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Date Registered: 03-2015
Location: Mornington, VIC
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Towing 1600kg Caravan


Being a noob to the forum please excuse me if these questions are answered elsewhere. I have recently upgraded my caravan from a 12ft poptop to a 16ft poptop and added about a tonne to my towing weight. The new van weighs in just above the 1600kg mark fully loaded. Should I install airbags in the rear or use the Hayman Reese level rides that I have for my boat/garden gnome? (Boat is too heavy for Exy)
I am about to embark on a half lap of Australia, travelling from Melbourne to Darwin, across to Cairns and down the East Coast.
 
Main Question: Will the Exy handle it or should I bite the bullet and go for something bigger?

Any advice seriously listened to.

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Date Registered: 09-2014
Location: Brunswick WA
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Hi,

I pull around a Jayco Swan which is about 16ft. Probably closer to 1400kg fully loaded, maybe a little more. Not had a single issue to date. Went through all the same questions before hitching it to my Xtrail too. Keep extra weight out of the back of the car, balance the load in the trailer to maintain ball weight, drive to suit the conditions/situation. Fuel economy is pretty good for a little engine. I get around 14l/100km with a family of five. I have a manual but I imagine an auto wouldn't be too much different.

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Date Registered: 01-2013
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Very interested in how all goes for you, as in "future" also want to do bigger laps and wondering about feasiblity of towing over long and rough distances. (Have a yearning for a bit more comfort when away for an extended period,)

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Date Registered: 03-2015
Location: Mornington, VIC
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Re: Towing 1600kg Caravan


Got some issues, just had a look at the plate in the boot of the van and ATM is 1610kg. Don't think I'll be dragging much water around and I think the annex can stay at home.

What sort of ball weight is the Exy comfortable with? Going to get a ball weight scales device tomorrow to check it out.

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Date Registered: 09-2014
Location: Brunswick WA
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I think its max 190kg but that decreases as load increases. That includes the weight of what is in the car ie: humans and stuff in the cargo area.

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Date Registered: 04-2012
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As an X-trail owner, a caravan owner and a caravan dealer.
My advise is to be cautious of advise on this forum - perhaps all forums - when it comes to towing.
(Yes, I'm aware of the circular nature of that statement)

Not enough info on what type of X-trail you have. However, mine is a 4x4 T31 Auto Petrol. I tow at roughly 2000kg and 200kg ball and I use a hitch.

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Date Registered: 09-2014
Location: Brunswick WA
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Not enough info on what type of X-trail you have. However, mine is a 4x4 T31 Auto Petrol. I tow at roughly 2000kg and 200kg ball and I use a hitch.



I'll take that as a qualified statement. Mine is a T31 Pet manual. These car are more capable than people give them credit for. Plus, sensible driving goes a long way too.

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Date Registered: 05-2014
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I have a 2013 T31 6 Speed Diesel 4WD, and I recently towed my Windsor Statesman Royale with it, and to be honest, I was extremely surprised.

Usually the towing duties go to my GU 4.2 Turbo Diesel Patrol, however the X-trail was just as good towing the van if not better.

The Van has an ATM of roughly 1400kgs, the X-trail usually does somewhere just under [sign in to see URL] around town, it averaged about [sign in to see URL] towing the van.

Very happy with how the X-trail towed the van.

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Date Registered: 04-2012
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Yeah, I hear that alot regarding the [sign in to see URL] patrols... A lot of people get hung up on the litreage and forget that it means very little to end output once forced induction is introduced to the scenario.

[sign in to see URL] Patrol - 330nm of torque
[sign in to see URL] X-Trail - 340nm of torque
[sign in to see URL] Patrol - 363nm of torque

As far as towing power is concerned - the diesel X-Trail is always going to feel more powerful. Because it is, by 10 nm... Then you have the fact that you're not in a giant Patrol. So power to weight is even more impressive.

That being said, the size of the Patrol makes it a safer tow vehicle for larger items. Interestingly enough as shown above, the [sign in to see URL] Patrol is more powerful than the [sign in to see URL] also.

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Date Registered: 05-2014
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kgb007 wrote:

Yeah, I hear that alot regarding the [sign in to see URL] patrols... A lot of people get hung up on the litreage and forget that it means very little to end output once forced induction is introduced to the scenario.

[sign in to see URL] Patrol - 330nm of torque
[sign in to see URL] X-Trail - 340nm of torque
[sign in to see URL] Patrol - 363nm of torque

As far as towing power is concerned - the diesel X-Trail is always going to feel more powerful. Because it is, by 10 nm... Then you have the fact that you're not in a giant Patrol. So power to weight is even more impressive.

That being said, the size of the Patrol makes it a safer tow vehicle for larger items. Interestingly enough as shown above, the [sign in to see URL] Patrol is more powerful than the [sign in to see URL] also.




Don't get me wrong, love my Patrol to bits, will never sell it, and it tows the van with ease, just "rolls" along.

I most certainly would NEVER buy a [sign in to see URL] Patrol, besides the well known issues with earlier models, I have frequently driven a 2013 model, towing a boat, trailer, and lighting trailer (SES) with it, and its TERRIBLE !! especially on fuel.


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