I have a Navara stx v6 550.Can I tow a 2.5 tonne van legally

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It depends on your ball weight and GCM (combined total of tug and van).

The specs I found (quickly) are:
Tare: 1920kg
Gross Vehicle Mass 2860kg
Gross Combination Mass 5860kg
Braked towing capacity 3000kg

So on face value 2.5t is OK. But everything you put into (and onto) the ute will be included in your GCM. You’ve got about 900kg of cargo, passengers, fuel, bullbaiting etc to play with and still be under the GCM.
 

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It depends on your ball weight and GCM (combined total of tug and van).

The specs I found (quickly) are:
Tare: 1920kg
Gross Vehicle Mass 2860kg
Gross Combination Mass 5860kg
Braked towing capacity 3000kg

So on face value 2.5t is OK. But everything you put into (and onto) the ute will be included in your GCM. You’ve got about 900kg of cargo, passengers, fuel, bullbaiting etc to play with and still be under the GCM.
Thanks mate, I checked vehicle tare wt is 2100kg GCM 6010kg.I think I will have to change the Ball to one with greater capacity. I'm not sure about the actual tow bar. It is quite confusing all the different things that need to be taken into consideration. Thanks heaps for the reply
 

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Certainly is a difficult game guessing what you can tow. Many of the current crop of utes advertise 3.5t towing, but when you get right into it the only way you can legally tow that much is is the ute is empty except for the driver and his tooth brush.
 

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Also if you are towing 2.5T then your towball weight will be 250Kg. Then there is the lookup chart in the owners manual somewhere that says if your ballweight is 250Kg then the GVM is derated by about 100Kg. (from memory).

Do you have a bullbar, canopy etc?

i would be surprised if you can tow 2.5T plus essential gear without a gvm upgrade.
 

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GVM may be derated by 60kg according to my owners manual
 

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Had a quick look this morning; can’t find it yet. Have it in the notes on my phone so got it from some Nissan specs somewhere. Will keep looking
 

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I’ve searched through that book several times. I recall Nissan put the table in a weird place where no one would ever see it. I have found the table elsewhere in this forum that I posted previously out of my STX550 owners manual.

Ball Weight and effect of vehicle GVM
150Kg GVM
200Kg Reduced loaded vehicle mass below GVM by 60Kg
250Kg Reduced loaded vehicle mass below GVM by 130Kg
300Kg Reduced loaded vehicle mass below GVM by 200Kg

From the table if the ball weight is 250Kg then the vehicle can carry 130Kg less.
 

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Just check with the caravan manufacturer about the ball weight too. My own 2.5T caravan is supposed to have a ball weight of around 135kg, the recommendation for ball weight is "between 5% and 10% of the trailer's mass".

This means that you might not have all 250kg on the ball. The absolute best thing to do is to load your caravan up and actually measure the mass on the ball. Your caravan supplier should be able to help you with this.

Also in NSW you need to not only have an electric brake controller, but a breakaway brake battery monitor as well, visible from the normal driving position. Mine sits on top of my brake controller. I don't know what the exact regs are in WA, I suggest you check those out.
 

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In Vic, for the weight range being discussed here, you need to have a breakaway controller with a battery for it on the towed trailer but there's no requirement for a monitor for it inside the tow vehicle, so clearly regulations do vary between states and it's up to you to find out what's required where you are.
 
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