4runner towing capacity
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diamondhofsi

Madison, WI

#1 Jun 22, 2006
I have a 2005 4runner limited 4.7 ltr 4x4. This truck is rated to tow 7,000 lbs max. I recently bought a 3500 pound trailer and the truck can't seem to handle the load. Is the 4runner's towing capacity grossly overrated?????
Ross

Kitchener, Canada

#2 Oct 7, 2006
I have had a problem with a rattle in my 2006 4Runner's sunroof that the dealer has told me there is a recall from Toyota on. I have made three attempts to have this fixed but the dealership is creating more rattles than when I started. Has anyone else with this vehicle experienced a problem with the sunroof?
Adam

Herndon, VA

#3 Oct 22, 2006
Ross wrote:
I have had a problem with a rattle in my 2006 4Runner's sunroof that the dealer has told me there is a recall from Toyota on. I have made three attempts to have this fixed but the dealership is creating more rattles than when I started. Has anyone else with this vehicle experienced a problem with the sunroof?
I Hate things that rattle. I had this problem about 3 months after buying my 03 4runner. Before I knew of the widespread problem, I just shoved as much lube grease - the kind that comes in a tube - in the track on the side of the rattle. Problem solved - have had to repeat once since.
bob b

Passaic, NJ

#4 Apr 8, 2007
Regarding the towing, I have a 2003 4.7L and towed my boat trailer over 2,000 mi.(which is approx, 3,000 lbs.) I have no problem with power (also have an off road K&N setup with a reloated mass air sensor), but the trailer is single axle.
With the single axle the hitch height is real important. An inch too low and you are going to transfer the tongue weight onto your rear suspension.
Richard

United States

#5 May 28, 2007
My 1994 V6 is rated to tow 5000 lbs. 150 HP and 2 wheel drive. Can/should I tow a 4000 lb camper ?
Matthew Billerica MA

Marlborough, MA

#6 Jul 22, 2007
I have an 02 dodge Dakota sport, and I have a boat that weighs 4000 lbs, I have to buy a trailer that can handle the size of the boat, which would total about 6000 lbs. The GCVW is 4000 lbs. I was wondering if I could still tow this for short distances of about 20 miles, or is this a very bad idea and I need to upgrade my truck...if there is such a thing as upgrading?
Kyle

Tulsa, OK

#7 Aug 7, 2007
diamondhofsi wrote:
I have a 2005 4runner limited 4.7 ltr 4x4. This truck is rated to tow 7,000 lbs max. I recently bought a 3500 pound trailer and the truck can't seem to handle the load. Is the 4runner's towing capacity grossly overrated?????
Are you experiencing problems with the suspention sagging/stability or braking/acceleration performance?
Your truck requires the use of a load leveling hitch to tow the rated load, see http://www.toyota.com/4runner/specs.html
Most vehicles in the mid-sized suv class either hover around 5000# towing or require a load leveling hitch due to their relatively soft springs.
Since this is the same engine/transmission used in the Tundra's I doubt the drivetrain is insufficient. Programing of the shift points may not reflect optimum towing setting for this vehicle as it would in the Tundra but I doubt this would be enough to hurt towing a small load like 3500#.
Cathy H in California

Manteca, CA

#8 Aug 9, 2008
Hello!

I have a 2006 Toyota 4Runner Limited V8 with the factory tow package. It is rated to 7000lbs for towing.

I am looking to buy a RV Tralier. I plan on towing without waste and water most the time. I do plan on getting a load blancer and load leveling hitch. What is the maximum Unloaded Weight of the trailer I should buy?

I heard you need to factor in tongue weight, and the load in your SUV (people, luggage, gas, etc). Is that true?

Thank you!

Cathy
Edward

Sterling, VA

#9 Sep 5, 2008
Same question as Cathy but my Toyota 4-Runner is a 6-cylinders V.4 engine. Thanks!
hoff

Lititz, PA

#10 Dec 5, 2008
diamondhofsi wrote:
I have a 2005 4runner limited 4.7 ltr 4x4. This truck is rated to tow 7,000 lbs max. I recently bought a 3500 pound trailer and the truck can't seem to handle the load. Is the 4runner's towing capacity grossly overrated?????
i've towed a trailer of well over 4,000 lbs on a 350 mile trip through the mountains of pennsylvania (not huge mountains, but thats what we call 'em on the east coast) with very little issue - hardly noted it the trailer was there. i have an 05 Sport w/ the V8 - i think 7,000lb capacity sounded right after towing that load.
Big dog

Fredericton, Canada

#11 Mar 4, 2009
Their is a general rule of 20%. In other words its is suggested that if your truck is rated at 7000lbs towing. 20% would be 1400 lbs. This means with your trailer and truck loaded and passangers you should not go over 5600 lbs. This is a general rule. But yes the total weight passangers , trailer and gear all count toward the max towing capacity.
Cathy H in California wrote:
Hello!
I have a 2006 Toyota 4Runner Limited V8 with the factory tow package. It is rated to 7000lbs for towing.
I am looking to buy a RV Tralier. I plan on towing without waste and water most the time. I do plan on getting a load blancer and load leveling hitch. What is the maximum Unloaded Weight of the trailer I should buy?
I heard you need to factor in tongue weight, and the load in your SUV (people, luggage, gas, etc). Is that true?
Thank you!
Cathy
nathan

United States

#12 Mar 11, 2009
I have 2005 v6 4runner, i am planning to buy tent trailer, what is the maximun tent trailer lbs would be?
mark

Richmond, Canada

#13 Apr 19, 2009
i pulled 3500 with my 89 4cylinder 4runner on a 12000 mile trip, no problem. I pull 3500lbs every day (construction trailer) with my 03, no problem. Occasionally i have used the 03 to pull 8000lbs, no problem. The only trouble i have every had with either of them is when the tongue weight has been too light, then i stop, adjust load and go on. have a great day. mark [email protected]
pat

AOL

#14 Jun 16, 2009
Is your truck a V6 or V8?
I am trying to determine if I can Tow 4000 with a 2003 v8.
cbot

Canada

#15 Sep 8, 2009
I have a 2004 V8 SR5 4Runner. I just got back from a 1000km trip to the Oregon Coast towing a 20ft Travel Trailer with a factory weight of 4000lbs. It was probably about 4500 or so with all the gear, water etc. The truck had plenty of power on any hill. It tended to bob on the highway though especially on the I5 in the concrete surface "truck" lanes. The Toyota dealership told me to install rubber boots or air bags to support the suspension and stabilize the vehicle - I have not looked into this fully yet, so if anyone has any information I would appreciate it. As far as towing capacity is concerned, yes it is rated at 7,000lbs with a stabilizing hitch but I would agree with Big Dog's recommendation of 5600 max. BTW, the economy was around 22-23 litres/100km cf around 14-15 normal driving for similar terrain.
Mr Conserative

Newington, CT

#16 Oct 15, 2009
Richard wrote:
My 1994 V6 is rated to tow 5000 lbs. 150 HP and 2 wheel drive. Can/should I tow a 4000 lb camper ?
NO.
Sean

Houston, TX

#17 Dec 27, 2009
diamondhofsi wrote:
I have a 2005 4runner limited 4.7 ltr 4x4. This truck is rated to tow 7,000 lbs max. I recently bought a 3500 pound trailer and the truck can't seem to handle the load. Is the 4runner's towing capacity grossly overrated?????
Hey mate!

The 4Runner Sport V8 2wd is rated at 7300, but the 4wd, because of the transfer case, is only rated at 6000. Hope that this helps.
Laurie

Gainesville, FL

#18 Feb 19, 2010
I have a 2005 LTD 4 runner as well and pulled two horses with a 2500 lb trailer up the mountain. On the straight away it was great, but ate my gas like it was chocolate. A little rough on the vehicle going up the mountain, but a winner.
Dave

Warwick, RI

#19 Mar 22, 2010
Hey Guys,

I have a 2004 Sport SR5 V6. I am looking at getting a camper. I have seen so many different posts with people towing 5,000lbs and even greater. Others insist on getting a 1/2 ton to tow 3,000lbs. So, before I pull the trigger at the RV dealership, can I tow

-Travel Trailer- Keystone Hideout 19FHB (23ft from bumper to hitch), 10'6" in height and 4,000 dry weight?

I will be getting an antisway bar and weight distribution bars. The RV dealer said I will be fine, but I would like to double check with other 4runner owners.

Thanks,

Dave
mark

Victoria, Canada

#20 Apr 2, 2010
diamondhofsi wrote:
I have a 2005 4runner limited 4.7 ltr 4x4. This truck is rated to tow 7,000 lbs max. I recently bought a 3500 pound trailer and the truck can't seem to handle the load. Is the 4runner's towing capacity grossly overrated?????
i have an 03 an regularly pull 8000lbs city and highway no probs

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