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PostSubject: Towing question    Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:34 pm

Hey guys. So I need to move a truck (4100lbs) on a trailer (2200lbs) about 50 miles. Now I know it's not the safest or smartest idea I've had lol but what's the most any of you have towed with the FJ? Somewhat safely too* lol
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:37 pm

what kind of hitch have you got?? the OEM or a true class 3 ??..if you got the OEM..then honestly i wouldnt try it...but if you have a class 3...and you take it easy then i personally wouldnt be too scared to do it...i mean if there arent too many hills...and start stop traffic...LOL...it shouldnt be that bad as long as you take it easy...
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:41 pm

Haha I believe it's the oem hitch!
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:13 pm

yeah bro..i wouldnt do it...probably cheaper in the end to rent a truck....
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:48 am

The OEM one is the one with the bumper cutout right?
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:45 am

Yeah bad idea. I was going to suggest a tow dolly, but they are all rated for like 3200# max. That would (in my mind at least) take a lot of that weight down (trailer wise). Would also have to have a free rolling axle though..
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:47 am

The FJ will pull it - especially over that short a distance, assuming it's not through the mountains. The biggest question would be the tongue weight and whether the trailer has electric brakes (and you have a brake controller)?

With a car trailer, adjusting tongue weight is easy - you just move the car forward or backward assuming you have room to do so on the trailer. The brakes are the biggest thing. Stopping that much weight will be near impossible without a brake controller and electric brakes.
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:50 am

Solution for ya... buy a class 3 hitch and give me your OEM (since I haven't had a chance to make it to Greensboro to buy Mike's off him hehe) cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:53 pm

MadToy wrote:
The FJ will pull it - especially over that short a distance, assuming it's not through the mountains. The biggest question would be the tongue weight and whether the trailer has electric brakes (and you have a brake controller)?

With a car trailer, adjusting tongue weight is easy - you just move the car forward or backward assuming you have room to do so on the trailer. The brakes are the biggest thing. Stopping that much weight will be near impossible without a brake controller and electric brakes.



Well its a Uhaul Auto Transport that I'll be using. It does have brakes but not electronic. Ive used the trailer before but only towed a Nissan Sentra which is probably at least 1000lbs less. Thankfully my manual trans helps a little with engine braking too! lol
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:09 pm

I would not do it. That is too much weight for the FJC to handle safely. It is not just about you either, something goes wrong and it will impact others on the road as well. Rent a tow rig and do it right.
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PostSubject: Re: Towing question    Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:24 pm

i agree with Stan...its really not the best thing to try...like i said before just rent a Uhaul Pickup Truck and be done with it...
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