I'm lucky enough to have a 'proper' tow bar place near where I live. ie. it's a family business that actually knows what they're talking about, and they've been fitting tow bars to all sorts since the beginning of time.
Anyhoo, I went in to ask them about fitting a WDH to my T31 in order to tow a Jayco Hawk [sign in to see URL] appeared particularly knowledgeable on the subject, and went to a great deal of time and trouble to talk me out of buying one. Apparently, the problem is that the WDH places stress elsewhere on the chassis that the XTrail is simply not designed for. It is the 'twisting' forces that cause the issue (and damage!) apparently. He actually had photos of people who had ignored this advice and damaged their XTrails as a result.
Happy with keeping the $600 in my pocket, I took my T31 on a long run up hill and down dale. Coincidentally, it was the same run (with the same camper) that I had done the previous weekend using a 2012 Mitsubishi Triton.
The T31 towed perfectly, even better in my opinion than the Triton. It certainly had more pull up the hills, better braking, and was considerably more comfortable. Sure, the rear end seemed to drop a little when I hooked it up, but this was hardly noticeable from the driver's seat. The steering appeared unaffected.
Probably best that I don't mention the fuel consumption though...
Location: Maitland-ish, NSW
11/Nov/2014, 11:34 am