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Old 08-04-2016, 01:53 PM   #41
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Selecting the best tow vehicle seems to me to be a pretty easy decision with really only one correct solution. The FJ Cruiser is the one. Unfortunately they are no longer sold new in North America but there are still some good used ones out there.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:06 PM   #42
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Selecting the best tow vehicle seems to me to be a pretty easy decision with really only one correct solution. The FJ Cruiser is the one.

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Unfortunately they are no longer sold new in North America but there are still some good used ones out there.
Or you could import one from Australia, if you can get around the importation rules and don't mind driving from the wrong side of the vehicle. Then there's the Middle East (I don't know what countries)...

Mechanically, a previous-generation 4Runner is the same as an FJ Cruiser, and a GX 470 is the same thing but with a V8 engine. The current 4Runner and LX 460 are very close (but again there's the engine difference). Of course none of these alternatives have the very short rear overhang (which is good for towing) or the outside-mounted spare tire (which is not so good).

It looks like there will likely be FJ Cruiser enthusiasts for quite a few years. Between that demand, and low supply (less than one thousand sold a year for the last five years of sales in Canada), they won't be a cheap used deal for a long time!
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We get 12 mpg westbound and 13mpg Eastbound on mostly highway driving our 2011 RAV4 v6 while towing a 17B with AC. at 65 mph. We had hoped for better. This is over 8000 miles roughly.
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I get about the same. I try to keep speed down to 90 KPH ( 56 MPH ) but usually creep up to 100 KPH ( 62 MPH ). Only real way to save fuel is to slow down.
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We get 12 mpg westbound and 13mpg Eastbound on mostly highway driving our 2011 RAV4 v6 while towing a 17B with AC. at 65 mph. We had hoped for better. This is over 8000 miles roughly.
Slow down to 57MPH & you may get 15MPG. That was my average over 76,000 miles towing a 3010 lb 17B with a 2010 RAV4 Sport.

I'm now towing with a 2016 Tacoma Off Road, and over the last trip of 1000+ miles I'm down to 13.5 MPG towing at 60MPH.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:29 PM   #46
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Well Dave, if you're going to commit, commit. Another question answered.
No problem, Robert. Giving "the" answer comes very easy to me. If you have any really difficult questions for which you require "the" answer, feel free to ask. No guarantees that you will like what I have to say.
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:56 PM   #47
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Weight distribution system or not?

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Like Iowa Dave we get 14 mpg with our 2011 Highlander and Escape 19 and have towed the trailer with this vehicle for about 25,000 kms. I think as long as you meet the towing capacity requirements of your vehicle, perhaps with a bit of a buffer, you will be fine. Anything more in towing capacity is more about the towing experience than ability.
Wondering if you use a weight distributing hitch or anything to reduce rear end sag on your Highlander? I'm thinking of ordering a 17A to be pulled by my 2016 Highlander Limited (with tow package) . . . totally confused about whether I'll need weight distribution system or something to bolster rear suspension.
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Old 03-02-2017, 12:51 AM   #48
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Wondering if you use a weight distributing hitch or anything to reduce rear end sag on your Highlander? I'm thinking of ordering a 17A to be pulled by my 2016 Highlander Limited (with tow package) . . . totally confused about whether I'll need weight distribution system or something to bolster rear suspension.
It's not necessarily about sag than steering and handling. Our Touareg can take 660 lbs on the hitch which is probably twice what the 17B puts on it, but weighting the back UN-weights the front which makes steering vague and light. We use the basic $350 WDH ETI sells as an option with our 17B and I like it alot. Yes, I would and could get by without a WDH, but I like the handling improvement and towing experience with it.
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For the original question keep in mind that towing gas mileage isn't necessarily proportional to rated gas mileage. Big lazy V8s in large trucks tend to see a smaller MPG drop when towing compared to smaller vehicles with turbo engines, so it kind of evens out.

That said, newer is generally going to be better, and diesel will get you better MPG than gasoline (though if the fuel's more expensive it may even out).
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We get 12 mpg westbound and 13mpg Eastbound on mostly highway driving our 2011 RAV4 v6 while towing a 17B with AC. at 65 mph. We had hoped for better. This is over 8000 miles roughly.


Our Honda Pilot gets 13mpg average towing our 19'. Unhitched we get 24 for running around. Perfect for us since we travel to a congregation, park for a week, and then drive to the next. While parked we do normal things like shopping and touristing and such.

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