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Old 09-23-2016, 08:19 AM   #29
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Very interesting Rideair. That is quite useful info. I assume most 60-70's TTs have been redone, so that it is possible to find one in which things work as intended. As I mentioned earlier, while I am capable of repairs and reno's, I'm at the stage where I'd just rather not.
Can you say what is the general price range of 60-70's Overlanders in good running/using condition might be? Sounds like I might be interested...at least in looking at a few.
Thanks!
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:44 AM   #30
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If I had to do it over I would have found a 1974 vs 1973, simply because starting in 74 all air stream models had black and gray holding tanks. My 73 24' Argosy has a GVWR of 5800lbs. and has an ADULT sleeping capacity of six. It is very easily towed by any 1/2 ton truck or suv. Not trying to ruffle any feathers but I would steer clear of any tow vehicle that is of uni body design.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:01 AM   #31
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I think the reference to blue boy was to a portable waste tank?
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Good info, 1973Argosy. I do think having both holding tanks would be worthwhile. Thanks!
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:40 AM   #33
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Thanks for being nice about my naivete', Avionstream. I don't want a portable waste tank in my LC either, LOL.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:49 AM   #34
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Useful info, Mandolin Dave. I'm beginning to figure out that TTs weren't really made for more than two. However, we prefer to travel with friends or family, and it doesn't make sense to me to have two TTs running all over the country in tandem. What to do?
You may want to tell your friends/family to come up with their own place to sleep. Have them bring a tent and put it on the same campsite. I have traveled with other adults before and the space in a trailer is a premium no matter what size the trailer. When I travel I want my own bed, bathroom, shower and favorite food. A trailer is small and it becomes your "personal space".
Have you ever looked at a hybrid trailer - there is a lot of floor space in those.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:52 PM   #35
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One needs to read and then understand the formulaic way Andrew Thomson makes judgments of this sort.
I have been intrigued by Mr Thomson's work for a while. Much of what he says makes sense. But he completely lost me on the rollover thread.

Thomson said the Lexus GX460 was a poor choice of a TV due to its center of gravity. He recommended a Lexus RX350 in its place.

GX460 has body on frame construction, and is rated to pull 6500#
RX350 has unibody contruction, and it rated to pull 3500#

I can't imagine recommending the RX for anything but the smallest trailer. I'm more inclined to trust the engineering department at Toyota over the recommendation of this one man.

As has been said, none of our trailers were built for speed above 65 mph. I'm completely convinced that the GX is an excellent tow vehicle when towing within its capacities. Likewise, the LC is an excellent truck. As long as it is used within its stated limits, it should perform stupendously.
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:56 PM   #36
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Though mostly original, our trailer was fully functional when we bought it. The original owners had removed the gaucho from the front and replaced the toilet with a porta-potty. We certainly could have used as is, but since we considered this trailer a once-in-a-lifetime buy, we were fine with a once-in-a-lifetime project. We didn't need to replace the subfloor or rip out the wiring. Concentrated on updating lighting to LED, replacing ceiling vents to MaxxAir Deluxe Fans, new PEX plumbing, new fresh water tank/pump and axles/brakes (the torsions have that 25 yr. lifespan), new flooring and cabinetry. 1979 was looking a bit tired, and removing the old interior meant getting rid of the old dirt.

Yes, traveling with pets is possible. It's often a big reason people take up RV travel. On our last trip (5 weeks), we traveled with 5 dogs and 4 rabbits. Many state parks, national forest campgrounds, and the USACE campgrounds allow pets. Leash and pick up messes required, keep barking to a minimum. Private RV parks can vary. Some don't care what you have or how many as long as you're a good guest. Others might allow 1 or 2 small dogs, some have a no-pets policy. Good RV camping guides will usually mention pet policies, but it never hurts to call and verify. Good behavior is certainly helped by keeping pets exercised while traveling. Our dogs are still adjusting to vehicle travel, so toys and chewies to pass the time are kept in their crates.
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Thanks, Crispyboy. You make a lot of sense to me, and I am leaning toward the 4-people-is-too-much side. And I appreciate your bringing it up, but there is a very nice, large hybrid for sale in the area, and I don't think we want to go that way. Very hot, cold or rainy nights could turn out to be pretty miserable, I think.
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Appreciate the comments, Alluminati, but I want to say that I believe it is the Lexus LX that is essentially the same as the Toyota Land Cruiser. The GX is 7 inches shorter and 3 inches narrower than the LX/Land Cruiser, and has a 4.6L engine vs. 5.7L for the LX. The GX may well be OK for some towing applications, but shouldn't be comparred with a Land Cruiser. Perhaps this was Slowmovers error also. The LC has a very low center of gravity, and is very unlikely to roll-over, though of course, any vehicle will roll is some circumstances.
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Thanks for the good info, Starstream, both on your rig and on travelling with dogs. We have two full size Golden Doodles, both of which are registered Therapy Dogs, and very well behaved. Also, they travel well. Have already been on several 10 hr trips to visit our daughter and hubby, and the dogs lie quietly in the back of the LC without complaint. However, as you point out, exercise is critical, and would have to be a part of every day on an extended trip. We are already aware that restrictions have to be determined ahead of arrival. Again, thanks!
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Appreciate the comments, Alluminati, but I want to say that I believe it is the Lexus LX that is essentially the same as the Toyota Land Cruiser. The GX is 7 inches shorter and 3 inches narrower than the LX/Land Cruiser, and has a 4.6L engine vs. 5.7L for the LX. The GX may well be OK for some towing applications, but shouldn't be comparred with a Land Cruiser. Perhaps this was Slowmovers error also. The LC has a very low center of gravity, and is very unlikely to roll-over, though of course, any vehicle will roll is some circumstances.
I agree completely with you. Slowmover mentioned Thomsonís judgement against your LC. I brought up the topic of the GX and RX as an example of what I think is Thomsonís mis-judgement.

My first choice of a TV was either a Toyota LC or Lexus LX470, but I couldnít find one condition/mileage/price that met my needs. So I got stuck with a lowly Sequoia But it turned out well because the trailer than found us exceeds the capacity of the truck I wanted, but works nicely with what we have.

As I said before, your LC should tow stupendously. Iíll just sit here pretending Iím not jealous.
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PS. We were looking at 2000-2007 models under the Lexus LX470 badge. In 2008 they increased the engine to a 5.7L, and rebadged it as LX570. The older models were more in line with my budget. But happily I did get the Sequoia with the 5.7L engine.
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The blue boy is a portable waste tank to use if I'm at state parks or rallies with no or limited dump stations.


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