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    Default Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    I need to know what the unbraked towing capacity of a Discovery3 TDV6 is specified to be. I intend to tow a Landcruiser to workshops with the Disco 3.

    I have a Landcruiser Game Viewer that is not licenced and needs to get to an autoelectrician and reputable Toyota workshop (the mechanics can't fix rear leaf springs or find the electrical speedo error). As a result, it will need to be towed to and from civilisation.

    What would be best for towing:
    1. Piggy Back trailer
    2. Load up trailer (2 tons)

    The Game Viewer drives fine - it just is not licenced to go on a public road.

    Thanks for suggestions in advance..............
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Unbraked trailer: 750kg
    Unbraked vehicle on A-frame: no limits
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    But A-framed vehicle must be registered.

    Best option. Double axle braked car trailer. Renting is about R350 per day
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Photorer View Post
    I need to know what the unbraked towing capacity of a Discovery3 TDV6 is specified to be. I intend to tow a Landcruiser to workshops with the Disco 3.

    I have a Landcruiser Game Viewer that is not licenced and needs to get to an autoelectrician and reputable Toyota workshop (the mechanics can't fix rear leaf springs or find the electrical speedo error). As a result, it will need to be towed to and from civilisation.

    What would be best for towing:
    1. Piggy Back trailer
    2. Load up trailer (2 tons)

    The Game Viewer drives fine - it just is not licenced to go on a public road.

    Thanks for suggestions in advance..............
    definately not a piggy back on such a heavy vehicle. proper Car trailer is the safe way to do this, and they should all be braked.

    disco 3 will be more than capable to tow a cruiser on a trailer.

    legally, you canít tow anything unbraked if it weighs more than 750kg.

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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Thanks for the quick replies..... awesome!

    It seems that a double axle vehicle trailer would be the answer.

    Anyone have experience with doing this? Since I've not done that kind of towing before, I would appreciate some advice, especially on:
    1. Towing the empty trailer to go pick up the vehicle
    2. Loading the Cruiser onto the trailer
    3. Tying it down onto the trailer
    4. Driving with the Cruiser on the trailer (suggested speeds etc, and how to handle quick stops, or stop/start traffic)
    5. Offloading the vehicle again.

    The other option would be to find a suitable towing operator to come collect for me!

    Thanks so much!
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    10% of towed vechile weight on towball, or you wont go over 110km/h without swaying.

    Ratchet strap over every wheel of towed vehicle straight down to trailer


    If towed car is running, just drive it onto trailer with ramps. Same for unloading.

    Make sure you have correct driving license for towing trailer heavier than 750kg
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Straps over the wheel
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post

    Ratchet strap over every wheel of towed vehicle straight down to trailer


    If towed car is running, just drive it onto trailer with ramps. Same for unloading.


    Do you drive onto the trailer with it attached to the Disco, or on the stand? I just don't want to end up with a trailer which breaks in two, or my Disco doing a headstand!
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    It will most likely be worth your while to get hold of HenriS here on the forum to quote on doing the move for you. He owns SADC Assist and has the correct trailer and kit to do the move safely.
    I have towed car and bike trailers around the country for many years while racing. If you have haven't towed a big heavy rig like this before it is very easy to get it wrong.
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Photorer View Post
    Do you drive onto the trailer with it attached to the Disco, or on the stand? I just don't want to end up with a trailer which breaks in two, or my Disco doing a headstand!
    Attached to disco.
    Might help to support back of trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul#25 View Post
    It will most likely be worth your while to get hold of HenriS here on the forum to quote on doing the move for you. He owns SADC Assist and has the correct trailer and kit to do the move safely.
    I have towed car and bike trailers around the country for many years while racing. If you have haven't towed a big heavy rig like this before it is very easy to get it wrong.
    Might be better, easier, safer and cheaper
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul#25 View Post
    It will most likely be worth your while to get hold of HenriS here on the forum to quote on doing the move for you. He owns SADC Assist and has the correct trailer and kit to do the move safely.
    I have towed car and bike trailers around the country for many years while racing. If you have haven't towed a big heavy rig like this before it is very easy to get it wrong.
    Thanks - this is quite daunting....... so I will have a look at this as a quote. Many thanks!

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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Attached to the disco please. And yes. Support the back of the trailer might help.

    make sure the trailer you rent will allow you to tie over the wheels. Some of the rental trailers donít have sufficient tie down points.

    makw sure you use decent ratchet straps, not Midas cheapies.

    as mentioned by others, maybe better to get someone to assist you. Could end up getting expensive if something goes wrong

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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    If you are going to rent a trailer to haul something really heavy, it is always a toss up.

    Condition of the bearings.
    Condition of the brakrs.
    Integrity of the trailer itself.
    Load rating of the trailer.

    Also make sure, that is something does go wrong, either the law or your insurance don't want your hide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henris View Post
    If you are going to rent a trailer to haul something really heavy, it is always a toss up.

    Condition of the bearings.
    Condition of the brakrs.
    Integrity of the trailer itself.
    Load rating of the trailer.

    Also make sure, that is something does go wrong, either the law or your insurance don't want your hide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Straps over the wheel
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Get a temp license from the traffic department and drive it there

    https://www.gov.za/services/roadwort...vehicle-permit

    3 day special permit
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    Default Re: Disco 3 - unbraked towing capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by sclater View Post
    Over is fine till a wheel decides to go flat
    Nog nooit pap geraak, ek het al wel straps laat afglip in ry. Maar dan is daar nog 3 ander. Stop elke 200km, check straps. Tegnies hoef jy net die 2 voorste wiele te strap, so risiko van/en as wiel wat pap raak, is minimaal.

    Het al n wa van oad af gedruk en ge-jack knife deur n grensdraad langs pad teen 120, en die bakkie op wa het nie n cm beweeg. Strap oor wiel is by verre die beste manier.

    As jy dubbeld wil seker maak, sit nig n strap deur elke wiel na hoeke van wa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reenen View Post
    Nog nooit pap geraak, ek het al wel straps laat afglip in ry. Maar dan is daar nog 3 ander. Stop elke 200km, check straps. Tegnies hoef jy net die 2 voorste wiele te strap, so risiko van/en as wiel wat pap raak, is minimaal.

    Het al n wa van oad af gedruk en ge-jack knife deur n grensdraad langs pad teen 120, en die bakkie op wa het nie n cm beweeg. Strap oor wiel is by verre die beste manier.

    As jy dubbeld wil seker maak, sit nig n strap deur elke wiel na hoeke van wa.
    Strap deur wiel my keuse of anders op suspensie arm aan wiel se kant
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    Myne bly oor die wiel.
    Maar dit is ek, vir my. En ek doen dit nie so baie. Seker maar so 15 000 km per jaar met kar op trailer. Die ouens wat dit meer gereeld doen, het seker hul eie manier van doen. Maar van al die maniere, werk dit beste vir my. Darem nog nie een verloor so vÍr nie.
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