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Old 10-23-2014, 03:05 PM   #15
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Ken!

I found this Husky product on amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846


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Old 10-23-2014, 03:21 PM   #16
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And this is the picture of factory installed hitch.

I assume this is a Class IV.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:53 PM   #17
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Glad to help. If you have any more questions then pop in here.
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Old 10-25-2014, 08:04 PM   #18
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Paula, wait a day or two for other comments and answers. For one, without going to their site I have trouble believing a 21 ft TT can be ready to haul at that quoted weight.
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Old 10-26-2014, 01:15 AM   #19
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Paula, wait a day or two for other comments and answers. For one, without going to their site I have trouble believing a 21 ft TT can be ready to haul at that quoted weight.
Hello Mark.

I will.

Thank you for your wise suggestion!
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:47 AM   #20
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Paula, wait a day or two for other comments and answers. For one, without going to their site I have trouble believing a 21 ft TT can be ready to haul at that quoted weight.
That's a valid point. The "dry" weight is really just the bare bones of the camper with no options, no batteries, no propane tanks and usually not even the awning. Then once you load food, clothes, dishes, pots and pans, bedding and towels, coffee maker and toaster... well you get the idea.
The actual weight when you pull out of the driveway for your first outing will be 1000lbs. more than what they said. Particularly the hitch weight with the battery and propane tanks. That will be issue with the hitch on the Lexus. I bet the actual hitch weight with load leveling equipment will be around 700lbs.
And that eats into the payload rating of the tow vehicle. Do you know what the payload rating is?
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Paula, I forgot to comment on this. This is the identical hitch system that I have and I really like it. The vertical adjustability will fit almost any TV/TT combo.
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It would be wise to check the sticker on the drivers door sill that shows tire pressure and axle loading requirements. This is the only way to really know how much available payload your exact vehicle has since they all come from the factory with different options and equipment.

The Lexus has a rather tall profile and a fairly short wheelbase so it may not be as stable as some other vehicles but should be OK at that trailer weight. Just don't expect to put much in it besides a passenger and maybe a couple kids or the tongue weight will put you over your rear axle limit most likely. And air up the rear tires to their rated limit.
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It would be wise to check the sticker on the drivers door sill that shows tire pressure and axle loading requirements. This is the only way to really know how much available payload your exact vehicle has since they all come from the factory with different options and equipment.

The Lexus has a rather tall profile and a fairly short wheelbase so it may not be as stable as some other vehicles but should be OK at that trailer weight. Just don't expect to put much in it besides a passenger and maybe a couple kids or the tongue weight will put you over your rear axle limit most likely. And air up the rear tires to their rated limit.

Great advice.
The payload rating between individual models of the same car can vary greatly based on options. What you need to do is figure out what the payload rating is for your car on the door sticker, then add up your weight plus any passengers plus gear plus the hitch weight and try to stay under that amount. This is the total amount that your vehicle can carry. You also want to make sure that you are not exceeding your hitch weight otherwise you run the risk of overloading the rear tires / axle.
For example a 2007 Lexus GX 470 has a payload rating of 1329 pounds. So if you have two passengers weighing a combined 300 pounds, a full tank of fuel weighing approximately 138 pounds (that's twenty three gallons times 6 pounds per gallon ) and 700 pounds on the hitch, you won't be left with a whole lot of carrying capacity. Start adding another passenger and maybe a dog and it gets very heavy.
I'm not trying to scare you because I think you'll be fine but this is important information that you should be aware of.
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Thank you very much everyone!

Ken! I am glad I found a right equipment!

TDI-Minnie! I believe payload rating for GX 460 is 1295lb.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your clear explanation regarding payload rating and how it's relevant to others!

keymastr! Thank you so much for your great advice!

With everyone's great assistance I definitely feel now I am getting smarter and readier for my first RV experience.


Here's another question for everyone...!

What would you recommend me to do for my Lexus BEFORE and AFTER towing in order to keep it in its best condition???

example: transmission oil change / after

Thank you so much!
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What would you recommend me to do for my Lexus BEFORE and AFTER towing in order to keep it in its best condition???

example: transmission oil change / after

Thank you so much!
Tires are the #1 safety and comfort factor. Good tires with stiff sidewalls and correctly inflated. The tires should have a hefty load rating such as "E" for an LT (Light Truck) tire.
Change the brake fluid and make sure you have lots of life left on the brake pads.
Fresh air filter.
If you have a digital display for onboard diagnostics that you can pull up on the dash when towing, keep engine oil and/or transmission temp pulled up. If they start to get high, you need to back off.
I would also change the oil in the axle/rear-end and/or transfer case. In my truck, I went to a heavier oil 75W-140 Mobil 1 Synthetic to deal with the load and temps.

Your Lexus will need towing mirrors! With the original mirrors, you won't see squat when hitched to an 8' wide camper.
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Towing mirrors...now there is another story! We travelled last summer with 'strap on' temporary mirrors on our Toyota Tacoma. What a pain, and a total waste of money! They jiggled, worked themselves loose and were not that large to boot. NEVER again! This year, I had more time to research a bit, and found people who had bought after market mirrors, or who had used Dodge mirrors. I eventually bought a pair of after-market mirrors from 1A Auto on line. They came within a few weeks (I am in Canada, so they had to pass customs) and installed quickly and easily. 1AAuto was prompt, and very responsive to questions and small problems. The new mirrors are FANTASTIC. They are large, very stable, have a bulged part that provides a wide view, and they flip,out to get them further out so you can see more. I would recommend all new trailer-ers to check to see if 1A has after market tow mirrors for your truck. You won't be sorry.
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Yeah, the strap on mirrors are good to reduce your aerodynamics, prevent a ticket, and make your rig ugly.
Not much else. LOL
If you have good leads on aftermarket towing mirrors that work well, it may be worth a new thread to share with others in this forum that may not be looking in this thread.
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Fortunately the mirrors on my Ram seem to be completely adequate. Gary glad you got some good ones. Very important safety item.
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