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    tow vehicle

    hi all
    i am serious considering buying the latest defender as a caravan tow vehicle after a test drive. being totally new to the brand hoping to get some insight to help guide me.

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    Hi Mate, Ive got a D250 90. I towed a car down Mnt Ousley to Wollongong and back up to the Snowy Mountains yesterday, about 2.2ton all up, with torrential rain on the coast, it did about 650km round trip in the day and was very impressed with the vehicle, it held firm, handled the load really well, braking was fantastic and I returned 11.4l/100 which is great. I was never looking for more power and it held the speed limit up the mountains with no fuss. The D250 is a sensational engine, There is something about a straight 6 diesel for torque. Ive done a lot of towing with Defenders and Range rovers, and this new Defender is equal to the Rangie in handling a decent trailer weight, only downfall in comparison to the Rangie is it cant beat the 4.4TD V8 for straight out torque and power.

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    I would be checking axle limits very closely, the rear axle is very easily overloaded from what I have seen
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    Quote Originally Posted by discomatt69 View Post
    I would be checking axle limits very closely, the rear axle is very easily overloaded from what I have seen
    I think that is true of any modern 4WD. Someone recently asked a question about upgrading the GVM on a D3.. tow vehicle
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    It is true all 4wds can be very easily overloaded, most can also have a simple GVM upgrade to reduce legal risk and liability , sadly not really possible with LR's
    Discovery 1 4.6, true trac front and rear, superior engineering arms,old tourer now bush toy
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    Quote Originally Posted by discomatt69 View Post
    It is true all 4wds can be very easily overloaded, most can also have a simple GVM upgrade to reduce legal risk and liability , sadly not really possible with LR's
    Possible on D4 tow vehicle not on Monocoque Defender though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    Possible on D4 tow vehicle
    Has that ever been done on a D3/4,in Aus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scarry View Post
    Has that ever been done on a D3/4,in Aus?
    Probably not, when I looked into it there was no easy solution, yes in theory it can be done but when you get stone walled on getting details and parts lists its much easier to walk away and do any other manufactured 4wd
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombie View Post
    Possible on D4 tow vehicle not on Monocoque Defender though.
    It still blows me away with the size of the vans and the amount of crap that 2 people need to travel, personally Id be looking at culling a large part of the gear list which adds to weight, or go to a better suited vehicle. These are largely passenger vehicles(yes even the dual cab Utes)-not trucks, and are not built to be loaded at GCM

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