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Old 24 February 2008, 11:56   #1
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My mate's bent his Range Rover Sports Chassis, its on 07 plate.
He goes back to Range Rover dealership and says what you gonna do about this,
Range Rover have now pointed out in the small print that they are not designed to be used offroad with more than 1000kg towing.
This means offroad as slipways, Horse boxes in fields etc.
My mate has now written to 5th gear and Top Gear to see if they will take it on,
What do you guys think?
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Old 24 February 2008, 12:00   #2
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Old 24 February 2008, 12:59   #3
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Its there in black and white in the handbook, under towing section. 750kg off road with a braked trailer
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So we'll be crossing that one off the Christmas list then.
The chassis is all bent where the tow bar attaches,
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i didn't know they had a proper chassis any more - thought it was just a subframe???

I suspect most of these modern offroaders are going to be the same. That's why I always say you NEED a proper chassis and beam axles. Imagine using a KERR on a stupid screw in towing eye!!!

It could be the fault of the towbar maker as well if the "chassis" is only buckled at the one point.

As a matter of interest what exactly was he towing and how offroad was it???
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The RRS has a proper chassis and an integrated body frame bolted to it.

The tow hitch assy is either a plug in QR type or fixed multi height. Either way it uses the same fixing for both.

Under what circumstances did the chassis bend???

Codders, beam axles are so last century. Bet I can get a standerd Discovery 3 further than your D2 / Defender
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Codders, beam axles are so last century. Bet I can get a standerd Discovery 3 further than your D2 / Defender
Have to agree with Codders on this one. Beam axles are a good all round system. One one wheel goes up the other side goes down by the same amount and providing you have locking front hubs and rear dif. you always have 3 driving wheels on the ground. It is a heavier system though but is not significant on my 3/4 ton Surburban.
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i didn't know they had a proper chassis any more - thought it was just a subframe???

I suspect most of these modern offroaders are going to be the same. That's why I always say you NEED a proper chassis and beam axles. Imagine using a KERR on a stupid screw in towing eye!!!

It could be the fault of the towbar maker as well if the "chassis" is only buckled at the one point.

As a matter of interest what exactly was he towing and how offroad was it???
Codders
He races offroad quads all over the country,has a large trailer with a number of different quads for different set ups.

The total is over 1000kgs.
All depends where the pits are set up, could just be a beach race or could be up mountains.
He just traded a new Disco 3 to get the RRS, The Disco had to be replaced after 6 months electrical problems,
He didnt rate the D3 at all, he said prefered his old D2.
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My mate's bent his Range Rover Sports Chassis, its on 07 plate.
He goes back to Range Rover dealership and says what you gonna do about this,
Range Rover have now pointed out in the small print that they are not designed to be used offroad with more than 1000kg towing.
This means offroad as slipways, Horse boxes in fields etc.
My mate has now written to 5th gear and Top Gear to see if they will take it on,
What do you guys think?
So how did he do it? I drive a RR and tow a 34 foot boat trailer and it all works mighty fine
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Old 24 February 2008, 15:24   #10
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But you dont tow your boat in rough fields do you.
The problem seems to be when towing proper offroad.
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