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Old 24 June 2006, 18:07   #51
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Well done - looks great. Just remember they need a bit more servicing than some others.

They are awesome towing machines - even my 300tdi is amazing.

http://www.rib.net/forum/attachment....chmentid=20178

Have a look at this and you will see what I mean!!!
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Old 24 June 2006, 20:03   #52
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Jesus Codders!

You should have asked and I'd have brought a tractor unit down to tow it with. We've got a shunter with a normal towhitch as well as nato and a 5th wheel
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Old 24 June 2006, 20:37   #53
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You should have asked and I'd have brought a tractor unit down to tow it with. We've got a shunter with a normal towhitch as well as nato and a 5th wheel
Believe it or not it was actually the same length as an artic but 8" wider!!! Disco was really greay though - load was SO stable - must have been thanks to 3 axles......
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Believe it or not it was actually the same length as an artic but 8" wider!!! Disco was really greay though - load was SO stable - must have been thanks to 3 axles......
Bloody hell... That's not a legal length to tow with a car is it?
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Old 25 June 2006, 04:57   #55
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All Discovery 2's should have Hill Descent Control but it is a complete waste of space. It limits downhill descent speed to about 4 mph, which in any conditions where you might want a fixed descent speed is about 4 times too fast. Put into context my 300Tdi 90's engine braking in first gear brings it down to about 1.5mph on the GPS. I only ever used HDC once in anger and that was on my old Freelander, descending a very icy hill. It cut in suddenly and almost caused me to have a F&%^ing great big accident so I switched it off in a hurry, got to the bottom in one piece and have never really bothered with it again except just messing around, messing around that proved that I know a lot more about when I want the brakes on and when I don't than any computer! It might be a good idea if it restricted the vehicle to a sensible speed but as it is set up, it is way too fast to be useful.

Centre difflock is useful but I would say not essential for what you want, don't make it the main reason for buying the vehicle or anything. The traction control system works OK, but not as well as they would have you believe, but it should be OK for what you want.
HDC is only as good as the tyres holding the vehical to the road. A Disco 2 has a target speed of approx 2mph. However if the tyres aren't good this will vary due to loss of grip. When HDC comes in if it detects a locked wheel it will release that wheel. It is a common thing for worn tyres to cause a lock up sooner, so by the time your at the bottom of the hill the vehical has fought against it self and picked up speed. Hope this is clear

Jeff, excellent choice I see it has the optional extra, of side mouldings. They tended to be standard only on ES premium models of that year. Keep an eye on the water level cos some 03 TD5's came out the factory with somwhat 'soft' cylinder heads. Ask the dealer to search L/R database to see if any work like that has been done under warrenty. Also ask him if the fuel pipe recall has been done. They tended to go on the 'u' bend out of the tank and spray the rear of the vehical with a fine mist of diesel. This should have all been done under warranty, which I would imagine yours is about to expire if not allready???.

If you experience wheel slip, remember that the TC target speed is in the region of 1500 rpm. So you have to accelerate to get the TC to work.
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Old 25 June 2006, 07:40   #56
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Everything I read about HDC said 4mph - I had a TD5 Discovery on lease for 15,000 miles. Even on tarmac it only slowed the vehicle to 4mph - no wheel slip!!! It was an automatic so HDC was useful - even locked into low range 1st the auto doesn't have the same braking as a manual.

As a contrast my 300tdi Discovery does about 1.5mph in low range 1st down the steepest hills I can find.
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Old 25 June 2006, 07:42   #57
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Bloody hell... That's not a legal length to tow with a car is it?
Nobody really seems to have a clue - some people make glider trailers 20m long!!! Apparently they get away with it cos it's an "indivisible load". Unless you saw a boat in half with a chainsaw I think the same applies.

I wasn't bothered by anyone when I was towing - I think as long as it all LOOKS safe you are ok. I asked a traffic cop who said all he bothered about was weight - as long as it is in the allowed limits you are fine.
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Old 25 June 2006, 15:38   #58
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Cheers Osprey - will keep an eye on things.

Went to pick the RIB up this morning - looking forward to trying out the Disco. Checked with the Coastguard & they told me poor viz & force 3 going to 5-6 and deteriorating with rain. Called it off as had a couple of people with us who wouldn't have appreciated it. Drove out to coast to ask about berthing (and to give the disco a run). Sea like a millpond. Hardly a ripple. Then the sun came out. Well p.....ed off. Could have had a 4 hours run out before the football.
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Nobody really seems to have a clue - some people make glider trailers 20m long!!! Apparently they get away with it cos it's an "indivisible load". Unless you saw a boat in half with a chainsaw I think the same applies.

I wasn't bothered by anyone when I was towing - I think as long as it all LOOKS safe you are ok. I asked a traffic cop who said all he bothered about was weight - as long as it is in the allowed limits you are fine.
Best people to ask if you are worried about towing anything is you insurance company. After all they are the people who make recompense when it all goes wrong.
In my honest opinion its always worth being upfront with your insurance company. You can always change them if they don't satisfy you.
best of luck with your rigs lads. I'm looking to get a 90 like Steve Luxtons. Just need some moorland like he has in that picture in Hampshire. Guess I'll have to go back to my native Yorkshire.
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