TOWING The torque ranges of Land Rover engines allow maximum-weight loads to be pulled smoothly from standstill, and reduce gear changing on hills or rough terrain. The suspension is designed to cope with a heavy trailer load without upsetting the balance or feel of the vehicle. Details of gross maximum towed weights are listed on the following pages and in the 'General Data' section (see ‘TOWING WEIGHTS’, page 246).
To preserve the vehicle's handling and stability, only fit towing accessories that have been designed and approved by Land Rover.
Ensure that the gross vehicle weight and maximum rear axle weight are not exceeded. Exceeding allowable vehicle and axle loads will increase the risk of tire and suspension failure, increase vehicle brake stopping distance, and adversely affect vehicle handling and stability, which may result in a crash or vehicle rollover.
It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the towing vehicle and trailer are loaded and balanced so that the combination is stable when in motion. When preparing your vehicle for towing, pay attention to any instructions provided by the trailer manufacturer as well as to the information that follows.
Balancing the combination To ensure optimum stability, it is essential that the trailer adopts a level aspect. In other words, the trailer must be level with the ground, with the towing hitch and trailer drawbar set at the same height (note the illustration at the top of the page). This is particularly important when towing twin axle trailers! Adjust the height of the hitch point if necessary.
With the engine running, vehicles with self-levelling suspension will automatically compensate for additional weight when the towing electrical socket is utilised. The remote suspension control handset can be used to manually adjust suspension height. See ‘MANUAL OPERATION’, page 142.