute , I had chassis strengthened - transverse & also ATOC kit fitted to spring towers .... he forwarded papaer work to DPI , they sent me a new license with increased GCM (5800->6200 kg approx) , then I got new VIN cut & fitted .... rang insurance co & they noted upgrade on policy ...
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 12:22

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 12:22
I might get my wrist slapped by the Mod Squad but there is a Nissan Patrol forum. AFAIK free to join if you need to and I am sure someone on there would know the tow rating of your vehicle.

Oh what a feeling....oh wrong jingle...sorry

Cheers
Pop
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Follow Up By: export - Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 21:13

Sunday, Sep 09, 2012 at 21:13
Thanks Pop will get onto the site and check it out.
Regards
LIn
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