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Old 04-10-2012, 04:59 PM   #15
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:27 PM   #16
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OK, so let's just get to the heart of the matter. I am sick of the Suburban and look alikes. Trucks don't really do it for me, what I really want is something sexier. Does anyone have an offering that fits that bill to pull my 24 ft. airstream?
BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Jeep, Volkswagen, any thing that has the turbo Diesel since they get excellent fuel economy towing and have more torque than a hemi v8.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:51 PM   #17
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H3 is not beastly

It's chev colorado in wolfes clothing. Not a bad thing in fact I like them. For power though they are barely pushing themselves with 5cyl motor. H1 is beastly with diesel motor, H2 is joke. I like toyota products but think FJ is kind let down. If it was more like wrangler I would give it thumbs up. No top down, kind boring. Maybe can am could build you wrangler to pull it in 4dr flavor and new 2012 motor.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #18
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BMW, Porsche, Mercedes, Jeep, Volkswagen, any thing that has the turbo Diesel since they get excellent fuel economy towing and have more torque than a hemi v8.
You made me go and look all of these up! You are correct, the diesels have gobs of torque....
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #19
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Just traded my FJ in for a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I tow a 19' Bambi International. Power was not the problem. The Fj has a 19 gallon tank and the best mpg I could get was 11, so I was constantly looking for fuel. the other issue is that while the FJ has a 5000lb tow rating it was limited to a 500lb tonge weight. The bambi has a 550TW. Once you start loading gear in the trailer and FJ it starts to put a strain on a load leveling hitch. I looked at the after market auxilary fuel tank available for the FJ but that just adds to the TW. The FJ was one of the most fun vehicles I have owned, but I can only have so many toys.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:24 PM   #20
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I am towing with a 2011 Infinity QX56 (which I bought specifically to tow my 2012 Intl CCD). I think it is sexy! And, it sure pulls beautifully. Most definitely not cheap, but when I'm not towing it is a great SUV -- towing I hit around 11 mpg, get 14-15 around town without the trailer. Best part: it has 22" wheels. (Yup, 22"....this gives me a lot of tread on the road and capacity.)
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:57 PM   #21
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Just my two cents worth. I get 15 mpg with my FJ, Trail Teams Edition, with TRD exhaust, and cold air intake. Reese WD with anti sway. Extended shank, so I can open the rear door. 26 footer, 22 footer or the 18 footer! Plus, I'll never get stuck!
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:35 PM   #22
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It's chev colorado in wolfes clothing. Not a bad thing in fact I like them. For power though they are barely pushing themselves with 5cyl motor. H1 is beastly with diesel motor, H2 is joke. I like toyota products but think FJ is kind let down. If it was more like wrangler I would give it thumbs up. No top down, kind boring. Maybe can am could build you wrangler to pull it in 4dr flavor and new 2012 motor.
They made an H3 'Alpha' that was available with a V8. I saw one sit on a dealer's lot for 3 years before they finally marked it down to $20K to get rid of it... was almost interested in it at that price, but it's like the H2... a lot of show and not much go - in stock form anyway.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:32 AM   #23
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Just my two cents worth. I get 15 mpg with my FJ, Trail Teams Edition, with TRD exhaust, and cold air intake. Reese WD with anti sway. Extended shank, so I can open the rear door. 26 footer, 22 footer or the 18 footer! Plus, I'll never get stuck!

I also pull an 18 footer just fine, and have towed boats before as well. No issues as of yet.

x2 on the mileage. I don't have the TRD exhaust or CAI, but thinking of installing them. The one major thing I do differently is to keep the rig in 4 instead of D (auto tranny), which prevents overdrive from kicking on. Coming back from the desert a few weekends ago, with Cruise control, at about 60 mph, I got ~14.8 mpg.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:00 AM   #24
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Any of you remember the 5th wheel trailer system back in the late 1960s using a VW bug? Had a 5th wheel hitch mounted on the roof of the bug.. Trailer at best was 12 foot or so long... Took care of alot of issues but then again VW's had good metal and a strong roof.. Being an old "air head " it would still be under powered with a 50 hp engine..

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[QUOTE=Eaglemate;1131961]Anyone have any comments about a Toyota FJ Cruiser to tow a 24 ft. airstream? Not the 6 cylinder, the 8.

First of all, there is no 8 cylinder FJ Cruiser. It is only certified to tow 5000# with an appropriate hitch weight.
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What about the H3 Hummer, the smaller version? OK, I realize it's a testosterone-driven beast, but I am a smallish woman, so what the hell,right?
The H3 has no power to even pull itself, much less a 24' trailer. On or off road the H3 can't hold a candle to and FJ. Sorry H3 lovers, but sometimes the truth hurts.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:33 AM   #27
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Dont get me wrong, I love the FJ. Just think to tow a mid 20's ft trailer its a bit small in stature. Drove this rig from Gainesville to Tampa and had a few moments where the tail was wagging the dog.

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Old 04-13-2012, 09:16 AM   #28
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Dont get me wrong, I love the FJ. Just think to tow a mid 20's ft trailer its a bit small in stature. Drove this rig from Gainesville to Tampa and had a few moments where the tail was wagging the dog.

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How does it do with the 22' Safari though?

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