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kevinp



Member Since: 28 Sep 2019
Location: Telford
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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Autobiography TDV8 Santorini Black
Towing bliss

After towing for 15 years with a Ford Explorer, plenty of power but agricultural rear suspension, and a Hyundai Santa fe, coped well but found it tedious changing gear, I towed with my new to me Range Rover Autobiography 4.4 tdv8 that's just clocked 100,000 miles.
After a bit of apprehension about what the caravan was doing, because I could hardly feel it was there, which I found a bit disconcerting to start with, I finally relaxed and just let it get on with it. It was so relaxing not having to manually change gears because I have back and knee problems.
More than happy with the 27.1 mpg just on A and B roads whilst towing. [Explorer did 18mpg] [Santa fe did 28mpg].
I have a 2017 Lunar Clubman SR [1500kg] but would love the Delta TR now I have the ultimate towing machine if Santa is listening!!

Post #535405 25th Nov 2019 1:55pm
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ilard



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Sounds like a perfect use case for a 4.4 FFRR and a life-changing step up from your prior tow cars. Enjoy! I hope it serves you proud. Thumbs Up L405 P400e Autobiography (MY2020)... Silicon Silver / Espresso

Post #535459 25th Nov 2019 11:04pm
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Cam-Tech-Craig



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England 2007 Range Rover Autobiography TDV8 Java Black

I know what you mean, its quite disconcerting towing with such a great tow car the first few times...

Enjoy Thumbs Up

Post #535465 26th Nov 2019 12:19am
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kevinp



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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Autobiography TDV8 Santorini Black

Thanks for the comments. Just out of interests sake, when I had the gearbox oil changed at a ZF specialist, when I tow the caravan they advised me to use the sports mode when going slowly through villages to help the torque converter from excessive slipping and getting to hot. I didn't find the need to use it, even though sometimes the revs were barely above 1200rpm. It didn't feel strained and readily changed down a gear and just felt smooth.

Post #535519 26th Nov 2019 2:31pm
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V8 Bob



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Westminster TDV8 Ipanema Sand

Love mine for towing ( and everything else lol ) effortless and much less strenuous than a manual. 2012 tdv8 Westminster arrived Jan 19

200 TDi discovery bobtail gone
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300 tdi Discovery 3 dr gone

Post #535521 26th Nov 2019 2:36pm
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northernmonkeyjones



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Vogue TDV8 Rimini Red

^^ I think that is because sports mode will chose 1st gear if needed whereas the D will set off in second unless you manually select 1.

so it makes sense to use S, or simply select 1 with the paddles for steeper hill starts. There is nothing that can't be fixed with a hammer😜😜
FFRR 4.4 TDV8 Vogue 2012 Firenze Red.
Fiat 500x 1.4 multiair Lounge 2015
2010 LR D4 Commercial 2.7 TDV6

Post #535543 26th Nov 2019 6:20pm
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GGDR



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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Vogue SE TDV8 Stornoway Grey

I thought ours pulled away in 2nd but actually I've been monitoring gears selected and engaged and it downshifts through the gears as you slow all the way to 1 then up again from 1 from standstill. This is in D not S
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EDIT: Meant to say monitoring using IID Cheers, Greg
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Post #535574 26th Nov 2019 10:14pm
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TJH1985



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United Kingdom 2007 Range Rover Vogue SE TDV8 Java Black

When a trailers connected to ours there is a noticeable change in the way the gearbox shifts and the engine behaves. When the tow bar was first fitted I tested it straight away, before coding the vehicle it wasn’t until it was coded that there was a noticeable change in the way it drove. Presumably it’s clever enough to adapt when a trailer is connected, so I wouldn’t have thought S was required?

I have only towed the caravan a few times, but agree we have the 3.6 and it’s absolute bliss, you could easily forget it was hooked up!

Post #535597 27th Nov 2019 9:18am
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