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Old 08-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Realistic Towing Capacity

Our 23 foot trailer weighs in at 4600 lbs empty. Loaded is around 5500 lbs and it tows without a problem. We aren't going cross country but it doesn't struggle going down the highway. I have trailer brakes installed but the major thing was the equalizer hitch. After the right adjustments the camper rides level and the rear end only dropped about an inch and the front up about a half inch. On a 120 mile one way trip my mileage dropped from 14 w/o the trailer to about 8 with it. But not a big deal. Trailer doesn't sway or pull the truck around with the sway controls on.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Mileage (on flat ground/60 mph as stated w/ range of17.x-18.x per tank) 18 mpg averaged over 2500 miles.
Mileage in the mountains-15-16 mpg.
That just sounds crazy-good.

I can barely get 18 not towing anything. And that's at sea level.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I had a 00 Tundra 4x4 before the FJ minus the torque in the hills ( I live in the Ozark Mountains) The FJ pulls my trailers and Dirt Bikes without a issue. Actually smoother and better then the Tundra. I get about 18 through the hills to the woods if Im not putting my foot to the floor with about 2500 pounds behind it. Unlike my Tundra the FJ actually drives better with this load then it does empty. No trailer brakes and no issue stopping.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:33 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I pull a small pop up camper and it will do 60 at 4000 rpm up big hills all day.
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Sounds like it will tow what I need to it do just fine.

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Great thread- was looking at different camper options- this opens it up quite a bit more than just the tent pop ups (which are more expensive...)

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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We tow 1,900lbs max without brakes and it feels good. If I needed to tow more i'd probably get trailer brakes for sure.

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That just sounds crazy-good.

I can barely get 18 not towing anything. And that's at sea level.
Me too.. sounds too good. Even for going 60mph

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Set up right, you will have absolutely no trouble. I pull 5,000 lbs, no WDH, air bags, custom 7 pin bergman 140 amp isolator, K&N filter, free flw exhaust, Haynes 677 trans cooler, digital trans temp mod, 14+ mpg, plenty of power no sway (friction sway bar). Golden. Awesome pull vehicle, great expidition vehicle. deffinately do the trans cooler and guage. A must if you are towing.

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We tow 1,900lbs max without brakes and it feels good. If I needed to tow more i'd probably get trailer brakes for sure.



Me too.. sounds too good. Even for going 60mph
My boat is about that weight, I tow that without trailer breaks just fine.

Towing that thing with 500 pounds of gear in the back uphill to Pittsburg I was using 4200 rpms for some of the steeper parts but I wasn't exactly driving 55 either...


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So, if I buy a 4100lbs camper I should be ok with my FJ and some load levelers.??
I'm just double checking here..
I have a 6mt, so I get some drivetrain loss, but have lower gearing in 1st & 2nd I believe.
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