Go far and wide with ease when you choose the right 4×4 to lead the way
Maybe you’re a born traveller, indulging in the nomad’s lifestyle that comes naturally to you. Maybe you’ve lived a routine life, seeing the same views and people which has left you with a deep desire for adventure and the great outdoors. Whatever the case, if you’re planning a road trip, and your preferred accommodation is a caravan or camper trailer, then you’re going to need a powerful vehicle to tow it. We’d like to suggest a 4×4.
When to choose a 4×4
4x4s are the perfect solution in two scenarios, namely when you’re heading off-road into the bush, or if you’re towing a boat, heavy trailer or caravan. Today, we’re looking at towing caravan’s, and which is the best 4X4 to travel comfortably and safely while your mobile home follows in your wake.
We’re going to cover some of the best recreation 4×4 vehicles for the job so sit tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride, or smooth in this case. Here are our favourites:
- Toyota LandCruiser 200 TDV8
Max capacity: 350kg/3500kg
This beautiful beast boasts an appetite for diesel with a tank to match, offering an impressive amount of power as well as towing stability. If you’re planning to go far and wide, this is your ride.
- Jeep Grand Cherokee 2013
Surprise, surprise another diesel engine. While its predecessor, the Grand Cherokee CRD, displayed a great tow tug, the turbo diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee 2013 with the same 3500kg braked trailer tow rating holds its own.
It is comfortable, stylish, offers an impressive terrain selection system and can tow heavy loads with such ease you might forget you’re towing anything.
- Range Rover SDV6 3.0
Max capacity: 350kg/3500kg
There are two versions of this Range Rover, but we’re referring specifically to the more powerful SDV6. The twin-turbo diesel engine can power you and your caravan effortlessly to just about any remote destination.
- Land Rover Discovery 4 3.0
This Range Rover can handle all types of trail and its terrain response function gives you the power to correct 4×4 settings at the touch of a button. Despite its size it handles well just about anywhere, and its V6 twin turbo engine has enough power to easily tow the largest caravan.
Tips for towing
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you turn the key to the ignition and set out on your journey:
- Slow and steady – When you’re towing a caravan you will need more time and space so take your time, brake earlier and accelerate slower than usual.
- Wider is the way – When taking a corner, you must take it a wider angle to accommodate the additional length of your caravan.
- Sharing is not caring – Never carry passengers in the caravan while you’re towing it. It is dangerous and not recommended
If you are considering taking a few trips into the outdoors with friends or family make sure you are fully equipped with the right vehicle and know the best practice for towing your caravan safely and hassle-free. We live, breathe and dream all things 4×4 at Total 4×4. Feel free to consult us for any information you may need to make your next camping trip a success. With over 30 years’ experience, we’ll point you in the right direction.