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Old 03-21-2013, 05:08 PM   #1
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Land Rover Defender + Overlander = Overlandrover? Is this a good combo?

I have recently purchased an '59 26' Overlander and am looking into getting a Land Rover Defender as a tow vehicle. Any advice, comments, warnings, experience welcome!

The trailer is currently empty at 3100 lbs and will be turned into a mobile recording studio. We will be adding some lightweight sound proofing/insulating materials and installing a simple desk/shelving, daybed and minibar. Have to calculate how much weight the instruments/speakers/gear will add.
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From my research the Land Rover Defender 110 seems to offer most of what I want in a tow vehicle (great 4x4, classic look, tons of interior space/seating, longer wheelbase, convertible option, head turner, diesel) and I can find decent ones under $20,000. To be in the US they must be 25 years or older. Does anyone have experience with Defenders as towing vehicles? Just how powerful of an engine is ideal? Is 2.5 turbo diesel ok?
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:19 AM   #2
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Land Rover Defenders have large towing capacities. lists the towing capacity of a Defender 110 as 7700 pounds and a Defender 90 also at 7700 pounds despite the shorter wheelbase and lower vehicle weight. According to UKTow, in the UK, towing capacity is determined as the weight of trailer that the vehicle can move, from a standing start, up a 12% grade.

For importation, check out this link…
The "25 years or older" rules are not universal. Basically, imports older than 25 years do not have to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), but imports newer than 25 years do. Some limited model years of the Land Rover Defender can be brought into compliance by a registered importer for sale in the US. But note, the newer model years only apply to the left-hand-drive Defenders. Right-hand-drive defenders still have to be more than 25 year old, no exceptions.

For Land Rovers, the document at the link above identifies which newer model years are also eligible for importation; but the selection is very limited— only 1993 for the Defender 110, only 1994-1995 and the first 9 months of 1997 for the Defender 90. But as long as you deal through a registered importer, you don't have to worry about that; that's the importer's job to make sure he imports only the right model years.

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Old 03-22-2013, 06:55 AM   #3
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Use Google to search this web site for earlier threads on Land Rovers, especially Defenders, as Airstream tow vehicles. I've never owned one so never earmarked specific threads. But I seem to recall, generally, past LR owners saying there were issues when LRs were used to tow travel trailers. "Ask the man who owned one." Do your research before you buy, not afterwards.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:05 AM   #4
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Hmmm...that would be a lot of polishing to keep on top of ~

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