Always tow the line
I amconsidering buying a Toyota Prado GXL or a Mitsubishi Pajero. The Prado has a 2500kg towing capacity while Pajero has 3000kg. The caravan I amconsidering has a 2100kg tare and is 2500kg when loaded. The caravan dealer said the caravan has a 160kg tow ball weight. Can the actual tow ball weight be calculated from towing capacity?
Greg Allen, email No. Manufacturers determine the vehicle’s towing capacity, taking into consideration things such as the vehicle’s design, rear axle load, tyres and the effect the trailer will have on the vehicle’s attitude and stability. You can measure the tow ball weight using bathroom scales, or putting the laden trailer across a weighbridge and getting the weight borne by the axle or axles. The tow ball weight will be the total weight minus the axle load. It’s generally about 10 per cent of the total weight of the loaded trailer. COURTING TROUBLE We have just had the turbo diesel engine in our 80-series Toyota LandCruiser fully reconditioned from the radiator to the clutch at the cost of $14,500. When we got it back we found the speedo and airconditioner weren’t working and the rear main seal was leaking. Everything was supposed to completed the work you have paid for him to do, so that’s where you should start. If that doesn’t result in a resolution, you have to resort to legal action. I suggest you take him to the small claims court in your state.
Caravan carrier: Toyota Prado has a 2500kg towing