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Old 02 June 2009, 12:53   #1
Country: UK - England
Town: Cowes
Boat name: WightStuff
Make: Ribeye
Length: 6m +
Engine: Yamaha 150hp
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Freelander and Ribeye S650

Wondering whether anyone had any thoughts as to the suitability of a LandRover Freelander 1.8l petrol for towing a Ribeye S650.

Boat and trailer weighs about 1800kg and will be on a twin axle braked trailer.

Any help or advice would be appreciated!

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Old 02 June 2009, 13:08   #2
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Country: UK - England
Town: Hants
Boat name: Gemineye
Make: Ribeye S850 charter
Length: 8m +
Engine: 300hp
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I used to tow the same RIB behind a small van and found no problems , the weight you mention is top end as mine was 1700 fuelled. I also one being towed by a small audi A3 two weeks ago and it ran very well. I would expect the freelander to cope well as I see them towing horse boxes which are similar weight with a moving cargo
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Old 02 June 2009, 13:21   #3
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Boat name: Bouncer
Make: Redbay Stormforce
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Hi i am new to this forum but have done a fair bit of towing with various cars and i always tried to stick to the 85% rule i now have a Disco3 and its the mutts nuts for towing.
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Old 02 June 2009, 14:33   #4
Country: UK - England
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Length: 8m +
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i managed to tow and launch 8m of Humber with the old TD4 Freeloader, even a hill start was ok. Agree with above - D3 replaced the FL and it is simply awesome... Ribeye is not a heavy boat but the 1.8 should manage fine
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Old 02 June 2009, 15:47   #5
Country: UK - England
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Boat name: Lundy Osprey
Make: Shakespear
Length: 6m +
Engine: Petrol Tohatsu 90
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Not sure off the top of my head what my boat and trailer weighs, it's a 6.2m with a 90hp on the back.
I used to tow it with a 1.6 Sportrak which was a bit on the small side and thus used to snake a bit under heavy braking and was a bit underpowered. It was however great in 4 wheel drive when retrieving the boat.
I now have a 1.8 petrol Freelander, it tows the boat really well, but seems to be a little light on the front, have to be gentle on the clutch and accelerator when retrieving, not only with me either it seems.
When I was looking for the car did some searches on Google and the general concensus was that the 1.8 was a little underpowered, would not disagree with that though to me it is not a big deal.
Hope this is of help.
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Old 02 June 2009, 16:39   #6
Country: UK - Wales
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I have seen plenty of people towing big horseboxes with Freelanders - and they aren't exactly light when filled with 4 legged dog food!!!

It's just within your legal limit which helps a lot.........

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