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Old 02-19-2010, 12:30 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by DD.KARAOKE View Post
... I have a 1994 Toyota 4runner with 3.0 v6, vehicle has a tow capacity of 5000.

Everything I have read tells me the 1976 ARGOSY 20 TT weighs 4500 and a tounge weight of 450. however the tag on the front of the trailer said 4800 gvwr, i am a little confused. (don't know for sure what GVWR means)

Does anyone have experience with this combo or close to it?

Should I attempt to pull the trailer any distance at all, or should I consider a different vehicle?
hi dorian, welcome

the 5000 'tow capacity' isn't as important as payload and gCwr or gVwr for the 'runner, find those ratings.

the 5000 lbs is BEFORE accounting for passengers, gear and STUFF in the truck...

truck payload subtracts on a POUND4POUND basis.

so a more realistic figure for the runner is ~4500 lbs.

the tag on the trailer with 4800 gvwr is the TOTAL/UPPER limit for the entire assembly (including axels)...

just like the gvwr for the runner it is the KEY figure to know and respect.

there are many folks here towing with that rig search the towing/vehicle section with key terms like 'runner' or toyota.

and u will FIND the good/bad and otherwise, first hand reports.

"attempt to pull the trailer"? sure...

but don't forget to attempt stopping, turning and generally CONTROLLING the trailer as part of the trial.

with a proper driveline/mods and FRESH suspension/tires and brakes it can work...

i have seen 31s pulled with the runner in question...

it looked more like a WALKER than a runner but the driver seemed happy.


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