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    Towing load limit

    If I bought a caravan with an ATM of 2800kg, But I only loaded it to 2500kg, which is my auto Patrols towing limit, would that be legal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulyg View Post
    If I bought a caravan with an ATM of 2800kg, But I only loaded it to 2500kg, which is my auto Patrols towing limit, would that be legal?
    Yesssss? A guarded yes
    Have you weighed it after you loaded it?
    Have a look here - get comfortable - there is a lot of reading and much more, Yes its a Prado referred to but the towing limit is the same. Not sure of the towball weight limit.
    https://www.caravanersforum.com/view...?f=149&t=85490

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    Thanks Trevor, I haven't bought the van yet, just trying see what I can legally do.
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    No problem with what you're asking. What it's plated at is not important, it's the actual weight that matters.

    Keep an eye on your tow ball weight and GVM. Max load on the rear axle is 1800kg. Very easy to exceed....
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    If the ATM is 2800 kg then it's important to determine the real tare weight. If the tare is around 2300 - 2400 then you're going to hit the 2500 kg limit very quickly.
    Don't believe the plated tare weight because it might have been done before the A/C, etc was added. Get it weighed empty before you pay for it.
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    The max towball weight isn't all that great on Patrols. I tried ringing Nissan Australia for the GQ and I got the reply, "Maybe 100kg." Do the GUs have a sticker somewhere stating the Towing weight and Towball weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jff45 View Post
    If the ATM is 2800 kg then it's important to determine the real tare weight. If the tare is around 2300 - 2400 then you're going to hit the 2500 kg limit very quickly.
    Don't believe the plated tare weight because it might have been done before the A/C, etc was added. Get it weighed empty before you pay for it.
    Good advice!
    Also running at the limit, whilst legal, is not generally considered wise by those knowledgeable about such things.

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    Thanks, the tow limit on auto Patrols is a joke.
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    Are you buying the van from a commercial or private seller? Some places will not let you hitch it up to your vehicle if it doesn't meet the towing requirements.
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    Only looking at whats legal at the moment, I can not find any difference between an auto or manual patrol, besides the transmission, so I am not to worried about towing at close to its legal limit.
    2001 GU ZD30 Auto, EGR Valve blocked, Dawes and Needle Valve, 3 Inch Exhaust, ARE Scoop, Safari Snorkel, EGT and Boost Gauge, OME 2'' lift, TJM bar and brush rails and side steps, X9 Super winch.

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