What’s the best towing vehicle in Australia, and why?

If you were to ask this question on Facebook, you’d be inundated with a heap of responses from those recommending the vehicle that they tow with.

Unfortunately, the correct answer cannot be found so simply, and when choosing the best towing vehicle you should be considering a wide range of factors, which we look into in depth below.

If you get it wrong, you risk damage to your vehicle, having your insurance claims reduced or declined or even at risk of criminal charges.

Ultimately though, the best towing vehicle is not a one size fits all answer. There are a myriad of good tow vehicles out there, and your job should be to match the vehicle to what you want to tow.

It’s all about knowing what makes a good tow vehicle, and picking what is most suitable for your situation.

The best tow vehicle is the one that tows your setup safely, legally and suits your needs.

Caravan towing
What’s the best towing vehicle? That depends on what you need!

If you haven’t already seen the post we wrote about how to understand weights, and keep yourself legal this is a fantastic post that makes a complicated subject very simple to understand, and you can follow along with your own vehicles and figures; Towing weights; everything you need to know.

For the purpose of this guide, we are looking at towing trailers that are over the 1500kg mark, as most vehicles on the market can tow under that without too many issues. Anyway, enough of the fluff, and onto the business.

Caravan Towing
What’s the best tow vehicle, and why?

What makes the best tow vehicle?

It can legally tow your trailer in the real world

So many people say ‘I own this, and it tows this no problems’. I promise you, just because your vehicle is able to tow something doesn’t mean it should, or that it is legally allowed to.

There are 7 items that you need to comply with, which you can read in the ‘Towing Capacity’ link just above here.

There’s been a general improvement in people’s understanding of weights, but most people only know about GVM, payload and GCM and that’s about where it ends. This is just the tip of the iceberg. 

What you realise really quickly is that the figures that 4WD manufacturers give you are all smoke and mirrors, and that a 3500kg towing capacity is only possible under extreme circumstances, without upgrades taking place.

If you have a modified 4WD, or one that is well loaded up, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to tow the vehicles full towing capacity.

If you don’t believe me, have a read of our mobile weighing post, where we took our Isuzu Dmax, and 2200kg Hybrid Camper trailer and we were almost illegal and overweight, despite being well under the 3500kg towing capacity.

I’ll say it once more; vehicles with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity can rarely actually tow 3.5 tonnes unless you are under extreme circumstances. There’s lots of vehicles with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity in Australia, but not too many that can do it in real life situations.

Our vans nameplate
Can your 4WD legally tow the trailer and be under all of the required weights?

It has limited overhang

The less distance you have between the rear axle and the tow ball, relative to the overall length of your vehicle the better it will tow. Dual cab Utes have a significant overhang, and are always going to be worse at towing heavier trailers than a Wagon.

That’s not to say they can’t tow well, or are not worth buying, but a wagon will always tow better due to the smaller overhang. 

Some dual cab Utes, like the Mitsubishi Triton have their rear axle further forward, with makes towing even worse as the leverage applied on the tow ball is increased even beyond that of a normal dual cab Ute. No one wants a bent chassis, like is becoming extremely common.

It’s all to do with the way a vehicle can control the pitch and yaw of a trailer, and the more overhang you have, the worse it is.

Ute tray length
The more overhang on your 4WD, the worse it will tow

It has reliability plus

Towing works your vehicle very hard. The heavier and larger the load, the harder the car works. If its not reliable, well maintained or properly set up, you will have issues in the engine, drive line and potentially other areas. 

If you don’t have an OBD2 reader like an Ultragauge, you should get one. Monitoring some basic parameters can literally save your vehicle from destruction. Things like coolant temperature and automatic transmission temperature are hugely important when towing.

On that note, an automatic transmission cooler is a very highly regarded modification to any automatic vehicle that is towing something heavy, as the transmission works super hard.

If the fluid gets too hot, its lifespan reduces dramatically, and you can do serious, permanent damage to the internals of your automatic transmission (which will cost you anywhere from 5 – 20k).

Fan belt replacements
If your vehicle isn’t super reliable, its not the perfect tow rig.

It’s suitable for your trailer

I’ve seen some pretty interesting combinations on the road. If you have a huge, off-road van, towing it with something that is low to the ground is not going to work well for keeping the two level.

An Audi Q7 might have a great towing capacity, but they are quite low to the ground, and you shouldn’t have the van pointing down onto the tow ball.

Likewise, wheel track is important if you plan on going off road, and the tow ball weight needs to be under the maximum for your vehicle (and tow bar)

It weighs more than than your trailer

Now, this is going to stir the pot, and you’ll get a lot of people that will disagree here. Regardless, it is best practice to have a tow vehicle that weighs more than the trailer you are towing.

It’s not a must, and there are a lot of people who don’t do this, but towing 3500kg with a 4WD that weighs in at 2 tonnes is a recipe for disaster.

The tail is able to wag the dog, so to speak, and your vehicle will not have proper control over what you are towing.

If you are towing a 3 tonne van, your vehicle should weigh at least 3 tonnes, and this is where you run into issues with GCM, and need to start looking at a truck, or American Ute (F250, Silverado, Dodge Ram etc).

Dmax and Reconn
Our Dmax is about 3 tonne, and the trailer is a maximum of 2.5 tonne

It maintains a decent payload with the trailer attached

Your tow ball weight comes off your GVM. That means if you have 300kg on the tow ball, you have 300kg less payload. If you attach the trailer, and then have no payload left for the passengers and gear in your 4WD, you don’t have the right vehicle of choice.

This is a major problem when some vehicles only start off with 600 – 700kg of payload to begin with.

Put your family in, and a 300kg tow ball weight, and you can be overweight already without any accessories, a full tank of fuel or any other gear in the 4WD!

4WD's make great tow vehicles
If you have no payload left once the van is hooked up, you are in trouble

It’s not at the end of the vehicles limits

Going on from above, just because your vehicle can tow something doesn’t mean it should. If you are right at the limits of your GVM, GCM, tow ball weight, axle weights or what ever it may be, you are going to be increasing the chances of something going wrong.

If you head off road, this is going to be made even more likely, as the stresses are significantly more. There are a couple of 4WD manufacturers who state if you are going off road you should only load up to 80% of GVM, and this is a smart move.

Zone Expedition
Matching your trailer to your tow vehicle is very clever

It suits your trailers tow ball weight

Tow ball weights on trailers range from practically nothing (like an empty box trailer) through to 350 – 450kg on seriously heavy caravans.

Asides from the need to comply with your vehicles maximum tow ball weight (and the tow bars) you need to ensure your tow ball weight suits the vehicle you want to tow with based on what you are using it for. 

As an example, on a normal dual cab 4WD, you might get away with towing a caravan with a 300kg tow ball weight (assuming you are under all of the required weights), but if you were to head off road with this in tow, you are at high risk of a bent chassis.

300kg applied right to the back of your vehicle can translate into significantly more when you hit a bump, ledge or step up off road, and in our opinion this sort of weight off road would only suit a vehicle that is significantly stronger.

If you want to tow your trailer off road to the more adventurous places, you really want a tow ball weight that is under 250kg at the absolute maximum, with the lighter being better.

Anything around 150kg would be better again. At the end of the day, it highlights the need to match your tow vehicle to the trailer you buy.

You shouldn’t make a 3 tonne caravan have a 100kg tow ball weight as it will be totally instable, but if your vehicle isn’t safe with a 300kg tow ball weight perhaps you have the wrong vehicle, or the wrong trailer to begin with.

Tow ball weight Hypercamper
Tow ball weight is critical

It’s capable of towing where you want to go

Bitumen is one thing, but if you plan on heading off the road well travelled, your tow vehicle needs to be able to do this, with the trailer you have. Towing a big, 2.5 tonne plus caravan on a soft beach with a conventional 4WD is going to end badly for you.

Likewise, if you plan on dragging a heavy trailer up a steep 4WD track to the top of a mountain, your automatic transmission is going to get hurt badly.

Again, this all comes down to the limitations of the vehicle you are choosing, and how heavy your trailer is. The heavier the trailer, the bigger and stronger the vehicle needed to tow it.

4WDing with a lot of weight
If you want to drag your trailer back up a dune, you need the right vehicle

It has enough torque and power

Going on from the above, there are a heap of 4WD’s that have a ‘3500kg towing capacity‘. However, if you actually hook a 3.5 tonne trailer onto the back of them and take it for a drive, you’ll realise that they simply are not suited for that task.

Motors are getting smaller and smaller today, with more and more output, and if you are running them at maximum for a lot of their life, they are going to fail earlier. 

There is a significant difference in towing with a 5.6L V8 Petrol Y62 Nissan Patrol compared to a 2.4L Turbo Diesel Mitsubishi Triton in stability, but most obviously in torque and power.

Again, you can sometimes get away with it, but you will have issues maintaining speed when there are hills, getting up to speed takes a long time and there’s no hope that you’d be able to take it on anything that requires extra power or torque.

Balance your speed
The more power and torque, the easier the towing is

It’s OK in the leverage and axle weights area

The last point that I will make, which a lot of people don’t think about is the leverage effect, and axle weights of your vehicle. Along with the GVM, you need to ensure that your axle weights are also compliant.

For example, an Isuzu Dmax might have a GVM of 2950kg. On top of this, the front axle weight maximum could be 1270kg, and the rear 1860kg.

Often the two axle weights added together are more than the GVM, and this is done to allow you some wiggle room in having more weight over the rear, than the front.

However, there only a little wiggle room, and leverage can hugely hurt this. Lets say you take a totally stock Dmax, and you put a 3 tonne caravan behind it, with a 320kg tow ball weight.

With the wheelbase of a Dmax being 3095mm, and the overhang being 1375mm, adding 320kg to the tow ball is going to shift 142kg from the front axles to the rear.

Ultimately, you end up with 320kg plus 142kg on your rear axle. That’s 462kg. Take that away from your maximum rear axle weight, and the original rear axle weight, and you can be in some pretty serious trouble even though you might be under GVM, and GCM.

Our messy canopy
When you are fully loaded, how does it balance out?

It suits your requirements

At the end of the day, the vehicle has to do what you need it to, or its going to fall short. Some people want the best possible towing fuel consumption that you can get, and others would rather a vehicle that has excessive power and torque, and care less about fuel consumption.

These two examples rarely result in the same vehicle, so choose wisely.

Others want a vehicle that is going to be able to reliably tow for 200,000km without any major issues, and then you have those who upgrade every 3 years or when the warranty runs out, and they care less about long term longevity.

Your personal requirements are hugely important when it comes to choosing the best towing vehicle. That said, we go into the best cars for towing caravans below (and most of them are 4WD’s!).

What are some good tow vehicles?

Y62 Patrol

When it comes to power, the Y62 is king in the traditional sized 4WD market. These run a 5.6L V8 Petrol motor, and will comfortably tow big caravans up to 3.5 tonnes (you still have to watch the GVM and other weight figures).

They will use a fair bit of fuel doing it (25 – 32L/100km) but will reliably, comfortably and safely tow your bigger trailers.

If you have something smaller, and lighter weight, you’ll comfortably be able to tow it off road, even in soft sand and have the best chance of not getting stuck. If you don’t mind the fuel bill, these are one of the best caravan tow vehicles around.

200 Series

The major competitor to the Y62 Patrol is the 200 Series Land Cruiser, and to be honest I’ve never seen such fierce competition between owners of the two. The 200 Series Land Cruiser is significantly more common than the Patrol, and has been out since 2007, making some 14 years of vehicles. 

These run a twin turbo V8 diesel motor, and have plenty of torque and a decent chunk of power. These will also comfortably tow a bigger trailer, and have plenty of upgrades available for GVM and GCM (state dependent!)

This is important, because the factory payload of a 200 series is nothing short of abysmal. Fit some basic accessories, load your family in and a bit of gear and hook a light trailer on the rear, and you will be at maximum GVM.

In stock form, these are not very suitable for towing larger trailers unless you can keep the vehicle very light.

You can get a 200 series 4 tonne towing capacity upgrade through Lovells.

200 Series Land Cruiser
The 200 Series Land Cruiser is one of the most popular towing vehicles in Australia

Dual cab Utes

I’m not going to go into all of the dual cab Utes. In essence, they are all very similar anyway in terms of towing capacities, and what they can actually tow safely.

You will be at greater risk towing a heavier trailer with a dual cab Ute than you would with a wagon, especially if they aren’t loaded well.

Whether its an Isuzu Dmax, Toyota Hilux, Holden Colorado, Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Amarok, or Mazda BT-50, the end result for towing is going to be fairly similar.

The only exception to this is the 79 series Land Cruiser, which is a heavier duty Dual cab Ute, and has a much higher payload and GCM. They are expensive, quite agricultural but certainly a heavier duty version of Ute, and a lot of people like them as tow vehicles.

Our Isuzu Dmax
A typical dual cab Ute makes a good tow vehicle, to a point

American Dual Cab Utes

We are starting to get spoilt for choice in Australia. There are a lot of American Dual Cab Utes, or ‘Yank Tanks’ as many people refer to them.

Some of the options include the Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram 2500, Chevy Silverado, Ford F250 and Toyota Tundra.

These are essentially a normal Australian dual cab Ute on steroids. The motors are much bigger capacity, and so are their payloads, GVM, axle capacities and GCM.

Still do your research though, as some will not have much payload left when towing their maximum capacity. 

These can also be licensed in different configurations. Many are 4495 GVM, but you can license some of them as an actual truck, and have their GVM at up to 6 tonnes in this configuration. It does mean you need a truck license to drive it, but this is the path a lot of people are going to tow their big vans safely.

These, and actual trucks are really your only vehicles with a 4 tonne towing capacity in Australia, unless you manage to get a 200 series with a major upgrade (which seems to be quite rare these days).

F250 for touring Australia
An F250 with a boat on the back and trailer in tow, all well within its specs

Actual trucks

Again, the actual 4WD truck option is taking off in Australia in a big way. Think of a 4500kg towing capacity, whilst retaining a 1500kg payload, and you’ll soon see the attraction.

These make the best tow vehicles in Australia by a long shot, but they come with other compromises (cost, weight, size, comfort etc) and once again, you have to choose what’s most important.

Some of the main 4WD trucks that people are using as tow vehicles include the Iveco Daily 4×4, Mitsubishi Fuso/Canter, Isuzu NPS 300, Hino 300 and on the odd occasion a Unimog or Oka. 

These are significantly bigger, significantly stronger and ride very differently to a traditional 4WD. Whilst they are not the ideal daily vehicle, a lot of people do use them on truck licenses. 

Touring Australia with lots of gear
An actual truck is not a bad way to tow a heavy trailer and maintain plenty of payload

Common modifications for tow vehicles

GVM Upgrades

Once you understand the different weights you have to comply with when towing a trailer, it becomes pretty obvious why so many vehicles have GVM upgrades.

It’s simply not possible for the average family to travel in a normal 4WD towing a full size, off road van with all the gear and be legal in the GVM department.

You can get a heap of GVM upgrades today, but pay careful attention to the different laws in each state, particularly around pre and post GVM upgrades. We ended up with a GVM upgrade on our Dmax, which you can read about here – ARB GVM Upgrade.

OME GVM Upgrade
Old Man Emu Suspension and GVM Upgrade on our Isuzu Dmax

GCM Upgrades

It is still possible to get GCM upgrades in parts of Australia. Some states have outlawed it, and some are very restrictive (think 6WD conversions, or chassis extensions).

If the combined weight of your trailer and vehicle are at their maximum, it might just be possible to have it increased to a number that makes you completely legal.

Automatic transmission coolers

If you have an automatic transmission, and you are towing anything over 1.5 tonnes, you should have an OBD2 reader, and be monitoring your automatic transmission temperatures. Automatics are super convenient and reliable if they are treated well, and not allowed to get too hot. 

Towing works your vehicle hard, and if you don’t keep an eye on the transmission temperatures and the oil runs hot for a long period of time (or a short period at very high temperatures), you can be up for a new transmission at a cost of 8 – 20k.

If your temperatures are regularly running north of 110 degrees, you should fit an aftermarket transmission cooler, and make sure you are getting the fluid changed every 40 – 50k. 

Davies Craig cooler
The external transmission cooler on our Dmax

Towing mirrors

If your van is wider than your factory mirrors, you cannot drive in Australia without extended, towing mirrors. This is regardless of what camera system you have; its just not legal.

Clearview, MSA, Milenco, Ocam and a heap of other manufacturers make mirrors specifically for your vehicles, and you need to have them, and use them properly.

Clearview towing mirrors
Clearview towing mirrors for a van (with a nice blue wren on top!)

Tyre pressure monitoring systems

A more and more common accessory for towing today is a tyre pressure monitoring system, to keep a good eye on your Caravan Tyre Pressure. You can get wireless ones that run off solar for under a few hundred dollars, which alert you when your tyre pressures drop suddenly.

If you get a puncture, it will give you some notification that there is a problem and you have time to slow down and pull over safely.

Without it, you’d be driving at high speed until you felt something was wrong, and with a big van (especially if its single axle) this can be the point of no return, when it starts to sway and drag your vehicle around. This is one of the major differences when comparing a single axle vs dual axle caravan.

For a few hundred dollars, getting a TPMS is often money well spent

Rear trailer cameras

Another item that is invaluable is a reversing camera on your trailer. A lot of people have them in their vehicles already, and these are super useful when hitching your trailer up and ensuring you don’t back into anything, or anyone.

The trouble is, once you have a trailer hooked up, often you can’t see behind them anyway, and you are in the same situation. 

By fitting a rear vision camera to your trailer you maintain perfect visibility, and ensure you don’t back into anyone. It also makes backing into a camping site a lot easier. 

Another tip is to have a look at the tow hitch types and make sure you get something that is easy to hook up, as some are attrocious!

So, what’s the perfect towing vehicle?

There are lots of great towing vehicles out there today. At the end of the day, if it does what you need it to safely, its perfect. You don’t need a 100k + towing vehicle for many applications, but there are times where you should have something bigger and more suited to the task.

What do you tow with? How does it go?

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  1. Hey Greig,

    Good to hear your happy with it. They certainly have nice performance and luxuries.

    How do you go with the chassis height and tow ball height on the touarag?

    I’d imagine with an off road van you’d need quite a tall adjustable hitch?

    Ever taken it on a soft beach with the van?

    Happy travels!

  2. Rline v8 touareg ecu re tune has 250 stock and 310 kw modded, 800nm stock and 980 modded. pulls mt 3t van without even knowing its there 0-100 5.7 stock empty 4.9 modded , with the van 6.2. its a torque monster …. better on fuel than anything tested here. nice amount of luxury…. air suspension is awesome. only limited by its 280 kg tbm has a resepctable gvm if you dont go for the moon roof. tows my 3t van at 15-16 liters per 100k and not bad at all off road. best kept secret. faster than all but an sq7 0-100 with the van on. Actually faster than most with the van on and they are empty! would only swap it for an sq7 to get the 350kg tbm. super happy with it and I havetowed this van 60+ 000ks around aus now.

  3. Hi Paul,

    If you’ve done your research into both, then you should be in a reasonable position. Are you looking at a new MUX, or a second hand one? I would just double check you are going to be happy with the weights; if you end up with a heavy tow ball weight and a modified MUX you could easily be overweight.

    What camping have you done prior to this? Would it be worth hiring a couple of campers (Iconn or similar) to see that its right for you, before you make the jump? I’ve seen a lot of people buy and sell campers or hybrids quickly, only to change to a full size van, and that could change your initial vehicle purchase too.

    I can’t comment on the quality of the Iconn, but we are happy with our Reconn R2. I assume you know one is made in Australia, and the Iconn is imported?

    All the best

  4. Great post, lots to understand and think about. We are relatively new to all of this and are considering buying a Isuzu MU-X 4X4 LS-T to tow a Lifestyle Iconn E2. Do you see any issues with this set-up or have any things to point out that would be worth thinking about?

    All the best,

  5. Hi Trevor,

    I assume you are talking about a Toyota Aurion? These have a maximum towing capacity of 1600kg, which means your van cannot be heavier than that.

    You would need to see what the maximum tow ball weight is, and get a van that is going to tow fairly level. Traction may be an issue with extra weight on the rear of the vehicle and it being front wheel drive.

    Other than that, you need to look at the GVM, axle weights and then the actual trailer masses to ensure its all compliant.

    All the best

  6. Trevor Howard says:

    Im have a 2010 6 cyl. Orion and want to know what problems I might have towing a single axle van with an ATM of 1600kgs as recommended o0n the tow bar.

  7. Hey Rob,

    Yep, ultimately everything is a compromise, and once you start getting bigger its hard to find something super comfortable, but rugged and reliable.

    I guess you know all about the American pickups then, coming from the states!

    The Iveco is certainly a pretty nice size, and ticks a lot of boxes, which is why I liked them so much originally. Who knows, maybe they are more reliable now; that group will certainly tell you.

    All the best mate

  8. Thanks, Aaron, your article is one of the best I have seen on safe towing and not telling people to go get a Ranger to tow 3500kg that will over its GVM/GCM as soon as you add a passenger, the dog, and fuel. I’m originally from the States and grew up on a farm driving full-sized pickups, but if I go with the truck instead of a van I would go with the aav4x4 or all terrain warrior based Izuzu NPS 300, the 4500-kg towing eases the ATM issues of a big caravan and the ability to add more fuel and freshwater tanks are attractive, and their cost is lower than the mercedes/iveco. With the NPS, we would be giving up some comfort and they just seem unpractical to run into the town to go butter and milk 😉 In my 20’3 and 30’s I used to off-road for the challenge of off-roading, at my age it is more a way to ensure if we want to visit something/somewhere we can such as Frasier island or up in the Northern Territory. We are planning a 2-year outing going around Australia twice, so we will want some of the comforts of home. The Iveco does seem absolutely perfect in all aspects except if it’s going to fall apart on us, I will look into the Facebook group and see if the issues are worth the benefits. Thanks again!

  9. Hey Rob,

    I don’t know a huge amount about these vehicles, but I will tell you that I did like the look of the Iveco a while ago, until I heard of the issues that they have. I don’t know whether they’ve improved, but you will find good, honest information on the Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1944264565832765

    I wouldn’t consider the Mercedes at all good off road, but haven’t had much experience with them, and unfortunately in your niche of vehicles there’s going to be a big difference between comfort, reliability, off road ability and cost.

    I guess there are a couple of other options – a big american dual cab, like a Dodge Ram 2500, or a Chevy, or you can go to a proper, well built truck, like the Isuzu NPS and Mitsubishi Canter, both of which have very solid reputations. You’ll find this group helpful too – https://www.facebook.com/groups/406071006541652/

    In your position, I’d probably go for a truck or american vehicle, but it depends on exactly what you are after.

    All the best mate; take your time researching and go with what you feel is best

  10. I am planning my Grey Nomad setup, and have decided on an all-electric caravan like the Retreat ERV, Harvoc, or Royal Flair Eco Mate and either the 2023 Iveco daily 4×4 van or the 2023 Mercedes 519 CDI AWD van as the tow vehicle. The caravans all seem like we would be fine no matter what one we pick, I am hopelessly confused about what is the best tow vehicle for us, I want safety, reliability, and decent off-road capability (not planning any hardcore off-roading, but don’t want to find myself in a position where I need it and don’t have it) and neither seems to hit all three points. For the tow vehicle, both appear to have a big GVM and GCM, commercial-grade engines, transmissions, etc, lots of storage space for all the stuff we could possibly want to bring with us without having to pack it all in the caravan and exceed the ATM, and aftermarket shelving/drawer systems. The Iveco seems like the ideal off-road setup (more than I would hopefully ever need), however, there are a lot of articles on the internet filled with reliability issues. The Mercedes has great reviews for reliability, however, I don’t think I would ever want to use it to tow a caravan onto the beach without a bunch of aftermarket changes to the suspension, etc (I made that mistake with a Jeep Wrangler in the past and made it a little better off-road and horrible everywhere else). Any advice on the Iveco or Sprinter would be welcome, also I have seen a few posts/articles on using the Iveco as a tow vehicle, but never on the Mercedes, am I missing something on the Sprinter I should be aware of?

  11. 2WD F-450 Gooseneck max towing is 37,000 pounds.
    Amazing !!!
    try beat that with a y62 patrol

  12. Hi Daniel,

    If you got a BT50 with a GVM and GCM upgrade it would do the job, but its going to be working really hard, and running at its limits. You might be OK if you keep the Ute really light, which is also less than ideal with the best setup having the tow vehicle heavier than the trailer.

    I’d normally say a 200 series, 79 or Y62, but you might struggle to get one in good condition with a van for under 100k. That really only leaves actual trucks, or an older Yank tank, or increasing the budget/decreasing the age of the van and vehicle.

    Unfortunately, everything is a compromise and you’ll have to make a few tough decisions

    All the best

  13. Howdy,
    We are looking at travelling Aus next year with 3 kids, we’re looking at something with a triple bunk and off road capabilities. I was thinking of a BT50 as our tow machine.
    By the sounds of it this may not be suitable. Any thoughts. I would like to keep our budget to $100k for both van and car.

  14. Hi Jacko,

    There’s usually dedicated tow bar places around, like Parkside Tow bars, Perth Tow Bar Fitters, Midland Tow bars etc, and your dealer will also do it (where the vehicle came from).

    Hayman Reece is a reputable brand, as are many others

    All the best

  15. Hi i want to fit a towbar to my ford territory ( 2011 or 2010), where can i get the towbar fitted.

  16. Hi Peter,

    Get it weighed to start with, split into the axle weights. Then, get a decent shop to install suitable suspension and a GVM upgrade if needed. The tow bars are generally 50 – 80kg each too, and most 4WD shops can install them.

    If you have no need for a lift kit I’d just get the right rated springs. Look at Lovells, Pedders, ARB, TJM and any generic suspension shops in the area.

    All the best

  17. Peter Osborne says:

    Hi i have a 2018 Triton 4×4 dualcab ute,I carry alot of weight being a plumber in Brisbane I am worried about existing suspension csn you help me about what I should do.Lift kit etc.thinking also of towbar too thanks