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Old 09-07-2020, 04:41 PM   #1
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5th gen Toyota 4Runner and 16' Bambi?

I'd be curious to hear whether any of you have this TV with a 16' Bambi. And if so, are you happy with the way it pulls your Bambi. I currently have this 6 cyl 4Runner that can tow up to 5,000 pounds and this particular Bambi is GVWR is 3,500but I know there are other variables to consider. I'm thinking it's cutting it awfully close. I just want to be safe. Thanks!
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Old 09-07-2020, 05:07 PM   #2
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I currently pull a 2015 Bambi Sport 16 with my 2018 Tacoma. The Tacoma is a TRD Offroad 4x4 model. I previously had a 2010 Tundra 2wd with the 4.7L V8.

With the Tundra, you would never know the Bambi was even hooked up. The V6 Tacoma has no problem pulling it, but you definatly know it's there. I only downsizeed to a Tacoma for the better gas mileage and 4x4 capability. I've had no problems pulling with the Tacoma.
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Old 09-07-2020, 06:43 PM   #3
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Highlander (with a jet pack chip) here, Equalizer hitch and FC20' so not quite the same. Note the highlander at 5K for my model year 2008 was rated higher than the 4 runner of same vintage (4500)

53K miles since 2017 (bought new in 2015, retired & broke leg in 2016 so maiden voyage Jan 2017.) including 3 XC trips from OR.

Tows sweet and true and believe me when we I say we have been thru some extremely high wind areas (OK, WY, Eastern WA, S Dakota, San Joaquin Valley in CA to name a few) I have been over Donner WB a few times and EB I-84 out of Pendleton. Not the first up the hill, but far from last. I generally cruise at around 62 mph.

I will say I know my weight per time and tongue weight. Generally only carry 1/4 FW & 2 bikes in the tail and generally only have one full propane tank, since it seems to last forever.

IMO you should be fine. Get a hitch setup that is both WD and sway and get to a scale with the TT and TV loaded like your leaving on a trip inc a full tank of gas. Understand how your loading placement affects tongue weight and for sure know your per tire weight so you're balanced DS/CS too. Look around for a county Ag Scale so you can take your time and experiment with loading placement. Hard to do that at the commercial CAT scales.

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