Towing Questions.

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  1. Forty Deuce

    Forty Deuce Full Access Member

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    So I’ve finally decided to buy a camping trailer for family trips and will be towing with my LR4.

    I’m not sure if the towing assist software includes a braking control system, or I’ll need to buy a separate one. Any recommendations for one particular brand if that’s necessary? (Perhaps that’s the wrong term but essentially the device by which the brakes on a trailer activate in conjunction with the tow vehicle.) The dealer was unsure if it has brake control and I can’t find a definitive answer in the owners manual.

    Also, even though it’s a very open ended question, is there any advice you would give for towing a 5,500 lb trailer with an LR4? I’ve heard debate over using weight distribution hitches and the consensus seems to be against them. Is there a compelling reason why I should use one despite the JLR recommendation that I do not?
     
  2. DonC

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    I use a tekonsha p3 brake controller with the ford wiring adapter. Install was very easy for the controller as it was basically just plug and play. My new RV is 4200lbs with a 390lbs tongue weight. I kept with the rule with keeping it under 80% of the towing ability and that being said i am happy with the way the 4 has been towing. I am seeing around 13.8 mpg and power to handle the hills and passing. I am also using the anderson WD hitch and the camper has been steady in winds. The only problem I ran into was having to install resistors on the trailer wiring so that the 4 would pick up it was connected due to the LED trailer lights. I found a great writeup on this issue here on the site. 2011 LR4

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  3. Forty Deuce

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    Good info. I wonder if I’ll have the same issue s with the LED lights on mine.
     
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    Not very educated on the towing topic but I’ve read multiple articles including the owners manual and it clearly states not to use a weight distribution hitch because it interferes with the air suspension system and it could result in damage to the car, or a crash. I’ll try to link up the article if I can
     
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    Correct. This has been discussed in several towing threads. The manual discourages WD hitches. Many owners use them anyway and with seemingly fine results, but it’s not officially recommended.
     
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    That is the exact reason i went with the Anderson over others. I can adjust the WD (which is not really needed due to the air). The sway control part is nice but now that i have the resisters on the trailer and the towing option turned on via GAP I and testing the setup again next weekend.
     
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    DonC you wrote that you have the towing option selected via Gap1. Is this an option in all LR4’s? I have been towing for a couple of years with no problems but if their is an option to get even better towing performance I’d like to use it.
     
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