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Old 09-20-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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Pulling 2006 FB Safari SW with Lexus GX

So the Safari FB 2006 SE has a GVWR of 7300 pounds and UBW of 5443. My 2005 Lexus GX470 is rated for 6500 pounds. Is this an impossibility to tow, even if the Safari doesn't have water etc. in the tanks, extra weight?

Love this trailer and love my Lexus and don't want to move down to a 23'er.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:56 PM   #2
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I towed a simular sized and weight 25'er with a GMC 1/2 ton pickup with a 5.3 Liter V8....had a little more HP and torque than the Lexus' 263 horsepower and 323 pound-feet of torque, (325, and 348 respectively) and I was dissatisfied with it. It was also much longer wheel base than your Lexus.

However, you need to try it and see if you like it.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:48 PM   #3
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Howells and the Clampetts

Friends: I have friends who pull a 28' Classic with a big Lexus SUV and a Hensley, of course. It's total luxury. We represent opposite ends of the spectrum on TVs. Our's: big, noisy, quirky, jerky, hard to park, truck lane hoggin' diesel honkin' truck. Their's: quiet, refined, three cows killed for the seats, wimpy softtail girly man kind of ride but boy is it sweet SUV. I'm sure they'd faint if someone put the slinky in their cargo area. They tow like Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Howell III. We tow like the Clampetts. They've camped coast to coast with class. We'll be camped next to them this weekend. We'll just have to keep the clothes off the line and the dogs chained to the porch. I'm envious, of course, but in very rugged areas they're envious of us. Of course you'll love your Lexus as a TV. Just plan accordingly. Best wishes, John
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Friends: I have friends who pull a 28' Classic with a big Lexus SUV and a Hensley, of course. It's total luxury. We represent opposite ends of the spectrum on TVs. Our's: big, noisy, quirky, jerky, hard to park, truck lane hoggin' diesel honkin' truck. Their's: quiet, refined, three cows killed for the seats, wimpy softtail girly man kind of ride but boy is it sweet SUV. I'm sure they'd faint if someone put the slinky in their cargo area. They tow like Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Howell III. We tow like the Clampetts. They've camped coast to coast with class. We'll be camped next to them this weekend. We'll just have to keep the clothes off the line and the dogs chained to the porch. I'm envious, of course, but in very rugged areas they're envious of us. Of course you'll love your Lexus as a TV. Just plan accordingly. Best wishes, John
This needs a PICTURE!

Forgive me if either do not partake of adult beverages, I picture the Howells sipping merlot on a white table cloth, he in a smoking jacket she in an appropiate diner dress, and the Clampetts are tippin a jug and all a havin a large time!

Thurston, good luck and enjoy, I drive a smelly louder obnoxious diesel.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:18 PM   #5
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Somehow I don't see the Clampetts in an Airstream of any vintage so I think you're under rating yourself unless you tie Granny down in a rockin chair on top of the Airstream.
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:42 PM   #6
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RH,

I wondered the same thing (in fact couldn't sleep for thinking about it).

We had a 1000 mile one way trip to bring our coach home. Our first leg was 200 miles in snow and slush. That is not how I wanted to be initiated into pulling a unfamiliar trailer!!!!

When we got home, had ice, slush and dark on a steep hill with a hard right turn at the bottom of hill. I took it real slow and never had a "pucker".

GX has unbelievable traction!

1st picture is of our first night last Jan. ( from motel window)

2nd Picture is last weekend, our first night out! Everything works!!

We do have a Hensley. I would see and hear a truck passing and seldom felt it.

I do wish for more HP! But, only have 145K on the GX, in Toyota life span, it's just past puppy stage.

When I look at new vehicles, none have the nice interior the GX has and I figure it has another 150K life in it.

My advice is try it with proper hitch setup.

You won't win any races up the hill, but I figure one should work within parameters of equipment. Just take it easy and enjoy the ride.

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Old 09-20-2010, 07:57 PM   #7
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Nice trailer Bob. Since a client of mine works for Toyota he wasn't in favor of me going outside the 6500 pounds the GX is rated for. Had a 72 Tradewind and it was no big deal to pull it but it was a few thousand pounds lighter.
Pulling a trailer through any street in Eureka is a challenge with all those Ripley Believe it or Not street crossings.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:03 PM   #8
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I REALLY like my 2001 Sequoia, and I think it does a great job with my 26' Argosy... but it's a good 2000 or so pounds less AND 6" narrower than the newer ones. I'm not sure the Sequoia or GX would have enough guts over the hills to make me comfortable.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:13 PM   #9
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I live outside of town, have towed my 16' flatbed with tractor thru town, but wouldn't think of taking the AS!! I think that would be illegal, but, if not, common sense should rule, and I don't want a ticket or a crease on the skin.

I did drive my brother in law's Dodge diesel long bed thru town (one time!!). I know I passed up many good parking places and felt guilty for the noise.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:16 PM   #10
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Yeah my buddy pulls his 69 Overlander with a 2001 Sequoia. Loads it up with bikes, canoes the works. But the new Streams are much heavier.
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Cool

I think you can do it, although you may shorten the life of the TV trans & rear end. Drove a Toyota Prado VX (foreign version of the GX) for about 3yrs it was a great off road vehicle with ultra luxury inside. I just remembered how loaded down the rear got when we had people in the cargo area seats.

Makes me wonder how well it would handle the heavy tongue load if you had any type of payload in the cargo area. Particularly if your lacking transmission cooler. It'll work just may feel not so fun and costly in the long run.

Intead of moving down to a 23, why not trade into a top end Sequoia. I have a colleague with one and I felt that it was at least as nice as our Prado and had towing capacity of 10k. The Lexus badging is purely marketing for this vehicle. Lexus here, Landcruiser everywhere else......

The extra ponies would be nice. You'll probably get better gas mileage under tow and I'd bet the depreciation trade in would be comparable in either trade case...

Good luck.
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In my mind, a Lexus is a Toyota with a nicer interior (a big plus).
I've wondered about a Sequoia or Tundra, but they are not as nice inside as our paid for Gx470 which handles our AS.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:02 PM   #13
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Was looking at the 2010 Flying Clouds Sat at Camping World. They had a 27'er there that was being sold for just $2,000 more than the 23'er. I'm thinking I would trade the Lexus GX down the road for more power but til then hoping it would make do.
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Agree with on all counts that the lexus feels nicer than Toyota. I've owned a 4 runner loaded to the hilt and the GX470/land cruiser Prado. And they are different in the frame/chasis. Also funny that they don't sell the 4 runner outside of North America. Only the Prado....... I think this is generally because most foreign markets demand higher off road performance (not too many interstate networks on other continents).

When it comes to sequoia, you can add similar trim levels to the GX since there is no other competing product in the mfr lineup. Either way, if you like your car keep it. You could do worse.

We thought hard about buying a GX when we returned from Africa, but chose a crew cab pick up over an SUV because it had more versatility for our lifestyle (better towing and the cab is cavernous). Besides it gave me a good excuse for me to keep my other "fun" car.

Don't trade to a 23. You will miss the space....
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