Tow Vehicle Guide

 

It’s hard for caravan buyers in Australia to find out tow vehicle data. Maximum towball loading data for example is about as common as hen’s teeth. And yet this information is vital if you are going to tow your caravan safely.

For the first time, key towing data on a selection of popular tow vehicles is brought together in one tow vehicle guide for the benefit of caravan consumers.

The data we have collected we have called ‘The Four T’s’ – torque, towing capacity, towball loading and tank capacity. We think these are four of the most important characteristics of a tow vehicle. Why?

Torque is the pulling power of the tow vehicle’s engine – you’ll need lots of this to tow the caravan safely.

Towing capacity of the tow vehicle is essential to know before you buy either caravan or tow vehicle. Exceeding this limit is unsafe, illegal and will invalidate your insurance.

Towball loading is the maximum downward force you can exert on the tow vehicle’s towball. Exceeding this limit will have the front of your tow vehicle lifting up and reduce steering and braking capability. Too little downward force in the towball will make the caravan unstable.

Tank capacity is important because you’ll be using more fuel when towing. The larger the fuel tank the longer you can go between refueling stops and the more remote places you will be able to explore.

These details are included the guide, but we’ve also provided them below to help caravan consumers make the right tow vehicle choice.

Since vehicle specifications are always changing, please read the notes underneath the table and check with the manufacturer before buying.

Tow Vehicle Table 12 Jan 2014

Tow Vehicle Table Notes

  1. Specifications are subject to regular change, check with the manufacturer before making a purchasing decision, No responsibility is accepted for any consequences arising from a reliance on the data in this table
  2. The table is a general guide only. Towing performance may vary within model ranges and depends on engine size, engine type and transmission type
  3. Makes and models are examples only and the table is not intended to be comprehensive
  4. Data relates to new (2013) models only. Older models may have different towing capacities
  5. Vehicles are listed in order of towing capacity and then torque. Check with your caravan manufacturer or dealer for the optimal towing vehicle for your selected caravan
  6. Maximum torque is reached at different rev ranges
  7. Maximum Braked Towing Capacity is based on manufacturers recommendations and includes heavy duty towing option where available. Where a range is shown, towing capacity varies with trailer mass
  8. Maximum Towball Weights – where a range is shown, maximum towball weight varies with trailer mass and/or tow vehicle weight
  9. Tank Capacity – where two numbers are shown, the second number is for the auxiliary fuel tank. Larger capacity fuel tanks may be available as an after market option
  10. Sources: manufacturers websites, redbook.com.au, carsales.com.au,user forums

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