Syncro towing capabilities

For 4x4 owners, you must register to post but anyone can read.

Moderators: User administrators, Moderators

Forum rules
You can find further syncro specific information on the Syncronauts website.

Syncro towing capabilities

Postby Dobble » 04 Jan 2018, 17:32

Hi Guys

I'm after some advice on Syncro towing capabilities. I'm thinking of selling my t25 camper and my Defender to buy a Syncro. The main reason for owning the Defender is to tow my hot air balloon which with the trailer weighs about 750kg. Would a Syncro be capable of towing that kind of weight bearing in mind that the Syncro would also be fitted out as a camper/overland vehicle so there would be some extra weight there too.

My aim with this is to reduce the amount of vehicles I own, run and maintain but still have a vehicle that we can take camping and use for ballooning. I understand that Syncro ownership can be expensive but I'm fine with that providing it's fit for purpose.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Ben
1987 T25 AAZ powered RHD Syncro
Check out our blog: https://ben6738.wixsite.com/syncrovanlife
User avatar
Dobble
 
Posts: 55
Joined: 25 Apr 2017, 20:23
Location: South Glos
80-90 Mem No: 15944

Re: Syncro towing capabilities

Postby clift_d » 04 Jan 2018, 18:43

Strictly speaking your 750kg trailer shouldn't be a problem for your existing T25 - assuming it is a braked trailer. Most T25 2WD can tow a braked trailer of at least 1200kg in addition to being fully laden with some, dependent on engine type, badged for a trailer weight up to 1500kg.

A Syncro van should allow you to tow a braked trailer of at least 1600kg, up to a possible maximum of 2500kg depending on engine type and tow certification.

However, if your balloon trailer is 750kg unbraked then strictly speaking it is too much for either a 2WD or Syncro - both have an unbraked tow rating of only 600kg. In this case it might be cheaper to ditch the Defender and buy a new braked trailer for your balloon. If you have some extra money left over from selling the Defender you could maybe splash out on an engine upgrade for your van. :mrgreen:

All the towing weights can be found in the owner's manual, a copy of which can be obtained from the westfaliat3 site here:
http://www.westfaliat3.info/html/westfalia_t3_downloads.html
1988 LHD T25 1.6TD Westfalia Club Joker syncro
User avatar
clift_d
 
Posts: 2194
Joined: 04 Oct 2012, 23:51
Location: Hackney innit
80-90 Mem No: 11695

Re: Syncro towing capabilities

Postby Dobble » 04 Jan 2018, 19:17

That's really helpful, thank you very much for your reply!!

The trailer is braked so that's no problem.

My current van being a 1.6 CS struggles to pull its own weight let alone adding a trailer :shock:

Another reason for going Syncro is that we'd like to do some overland trips (planning one for our honeymoon possibly to Scandinavia) and the syncro seems to be a good tool for the job. I mainly blame Jed the spreads youtube channel for making me want to get an off road capable camper. We've always been into wild camping and bushcraft so an off road camper would open up a whole new world.

Ben
1987 T25 AAZ powered RHD Syncro
Check out our blog: https://ben6738.wixsite.com/syncrovanlife
User avatar
Dobble
 
Posts: 55
Joined: 25 Apr 2017, 20:23
Location: South Glos
80-90 Mem No: 15944

Re: Syncro towing capabilities

Postby clift_d » 04 Jan 2018, 20:43

Ha! Syncro syndrome - you're past helping by the sound of it! :mrgreen:
1988 LHD T25 1.6TD Westfalia Club Joker syncro
User avatar
clift_d
 
Posts: 2194
Joined: 04 Oct 2012, 23:51
Location: Hackney innit
80-90 Mem No: 11695

Re: Syncro towing capabilities

Postby silverbullet » 05 Jan 2018, 17:52

I would suggest that anyone contemplating a "big trip" in a syncro should factor in the time and expense of getting their vehicle up to scratch beforehand, both mechanically and structurally.
Sometimes its not just about money, the timescales needed to wait for your turn at the few specialists worth knowing can be considerable.

Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
'85 syncro 'velle resto, '90 SA Microbus project, '95 SA Microbus 2.6i

http://www.025motorsport.com
User avatar
silverbullet
Trader
 
Posts: 10516
Joined: 08 Jun 2009, 09:51
Location: Surrey Syncronaut #156
80-90 Mem No: 6908

Re: Syncro towing capabilities

Postby Dobble » 05 Jan 2018, 18:05

Couldn't agree more. Thanks for your advise
1987 T25 AAZ powered RHD Syncro
Check out our blog: https://ben6738.wixsite.com/syncrovanlife
User avatar
Dobble
 
Posts: 55
Joined: 25 Apr 2017, 20:23
Location: South Glos
80-90 Mem No: 15944

Re: Syncro towing capabilities

Postby footstuck » 22 Jan 2018, 20:12

I never had any problems with a good quality trailer, except hauling up hills can be a second gear crawl
Attachments
17D66675-D04D-4ED0-B4C7-725DACF7136E.jpeg
17D66675-D04D-4ED0-B4C7-725DACF7136E.jpeg (37.08 KiB) Viewed 807 times
footstuck
 
Posts: 133
Joined: 21 Nov 2009, 23:53
Location: Kent Coast
80-90 Mem No: 7622

Re: Syncro towing capabilities

Postby hugomonkey » 23 Jan 2018, 08:55

i regularly drive with the maximum 2.5 tons behind my doka slow going but a rock solid towing vehicle
User avatar
hugomonkey
 
Posts: 994
Joined: 26 Apr 2011, 05:29
Location: Denmark
80-90 Mem No: 10485


Return to Syncro

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 15 guests

cron