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    Towing a caravan with SDV8

    Hi all,

    Had my first trip with our new van with the RRS SDV8,
    Was pleasantly surprised with the power, torque & economy.
    Our new van is a semi off road coming in at just over 3 Ton loaded.
    Two other couples were with us.
    One with a new Patrol Y62 with the petrol V8 towing a medium size pop top. The second vehicle is a Grand Cherokee with the 3Lt V6 diesel, towing a slightly smaller and lighter van than ours.
    Conditions were strong head and side winds with hilly winding roads.

    The fuel economy results were as follows: -
    Nissan Patrol Y62 - 20. 5 Lt per 100 Klm's.
    Grand Cherokee - 18.5 Lt per 100 Klm's.
    RRS SDV8 - 16.4 Lt per 100 Klm's.

    Very happy!

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    Yea,, the SDV8 combined with the 8 speed is a killer combo..
    I really doubt theres anything even close to it as a Tug...



    omg,, a Y62 towing a poptop?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro_The_Swift View Post



    omg,, a Y62 towing a poptop?!?
    No surprise there,apart from being petrol,its the biggest and heaviest out of those three by a country mile.

    And probably the most reliable and less maintenance hungry than the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scarry View Post
    No surprise there,apart from being petrol,its the biggest and heaviest out of those three by a country mile.
    Yes, it is around 400 Kg lighter than the RRS, but the caravan they were towing was a ton lighter

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    Towing complete

    Hi all,

    So, we are back home from our maiden voyage with the new caravan.

    We managed 15.2 Lt per 100 Klm's on the return trip, which included a bit of stop / start and sight seeing.

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    "How long since you've visited The Good Oil?"

    '93 V8 Rossi
    '97 to '07. sold.
    '01 V8 D2
    '06 to 10. written off.
    '03 4.6 V8 HSE D2a with Tornado ECM
    '10 to '21
    '16.5 RRS SDV8
    '21 to Infinity and Beyond!


    2017 Crusader Excalibur Prince
    A whole lotta Rosie-


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro_The_Swift View Post


    That's a big van Pedro. What sort of economy are you getting?

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    same as you.....
    "How long since you've visited The Good Oil?"

    '93 V8 Rossi
    '97 to '07. sold.
    '01 V8 D2
    '06 to 10. written off.
    '03 4.6 V8 HSE D2a with Tornado ECM
    '10 to '21
    '16.5 RRS SDV8
    '21 to Infinity and Beyond!


    2017 Crusader Excalibur Prince
    A whole lotta Rosie-


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    Just weighed my SDV8 FULL FUEL TWO people 2.8 only leaves 430 kg for van.

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    What gear for towing

    Just wondering if others tow in normal D mode, or Sports mode.
    I was advised to just whack it in D for the SDV8

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