Beauty and the beast
2012 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER
There are many newer caravans out there, but Louis Pretorius from Langebaan wouldn’t be towing anything else than his beloved old Jurgens.
Well, who in their right mind wouldn’t want a Mercedes-Benz G-Class for an SUV? I definitely did, and still do. In fact, I considered a G 350d, but at a starting price of R1.6 million it might just remain my dream ride. But a rather suitable substitute is the Toyota FJ Cruiser, which I bought new for R456 000 in 2012. It’s more than up to the task of towing my 1974 Jurgens 540 – with plenty of power generated from its 4 ℓ V6. There wasn’t anything else I was looking for other than real grunt, and the FJ definitely isn’t lacking in that department. Despite the 200 kW engine, it’s as reliable as any other Toyota, but you pay for the privilege at the pumps. The FJ demands around 18 ℓ/100 km with regular driving and that figure shoots up to 25 ℓ/100 km when the Jurgens is hitched to its Maniac 4x4 tow bar. As you can probably imagine, 120 km/h is child’s play with the kind of power of that the FJ makes. The Dibiki Holiday Resort near Mossel Bay definitely ranks highly on my list of favourite destinations. It’s neat and clean and very safe.