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Old 15 December 2013, 13:18   #1
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20k for 4x4 tow vehicle

Evening all,
Here is a nice hypothetically question - Looking for a sub 20k 4x4 tow vehicle but it would need to fit a few criteria that could be a bit screwy so your help would be useful;

Essential -
  • Sub 20k,
  • 4x4 for slipways,
  • Low road tax to keep long term costs down,
  • Low insurance to keep long term costs down,
  • Low speed - don't want it to get wrecked when it's loaned to others,
  • Seating for 5,
  • be able to tow a Ribcraft 585,
  • Some warranty remaining,
  • Low maintenance costs.

Desirable -
  • UK built
  • Front towbar can be fitted
  • Winch can be fitted

I've looked at Landrover 110 Utility, Disco 3, Mitsubishi L200 with truckman back. Am I missing any other options??

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Old 15 December 2013, 13:28   #2
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Why would you be looking at massively over-specced vehicles to tow a 585? Are you thinking you might have to tow bigger occasionally?

I'd be looking at something like a decent late Fronty, or Isuzu trooper/crewcab pickup if others are going to be borrowing it. Remaining warranty (for the short period you'd have) wouldn't even factor into buying it for me.
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if you don't need the fancy 4wd then a Freelander is a great tow car, and the newer ones are good motors, cheaper to run than defenders, discos etc but well able to tow upto 2t
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Agreed - I tow a 5.3m Ribcraft a few times a month - 170mile round trip - launch and recover - Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9DDiS - perfect tow vehicle with real 4x4 capability if you need it. A good 2010 plate will be sub 10K.
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Half that budget will get you a really nice double cab pickup.
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I would be looking at a freelander 2 very nice motor to drive
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If you buy a land rover you will need 20k just to keep it on the road
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