I have an RL28 on a hardstand at RQYS and I've just had my trailer done up - rollers, springs and axles following a bad case of "Fe2O3". I would dearly love to be able tow JEZABEL home for minor work, and maybe to Noosa / Gold Coast for weekends, but I had to decide whether to spend the extra on brakes and registration etc.
My logic for not spending the $ goes like this... * the weight of a base RL28 plus trailer (as per another email reply to you) probaly is around 2000 kg * a 9.9 Yamaha 4 stroke is 45kg * 2 x batteries (? 35kg) * I carry lots of extra safety gear (rubber duckie), anchors (x 2), supplies and tools plus spare fuel (60kg), water (60kg), medicinal (!) alcohol (15kg) (maybe 300kg) * at that weight, brakes probably need to be either vacuum or electric, rather than override * vacuum brakes cost a lot at the vehicle end * electric brakes probable won't last long after being continually dunked for launching (even with lots of being hosed off) * I'm told that NSW law says something like load weight must not exceed the greater of approved towing capacity or towing vehicle weight * I'm told that QLD law says something like load weight must not exceed the greater of approved towing capacity (stipulated by the vehicle manufacturer) or 1.5 times towing vehicle weight * I think Vehicle weight is curb weight rather than GVM * a special towbar is probably necessary, rather than a standard tow bar
What this all means is that I could have spent an extra $x,000 on brakes, controller, towbar etc, only to find that my insurance is not valid because I exceeded a towing limit.
A worse scenario would be to discover the need to use one of those "semi-trailer emergency run-offs" when descending a steep slope!
I tow with a 1978 FJ55 LandCruiser and I'm fairly experienced / proficient with a trailer. I would need to be very, very careful (especially on cornering) if I were to try to tow in traffic. Those poles and posts leap out to hit you!
In summary, even a large 4wd may struggle to be legal.
Hope this is of interest... Send me a reply with a phone number if you would like to discuss further.
Regards, Phil Gardam