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Old 08 June 2009, 14:21   #1
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Hi i am looking at a volkswagon transporter 1,9 tdi for work and want to tow 5 m rib, does anybody know if these are a good van for this , or can you suggest a different make, also is a front wheel drive or back wheel drive better for towing and launching at a slip,thanks
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Old 08 June 2009, 15:33   #2
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Hi I have a VW T5 130 auto that i use for work top van great to tow with but font wheel drive which is usless on wet grass although i put snow chains on and it seems to go most places VW have a 4x4 version .
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Old 08 June 2009, 16:21   #3
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Hi i am looking at a volkswagon transporter 1,9 tdi for work and want to tow 5 m rib, does anybody know if these are a good van for this , or can you suggest a different make, also is a front wheel drive or back wheel drive better for towing and launching at a slip,thanks
Probably the best van on the market, but go for the 2.5ltr not the 1.9. The 130hp is apparently more user friendly than the 174. The 4motion (4x4) is a great option if you can run to it.
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I've got the 1.9TD LWB transporter shuttle. It is lacking in power for 0-60 but I've never had a problem towing my 5.4m.
There's 2 versions of the 1.9, I forget the exact numbers of BHP. I went for the higher horse powered one but it's only a slight increase.
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Probably the best van on the market, but go for the 2.5ltr not the 1.9. The 130hp is apparently more user friendly than the 174. The 4motion (4x4) is a great option if you can run to it.
I know someone who swears by the 4x4 one and recons its a top van, only for the ground clearance, but you cant have everything
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We run the T30 174, it's great with a load on the back, one let down is due to the amount of power going only to the front wheels it looses traction when pulling away. The only reason for not going for the 4motion was the £400 tax
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Are there any vans that come near the towing weight allowed for a Land Rover - 3500kg?

I need a vehicle capable of towing a large RIB, but also need a large mobile storage/office space. Was thinking about a Defender and a Commercial box trailer, but was wondering if there might be a van combining these qualities.
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Are there any vans that come near the towing weight allowed for a Land Rover - 3500kg?
Does this work for you?



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Now if I could get rid of that gib and weld a freight container on the back, problem solved ....

Just goes to prove, bigger is not always better.
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With vans you are looking at the GTW gross train weight or combined figure, when I did some research I think the vauxhall movano was 5.5t GTW which means it could still tow 2.5T even when fully laden!
hope this helps as that is my understanding of it, whether it has enough power to do so is another matter.....
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hi.ive got a mercedes vito 150 sport with a crew cab, so ive got six speeds 150 horses six seats rear wheel drive and it pulls my 7.5 meter rib no problem. but i dont launch with it, i have to use a 4x4 because the slip where i launch is very steep. mercs arent cheap tho and they do a 200 hp but theyre automatic
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The Iveco 35C18 has a 3500kg towing capacity.
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Not the prettiest vans, but I've got a '06 Toyota Hi-Ace. It's got the new D4D engine and tows 3000kg with no hassle. As it's rear wheel drive it's great on most slipways - pulls my 6m rib and doesn't break a sweat.

Had my mates Discovery lastweek - wow, it tows VERY well!! If it's a 4x4 your going for then I would have one of these myself!

If your sticking to a van go for rear wheel drive as they can pull heavier weights uphill much easier than a front wheel drive - so better on slipways.
The 4x4 transporter is mad money - way too expensive for a van (In my opinion)
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The 4x4 transporter is mad money - way too expensive for a van (In my opinion)
You're not wrong there.
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