Can a Land Rover Defender Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Land Rover Defender is designed to pull a maximum braked capacity of 8201 lbs. This means that anything from a horse trailer to a camping travel trailer is no sweat for the Defender.

Land Rover Defender Engine

The Land Rover Defender has two available engine options:

  • 2.0L P300 i4: The engine available by default for the Defender, the P300 is a four-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine. It can produce 296hp at 5500 rpm with 295 lb-ft of torque at 1500-4000 rpm.

  • 3.0L P400 i6: The engine available as an upgrade for the Defender, the P400 is a mild hybrid six-cylinder turbocharged engine generating a power output of 395 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

The P400 has a towing advantage over the P300. Since a vehicle’s power output and torque play a role in how well it can tow, the P400 has the highest power output and torque of all the engines, making it the best choice for towing. The P400 has about 100 more hp than the P300.


Towing with the Defender

There is a towing pack available at a premium for the Defender. It consists of four things: the Tow hitch receiver, the all-terrain progress control, the terrain response 2, configurable terrain response and advanced tow assist.

When Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) is activated, the Defender detects when an attached trailer is swaying and takes steps to minimize the swaying, such as slowing down the truck. Even though this is a very useful feature, bear in mind that it will not prevent any trailer from swaying.

Consequently, relying on the TSA isn’t advised. The Hitch Assist feature, which shows a feed from the rear-view camera that can be zoomed into to assist in attaching a trailer when reversing, is another valuable feature for towing.

Another towing feature is Advanced Tow Assist, which aids in reversing a trailer by projecting projected images of the trailer to indicate the trailer’s expected direction. A reduction in air conditioning performance is expected when the vehicle is towing under heavy conditions.

The Land Rover Defender is a four-wheel drive (4WD) off-road SUV built by the British automotive company Jaguar Land Rover. The first all-new version of the vehicle was released in 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle is available in 4 different accessory packs: the Explorer, Adventure, Urban, and Country.

Ultimately, the Land Rover Defender is an excellent towing vehicle. It can tow another SUV or a large boat with its impressive maximum braked towing ability of 8200 lbs.

The Defender not only has an enormous towing capacity, but it also has a slew of features that make towing a breeze—specifically, the hitch assists, allowing for close monitoring of the hitch when reversing onto a trailer.

The Advanced Tow Assist function, which uses projected images from the vehicle’s camera to assess the position of the trailer when reversing, is also a very handy feature. It is built to tow around a larger camper trailer.