Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: On Campus - University of QLD
Re: towing advice
IMO, at the most when towing don't go over 90km/h for extended periods. Instead of using power up hills, manually select the gears. Dad uses our ED to tow our 17 foot haines hunter boat, and when we go up ranges and leave it in power for the box to sort out, she overheats, but manually shift, no problems.
A definate is to fit a transmission cooler. Our local mechanic said he'd fit one for just day to day driving without load to enhance longetivity.
Fit brakes to the trailer. If you can't afford a hydrolic system, get an override, they might be a bit harsh when you pull up, but will get you safely out of a sticky situation.
When reversing take it SLOW!!! A box trailer can jacknife bloody quick. Get the wheels, car and trailer in straight line if possible, and remember, what you do to the wheel on the car, is reversed on the trailer.
When driving in trafic be sure to at least double your braking distances, and watch lane merges etc, because there is always some twit that's going to try and undertake you at the last minute, and think of every other user as an absolute dick, harsh, but you'll be prepared for nearly anything.
Get one of those mirror extensions that just fit onto the side vision mirror. They are great, because you can't rely on the rear vision to see what's behind you.
Drive in the early mornings and late afternoon so that your in the cool, as most radiators aren't designed with towing in mind.
Plan your trip in advance. Common sense to avoid ranges and high trafic areas if possible.
Load up your trailer so that it has about a 10-15% down angle on the towball. If you have too much weight on the back, the tail will wag the dog so to speak. I have seen this many times and its bloody dangerous.
Finally don't overestimate the power of your car. Take it easy up the hills, I saw a vk wagon blow an engine towing a tinny up a range, the guy was revving the piss out of the poor ole gal. Stick to a sensible speed, and try to avoid overtaking as much as possible. When a semi or large vehicle oncomming, get right over, a caravan has a huge surface area and will throw you alot.
Well I spose I had better say I have no had that much experience towing, after all I'm only 19, just a few 500km trips with tandem axle rental trailers, and most of this advice I have gotten off my father over the years. So if I have said anything stupid, please correct me.
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