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rwd or fwd

Postby robzilla333 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:32 pm

Is there any advantage for fwd to rwd? for towing rwd is better is this true?
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby Herts » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:42 pm

I asked this question before I looked into getting a large van, I was told that all skip lorries are rear wheel drive because it is best to Push a heavy weight than to pull one.

That's when I bought a rear wheel drive, front wheel drive is for girls. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby robzilla333 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:48 pm

so is it best to leave fwd alone???
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby Herts » Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:52 pm

Depends wheather you are carring alot of weight or just doodling about?

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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby robzilla333 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:08 pm

probably going to be up to about 3 tonnes by the time i get my kit in there.
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby Herts » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:20 pm

robzilla333 wrote:probably going to be up to about 3 tonnes by the time i get my kit in there.



Rear wheel drive it is then. :lol:
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby robzilla333 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:44 pm

thats a shame, why do they make a fwd?, it seems a bit pointless if you can't carry much?
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby blue estate » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:47 pm

I have a fwd and i have carried 2 pallets off news papers easy so fwd is not useless :roll: :wink:

also i can carry 1600kg
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby RickLeeds » Sun Jun 05, 2011 4:51 pm

The floor of the fwd is 10cm lower than the rwd, which can make a difference to some people.
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby fedup2 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:36 pm

Never had RWD vans and ive never had any issues with weight.had a few laughs over the winter watching the RWd's try to keep them straight or even moving,mine never put a foot out of place all winter in even the worst of the conditions :)
We have about20 rwd's at work and they all struggled in the snow and ice,they are now slowly moving over to FWD vans.
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby sc_BK » Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:37 pm

Also depends what size of van you're buying - most of the SWB are FWD, and most of the LWB are RWD

The bigger van is better for towing trailers on the open road, but more of a pain when it comes to reversing in tight spaces


The RWD gives you more ground clearence
The FWD (2.0l) tends to be better on fuel
The RWD (2.4l) has more torque
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby V184 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:11 pm

i found the front wheel drive spot on, better payload, 2.2 engine better on fuel etc, only down side was the ride was a bit "harsh" when empty
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby blue estate » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:13 pm

V184 wrote:i found the front wheel drive spot on, better payload, 2.2 engine better on fuel etc, only down side was the ride was a bit "harsh" when empty

+1 on the ride as mine bounces quite a bit when empty :lol:
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby Backbone of Britain » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:44 pm

fedup2 wrote:Never had RWD vans and ive never had any issues with weight.had a few laughs over the winter watching the RWd's try to keep them straight or even moving,mine never put a foot out of place all winter in even the worst of the conditions :)
We have about20 rwd's at work and they all struggled in the snow and ice,they are now slowly moving over to FWD vans.

Never had a problem driving a Rwd in the snow. You either know how to drive or you don't :!: :lol:
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Re: rwd or fwd

Postby transit300 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:03 pm

i guess it all depends on the need of the van i have a swb fwd and i love it drives nice quick and carrys weight nicely i used it delivering parcels (not that muc weight) and i have done 100s of loads full of scrap metal 1.5 was the most and it carried it fine mine is only 75 2,0 td but never had a problem.
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