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Old 07-04-2017, 07:30 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by nicky8668 View Post
Hi forum

Newbie here. I'm about to tow a rental TT for a vacation next week. 230 miles one way, stay for few days and make the way back. My setup probably is not considering "ideal", but would like some suggestions to have a safe trip.

Towing Vehicle: 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser 5AT with DIY mods
GVWR: 5579lbs
259 hp (193 kW) at 5600 rpm, and 270 lbft (370 Nm) on 91 octane
Few Mods
1) Class 3 transmission cooler
2) Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller with 7 way blade plug
3) Airlift 1000 in the rear coil spring
4) Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac LT265/70R17
The SUV has 5000lbs towing capacity and 500lbs hitch weight capacity on the paper

Travel Trailer: 2014 Wildwood 181BHXL
1) dual axles with brakes
2) 3600lbs dry weight on paper (I know it's a lie)
3) 301lbs hitch weight on paper (I know it's a lie, too)
4) 22ft long

My plan
1) Drive 55mph MAX
2) Put 20psi in the rear airbag
3) Use WDH
4) Put 37psi in rear tires
5) Total weight in TV=200lbs(me)+100lbs(wift)+40lbs(dog)+200lbs(gears )=640lbs
6) Weight in TT=3600lbs(dry TT weight)+300lbs(food)=3900lbs

I know it's not a perfect combo and sort of pushing to the limit (670lbs left in terms of GCWR) but do you think it is a safe combo/plan? I asked on the FJ Cruiser forum, some folks did more crazy things and of course they said it tows like a dream. But I hope I can get some fair suggestions here.

Just got back from the trip safely. Few update. The trailer weight ~3800lbs on the sticker. But I'm pretty sure it's over 4500lbs. FJ tows it and stops it pretty well, the airbag really helped a lot to compensate rear end sagging, my only complain is the poor handling during turns at a 7 degree decent. I think that's because the short wheelbase, it shares the same engine and transmission with Tacoma. But taco is rated 6500lbs. I'll surely upgrade to a 3/4 ton truck in few years if I do this every couple of weeks. Thanks for all your suggestion.
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:58 AM   #16
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Glad you made it safely.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:35 AM   #17
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Thanks. I'm actually looking to buy a 3/4 ton truck now. I don't want to drive with both hand on firmly the steering wheel while cruising down the highway at 55mph.
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