Towing with a SWB Vehicle

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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby Dodgy_Dave » Thu May 20, 2010 7:40 pm

If you really want to keep the Montero, You might want to invest in some slotted brake rotors and decent brake pads. They make a world of difference in performance and safety, It will also give you peace of mind knowing you can stop in an emergency or if your going down a steep hill. To prevent the bounce effect, It would be wise to upgrade the suspention to carry such heavy loads. If you want to keep it as standard as possible, some poly air bags would help and prevent a sagging bum. For more information pop into your local 4WD specialist.

We all know what Pajero means in spanish, don't we? :lol:
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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby GypsyLady » Thu May 20, 2010 8:52 pm

Dodgy_Dave wrote:knowing you can stop in an emergency or if your going down a steep hill.



Not forgetting about the brake controller that is also required.

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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby Darren & Shayle » Thu May 20, 2010 9:28 pm

Pajero in Spanish...this is a family forum isn't it? I'm being entertained by all the back and forth between supporters of different vehicle makes. For the record, I don't care what I buy as long as it does the job. There are alot of opinions on the SWB. I read before I bought it that even without a load on the back it would pitch and roll all over the place. I live in Darwin and have driven it down the highway at 140 clicks, on poorly maintained corrugated dirt roads (with the odd washout) and around the city streets. I have found it no less stable than my previous car which was a Subaru Liberty GT. I understand that over 2 tonne on the back might change this, but are the "unstable" comments coming from people who have never driven one? The wheelbase is 235mm shorter than the LWB - is this enough to have everyone running for the hills? Thanks for your comments on the utes, which we have also considered. I know they have long wheelbases, but they are lighter than my SWB and surely would be very light at the back if there is no load. Does this affect their stability??
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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby GypsyLady » Thu May 20, 2010 9:43 pm

Darren & Shayle wrote:surely would be very light at the back if there is no load.



Darren

I can't for the life of me see you tripping about long term with a 21 ft van and not having a 'load' in the back of the ute should you decide to purchase one.

I know a number of people who live permanently in their vans and trip about.....they all have their vehicles loaded up.

Tools, chairs, extra table, BBQ, fridge, drinks (booze)....maybe generator, chainsaw, spares etc....the list is endless.

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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby Rosco532 » Thu May 20, 2010 11:52 pm

Darron, I sold, owned, and have driven 4wd for many years, both here and in New Zealand....Both swb & lwb and under many different conditions....My comments are not said to make one 'Run for the hills' , mealy a suggestion to 'Slow down' when driving a SWB 4WD With a caravan on the back.

My selling PAJERO was in this country where I worked for 'Skipper Mitsubishi' over the causeway in Perth.....I actually think they are a well finished, well spec'd vehicle.

Trust me when I (WE) say driving a SWB with a caravan on the back is very different to driving one with no load......pretty dangerous to think otherwise , especially if there is a need to stop quickly when another driver is coming around the corner at say,,,140km.........

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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby GypsyLady » Fri May 21, 2010 8:03 am

Rosco is right.....but I would go further to say SLOW DOWN when towing a van irrespective of what tow vehicle you choose.

Stopping your vehicle and 2400kgs in van weight ain't that easy......... or even trying to prevent an accident from happening because of some other idiot on the road.

I presume that you may be a novice when it comes to towing a van (I doubt you'd be on here asking questions if you were not) so I recommend that you seriously consider the advice freely given to you by the forum members.

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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby Darren & Shayle » Fri May 21, 2010 1:36 pm

All the advice is very much appreciated. I just want to make 100% sure that I am doing the right thing by replacing the SWB because we’re really happy with it. We can’t make the figures stack on a Cruiser. Does anyone have any thoughts on the Navara? Looks good on paper. The new diesel has 140kw / 450Nm which seems impressive. I’ve heard Nissan have had some towbar issues where they don’t recommend a WDH. Cheers.
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Re: Towing with a SWB Vehicle

Postby GypsyLady » Fri May 21, 2010 6:10 pm

Have a look at the Toyota WorkMate Wagon, the 70 series. It is quite an impressive vehicle, the Kedron boys took one to the Cape last year.

It is way cheaper than the 200 series.

http://www.toyota.com.au/landcruiser-70 ... n-workmate


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