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Old 07-10-2013, 06:59 PM   #29
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I am sure you will have a great trip. I bet your son is ready to leave NOW!


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Old 08-14-2013, 09:01 AM   #30
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Hahaha. Most hilarious thread on the forums so far. Makes me feel like part of American although I am so remote, no one knows I'm here.
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:17 PM   #31
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How does the FJ handle the trailer?

Nice setup! How does the FJ handle towing this? We have a 2013 FJ TT and are hoping to pickup our first airstream sometime this fall/winter. Primarily, we have only been considering the 16ft, but wondering if the 19ft, etc. would be possible. Have you done anything extra to your FJ for towing, ie, tranny cooler, airbags, heavier springs, etc.?
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:12 PM   #32
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My advise is to find a way to block my husband (SteveSueMac) from seeing this thread. At least once a week I ask him if he is finally done buying stuff for our 27' Flying Cloud and it seems the answer is always "No...".
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:55 PM   #33
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What? I heard there were more things to buy and came running!!!
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #34
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How did your Toyota Fj handle the Airstream? I have an Fj too and will be pulling a 16' Sport out to Arizona this fall with it. Almost went for the 22'.....
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:49 AM   #35
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Reply from MrAllen. Our week in Colorado was just great. This thing empty weighs 3600lb. Thats a big reason we went with this length of trailer. First off let me start with saying that we drive a highly modified 2010 Toyota FJ. Here is most of the items I just pulled from the FJ Forum that I previously had posted.
Warn VR10000S with in cab power switch and thimble.
Body Armor bumper with PIAA 520 lights.
Viair 450H onboard air with in cab power switch.
Two Additional 12V plugs next to 110V plug in back for ARB cooler.
Aluminess Roof Rack
Rear link bracket replacement with Poly Performance, (welded on)
Cobra C.B. with bandi and Q.D.
DVD player.
Blue Sea accessory fuse panel.
Ricochet Heavy Duty full set of skids.
Second horn.
Roof insulation 99% coverage.
Brake controller above rear view mirror & new plug in rear door not bumper.
Toytec adjustable coil overs.
OME 895E rear coil springs.
Numerous items for my off road tool box as well.
Expedition one washer fluid bottle.
Toyo MT, 10 ply tires.

I installed the above mods myself, minus the tries. I don't have the tooling. So with that said it will be interesting to see what mods the airstream will get over the next couple years.

First trip empty was, 9mpg, on the turnpike pushing 70MPH. This could be the easiest trailer I have ever pulled. During out 2K mile trip I learned quite a bit. I was able to achieve 12mpg at times. One of the first things I did was pump more air in the trailer tires. The FJ does best in 4th instead of overdrive. (I already knew that before purchasing the trailer). Also driving about 65mph really helps as well. A Few people regear the FJ's but due to the 4x4ing I have no plans to do so. The only other FJ item I recall tonight is that the side mirrors need extended out a bit. I don't know if any FJ Forum member has figured that one out, but I'll be watching out for it.

As of now my big complaint about this trailer is how low it is to the ground. Yes I love the CG being as low as it is. I also purchased a proper size drop hitch so the loaded FJ and Airsteam sit nearly level. I seem to have to carefully choose the gas stations, not only by fuel price, but also take into account the grade of the entrance and exit from the road. As for getting this little trailer in and out of somewhere. No challenge, traffic almost moves out of my way. Almost forgot, with in the first three hours on the road we lost the little stupid lid to the LP bottles. My wife says were going to stainless looking bottles in the near future.

Our next trip is just a little two nighter here in Kansas, I'm looking forward to another weekend away with the family, and our Bull Terrier. Thanks again everyone for your questions and comments, we've had lots of good help.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:02 AM   #36
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We lost our plastic LP cover lid on our last trip out, too! Easy $4.00 fix. Our Airstream dealer ordered it for us.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:36 PM   #37
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Awesome Fj mods, Hope I get better than 9mpg! What's the roof insulation for? Not heard of that.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:53 PM   #38
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Nice to hear about the FJ. We're towing our '19 Bambi with a Ford Raptor, but I want to be able to tow it with the FJ as well. Shame about the mileage. Surprisingly, I'm getting around 12 mpg with the Raptor. I'll save the "flat" terrain trips for the FJ I guess.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #39
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Thanks for the response tallen5. I'm looking to build out our FJ about the same as yours, with variations of course. With the suspension you put in, do you have any sag issues hooking up the trailer? I'm leaning towards an icon stage 2 setup at the moment, and trying to maintain relatively close to stock ride height (unfortunately it's the wife's daily driver and she hasn't been won over to raising the girl up....yet), but accommodating the extra weight of full ricochet skids, arb front bumper, which, and hooking up a bambi to tow. People over on fjcruiser forums seem to have good things to say about adding airbags to the rear for trailer towing, but wondering if beefing up the suspension would negate this.

Also... I've nearly convinced the wife that in order to get her cute airsteam, we need the trd supercharger, although this is probably just overkill....
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #40
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Overkill?

There is no overkill, only "open fire" and "time to reload".

If it's worth doing, it's worth OVERDOING, IMHO...a little extra power can often get you out of a situation where the brakes will only make it worse...
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #41
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I'm pulling 16' Bambi to Arizona from Ohio this fall with a stock 2013 Fj Cruiser. Will update with any issues. Planing to go up Mt. Lemon and other areas with some steep grades. Don't want to add any more weight to the Fj with offroad mods I won't need this trip. The e2 WD hitch seems to be close to 100 lbs or more. I feel like it's overkill for the 16' Bambi but i'm going to take everyones advice and use it to be safe. Trying to figure a good way to install another gas tank or fuel cell on the Toyota.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:38 AM   #42
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No sag issues! Replacing the rear coil springs was no more than a half day job. That brought the rear up about 1 3/4". The FJ measured 17 1/4" from the garage floor to the lower edge of the rear tow point before the rear coil spring replacement. Afterward it measured at 19 1/4" and settled after a few months near 1 3/4" change. (Those measurements were with the original BFG tires) As for sag, it's pretty solid, it comes down a little with the trailer hooked up. I'm guessing here, maybe 1 1/4" and thats with full fuel and stuff in the rear cargo area of the FJ. I'm very happy with the suspension changes I went with. Much cheaper than anything else.

As for an additional fuel tank on the FJ, they are way over priced. I know of about two places that make them.

FJ CRUISER AUXILIARY TANK

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A few people have settled with a marine style tank mounted on the roof rack. IMO thats just a short term band-aid.

I'd think if you were not off roading the FJ than air bags may be a good way to go. I put my Viair compressor under the hood on the passenger finder with my winch solenoid box.

Well I'm guessing the 16' behind the FJ will pull pretty nice. Whats the empty weight of it? We went with the 22', knowing one of these days we will have a different Toyota to tow with.
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