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Old 05-06-2014, 12:24 PM   #11
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I tow an X20E (~3990 lbs yellow sticker) with a FJ Cruiser w/ 5K capacity and it does a fine job. The only caveat is that you need to know your engine. The Toyota 4.0L in my TV makes max power (torque and HP) above 4000 RPM. You can't throw it in 'D', set the cruise control, and expect it to be happy. I manually shift, downshift when climbing hills, never use overdrive, etc. I've traveled CA, Utah, AZ, NM and the mid-West with this configuration without issues. The engine is revving higher than you are used to, but it is designed to run at these higher RPMs. It is not struggling, it just sounds like it because it's not the 2000 RPM you are used to.

I'd suggest removing extra stuff you don't use though. I've noticed TT's start to gather 'stuff' over time. I also travel with minimal water.
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:31 PM   #12
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My 2014 198RD has an actual weight (yellow sticker) of about 4200lbs. That also does not account for the weight distribution hitch or battery weight, not to mention everything else you put into it. Your Tacoma will struggle to move this trailer at highway speed because although it is relatively short and light, it is still a full profile trailer and produces the same aerodynamic drag as larger trailers. That being said, with the right truck it tows incredibly well.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:48 PM   #13
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Hi Tim, I guess our trucks are very similar, HP, RPM, etc. I would like to know when you mention "overdrive" is that "DR" (drive)? and the downshift are the numbers on the left of the stick?

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Old 05-06-2014, 08:19 PM   #14
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Thank you SkyBound, that's a first hand information from someone that owns the actual TT I would like to have. Now I need a big favor from you, can you measure your TT from the edge of the roof to the ground, I need to know to make sure that it will fit on a very limited area I have next to my house. Thank you in advance for your help.

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Old 05-07-2014, 08:25 AM   #15
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One thing not discussed was the GVWR of that trailer. Jayco's web site lists it at 5,900#. Even if you say you'll pack light, the temptation is always there to take more because you can store more.

Over the years I have twice towed very close to my rated capacities. Both times I knew what I was getting into and what the limitations would be. The first was a 3500# hybrid with a mini-van (summer of '03). The second time was with our X20E (4750#) and a Chevy Trailblazer (summer of '13). I would describe both experiences as adequate. Both times I knew that towing in mountains would be out of the question. However I was setup properly and never felt unsafe or had "white knuckle experiences". In the case of the mini-van we replaced it after the first season for 2 reasons, we really hated owning a mini-van, and we wanted to tow on long trips, and in mountains. We just sold the Trailblazer because it had 160k on it and I really didn't want to spend any money on it anymore. In both cases, prior to towing close to capacity we towed trailers with those same vehicles that were well within capacities and with plenty of spare capacity.

That said, there is a definite difference between towing up to your limit and having spare capacity. I've heard in the past that some people use "the 1000 lb" rule. That is, for maximum flexibility and towing "pleasure", tow no more than 1k lbs less than than your towing capacity. There is a lot to be said for that rule.
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:32 PM   #16
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Hi Dan-

Yes, when I talk about overdrive, I mean the 'D' setting on the stick. I usually start in '3', then shift to '4'. I could really just start in '4' and be fine most of the time. The only time you need to worry is when the transmission shifts back and forth between gears (called 'hunting'), usually during a climb but also possible in a really strong headwind. This will heat up and wear on an automatic transmission. You are better off just using the lower gear until the climb is over.

Obviously a bigger vehicle will be easier to tow with, but we like the capabilities of the FJ when we've reached our destination. We use a nice WD hitch with sway control and haven't had any issues. Gas mileage seems to be virtually the same regardless of tow vehicle.
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #17
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Thank you Tim for your time and patience, have a great camping season !!

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Old 05-12-2014, 11:54 AM   #18
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I'll be able to get a measurement to you next weekend, as I'm away from home for work stuff. You just want me to measure from the roof to the ground?
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Thank you for the follow up SkyBound,
Yes, from the edge of the roof to the ground, I need to know how tall it is, thank you very much.

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Old 05-19-2014, 10:54 AM   #20
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Just so you know, I haven't forgotten about you. My stay away from home was extended by a few days (for now) and I really can't say when I will be back again. Sorry to jerk you around like this lol but I'm in the middle of a pretty hecktic time right now.... Don't even have a single camping trip planned yet and no idea when we will be able to get some days off. If you can hang in there let me know, otherwise try to summon some other 198 owners on here. There aren't a lot of us that's for sure.
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