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Is the Toyota LC 76 V8 a good tow vehicle?

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27 Nov 2017 @ 19:59:16 pm
BJ12
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Hi all,

I am new to camping and are looking for advise on the Land Cruiser 76 V8 as a tow vehicle. I will be towing a Jurgens Explorer caravan.

Would really appreciate your thoughts on the matter. Will a Fortuner or Hilux 2.8 be a better vehicle to buy for this?

Thank you.
BJ
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27 Nov 2017 @ 20:14:09 pm
neef Herman
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Hallo BJ,
You will have to go a long way to find a vehicle that can compare with the lugging power.
But, for normal cruising, at 120km/ h the engine revvs too high. If you are content using it at 100km/ h the fuel economy is fine. These vehicles are built to be tough, reliable, with a long servicable life.
The 76 is a no frills vehicle, although pricey. Fortuners are cheaper, full of bells and whistles, good value for money, good towing ability.
To haul a heavy van through rough terrain, the Cruiser will leave most behind, nough said.
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27 Nov 2017 @ 20:30:14 pm
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I am not a Toyota fan, because I cannot afford one, but I do agree with Herman, go for the Land Cruiser.
Those things have a very long life span.
I saw some very old Cruisers with the clock starting from 0 km's.
After asking the salesmen, why the low km reading for such an old vehicle? The respond was, my friend the km reading is older than all of us with our ages counting together.
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27 Nov 2017 @ 20:48:57 pm
BJ12
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Thank you Herman & DK - I appreciate the feedback.
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28 Nov 2017 @ 07:30:11 am
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Maybe a good workhorse but is it the option when used for everyday driving when not used? I am not so sure after driving a few

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28 Nov 2017 @ 07:48:38 am
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The fact that you're pulling an Explorer tells me that you intend doing some overlanding and hard to get to places. Personally I would go for as few bells, whistles, push, pull buttons, limp mode and all the other achronyms on modern day vehicles..

Toy spares are available throughout Africa as are those that can fix them.

Points, plugs & condenser for me! (Well almostwink

Mind you, I wouldn't like to drive my 80 daily at 4.5 km/l. money-mouth

Your strongest weapon is your mind!
And then there's, Power Tools!
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28 Nov 2017 @ 07:50:35 am
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The weight of the vehicle should provide proper towing stability.  The V8 says it all and there should be no hassles with power for the job.  If you are content with the simplicity of the interior the vehicle should fit your requirements fine.

The isue lies with the fuel consumption.  There are other vehicles out there that will do the same job probably cost you less and have a much better day to day running cost.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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28 Nov 2017 @ 09:47:16 am
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Agree with what Leon says above.
I also had to make the decision between the Cruiser & the Hilux/Fortuner.
I chose a 2010 3.0 D-4D S/C Hilux & fitted the Alu-Cab Camper for over landing.
When chugging around a game park in 3rd, I get over 12 km/l
Slow gravel & two track & a bit of 4X4, I get about 10/11 km/l,
Hi-way speeds about 9 km/l and towing about 7.5 km/l.
This makes a big difference in the long run. Do the Maths.
Very Happy with more than enough power for what I do with it.
The Hilux with the Camper will cost you the same as the Cruiser alone.
Cruiser is a lovely vehicle, but running costs a bit higher as well...
On The Road Again
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28 Nov 2017 @ 22:52:38 pm
neef Herman
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BJ, my last bit.
If you are a young man, maybe not the Cruiser. The sound system is horrible, almost useless, no cruise controll either, carpets are cheap, plastic gets scratches by the keys.
Not a vehicle for the person used to creature comfort.
You have mechanical diff locks, and a 4x4 system that you must manually disengage the moment you are on a solid surface. If you don't you will wind up the differentials.
Stretch your budget a little, and go for a GX 200.
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