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    Looking at suggestions for vehicle capable of towing 2 berth horse box, any recommendations? Looking at SUV
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    you have a defender

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    Yes, but it's a work in progress.. I just checked with Toyota SA and they have told me that the Prado (120) is only rated for 1500kg braked.
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    Disco 4?
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    Yeah, it's a long term thing but it's looking like D4 or Patrol at this stage.. I'm looking for an auto, comfortable SUV
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    Your V8 defender should be able to.

    The Prado is frustratingly capable of towing it but to low tow rating.

    What does a horsebox weigh?
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    Chev Trailblazer 2.8 diesel. 2.95t tow rating (if website can be trusted).
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    Double horse box would be around 2500kg to 3500kg GVM.

    A horse is around 500kg, and I doubt a horse box would be under 1250kg, so real towed weight is 2250 to 2500kg.

    Older vehicles - pre Puma defenders were rated for 2500kg or 4500kg in low range, newer Puma defenders are rated at 3500kg or 6000kg in Low Range.

    JK Unlimited auto - most are rated for 3500kg , but do check , some CRDs were only rated at 1000kg.

    F250 - no problem.

    Discoveries - not sure about D2, but I'm pretty sure D3/4 will be good for 3500kg too.

    not sure about other makes.

    I tow a 2 berth with my D90 TD5 from time to time and it's a dream.

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    Thanks guys.. Yeah, the Defender should be able to do it but it's not a journey I'd look forward to! Hannes, agreed totally, the Prado would be more than capable but the cops are very up to date with car tow ratings and don't want to be stuck at the side of the road with a full horsebox.

    2 berth horseboxes weigh about 1200kg empty, with a rated GVM (fully laden max) of around 2900kg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    I tow a 2 berth with my D90 TD5 from time to time and it's a dream.
    You dream about towing horse boxes? That's just weird.

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    I've had a few years experience with this...I towed with my Fortuner 4.0 petrol, Navara 2.5 D and Hilux D4D...out of the lot Navara towed best with plenty low down torque available. Is the horse box air-brake assisted/vacuum boosted ?

    SUV...consider Pathfinder, Pajero, can't comment on Trailblazer as not driven one.
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    Navara if you need a truck or a Pathfinder if you need an SUV... The torque on those are insane and make towing a breeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    You dream about towing horse boxes? That's just weird.
    This goes back to when I was far younger and substantially slimmer and used to do showjumping.

    Obviously the young fit lasses got all sweaty after a few hours on horseback, and a horsebox is relatively private.

    I had some goodtimes in a horsebox I can tell you...

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    Off the top of my head, Landcruiser 200, Pajero gen 4, Disco 3/4, New ranger, Amarok, new KB, Trailblazer, Defender, Navara/Pathfinder should all be able to do that.
    I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.

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    Thanks guys.. And I'm with Apoc on this, have you guys ever seen some of these girls in jodhpurs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectator View Post
    Thanks guys.. And I'm with Apoc on this, have you guys ever seen some of these girls in jodhpurs?
    and more importantly...

    out of them....

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    I've done it with the RAV for 5 km. With a WB and TB in the box.
    Illegal and not recommended.

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    I had the same dilemma.
    In the end got me a 80 Series LC.
    Tows like a dream.
    And at least I could use the horse box as an excuse to get it.
    Always wanted one.
    Now wish I could get rid of the horses and horse box.
    My daughter may just disown me then! Jackpot!!!!

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    Just looked at the Cruiser 76 S/W, even that has a tow rating of only 1500kg..crazy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    and a horsebox is relatively private. I had some goodtimes in a horsebox I can tell you...
    If it were me, I wouldn't tell anyone. There are laws against doing certain things to horses & animals in general.

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