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Toyota 4Runner, Towing, SUV
#105 of 124 Re: 2007 4 runner towing question [shawni1]
Oct 10, 2011 (1:53 pm)
The cooler will be located in front of the radiator-it's very easy to see. Your dealer is an idiot. They can run your VIN and see exactly what it came with.
If your towing-you need a cooler. In addition, if your going to use a weight distributing hitch, you need to check to see if your receiver can handle one of these. At some point Toyota started putting receivers on that can't handle the load of a WD hitch. (I believe it was after '06)
If your trailer has electric brakes, you will need a brake controller mounted in the 4Runner.
I towed a 21 foot -5,000 pound travel trailer for 4 years with my '05 Sport Edition with a V8. The 4Runners are OK tow vehicles, the 110" wheel base however never gives you the confidence you need while towing. At 98,000 miles (it still ran great) I traded mine in on a Silverado, it's a much better tow vehicle.
Check your owners manual for maximum towing capability and DO NOT exceed 21 feet in length for your trailer.
#106 of 124 Re: 2007 4 runner towing question [chuck1]
Oct 11, 2011 (11:22 am)
Thank you for your response.
So, even though the dealer is stating the car DOES NOT a transmission cooler, you think it does? The dealer claims the car is good, as is (without the cooler), and it doesn't need one to tow.
#107 of 124 Re: 2007 4 runner towing question [shawni1]
Oct 11, 2011 (11:56 am)
Look for yourself. It's located directly in front of the radiator. It's in plain sight. It looks like a mini radiator.
Dealers know nothing about towing. Are you ready to put the safety of your loved ones at the knowledge of the dealer? Please read the following:
#108 of 124 Re: need help from those who tow travel trailers [chuck1]
Nov 09, 2011 (2:07 am)
My family decide to purchase a travel trailer.would like to buy a 24 ft.I have no knowledge need some help.
Nov 09, 2011 (11:13 am)
Go through the pages on this forum. Others, and myself have posted a lot of useful information. I towed a 21 foot travel trailer with a '05-2WD V8 4Runner for 4years. Please note due to the 109.5" wheel base, the 4Runner IS NOT an ideal tow vehicle. But can be used if you plan to stay mostly in the flat lands. Make sure your 4Runner has the hitch that can accept a weight distributing device such as an Equalizer hitch. This device distributes the weight among all 4 axles of the rig. The two axles on the 4Runner and the two on the trailer. Make sure it is set up properly. (http://www.equalizerhitch.com/). At some point (maybe '08?) Toyota starting putting lesser hitches on the 4Runners. The stronger hitches (from the V8 can be interchanged) on the V6s on those years with a lesser hitch.
Your also going to need an electronic brake controller, I would suggest the Prodigy brand.(www.etrailer.com) You can go to the Toyota dealer and buy a factory wiring harness to connect it, it makes it very easy.
I would suggest no longer than 24 feet, that is the maximum length that should be towed with a 109.5" wheelbase vehicle.
If your towing with 4 passengers I would highly recommend purchasing a bigger SUV or truck. You can get $9,500.00 off sticker on a new 1/2 ton Silverado, that is what I bought to get a proper tow vehicle for what I needed to tow.
BTW-there is alot of info out there-google is your friend.
#110 of 124 Re: need help from those who tow travel trailers [rexi1212]
Nov 21, 2011 (4:54 pm)
I tow a 24 foot Travel Trailer with the V8 2005 Limited model with the air ride. I have the weight distro hitch which is super important to help control sway and distro the weight. That type hitch is attached to the frame. Watch your tounge wait too, it should not be more than 700 lbs but I would reccomend not going over 450. My TT is an Ultra Light which tows nicely behind the 4Runner and works well for us and weighs only 5500lbs. The key to remember when towing is that speed is not your friend. I live in the East and have gone from Disney World to the Airdonack Mountains but not on the same trip. All worked well and had no problems. Any questions you can give me a shout.
#111 of 124 Re: need help from those who tow travel trailers [boats3]
Nov 21, 2011 (9:10 pm)
Towing with 4 (3plus driver) passengers and any luggage at all (suitcases-ice chest, etc.) will put the 4Runner over GVRW.
#112 of 124 Re: need help from those who tow travel trailers [chuck1]
Nov 22, 2011 (4:53 am)
NO, fully loaded I am 5500 lbs, the V8 4Runner is capable of towing 7K, but thanks for your concern.
#113 of 124 Re: need help from those who tow travel trailers [boats3]
Nov 22, 2011 (9:44 am)
Towing capacity is not GVRW----
It's the tongue weight, plus passengers, plus cargo, plus fuel.
If your tongue weight is 500 pounds, and you have three passengers at 150 pounds each (450lbs) and three suitcases at 50pounds each (150) pounds plus a full tank of fuel (20 gals 6.073=121 pounds) for a total of 1230. That is part of the GVWR.
#114 of 124 Re: need help from those who tow travel trailers [chuck1]
Nov 22, 2011 (10:13 am)
You are incorrect and trying to give readers the wrong impression. EVERYTHING is in the camper. I don't know about you but I do not bring suitcases with me when I go camping. The entire unit fully loaded is 5500 lbs., been to the scales.