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Old 08-17-2013, 05:43 PM   #113
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:46 PM   #114
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Well after all this time we are back in business. Our poor airstream has been languishing in a horse pasture for the past two years.

We ended up going to South Carolina and picking her up ourselves. As you can see we elected to use our FJ Cruiser as our tow vehicle. I am not sure it would have been ideal for a fully loaded AS but for out completely gutted one she did just fine. We made great time getting home.

The Airstream now sit's next to our metal building awaiting us to begin again.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #115
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Congrats on getting your Overlander to its proper home in Virginia. I see that it has been a long trip.

Send me a pm with your contact info if you like. Sometimes I get over that way to visit our daughter in Chesapeake. I would love to see your Overlander.

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Old 08-17-2013, 08:42 PM   #116
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How does that Toyota tow? I always wanted one of those
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:47 PM   #117
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The FJ really impressed me on this particular task. It had plenty of power and didn't get hot. It was a real champ. I can say that we had a professional company install the towing package.

It should do even better once we get the anti sway hitch on the airstream.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:29 PM   #118
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Glad to see you got it to VA without any troubles. At least that's one problem out of your way
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #119
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Can you estimtae your mileage towing? My Excursion has been a tow beast and very comfortable, but it never goes much past 12mpg. towing
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:12 AM   #120
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Our FJ is the 6 cyl/2 wheel drive model so it get's excellent mileage. I have to be honest though, when we get our AS built out it will be considerably heavier and I probaby won't be using the FJ as the primary Tow Vehicle.

We were getting about 300 miles on a tank while towing on a 75 degree day mostly flat highway miles. Going up the east coast near sea level. The FJ tank is 19 gallons, thus: 15.78 miles per gallon if my math is correct. Without the trailer she get's about 26 miles per gallon.

I have read that the 8 cyl/ 4wd version of the FJ get's terrible gas mileage so... if you get one of those it may not be measurably better than your excursion with considerably less room and capability.

I can tell you our 2 wheel drive version has the full time limited slip differential and you can lock the rear differential with the push of a button. We were able to pull our AS out of a muddy horse pasture in the rain no problem. Not sure why I would need the 4 wheel drive frankly.

My gripes with the vehicle are mostly comfort based. It's just not a very comfortable car. The back seat is accessed from those lame half suicide doors and it's frankly a pain with a family. The seats give me back pain after a few hours on the road. If I could I would rip them out and put some leather Dodge Durango seats in the FJ, those were comfortable for hours and hours. Another grip is if you need anything out of the back hatch area you can't open the back cargo door more than about 6 inches while connected to the Air Stream. The spare tire bumps against the trailer jack thingy.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #121
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thanks. I always liked the FJ and think I want one, but I am still happy with my Excursion. So it may be a few yrs out. I appreciate your insight.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:39 AM   #122
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I sat a FJ the other day and was not terribly impressed though... The FJ sold 55,000 units before the latest gas crunch, last year they sold 12,000 units so its a sellers market on them right now. According to the Blue-Book estimates the FJ retains its value better than any other vehicle - last I checked 73% of sticker is/was retained after the 3rd year. After seeing the crash in values of my F-150, and dealing with 9mpg towing and 13-17mpg, the FJ might be a real treat.
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Towing, we did experience a slight left to right buffet on the interstate going about 55. Oddly I found that if I accelerate to 65 the buffet went away. The FJ with the overlander seemed stable at that speed. We were just using the stock 1964 towing hardware on the trailer. A modern day anti-sway/weight distribution hitch would probably eliminate the buffet entirely.

She had plenty of power left over at 65 to pass other slower traffic. In fact I was kind of enjoying going past people in more modern RV's with my old camper. It felt good to know she had a little umph left if I needed it.

We've had ours for almost three years now. We bought is used. I can say in the time we've owned it, we haven't had any mechanical trouble. For all my gripes about comfort she's a sturdy little vehicle and much more capable than she looks. The only maintenance we've done is the standard oil changes, wipers, tires, etc.

I like not having to necessarily own a big tow vehicle. So when I finish out our Overlander I am going to work very hard to keep it light. I am going to build all the wall partitions like they were meant for an airplane out of spruce and thin ply, etc.

I'll keep you posted on that. I will be curious to see how the FJ tows the overlander when the overlander is finished. Of course we have a Dodge Ram pickup as a backup if it proves more than the FJ can deal with.
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good info. They have been a favorite vehicle of mine...to look at anyway. My Exc has only 155K on it so it might be awhile before I buy anything else...
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