Originally Posted by Rich L
Interesting, I already have this problem with my Shogun. Is it likely to be any worse?
As far as I can see, the latest RAV has 2 advantages over the x-trail. 1. It looks more aesthetically pleasing to my wife
and 2. The newer version has an axle lock
- which has got to help big time on a slippery slipway. The trouble is the later version is much larger and smaller would have been better.
Have you had any experience of the x-trail on sand or a poor slipway?
You mentioned that the newer RAV has an axle lock. My X-Trail has a switch next to the steering column that you use to select 2 wheel drive, auto 4 wheel drive or to lock all four wheels.
I've not driven it on sand, but have used the slipway at Warsash, which is usually good gravel. However, at a very low tide, the bottom of the slipway is steeper and fairly lumpy. I've not had a problem recovering yet!
My only complaint is that there is no low gear ratio. I found the "creep" speed of my old Series III Landy fantastic for reversing down a slip.