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Old 04-24-2017, 06:58 PM   #1
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Towing a 21' with a Toyota FJ

Can a 21 be safely towed with a 2007 Toyota FJ 6-cyl using a WDH?
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:27 PM   #2
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Towing capacity of my 2011 FJ is 5000 lb and I have towed my 19' safely and successfully with it since 2013. That being said, the 21' is a bit wider and heavier than the 19', and I personally would not want to use my FJ to tow the 21' and would go with a tug having a bit more capacity. Others may feel differently.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:38 PM   #3
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Jim, the best thing you can do it find as much data as you can on your specific FJ. The numbers you want to know about you FJ are: Maximum tow weight, Curb Weight, GVWR, and GCWR. Our well optioned new 21 has a dry weight of 3710#

The FJ's GCWR minus (Curb Weight + the weight of a 21); will tell you how much total cargo/passengers/water/food/etc you could carry in the FJ and trailer at maximum.

You then have to make the decision of how close to those maximums you are comfortable with. I think a part of that decision is how much time you will be spending towing in seriously mountainous regions. Living in the Midwest, I am comfortable with the capacities of our Highlander towing a 21'. If I lived and spent most of my time camping in Colorado, I would probably want a more powerful engine.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:38 PM   #4
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My 2007 FJ pulls my 19 no problem with WDH and I don't have to worry about loading up the back of the FJ when I tow.

If you want to tow a 21 you would need to pay a lot of attention to what is going in the trailer and into the back of the FJ.

You would be better moving up to one of the 6500 capacity Toyotas such as land Cruiser/ Sequoia/ Tundra. Then you don't need to fret about loading up the trailer and the tow vehicle.

BTW the 19 works great for me!
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:40 PM   #5
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Using my FJ with my 19 Escape, like Dave says was ideal. But the 21 tows a little differently and after awhile you will probably want another tow vehicle. It is within it's limits though.
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My 2007 FJ pulls my 21 no problem with WDH and I don't have to worry about loading up the back of the FJ when I tow.

If you want to tow a 21 you would need to pay a lot of attention to what is going in the trailer and into the back of the FJ.

You would be better moving up to one of the 6500 capacity Toyotas such as land Cruiser/ Sequoia/ Tundra. Then you don't need to fret about loading up the trailer and the tow vehicle.

BTW the 19 works great for me!
SORRY! I mistyped I meant to say my FJ tows my 19 with WDH with no problem.
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I had an FJ Cruiser, and asked the same thing. People said they wouldn't do it, so I didn't. I sold the FJ, bought a Nissan Titan and bought a 5.0TA. Showed them!
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:47 PM   #8
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Using my FJ with my 19 Escape, like Dave says was ideal. But the 21 tows a little differently and after awhile you will probably want another tow vehicle. It is within it's limits though.
I think that would depend a lot on how much stuff you want to carry in the trailer and the FJ. If dry weight is 3700 as in previous post not a lot to play with.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:49 PM   #9
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Can a 21 be safely towed with a 2007 Toyota FJ 6-cyl using a WDH?
A bit off topic but how many miles on your FJ? Are you happy with it?
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Using my FJ with my 19 Escape, like Dave says was ideal. But the 21 tows a little differently and after awhile you will probably want another tow vehicle. It is within it's limits though.
capharley, since you have towed both, could you help us better understand how the 21 tows differently than a 19? I too have owned an FJ and it was a machine/tank (fun to drive), but I was only towing a Casita.
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