towing advise

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 12:12
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I have a Pajero petrol 3.5 l towing a tent trailer and I wish to upgrade to a small van. We live permantly on the road so I do not want something big and heavy.
Would a 14 ft poptop van be Ok for the Pajero to pull.
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 13:09

Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 13:09
Year model would help.

The manual should tell you what it can tow.
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Follow Up By: beaul - Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 13:28

Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 13:28
I am not interested in what the manual says, I was looking for personal experience , I don't want the maximum but what is comfortable
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 15:28

Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 15:28
As advised - look in the manual - it will be around 2500 - 3000kgs. A 14 foot van will be somewhere around 1500 - 2000kg so well within the towing capabilities of the vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 16:14

Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 16:14
As I said, Year and model would help! If you want personal experiences!

There are plenty of us out here with info, but you need be a bit more specific.

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Reply By: flashcher - Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 15:17

Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013 at 15:17
We had a 2001 Challenger 3.0 petrol towing a 2008 Jayco Flamingo - never had a problem.
Depending on whether you are manual or auto it may just be a little slower up the hills.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 10:04

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 10:04
you are very wise and reasonable to keep well within the towing capacity of the vheicle, its just a better thing all round.

But to know where you stand, you need to know what the specified towing capacities and such are for your vehicle.

The opinions of others in regard to what is comfortable to tow are most unreliable....there are plenty of people prepared to push the limits of towing capacity and are quite happy to tow fundamentally unstable rigs that border on being outright dangerous.

Likewise do not depend on vage assertion concerning the weight of certain types of van...the weight can vary a lot between vans that look very similar, particularly when people start adding things like water tanks and battery systems and upgrading suspensions and frames..

Trust only the VIN plate for figures about what it should weight and is legal to weigh and a weighbridge for what it actually does.

keeping within 2/3 of the speified towing limits should be reasonably comfortable and if set up properly should allow you to responsibly travel at or near the posted speed limit.

If you plan to tow off road, keeping well under the towing limits is more important.

Pop tops have three particular advantages, alll due to then being low,
they can be parked under and pass under low things, the centre of gravity is lower thus they are more stable, and the present less wind drag

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Follow Up By: achjimmy - Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 11:23

Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 11:23
Should be okay I have the DiD as I found the 3.5 to peaky for my likening but couldnt see it having any problem with a 14ft van under 1.8t.
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