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Baytown



Member Since: 30 Jan 2016
Location: Innisfail QLD
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Australia 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Blenheim Silver
Intro and towing a caravan

Gday everyone.;
I've just retired early (52) from the military after 27 years and moved to the bush just Nth of Innisfail QLD.
I'm purchasing a New Age Manta Ray Deluxe off road caravan to get me out of the house.
Its a single axle, 2200kg with Tow ball weight of about 150KG, so not particularly heavy. 16 ft van.
Im also looking at vehicles to tow, and am seriously considering a 2012 onwards Defender with the new 2.2 engine.i like the idear of the LWB model.
Can experienced owners please advise how the vehicle tows, i.e, would the van as described be an issue? How does the Defender cope with our heat and towing?
Also, as Im in the tropics mostly, how effective is the aircon?
It will just be me, my dog and parrot.
Thanks for any info and advice re the Defender in this role and best wishes all.
Ken

Post #498206 30th Jan 2016 11:02am
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Alien



Member Since: 18 Jan 2015
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Welcome aboard Ken.
I have a 2012, 110wagon, 2.2 and tow a Tvan so only @1500Kg but about the same ball weight.
We are just out of Melbourne so ambient temperatures are lower but we have no issues with the concerns you raised.
We did Lake Ayer last year with no heat issues(the centre floor pan area does get hot as all the Puma's do).
Mine sits happily at full speed, often catching the duel cab set towing fold out campers who hate being overtaken by a Defender towing.

I have thought about putting in a larger intercooler in to help reduce intake temperatures.
Bell Auto Services(see the sponsor link above) do a power upgrade which is getting good reviews on AULRO. Cheers,
Kyle.

Post #498459 30th Jan 2016 11:26pm
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Baytown



Member Since: 30 Jan 2016
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Australia 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Blenheim Silver

Thanks for the great reply Kyle.
I have read about BEL in the UK, their uprated intercooler and also the option of having the cars ECU reflashed by them. I have bookmarked their services for future reference.
Thanks again Kyle and best wishes mate.
Ken

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GREENI



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I've only towed with a td5, so I can't help you..
But welcome, I'd be looking forward to seeing a photo of the 110 and 'van.

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Baytown



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Australia 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Blenheim Silver


Thanks Greenie.
Here's the van, just need the vehicle!
Best wishes.
Ken

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Baytown



Member Since: 30 Jan 2016
Location: Innisfail QLD
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Australia 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Blenheim Silver
My touring set up!

All set to get an uprated radiator, intercooler, suspension and Alive tune from 22 Apr at MRA in Brisbane.
Very excited!
Best wishes fellas.
Ken

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GREENI



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Nice rig!!!!! Congratulations Cool

Post #522727 10th Apr 2016 12:14pm
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AlanH



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Yes, second that, looks good. Although I curse my 2.4 110 at times it tows our van really well especially since getting a BAS remap. Haven't done anything else for extra go but did lag the exhaust which I'm sure has cut down on cabin heat.
Have fun travelling.
AlanH.

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Lou Sparts



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When touring in the Pyrenees some years ago in a 90 Td the transmission tunnel would get very warm at times which was handy for drying the socks Very Happy 2005 Td5 90 XS

Steve

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williamthedog



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That's what you call a van Thumbs Up

Post #559423 28th Aug 2016 6:43am
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Guy



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Great rig Ken. Retiring young having served your country you deserve it mate.

I love 4WD Action on YouTube. Off road trails in Australia are just mind blowing!

Lots more pics please bud.

Guy. 
DINGO - '99 Discovery 2 V8 with 300Tdi transplant, chawton white. Repatriated from Australia and expedition prepped.
**FOR SALE**
SHARKY - '06 Discovery 3 HSE Auto, bonatti grey. SOLD.
GEORGE - '99 Discovery 1 300Tdi Auto, willow green. Daily driver, travel companion, part of the family! SOLD.
PINGU - '96 Defender 110 300Tdi station wagon. SOLD.


Dream LR - 130 pop top station wagon camper.

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