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Re: Towing


Glad to hear you're using a similar vehicle. I have a '99 6 cyl Toyota 4WD truck and was wondering if it would have enough oompf to pul my nelay acquired SJ23.


W. Hughes
Lake Sinclair, GA (#495)

> From: "Rudy Mayer" <chezhedgeo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: 2004/12/28 Tue AM 07:29:16 EST
> To: "San Juan 23 Mail list" <sanjuan23@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Towing
> I tow Thesaurus on a double axle galvanized roller trailer with a 1997
> Toyota 4Runner, 4 WD, 6 cylinder automatic and have no problems
> whatsoever. The trailer is a heavy one but also sits very low and seems
> to distribute tongue weight perfectly. I weighed the rig once, minus
> most gear and it was around 4000 lbs as I recall.  I also tow a 24 foot
> powerboat that outweighs the SJ23 by 1000 lbs but the trailer is a bunk
> aluminum double axle. Still, the powerboat weighs more and sits up much
> higher. I had to modify the trailer slightly to get better tongue
> weight, which is critical with dual axle trailers by the way.  I know
> this rig is much heavier and with gear is probably a bit higher than
> 5000 lbs and it doesn't tow near as well. Mileage drops to 9-10 mpg with
> powerboat versus 14-15 with SJ23 and normal 22 highway.
> The 4Runner has a heavy towing package, coolant system, big tires
>'s one of the big reasons I bought the vehicle when looking for a
> mid-size SUV..better towing package that anything else at the time for
> the class. 
> If I were buying a new SUV for towing today though, I'd probably look
> hard at the Volkswagon Touerag.  Excellent reviews and I believe a 7000
> lb towing package.
> Rudy
> New Bern, NC

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