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Toyota Sienna, Towing, Van
Jan 30, 2010 (8:09 pm)
Looking to buy an ultra light travel trailer to pull with my 2002 V-6 Sienna. Am I being real? How heavy a trailer can I tow in safety?
#41 of 49 Towing with a 2002 Sienna
Jan 30, 2010 (8:30 pm)
I have a 2004 Sienna AWD with the towing package and just today I bought an 18' boat with a 150 hp Merc on it. I pulled it from near Des Moines to Mpls and everything went fine. The boat package would probably weigh in the neighborhood of 2300-2400 lbs. My towing specs are 3500 # tow weight and 350# tongue weight. Hope this helps.
Jan 30, 2010 (9:44 pm)
Hi all - anyone know if the 2011s will take the same hitches as the 2009/2010s (ie the current Sienna hitches being sold in aftermarket)? I thought I read that the platform for the "new" Sienna is exactly the same as the last model - same exact wheelbase, etc - just the upper sheetmetal and stuff is different?
#43 of 49 Sienna Hitch/Towing
Jan 30, 2010 (10:54 pm)
I've been doing quite a bit of research re the Sienna van/towing'hitch, etc as I
wanted to hang a wheel chair lift on my 2010. The short answer to your question
is "Yes", in my opinion. It seem Toyota routinely equipped the vans with the
capability to haul anything up to 350 lb TONGUE weight until about 2008 or so,
at which time they degreed 120 lbs. was the max tongue weight without the towing package installed. Two Toyota dealers and a pro mechanic have advised me the only difference in the with/without is the radiator and oil cooling upgrade, and the suspension is the same either way. I'd think your two restrictions would be the 350 lb tongue weight and the hitch capability. I'd install a Class III
hitch as they cost about the same as a Class II. The Weight towing rating for
the Class III is a total of 3500 lbs.. Class III has a 2" receiver and the II
is 1.75", I believe. U-Haul installed my III for about $200, without the
lighting connections. You can buy a custom connection kit (plug in connectors
wit no cutting and splicing) online for about $35-40 from E Trailer and do the
lights yourself. I think they even have a video you can watch of a guy doing
the installation. U Haul wanted about $70 more to installation for the lights.
An ultra light trailer should give you no problem.
#44 of 49 Re: Sienna Hitch/Towing [pwillingham]
Feb 01, 2010 (11:26 am)
To add to that...
The reason for the change in 2008 is that the Tow Prep Package was standard on the 2007s. That was a little cost cutting they did.
Mine came ready to go, 350 lbs tongue weight straight from the factory.
#45 of 49 Re: 2002 sienna [shelltracker55]
Feb 02, 2010 (9:17 am)
i had a 2002 van, pulled a 16 ft double axle trailer (1500#) with about 500# load.
Van pulled the trailer fine, I believe the 2002 models came with the tow package even if they did not come with a factory hitch.
the new model 08 etc: std models do not come with the tow package, it must be ordered when vehicle is ordered new.
you should have no problem but do get the trans oil flushed, I did it at 60k then again at 110k just look at oil and if it starts looking dirty get it flushed.
#46 of 49 Another Sienna tow question
May 19, 2010 (12:57 pm)
i have a 2004 sienna....no tow package
i already have a reciever installed and wires...but...do not have the tow package IE:larger radiator, fans and HD alternator.
these are all to tow 3500 lbs...i am only going to tow about 1200-1500 lbs loaded...the popup is about 900lbs
do i need to install all this?
has anybody towed with a sienna that was not tow equiped?
#47 of 49 Re: Another Sienna tow question [johnnytoyoda]
May 19, 2010 (1:10 pm)
You're out of warranty, so there's nothing to fear as far as voiding any powertrain warranty (unless you got an extended one?).
I think you'll be fine. The normal payload of a Sienna is 1200 lbs, so that's just a normal full load, basically.
The tow prep package was standard on my 2007 (happily).
#48 of 49 2013 Sienna Tow prep & hitch questions
Nov 13, 2012 (2:27 pm)
I am shopping for a new 2013 Sienna to pull an open motorcycle trailer, GW about 1000 lbs.
We are leaning toward XLE 8 passenger to get a power passenger seat for grandma, and occasionally haul the grandkids.
Salesman says the LE model requires a "Towing Prep" option, but that the XLE has it standard. Can anyone confirm this?
The Toyota website does not list the Towing Prep as standard on the XLE. It kind-of implys it by listing the Towing Prep as an option on the LE but not on the XLE.
etrailer shows a wiring harness that requires removing panels, running a wire all the way to the front for a battery connection, and then hanging the plug out under the rear hatch door. Is all that necessary if you have the Factory "Towing Prep".
My dealer does not have the Toyota receiver hitch in stock, and cannot supply good pictures of it installed. Anyone know how it looks hanging below the bumper cover?
And lastly, why have a tow prep option that does not include the receiver hitch?
#49 of 49 2004 Sienna have factory installed towing package?
May 13, 2013 (8:11 am)
How could I verify that our 2004 Sienna has the towing package?