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Heavy RV, very steep hill. Advice needed.

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Chickenmunga, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. Sep 21, 2009 at 11:04 PM
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    Chickenmunga

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    One of the guys from my local club owns an FJ Cruiser, and needs a bit of help. There's quite a bit more folks around here than on our small forum (huge understatement), so I'm hoping our experts can lend a hand.

    Here's his post:

    I'm guessing the same situation would apply to our Tacos as well, so the answers here will benefit us, too.

    My first thought is that it may be a bit big of an RV to pull with that vehicle for what sounds like something so steep (those that don't know, the FJ has the same V6 as the Taco). Other than that, I haven't done any heavy towing yet.
     
  2. Sep 21, 2009 at 11:17 PM
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    RelentlessFab

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    I'd say 4wd with the diff lock engaged and as much momentum as possible for the road. Try to not spin the tires because if they're spinning, they are grabbing. If he really doesnt think his FJ can do it by itself, maybe get a bigger truck(like 3/4 ton diesel 4x4) or as a last resort, hook up another 4x4 via tow strap to the front of the FJ as a sort of train to get it pulled up there. Does this guy at least have some good, fairly aggressive tires on his FJ?
     
  3. Sep 22, 2009 at 7:43 PM
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    I'm not really sure what kind of grade we are talking about here, but our travel trailer is 21 ft, and 3750 wet and loaded, and on some 9-10% grades in the Poconos, on tarred gravel roads I have had no trouble in 2 wheel drive. So I would think that in 4 lo with the diff lock engaged, your buddy should be fine. I would avoid the whole take a run at it thing though and just start at the bottom, and crawl up the grade, it's not a race, the object is to get there, it really doesn't matter how long it takes. Also, if the gravel is really loose then treat is like offroading in sand and air down the tires quite a bit.

    Regards,
     
  4. Sep 22, 2009 at 7:47 PM
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    Thanks sirs, I will pass the messages along. I don't know what type of tires he has right now.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2009 at 8:26 PM
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    In 4L it should not be an issue....
     
  6. Sep 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM
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    Here's follow up. Go Toyota!

     
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