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Toyota 4Runner, Towing, SUV
#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.
#97 of 124 2007 4 Runner V6 Hitch question
Oct 13, 2010 (5:27 am)
Hello to all, and I'm hoping you can answer a question for me. I'm trying to determine which hitch I have installed on my '07 SR5 V6. The car has the tranny cooler installed and it appears to have the heavier duty hitch (frame mounted), but I'm trying to make sure. The hitch appears to be installed to the frame with six bolts, two in the rear and one farther up on the beams running parallel to the front/back axis of the car. It also has a seven pin connector. I'm asking because I want to determine if I can use a weight distributing hitch with it to haul a trailer which will be under the 5000 max. weight but the tongue weight will be between 5-600 pounds.
#98 of 124 Re: 2007 4 Runner V6 Hitch question [socrates50]
Oct 13, 2010 (7:04 am)
At some point Toyota switched to a "lesser hitch" (on the V6) that will not hold up to a WD hitch.
Take your VIN down and call Customer Care at Toyota, they should know.
#99 of 124 Re: 2007 4 Runner V6 Hitch question [socrates50]
Oct 13, 2010 (5:55 pm)
Look at your hitch, my hitch has a weight limit sticker right on it on the driver's side. It is yellow with black writing. If the sticker is not there, Chuck1 has led you in the right direction.
#100 of 124 Towing a boat with a V6 4Runner
Feb 26, 2011 (3:52 pm)
I am looking at getting a new 2011 V6 4Runner. It says it has a 5,000 lbs towing capacity. My boat and trailer weigh 4,000 lbs. Has anyone towed this much weight with one of the newer V6 4Runners? If so how did it do?
#101 of 124 Re: Towing a boat with a V6 4Runner [gwg1951]
Feb 26, 2011 (4:55 pm)
You have to keep in mind also how many passengers and ice chests, etc. This all takes away from the GVRW. What is the weight that will be resting on the hitch?
If your going to tow this boat and passengers with some cargo on a regular basis, I would suggest looking at a Full size 3/4 ton pickup. Look at the GVRW - it's a yellow sticker on the driver's side door jam. Also, I would assume the weight on the boat is the DRY WEIGHT. Once you add fuel, and other items it's going to be more.
I tow a 5,000 pound travel trailer with an 05 Sport Edition 4Runner w/V8. But it's rated at 7,500 pound towing. And my wife is the only passenger. Toyota, IMHO really blew it by not offering a V8 with the redesign.
#102 of 124 Re: Towing a boat with a V6 4Runner [gwg1951]
Feb 26, 2011 (9:13 pm)
Rule of thumb is that you should not tow more than 80% of the listed towing capacity. Thus, 4000 lbs is just at 80% of 5000 lbs, and hence should be okay.
#103 of 124 Re: Towing a boat with a V6 4Runner [kennerdriver]
Feb 27, 2011 (4:46 pm)
Towing capacity is indeed important. Most people forget about the GVWR.
If your in an accident, and even if in your tow rating, BUT OVER GVWR you have big problems.
#104 of 124 2007 4 runner towing question
Oct 10, 2011 (12:04 pm)
I just bought an 07 4Runner V6. It is an automatic. My understanding of towing is that if I am going to tow anything with an automatic transmission, the vehicle needs the transmission cooler. There is no record or information from toyota that states that my vehicle has a tranny cooler. Though the vehicle was built with a trailer hitch receiver. The dealer states Toyota never installed tranny coolers on 07's, and that it doesn't need it. Any help in this issue would be greatly appreciated!
#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.