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Flat Towing an '07 Auto FJ Cruiser 4x4

Discussion in 'FJ Cruiser' started by spaldam, May 22, 2017.

  1. spaldam

    spaldam PurplePeopleEater

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    I've got an '07 automatic tranny, and am looking at what it takes to flat tow it behind a C class. Looks like it can be done, and all I should have to do it disconnect the rear-drive shaft while leaving the tranny in park, and the transfer case in "H".

    However, it looks like I still need a lot of expensive things to attach the vehicle to the C class. Please let me know if I'm missing anything.

    1. Tow bar: I'm looking at using this one
    2. Tow bar accessories/kit like these ones
    3. Wiring for lights, is this what I need?
    4. A way to active the breaks, using something like this.
    5. A way to attach the tow bar to the bumper using an adapter like this.
    6. An Expedition One Front Bumper.

    Is there a way to do it less expensively?

    Thanks!
     
  2. BMThiker

    BMThiker I aim to misbehave Moderator SILVER Star

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    Everything I've ever read/heard, says you should not flat tow the FJC because it will harm the driveline components. I don't recall what parts are the issue or why...but you may want to do some more research with this particular vehicle before buying all the parts on your list.
     
  3. cydonia-jacc

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    I've been towing my '07 auto since it was new. I've towed it over 60,000 miles with a class A. I installed the Remco driveshaft disconnect shortly after driving it home from the dealership. I use the Roadmaster Sterling tow bar because its mostly aluminum and holds up better in salt/snow conditions. I didn't want to splice into the wires so I bought a cheap wireless magnetic tail light system. I tried a brake system but I didn't like it because it didn't adapt to the Toyota active brake system. I believe they make better brake systems now.
     
  4. 1BiGGuy

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    There's several people on the FJ forum that have been towing them behind motor homes since around the end of '06. The last time he was on was about 4 years ago and he posted that he was still towing the FJ and traveling without problems. I don't know what happened to him, but he was 75 so he may have quit or passed on. One guy came up with a way to tow his and has been towing his manual for a few years now too with no problems.
     
  5. Texploration

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    In premise, you've got it. As long as you disconnect the driveshaft you're golden. I would look into the Renco disconnect. In practicality, fully disconnecting/connecting the driveshaft every time you want to drive it sounds like the biggest pain in the ass and would get old FAST (to me).
     
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    spaldam PurplePeopleEater

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    I can't find the Renco disconnect. I think it's discontinued.
     
  7. daddybear

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    I have towed my 2007 all over the country including Alaska trip 9K miles, back east 7K miles.
    Drive line disconnect is all it takes.
     
  8. spaldam

    spaldam PurplePeopleEater

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    Thanks for the replies! I'm still trying to decide which C Class to get. I think we might get the new Jayco Seneca with bunks and a washer and dryer hook up.
     
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