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Old 02-05-2012, 02:07 PM   #1
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Sequoia Tow Rating

We are thinking about a 2011 or 2012 Sequoia with the 5.7 L V8 as a TV for our soon to be acquired International 27FB. When I first took a look at the Sequoia, it did not seem to be sufficiently rated at 7,100 lbs. The salesman told me that the Feds are coming out with new guidelines for tow ratings and that Toyota is ahead of other manufacturers in using the new methodology. After doing some research, it appears that could be the case - the 2010 Sequoia outfitted the same has a rating of 10,000 lbs.

Has anybody else heard of this change in guidelines for tow ratings? The other possibility is that Toyota was previously overrating the Sequoia but it is now properly rated and I shouldn't be using it to tow a 7,600 GVWR trailer.

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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, there are multiple answers. Are there new government specifications for motor vehicle tow rating? Yes. Are these going to be an improvement of the old tow rating system? Probably.

What does this mean? I think it means that from now on vehicle tow ratings will be more realistic and comparable between different vehicles. In the past, the various manufacturers sometimes pulled their tow ratings out of the air without much to back it up. Now, at least, there will be a common process to determine tow ratings.

As to a new Sequoia's suitability for a 27FB, I think that it will most likely be able to do the job adequately. A 7,500# Airstream may be at least slightly pushing the limits of any half ton tow vehicle. Also, you should consider that a Sequoia is a relatively short wheel-based vehicle for a 27 foot trailer. A quality weight distributing/sway controlling hitch system will be a necessity for this combination.

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Old 02-05-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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Anything over about 5000lb for a half ton is too much reguardless of what Ford says for there 11,000lb towing capcity F-150. Toyota does not overbuild their trucks as far as drive train is concerned. I think they still use the same size rear end as the little tiny trucks from the 70's. I would get something that is 3/4 ton rated. If you are towing in some flat place like FL you can tow with anything.


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The rear end on a second generation Tundra is very large and nothing like the 1970's. I assume the Sequoia has the same rear end as it is matched with the engine and transmission. We have towed a 25' with an '07 Tundra for 4 years without problems. The 27' and 28' are not that different from the 25' and should be ok with a Tundra. The driveline, brakes, differential, etc., are equivalent in size to a 3/4 ton even though it is rated 1/2 ton. The Tundra may have a higher GVWR rating since it doesn't have to carry around the big body of the Sequoia.

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Anything over about 5000lb for a half ton is too much reguardless of what Ford says for there 11,000lb towing capcity F-150. Toyota does not overbuild their trucks as far as drive train is concerned. I think they still use the same size rear end as the little tiny trucks from the 70's. I would get something that is 3/4 ton rated. If you are towing in some flat place like FL you can tow with anything.


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You're kidding, right? My '71 27' weighs more than that (full it's 6300lbs) and it was towed by a caddy originally!

My '09 F-150 tows it (and stops it) just fine, and we've hauled it over 25k miles all over the west coast, in the mountains, and are getting ready for a year-long east coast trip starting in April.

You do not need a 3/4 ton truck to tow a 7000lb trailer.
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I towed a 2011 Flying Cloud 27FB with a 2008 Sequoia 4X4 with the 5.7L engine equipped with the towing package. I used an Equalizer anti-sway hitch. The vehicle had the power to pull the 7,600 pound rated trailer with ease. Prior to the Airstream, I pulled a box trailer rated at about 8,000 pounds, as well. Long, steep grades will slow you up, but it's not that painful. The Sequoia is a quality, dependable vehicle and a competent towing platform.

I recently traded the Sequoia for a 2012 Tundra Limited because I'm moving an Airstream Classic rated at 10,000. The power train in my new Tundra is the same as the Sequoia, but the tow rating is higher. Probably because of less weight and maybe the frame.

The new tow rating system will supposedly eliminate wild tow capacity claims when fully adopted by the industry. Toyota is an early adopter so you can't use the tow rating on their vehicles as a comparison for those not yet using the rating standard.
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Keep in mind that a 1971 27 foot Airstream may weigh 6300# ready to camp. On the other hand, a later model Airstream 27FB will be approaching 8000# ready to camp. Vintage Airstreams are considerably lighter per foot than the new ones.

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Keep in mind that a 1971 27 foot Airstream may weigh 6300# ready to camp. On the other hand, a later model Airstream 27FB will be approaching 8000# ready to camp. Vintage Airstreams are considerably lighter per foot than the new ones.

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Understood....my comment was directed towards the 5k comment....I think that if I were in a newer A/S, I'd definitely match it with a high-end hitch (ala HAHA or PP) if I wanted to stick with a 1/2 ton truck.
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First off, the new towing specs were created by the SAE (society of automotive engineers), not the feds. Nobody really knows what they will come up with, least of all a salesman. Some trucks/SUV's will come out looking good while others will not under the new testing procedures. If the feds were doing the specs, I suspect GM and Chrysler would be far superior to Ford and captive imports!
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I can appreciate that Toyota is a fine product, but I'm having a hard time understanding why you would want it when you could have a nice diesel 3/4 ton at about the same price. I looked up the MSRP on Kelly Blue Book for a standard equipped Sequoia with the 5.7 ltr 2 wheel drive and found it listed at $52,000. Having pulled with a 5.7ltr Suburban prior to getting our 07 Duramax I can tell you the difference is like night and day towing our '88 25'.
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Toyota does not overbuild their trucks as far as drive train is concerned. I think they still use the same size rear end as the little tiny trucks from the 70's. I would get something that is 3/4 ton rated. If you are towing in some flat place like FL you can tow with anything.


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Lets start your education right here:


The one place the 5.7 Tundra/Sequoia excels is the bulletproof heavy duty drivetrain, including a differential ring gear of 10.5 inches.

Now the payload capacity of Sequoia could be problematic, so I'd check on that, particularly if the OP planning on carrying a lot.

The drivetrain is ample for my 25, superb in fact.
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I can appreciate that Toyota is a fine product, but I'm having a hard time understanding why you would want it when you could have a nice diesel 3/4 ton at about the same price. I looked up the MSRP on Kelly Blue Book for a standard equipped Sequoia with the 5.7 ltr 2 wheel drive and found it listed at $52,000. Having pulled with a 5.7ltr Suburban prior to getting our 07 Duramax I can tell you the difference is like night and day towing our '88 25'.
Because some people like Toyota more than Government Motors.

Diesel isn't the answer for everyone... and the 5.7 in the Suburban is a dog... So I don't doubt going to anything else is night and day. The Suburban is a wallowing tank with a 40 year old motor and 60 year old transmission. My work vehicle is a Suburban and I hate it... everyone who drives it hates it... everyone that rides in it hates it (but they are all prisoners, so they are biased).

The Sequoia is sharp to drive, tight, has a fantastic 6 speed tranny, and is fun to own. I have 90,000km on my 2008 Sequoia and have zero trips to the dealer for warranty... just normal maintenance. I pull a 22' <> 5000lbs loaded. It's like it's not even there.

The 2012 Sequoia adds a trailer stability program to the computer... it's not a replacement for a proper hitch, but works to stop trailer sway if it happens.
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The Sequoia has independent rear suspension which makes it handle better than any pickup, and a shorter wheelbase which makes it a much more pleasant daily driver.

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The new SAE tow standards are out there and well known to the manufactures. I do believe Toyota is the first to actually adopt them before it's required.

Tow Ratings Finally Pass the Sniff Test - The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) - Automobile Magazine
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