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I recently purchased a 2003 Monaco Dynasty 40ft Pusher and a 2006 Lexus GX 470 to Dinghy Tow behind the Motorhome. I have read several posts about the success of a few of your readers about doing this from several years ago. Is there anyone that is towing this car that could offer some insight. Thanks


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read your owner's manual under either "towing behind a motorhome" or "recreational towing". that will cover steps needed, etc.
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2006 GX470 Owners Manual

Page 405 of your owners manual states:

"Do not tow your vehicle with four wheels on the ground. This may cause serious damage to your vehicle."


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The 2006 with manual TC linkage should be good for this. Toyota always will say no to flat towing. With the tranny in park and the TC in neutral there should be no mechanical link to the tranny.

You ca always test this by throwing 4 jackstands underneath and check to see what is spinning when tranny is in park and TC in neutral. That's a great vehicle, but I went the cheap route and bought an old Jeep Cherokee XJ.

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sure, go ahead. I mean what's the worst that could happen?
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Your GX uses Toyota's VF4BM FULL time transfer case. Do not tow it 4 down even with the transfer case lever in Nuetral. You will damage the transfer case internals. If you must take it with you, get a car hauling trailer.


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Have an '06 GX470 and towed it 4-down for at least 40k miles with zero issues. Ran into another owner not long ago that had close to 200k miles on his plus another 50k as a toad. The Roadmaster base plate was a 90 minute job to install and the thing tows beautifully. I changed all the diff and transfer case fluids over to Amsoil Severe Gear oil and put a battery shut-off switch on it so I can leave the key in and on. Besides it being a great toad, we found out in Arizona and Nevada that the GX470 is no slouch offroad either!

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Monaco40-03 wrote:

I recently purchased a 2003 Monaco Dynasty 40ft Pusher and a 2006 Lexus GX 470 to Dinghy Tow behind the Motorhome. I have read several posts about the success of a few of your readers about doing this from several years ago. Is there anyone that is towing this car that could offer some insight. Thanks


http://www.irv2.com/forums/f85/lexus-gx4........0-looking-for-it-as-a-toad-321018-3.html

Logged Off has been towing for a while and will give insight if needed - yes it works.


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I own a 2007 Lexus GX470 and it is a GREAT tow car. I have towed it several times and it is perfect for this mission. I use the Roadmaster Stowmaster 501 with Blue Ox Patriot II brake system. I also built a custom light bar for the rear of the Lexus that attaches to the Lexus hitch receiver. The rear light bar is wired independent of the car brake system (I am not a fan of using the tow car lighting when in dingy use (old school).

It is a great set up that is safe and easy to use.

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