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Old 07-07-2015, 11:44 AM   #15
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Short answer: No!
Longer answer: The FJ would have to be fitted with a transmission cooler. Even mdified, it is a marginal tow vehicle at best.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:02 PM   #16
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Before I bought my Airstream Interstate, I had a Flying Cloud 19' towed by my FJ Cruiser. Like you, I didn't want to get rid of the FJ since I live in the southwest and used it a lot for exploring forestry roads and all manner of wilderness trails.
I bought an Equalizer hitch, but it took 5 attempts to get it all set up to my liking, after which it did handle very well, and I had no issues taking it all over the country. I would definitely NOT have gone any larger with a trailer, even though I lusted after a 23' Flying Cloud with the front bed!
However, the biggest issue for us, as far as using the FJ to tow with, was the relatively small gas tank on the FJ. On long trips using the interstates, and limiting our speed to 65, I was getting perhaps only 9mpg, and that meant refueling as often as 5 times in one day, and often driving with the low fuel warning light on. Can you imagine the anxiety level from that? That alone told me the FJ was not a suitable tow vehicle for us.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:44 PM   #17
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Pappy,
I for one appreciate the comments on the Chrysler 300, and how various things can be "fixed".
The only thing I would change to your post is to change the wording in the last sentence from "if something goes south" to ""WHEN something goes south"....because you can bet that it will. Also when it happens it will usually be at the very worse possible moment..

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I wouldn't worry about it much, the Chrysler 300 doesn't have any hitch or towing capacities to speak of and yet we are told that it is a better tow rig than any 3/4 or 1 ton truck. Like was said above, you can "fix" all of the obvious FJ problems with modifications. That way only the company that does the modifying is the liable party if something goes south.
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:00 PM   #18
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I'm a smaller TV person but I don't think the FJ is up to that task
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:23 PM   #19
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Don't tow such a large trailer with an FJ. We had, (just months before we bought our airstream) bought our FJ... With intent to eventually get a 19ft or less trailer, possibly a sport to keep it on the lighter side. We also owned a truck with a better tow ability ratio. We found after proper deliberation that a 25ft would best fit us and found a trailer we liked. In the truck we struggled to make it up hills as we took our airstream home and knew a different tow vehicle would be necessary. We ended up trading in our truck and XB to get a 2008 dodge diesel truck and have no worries on what we tow.


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The first thing the plaintiff's lawyer will ask, "were you within your tow vehicle's load rating?". Be careful out there, buy a more robust tow vehicle. My $0.02 worth.
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The first thing the plaintiff's lawyer will ask, "were you within your tow vehicle's load rating?". Be careful out there, buy a more robust tow vehicle. My $0.02 worth.

Show us an example.

Commercial operators of one tons have always exceeded ratings. Legally. For many many hundreds of thousands if miles. By over 10,000 pounds at a time.

You, and some others in previous posts, really do not know what you're talking about.

An FJ s problem is only partly due to size.
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Show us an example.

Commercial operators of one tons have always exceeded ratings. Legally. For many many hundreds of thousands if miles. By over 10,000 pounds at a time.

You, and some others in previous posts, really do not know what you're talking about.

An FJ s problem is only partly due to size.
I doubt seriously if commercial operators are ever overweight. They have to cross scales at every state line. If they are overweight, they receive a violation and are put out of service.
Also, they purchase plates according to weight/GCVWR. In Mississippi, the plates are less than 10,000#, 10,000#, 16,000#, 26,000#, and so and so forth all the way to 80,000#. The commercial hauler purchase plates closest to the GCVWR. The DOT inspectors check the door placard for GVWR and GCVWR. The actual weight cannot exceed the door placard or GCVWR on the license plate. If you have a 1 ton truck and a trailer displaying 26,000# plate with actual weight 24,500# you are OK. If it weighs 27,000# you will receive a violation and be placed out of service. This is a point against the company on the FMCSA score card. Too many violations, and DOT can take your DOT number away, crippling the business and making it impossible to make a living.
All that having been said, that only applies to commercial carriers. Our pickups and travel trailers are not regulated, but we should operate under those same principles for safety.
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I own an FJ Cruiser and tow a light weight boat, or a 17' Casita with it. It does have a transmission cooler that I installed, and with the Casita I use an Andersen WD hitch. It does have a small fuel tank at 19 gallons, about 16 usable before the warning light, so about 200 miles towing, best case.

The FJ is a neat vehicle, better and nicer than a Jeep, IMHO, but I feel that I'm using it at it's max comfortable capacity, and would not tow anything larger with it.
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