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Defender 200 tdi freelanderc2 towing weight?

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also relates to the maximium weight each axle can carry -- https://www.ntta.co.uk/law/law/towing-capacity & how the vehicle is built seperate chassis versus monocoque body shell, both distribute the towing loads in different ways. other than asking the designers I .m not sure what else would be taken into account. but commercial vehicles do have higher towing limits than car type vehicles.

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I think it's more to do with the separate chassis Ralph. My Disco isn't based on a commercial and it has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kgs (4000kgs is fitted with air)

The old SWB Daihatsu Four Track (leaf sprung) had a max towing capacity of 3,500kgs - always an interesting drive

A Freebie 1 has a towing capacity of 2,200kgs

Maybe it was calculated with a set of dice

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On 4/30/2020 at 1:34 PM, landroversforever said:

Towing capacity I'm sure I read a while back was more do to with what weight it can set off on a gradient with. So the lower gearing of the defender with a low range makes it more capable.

That IS interesting! And makes sense.

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It's also marketing and product position. The same vehicles can have different tow ratings in  different countries, depending on local laws and the market they are being pitched at. An FL2 is a light duty vehicle, so even if it was capable of towing more, LR would much prefer you bought a Disco 3/4/5 instead to do that job.

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