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#3799 of 4548 Need Help on Towing with LR3
Jul 30, 2006 (8:14 am)
I have a 2005 Land Rover LR3 and am trying to use it for towing a camping trailer. The V8 LR3 that came with air leveling suspension and a factory towing package has a towing rating of 7700 lb; while my camper has a GVWR of less than 5000 lb. So it appears that the it should be well within the capability of the LR3 in towing this camper. This was something that I had fully anticipated based on the general perception of Land Rover before I bought the LR3.
Due to the length of the camper (about 23 feet), it has been recommended by many people who are familiar with trailer towing that a weight distribution hitch (WDH) with a sway control system should be used to properly distribute the weight of the trailer and retard the sway of the trailer for safety reasons. While this is a very common installation on almost all other trucks and SUVs, I have never expected, however, that the LR3 manual has a statement in it calling out that "no weight distribution hitch should be used on this truck" without any explanation on why.
As a result, I have to reluctantly limit myself to a weight carrying (WC) type hitch that can only use a friction sway control system, which is well-known to be inferior in towing performance than the more effective WDH/anti-sway systems such as an "Equalizer " or a "Reese" Dual Cam WDH-anti sway systems. Unfortunately, as expected, the towing performance that I have been experiencing so far with my WC hitch and friction sway control set up is less than adequate. I have encountered quite a bit of swaying on the highway even at speeds as low as 50 mph when there were moderate cross-winds.
So here are my questions that I hope someone on this forum can help me understand: (1) What is the reason that a WDH system cannot be used on the LR3? (2) What are the consequence should such a hitch is used?
I have learned that some LR3 owners have gone ahead on their own to use a WDH. They have reported very satisfactory towing performance without the "white knuckle" type experience that I am having with my weight carrying hitch. I am facing the dilemma on either joining these people to install a WDH against the statement of the LR3 manual or continuing with the "white knuckle" towing and fearing losing control anytime. Any explanation or advice from you would be greatly appreciated.
#3800 of 4548 British_Rover...
Jul 30, 2006 (8:45 am)
Hey B_R, I have a question for you. In an earlier post you mentioned that the LR3's air suspension can raise even higher than the normal "high" setting.
I would like to test mine to see if it will do it. Do you think that it's OK to do that or is that just an emergency feature?
#3801 of 4548 Re: British_Rover... [mark156]
Jul 30, 2006 (10:34 am)
Yeah you can try out extended mode if you want it is fairly easy to do. You just need to jack up on side of the truck enough with the engine running that the suspension thinks it is high centered. It should go into extended mode then. That is basicly how the techs check to make sure extended mode is working when they do the PDI.
I can't wait for someone or some company to figure out how to overide the Suspension control module and allow extended mode to be user selectable.
#3802 of 4548 Re: LR3 PTI Supported GSM Phones - Nokia 3100 [lr3for4x5]
Jul 30, 2006 (2:32 pm)
Try a Nokia 6230 - it's the phone that was made to fit into the cradle....
Jul 31, 2006 (5:09 am)
Hi guys/gals, I just joined the Forum in anticipation of my new LR3. Been a long time rover fan and currently own a 1997 D90 ST, 2003 DII. Unfortunately both those trucks need to go as our third child make these vehicles impractical- oh well, looking forward to the new ride.
Let me ask the group a question. I heard that there is an aftermarket "box" that hacks the LR3's suspension so that you can drive the truck at whatever "lift" you choose. Anyone else hear about this?
TIA and look forward to lively discussions.
#3804 of 4548 Re: Personal Intro [roverrich]
Jul 31, 2006 (5:27 am)
I have been looking for some company to do that for a while and so far found nothing.
There are several situations where having driver access to extended mode would be very handy.
#3805 of 4548 Re: Personal Intro [british_rover]
Jul 31, 2006 (5:30 am)
My dealer was the one who told me about the hack. I'll findout more and post later today.
#3807 of 4548 Re: Personal Intro [british_rover]
Jul 31, 2006 (6:55 am)
There is German company that offers a hack for ~$2K USD. I'm pretty sure this will void any suspension warranty if you have an issue. It's been "imported" and installed by a few folks. If any US shop offers a modification like this, odds are they just resell this.
Run it through your favorite translator, if you don't read German.
#3808 of 4548 Re: Personal Intro [grommet]
Jul 31, 2006 (7:00 am)
Yeah my german is a bit rusty. If I was just going to build a trail conquering LR3 I would do it but for any other reason ehhh I don't think so.