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Old 12-15-2010, 08:48 PM   #1
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Towing a Lexus GX 470 Dinghy

Hello Everyone,
We have been full timing for about 6 years now, and currently tow a Jeep Wrangler, which has been one of the best dinghys we have experienced. However, due to our age and... well... our 'softness' (I am joking here), we have decided to upgrade to a Lexus GX470 as our dinghy, if this is possible.
One challenge we find, however, is the Owner's Manual in the Lexus says, basically, not to tow it, because of potential damage, etc. Yet we see these vehicles towed all the time.
Can anyone who either currently tows one, or who has towed one in the past help us out here and educate me as to the best and proper way to tow a Lexus GX 470? We love this vehicle, and to be able to have it with us across the fruited plain would be fantastic!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Hopefully we will see you in Arizona, Southern California, Texas or Florida in the next few months. We are most certainly leaving the cold north soon!!

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Old 12-16-2010, 08:14 AM   #2
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First of all, Toyota/Lexus will not honor your warranty if their is transmission damage and you have been towing it.

I think the more recent (2008 and later) GX470's are all-wheel-drive and not towable at all (require a trailer). 2007 and earlier have a transfer case but Remco Towing still says they require a drive shaft disconnect for towing. See Application Charts | Remco Towing

You would be better off looking at a different high end SUV. The Lincon MKX and Ford Edge are towable as is and no warranty restrictions. Ditto for the GM lamda series SUVs - GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, Saturn Outlook. All very comfortable cars and fine toads.
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