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Pulling a camper trailer

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by toddfj62, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. toddfj62

    toddfj62

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    Wife and I are talking about geting a camper, big one 30-35'. I have an 88 FJ62 whcih I realize can't pull it as is. Any recomendations on what, IF ANYTHING, I can do to the truck (ie- engine, tranny swap) to make it able to do the job? I am considering buying a used something but would much rather dump a bunch of $$ into the Cruiser and keep her if possible. Thanks
     
  2. fsusteve

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    A motor/tranny swap at least. I pulled my little pop-up camper with my 62 some years ago on level roads and it kicked it's ass.
     
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    A big trailer in the 30-35 foot range takes a big tow vehicle. You could modify the 62 to tow it but you would never be happy. A v-8 conversion and a matching heavy duty transmission as well as extra cooling wouild help but you would still have a trailer / tow combination that could go but would lack the stability to make for a comfortable trip. A relatively short tow vehicle with a large trailer makes for a scary ride especially in the wind. That size trailer needs at least a 3/4 ton tow vehicle or preferably a 1 ton.
     
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    At least 5.7 Vortec & built 4L60E or preferrably 4L80E; FF rear axle with springs to match; big brakes; anti-sway hitch; avoid Wyoming & anywhere else jackrabbits fly.