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Default Decision time. Replace the Paj with a Triton ?

So I've sold my caravan and ordered a new one which is being built.

It's heavier, being a 17'6 Goldstream coming in at an ATM of around 2540kg. (Yes, I'm aware of the drop in ball weight to 180kg if it's over 2500 but it won't be loaded to that level). It's unlaiden ball weight is expected to be 160kg.

Last trip on to some scales with the Paj fully loaded was 2885kg, giving me an extra 145kg to add before I'm illegal. That had the aux fuel tank full so I can easily keep that close to empty which adds about 50kg to my allowance. The issue will be weight on the rear axle but a WDH will help that.

What I'm thinking is that the Paj is getting very close to the allowances and maybe it's time to think about a change.

The caravan place raves about the Isuzu D Max as a tow tug and while it does do the numbers easily, it's not a great looking vehicle and very basic inside.

The Triton however is a really good looking truck, particularly in the internal fit out. But the main plus is the Super Select 4WD system like the Paj has, which kills any other 4WD system on the market. I really don't want to go backwards but what worries me is the 2.4L motor. If it was 3.oL I'd just buy one but what's going through my mind is the question of will the 2.4L be enough and will I regret it if I move that way.

I'm thinking maybe I'll see how the Paj goes and get to the weighbridge when I pick up the caravan next month. But it does worry me.

Any Triton owners towing 2.5ton out there who can give me some feedback ?

Please help, I don't want to buy an Isuzu.
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So I've sold my caravan and ordered a new one which is being built.

It's heavier, being a 17'6 Goldstream coming in at an ATM of around 2540kg. (Yes, I'm aware of the drop in ball weight to 180kg if it's over 2500 but it won't be loaded to that level). It's unlaiden ball weight is expected to be 160kg.

Last trip on to some scales with the Paj fully loaded was 2885kg, giving me an extra 145kg to add before I'm illegal. That had the aux fuel tank full so I can easily keep that close to empty which adds about 50kg to my allowance. The issue will be weight on the rear axle but a WDH will help that.

What I'm thinking is that the Paj is getting very close to the allowances and maybe it's time to think about a change.

The caravan place raves about the Isuzu D Max as a tow tug and while it does do the numbers easily, it's not a great looking vehicle and very basic inside.

The Triton however is a really good looking truck, particularly in the internal fit out. But the main plus is the Super Select 4WD system like the Paj has, which kills any other 4WD system on the market. I really don't want to go backwards but what worries me is the 2.4L motor. If it was 3.oL I'd just buy one but what's going through my mind is the question of will the 2.4L be enough and will I regret it if I move that way.

I'm thinking maybe I'll see how the Paj goes and get to the weighbridge when I pick up the caravan next month. But it does worry me.

Any Triton owners towing 2.5ton out there who can give me some feedback ?

Please help, I don't want to buy an Isuzu.
Take this how you will, it's not first hand experience. An ex work mate went from towing with a Gen3 pajero upgrading to a new triton at the time (2013/14 ish) which had the 2.5 DID , had it for a while but for whatever reason didn't like towing with it, I'm not sure if it was power related or handling wise, but he went back to a pajero with a new one in about 2016.
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Hi Ian,

Most people who tow heavy are in denial so you are unlikely to get a true indication.

I do not like dual cabs because the rear overhang is really long so this transfers extra weight off the front axle on to the rear axle and the leverage of the trailer over the vehicle is increased. A slightly longer wheel base and rear leaf suspension will negate some but not all of these effects.

Despite spending thousands of dollars on a lockable sealed canopy I am yet to see a canopy that is dust proof, I know the Pajero lets dust in via the rear door and rear quarter panel vents but this is insignificant compared to a dual cab.

The only reason the Gen 4 Pajero has a down rated ball load is because of the soft rear coils. Whilst you can over come this with a suspension change it is the certification which is the problem. This could be easily fixed if you could find a certifying engineer who would carry out actual load test and measure the rear ride height. If at full axle load the ride height is above the minimum legal limit as per the RVCS data then there is no reason why the towball download cannot be certified to 300kg if you have a heavy duty towbar fitted. We are not talking about an increase in GVM or GCM although a GVM upgrade of 130kg which is up to the rear axle load limit would be handy.
Surprisingly even the factory specification HT passenger tyre's are more than adequate for this upgrade.

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Why not get rid of the long range tank and the drawers. That would be close to 100kg saving. . No way would I go from a proven 3.2 to a 2.4...No way will the 2.4 last as long as the 3.2. Twin cabs are commercial vehicles as far as I,m concerned. Lighten some of the load in the van...For some ridiculous reason vans are getting heavier instead of lighter....probably now made for glampers who must have all of their home comforts...not applying this to you Ian. Stay with the Paj and do some lightening. I just ditched one of rear tub agms to save 33kg...I also am getting close to limit . Glad I dont have an arb bar and winch.
The rear tub access is also a pain in the arse.



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You guys are convincing me to keep the Paj.

I love that truck and it's so good on the tracks in the high country. The utes have the same approach and departure angles the Paj has, which is another negative.

I hear ya Dicko but the extra tank was almost a necessity when we went outback with the Tvan in tow. I'd really miss that extra 58L. But I won't need it for the areas we are going when towing the new caravan so I'll certainly save some load there. I'll also check all the junk I have under the drawers too but again, I'd miss the drawers if they weren't there. I've already got rid of the heavy set from 4WD Supastore (70kg empty!) and replaced them with Drifta which are half the weight.

Maybe I'll leave the wife at home
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Since I got my new van I have been having a ďtidyĒ up and getting rid of some weight as I was getting close to the limit. Itís amazing how much stuff you donít actually use yet carry it with you everywhere. One thing I did was get rid of my rear shelf setup and went to plastic tubs. I also only carry the basics in tools and recovery gear. Iíve save enough weight that I am now going to put a winch on and still have spare capacity.
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Since I got my new van I have been having a ďtidyĒ up and getting rid of some weight as I was getting close to the limit. Itís amazing how much stuff you donít actually use yet carry it with you everywhere. One thing I did was get rid of my rear shelf setup and went to plastic tubs. I also only carry the basics in tools and recovery gear. Iíve save enough weight that I am now going to put a winch on and still have spare capacity.



I,ve just purchased a Austrack Telegraph X. I,m lucky that I am able to mount the 20hp 4 stroke on the rear end. With careful loading I can get the ball weight to around 200kg. Not too bad for nearly 2 tonne of camper, boat, motor, fold up trailer etc. Forward folds are notoriously ball heavy. I think the next move will be a lithium battery in the rear tub of Paj. I have about a dozen heavy duty fish tubs with lids. Far better than drawers. Weigh less, easy to sort and space efficient...worth a look Ian. Realistically you will need bugger all recovery gear if your not going off road and are towing a van...roadside assist is the best recovery gear for bitumen.
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I have about a dozen heavy duty fish tubs with lids. Far better than drawers. Weigh less, easy to sort and space efficient...worth a look Ian
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Hey mate...

Have you got some pics of your tub setup in the Paj? Would be interested to see it...




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Have you got some pics of your tub setup in the Paj? Would be interested to see it...




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i got 50L stackable ones from Bunnings for $15ea and I just load which ever ones I need. I have one each for fishing, recovery, work, spares and just a spare one for odds and ends. I usually only have 1 in the car but on a beach fishing trip I will have 3.

The good thing is that I can stack them on one side and there is still room on the other side for my Engel.

Here's the link -----> https://www.bunnings.com.au/ezy-stor...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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I tow with a Triton regulary above 1.5 tonnes & up too 2.5tonnish, not a lot of wind resitance, trailer with machinery, no load in the ute.

You'll know you have 2200kg'sish behind you thats for sure, but as far as engine performance, it does perform.

I drove 2 x Nissan Navara's same work for 14 years & this Triton out performs both & one was a 3 litre engine.
The smaller later model Navara engine was a real dog, but never failed.
Turbo lag real bad & real problem towing, but yeah get use to it.

Although not sure what it is but low k's on Triton I don't reckon it feels like it is stuck to the road like the Navara's were? Most noticeable at speed, curving roads, maybe i'm just getting older & sooking LOL!
Like any ute not flash for comfort & this one is 2014 model & seats like plank of wood.
But doesn't bother me you get use to it.

250,000k's to me is far enough for one of these utes

D-Max engine no timing belt 3 litre donk they say is rock solid & pretty sure Aisin auto tranny, good on fuel no DPF issues, has been known to crack body above front strut mount area as do MUX's, definately, in rough going.
But maybe been adressed??

Pajero I don't own one, but I intend too although payload does bother me.

Otherwise I would prefer D-Max not Triton, but you'll pay for it as well!
Isuzu has been in the market for a very long time.

I see Mazda will be selling Isuzu platform 2021ish, that could be an interesting ute. Mazda in my opinion finish vehicles well & if the interior was Mazda & running gear Aisin & Isuzu, sounds like a good mix too me in theory.

As OJ has pointed out, Canopy isn't dust proof? + cost of canopy $4kish, rides like a bucket of bolts & muck about with rear suspension, load tub, bullbar on the nose, heavy ball weights, rough roads you can snap the chassis. She's no Land Cruiser

Pajero wins on value for money, reliabilty proven, drives better than a ute & no canopy required, wife & kids also approve LOL, athough burns bit of juice!

If money was no object I would own one of these,

https://www.dmwindustries.com.au/lan...es-dual-cab-2/
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