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Old 09-21-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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Sequoia as a tow vehicle

We are so excited to have our 25' international on order. We own both a 2014 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia. I know the Tundra will do just fine but the Sequoia, I'm afraid, won't handle the trailer. Has anyone out there towed with a Sequoia?
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:49 PM   #2
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I am towing a 25' safari 1988 that weight around 5800 lb ready for camping with a 2015 toyota sequoia. It tow very good and have a lot of power. GVWR of my trailer is 6300, but your new trailer must be higher than that. For information, I have a Hensley arrow. Don't expect too much on the mileage ..
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:46 PM   #3
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The Sequoia will do just fine. I have towed our 1972 29' Ambassador about 18,000 miles with our 2002 Sequoia.
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Sorry, 1998 not 1988...
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The advantage of the Sequoia over the Tundra is independent suspension for the rear axle, a more stable platform with greater roll resistance. A slight advantage of the Tundra is a longer wheelbase, a little more sway resistance.

Here's a current thread about a very similar tow vehicle and their experience using a ProPride/Hensley style hitch with it.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ml#post1687008

The Sequoia is among a short list of SUV's I would like to have for our 25, with reservations only about it's fuel economy numbers.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:22 PM   #6
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My sister in law tows a 20' SOB with a Seqoia, Reese hitch, anti sway, no WDS. She does not like it, says the truck struggles a bit. It does not look like it was equipt with a tow package, but it does have the 5.7.

I will drive it at some point, but I have not yet so I can't comment. It may be fine, and I think it would. She is the only one I know who does not like the Sequoia for towing. Matbe she just doesn't like towing, I don't know.
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:55 AM   #7
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Great help everyone, thanks so much
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I met a couple towing a Safari 25rb with a Sequoia 5.7L on my trip to Utah in June. They were pleased with the Sequoia. I did notice the payload sticker was between 1300 and 1400lbs. I would think the Sequoia would get similar mileage to the Tundra. I'm sure the drivetrain/transmission/differential is the same. On my trip from Missouri to Utah and back towing my 25fb with my 2010 Tundra I averaged 11.9mpg hand calculated. Towed around 60mph.

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I LOVE my 03 sequoia and would tow a 25 footer anytime with it!
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We tow our 2013 25' Flying Cloud Rear Bed Twin with a 2012 Sequoia 5.7L with tow option & ProPride hitch with no problems since we got both a little more than a year ago.

Supreme test will be next month when we cross the Rockies on eastbound I-70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel.


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I have a 2008 Sequoia 5.7 Limited w/ tow package and have pulled our 2007 Safari 25 FB (bought in 2010) fine with our Propride hitch...it pulls like a dream! Gas mileage is about 11 when towing.

Have pulled the trailer from South TX to Yellowstone, Los Angeles, and WI/MN (twice) areas with no problems. Now we are in MN and plan on taking the trailer to NC next summer.
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Oh Yeah! I have pulled two trailers with dry weights of 4,500 to 5,000 lb. very successfully with my 2005 Sequoia (4.3 liter engine, same displacement as a 283 cubic inch Chevy). Just one of the great features of this vehicle is the load-leveling adjustment that allows us to lower the trailer hitch and slide under the tongue, then raise back up. I pull at 60 mph and the unit is very stable. I live in the mountains, so I navigate some 10 percent slopes. On the worst long ones coming up the Blue Ridge front, I drop down to 35 or 40 mph as the Sequoia gears down, depending in part on what my additional load is on any given trip. But there is no strain on the vehicle, usually passing 18-wheelers coming up the mountain. I have shown some of my friends who own Chevy and Ford pickups and they can't believe it. (And I'm sure your Sequoia is a 5.7 liter engine, so you will have no trouble with it having the torque to handle a 25-foot Airstream.) Go for it.
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Oops. My Sequoia Limited is a 4.7 liter V-8 (rather than 4.3).
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