BLOG: THE PROS AND CONS OF OUR NEW TOW VEHICLE
Tony Allsop ponders what his next tow vehicle should be. What would you do in his situation?
It’s time for Denyse and me to replace our tow vehicle. We enjoyed the quietness and comfort of our previous two vehicles, both Ford Territory AWDs (petrol), although we had several problems like cigarette lighter points not working, electric windows failing and bushes and other suspension problems. Fortunately, they occurred in the (extended) warranty period. Prior to owning Territories we had 4WD vehicles.
Our van weighs 1800kg ATM with a ball weight of up to 200kg depending on loading. These weights are all well within the Territory limits, and we use WD bars that make the van tow like a dream.
We prefer to stay with a petrol motor for several reasons, but the new Territory AWD only comes with a diesel motor. This means we’d have to go with a 2WD in order to remain with petrol. So what do we do? Is there much difference in driving safety and towing between AWD and 2WD? How often do we use the AWD off-road anyway? Should we stick to the AWD Territory and go diesel, or go with the 2WD petrol, which is a much cheaper option.
Maybe we should look at other brands, say the Challenger diesel, Colorado, or Jeep Grand Cherokee petrol? What else is on the market? We travel all over the country, so service and parts are a big issue for us. The pricing on the Pajero and Prado put them out of our range in comparison, while the Nissan Patrol and LandCruiser would simply be overkill for our van.
We do very little 4WDriving now, and our travel stories are aimed at the average caravanner who tends to stick to the black top and good dirt roads rather than attempting heroic stuff. Denyse and I are also at the age where we prefer a more comfortable ride, hence the Territory. So what would you recommend we get?
YOUR SAY: Are you thinking of getting a new tow vehicle? List your requirements, what you’d like, where you’ll be taking it and what vehicles you’ve narrowed it down to.