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New Lock-n-Roll hitch installed on the FJ and camper. Range of motion testing to begin next weekend.:wink
 

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I have been pulling my RPod 178 for the third season now. Lots of hills around Utah. I typically spend time in a gear lower than normal (MT). Only sees 6th on level or downhill with no headwind at all. At least I am not in the right hand lane with the semis going up the local hill from Salt Lake to Park City.
Tows well with an Equalizer hitch. Trailer is about 2800 lbs dry. It can carry 36 gallons of water and 30 gal. each for Grey and Black water.

Love the FJ, Love the Rpod.
Snooping entire thread and ran across your old post. Do you still love your Rpod? I've had the 180 at the top of my possibles-list and plan to buy next year. As a tent camper, just gathering info on what I have to research, learning more than I ever thought I'd want to know about weight distribution hitches, air springs, brake controllers and such! lol
 

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1989 Checkmate Senator , 7.4 litre ,400+ hp , go fast boat .
 

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Had to move a hot tub today so broke out the double/simgle wide combo
Low deck height, tilt deck plus the superglides made it crazy easy.
 

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I loved my FJ. But, horrible gas mileage when towing and relatively small gas tank AND my wife and I decided after using the RPod for 5 years we wanted something just a smidge larger. So we sold FJ (wow does it hold its value, and bought a Chevy Colorado diesel. Tows 2,400 more and gets much better mileage. AND we put it to the test after some pretty challenging (at least for me) driving near Kanab, Utah just this weekend. Settled on a Rockwood Micro Lite 2109S as the new Travel Trailer. Meets our needs! Miss the FJ, but feel pretty good about our decisions. Ask me in a few years when I will know if the Chevy is a dependable as the FJ. So far, not the case.
 

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Here is my rig, the trailer tops out at 3850#, I chose the single axle out of simplicity and compactness it is 17' with no slideouts. I was generally to be used for my daughters and I SCUBA trips but we have been camping quite a bit in it. The first two times out I just had a straight receiver bar, while the little bit of sway was acceptable the up and down pogo action bothered me. I had previously installed Air Lift 1000 air bags for my enclosed trailer. They help but as soon as I added the weight distribution and sway control, it tows like a dream, hardly know its back there until pulling a steep hill.

I also have a Hayden #679 Trans cooler, Prodigy P2 Brake controller and installed a 1" front coil level spacer. I plan on doing the axle spring over conversion to get a few more inches clearance on the camper, it does bottom out on some unimproved roads and the rustic State Park campsites we frequent

Did a three week SCUBA trip to Florida this summer, used the wifes 4Runner, the longer wheelbase and four conventional doors are Mo'better, and you can open the back up when hitched unlike our beloved FJ's
 

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Picked up an Escape Trailer Industries 17A this past spring. Love the simplicity of the camper. Tows great; no anti-sway or weight distribution hitch needed.
 

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I was on a bike ride today that included this route: Jack's Creek from Pecos (Gravel lot across from USFS Office). At the summit (9000') I caught up with an FJ that had passed me pulling a vintage Airstream. There's a one mile ramp on the road near the top that's about 10% the entire length.

Anyone know the year and model of the Airstream? I'd love to know the dry weight and the max loaded weight of this trailer. Thanks very much.
 

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Thanks for the image. I have a 2012 FJ and have been looking at the GeoPro G19FD. So I have to ask how has the towing experience been so far? Are you using an anti-sway WDH?
i would not recommend doing this set up again; unfortunately there;s another decision maker involved, and she pays half the payments on both, and called final decision on getting this trailer. My plan B has been if it doesnt work out, we just spend $8 to $10k on an older Silverado 3/4 ton . which of course defeats the purpose of towing the FJ, of unhooking when you get there, and then hitting smaller /rougher roads. i found a great couple doing a you tube channel Geo Pro Adventurers, retired pilot and flight attendant wife, with the 19FBS, towed by a Jeep 4 dr SUV, but having a higher weight capability.

the issue of getting the trailer, is we started out looking at trailers before i had all the proper info on trailer, rig GVWR and tongue weight; and one the trailer was shown, then looked at, it was pretty much train on the tracks. should have known better, as we did this same type of thing with 3 separate pickup/trucks and cab-over slide in campers. Apparently the best route is find the trailer/camper of your dreams and then get the rig to pull/haul it.

Unfortunately with the FJ, the vehicle is so darn cool, its to hard give that lifestyle just to pull a bigger trailer. trade-offs.

to make this set up work, we got the 7 pin connector, a brake controller, a R3 Recurve 600 weight distribution hitch, a auxiliary transmission cooler and today a Curt left/right side frame mounted receiver. Yes, it has anti sway bars on each side; very nice little ones, not the big hang down kind. I have heard on this forum that the Hensley Arrow Cub is recommended, but $2,000+. the R3 was $600 installed. I may get the Hensley, if this setup doesnt improve over time.

with the single axel, and the compartment at the front, the trailer has a lot of tongue weight, impacting driving experience.

with the new receiver, and a re-adjusting of the WDH, it looks better today, and time will tell, on this weekends day trip to the coast. i'm experimenting with putting things in the bathroom/shower area behind the axle vs in the front compartment to keep the weight off the tongue.

the trailer itself is of course a sweet little setup for the money and size once the destination is reached.

my next step, other than the Hensley, is getting air bags with the inside adjustment, so lift up the rear a little, if it keeps having the slight porpoising. $1,000 installed, Les Schwab tire center. additional option is new Bilstein shocks., $1,000 for those as well?(installed)

as you can see, it's taken a bit of money and time to bring this rig up to tow-ability of it. the trailer weight loaded, FJ loaded and tongue weight loaded are all redlining the maximum numbers, and it definitely drives that way.
 

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Anyone know the year and model of the Airstream? I'd love to know the dry weight and the max loaded weight of this trailer. Thanks very much.
I'm not saying it's an Airstream, but here's a start differentiating the years. 1969-1974 based on the partial view of the taillight?


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I'm not saying it's an Airstream, but here's a start differentiating the years. 1969-1974 based on the partial view of the taillight?


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I lived in a Boles Aero in Riverton when I attended CWC back in the day. It was a little longer than this and sucked to live in but I saved some coin in the process. I think I got $300 when I sold it, same as the buying price. At least it had working septic and a shower. Looked like this:

 
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