Whether you are going on your 1st trip or your 100th, renting a trailer is an exciting time.
Unfortunately, you can’t go out and rent any travel trailer that you would like. You see, it’s important that you factor in the tow vehicle that you own when you go to purchase or rent a trailer.
A travel trailer won’t have a lot of use if it’s too big for your tow vehicle.
With that in mind, I know many of you are new owners of a Lexus GX 460, and as a result, you probably want to know the Lexus GX 460 towing capacity. Don’t worry, I’ll outline that and more below!
What is the Lexus GX 460’s towing capacity?
You might think that the Lexus GX 460 towing capacity would be difficult to figure out because there are several different models. However, that’s not the case because they all have the same towing capacity.
That towing capacity is 6500 pounds. Having a towing capacity of 6500 pounds means that it should be able to tow the average sized camper.
That being said, it’s still important to purchase the proper equipment to attach your trailer to your Lexus GX 460 before you start your trip.
Your experience towing with your Lexus GX 460
While a Lexus GX 460 is completely capable of towing more than half of travel trailers, it still has a relatively low towing capacity compared to most trucks.
Trucks typically have higher towing capacities, and they are more powerful.
However, that doesn’t mean that the Lexus GX 460 is weak. All it means is that you’ll need to get a stronger tow vehicle if you want an exceptionally large trailer.
How close can you safely get to your Lexus GX 460’s towing capacity?
So, the towing capacity of your Lexus GX 460 is 6500 lbs, but can you actually purchase a trailer that is 6500 lbs and be alright?
In theory, you’re able to do this, but in practice, it can be a little risky.
You see, when the towing capacity of a vehicle is listed, it’s assumed that only the driver is in the vehicle. With that in mind, if you’re planning on going on a trip with your partner or family, you need to factor that in.
The towing capacity is listed at 6500 lbs, but you can’t pull a 6500 lb trailer because there are other things contributing to the wait.
As I mentioned above, you need to factor in the weights of all people in the tow vehicle outside of yourself.
With that in mind, the best way to calculate the actual towing capacity of your vehicle is to find the Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating of the trailer you plan on towing and the vehicle that will be doing the towing.
Additionally, you need to find the curb weight of your Lexus GX 460 when it is filled with gas.
By subtracting the curb weight from the GCVWR, you will get the vehicle’s real towing capacity. However, you can avoid doing these calculations by following one simple rule of thumb.
That is to stay 10% under the listed towing capacity. So, the towing capacity of the Lexus GX 460 is listed at 6500 lbs, so as long as you rent a trailer that is 5850 lbs or less, you should be safe.
Getting the towing essentials
One of the best things about using a Lexus GX 460 is that it’s easy to round up all of the equipment that you need to start towing.
If you purchase a new Lexus, you can get it custom made so that it includes a tow hitch receiver or ball.
Conversely, if you purchase a used Lexus, it’s possible that it does not include these things.
Fortunately, that can be bought aftermarket from an auto part store or retailer. The tow hitch is essential because it is what you will use to connect your travel trailer to your tow vehicle.
Furthermore, it’s essential that you get an electronics connector. You use this to sync the brake lights and turn signals of your tow vehicle with the trailer that you are towing.
Additionally, you need a bracket to secure the wires to the back of your Lexus.
The bracket should fit near the hitch on the rear bumper, and when it’s installed properly it should leak clean and have an efficient connection.
Finally, it’s essential that you purchase a brake controller. Without one of these, you should not go on the road while towing a trailer.
This tool will sync the brakes of your trailer to the brakes of your tow vehicle.
As a result, you will be able to avoid disastrous situations that can be caused by your trailer not slowing down at a reasonable pace.
Do you need a professional to install the towing essentials?
At this point, you’re probably wondering whether you need to hire a professional to install all of the parts that we discussed above.
Fortunately, that is not necessary. All of the parts discussed above can be installed by you without much difficulty.
That being said, if you are not confident, you can get them installed by a technician and it should not be too expensive.
The Lexus GX 460 is an excellent vehicle that is still growing in popularity.
It falls into the luxury SUV category, meaning that it’s a stylish SUV with all of the necessary functions. It looks great, but it still makes for a solid tow vehicle.
With a towing capacity of 6500 lbs, you should be able to tow most small and medium sized travel trailers. That being said, you should listen to what I said earlier.
Try not to get too close to the listed towing capacity.
You do not want to toe the line, and instead, you should try to be as safe as possible by giving yourself plenty of wiggle room.
If you do that, the Lexus GX 460 can be a great tow vehicle for your next camping trip.