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Old 02-17-2004, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question towing with a 94 range rover


We just purchased a 1971 Overlander 27' (4500 lbs dry weight) and want to pull it with our 94 LWB Range Rover which has a 6500 lb towing capacity. I have gotten so many different answers from "professionals" as to hitch, weight distribution system, and things we need to do to the car in order to do this, we are totally confused.
Answers range from "don't need to do a thing"(from one rover supply place) to "you shouldn't pull a trailer that weight with a car that old." (from another rover supply place!)
Does anyone have any experience in this matter?

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Old 02-17-2004, 12:49 PM   #2
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I'm no pro, but I will say this...

Will the truck pull it. Sure. How well, I can't say. Would I do it? I am not sure that I would as I feel that the rover has a bad center of gravity and the coach is fairly long for the wheelbase the Rover has..... If you insisted on doing it, I'd get a good hitch setup with good sway and weight distribution.

I think the max I'd feel comfortable with would be a 19' Bambi.


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Old 02-17-2004, 03:18 PM   #3
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towing with a 94 range rover

Greetings Maryszka!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Overlander Ownership!

Does anyone have any experience in this matter?
While I don't have experience towing with a Land Rover, I do have experience towing with other vehicles at or very near their maximum towed weight rating. It isn't something that I would recommend doing if alternatives are available. While your Overlander's listed factory dry weight may be 4,500 pounds, this would have been without options and options can increase that weight. For instance, my '64 Overlander has a factory empty (dry) weight of 3,930 pounds - - but with options, its empty (dry) weight is 4,440 pounds ((options include air conditioner, awnings (curbside, bathroom, and streetside bedroom), 10 gallon water heater, 40 pound Worthington Aluminum LP tanks, electric tongue jack, International Package, and 4-BAL stabilizing jacks)). When fully loaded for an extended vacation, the trailer typically weighs in at very near 6,100 pounds.

If you do a forums search on Land Rover, I think that you will discover at least one or two threads discussing towing considerations with this line of vehicles. I believe that there was something mentioned in at least one of the threads about the factory trailer towing specifications severely limiting tongue weight which could be an issue with an Overlander - - it will likely be in in excess of 600 pounds when the trailer is fully loaded for an extended trip - - I know that the tongue weight on my Overlander exceeds 700 pounds when it is loaded for the WBCCI International Rally and the events preceding and following the rally.

My previous tow vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet K-1500 Z-71 Club Cab Pickup with 5.7 Liter V8 and 3.73 differential gearing struggled with the Overlander even in the modest hills of Southern Illinois. It nearly didn't make it through the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 - - the truck was down to less than 20 MPH in low at full-throttle. The truck had a 6,500 pound trailer tow rating.

One of the reasons that I limit my towing of the Overlander with the Cadillac, despite its large 8.2 Liter V8, is its factory trailer tow rating of 6,000 pounds - - it handles the trailer fine on flat highways, but begins to struggle when steeper hills are encountered. It does just fine with the 6.0 Metre Argosy Minuet with its gross weight of 3,200 pounds.

Good luck with your towing decisions!
Kevin D. Allen
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for all the info! will consider options.

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