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Old 04-29-2010, 11:40 AM   #1
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Intro and V6 question for towing

Hi to everyone

I just signed up on the forum. I've pretty much decided on a 19' Airstream but wonder if any members with V6 engines, more specifically Toyota 4wd, 4Runner V6, can comment on how suitable this suv is for towing a 4500gvwr trailer.

I know I've picked the horse before the cart and it should be the other way around. I know the Toyota owner's manual says 5000# is gross trailer wt, but it also says something about the combination weight of vehicle and trailer shouldn't exceed 9600#. It would seem a 19 footer would be right at or over the limit, once filled with fluids, clothes, groceries.

So, is it done by any of you? Is the V6 marginal at best or more than adequate? Should I just cough it up and look for a better tow vehicle...assuming the smaller 16' trailer isn't adequate for my needs?

Thanks for any and all input, appreciate it.


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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your question, I'm sure some members experienced with your tow vehicle will chime in. You're Toyota might do the trick, but you will be in marginal territory as you are at or near the towing limits. Start doing some research on the quality weight distribution/sway control hitch systems and trailer brake controllers. You are going to want both of these. Also check your Toyota's tires to make sure they are of sufficient load range to handle the weight that you are going to put on them.


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I think this link is right on target.

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