3 Top Nissan Patrol 2018 Towing Tips
The Nissan Patrol is an excellent all round family vehicle, but it’s fair to say that many people love it most for its towing capabilities. Safely using a tow bar can open up a whole world of possibilities for towing trailers, caravans and boats. However, safely towing any type of load is a serious business and it needs to be handled carefully. A variety of competing forces involving the laws of physics are at play, and they need to be respected. To help our customers get started here are three top towing tips.
1. Using the Right Vehicle
This article is focused towards Patrol owners, but other drivers also need to ensure that they have the right type of vehicle. A front wheel drive vehicle will have a disadvantage because towing will push the vehicle weight to the rear and away from the wheels that are transferring the power. A rear drive vehicle can cope a little better because the majority of the weight is positioned above the front wheels where the power is transferred to the road. A four wheel drive is the very best option as all four wheels will provide even power for towing purposes. Another key consideration is the engine, a diesel power plant because it can provide more grunt in the lower rev range and has better fuel efficiency when worked hard for towing.
2. Know Your Figures
There are a number of different figures that need to be understood before you begin your towing journey. Firstly the weight of your towed load should not exceed the maximum towing capacity for your vehicle. A safety margin of 20% is commonly applied for towing, as an example: a maximum weight of 2,000kg should be treated as 1,600kg. The towball download (TBD) is usually 10% of the weight that you’re towing, and it’s a vertical force that is applied onto the towball. Most vehicles have a stated TBD rating that is relevant to the maximum towing capacity. However, this is not always the case, and it should be checked before any towing is carried out.
3. Watch the Carrying Load
Many drivers will carry a load and tow another load at the same time. This can complicate matter considerable, and you will need to understand two new loading terms. The Maximum Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is the maximum weight that’s allowed for your vehicle. The Gross Combination Mass (GCM) is the weight of your vehicle combined with the trailer or towed load. When a vehicle is loaded, it will usually have a lower maximum towing capacity.
If you’re in the market for a new Nissan Patrol get in touch with us here at Maddington Nissan. We have a large selection of preowned and new vehicles available including the latest Nissan Patrol 2018 models. We invite you to book a no obligation test drive with us, and you can try out the Nissan driving experience first hand. If you need financing, our rates are very competitive, and the repayments are tailored to suit your lifestyle. Our team is standing by to advise you on the latest Nissan Patrol deals, and they will be happy to answer any other questions that you may have.