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Old 07-28-2016, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question Anyone towing with a Lexus GX 460?

Hi all

Title says it all - Anyone towing with a Lexus GX 460?

If yes - what model Escape do you tow,

....and what do you like about it? Both towing, and when not towing.

I have done some research on it and it has good and bad things, (to me) from what I have read.

The most important good: towing capacity 6,500

Fairly nice to drive. Quiet. Tows well, supposedly.

The most significant bad points: (to me)

Swings to the right rear door. I bet this would whack a hitched Escape's Electric Trailer Tongue Jack..... Correct?

Drives somewhat more like a truck, as it is a truck frame design.

And

I am in NO rush to upgrade our tug, but I am researching SUVs that have more towing capacity than 5,000. We LOVE our Acura MDX but eventually it will need to be replaced - way down the road.

To be clear - my wife, my trusted mechanic, and I do not want anything for us that is domestic nor anything European for a tug. That is our bias, and you won't convince us otherwise.

Our strong preferences would be Honda, Acura, Toyota or Lexus, based on reliability, and our preferences.

We also do not want a pickup. Does not suit us at all

So you won't convince us to change our mind on these opinions.
Just a heads up. (Trying to avoid a debate)

Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:39 PM   #2
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Swings to the right rear door. I bet this would whack a hitched Escape's Electric Trailer Tongue Jack..... Correct?
Certainly a potential problem; this is similar to the situation with a RAV4 up to the 2012 model year.

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Drives somewhat more like a truck, as it is a truck frame design.
"Truck" means many different things to different people. The GX is based on the Land Cruiser Prado, which is an SUV; the GX is basically the North American version of Toyota's most luxurious and most powerful mid-sized SUV. The 4Runner is the more mainstream equivalent. This chassis is not used for any pickup truck, but it does have some characteristics that are considered truck-like, and shared with typical pickup trucks:
  • separate body and frame
  • beam axle for rear suspension
  • longitudinal drivetrain layout
It may even share some parts with the Tacoma and/or Tundra trucks (other than the engine, which is of course shared with many vehicles).

The most obvious difference from typical pickups, and specifically from Toyota pickups, is the rear suspension of control arms and coil springs, rather than leaf springs. Ram pickups do have coil springs now.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:52 AM   #3
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good info - thanks Brian.
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You could always drop the electric jack or put a quick disconnect set up and use the Jack E- Up
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Have you considered the LX line? The tailgate is hinged at the top
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:23 AM   #6
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Have you considered the LX line? The tailgate is hinged at the top
According to Google the Lexus LX starts at $88,800 new

way to rich for my blood.



we would prefer to buy new, and keep about 10+ years..... so used isn't our preference.

thanks anyway
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:23 AM   #7
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You could always drop the electric jack or put a quick disconnect set up and use the Jack E- Up
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Thanks for the tips

when you say "drop the electric jack" do you mean temporarily remove it?

or do you mean not get it installed at all?

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when you say "drop the electric jack" do you mean temporarily remove it?
It's a quick disconnect device that you use along with a trailer jack to allow you to remove the jack when needed. I think the primary use is for pickup trucks so the tail gate can be lowered without hitting the jack.

From the manufacturers website: "With just 1/6th of a turn you can quickly release & completely remove your jack from the trailer"
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It's a quick disconnect device that you use along with a trailer jack to allow you to remove the jack when needed. I think the primary use is for pickup trucks so the tail gate can be lowered without hitting the jack.

From the manufacturers website: "With just 1/6th of a turn you can quickly release & completely remove your jack from the trailer"
Not sure if a Jack E Up would work with an electric hitch jack......
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Not sure if a Jack E Up would work with an electric hitch jack......
Their website says "The Jack-E-Up works with top-wind jacks, side-wind jacks, electric jacks and jacks with round base plates." Depending on the electric jack model it sounds like it would work if it has the correct diameter round base plate.

I have never used an electric hitch jack or a Jack-E-Up so I can't comment on specifics.
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