Originally Posted by roohairy
Can anyone shed any light on the maximum weight a series 3 landrover can tow? Modern vehicles are relatively straight forward (all right they're not but it does make sense after several hours of investigation) but I cannot find any data on older vehicles. I'm looking at an ex MOD series landrover to tow my trailer (2800kg gross in this instance) as the cost of hiring a tow vehicle every time I want to move it is getting silly.
Nobody really knows!!! They used to measure drawbar load which is basically the maximum pulling power - around 1350kgs - but that is the force applied - like bollard pull on a tug.
Series LandRovers have very similar chassis and towing points etc to modern ones. Most of the parts are still interchangable so the general opinion is that the same limits apply as the new ones.
Having said that remember they are somewhat underpowered and underbraked - far better if you want to tow stuff that heavy to get a 110 instead - they are often cheaper than the Series III. If you don't do much milage get a V8 - the older diesels weren't very powerfull although the later tdi ones are fine.
Series Landrovers are an aquired taste - tough as old boots but leaf sprung and not permamnent 4wd.