Originally Posted by polarlyse
You are correct Rich. I had not taken the bends into account. I was just thinking of overall finished length. How's the towing with a 4-runner. We had a 6cyl. one some years ago and it had a 5k towing max. I think the V-8's came out the following year and had 7k. Gave us very good service while we had it. My wife graduated from UK. Have not been back to Lexington in a long time.
I'm not sure if you can even buy aluminum rods at HD or Lowes but if you can, probably 4-5' long. I always allow for mistakes too
Sometimes you can get smaller pieces if PVC, conduit, etc. I check hardware, electric, plumbing to see what's available. Sometimes you get lucky.
I was fortunate to get my 2004 before the V8 went out of production in the 4Runners. V8 started in 2003 and went to just V6 in 2007 or 08. It's full time 4WD so 7,000 lbs max; 7,300 on 2WD. It pulls the 23' Safari just fine. The wife didn't like it because of the ride but when we hook the AS to it the ride is much better. I keep it 60-65, mostly 60. Rides, corners, pulls just fine. Brakes are a little off right now, it's time for new shoes/pads. Now the V8 4Runner is gone and it's back to 5,000 lbs capacity
I take care of my 4Runner, purchased it specifically to be a TT TV and to be paid off by retirement. It stayed in the driveway a lot, people walked by and offered to buy it. It's in excellent condition and has just under 70k miles
I plan on keeping it a long time.
Our (last) son starts UK this fall. UK has been doing a LOT of new construction. We've been in Lexington for 17.5 years now and it's changed a lot in that time, especially near us. It's a nice city, just the right size, and lots of outdoor things to do. We have a lot of lakes, big forests, trails and caves. Keeneland race track is here and Churchill Downs is just 80 miles.
We like it a lot but want to see other states now that we're retired