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Old 05-26-2015, 11:44 AM   #43
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It should have the receiver reinforced and you should use a weight distribution system with it.
Andy / Andy -

Do you have specific information on how the receiver on a 2013+ RR should be re-inforced to support a tongue weight of ~750 lbs?

your advice / experience / guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-31-2015, 07:48 AM   #44
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Thanks everyone for the input here. With this advice, plus some received by private message, combined with hours and hours of research and interviews I have concluded the following:

The Range Range HSE 2015-2016 "dead hitch weight" is either 330 or 550 lbs depending on which model we're talking about. In either case, this is the limiting factor to using a Range Rover as a tow vehicle. Whether it's simply an intentionally low number used for certification purposes in Europe or because that truly all the manufacturer attorneys feel the vehicle can handle, it's almost irrelevant. Clearly it's capable of more than its published numbers because lots of people do it.

However, If you look at the dead hitch weight (tongue weight) capabilities of similar GM product, (Tahoe, Suburban, etc) the number is actually LOWER than the Range Rover at 500 lbs which suggests are better, stronger suspension capable of having more weight put on it.

The difference is that the GM product goes on to say that it's max tongue weight is 1000lbs when a weight distributing hitch is used. So theoretically, the same should be true on the Range Rover except that the owners manual specifically prohibits use of towing with the WD hitch. The reason for that is because of the super fancy ride leveling feature the Range Rover had and any outside influence on that feature would cause the system (a very expensive air suspension system) to "hunt" for the correct ride height while bouncing down the road.

For this reason, it seems almost "safer" to simply exceed the 550 (or 330lb) dead hitch weight but that would be a very bad idea with such nice and expensive equipment. It also begs the question whether your insurance company would cover you in the case of an accident.

In summary, my vote is "no." I will not be using a RR as a tow vehicle for my 25FB with a 800+ lb tongue weight.
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Old 10-31-2015, 08:38 AM   #45
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I am happy to hear you have elected not to use the Range Rover to tow this vehicle.
I also reviewed the closed thread from 2014. Ironically, the person in that thread asked almost the same question as you, and simply wasn't happy with the questions.

I LOVE land rovers. See my user name: Nashrover (on other boards known as nashvillerover). I have owned or driven every model land rover ever made (at least one of each), including series trucks, Range Rover Classics to MKIII's, Disco I- LR4, and when I got the airstream, I sold my last land rover and purchased a Ford F250. When traveling with my family, safety and reliability is paramount. When you own a land rover, you understand that the lack of reliability comes with it. Even with my LR3 (the most reliable I ever owned), I had challenges, like an alarm system that had a mind of its own! But pair that truck with a trailer that pushes the upper limits of its tow capability, and you are asking for trouble. Will it tow it? Yes. Will it tow it with reliability and safety? Maybe. Is it worth the risk 'because you already have the truck'? NO!

In the end, people who are Land Rover people are passionate about the brand— as passionate as Airstream people are about Airstreams. But, I have known many who have argued the merits of Land Rovers, who after some cataclysmic failure, now would never own another. My last experience was this past year with a 2010 Range Rover MKIII. Transmission failed. $14,700 to replace the transmission (I have the receipt to prove it). Thankfully, having owned over 30 land rovers won me a good will warranty on the tranny through Land Rover North America. And what did I do? Immediately traded the truck for the F250.
I still love the brand, but just don't own one anymore. If I ever buy another, I always do so knowing the risk.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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Old 01-15-2017, 07:09 AM   #46
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Posted on another forum. Essentially, I just traded my Ford XLT 250 5.0L diesel (2003), consolidating with the old family sedan, and got a '16 RR Sport v6 diesel (7700# tow capacity), 254 HP and 440 ft lbs torque. I this weight distribution and anti sway system which manages tongue weight to 1200 lbs: https://www.etrailer.com/Weight-Dist...6/RP66084.html

However I'm still looking for ANYONE with real towing experience on the RR Sport Diesel. Thanks!!
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@boltonfish what have you found so far? Looking at a '17 RR Sport v6 diesel for the same purpose. Interested to know how it's going so far for you. Thanks!
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I don't have the diesel but I tow with this some times. I have found the RRS to be a great TV.

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Old 04-01-2017, 09:54 PM   #49
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Hello, I am excited to pick up my new 25 International in 3 days. I did not do the tow weight due diligence i should of, I found out today that my 2017 Range Rover has only a 550 Tounge weight limit and the 25 FB is 850 with the batteries and the Propane filled. ii called the Range Rover dealership and they said off the record no problem, but the official Range Rover statement is " your approx 300 lbs over the limit". can anybody tell me what is the worst thing that can happen? i live in florida , so there will not be a lot of mountain towing (hopefully in the future) but right now, i just want to make sure that i don't create a major problem. thank you for any Help.

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Old 04-01-2017, 11:59 PM   #50
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There are ample resources out there to explain why this is an awful idea. But specifically, if you are 300# or 70pct over tongue limit, imagine what is happening to your front drive wheels. The rear is pushed down causing the front to pop up. This means you have reduced driving control on the road. Should you have an accident, the word negligence will become a very familiar concept.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:54 AM   #51
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I have hauled both a 25FB and a 28 INTL (heaviest of Airstream hitch weights I think) with 2 different Rovers. You are going to need a weight distribution hitch (don't cheap out here). I used a Henley on the 25FB and a ProPride on the 28FT that is in the picture with the white Rover a couple of posts back. The above reader isn't experienced with Rovers as the air ride towing capability will keep the Rover more level than most trucks out there. You do need to understand the weight distribution hitch will put some additional stress on the air suspension system but I've never had any problems. Range Rovers have a lot of built in towing capabilities and will adjust a lot of settings when it senses the trailer is attached.

With the 28 INTL I haven't hauled with the Rover over any major mountains as Michigan is pretty flat. I have the V8 Rover with more towing capacity then your normal 1500 so going up the hill isn't a problem, the major issue you'll want to watch out for is being pushed down hill with all that weight behind a short axel tow vehicle.

We went over the Smokey Mountains last year but I used a 2500 truck for that.

FYI, I used a P2 Brake Controller with the Rovers. The 2012 was plug and play with the Ford adapter to the built in brake input that's located near the steering column. The newer 2015+ have the same connection but you'll need to switch a couple of wires. I posted this somewhere, let me try and find that.

What Rover will you be using? They are great tow vehicles, I'm sure you will love it.
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Old 04-02-2017, 01:02 AM   #52
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Wiring harness info for the Rover brake controller.

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Old 04-02-2017, 07:39 AM   #53
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The reason I didn't buy a Range Rover was because of this thread but also one reason I never heard mentioned here. There are several guys on here that do it and say it's fine. There are others who have done it and regret it. Here's my bottom line: Let's say for a moment you get into an accident... will the insurance cover you? Or will they (or the Plaintiff's Attorney) argue that you knowingly and negligently operated a tow vehicle that was unable to handle that Airstream and that is why they won't cover you (and owe the Plaintiff millions of dollars.) If you can afford $180,000 worth of metal to go camping with you can afford to go buy a used tow vehicle able to handle your Airstream.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:08 AM   #54
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Hello, I am excited to pick up my new 25 International in 3 days. I did not do the tow weight due diligence i should of, I found out today that my 2017 Range Rover has only a 550 Tounge weight limit and the 25 FB is 850 with the batteries and the Propane filled. ii called the Range Rover dealership and they said off the record no problem, but the official Range Rover statement is " your approx 300 lbs over the limit". can anybody tell me what is the worst thing that can happen? i live in florida , so there will not be a lot of mountain towing (hopefully in the future) but right now, i just want to make sure that i don't create a major problem. thank you for any Help.

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I'm sure someone will tell you that they have done that with no problem at all. I believe them. I'm also sure that there are folks that did it and had problems and do not necessarily post here to brag about it. So, your mileage may vary. These ratings exist to provide some form of predictability -- You know what you would get if you stay within the rating. Do you really think its prudent to exceed a hitch rating by 300# if someone on the internet tells you its fine? You have to decide on your own whether you belong to the "Someone did a (reckless) thing, nothing has happened (yet), should be fine for me to follow suit" club.
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Sure like the above poster I am "someone on the internet". It would be a good suggestion to confirm the opinions you make here on the Forum with an expert. From what I read, I believe the best outfit that are experts in this area would be Can-Am. They have done a lot research on tow vehicles.
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Hello, I am excited to pick up my new 25 International in 3 days. I did not do the tow weight due diligence i should of, I found out today that my 2017 Range Rover has only a 550 Tounge weight limit and the 25 FB is 850 with the batteries and the Propane filled. ii called the Range Rover dealership and they said off the record no problem, but the official Range Rover statement is " your approx 300 lbs over the limit". can anybody tell me what is the worst thing that can happen? i live in florida , so there will not be a lot of mountain towing (hopefully in the future) but right now, i just want to make sure that i don't create a major problem. thank you for any Help.

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We towed our 25' FB International Serenity with a 2008 Range Rover HSE for one year. Land Rover installed a P2 brake controller as they had to run the harness because my rig was not pre-wired. We have the Westfalia OEM hitch rated 7,771# and yes our owner's manual states 550# tongue weight. I spoke with the service manager at Land Rover and his lead service tech. Both stated there would be no problem with 833# tongue weight with the proper weight distribution set up. After one year they inspected the hitch and found no crack or mounting issues on the unibody. If we were flatlanders we would still be towing with the Rover as she is a great TV, comfortable with a tight turning radius, but going up a long 6% grade at 45 MPH and being pushed into curves on the downside with a lot of braking moved us into the F350 we now have for a TV. Still have the Rover, love it for daily driver and road trips without the AS. Yes, I understand all the what-ifs on possible liability in the event of an accident, but the Rover is a more capable TV than a half-ton pickup at 6,000#, bigger brakes, transmission cooler, independent air suspension, etc. As Arkfortycal suggests, contact CanAm for expert advise, all we can give is our personal experience or opinions. Good luck and congratulations on you new AS.
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