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Old 12-12-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
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Question HELP! Land Rover Tow Vehicle?

Just looking for some educated opinions...

We have owned our 1972 Overlander for around 20 years. Previously towed with an 86 diesel Suburban (underpowered) and most recently a 99 Suburban, 3/4 ton, with a 454 V8. Plenty of power and a great towing engine. Well, I sold (gave) that to our daughter, who has two children, one with wheelchair needs.

We currently own a 1999 Land Rover, Discovery II with a 4 ltr V8. Our Airstream is well within the towing specifications of the Disco and we are equipped with an equalizing hitch, Reese, friction type, anti-sway bars and a Prodigy controller, I am a sedate driver (read as slow) and would like to use this as our primary tow vehicle. In the "Old Days" I used to see regular sedans towing Airstreams all the time.

My concern is the relatively short 100" wheelbase.

All right. bring on the pros and cons. Is anybody already towing with a Land Rover?


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Old 12-12-2009, 09:46 AM   #2
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Potential tow vehicle. Thanks for any thoughts...



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Old 12-12-2009, 09:50 AM   #3
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Have a Range Rover Sport and it tows very well with our Safari trailer. We are here in Colorado dealing with the mountain roads as well.

I believe the wheel base is about the same as yours.

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David,
There are a number of threads concerning Range Rovers towing Airstreams--some very recent. Go to the search function on the blue tool bar above and use the Google function. Lots of info there.
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to the Range Rover towing a 27' Airstream, the short wheel base could present some uncomfortable towing moments with a 27 foot trailer. All I can suggest is that since you already own the Range Rover and the hitch system, give it a try.

If you are not happy with the results, consider going to a Hensley or Pro-Pride hitch system. One of these may provide a more stable towing situation. I know that these hitch systems are expensive, but they are a lot less expensive than
buying a new tow vehicle.

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Hi and welcome to airforums.com, Voyageur!

My brother has a Disco as well (I don't know the year) but he tells me that his book states that it will only allow a 300 lb tongue weight.

What does yours say?

Here's his rig:

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Old 12-12-2009, 10:47 AM   #8
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Good information

The stated GVWR on our "all aluminum" 1972 Overlander is 6200 lbs. I don't know hitch weight...

Seems that is well within the rated "towing specs". A friend of mine retired and then started a second career delivering mobile homes. He said the shorter wheelbase of his "towing tractor" greatly increased his maneuverability.

Our Land Rover has a curb weight of 4576 lbs. so it won't exactly be "Tail wagging dog". The suggestion of a Hensley or Pro Ride hitch, at around $2,000, would indeed make a big difference in towing safety and would be way less than another vehicle.



Sorry Lucy wasn't smiling. ;o( All of our cabinets and bulkheads are aluminum. The only wood in our rig is the floor. I think it is quite a bit lighter than a new coach.

The Disco engine produces less than 200 HP but shows 300 torque. Our old tow rig had a GIANT V8 and burned a GIANT amount of fuel.



I think I will hitch it up and give it a careful try. Just a short trip with a it of highway speed (55 mph) towing will tell me a lot.

We love the comfort and luxury and definitely don't want to tow without 4WD.

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Old 12-12-2009, 10:51 AM   #9
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Good looking Discovery I

Thanks for the welcome.

My daily driver is a 1996 Discovery I. Your brother has the same "Safety Devices" roof rack and Hella lights. I love the color... Sorry, I know it is not a Land Rover forum. My bad...



My 1996 Disco I, "BELUGA" day at the beach...
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Old 12-12-2009, 11:09 AM   #10
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The owner's manual on Lucy's 99 Disco II says 500 lbs tongue weight. I don't know the tongue weight of our 1972, 27' Overlander. Maybe I can find it online.

Guess a test-pull is in the works, I think tomorrow I'll hitch her up and give it a careful go...
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According to the 1972 Airstream brochure, the Overlander with the double bed has a hitch weight of 480 pounds, while the unit with the twin beds has a hitch weight of 540 pounds.

http://service.airstream.com/files/l...8e63399933.pdf
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Too close for comfort...

Thanks Cameron...

With an unladen hitch weight of 480 and the addition of the full tanks and the other "Stuff" we carry that could put us well over the 500 lb tongue weight restriction of the Land Rover, I don't reall want to think about moving "Stuff" fore and aft, just to try and lower the tongue weight.

Anybody got a 4WD, 454 Suburban for sale cheap?
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I do not know about your's but my 02 disco had a max. towing weight of 5000#
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The stated GVWR on our "all aluminum" 1972 Overlander is 6200 lbs. I don't know hitch weight...
According to the AS specs, a '72 Overlander twin has a hitch weight of 540 lbs, and the double is 480 lbs.

Either one is well over the 300 lbs that LR rates my brother's Disco at for hitch weight, and I was just curious what your Land Rover manual gives as the rated maximum hitch weight allowable.

He wanted to be able to tow a large AS to camp in, but it had to be with his LR since they like to go off-roading in it.

No soap so far, they won't go with a little AS, so the whole idea is in limbo right now...

edit: Ooops, I guess I didn't read down far enough, your AS seems to be doable, or within a few pounds. 300 pounds just didn't seem reasonable for such a husky vehicle as his: body-on-frame, V8, with a puny 300 lbs? Maybe it's a misprint in his book.
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