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    Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Gentlrmen,

    We have a VY Commodore. I rang round for price on towbar, and all anyone quoted me on was a 1200KG towbar. Now, surely a VY commodore can tow more than that, if not then i'm in trouble, I think my boat weighs 1850KG fully set up fuelled etc.

    How do I find out what a commodore will tow and there fore which towbar to get fitted. Best price i got on the 1200kg version was 330 smackeroos fitted and wired. hate to think what a heavy duty one will cost.


    Mike
    Last edited by Marlin_Mike; 24-11-2009 at 05:40 PM. Reason: Because its there
     

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Mike,

    I had the same issue not too long ago. I've got a vn s/wagon. After getting info from everywhere I found out mine can tow 1200kg as is without all the add ons. Just a transcooler.

    The max I can tow with mine is 1590kg. It would need a 1590kg tow package including a equalizer hitch, side body bracing, trans cooler, elec. trailer brakes, country pack suspension. Also ball load can not exceed 160kg.

    Might not be the same for you, but it might give you some idea as to what you may need. Hope it helps.

    Rob

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Hi Mike

    Sorry if this sounds too simple, but if you have the owner's manual the info you want will be in there. Alternatively give Holden or your local dealer a call and they will be able to tell you. Failing that, the RACQ will be able to tell you if youre a member.

    I think that with an auto trans you will be able to tow at least 1800kg with the right bar/kit fitted - maybe even a bit more.

    I had a VS Commodore and had a 1500kg bar fitted by Wynnum Towbars over near Doug Barton's - you'll just have to tell them what weight you want to tow and ask them if they've got a towbar/kit to suit your model car.

    Cheers

    ML

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Mike..adopt my theory on towing..if the car can move the towed item then you can tow it. I doubt too many police would know if it was legal or not..i used to tow a 20' fraser with a VP commodore without any problems.

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    How true PH, My local copper didn't know and didn't give a stuff really. Transport said yeah whatever .

    It would come down to safety though, you don't want a runaway boat or a pushing trailer down a range or a wheel spinning nightmare up a range.....what about wet road with overweight boat trying to brake? yikes!

    The above can happen. I know i wouldn't want my kids in the car in that situation.

    Rob

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Thats all ok until you have to stop.

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    or the smell of burning rubber on the wet ramp as you try to pull your boat out.
    Stacer 525 easyrider - 115 DI. Bayside Brissy

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Your insurance company must love you( if you have one!)
    Do what others say you can't
    and you will never live by their
    limitations again.

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    I have no doubt whatsoever, that the commodore will:

    A/ pull the boat no worries

    B/ Pull it back up a ramp no worries

    The worrying part is the stopping

    I have towed her with a gutless 4 cylinder toyota ute to hervey bay and back. It stopped the boat Ok come to think of it. Might just get it done and take it easy......

    Mike

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    or the accident when someone dies and they find out you were braking the law, then you go to jail!!! yeah that sounds great. Back to the story at hand ring the dealer or holden customer assist, they will tell you what it is. cheers Lee

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Hi
    You can get a 2100kg tow pack for a VY, had one on a VX when I owned one. Think about upgrading rear springs, cost bugger all but made a huge difference.
    Specs listed here https://www.mynrma.com.au/cps/rde/xc...car_review.htm

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Quote Originally Posted by PinHead View Post
    Mike..adopt my theory on towing..if the car can move the towed item then you can tow it. I doubt too many police would know if it was legal or not..i used to tow a 20' fraser with a VP commodore without any problems.
    Very poor advice Pinhead, what happens if Mike is in an accident and hurts someone?
    Think about it.
    Marty.

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    Re: Towing Capacity of Commodore.

    Quote Originally Posted by rowanda View Post
    Hi
    You can get a 2100kg tow pack for a VY, had one on a VX when I owned one. Think about upgrading rear springs, cost bugger all but made a huge difference.
    Specs listed here https://www.mynrma.com.au/cps/rde/xc...car_review.htm
    G'day,

    Ditto this advice. It is also necessary to get the underneath lined to prevent excess heat transfer from exhaust. Strongly suggest a visit to and a quote from a Holden dealer and ask them about service intervals, especially for the transmission.

    White Pointer

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