MY 60 series Diesel

Submitted: Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 03:20
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To any BT owners out there who would like to give me some feed back regarding my question, I would just like to know if my 60 series diesel landcruiser is big enough to tow a 18'/20' BT
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 03:43

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 03:43
Many years ago I had two 60 Series Diesels and although they would probably tow a trailer of 2500 to 3000 kgs, the power that the vehicle has, would mean that it would be a very slow trip.

A week ago while travelling in from Ipswich to the Gateway Bridge I had a diesel 60 series travelling bobtail, and he tried several times to get past my F250 and 21ft BT but everytime we got to a slight incline he just fell back as he couldn't maintain his speed without any trailer on.

I would NOT RECOMMEND a 60 Series Toyota as a tow vehicle for any type of reasonable load.

You would have to check your owners manual and tow bar to see what the ratings are for towing.

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Reply By: jandm - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 08:38

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 08:38

I had a 60 Series for 16 years and 500,000 kms. A mighty vehicle which spent most of its time off road. There was plenty of grunt in the old girl but it did sport a Safari turbo. Without a turbo, I suspect you would be driving slow with a BT in tow. But more importantly, I believe the legal towing limit is 2,500 kgs. Rust killed my 60 in the end and I progressed to an early 80 Series. A lot more comfortable but not as good a bush vehicle. I am aiming for a 20 ft BT and, as the 80 (pre 10/96) still only had the 2,500 kg limit, I have progressed (?) to a Suburban with 3,500 kg towing limit.

Good luck with your decision.

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Reply By: Tellem Bugrem - Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 17:34

Friday, Jan 06, 2006 at 17:34
Hello Paul,

I think the first Toyota Landcruiser with capacity to tow up to 3500kg AND a ball weight of 350kg was the late 80 series. A 60, 70 or early 80 series turbo diesel could pull 3 Tonne OK but the weight on the ball was the limiting factor, I used to tow a 7 tonne water tank trailer (4 wheels with front axle on a turntable with drawbar) around the farm with a 60 series non-turbo and a 70 series factory turbo.

Could not recommend trying the 60 series with BT on the open road, unless you had chassis/suspension upgrade with Engineer's cert. for ball weight of 350kg, a pulling capacity of 3500kg AND, fit a turbo with intercooler.

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Reply By: Bushtracker - Saturday, Jan 07, 2006 at 04:02

Saturday, Jan 07, 2006 at 04:02
Lone Ranger here,

And sorry, but a bit of bad news...
I still have a 60 Series, the last of them and the best of them, a 1989 61 Series Sahara, that I have fully restored for Joshua my Son...

With the Old Man EMU ARB Suspension upgrade and such, it is a fantastic vehicle, however it is limited to the old 2500 kg mark for tow capacity.

Our Optional Equipment list is quite extensive, and most of our Bushtracker Owners take a lot of it for self-sufficiency, independence, and luxury; and it adds about 300kg to the weight. If you are like most and want a lot of that gear, you will be at about 2300 kg tare. With three or four tanks of water on board, and a lot of personal gear you could be at 2800 fully loaded, and some go to 3000 kg or more if they get carried away..

So, in short, the answer is no.... Sorry...

The 80 Series started the higher tow capacity at the end of 1996.

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