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Old 09-06-2009, 10:52 PM   #15
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hey silver sausage...

i was curious to know what you ended up doing? did you tow a 20' AS with an FJ?

I have an FJ and want to buy a 23' safari....pretty sure I am going to have to get a new TV.

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Old 09-08-2009, 08:18 AM   #16
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Wow, it's been a long time since that first post!

Sadly, my job situation changed and I wasn't able to get the chance to spend the year on the road. I would still love to do it some day... I'm keeping the dream alive!

So I never got an Airstream, though I still have the FJ. From all the research I did in the weeks following, I concluded that it really would have been better to upgrade the vehicle. I'm Toyota guy, so some of the more recent model Tundras looked like a good option (though the prices start to climb pretty fast on the beefier models).

Anyway, if you're looking at a 23' Safari, I would definitely recommend a different TV as well. Good luck!

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Old 09-08-2009, 10:19 PM   #17
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thanks Man,

I think I have solved my towing capacity problem by going to a restored 21 ft vintage (1960) AS....the old ones it turns out are MUCH lighter than the new ones. This is is only 3000lbs
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FJ Cruiser towability

I would really appreciate some advice about towing with my 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. It's a fairly new vehicle so there's not much info about towing anything with it yet. Here are the basic numbers:

FJ Cruiser:
Curb Weight: 4300
GVWR: 5600
GCWR: 8800
Max Tow Capacity: 5000
Wheelbase: 105.9"

Safari 20':
GVWR: 5000
Hitch weight: about 500

If the FJ says it can tow 5000, and the the Safari is 5000 max, is this a reasonable combination? (I don't plan to load up the TV). Do I need a safety margin?


The FJ tows at 80% very nicely, my vintage 22 Argosy is 3425lbs and loading all the junk 3955lbs. I'm getting 17mpg on flat Florida land, 15mpg in my area, and 13 to 14 humping over hill and dale in Pennsylvania, (like the back roads but hilly).
Cruises nicely at 65mph and passes nicely at 75mph.

An Airstream dealer recommended as far as the Sport models 22' or a 19' Bambi no more due to weight. Sadly the sport does not come with shocks so passed on that one.
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