Last post on Jul 01, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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Toyota Sienna, Towing, Van
#46 of 51 Another Sienna tow question
May 19, 2010 (11:57 am)
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 51 Re: Another Sienna tow question [johnnytoyoda]
May 19, 2010 (12:10 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 51 2013 Sienna Tow prep & hitch questions
Nov 13, 2012 (1:27 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 51 2004 Sienna have factory installed towing package?
May 13, 2013 (7:11 am)
How could I verify that our 2004 Sienna has the towing package?
#50 of 51 Re: 2002 sienna [shelltracker55]
May 31, 2013 (1:13 pm)
just signed on. 04 sienna, 18ft. rpod travel trailer, empty weight 2,300 lbs. towed in the mountains. As expected - lots of 3rd gear hills and a couple of second gears as well. Keep the revs to max 3800 or so and no problem. Sucked it out coming across the prairie and bucking a big wind. 3rd gear most of the way from Alberta to Manitoba - - 90k/hr, 3700 rpm Used no oil and tranny seems ok (has an after market cooler)
#51 of 51 2013 Sienna Tow Hitch wiring harness
Jul 01, 2013 (10:23 am)
I have watched videos on hooking up a tow hitch wiring harness to a 2012 Sienna. It is one of the most complicated and archaic setups I have seen. My 2003 Odyssey had a simple plug-in jack behind a body panel, and did not necessitate running a power wire under the vehicle from the tail lights all the way up to the battery. I notice that the 2013 Sienna has an electrical receptacle wrapped up at the bottom of the jack storage compartment. Did Toyota smarten up and finally add a simple receptacle for a tow harness?
That would sure simplify things!!!