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Old 11-16-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Hey Gang,

Just got my new edition of TL and one of the featured articles was about a new Toyota FJ 4WD towing a new Safari 23 thru the snow up to Mt. Bachelor in Oregon.

The FJ has a rated tow capacty of 5K and the Safari 23 has a UBW of 4460 and a NCC of 1540 for a gross weight of 6K.

So why would a trailering magazine deliberately pull a 6000 lb. AS with a vehicle rated for 5000 lb.?

Any comments or opinions?

They did mention that they were using a WD hitch and they even showed a photo of the rig in the now with chains on just the rear wheels of the FJ!
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Old 11-16-2007, 05:43 PM   #2
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Toyota must pay pretty good.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:31 PM   #3
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I just looked at an FJ Cruiser. If you ge the off road package the tow rating is boosted to 6000 lbs. But.. the wheel base is still pretty short. I figured I could pull our minuet comfortably
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Not me, but I have the 'Burb he would have rather had

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... So why would a trailering magazine deliberately pull a 6000 lb. AS with a vehicle rated for 5000 lb.?

Any comments or opinions?...
I read the article and wondered the same thing.

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Old 11-16-2007, 07:24 PM   #5
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... they even showed a photo of the rig in the snow with chains on just the rear wheels of the FJ!
It looked a lot like this.

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The FJ has a rated tow capacty of 5K and the Safari 23 has a UBW of 4460 and a NCC of 1540 for a gross weight of 6K.

Any comments or opinions?
Hey yourself Lewster
Just a dumb one. What is UBW and NCC?

Anyone know anything about the towing capacity of the new Ford SUV Hybrid? Or anything else about it for that matter. Also did I hear right is there now a small diesel SUV out there?
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:42 PM   #7
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It looked a lot like this.

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I'm not an SUV kinds guy but that is one cool lookin rig.

The pic in the snow reminds me when we pulled our Coleman PU through Buffalo when they had that nasty November snow storm 6 or 7 years ago. Not fun
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This doesn't have much to do with admiring that rig, even though it does look impressive.
In Germany, that would result in a moving violation. Chains must be on all 4 wheels.
Don't ask me how I found that out!
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Hey Marshall,

UBW is unit base weight.........NCC is net carry capacity.

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Just a dumb one. What is UBW and NCC?

Anyone know anything about the towing capacity of the new Ford SUV Hybrid? Or anything else about it for that matter. Also did I hear right is there now a small diesel SUV out there?
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This doesn't have much to do with admiring that rig, even though it does look impressive.
In Germany, that would result in a moving violation. Chains must be on all 4 wheels.
Don't ask me how I found that out!
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Also............ Oregon requires drag chains on the trailer also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Chain up that trailer...

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Also............ Oregon requires drag chains on the trailer also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would think COMMON SENSE would require drag chains on the trailer
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The outfit in TomW's post seems to be mirror challenged as well. Is this the TL unit? I hate it when I see someone pulling a large trailer and they can barely see, if at all, behind them because they are relying on the factory mirrors that don't extend out to provide proper viewing.

But then that's just me.

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I would think COMMON SENSE would require drag chains on the trailer
i would think COMMON SENSE would not put that tow combination together.....i guess common sense is a precious commodity nowawdays
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Also............ Oregon requires drag chains on the trailer also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK, While I have driven a couple of times in the snow, I'm from a warm climate and have never towed a trailer in snow.
What are drag chains??
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