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Old 08-21-2011, 04:56 PM   #1
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2004 Toyota Land Cruiser TV, what size trailer?

Hello all,

First post. I'm toying with the idea of hitting the open road next year with my young family (wife, 1 yr old, one on the way). Am blessed to have a job where right now I can work remotely, as long as I have an Internet connection.

I'm fascinated by the minimalist lifestyle... Very counter to how I've spent my first 31 years on this earth. We are in process of selling our house and before we go buy another one thought it might be fun to travel. Life is too short, right?

Getting on with it... I'm starting to research the size/model airstream to buy. I'd really, really like to keep our 2004 Land Cruiser as the TV. I've searched as much as I can on here... Although a great vehicle, does not seem to have a great reputation as a TV. What size/model could it tow safely?

I was thinking/hoping a 19'/23' International or a 22' Sport. What are your thoughts? The tow capacity is 6,000. I'm not handy so I'd like to get one from the last 5 years or so.

Appreciate all your insights.. This is a great forum!


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Old 08-21-2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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No doubt, there is liberation in going minimalist, but there is also taking it too far.

I think a 19' or narrow-body 22' (that Sport is not as wide as the 19' and 23') would be bad news for full-timing with a family with two youngsters. I've seen blogs with a family of 3 (including a newborn) in a 23', but even that seems snug.

Unless you REALLY like that Land Cruiser, having a trailer with more room for the family would take precedence. You could probably sell the LC and have enough to buy an used Tundra Double Cab, which you'd use to pull a 25' trailer. Having the truck bed also gives you more cargo space for stuff; the LC's cargo bay is on the small side.

Best thing to do - get the wife and your one year old and head to the Airstream dealer. Spend some time in various models. Things will start to sort themselves out better then.

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