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Old September 9th, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Factory Defender Tow Rattings!

I was looking over my 1997 manual and the tow ratting is 7716lbs with a braking trailer but the NAS Service Manual has it at 8817lbs. I wounder which one is correct? The Defender a brute! For the 1993-1995 unfortunately in the manual it state 3500lbs for its max trailering weight.
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Old September 9th, 2011, 01:51 PM
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If it helps I towed a '96 disco on a car hauler from uhaul from phili to pittsburgh with no issues also I regularly tow my '25 foot cuddy boat without a problem and the brakes on the trailer are shot so if you using a trailer without brakes prepare for a looong stop time and to replace the front pads sooner that normal
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Old September 9th, 2011, 01:58 PM
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If it helps I towed a '96 disco on a car hauler from uhaul from phili to pittsburgh with no issues also I regularly tow my '25 foot cuddy boat without a problem and the brakes on the trailer are shot so if you using a trailer without brakes prepare for a looong stop time and to replace the front pads sooner that normal
Very cool do you know how much the boat and trailer weigh ruffly? Any pictures of the Defender with the boat?
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Old September 10th, 2011, 05:58 PM
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I did some research and the weight of the boat it around 4500/5000 and the trailer 1500/2000 no pics of the defender pulling the boat I should though it looks kinda silly I wish i took pics pulling the discovery as that was just banana sandwich crazy looking good luck what are you going to be towing?? FYI I'm not always the safest guy and by no means recommend these actions I wouldn't wanna be following me during some of these adventures..
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Wow that's so cool that you did some heavy tows. Here is a vid of a 12 truck tow



I was going to tow my jetskis and also I tow cars on trailers as well so im glad my 1997 has a high tow ratting. Just have to see how hot she will get when its 100+ out.
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i always thought that tow rating in the manual was how heavy of a truck you needed to tow the Rover home when it stops for no apparent reason.
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i always thought that tow rating in the manual was how heavy of a truck you needed to tow the Rover home when it stops for no apparent reason.

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90 & 110 are rated to tow 3500 kg with overrun brakes = 7700 lbs give or take unless USA lbs are different to imperial lbs I'm assuming 2.2 lbs to the kg.
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Old September 14th, 2011, 02:55 PM
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The problem with the Defender is that it's tongue weight is only 150kg, which is about half of what you'd need to tow a 3500 kg trailer. Defenders are designed for euro trailers that have wheels right in the middle and don't bias so much weight onto the tongue.

The 90 also is not so good for towing because of it's short wheelbase. Obviously it will pull plenty, but you just have to be really careful. Ive had good luck towing cars on two-wheeled tow dollies. Single axle u-haul trailers also worked ok. Ive towed my 17 ft car hauler with the 90' but only empty.
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I used to pull my 24ft Baja go fast boat on a dual axle galv trailer with a 94 nas 90 with no issues. The trailer was much easier to back down my driveway with the 90 than with the 110.
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