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Interested in buying a 19 foot Jayco sterling van, Tare 1980 kg. My towing vehicle is a Prado turbo diesel 2007 with a capacity for towing at 2500 Kg. Is there anyone who has a Prado the same as mine that has towed anything similar that could comment on the viability of being able to do this. I have been to quite a few dealers and I am getting different answers.
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- Tow Vehicle: 2007 Turbo/Diesel Prado
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Length: 6 Metres
- Partner's Name: Helen
- First Name: Wayne
Your caravan ATM is going to be very close to 2500kg it might even be over.
Ball weight 2500kg @ 12% = 300kg.
Take the ball weight, passengers and drivers weight, fuel, luggage, tinnie? off the Prado carrying capacity ?
You may have too numbers sitting on max. Or you may find you are over on the carrying capacity?
Its good to have 500kg plus spare in towing capacity I think.
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Is it new? If. not what has been added. Has it toilet and shower, Jayco do allow 80kg extra on the atm for. one tank. If so the atm will be over your max. I would say you are getting to that grey area that will be so easy to be outside your legal limits. I would be walking away unless you are willing to upgrade the tug.
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I have a 2007 Prado D4D and tow a Paramount Classic (16 foot internal) with an ATM of 2330 and a Tare of around 1700 . Towed it around Tassie and Oz without a problem.
As hotqld said you may find the ATM is close to the 2500kg which is the maximum that can be towed by Prado.
Would be checking what the ATM is and if standard would be probably 2380kg which allows 400kg payload.
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Hi Wayno. Ask the sellers if you (or them) can take it to a weighbridge. I towed a 22ft with my 04 Prado V6 petrol 5 speed auto. It's atm with everything in it including water was 2550kg. I tow it without water so it is legally under 2500kg. The Prado handled it no problems. I have recently upgraded the car to a new Prado diesel which is even better towing the van. Averaged 18l/100k on a trip of 3000km a couple of weeks ago. Cheers,Bob
Bob & Marie. Shellharbour Area.
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You a see a lot of Prados towing some decent size rigs w hen you travel around . It seems to be the rig of choice by many of the caravaners around
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- First Name: Ray
Hi Wayno. I would be damn surprised if your van over a weighbridge comes in under 2500 kg before you put anything in it. Jayco vans tare weights are always optimistic. (I think they must be weighed before the paint goes on)
My vans tare weight was 2200. I found my van comes in at around 2800 loaded and my Prado at the time was working - hence I changed tugs. 18 litres per 100 the norm. I would take a van for a good tow up some hills before believing some posters statements i.e. "Towed it a piece of cake - wouldn't even know it was there" etc. at 18 to 21 litres per 100 any Prado is really earning it's keep. Anyone who states otherwise is dreaming or has no mechanical aptitude. Now when you are getting 13 to 16 litres per 100 at around 90 kph you have a tug that is doing it easy! Just take a bit of caution when filtering through the posts. And that would also be JMHO. Cheers.
Brian D. (Ex-Mechanic)
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With a TARE 1980Kg the ATM of the Stirling will be around 2455Kg (475Kg payload).
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- First Name: John
We have an 09 diesel prado and we tow a 20' Coromal van ATM 2395kg does it with ease, our van has bunks to suit the kid and us
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