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Burger vans, towing, 4x4s and transits.

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Old Oct 6th, 2015, 06:37   #41
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Originally Posted by c_lee View Post
I think this explains my problem perfectly. All wheel bearings tyres and suspension checked at the weekend and all good. It has to be the weight distribution.
As you can see from the picture, as like most catering trailers I have no weight on the axles, its either one end or the other.

The more people I meet......The easier it is to bump start my transit
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Old Oct 6th, 2015, 06:42   #42
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Better picture.

As the serving hatch is in the middle it makes it near impossible to distribute the weight over the axle.
The more people I meet......The easier it is to bump start my transit
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Old May 16th, 2024, 12:14   #43
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Originally Posted by Craigtange View Post
Im looking for a fresh vehicle to tow the cattle trailer. My brothers little Terios is up for swapping soon before he totally destroys it and Im thinking a second motor fit to pull the 12ft trailer wouldnt be a bad thing. Hes not madly keen on pick ups as they make the whole rig so damn long. But he might just have to put up with it. Also prefers to drive automatic nowadays (snob) . Does anyone have any suggestions for a vehicle that can legally tow the cattle trailer (3.5t) yet not have a massive wheelbase. suggestions of a Defender 90 wont be accepted, I want it to work everyday, not spend half its life being rebuilt and the other half trying to shake us to bits! 😉 weve served our time in Landrovers and dont wish to go back there!
What's your budget?

Whatever the budget, a Discovery/Range Rover of some sort will be in there, but you will need to be able to look after it.

Other options could be VW Touareg, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Land Cruiser, and there are several Mitsubishi's.

For a farm hack, Land Cruiser is hard to beat, you'd want the SWB version.
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Old May 18th, 2024, 16:28   #44
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Originally Posted by axle4 View Post
never use a stabilizer to stop a known problem, they are there as assistance only not a cure.

check the vans balance/loading, nose weight and coupling height(van should be nose down otherwise the wind can lift the weight off the rear of the tow vehicle)
Agree. Solve prob, not symptoms.
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Old May 19th, 2024, 00:00   #45
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Originally Posted by BigMonty View Post
I can get up to about 45mph before it begins to snake about. I also have an ifor Williams that sits fine at 60mph even with a car on it. What am I missing ?????

Next quandary: The transit isnt really man for the job. Most events I do and occasionally on the industrial estate when on grass the traction is none existent.
The reason for the snaking is not enough tow ball weight. If a single axle trailer then simply move some weight forward. If a twin axle it can be a case of moving weight forward or adjusting the tow ball height. It is very important you get that resolved befor causing a accident.

The transit is not much use for towing, not many newer vans are really. A 4x4 does sound a better bet
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