Re: Pulling a Travel Trailer
There are other threads on trailer pulling w/an FJ posted elsewhere on this forum (just do a search) and some people claim that there's no problem pulling a long (20ft+) trailer as long as it doesn't exceed the FJ's GVWR, but I'm skeptical.
I have no problem pulling my 9ft Horizon Adventure Trailer w/my FJ, which is about 3000lbs fully loaded w/water, gas, food & gear and have no problem pulling a motorcycle on a trailer w/it either. But, I personally would NEVER try pulling my 27' Outdoors Creekside Travel Trailer w/my FJ, even though this trailer is rated at "only" 4900 lbs dry weight (just within the FJ's GVWR). I only pull it w/my Ford F250 4x4 7.3L SuperCab Longbed Diesel, which is 20ft long, has as 13ft wheelbase, 505Ft/lb torque and a GVWR of around 12.5k lbs. That's what the F250 is designed for -- not so the FJ.
Even if the FJ can "technically" pull a long and heavy travel trailer, IMHO the FJ is too light and is too underpowered (no torque) to tow one efficiently and doing so will strain the engine, drive train and brakes (especially in mountain terrain) -- not to mention sucking up gas faster than you can gulp a coke -- far beyond the limits intended for this off-road vehicle.
Doesn't mean you couldn't pull a long trailer w/your FJ from time-to-time or on an emergency basis, if necessary, but I certainly wouldn't want to use it for towing such a trailer over great distances or for extended periods of time.
Just my 2 cents!
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