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Old 03 December 2010, 15:09   #11
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Your friendly local garage might decant some into your own container for you, can work out cheaper.
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Old 03 December 2010, 15:59   #12
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The problem with the Freelander is basically that it's a four wheel drive car designed around Rover (and latterly BMW) car engines and transmissions, and generally cars aren't designed to tow a Portakabin across the Sahara. Like I said, smallish boat or easy slipway, not likely to be a problem.

A fair amount is also down to driver ability - if it is the sort of driver that doesn't need a handbrake on hill starts until the hill gets over about 30 degrees then you'll be fine, but if the driver needs the handbrake and 4000rpm to be able to take off without rolling backwards at the traffic lights then there could be issues
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Old 04 December 2010, 04:50   #13
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You really don't need a 4x4 to tow an SR4-on almost any slipway.
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Old 04 December 2010, 08:20   #14
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Where does a RIBber get cheap gearbox oil??
Wilkinsons were selling Comma gear oil a few months back for a couple of quid per litre.
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Old 04 December 2010, 09:22   #15
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Cheers Bogmonster, andNos4r2 i especialy like the idea of not needing a 4x4 for a SR4 as a more economical car = More Spare Money for Toys or in this case for Fuel on an SR4.
I suppose the Ideal car would be a BMW again RWD i had one up (1.7 tds) until 4 month ago when a "chipping" firm shorted out the ECU and made it a write off, hence now why i drive a Rover 75! (cheapest Diesel BMW Engine car i could buy for a Grand!)
Any ideas as to which engine? i do like the idea of the 3ltr mmm but i think maybe the TD4 would be better more economical or even the 2.5 TD any experience of them?
Having said all that if the 75 can cope with it then i will keep it, it just struggles with the heavier boat which will be redundant now i got the Rib
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Old 04 December 2010, 12:15   #16
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Agree with Nos - you can tow an SR4 with just about any car.
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Old 04 December 2010, 15:08   #17
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I use an L200 to launch and recover our SR4. For longer trips we also have an Auto Disco 3 which copes fine and is a little more comfortable. The auto box is a bonus when towing an SR4.
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Your Rover 75 should be fine on most slips - unless they are particularly slimy or muddy. I think 9d280 used to use a fiesta! I've used a Mazda 323.

If the slip is particularly bad then a long rope can keep the car on good ground.

If you are regularly using it on muddy ground then I've been told that "winter" tyres will make a big difference - just as they do in the snow.
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Old 05 December 2010, 05:57   #20
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If you can't drag an SR4 up it with a 2WD car, then it's not fit to be called a slipway..................(or you need driving lessons)
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