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90 or 110 which is best for towing?

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by Kiter, Feb 5, 2015.

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  1. Kiter

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    Looking for a bit of advice - on the verge of changing tow vehicle from a 4.4V8 Range Rover (2003) to a Defender and unsure whether a 90 or 110 is going to be best - will be towing a fairly large twin axle caravan (about 24 ft) to and from the summer pitch weighs about 1900kg laden, rest of the time its just the 10ft ifor williams trailer. Some folks are saying dont touch a 90 it wont cope, others say it doesnt matter. Also torn between a late 300tdi and an early TD5 - leaning towards a late 300 though. Any advice greatfully received. Will miss the Rangie but spending too much time fixing things....... Thanks.
     
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    A 90 is fine for towing, I have towed thousands of miles in mine. Just pump up the tyres to towing pressures, it is in the handbook.

    110 tows more stable on the open road,due to the longer wheelbase, but obvious penalty of extra length if you have to turn it in a tight space etc.
     
  3. Paul D

    Paul D Old, nackered 'n broke, but the Landy is fine . :) LZIR Despatch Agent

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    As Turboman said.

    A 90 will tow pretty well, but the 110 is likely to be quite a bit more stable, especially with a longer load, like your caravan. They're the same engines, just wheelbase difference and weight between them, (Well, other minor details too but YKWIM) which add up to making the 110 a better bet for your purposes.
     
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    Must admit I've never found much difference apart from turning circle. Driving my hi cap on and off road every day...constantly puling something 100% of time and in all manner of extremely tight spots every day. Have no big issues at all.
     
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    For stability I'd go for a 110.

    I've towed with a 200Tdi 90 (10x5 3.5T trailer) and my Td5 110 with the same trailer and although the 90 had no trouble I find the 110 better.

    Only main difference is the engine - loved my 200Tdi but my Td5 has now been chipped for towing/economy and it pulls really well. I've had a gross train weight of 6.4T - wont do it again but it pulled it pretty well!!
     
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    Yeah well I prefer 110 myself...simply for everyday space if nothing else. Was always in frustrated with the 90 rear load space. Although love em both!
     
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    130....!
     
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    REMAPPED 110 TD5....ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!! stable with a big load .... I tow a 26ft boat and trailer around ,and hardly know its there!
     
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    I prefer a 90 for towing, and it's very stable and has a much smaller turner circle , which when reversing with a trailer on is really noticeable. mine pulls an Ifor Williams trailer with 2 horses in fine across any muddy field and up and down steep hills no probs. you would get more storage and likely more seats in a 110 though (depending which model you bought).
     
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    I drove a 130 6 days a week for 2 years (working vehicle) It was a good work truck but but to be honest I find the 110 a nice compromise if you use it for things other than work. Which I do.
     
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