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Old 01-01-2007, 09:34 AM   #15
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Since September I've travelled over 5000 miles with my rig (FJ + Bambi 16)
Great pic...nice rig!
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:45 AM   #16
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In that light, let me change this thread to a FJ working with a 16' Bambi Safari!!

Great news!

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In that case, what are you waiting for? Just make sure you get (and use) WD and sway control, and life should be good.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:22 AM   #17
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sos10, great looking setup!

Tao, I think the 16' would be better suited to the FJ with it's wheelbase and weight capacities. A good point by sos as well about water consumption (lower) with the wetbath of the 16' if the majority of your camping is boondock.

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:12 AM   #18
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On our Safari 22 I put the Hensley Hitch - great but think that would be way overkill for the Bambi 16.

I now ask for suggestions on brand/model of WD and Sway Control units.

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You are right for asking about WD/anti-sway -- dealers will install all sorts of off brands and charge you just as much. You definitely don't want a friction antisway setup. It would come down to a Reese Dual Cam or an Equal-I-Zer. I have a Reese but the Equal-I-Zer should get a lot of your attention. The Reese High-performance installation is cleaner than installing u-bolts around the frame. You couldn't go wrong with either one.
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Anyone know if Toyota has future plans for a v8 FJ?
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:09 PM   #21
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Anyone know if Toyota has future plans for a v8 FJ?
Hopefully this is still on the subject of the thread, but it is my understanding that Toyota will develop a Hybrid version first, staying in line with the company objective of all vehicles having a Hybrid option.

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As far as I know no V8 is planned, but the new 5.7 v8 the Tundra is getting would make a monster FJ.. to much for my taste..
The Hybrid version is also a big ?? But the FJ has a huge unused space in the back...underneath... ideal placement for batteries.... but it is only guessing.
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I now ask for suggestions on brand/model of WD and Sway Control units.
I use the equal-i-zer with my Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 16' Bambi and have been very happy with it. Others prefer the Reese Dual Cam. I would stay away from other WD systems (except the Hensley, of course).

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Old 01-15-2007, 08:06 PM   #24
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Tao, if you are still looking for a great deal on a Reese WD And Dual Cam HP Sway Control Kits I got one from these guys for about $425 including shipping. Keep in mind that Reese, Drawtite and Hidden Hitch are all the same brand. I know mine was genuine since it was drop shipped directly from Reese in Livonia, MI the next day.

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Trailer Weight Distribution Trunnion Bar Style And Dual Cam HP Sway Control Kit

All you need beyond this kit is the ball for about $10.
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You can also do a google search for Reese Hitch and a slew of online dealers can be found. I typically buy some of the gear off eBay depending on price.

I picked up a set of 600 and 800lb weight bars for about $50 shipped I seem to recall. They were the newer style that were compatible with the dual cam. Got a few horseshoes for the chains...something like $10 shipped and a few other odds and ends like drawbar for $13 shipped, etc. I would not buy a ball off eBay though, but the rest of the gear is pretty hard to damage in transit and if buying from a good seller, more times than not, you can get a good deal with gear that is in great shape.
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Decision was made and last Wednesday I drove from Atlanta, GA to Lakewood, NJ to the Colonial Airstream dealership. Picked up a new 2007 Airstream Bambi 16 International. Had a local hitch dealer install an Equalizer and headed home. Folks at Colonial were great to deal with - particularily the salesman I worked with - Patrick Botticelli. Nice chap.

Driving up to NJ I averaged 20MPG driving at speeds of 70-73MPH. With trailer in tow mileage dropped to just over 11MPG - this is a very hilly route to travel.

Mileage was actually better when I kept at a speed of 68-72MPH as compared to 60-65MPH. (This is actual MPG per the Garmin GPS, not the speedometer.) I burned mid-grade fuel on the trip both directions.

With the Equalizer hitch and my electric brake controller the trailer towed perfectly and felt very safe.

I was caught in a nasty blizzard with temps in the range of 17 degrees and 30+ MPH winds, white out conditions, on Thursday evening while driving home from Lakewood, NJ to south of the DC area. Never had any trouble with the FJ/trailer on the road.

Thanks for input from all that shared.

Must admit, the Bambi 16 is even nicer than I expected. Will be a great method to enjoy our travels in.
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good choice

Good you went for the 16' .. Happy trails! and post of pic of your rig!
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Tao / Jack,

Congrats on your new 16 CCD!

Please update this thread from time to time on your towing experiences. While I am hoping that my v8 Explorer holds out for a while, I just love the look of the FJ Cruiser and the 16ft Bambi. I had a v6 Explorer with our Bambi and generally was "ok" - but I do like having the power of the v8 for passing etc.

Still hoping for a V8 FJ option in the future. My brother works for Toyota Corporate - maybe I should push on him! ;-)

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