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towing weight
I would like to find out the approximate weight of a rl 28 and the size of vehicle that would comfortably tow a rl28. I have a 3.5litre Pajero . would this tow an rl 28. peter
peter brown12-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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My 28 is is a touch over 2100kg with empty water, fuel tanksand just basic sailing equipment on board.
she does have a heavier than normal trailer.
She is fitted with a 10hp 4 stroke outboard.
I only have a 3KM tow to the local boat ramp and I use a 2.6lt 4x4 rodeo which has no problem towing her up the boat ramp. We have towed her 100km recently and it did struggle up the hills but we got there so your Pajero should not have any problems.
jason13-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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It would pay to check the capacity of the Pajero with Mitsubishi to make sure your legal. The towbar should also have its capacity marked on its rating plate. Certainly you will need a reciever hitch towbar, the standard towbar would not be rated for heavy work.


This site has an excellent listing of capacities under catalogue and has good desctriptions of setting up trailers. You may also need to check your trailer rating because if the trailer axle weights exceed 2000kg you may be overloaded. Drawbar weight is also an issue.

Greg 13-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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Hi in a word no! check your states reg's in a mishap
you may have to buy a lawyer a house on the river!
Normaly you will also require a trailer with 4 wheel
brakes and breakaway braking. I have found sensa brake
to be good.
Gary Head15-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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I have just had a new trailer made. Unladden it came in at 600 kg. With rigged boat and all the bits we tend to aquire plus a bit of water in the tanks and a 9.9 yamaha 4 stroke outboard the total was just under the 3000 kg which the trailer was rated to. 28164kg the trailer was fitted with breakaway brakes and works well made by an Adelaide trailer maker. I was hoping to come in under 2000 kg but with the trimmings the boat is much heavier than the 1640 kg quoted on this website. Hope this helps.
mike barnden16-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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My RL28 (JEZABEL) is on a hardstand at RQYS Brisbane, but the trailer has no brakes => not registerable. I would dearly love to be able to fit vacuum brakes / electric brakes & tow JEZABEL home for minor work, and maybe to Noosa / Gold Coast for weekends.
The weight of a base RL28 plus trailer (as Mike noted) seems around 3000 kg (including a 9.9 Yamaha 4 stroke @ 45kg plus 2 x batteries ? 35kg plus I carry lots of extra safety gear - rubber duckie, anchors x 2, supplies and tools, flares & safety gear 15kg. Override brakes are probably not legal / viable.

A QLD Transport Dept brochure at:
says something like:
"... ensure that the lower of the following is not exceeded:
- the maximum towing capacity of the motor vehicle as specified by the vehicle manufacturer; or
- the capacity of the towing apparatus fitted to the vehicle.
Note: This information can be obtained from the owner’s manual or the manufacturer. If the motor vehicle manufacturer has not specified a maximum towing capacity or it cannot be identified, the following is taken to be the maximum towing capacity for the purposes of the above ... one and a half times the unladen mass of the motor vehicle if the trailer is fitted with brakes... ".

This all adds up to my having difficulty trying to legally tow with my Old '78 Landcruiser. Some thoughts / questions I ponder are:
* curb weight of my 78 'Cruiser is around 2,000 kg
* what brakes can survive dunking whenever I launch/retrieve Jezabel? [even with prompt fresh-water washing etc]
* 28 ft of boat is VERY long! Probably would not fit in our cul-de-sac
* apart from normal safe driving and common sense, insurance and legal liability seem to be the other concerns in the event of a mishap.

It sometimes gets a bit interesting on a slippery ramp when the winch is whirring and the cruiser starts slowly sliding towards the water's edge.

I'm interested in other's thoughts / experiences on towing RL28's...
phil gardam22-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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Interesting to note the differences with boat/trailer weights. I took my boat over a weighbridge a couple of months ago and she came in a bit over 2100KG. I was thinking my trailer was heavy compared to the original Tinka trailers, guessing I was wrong. Also wondering if there is any difference in the weight of the earlier and later model RL28.
jason25-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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rings-n-things weighs 3.3tonnes fully loaded on the trailer.I have doubts that a weight of 2.2tonnes is correct, I would try another weigh bridge.
kingsley & Kay White 28-May-2005    Edit    Delete 
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I have just come across an old weighbridge certificate for "Just Cruisin", (our RL28 with Volvo saildrive) on custom-built trailer, at 2.540 tonnes. my trailer has electric brakes on 4 wheels & although they do need some care & attention, they have lasted well. However, I don't have to immerse them (only get the back tyres wet), due to low-slung design of the trailer. I'm just about to head up to the Whitsundays with the old Landcruiser, so hope they continue to do the job!
Malcolm Murchison6-Jun-2005    Edit    Delete 

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