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Old 06-12-2014, 08:27 PM   #11
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Ice-breaker, very cool photo.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:14 PM   #12
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Ice-breaker, very cool photo.
That is Mt Robson in the background. Tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
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Speaking of FJ's, I saw about 2 dozen in Utah and Idaho and another dozen in Washington and Oregon. Seems to be very popular out west.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:28 PM   #14
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Are FJs comfortable for the driver and passenger on long trips? Can anyone compare the comfort of the ride in their FJ to a 4runner? Our 2005 4runner is a great tow vehicle but the ride is too harsh for our aging backs. And the seats seem small and narrow (SR5 cloth).
While I don't have first hand knowledge of an FJ's ride, I doubt it's any more comfortable than the 4Runner. The suspension/frame design are nearly identical, and the FJ's are known to be a bit more aggressive for offroad usage in all areas (bigger tires, more clearance, more aggressive ATRAC). Google says FJ wheelbase is a few inches shorter as well.

While I really like my 4Runner, I am not a fan of the seats. I'm constantly ogling FJ Cruisers; I dig their looks as well as their simple, sparse interiors. Doesn't help there's one on my street.
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I am an XXlarge, so my comfort index starts with leg/knee/head/shoulder room. Do not like that tidy "in the cockpit" feeling I get when the center console extends right into the dashboard. Give me seats with side to side support from the hips up to the armpits every time. A quiet ride is a super ride.

Driving my '96 Tahoe was like driving the living room couch. I loved that. My new tow, a '14 Silverado, beats it.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:51 AM   #16
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Myron, I'll bet you get great towing mpg. Can you tell us what it is and do you use a WDH?? I'm guessing NO.

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I am an XXlarge, so my comfort index starts with leg/knee/head/shoulder room. Do not like that tidy "in the cockpit" feeling I get when the center console extends right into the dashboard. Give me seats with side to side support from the hips up to the armpits every time. A quiet ride is a super ride.

Driving my '96 Tahoe was like driving the living room couch. I loved that. My new tow, a '14 Silverado, beats it.
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Old Bag still longs for the passenger seat in the '94 Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer we used to own.
As the driver, I like to stay awake.
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:20 AM   #18
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On our first trip, this past weekend, we towed for a total of 345 miles. Elevation increased from 6700 ft to I think 7400 feet. We averaged 16.6 mpg towing on the 180 mile drive home. Nope, no WDH.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:35 AM   #19
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We've made two trips with our new 19' pulled by our Tacoma 4-liter V6 Access cab & Anderson WDH. Mileage lower than anticipate (~13 mpg), but was up and down hills (at 4K ~ 5.5K ft level). No problems at all.
Tacoma comfort beats our RAV4 on long trips.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:55 AM   #20
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Must be fair to my Toyota friends and mention that drive home was all mostly downhill. Wow I do love it when the dashboard display indicates I'm using 4 cylinders.
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