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Old 04 May 2007, 18:02   #1
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Drrrrr Boo Boo time

I was having a flick though the Kia handbook tonight when I suddenly realized something.

The heaviest I can tow with a braked trailer is 900kgs

That means I probably can't bring my new RIB back from the Manufacturers.

Total dry weight of the RIB is 400kg's + console and seats 100kg's + weight of water to counter balance the rig whilst towing (no outboard) 200kg's + weight of trailer 300kg's = too heavy for the sportage to tow

Does this mean a new 4x4 to tow my new rig?
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Old 04 May 2007, 18:22   #2
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Water to counterbalance while towing You lost me there
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Well with no outboard on the back there'll be too much nose weight at the front if I don't use water to counter balance things.
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I doubt it - try moving the boat back a bit or altering the axles on the trailer. Or even put it on backwards!!!
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Andy, short term, if you need to borrow the disco for towing, just let me know.
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I guess I could move the axles and load the boat futher back than usual but figured that putting a couple of containers of water was an easier option (it'll still be near the tow limit without the water).

My main concern is that I'll now have to replace the tow vehical with one that'll tow my outfit in the future.

So keeping my 4x4 as small as possible (Kia Sportage ) size, what options do I have to tow something that'll have at least a 1300kg's gross trailering capactity on a budget?

Is the only option a Landy or similar because I doubt it'll fit up the driveway?




Jimbo, that's a very generous offering me your Disco for the trip back. I will consider it, but will persue the possible borrowing of my Fathers Mercedes first.
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So keeping my 4x4 as small as possible (Kia Sportage ) size, what options do I have to tow something that'll have at least a 1300kg's gross trailering capactity on a budget?
SWB Trooper, swb Shogun? Isuzu Mu like mine (it's quite wide but the length of a mk3 xr3i)
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Defender 90?

**grabs tin helmet again**
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**grabs tin helmet again**

IMO a great idea if you're not on a budget... Budget buying a 90 probably isn't a good idea. Landies are wonderful but they get used hard...
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