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Old 04-21-2010, 05:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Jimny and towing a camper trailer.

Hi, down here in Australia I'm going to be in the market for a small used vehicle in the near future and a early 00's Jimny looks good to me. However I may be getting a A'van camper trailer in a couple years and was wondering if the Jimny could tow even the smallest one without blowing up or being stymed by an incline. You can get the specifications of the A'van here. Thank for any advice in advance.
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Legal towing weights vary by country so really you would need to check local laws. In the UK the max. towing weight for a Jimny with a braked trailer is 450kg, which is much lower than a Vit or SJ.
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Hi Johnathan, Greetings from Forster nsw, au.
Unfortunatly the Jimny does not like a load, the 1.3 is loaded fairly well loaded with just the unit itself, mine is a 2000 auto with the G13 motor, and I love it, but even pulling a 6x4 makes it work. On flats it would prob be ok, just. But the hills will kill it.
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Hi Johnathan, Greetings from Forster nsw, au.
Unfortunatly the Jimny does not like a load, the 1.3 is loaded fairly well loaded with just the unit itself, mine is a 2000 auto with the G13 motor, and I love it, but even pulling a 6x4 makes it work. On flats it would prob be ok, just. But the hills will kill it.
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The 1.6 Baleno/Esteem engine is a good fix for this :-)
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Hi Jonathan,

I'm also 'down-under', in Perth!

I have a 2000 'A'-Van Sportliner (smallest now available) unloaded weight 500Kgs, loaded approx' 750Kgs.

My towing vehicle is a 2000 Suzuki Jimny (Manual, much better for towing!) Rated towing capacity for the Jimny is 1,200Kgs. I have a Reece towing hitch, rated at 1,100kgs)

The Jimny tows very well, because of the lower 4wd gearing. I cruise at 80Kph, which equates to 3000Rpm, in top gear. When the engine rev's drop, I change down, keeping the rpm to at least 3000.
Cruising at 80Kph I use 10 litres per 100kms (28 mpg). Using the air-conditioning I use 10.5 litres per 100kms (27 mpg). Of course, these figures can & do vary according to terrain & weather.
The combination of Jimny & Sport-Liner is a good one, providing one is content to cruise at 80kms! The Jimny will tow at a faster rate but fuel consumption increases accordingly!

Hope this helps

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The loaded gross towing mass of the sportliner is 840Kg and unloaded it's 540Kg. Towing capacity for your Jimny with a braked trailer is 1300Kg, so your engine and chassis are capable of pulling it. Unbraked towing capacity is only 350Kg though. The A-Van Sportliner model does have electric brakes so you just need to wire your vehicle for it and you should be good to go. If you use it for camping in a capground with water and electric hookups you can save yourself about 100Kg in batteries and water.
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Thank you all very much for the info. It's been a great help.
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