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Old 12-29-2017, 05:24 PM   #1
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Towing a new gen 19 with a Toyota FJ

We have a low mileage Toyota FJ that we found at a local Lexus dealer. With its short wheel base it can be pretty quick to change lanes. But when I connect our 17 foot Casita Independence it tracks straight down the highway with little correction needed. We are interested in moving up to the new generation Escape 19. Does anyone have input on how the FJ will handle the extra weight? The FJ is rated at 4600K for towing and the Casita weighs about 3400K when loaded.
I understand the 19 Escape may start at 3400K before it is loaded.
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Old 12-29-2017, 06:02 PM   #2
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I towed my 2012 Escape 19 with a 2012 FJC. There was some squat in the rear so you may need a w/d set up, otherwise it handles the trailer fine.
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Old 12-29-2017, 06:08 PM   #3
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Old 12-29-2017, 06:47 PM   #4
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We have a low mileage Toyota FJ that we found at a local Lexus dealer. With its short wheel base it can be pretty quick to change lanes. But when I connect our 17 foot Casita Independence it tracks straight down the highway with little correction needed. We are interested in moving up to the new generation Escape 19. Does anyone have input on how the FJ will handle the extra weight? The FJ is rated at 4600K for towing and the Casita weighs about 3400K when loaded.
I understand the 19 Escape may start at 3400K before it is loaded.
The new 19' is an expected 4200-4300 lbs. loaded but no telling what you will be. You need to also look at the GCWR.
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:12 PM   #5
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Next available delivery date for a 19 is July 20th...not that bad...others have waited longer.
Good luck on your decision...
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:42 PM   #6
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The new 19' is an expected 4200-4300 lbs. loaded but no telling what you will be. You need to also look at the GCWR.
Aren’t the new ones considered 5000lbs loaded?
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Old 12-29-2017, 10:26 PM   #7
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I believe the FJ (at least our old 2007 FJ was) tows 5000lb.. and tongue weight limit is 500lb it should be enough.. that was our intended setup but we didn't get to try that out...

our 19' has 400-425lb tongue and trailer is 3550lb, slightly less than 4000lb. we have the extra insulation and spray foam which I believe is the heavier options?
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:00 PM   #8
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I tow a 19 just fine with a 6 cylinder Venza. No problems starting or stopping. (At least in a trial run from Alaska.) I do try to be conservative in adding weight to the Escape and TV.
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:34 PM   #9
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I have towed our 2013 19' for past 5 yrs with my 2011 FJ. Has been a suitable tow vehicle but I do use a WD hitch. The new generation 19' will be a bit heavier than mine, but should still be doable with your FJ if you don't overpack.
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Aren’t the new ones considered 5000lbs loaded?
I believe that you are referring to the 5000 lbs. allowed weight specified by Escape on these newer 19's (whereas ours was only 4000, I believe, for our Classic). What yours actually weighs is hopefully hundreds of pounds less than allowed by Escape.

Not certain if you are asking about the GCWR but, again, you are looking at what you have loaded in the trailer and in the vehicle and comparing that total for both to the GCWR that is specified by your vehicle manufacturer. The GCWR is the vehicle manufacturer's allowed weight of both trailer and vehicle. The only way that you can know your weights is to go to a scale, but you can get a good idea beforehand what it will be and that you can meet the numbers.

The towing capacity for any vehicle can be very misleading. In order to know the actual towing capacity, one should look at the GCWR also. Your towing capacity may not be what you think if you only go by what a dealer or the manufacturer says. But they should also provide a GCWR number.
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