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Old 10 April 2014, 16:12   #1
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how would a 1.9 vw t5 transporter (104hp) swb, cope with towing and launching a 6mtr rib on a four wheel trailer with twin 75 2 strokers on it, boat,trailer,fuel about 2 ton....all pro's and cons welcome...cheers in advance...
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Depends on your slip way ofcourse
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Great vans had 2 in the past but rubbish on anything wet and slippy
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I'd check what the van can tow legally, has to be over borderline I'd say
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how would a 1.9 vw t5 transporter (104hp) swb, cope with towing and launching a 6mtr rib on a four wheel trailer with twin 75 2 strokers on it, boat,trailer,fuel about 2 ton....all pro's and cons welcome...cheers in advance...
Depending on which variant you have (T28, 30, 32 etc) the max towing weight varies between 2200kg & 2500kg. Are you sure it's a 104hp? As T5s come in 102, 114, 140 & 180ps. You could be on the edge of your limits depending on what else is loaded in the van. It's a fairly hefty load for only 104(2) ponies & you could be asking a lot. Folks get hung up on how the engine will cope & forget about when it comes to stopping.
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Depending on which variant you have (T28, 30, 32 etc) the max towing weight varies between 2200kg & 2500kg. Are you sure it's a 104hp? As T5s come in 102, 114, 140 & 180ps. You could be on the edge of your limits depending on what else is loaded in the van. It's a fairly hefty load for only 104(2) ponies & you could be asking a lot. Folks get hung up on how the engine will cope & forget about when it comes to stopping.
trailer is a brand new 4 wheel braked trailer, so hopefully braking not an issue... as for the t5 would a 2.5L be better, but a bit concerned about the poorer mpg when not towing and van being used as a every day work van( CAN DO 200 MILES A DAY, DEPENDING ON WHERE I AM WORKING), apparently 1.9s do about 30-35mpg and 2.5s doing less than 30 mpg....
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Depends how much you floor it. Like any car I get better out of a 1.8 than I did from a 1.4 as the engine isn't labouring so much.
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Research the towing capacity of the 1.9 engined van with the higher hp they are sweeter engines & bulletproof
If the 1.9 can legally tow what you need thats the one to go for.
They pull like a train anyway if it will legally tow your boat dont worry about it only being 1.9
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I would always go for the biggest engine as its on top of its job you can't have enough horses under the bonnet
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All the current range of T5s are 2l from the 84ps right up to the 180ps= same block. there isn't a 2.5 in the current line up.
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