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Towing Capacity; a simple guide to keep you legal

Towing with a PajeroEvery day there are arguments, questions and lengthy discussions about what is legal when it comes to towing with a 4WD, and every guide I’ve ever read has not made things overly simple or clear. There is a lot more to towing capacity than just the one rating, and lots of people don’t understand this.

 


What’s the best vehicle for towing?

Caravan at Ningaloo StationIf you are in the market for a new tow vehicle, and you want to know what the best is, you’ve come to the right place. This post covers everything you need to look for, the different levels of towing and finishes up with explaining how everyone has different requirements, and there’s no singular best towing vehicle.

 


What is tow ball weight, and why does it matter?

Measuring the tow ball weightTow ball weight, or Tow Ball Mass (TBM) is a term that’s being thrown around more and more today, and for good reason. Understanding how it works, how to measure it and what is acceptable is critical for safe towing.

 

 

 


Mobile weighing

Dmax rear axle weightWe recently had our Isuzu Dmax and 2.2 tonne Hybrid Camper trailer weighed by a Mobile weighing service, and we were almost over weight even with a GVM upgrade. If you want to know how, with all the details, this post covers everything.

 


What’s the pros and cons of towing?

4WD boat trailer wheelsThere are a lot of people in Australia who make the decision to purchase a trailer and tow it behind their 4WD while travelling. Whether its a box trailer, camper trailer, hybrid, caravan or boat, towing something behind your 4WD has a number of benefits.

 


Are you being misled by 4WD Tow ratings?

Do you know what your tow ball weight is?So, you’ve got a heavy caravan or boat that you want to tow? Don’t be misled by the advertising! Just because your 4WD has a certain ‘towing capacity’ doesn’t mean you can actually tow that under normal conditions.

 


Is a 4WD really suitable, or do you need a truck?

Touring Australia with lots of gearIn my opinion, too many people today are using 4WD’s to do a job they were never really designed to do. When I say 4WD’s, I’m referring to anything from a Suzuki Sierra through to a full size wagon like a Y62 Nissan Patrol or 200 Series Land Cruiser.

 


Don’t get caught out with Caravan and Camper Trailer weights

Nameplate weights for a camper trailerI’m tired of reading over and over again of weight issues that thousands of people are being caught out by. These relate to trailer weights, tow vehicle capacities and weight distribution, and if you don’t take the time to carefully look into it, you’ll be in a world of pain.

 


4WD Ute or Wagon?

Ute vs Wagon

Buying a 4WD is a pretty big decision, and once you start looking into it you’ll see its just the beginning of a myriad of choices you’ll need to make.

Petrol vs Diesel? Automatic vs Manual? Ute vs Wagon? New vs old? The list keeps going, and ultimately, you should be looking for a vehicle that is going to suit your requirements as best as possible.


Can your ATM be higher than your towing capacity?

Caravan towingTruly understanding the rules and regulations around towing can be quite a challenge, especially when you have weird intricacies like ATM and towing capacity, and how they relate to each other. If you are wondering whether your ATM can exceed the towing capacity, this post is for you.

 


Can you flip your tow hitch?

Tow hitch flippedHow many vehicles do you see driving down the road with the trailer pointing towards the road, and the vehicles headlights pointing towards the sky? There’s a distinct lack of understanding when it comes to towing safely, and a portion of this comes from not setting your tow hitch to the correct height.

 


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