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Old 19 August 2006, 02:23   #31
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I've used a 24 year old Series III Land Rover, which has done very well. It is unbeatable on the slipway. It is slow on the motorway. However, it does require some TLC and I'd rather spend my time on the water, not looking after the tow vehicle! Hence I've just bought a used Nissan X-Trail 2.2 diesel. I'll let you know how the new vehicle gets on (hopefully tomorrow).
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Old 25 October 2006, 13:58   #32
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shoulda posted sooner

I got a Toyota Hilux Surf (3.0L diesel auto) - seems longer than other 4x4s; I can sleep in the back! Well I ain't no giant, but even I can't do this on other vehicles. More like a car on steroids than a truck (which I like).

Oh yes ... it tows a dream :-)
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Old 25 October 2006, 15:21   #33
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agreed - surfs are fantastic, and even I can sleep in the back at 6'2"!
Wish I had never sold mine, but can't get insured on them at the moment as they are imports adn I am abroad alot (OKAY, I could but it was mega bucks!)

Good at towing too, but avoid the 2.4s as the heads have too high a risk of cracking.
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I got a Toyota Hilux Surf (3.0L diesel auto) - seems longer than other 4x4s; I can sleep in the back! Well I ain't no giant, but even I can't do this on other vehicles. More like a car on steroids than a truck (which I like).

Oh yes ... it tows a dream :-)

My 'little' jap import Isuzu Mu turns into a full length double bed inside and it's the same shell as a Frontera Sport.
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Old 25 October 2006, 16:32   #36
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The best 4x4 for towing is a 1992 nissan patrol, can launch anywhere with it, and because it is realy big everyone on the road gets out of the way. i'm not sure about vans, maybe a transit with the 125 tdci engine.
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Old 25 October 2006, 19:52   #37
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I use a GMC Yukon pulling a 5.9m Hurricane. It pulls beautifully at 130 km/h on the highway and handles steep ramps, sand and snow without problem. It sucks gas like a tank, but compared to the boat, it's miserly.

A good friend pulls a 24' aluminum something or other with a 3/4 ton Ford van (diesel) and it pulls no problem of course.

I suspect that unless you are doing a lot of towing, both of these are overkill...
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Having offroaded a transit van many times(great ground clearance) I must say they have an amazing lack of traction unless carrying 2 tons in the back. I know they are bringing out a 4wd one again but the normal ones would be pretty useless I would have though on a slipperyslip!!!
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Old 26 October 2006, 03:41   #39
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I use a GMC Yukon pulling a 5.9m Hurricane.
Hey, i've got one of those but it only weights about 250Kg... www.hurricane59.com
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I use a Landcruiser VX. It was great when I had my Pacific 22.Anyone want to buy it?5.5k.
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