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Old 05-27-2009, 03:10 PM   #15
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What about a V8 4Runner, rated to tow 7200 lbs with the Tradewind? Still the same wheel base, but more power? Is it enough?
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:36 PM   #16
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Kristen, Can you give more info on the 4runner? Like year, engine and if it has a tow pkg installed. Anything else you can think of will help too.
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What about a V8 4Runner, rated to tow 7200 lbs with the Tradewind? Still the same wheel base, but more power? Is it enough?
Power is not the issue with the 4 Runners, stability is. It is one of the poorest TV's available today. With so many better choices choose something else.
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Can you elaborate on what it is that makes 4runners unstable when towing? We have been looking at used 4runners and were wondering what they were like as tow vehicles.

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Can you elaborate on what it is that makes 4runners unstable when towing? We have been looking at used 4runners and were wondering what they were like as tow vehicles.

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Towing specialist and forum member Andrew T. gave a towing seminar last year that I attended in Hamilton Ontario. He used the Toy 4 runner as an example of "how not to build a TV". From his experience of working with these vehicles as TV he came to this conclusion. His view is that every spec on the vehicle is wrong for use as a TV.
It is however a great off road. reliable vehicle.
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I am looking at a 2005 4Runner (don't know the finish yet--the dealer called when one came in stock that had the V8 and tow package). I have a Toyota Matrix now, and it has been very good to me, so I kind of want to stick with the brand. Since I am replacing my Matrix with the TV, I want something reasonable for about-town driving (hence looking at a smaller SUV, versus going to the Sienna or Suburban or Expedition). The model I am looking at is a 4.7L V8 4wd with the tow package (rated to tow 7000lbs). My understanding is it is on the truck frame, so I thought it would be ok. The trailer I am looking at buying (pretty sure this trailer, still flexible on tow vehicle) is the 64 Trade Wind-- single axle, 24 ft, GVWR of 3480. I will have the stabilizer bars too. I found this message board, and it seemed like a lot of folks were towing RVs with this 4Runner, some happy and some not.
I know I might like towing in the longer vehicle more, but since I also need it for daily stuff, I would like to stay in the mid-size SUV range, if possible! Also, I am planning on driving in the mountains. Thoughts?
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Hi Kristen, 2005 4runner reviews look OK. You would be pushing the limits a little if you take into account the stuff that you bring along while camping like food, water and bikes etc. With four wheel vented disk breaks you should have the stopping power. With the short wheel base a good anti-sway hitch will be in order.

I'm curious what years Road Ruler is talking about. It seems this generation is allot better than the 90s version for towing.

Just some thoughts. Continue to do your research and see what you come up with. Good luck!
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I'm curious what years Road Ruler is talking about. It seems this generation is allot better than the 90s version for towing.
Best to check with the Andrew T. Here is a post (#13) where he talked about it on the forum.... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tml#post568122
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Well, I made a spread sheet and guess-tamated all the stuff that would go in the TV and in the TT, and looked up all the weights and considered tongue weight, etc etc. Looks like I wouldn't be allowed to have a passenger with the 4Runner... and the tow capacity is about 77%-- a little high. The Expedition passed my spreadsheet test, as did the Grand Cherokee Limited (I was looking up 2006 models, as I am buying used). I appreciate all the help! More test driving to do tomorrow!

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Also realize that the numbers may or may not have anything to do with how well a vehicle will handle the trailer. The Grand and the newer Expeditions (with IRS) when set up optimally have good approval ratings and handle well.
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