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Old 06-21-2021, 03:08 PM   #1
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Smile Towing a Basecamp 20x Safely with a 5th Generation Toyota 4Runner

Good day all. Long time member here, first time posting. My husband just ordered a new 2021 Toyota 4Runner Limited and we're looking at the Basecamps. We're trying to decide what the 4Runner could safely tow: Basecamp 16X vs Basecamp 20X? We are leaning heavily towards the 20X, but are wondering if anyone can give us any confidence that the 20X will be within the safe towing envelope of the 4Runner in most if not all conditions?

We've searched other forums on this topic and the majority of them recommend installing suspension airbags due to the weight of the Basecamp 20X. Can anyone confirm this? Would we be okay if we did NOT make that modification to our vehicle? Does anyone have any experience related to this that can guide us on the best recommendation? Thank you kindly in advance.

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Old 06-21-2021, 03:37 PM   #2
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Good day all. Long time member here, first time posting. My husband just ordered a new 2021 Toyota 4Runner Limited and we're looking at the Basecamps. We're trying to decide what the 4Runner could safely tow: Basecamp 16X vs Basecamp 20X? We are leaning heavily towards the 20X, but are wondering if anyone can give us any confidence that the 20X will be within the safe towing envelope of the 4Runner in most if not all conditions?



We've searched other forums on this topic and the majority of them recommend installing suspension airbags due to the weight of the Basecamp 20X. Can anyone confirm this? Would we be okay if we did NOT make that modification to our vehicle? Does anyone have any experience related to this that can guide us on the best recommendation? Thank you kindly in advance.



-Nicole


Based on your capacity of 5000 lbs and the GVWR of the Basecamp 20 you should have no problem. Check your owner forum for the 4Runner and see what others are doing (you may already be doing that) , determine how much extra stuff you will want to carry and make sure you are inside your limits. Tongue weight is important and you will probably want a smaller WD hitch like an Eaz-lift hitch. Hopefully someone already doing this will chime in. But take your time, maybe try towing a trailer of some kind to see how it feels. Then assess your comfort level and make a decision that suits you. Itís always up to you, not anyone else. https://tailsofwanderlust.com/2020/0...oyota-4runner/

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The issue most folks run into is the amount of "stuff" that goes into the tow vehicle. As long as you are willing to limit that, you probably can do ok. It's not that hard to take most SUV's to max load without a trailer involved ..... you do need to watch the weight.

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