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I have towed both my 640IB vans with a 4.4l diesel Range Rover.
Am looking at replacing the car with a Range Rover hybrid P400e.
The car is lighter than the diesel and has a maximum towing weight of 2500kg as opposed to 3500kgfor the diesel.
Caravan Club outfit match says they are OK. But as my van is plated at 2500kg not standard 2200kg I am not sure on the validity of their outcome.
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of the match between the two.
And this is before I look at how and when to charge it when away.

Peter Allison

2 Responses

  1. Edward Sellars Edward Sellars

    Hello Peter,

    I tow a 2300kg V640 with a Discovery 4. The handbook allows a maximum towing weight of 3500kg and the car unladen weight is 2570kg and Gross vehicle weight is 3240kg. The maximum vehicle and trailer combination / Gross Train Weight is 6740kg. I am legal.

    I was considering changing to a Discovery 5 which in the book – The maximum towing weight is 3500kg and the car unladen weight is 2298kg and Gross vehicle weight is 3170kg. The maximum vehicle and trailer combination / Gross Train Weight is 6740kg. It would be legal even though the caravan is heavier than the car.

    Although there are several caravan club and caravan organisation websites giving advice I always look at the Government website to check what is legal. I have copied the link below.

    https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/weight-and-width-limits

    My understanding is that to be legal you must not exceed the maximum towing weight or the Gross train weight stated by the vehicle manufacturer.

    When on a Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Castle recently I asked questions about towing a trailer heavier that the vehicle and was assured that they had not experienced any problems towing 3500kg with a Discovery 5.

    I hope this information is useful.

  2. Huw & Sharon Williams

    I also tow with a Range Rover 4.4ltr Diesel and looked at the viability of the P400e. I also have the 2500kg chassis specc’ed and plated as such. Legally I think there are no issues.
    My problem was more to do with the recharging of the car. On site at best you’ll have 16A hook ups which will take about 8 hours to recharge. This assumes that you’re not plugging the caravan in. I looked at towing across Europe and the sums just don’t add up unfortunately. The amperages found abroad are at best 10A and sometimes only 3A. I just can’t see the 2.0ltr petrol pulling 2500kg up a hill without bursting something somewhere once the battery has depleted.
    My two penneth worth.
    Cheers
    Huw

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