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  • RX22NV
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    Smart plan. Are the Vito's RWD? I guess most of them are Front wheel drive now. Not sure if that makes it any better or worse.
    My 2c for what its worth, we had a Short wheelbase, low roof VH transit van with the 2.3 petrol engine. It was no powerhouse but it towed nicely and was stable.

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  • ALLMTR
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    Sorry, missed this, Not real keen on a project, thanks. Think I’m going to go with a 2010-2013 manual Vito or Transporter. At lest with a manual, if it dies it sort of gives you some notice (synchros/noise) as opposed to an auto that has more chance of just leaving me stranded

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  • RX22NV
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    I have a VH Transit with a v6 commodore conversion. It looks like it was running at one stage but the wiring needs some sorting out. Going fairly cheap if you are keen

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  • StupidFlanders
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    I’ve been driving a Transporter diesel DSG for work every day for 2 years, it was brand new when I got into it. It’s a really nice thing to drive for a van, almost car like inside. Nice leather steering wheel, great stereo, lots of midrange grunt, amazing. And it’s only a povo pack tradie special.

    65K on it now, no reliability issues so far which has really suprised me because the dealer I worked at years ago also had a VW franchise and there were heaps of them lying about the place awaiting a new engine/DSG.

    My job before this we all had Iload diesels. Nasty things to be in compared to the VW.

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  • irsa76
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    Left field, light truck or small bus like a Mazda Parkway,Toyota Coaster etc. I know alot of them have been converted for exactly this purpose, and most only need a car license.

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  • bigshipengine.jpg
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    Originally posted by ALLMTR View Post
    VW sorry

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  • Spammy
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    Hook a loaded car trailer to this and I assume you quickly head towards maximum combined weight limit.

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  • ALLMTR
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    Originally posted by bigshipengine.jpg View Post

    FWD though?
    Vw or transit?

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    Last edited by ALLMTR; 14-03-21, 02:38 PM.

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  • bigshipengine.jpg
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    Originally posted by ALLMTR View Post
    It’s not just sleeping, it’s somewhere to chill out between passes. I’m thinking something like this

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/byro...van/1269928535

    apparently they only have problems with gearboxes and motors....

    a local guy had a 2005ish transit with a moo conversion, might see if he still has it. Something iload size is preferred (only the diesel with manual can tow)
    FWD though?

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  • Captiva Fan
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    Originally posted by Spammy View Post
    At one point they were infamous for engine problems, not sure what vintage that was but I read something like 30% of them had new motors fitted under warranty.
    The 2.7L V6 was a disaster, so you don't want a Carnival before 2014 (which was in effect a Grand Carnival but for the new model in 2014 they went back to just Carnival for some reason).
    The petrol Grand Carnival was fine.
    I did hear murmurings about one of the earlier diesels in the Grand Carnival also not being so reliable, this was from friends that owned them, and that there was a newer diesel which was more sturdy ... might give a starting-point for lookin' it up, I know no more about it.
    A Carnival may still be a bit exxy on the used market, given the desirement was stated as a mid-noughties car (and assuming you don't buy any before 2014 because those are truly shit); Grand Carnival has the same 2000kg braked towing capacity though (may even be the same floorpan/platform as the 2014+ Carnival).

    They're FWD unlike the Hyundai iMax, I presume for towing FWD is only really a problem for boats & wet boat-ramps etc?
    Last edited by Captiva Fan; 14-03-21, 10:16 AM.

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  • chartreusehj
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    Originally posted by ALLMTR View Post
    Anyone had any experience with a Kia Carnival, seems they can tow 2000kg
    I didnt want to mention it because I havent towed with it but it will certainly fit the bill for chillin' and as a drive in movie car, its alright and it will smoke some fools off the light.

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  • Spammy
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    At one point they were infamous for engine problems, not sure what vintage that was but I read something like 30% of them had new motors fitted under warranty.

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  • ALLMTR
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    Anyone had any experience with a Kia Carnival, seems they can tow 2000kg

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  • Captiva Fan
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    Originally posted by itsnotagsr View Post

    Imax auto with brakes its 2000kg.

    Dad's one is probably 7-8 years old now, so maybe earlier models had a different capacity.
    I know what I did wrong ... I looked at the iLoad.
    I'm super surprised they're different, I thought they were the same vehicle except with our without seats & noise-deadening.
    Just randomly looking at ratings, 2011 model iLoad is 1500kg, 2011 model iMax is 2300.
    Workmate had an iMax for ... would've been about 7 years, which was totally trouble-free.

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  • tim510
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    We used to have a Renault Traffic van. 2.0L Turbo diesel. The semi-automatic transmission was a little quirky but it was comfortable and drove really nice. They are FWD but I did a bunch of towing with no real concerns.

    Might be worth a look.

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