Originally Posted by badgerfamily
You mind if I ask some Toyota questions? I have a 2008 Sequoia 5.7L V8 with tow pkg. the manual says I can tow up to 9100 lbs with a 16000 lb max combined TV + TT. We are looking at a 2005 Safari Bunkhouse 30ft with a dry wt of 6215 and GVWR of 8400. Does anyone tow a 30ft AS with a Sequoia? Can I make it through the mountains safely? It's my first TT purchase and want to be sure my SUV can do the job for a family of 7.
Called our Toyota dealer yesterday and they said the SAE has changed the towing standards this year and that our Sequoia can now only tow up to 6400 lbs. that' a significant drop. What is Airstream saying? What do you say? I just need to know what I can safely tow cross country or do I need to wait and get a 3/4 ton SUV.
Yeah, I saw that on there web site. interesting they can just change tow capacities like that.
We have the same SUV. I tow my 1968
28' no problems. dry weight now is around 4800lbs. I have also towed my friends Wide body 2004 28' safari that was about 6000 lbs dry, I think. We had no problems what so ever. I towed it to Zion NP and back over the passes in Utah. I was able to go 75 mph up the passes no problems. I also have towed ours up many passes with plenty of power left. He tows with a 3/4 ton suburban, which has the 8.2 litter, more power up the hills.
But what we did notice was, I didn't use my brakes as much as he does, the Sequoia has a better transmission, with the 6 speed and the 4.10 rear end.
Coming down highway 6 in Utah into the town of Helper last week, I didn't even use my brakes, just shifted between 3rd and 4th. If anyone has driven this road it's a pretty good grade all the way down... The Sequoia also has more passenger room than the Suburban, we have a family of 6 and fit no problem. Not as much room behind the 3rd row though. But way more room for passengers.
I just got back from a 3000 mile trip out west. No problems what so ever. The temp gages for the transmission and water never moved. Even when the outside temp was 106 and I was towing at 70mph. There are not many 3/4 ton suv's that can match the power of the toyota engine. We also now use the Andersen WD hitch. I had no sway even with high side winds.
I don't think you will have a problem with the right WD set up. The engine is the same as the Tundra and I think they have the same frame? Just that the Tundra has a solid back axle not independent like the Sequoia.
You won't lack for HP or Torque,
Though they may have changed the standards it doesn't mean it won't tow what it was originally designed to tow. Not sure what the new standards are, and why they would change them? And how changing them could affect an older SUV. Weird... We will buy another Sequoia in a few years, and keep towing loads above 6400 lbs because I know it can.
In fact I have towed 11,000 lbs worth of trailer and excavator form 5000 ft to 7000 ft in 11 miles. I went 55 mph and had some left. I also took it back down the hill with no problems braking. I wouldn't want to tow that from state to state, but the Sequoia has plenty of power.