Tow capacity is kind of like EPA mileage -- put a teaspoon of gas and a driver the size of my dog (okay, she's a big dog) and you could reasonably tow the 6200#.
Originally Posted by SlimJim
I believe another important parameter for your Toyota is the payload capacity. It's not just how much it can pull but how much it can carry. With 600 pound tongue weight, four people and cargo, you probably don't have much capacity left. Do you know the payload?
Right on Jim!
For starters -- does the Sequoia have a Class II hitch (eg, look to see if it has a 7-pin umbilical connector) -- and was that OEM for your model vehicle? If so, the added weight of this hitch receiver is factored into your TV's payload capacity.
You will need to add weight distribution to the trailer. You will fill the propane tanks. Are you going to go with the valuable (in my opinion) LS package? Does that add a spare tire up front? This is all leading in the direction that you'll be lucky if the actual tongue weight the way you are going to use the trailer is less than 800#. This isn't like buying pants; "I promise to lose weight."
Everything you put in or on the Sequoia -- options over the baseline model, gasoline, driver, other passengers, pets, games, luggage, hitch bar and
tongue weight all must be figured against the 2002 4x4 Sequoia's rated load capacity. It would be most safe if you didn't exceed 85% of either TV payload or tow capacity. GCWR is nearly an academic exercise -- you'll be okay on GCWR if you have the other two right.
the maximum payload is 1330#. For best accuracy you should rely on the vehicle's manual. 1330# minus 15% and minus 800# gives a remaining useful capacity of 330#.
The Sequoia could get the trailer home from the dealership. Would it be enough to do lightly loaded local camping this fall? I won't make that call. Trailer first or tow vehicle first? You're going to need a bigger tow vehicle ASAP.