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Toyota 4Runner, Towing, SUV
#87 of 124 Re: Weight Distributing Hitch for 2008 V-6 4Runner [killarney]
Apr 26, 2010 (3:20 pm)
Yes, for some reason Toyota stopped putting the heavier hitches on the V6. But I think your a little confused. First of the hitch HAS TO BE ABLE to handle a WD hitch DEVICE, the hitch itself does not distribute the weight. The WD hitch is actually a separate device.
Number One - you have to switch out the hitch on your SUV. I am told the one from the V8 bolts in, but please check. Or, you can buy an aftermarket hitch that can handle a WD device.
This is the WD device you should use after you switch out the hitch-
This device distributes the weight across the axles of both your trailer and the rig.
The V6 hitch cannot handle the downward pressure and must be switched out.
I tow a 21 foot(5,000 lbs.) travel trailer with the Equalizer WD hitch on my '05 4Runner Sport V8.
Here is the hitch info-
PLEASE NOTE-TO TOW SAFELY THERE IS NOT A CHEAP WAY OUT OF YOUR SITUATION!
#88 of 124 Re: Weight Distributing Hitch for 2008 V-6 4Runner [killarney]
Apr 26, 2010 (6:59 pm)
I had the same need with my 2002 V-6 4Runner. I agree that it is not an ideal situation, but it is doable. We added an aftermarket hitch that would handle the weight distributing hitch. The problem with the weight-distributing hitch wasn't with the truck it was with the trailer. The tongue on the new trailer we bought was solid metal and not open. We would have had to modify the trailer tongue. The manufacturer would not do this, due to liability issues. Lesson learned, buy the trailer first before you buy the hitch. Make sure that this isn't a problem with your trailer. We never did use the weight distributing hitch. We hauled my daughter's horse to and from her trainer (about 10 miles) I really wouldn't try more than that. We just had a two horse wakthrough without a dressing room, so the trailer was lighter than yours.
#90 of 124 2001 Towing capacity
May 19, 2010 (10:07 am)
I'm planning a mass exodus from Alaska to Colorado and I'm curious what size trailer I could pull with my V6 '01 4runner. I'm also curious what the max acceptable load would be.
I currently own a little 4x6 but I'm considering something as long as 16'. I'd plan to install trailer brakes for the larger trailer. Thanks for any insight you can shed.
#91 of 124 Re: 2001 Towing capacity [thomabri]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 20, 2010 (9:54 am)
When I moved down to Idaho from Anchorage, I just sold everything that wouldn't fit in my minivan. I don't know squat about towing, but I'd want to try to keep the length and weight down as much as possible. Those frost heaves for the first 2,000 miles would be enough to take out your frame!
You may want to think about a transmission cooler too if you don't have one already.
You can check out towing laws for the states, provinces and territories here.
Have a safe trip!
#92 of 124 Re: 2001 Towing capacity [thomabri]
May 23, 2010 (3:03 pm)
Bottom line is that you should not exceed your GVRW of 5,000. However, if you are moving I would think that you are going to have more "stuff" in your 4Runner, therefore I would be very careful, and as Steve said becareful of the ice on the road.
#93 of 124 towing with my 05 4runner
May 27, 2010 (2:08 pm)
I just got an 05 4runner, V6 2wd, and plan to tow my 19ft boat with it. Was wondering what gear is recomended for towing this boat??? My boat only ways at most 3000 pounds. Any help is appreciated!!!
#94 of 124 Re: towing with my 05 4runner [054runner]
May 29, 2010 (3:59 pm)
When towing you should always use 4. Double check your owners manual but I am pretty sure on this.
#95 of 124 Need Tow Vehicle for BigFoot Trailer
Aug 10, 2010 (12:41 pm)
I have a '93 17' BigFoot and need to purchase a used tow vehicle. I haven't towed the trailer yet. After reading reviews, I've decided the 4Runner to be a great choice. I would appreciate advise on the following:
Did all V6 4Runners come with factory non-weight distributing hitches? Is it bolted to the bumper or axle?
Would I have to replace that hitch with a weight distributing one or is it an add-on? Two anti-sway bars came with the trailer and its GVWR and GAWR are 3500lbs. with standard equipment. It lists a standard built dry weight of 2670lbs. with a hitch weight of 230lbs. With some optional equipment, four passengers, camping equipment, etc. could I get by with a V6 with a weight distributing hitch and additional coolers or would I have to go with a V8? Thanks, Ruth
#96 of 124 Re: Need Tow Vehicle for BigFoot Trailer [rgressley]
Aug 10, 2010 (2:35 pm)
Search the web for the towing capacity of the 4Runner model year you are looking at. I believe the V6 is rated at 5,000 pounds. You don't want to exceed 80% of the towing capacity (4,000 pounds) so you should be alright. I don't know what year(s) but at some point Toyota stopped putting WD hitches on the V6. Again, a search will help you. Some have switched to an after market hitch or have bought the V8 hitch from Craig's List or a Toyota specific forum site. I understand it will bolt right in.