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T1 Towing a Caravan

Discussion in 'Splitty Tech Clinic' started by Airfireman, May 19, 2020.

  1. Airfireman

    Airfireman Active Member

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    Gday all,
    Does anyone here tow a caravan with their splitty?.
    I am currently restoring a 68 Viscount Ambassador and wanting to keep the weight under 1t, hopefully around 750kg
    I am looking to purchase DC split to tow
    Will a 1600 strongly built do the job or possibly fit a 2000
    I know going up hills will be a crawl, no rush in a kombi
    Thanks
    Tim
     

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  2. wirrah

    wirrah Well-Known Member

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    Not much help I guess but I used to tow a De Havilland Offshore with a 1600 (albeit in a '72). Total weight around 600kg (boat, motor, trailer and other stuff). Hills were slow but then they always were in that vehicle!
     
  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    I would be upgrading the brakes to discs up front
     
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  4. Subdub67

    Subdub67 Active Member

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    And rears!
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Lot of continual air resistance there at anywhere near hwy speeds.
    Plus braking and handling weakness.
    I would expect you will end up fitting bay suspension and 2l motor, gearbox.
    Or Subaru.
     
  6. Airfireman

    Airfireman Active Member

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    Thanks for the input, Col i hadn’t considered bay suspension but it makes sense, i was considering a 2lt
    Appreciated,,,, looks like I’m building the caravan out of balsawood,,hahaha
     
  7. BrissyGeorge

    BrissyGeorge Active Member

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    What about the heat build up in the engine as it will be working under strain all the time - can it cope? I seem to remember other threads where this has been mentioned when towing.
     

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