Best van to tow with.

onesiedale

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Location
Derbyshire
Looking for a tidy 2nd hand van (transit type) that can be used for our dairy business, but also needs to be reliable for towing our 1800 litre milk tanker. So really comfortable to tow 2½ tonnes.
What am I best looking at?
 
I sat in a friends Mercedes while he was towing a digger and you couldn’t tell it was on towed better than any 4x4 pickup I’ve been in
 

Sebastian77

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Nottingham
It's not just Mercedes sprinters, most heavier weight vans will shrug off towing 2.5 tons. Even the larger end of mid size vans will be fine... The Transit customs will legaly tow between 2.5 and 2.8 tons.
I have a transit custom and wouldn't go near towing 2t with it! They have absolutely no front end grip when back is loaded up as it is! Put winter tyres on last change (Michelin crossclimate) and has made a massive difference but still slide side ways on round-a-bouts if road is remotely damp.

Though maybe it's one of those weird scenarios where the trailer would improve traction 🤔
 

2wheels

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Location
aberdeenshire
I have a transit custom and wouldn't go near towing 2t with it! They have absolutely no front end grip when back is loaded up as it is! Put winter tyres on last change (Michelin crossclimate) and has made a massive difference but still slide side ways on round-a-bouts if road is remotely damp.

Though maybe it's one of those weird scenarios where the trailer would improve traction 🤔
son's work transit is the same. it is loaded up with tools, spares, jack etc. and wallows like a container ship in the suez canal.
 

Mur Huwcun

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Livestock Farmer
Location
North West Wales
son's work transit is the same. it is loaded up with tools, spares, jack etc. and wallows like a container ship in the suez canal.
Maybe he should have it over a weight bridge if not already done. They’re stopping a lot of vans now and it’s frightfully easy to over load a mechanics van. Remember taking one years ago with all tools, racking and bench in and it was nearly on the mark before chucking oil drums and extra parts in the centre isle!!!
 
Something with twin rear wheels.

I'd avoid Transit with the euro5 engine...

Not that many vans are plated to tow more than 2000kgs.
Beware that loading some vans to the maximum affects their gross train weight too.
 
Something with twin rear wheels.

I'd avoid Transit with the euro5 engine...

Not that many vans are plated to tow more than 2000kgs.
Beware that loading some vans to the maximum affects their gross train weight too.
less about the engine and all about which wheels are driven . Transits can be front or rear wheel drive, for towing the rwd models will be far superior.
 

FIL46

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Aberdeenshire
I had a Iveco 3.0 35c140hp mwb 6speed twin rear wheel very stable when towing good on fuel and very fleet on its feet, I would go and get a test drive of one and then try a transit , iveco will be the better van
 

2wheels

Member
Location
aberdeenshire
Maybe he should have it over a weight bridge if not already done. They’re stopping a lot of vans now and it’s frightfully easy to over load a mechanics van. Remember taking one years ago with all tools, racking and bench in and it was nearly on the mark before chucking oil drums and extra parts in the centre isle!!!
Aye, son says it runs on the bump stops😬 it is also front wheel drive which doesn't help but has a lower cargo floor which makes the job easier.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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