MY WHEELS

Ti­nus says his brand new Ranger can’t put a foot wrong; there’s very lit­tle Ger­hart doesn’t like about his Isuzu KB300; and Piet says his sec­ond Mit­subishi is equally at home on gravel and tar.

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No prob­lem, thank you very much! FORD RANGER 2.2 (DOU­BLE CAB, AU­TO­MATIC)

You have to be care­ful be­cause it’s very easy to tow or drive too fast with a Ranger, says Ti­nus Evert-Roos from Springs. We camp with a 2013 Gypsey Re­gal and I tow it with my Ranger, which I bought brand new for R360 000 five months ago. I used to tow the Gypsey with a Mazda 6 2.5 Dy­namic (au­to­matic), but it was too low to tow com­fort­ably and my jockey wheel of­ten hit the ground. I was look­ing for a tow­ing ve­hi­cle with enough stor­age space and power, and I also con­sid­ered the Toy­ota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 and Isuzu KB300 LX, but both were more ex­pen­sive and the Toy­ota was only avail­able in man­ual. I would have liked park­ing as­sist on the Ford, but the good-qual­ity body­work, the quiet when you’re driv­ing, the gen­eral ride qual­ity, and the many stan­dard func­tions more than make up for it. Its strength also sur­prised me. Now I’m itch­ing for its big brother, the Wild­track 3.2. I tow com­fort­ably at 100–120 km/h and my fuel con­sump­tion is 12,5 ℓ/100 km with the Gypsey in tow. With­out it I get 9 ℓ/100 km. We camp as much as pos­si­ble in the Kruger Na­tional Park and our kids love it there – it’s beau­ti­ful, the stands are top notch, and the wild an­i­mals you see re­ally makes it a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

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