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Old 12-27-2013, 07:53 AM   #15
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:24 AM   #16
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For example with your 2006 Lexus LX470 the payload is only 1270 lbs so with a 25' modern Airstream real world tongue weights are usually 1000-1200 lbs and after weight distribution is applied would use up 900-1000 lbs of your payload capacity which wouldn't leave much for passengers and anything else in your TV.

With that said you should be fine with an Airstream in the 20' range actually a 23' FB or smaller should be good for payload.(the other 23' Airstreams have more tongue weight then the 23' FB)

Your Lexus lists 2 tow ratings 5000 lbs or 6500 lbs if 5000 lbs that would limit you to 22' or less for a new Airstream, vintage trailers are lighter and may allow a larger trailer.

One of the best add-ons for reliability is an auxiliary-transmission cooler.
Excellent reply. Again, I am a bottomless pit of ignorance, so forgive the idiot questions.

So, the trailer's tongue weight counts as "payload"?

I think my LX470 has a tow rating of 6500.

Any idea what an aux tranny cooler costs? (Ballpark)

I think I am slowly coming around to the idea of trading the LX for a more "capable" TV...like a 1/2 or 3/4 ton pickup with full tow package.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:09 PM   #17
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Excellent reply. Again, I am a bottomless pit of ignorance, so forgive the idiot questions.

So, the trailer's tongue weight counts as "payload"?

I think my LX470 has a tow rating of 6500.

Any idea what an aux tranny cooler costs? (Ballpark)

I think I am slowly coming around to the idea of trading the LX for a more "capable" TV...like a 1/2 or 3/4 ton pickup with full tow package.
Most of the tongue weight does count as payload (a weight distributing hitch transfers some back to the trailer axles) since the TV suspension is physically carrying that weight.

For the tranny cooler, you could get 1 from about $75-250 depending on size of the cooler and weather you get a complete kit or just the cooler then get the rest of the parts for more. On some vehicles the price difference doesn't justify doing the work yourself instead of having it installed, depends if they have a descent priced kit for yours or you have to make several trips to get the right parts.
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Thanks for all of your input. Very helpful.

Can someone point me to the great debate on 1/2 ton vs. 3/4 ton?
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What did you end up doing? I also have an LX (2005) and with research (not real world practice) have discovered many find it to be a very capable TV, designed to easily handle the 6500lb rating. Not sure if you have the bumper cover hitch deal, but that isn't set up to do anything but handle a bike rack or a PWC. You need the real frame mounted hitch if it didn't come with.
From what I read, a WDH, sway control, and adding a solid brake controller (easy DIY install) makes for an easy tow for a 23FB or smaller. The 25' AS seemed to be a bit much if there are any real hills involved in your travels.
good luck!
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