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Old 08-19-2013, 08:54 AM   #121
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thanks. I always liked the FJ and think I want one, but I am still happy with my Excursion. So it may be a few yrs out. I appreciate your insight.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:39 AM   #122
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I sat a FJ the other day and was not terribly impressed though... The FJ sold 55,000 units before the latest gas crunch, last year they sold 12,000 units so its a sellers market on them right now. According to the Blue-Book estimates the FJ retains its value better than any other vehicle - last I checked 73% of sticker is/was retained after the 3rd year. After seeing the crash in values of my F-150, and dealing with 9mpg towing and 13-17mpg, the FJ might be a real treat.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #123
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Towing, we did experience a slight left to right buffet on the interstate going about 55. Oddly I found that if I accelerate to 65 the buffet went away. The FJ with the overlander seemed stable at that speed. We were just using the stock 1964 towing hardware on the trailer. A modern day anti-sway/weight distribution hitch would probably eliminate the buffet entirely.

She had plenty of power left over at 65 to pass other slower traffic. In fact I was kind of enjoying going past people in more modern RV's with my old camper. It felt good to know she had a little umph left if I needed it.

We've had ours for almost three years now. We bought is used. I can say in the time we've owned it, we haven't had any mechanical trouble. For all my gripes about comfort she's a sturdy little vehicle and much more capable than she looks. The only maintenance we've done is the standard oil changes, wipers, tires, etc.

I like not having to necessarily own a big tow vehicle. So when I finish out our Overlander I am going to work very hard to keep it light. I am going to build all the wall partitions like they were meant for an airplane out of spruce and thin ply, etc.

I'll keep you posted on that. I will be curious to see how the FJ tows the overlander when the overlander is finished. Of course we have a Dodge Ram pickup as a backup if it proves more than the FJ can deal with.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:52 AM   #124
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good info. They have been a favorite vehicle of mine...to look at anyway. My Exc has only 155K on it so it might be awhile before I buy anything else...
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:09 AM   #125
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Hi Folks,

I just wanted to drop by and let you know that work on our Airstream will resume soon. I know it's been ages, what can I say life gets in the way of living sometimes. I just purchesed most of the outrigger metal I'll need and other sundry things to start working on the frame. We've moved the Airstream again, this time to Harpers Ferry, WV. We bought our first home there a couple of years ago. My goal is to finish frame and subfloor repairs and have a water tight shell by my wifes birthday in August. It's going to be tough. I'll keep you posted and share photo's.
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:12 PM   #126
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Really? By-God West Virginia? Very good choice Sir!

If I had the resources I'd be along 340 somewhere nearby!

Now g'won and get busy, they've left the lights on here for you...

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Thanks Wabbiteer. Also we just bought our second FJ Cruiser. We parted with our first one a few years ago. My wife missed that vehicle something fierce. Our new one has 4WD which is needed up on the mountain.
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