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Old 10-21-2011, 09:15 AM   #1
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Toyota FJ Cruiser?

Anyone tow a small trailer with a Toyota FJ Cruiser? I understand the Mfg's tow rating of 5000 pounds, and do not intend to exceed that.

I'm interested in hearing from those that do tow with one, and how you think it performs.
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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See this thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ser-28958.html

I've towed a 19' Bambi all over the states now with an FJ and no issues.
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Mike,...how does the fj do on long hills...or through the mts...and what type of hitch/brake controller if any do you use. We are looking for a 16 or 19. Just bought my 2nd fj...and really dont want to give it up.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:17 AM   #4
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Handles the grades great. We recently went from Sedona to Flagstaff up I-17 and we were passing all the big rigs. Went up and through the continental divide at 7,300 feet (thru snow as well) and had no problems. Obviously, you know the trailer is behind you on these steep grades, but we were doing 55 mph and probably could traveled faster if I'd pushed it.
I use the EAZ Lift weight dist. hitch (w/o sway control). It feels solid enough so I haven't considered sway control at this point. I've read all the posts and they just make me even more confused! Use a Prodigy brake controller and it works great!
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #5
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The only thing that would concern me on a Toyota is the rear end failures. If you see the paint on the rear end flaking, then that's a good indication of high heat and the next thing you know, it will fail just when you least can aford it. The next time you tow heavy and pull a bad hill in the summer, stop and put your hand on the rear end. Better yet, just spray it with water and if it "hisses", then you know you could be getting trouble.

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Old 11-03-2011, 07:09 PM   #6
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>>stop and put your hand on the rear end.
Well, I have gotten out and opened the back of the FJ to get something out and if it were that hot, I would have noticed!! And no paint flaking. But I'll keep an eye open for it.
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I've got a Toyota (Tundra) and wasn't aware of rear end failures as a problem with them. Is that common?

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Saw a 19' Bambi being towed by a FJ Cruiser in the WalMart parking lot in York, NE last Sun.
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>>stop and put your hand on the rear end.
Well, I have gotten out and opened the back of the FJ to get something out and if it were that hot, I would have noticed!! And no paint flaking. But I'll keep an eye open for it.
Unless you were storing what you rent to retrieve underneath the FJ Cruiser, near the differential, you probably would not have noticed. The differential housing is what pappy19 meant when he typed "rear end."
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Yep, he is right, the dif cover is where you will notice extreme heat. Dif heat is something that most tower's never think about and will kill you at the most unopertune time, not to mention very expensive. Nissan's and Toyotas have a specific rearend break-in and if not followed to the "T" then a failure is possible when towing. It's something to consider.

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We bought our second F-J and then I got my Airstream (is was brand new off the lot with only 5,000 miles on it). *** After doing lots of reading and deciding that it was just going to be just to much for our F-J we traded it in.
It was heartbreaking but worth it. We figured that once we put us, the kids, dog, and all our crap in the AS we would be pushing the limit. And then if we were to boon dock...I would have to pull out the calculator to figure out the weight of water!
*** We planned on getting an AS when our kids were a little more grown and gone out of the house...but I decided "why wait?" so we took the leap and found a good deal on an AS. There I was with a couple month old F-J and had to take a hit on the trade in. But I'm so happy with my new to me AS!
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Nissan's and Toyotas have a specific rearend break-in and if not followed to the "T" then a failure is possible when towing. It's something to consider.

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What's the break-in procedure for a Toyota rearend?
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My cousin had a Nissan and his truck manual said to tow up to 50 mph for "at least" 500 miles varying the speed. Then, afterwards proceed up to 60 mph which they recommended as the top towing speed.

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My cousin had a Nissan and his truck manual said to tow up to 50 mph for "at least" 500 miles varying the speed. Then, afterwards proceed up to 60 mph which they recommended as the top towing speed.

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Oh, your cousin's Nissan. This thread is about a Toyota FJ Cruiser, and I bought the vehicle used, so the break-in is really something I can't do anything about, however, this is what my owner's manual says about break-in:

Drive gently and avoid high speeds.
Your vehicle does not need an elabotare break-in. But following a few simple tips for the first 1600 km (1000 miles) can add to the future economy and long life of your vehicle:

Avoid full throttle acceleration when starting and driving.
Avoid racing the engine.
Try to avoid hard stops during the first 300 km (200 miles).
Do not drive for a long time at any single speed, either fast or slow.
Do not tow a trailer during the first 800 km (500 miles).

I could not find mention of the rearend anywhere in the statements about "break-in", and I've not gone to the books on my other vehicles, but I seem to remember simular advisements on my GMC and my wife's Ford.
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