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Old 31 January 2011, 09:19   #11
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Fourth gets a regular outing, the speedo is very unreliable and sometimes on the long sweeping bend it still reads 35 and I find myself engaging the overdrive. But with the tilt flapping and wheels rumbling it probably feels faster than it is.
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Old 31 January 2011, 09:21   #12
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Sorry Martin, I meant fourth in the high range box
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Old 31 January 2011, 10:55   #13
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I've nearly always used my van for towing and launching, currently a FWD MK6 transit but had mk5s etc. No problems thus far but only used on proper slips and on the plus side, storage for the boat cover, trailer board etc and a changing room!
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No problems thus far but only used on proper slips and on the plus side, storage for the boat cover, trailer board etc and a changing room!
Yes, I find that I have little trouble in filling the 6' loadbay of the 110 with "essential equipment"

My towed weight tends to be quite high (often loaded with 225L gas) and some of the slips aren't exactly clean or low angled, hence my interest in the 4x4 angle.
That and the fact that the approaches to the willk residence can require all wheel drive/4x4 when it snows.

Now, another question, what decides how much a van can carry internally if it is towing it's maximum permitted load? I expect that the regs will apply here in a similar way to the UK.
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Now, another question, what decides how much a van can carry internally if it is towing it's maximum permitted load? I expect that the regs will apply here in a similar way to the UK.
Mine has a maximum train weight of 3500kg, and a fully laden weight of 2800kg so when the van is full I can only tow 700kg but in it's usual state (about 2100kg) I can tow about 1400kg, does that make sense?
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does that make sense?
I'm thinking about it

I wonder what bit Merc play with to get the max towable weight up to 3500kg. I know they beef up the hitch connection to the chassis, and they refer to certain engine/drivetrain requirements, but remain vague as to the details. Does this mean that they increase both the Max Train Weight and the Max Fully Laden Weight to achieve the required margin. Normally the max towable weight is 2000kg.

I'm confused, one tends to take these things for granted with a 110
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I'm thinking about it

I wonder what bit Merc play with to get the max towable weight up to 3500kg. I know they beef up the hitch connection to the chassis, and they refer to certain engine/drivetrain requirements, but remain vague as to the details. Does this mean that they increase both the Max Train Weight and the Max Fully Laden Weight to achieve the required margin. Normally the max towable weight is 2000kg.

I'm confused, one tends to take these things for granted with a 110
A LWB transit 350 mk6 (3500kg laden) has a max train weight of 5500kg and an unladen weight of around 1900kg so technically can tow 3500kg legally if empty. Hence why you see so many towing diggers and plant around the country!
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