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Old 10-19-2018, 02:35 PM   #1
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I'm more of a reader than a poster, but just thought I'd introduce myself.

We are new to RV'ing and picked up our first travel trailer in July 2018. It's a Cruiser RV Radiance 24BH (29' total length, 5,085 dry weight) being towed by a 2014 Lexus LX 570 (max tow capacity of 7,000lbs, full time 4WD with locking center diff).

We've been on 4 different trips so far and have enjoyed it, particularly our two young girls - 6 and 3 years old. We were anxious purchasing the Radiance, given very little online reviews of it, however we have enjoyed it. My wife preferred the paint job, floor plan and king bed. So far it's met our expectations.


The LX 570 has been an amazing tow vehicle for us. With a Blue OX Swaypro and Tekonsha P3 brake controller, the setup works great. I actually have to order a different Blue Ox adjustable hitch, as the front of the trailer is a few inches too high, even with the current hitch adjusted to the lowest holes available. The beauty of the the LX as a towing vehicle is its AHC system - factory air suspension that maintains perfect level at all 4 corners. Further, the system automatically lowers the suspension even further at highway speeds, increasing the tension on the Swaypro.

Happy travels, all.

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Hi Richard! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome and congrats on the new rig. You are joining a good group of folks here with l
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Enjoy the adventure.
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I'm in the Central Valley too and I'm curious where you went on your trips.

You can hit some pretty good mountains going out of here and I'd like to know how your Lexus did pulling that trailer over the mountains.
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I'm in the Central Valley too and I'm curious where you went on your trips.

You can hit some pretty good mountains going out of here and I'd like to know how your Lexus did pulling that trailer over the mountains.
To maintain 55mph heading north on the 101 heading back from Pismo was the first time I had to down shift to 2nd gear. It certainly had to work, for sure (that long hill climb heading north just past San Luis). We also spent a few days up at Yosemite RV and due to tight turns, I kept it in 3rd gear on the drive up. Other two trips were fairly ‘easy’ for the LX up to Three Rivers and Paso Robles.

On the highway, I typically leave it in 4th, per owners manual, and leave it in cruise control and maintain speed of 60-62.
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55-62 is what I tow at in California. Seems that if you hang with the trucks your off the radar so to speak. Lots less wind resistance too!
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55-62 is what I tow at in California. Seems that if you hang with the trucks your off the radar so to speak. Lots less wind resistance too!
Exactly the reason I maintain the same speeds!!
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