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Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: August 08, 2019, 04:53:59 PM »
RACQ released their comparison of vehicle running costs over 5 years. It indicates the 200 LC petrol v8 was cheaper over 5 years than the TDV8.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: August 06, 2019, 04:55:27 PM »
Thanks. I agree. I can’t see us towing anything near 3 tonne.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: August 06, 2019, 07:25:30 AM »
Thanks Jim, some very good points there. Someone earlier also mentioned weight/carrying capacity on top of 4 adults and full tank of fuel. Weight on the towbar also eats away at capacity.

I did a trip from Cooktown to the Cape with a tinny on the roof and motor on bull bar. It worked out ok but never again.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: August 05, 2019, 05:37:46 AM »
The new Defender is due for release in a mth or so, but will probably be too much for me new. Also, no regional/remote support if something goes pop.

The extent that workshops simply won’t touch anything outside the mainstream was rammed home recently when I broke down outside Roma. Couldn’t get anyone in Roma to look at it.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: August 01, 2019, 06:36:40 PM »
Thanks, yes I did read that. So it sounds like the 2019 model Prado is ok.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 31, 2019, 09:27:25 AM »

Cruiser and patrol same on fuel will surprise a lot of people . Read the full report
Thanks, that’s an interesting read.

I’m blown away by the price of used 6 year old 200 series.

Towing / Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 30, 2019, 07:49:09 PM »
Thanks for the feedback on your Prado.

Prado size appeals as in a few years it will only be two of us touring. So won’t need the size of a 200 series, if something smaller will tow well. 4 cyl rego and that size around town also appeals.

I think a 6 speed in an auto is also what I want. I have driven the new Prado. I thought it was ok but nothing to get excited about, but have read less than flatering reports on the Prado 6 speed. Any adverse observations on the auto box from long term ownership? I guess I was comparing it to the ZF 6hp26 which is nice.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 30, 2019, 05:18:26 AM »
Thanks. I love the diesel V8, such a nice configuration.

Has anyone had experience with the Toyota 2.8?

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 29, 2019, 02:21:32 PM »
Thanks for MUX feedback. We recently hired a Holden Trailblazer 4WD, which is fairly similar. I really liked the motor and gearbox, but didn’t tow anything. It had good load space, and would be good bang for buck.

The only thing I didn’t really like was the part time 4WD.  Permanent 4WD is more complicated etc but feels more sure on the road.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 29, 2019, 07:56:16 AM »
Yes the Y62 is one vehicle I’ve looked at. I agree good value esp against a used petrol LC200 of similar age & km.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 29, 2019, 05:55:56 AM »
Great feedback, thanks.

Most of our driving is on road to get to somewhere so comfort while soaking up the miles is important. My preference is for an auto but a 5 speed manual would be ok.

Most of our offroad work is beach driving or a medium level track to get to a camp site. I would like to do some more desert trips, this time with a TVan or Topaz.

That probably means a diesel.

Towing / Re: Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 28, 2019, 07:44:40 PM »
So we don't comment on something you already have, what tow vehicle are you driving now ?

Good point. I have a 2008 Range Rover Vogue 3.6 tdv8. But it has nearly 300k km and age related mechanical issues are starting to show. I love it. Fantastic on and off road driving experience. It will be difficult transitioning to something else. But I won’t be buying a bear new $90k car.  Also, terrible mechanical support if a breakdown happens.

Towing / Tow vehicle recommendation
« on: July 28, 2019, 06:53:09 PM »
I know this is a potential can of worms, but am interested in TVan/Topaz/Trackmate owners experiences of various tow vehicles.

I’m looking at possibly changing to another 4WD vehicle and maybe down the track moving to a Topaz.

So owners perspectives/experiences would be appreciated in terms of topics such as:
- suitability as a tow vehicle,
- economy (not a huge issue),
- reliability,
- off road ability when towing,
- breakdown support in remote locations etc.


Other Track Trailer Models / Track Trailer Tandem - Army Version?
« on: March 23, 2019, 05:58:21 PM »
Here’s a few pics of my RAAF Track Tactical trailer. I’ve never seen a tandem track only the Haulmark tandem trailers.

Tvan Tvan / Re: Smev 2000 series 2 burner stover - suspect thermocouple issue
« on: February 24, 2019, 08:40:50 PM »
No Worries

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