How many cruisers have you hauled with your 80?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Mikesta, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. Mikesta

    Mikesta Never decruiserfied SILVER Star

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    3 Here to start the thread.

    1964 FJ45 LV - 1st wagon series
    1969 FJ55 - 2nd wagon series
    1982 FJ60 - 3rd wagon series up a serious pass 0-4000ft in 15 miles
     
  2. timbercruiser

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    Well, I've flat towed the 40 a couple of times-pretty easy to do. Trailered same 40 once-again easy.
    Trailered Bronco with u-haul. Sagged the back end due to the way the trailer puts the front wheels of trailered vehicle so far forward. Pulled pretty well.
     
  3. Mikesta

    Mikesta Never decruiserfied SILVER Star

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    Uhaul trailers are very heavy from my experience... just towed a 60 serious over a mountain pass with a friends and it did much better. Class 3 hitch of course... does no one else use their 80 as a tow vehicle?
     
  4. cruiser ken

    cruiser ken

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    All towed with my '94 using my car hauler trailer (1700#)

    1970 FJ55 - toppless, mortorless (towed this one a couple times)
    1976 FJ55 - now owned by FJBen
    1978 FJ55 - parts rig
    1976 FJ40 - my former, mostly trail 40 (towed many times)

    The trailer gets loaned out a lot and has towed several other cruisers.
     
  5. arcteryx

    arcteryx Supporting Vendor

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    Trailered the 40 more than a few times. Used a UHaul for most. The key for achieving weight distribution is to back it on. I made the mistake of not doing that once and I was very tongue heavy, and did not feel very comfortable driving it.
     
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    flat tow my 40 regularly with the 80.

    The rear coils make it sort of scary. (better with OME)
     
  7. MTNRAT

    MTNRAT

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    I did not haul a cruiser, but I used my new to me cruiser to get rid of the POS durango it replaced. Nothing like replacing a vehicle with something older :).
    Cheers,
    Sean
     
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  8. Mikesta

    Mikesta Never decruiserfied SILVER Star

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    the durango interior is anything but impressive... your cruiser looks great!
     
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    MTNRAT

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    Before in the pic, after in the avatar.
    Cheers,
    Sean
     
  10. ginericLC

    ginericLC Wagon Wheeler! SILVER Star

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    I've hauled my BJ60 and my FJ40 behind the 80. It isn't scary, but I do drive slow. Trailers with brakes are a must in my opinion. I wouldn't do it every weekend.
     
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    FJBen

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    I've towed a few times without issue...


    towed a...
    89 FJ62
    74 FJ40
    strangely never my 55
     
  12. Mikesta

    Mikesta Never decruiserfied SILVER Star

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    Here is a few pics, because a post without pics is useless!
    MVC-848F.jpg
     
  13. Mikesta

    Mikesta Never decruiserfied SILVER Star

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    and the 60 series
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  14. cruiser ken

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    I've towed my FJ 40 on a car trailer from Florida to the SC/NC mountains several times with my '97. Got really sluggish once we left flat florida and found some grades. No problems, but don't be in a hurry. Gas milage will be terrible........
     
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    Also towed a small 17' boat , much better as it was lighter and had a lot less wind resistance.

    BTW, If your cruiser is topless it will tow better and give you a little better gas mileage if you drop the windshield on it while towing.
     
  17. Mikesta

    Mikesta Never decruiserfied SILVER Star

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    ah cruiser ken did you buy those two cruisers in SLC... was looking at those :)

    nice looking setup!
     
  18. cruiser ken

    cruiser ken

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    No, actually the 55s were Owyhee Jackass's. He took the topless one to SLC. They came from Idaho. Nice paint job eh? The trailer at $1499 was some of the best money I've spent. Gotten a lot of use out of it. I was definitely glad to have it when I blew up my FJ40s tcase.
     
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    77 Fj40
    77 Fj45lpb
    96 Fzj80
     
  20. alvarorb

    alvarorb Color Geek in Charge

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    In last year Rubithon as we were leaving the staging area on the Tahoe side , there was a couple with a broken down CJ. They needed a tow to the main hwy because they could not find a tow truck to go into all the way to the staging area. She was really pissed at him for whatever reason.

    I volunteered to give them a had and pretty soon we were slowly on our way.
    The CJ had both rear axles broken. It was funny/scary to tow this thing. From the rear view mirror I could see the rear tires wiggling in and out. The road is downhill. And it made me think what would I have to do in case one of the axles came off.

    Luckily nothing happened. We left them, on the side of Hwy 89. waiting for a real tow truck.

    Regards

    Alvaro
     
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