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jstewart319
12-07-2011, 01:07 PM
The wife and I just bought a new Land Rover LR4 and just wondering if anyone has towed with one before. Although it won’t be my main tow vehicle, my main tow truck is Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Diesel, it will be nice to know how the Rover will tow my X25 if the need ever arises. I know the Rover can handle 7700 lbs and the X25 with trailer gear comes close to that weight. Also just wondering if it is even worth buying the tow hitch receiver and the wiring harness for the Rover.

agarabaghi
12-07-2011, 01:24 PM
I tow with my Discovery, and it tows our X1 + Trailer + 600lbs of lead just fine. I think you should get it.

My next car will be an LR4. Did you get the auto leveling suspension?

agarabaghi
12-07-2011, 01:26 PM
I guess they all have air suspension

jrbishop4
12-07-2011, 01:36 PM
I have a 07 LR3 that I tow my X2 with. I don't have any problems towing unless there are alot of hills and then it really gets a workout. But since I live in central Illinois I really don't have to worry about it.

Just to give you a heads up unless land rover changed things you may have to change the led lights out on your trailer with the old style bulbs. If you don't your trailer light will flash all the time. I had this problem and took it back to the dealer and told them they wired something wrong. They told me it was correct and had no idea why they flashed it must be a problem with my trailer lighting. I did a search online and found the problem and changed out the lights and everything works fine.

MIskier
12-07-2011, 02:20 PM
You'll be fine with an LR4 for towing the 25. It has a larger more powerful engine than the old LR3 and with air suspension you wont have the sagging look. Congrats on the purchase, I've always had a soft spot for Rover.

Nick911
12-07-2011, 03:03 PM
How do you get 25 with trailer and gear at near 7700 lbs?

willyt
12-07-2011, 04:08 PM
X25 and LR4 rolling down the highway? That's some serious cash going by. I suggest pulling it past one of the occupy protests... Tehehe.

MIskier
12-07-2011, 04:12 PM
How do you get 25 with trailer and gear at near 7700 lbs?

Full load and full fluids plus gear allotment plus trailer would still come in at slightly less than 6500lb.

GT500 MC
12-07-2011, 04:38 PM
X25 and LR4 rolling down the highway? That's some serious cash going by. I suggest pulling it past one of the occupy protests... Tehehe.

Past? How about through??:mad:

MIskier
12-07-2011, 05:18 PM
Past? How about through??:mad:

You meant over, no...:D

GT500 MC
12-07-2011, 05:31 PM
You meant over, no...:D

Through, over, just don't miss any of them...

d2jp
12-07-2011, 06:50 PM
Not totally familiar with the LR4, but my Discovery is listed at 7700 pounds in LOW range - which of course isn't possible on the highway. In HI-range its 5500lbs. I've towed a 20 foot enclosed trailer (empty weight of 2200 lbs, loaded we were close to max weight) from Colorado to VA in the Rover...IMO the Disco is barely adequate as a tow vehicle. Mine has the 4.0 V8 and SLS rear suspension. The things that make it a great off-roader: Soft suspension, short wheelbase, long suspension travel, receiver hitch tucked under the bumper for better departure angle - all limit it's ability to as a towing rig. (and mine has been off-road in Moab, Colorado and Virginia mountains). I've owned mine since August '01, do all of my own wrenching on it, and will probably have it forever, warts and all!

I also own a Suburban - the longer wheel base, firmer suspension and more powerful engine of the Suburban make it far better as a tow vehicle, especially with heavy tandem axle trailers.

I know the LR4 isn't a body-on-frame, off road intended vehicle (although it is a very capable off-roader) and it has a much more powerful (and modern) engine - so it may tow better than the Discovery but I would re-check the towing capacity and the cost of adding the receiver hitch, trailer brake, etc. LR Dealers are not ashamed to charge for accessories:)

Nick911
12-07-2011, 07:11 PM
Through, over, just don't miss any of them...

Then don't forget to wash that slime off your bumper.

Red 08 Xstar
12-07-2011, 09:41 PM
I've been towing my 08 Xstar with my LR3 for the past 4 years with no problems. There is plenty of power to spare and no problem pulling the hills. The LR4 should do even better.

lawdogg149
01-08-2012, 12:47 PM
Well I have a LR4 and a X-15 but havent tried the combo yet. I cant get over the $400 for the receiver attachment. Should pull well though. But for know mine stays behind the 2500.

Nick911
01-08-2012, 01:03 PM
Jstewart have you tried towing your 25 with LR4 yet? My Yukon Denali is listed at 7900 lbs (less than regular Yukon because it is all wheel drive). I'll be towing about 4000 miles/year through mountain passes want to know if I'll need a bigger vehicle.

X25 ED
01-08-2012, 02:08 PM
This is:D:DThrough, over, just don't miss any of them...

vandit0022
01-08-2012, 03:01 PM
Don't know if you saw but at the end of the Rewind 2012 teaser opening they are pulling the X25 out of the factory with an LR4.

On another note, I towed my X80 with my Escalade EXT for two seasons with a weight distribution hitch. Same basic vehicle as a Denali and it was ok. Definitely wouldn't have done the mountain passes with it. You should be fine with the smaller boat behind the Denali.

jstewart319
01-09-2012, 07:33 AM
I have not tried it yet, have not had the need to tow the boat since winter hit. That and I'm still debating if it is worth buying the hitch receiver and the wiring kit for the LR4.

Jstewart have you tried towing your 25 with LR4 yet? My Yukon Denali is listed at 7900 lbs (less than regular Yukon because it is all wheel drive). I'll be towing about 4000 miles/year through mountain passes want to know if I'll need a bigger vehicle.

ghind
01-09-2012, 10:45 PM
Not totally familiar with the LR4, but my Discovery is listed at 7700 pounds in LOW range ...

IMO the Disco is barely adequate as a tow vehicle.

d2jp

Your 2001 discovery is a series 2. This version uses the same chassis as the origional Range Rover which was introduced in 1970. I agree this is barely adequate as a tow vehicle. I've towed with some classic Range Rovers and by modern standards they are terrible. The 1994 (second generation) model is totally different and with suspension (tie rod ends etc) in good condition they are a much, much better tow vehicle. The 3rd Generation Range Rover (eg Vogue Supercharged) is way better again and is fantastic to tow with.

The LR4 is supposed to be an excellent towing platform. It won't have the size or grunt of the F250 or bigger American trucks but it still should be a really good vehicle to tow a wakeboat with. It is important not to compare an LR2 with an LR4 in specifications or capabilities. Same model name but totally different engineering.

Greg

c640947
03-27-2013, 01:41 PM
If you all don't mind I'd like to bring this post back to life. I am planning on towing my X2 from Houston, TX to North Carolina this summer and it sounds like while an F250 would be better, the LR4 will certainly work.

My concern is what hitch to use. I have the Land Rover installed receiver, which doesn't look all that confidence inspiring, but factory says towing capacity is 7700 lbs. X2 should be like 5000-6000. However the point the hitch connects to the receiver puts the ball so darn low I'm not sure that will work for towing. I was thinking of using a drop hitch (pic attached) upside down to allow the ball to be its normal height.

the pics attached of it towing a similar boat show nothing out of the ordinary, but when i pull mine up to my trailer the ball is very low. I also attached a pic of the factory receiver. Not very confidence inspiring to tow an X2 1000+ miles and back.

Any suggestions? What hitch style are you guys using who currently tow with a land rover?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Andrew

TheWoons
03-27-2013, 02:00 PM
I've towed with several Rovers. You will want to use a rise instead of a drop for sure.

c640947
03-27-2013, 02:04 PM
And I assume by rise you mean using a drop receiver upside down (like in the attached pic but using it upside down?)

I couldn't find a rise receiver on a quick search on the interwebz......

d2jp
03-27-2013, 02:07 PM
My Discovery doesn't have a lift, but tires that are slightly oversized. The factory hitch is tucked up under the rear bumper for adequate clearance when off-roading. I use a 4" drop when towing. I have SLS, which helps keep the rear level under load.

If you have an F250, I'd leave the Rover at home. Longer wheelbase and probably more power.

TheWoons
03-27-2013, 02:11 PM
And I assume by rise you mean using a drop receiver upside down (like in the attached pic but using it upside down?)

I couldn't find a rise receiver on a quick search on the interwebz......

Correct, that one looks like too much of a rise but yes you'll turn a drop hitch up side down. Make sure it's usable in both positions as well.

The Discovery and HSE's don't apply to this. The Sport and LR4 uses the Rover attachment which lowers the mount quite a bit more.

Covi
03-27-2013, 02:15 PM
Turn the drop upside down. Hook up, and hit it! Don't even look back. Both boat and SUV will be fine.

c640947
03-27-2013, 02:18 PM
If you have an F250, I'd leave the Rover at home. Longer wheelbase and probably more power.

Yeah if I had an F250 I'd def use it. I have a Dodge Ram with the standard V8 and it does ok but not great on the highway. We are taking the two kids though so wife really wants to take the Rover. 1,000 miles is a long way with 2 kids. It will be like the Griswold family vacation, except towing a Mastercraft!

jstewart319
03-27-2013, 02:40 PM
I use an adjustable hitch reciver like this one.

Latin Flyer
03-27-2013, 02:57 PM
Funny. I just got a le4 hse last week.
I could not be happier!!!!

Because of my job i need a high end vehicle. Because of my lifestyle i need an off road vehicle.

For a long time i always had 2 vehicles. No more!!!

91917

c640947
03-27-2013, 03:03 PM
Funny. I just got a le4 hse last week.
I could not be happier!!!!

Because of my job i need a high end vehicle. Because of my lifestyle i need an off road vehicle.

For a long time i always had 2 vehicles. No more!!!

91917

That's great! Do you have a close up pic of the boat connected to the LR4 and the hitch you are using? Would you pull it 1,000 miles on the interstate over a couple of days ?

2012X45
03-27-2013, 06:12 PM
I have a 2010 Range Rover Sport Supercharged but I have never towed with it. I did not care to waste the money on the wiring harness and hitch. The dealership gets enough of money just doing service so I opt to pull with the 2013 GMC 3500.

d2jp
03-27-2013, 06:54 PM
Is your Land Rover still under warranty and/or do you have roadside assistance? :)

Latin Flyer
03-27-2013, 07:46 PM
I played with 4 different hitches. To my surprise, the best one was the one just straight out.

Would i town 1000 miles? Heck yea

Im going camping this week end, towing the boat and sleeping inside the car

Red 08 Xstar
03-27-2013, 11:52 PM
I've towed thousands of miles with my LR3 for the past 5 years with no problems at all. What are you worried about? The vehicle's towing capacity is way higher than the weight of the boat.

Red 08 Xstar
03-28-2013, 12:41 AM
Is your Land Rover still under warranty and/or do you have roadside assistance? :)

After Ford bought Land Rover the quality issues went away. 86,000 miles on mine so far and have never had any problems. Not sure what's going to happen now that they've been bought out by some company in India.

brettmess24
03-28-2013, 09:46 PM
My 2012 LR4 tows way better than my 2009 LR3 the 5.0 V8 is awesome. I use an upside down 2" drop bar and it perfect. Gotta love air suspension! Rumors are the V8 will be dropped for the supercharged V6.......on 2014. Wish they would just work on the diesel for the states....

You guys check out the new sport? Looks to BMW for me but haven't seen it in person.

Duane D
03-29-2013, 07:18 AM
I saw the new Sport an the new Rangie at the factory last November. They both are a little shocking the first time you see them if you are used to the look they have had since '03, but after you really take it in I think they look great. The new versions are the only 100% aluminum SUVs in the world. Both are somewhere near 800 lbs lighter now. Rumor is we will be getting a diesel hybrid on our side of the pond. I agree completely with brettmess, I have no idea why we don't get the awesome diesels they have in Europe and the 35 mpg that comes with them.

jstewart319
04-01-2013, 07:44 AM
Anyone’s brakes go earlier that normal brakes on their LR4? Mine wore out at about 20,000 miles. Seems early compared to my HD Chevy truck which lasted 50-60K. Dealer wanted to charge me $800 just to do the rears. I did them this weekend, took me 2 hours and $200 for all four breaks I installed EBC Green Stuff pads.

jrbishop4
04-01-2013, 08:51 PM
Land Rovers will eat brakes and tires and they aren't cheep to replace. I stopped going to the LR dealer after my first trip there for oil change and cost me $100. I have a buddy that works a ford dealer and ended up doing all my service there and it was about half the price of LR. They are nice suv's but not cheap when you have to service them.

d2jp
04-01-2013, 10:49 PM
Anyone’s brakes go earlier that normal brakes on their LR4? Mine wore out at about 20,000 miles. Seems early compared to my HD Chevy truck which lasted 50-60K. Dealer wanted to charge me $800 just to do the rears. I did them this weekend, took me 2 hours and $200 for all four breaks I installed EBC Green Stuff pads.

You'll be replacing rotors at your next change, FYI. At least the fronts. I've always had the best luck with OEM Rover parts. My Suburban went 80K before it needed front pads, my Disco is about every 20K-30K.