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Hi to all the KOG,

First post from "David and Liz".

We placed our order at the Brisbane Van Show last year. 12 month waiting list says these vans are popular.

XC-5 18.6'

Looking forward to getting a few trips in before retirement (sooner rather than later!) and then some bigger trips.

Tow vehicle for now VW Amarok V6.

When we watch Glen post the finished products on pick up day, there are a lot of 200 Series LC hooked up to these vans!

We are at the picking finishes and options stage now so will have a good look at previous posts before asking "that" question!

Cheers

David & Liz

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Hi and a warm welcome David and Liz.

In reply to your not yet asked "that" question we towed our 21Ft ATV2 for nine years firstly with a 100 series then a 200 series before upgrading to a Chevy Silverado for the last couple.The 200 series easily managed but we were always struggling to keep our van under 3,500 Kg. We now have an AT5 upgraded to 3,990 so the Chevy is now essential. Don't know much about Amaroks but you would definitely be OK with a 200 series. The Chevy gives a whole new level of safety and comfort and we love it. Hope to catch up with you somewhere down the road to wherever.

 

Regards

John & Maureen

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Hi David and Liz.

 

Welcome to the Group.

 

Yes, there are a lot of 200 series Landcruisers towing Kedrons, and we are one of them. If you were to ask Glen and the boys, they would probably confirm it is the most popular tow vehicle. There is also a good number of Silverado's and GMC's out there towing Kedrons

 

Toyota has a huge dealer/ support network across Australia. Last year for example we had our 200 series (our daily drive) serviced in Brisbane, Kunnanara, and Townsville. Their service network and reliability is one of the reasons we have had 7 Landcruisers since 1980!!!!!! 

 

However, the 200 series has one major drawback when it comes to towing, and that's its payload, about 645kg. If you were to have a ball weight of about 320kg with the Kedron fully loaded, plus full fuel, and maybe a set of drawers, plus you and Liz, the chances are you will exceed its GVM of 3350kg.

 

Similarly, with your Kedron CX-5 fully loaded for an extended trip away, you will have to be careful not to exceed the vans ATM of 3500kg.

 

Over the last 16 years of owning 2 Kedrons, we have learnt to be very 'minimalistic' when we travel. We have also done 2 important things:

A. Before we took delivery of our second 200 series in 2017, we had the Lovell's GVM upgrade to 3800kg. And also the Lovell's Braked Towing Capacity (BTC) upgrade to 4000kg.

B. Kedron has also upgraded our caravan ATM to 3990kg.

 

It would be silly to load everything up to these new capacities. But now we have a big safety margin on both the 200 series and our Kedron ATV for two.

 

There has also been quite a bit written on the KOG forum on this subject. After all, whatever we drive and tow,  we are all trying to do the right thing when it comes to vehicle and caravan weights, and being legal.

 

Cheers from Peter and Margaret.🙂

 

 

 

 

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Hello David & Liz,

 

I suggest you have a good think about the V6 Amarok as I have done a lot of research on this vehicle.

After many lengthy discussions with VW and its dealers,  It seems that you void your warranty if you fit an electric brake controller to the vehicle and you cannot use Weight Distribution bars, as it can twist the chassis.

By all means, do your own research........... don't take the salesman "word " on it

 

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Thanks for the replies everyone.

The weights and towing rating are a bit of a mine field for the uninitiated!! We bought the Amarok when our intended purchase was the baby of the Kedron offering, Compact 16 footer.

Our trip to see them in the flesh at the Brisbane Van show had us rethink our requirements.

The Amarok is a work vehicle, so if it won’t do the job will upgrade it. Many have already reminded me of the Toyota Dealer network. Which makes a lot of sense.

And finally Steve & Kez, too late, we have it and the brake controller fitted!! My “dealer” is a family friend. They won’t warrant anything that is non genuine VW. But the brake controller is not connected to the ABS or similar systems so cannot void that part of the warranty.

Cheers

David & Liz

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Welcome to the group, I’m sure you will have many hours of enjoyment with your Keddy, no matter what your tow vehicle is (providing all your tow weights etc are legal).  Some of our members tow with Iveco, Mercedes, Isuzu, Nissan, Fords, Chevy etc, personally we tow with a Nissan Y62.

Hope to catch up with you somewhere in this great country.

Sandra and Clive

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On 26/02/2019 at 3:31 PM, ATV42 said:

 

 

It would be silly to load everything up to these new capacities. But now we have a big safety margin on both the 200 series and our Kedron ATV for two.

 

There has also been quite a bit written on the KOG forum on this subject. After all, whatever we drive and tow,  we are all trying to do the right thing when it comes to vehicle and caravan weights, and being legal.

 

Cheers from Peter and Margaret.🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Peter and Margaret have hit the nail squarely on the head.  Upgrading for us was about being confident we are legal!  We can now carry more in both van and 200 series LC but will try very hard not to have those weights.😀

 

And welcome to the forum David and Liz.  Tell us a bit more about yourself too, if you are comfortable doing that.  Which part of the country are you from?

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