Toyota Sienna Towing
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Arthur

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#1 Mar 6, 2008
I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna CE and we are very pleased with it at this point. We have 37,000 miles on it and is doing good. I sent my wife today to have a tow hitch installed to pull our new 2,000 pound camper trailer with. I would like to know if anyone has towed with their Sienna so that I can prepared. I would also like to know if I need to take it out of 5th gear.
SCS

Newport, OR

#2 Mar 17, 2008
I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna too and just started towing a 2003 Coleman Mesa Pop Up. The trailer has a max weight of 3450, but we only towed it with about 2700 lbs so far. We us a Valley Class III hitch with weight distribution.
The whole family (two kids, two parents, and one aunt), gear, and the tongue weight was below the gross vehicle rating by about 300 lbs. The combined vehicle weight was about 8000 lbs and the manual says we have 8700 lbs. Small note on the weight distribution hitch; it actually worked too well and put an unequal amount of weight on the front axle of the car. I dropped it a link and the rear axle supported more of the weight.
We had an electric break control and a sway bar installed. I don't know if you need either, but I use the Prodigy control in the van and it seems to work well.
Owner's manual does say to take it out of overdrive when towing. We have gone a few hundred miles and everything seems to being going well.
Congrats on the trailer!
Arthur

AOL

#3 Jun 15, 2008
SCS wrote:
I have a 2006 Toyota Sienna too and just started towing a 2003 Coleman Mesa Pop Up. The trailer has a max weight of 3450, but we only towed it with about 2700 lbs so far. We us a Valley Class III hitch with weight distribution.
The whole family (two kids, two parents, and one aunt), gear, and the tongue weight was below the gross vehicle rating by about 300 lbs. The combined vehicle weight was about 8000 lbs and the manual says we have 8700 lbs. Small note on the weight distribution hitch; it actually worked too well and put an unequal amount of weight on the front axle of the car. I dropped it a link and the rear axle supported more of the weight.
We had an electric break control and a sway bar installed. I don't know if you need either, but I use the Prodigy control in the van and it seems to work well.
Owner's manual does say to take it out of overdrive when towing. We have gone a few hundred miles and everything seems to being going well.
Congrats on the trailer!
I am thankful for you're response. I would like to know if your hitch makes noise in the wind. I think that the noise that I'm hearing is from the hitch. It sounds like there is a vent window open. I have a rear spoiler and it already makes wind drag noise.
sienna

Cochrane, Canada

#4 May 11, 2009
towed one trip with the Sienna and the bank 2 oxygen sensor went. Recently threw a bearing in the engine and the engine is toast in my 2003 Sienna. Don't tow with it! Keep in mind that this vehicle is only a Camry. Maybe tow a coleman taos with it, only 8 footer. Buy a used pick up, they are designed for towing.
JMC

Buffalo, NY

#5 Jan 3, 2010
I used to tow a 3000lb travel trailer with the 2003 Sienna but the trans fluid twice turned dark and tech told me that this was not a good idea if I planned to keep the Toyota. That was 5 years ago. I bought a pick up for towing and the Toyota still runs great at 110K miles.
mmgm

United States

#6 Mar 3, 2010
Re: Towing with a Sienna. It depends on which year and engine size and whether you have a tow package as my 2004 LE does (3.3L eng.230 hp)which allows towing of 3500 lbs and a tongue weight on the trailer of 350 lbs. There is a gross vehicle weight rating which is both combined.
The tow package is a stronger transmission and heavier duty alternater
I believe the 2003 is a smaller engine
(3.0L 210 hp) and may not have the tow package. Which by the way is not a hitch but the stronger internal stuff needed to tow without burning up. Should not push the limit though with the weight.
mmgm

United States

#7 Mar 3, 2010
If a 2003 does not have a tow package the weight limit to tow is 2000 lbs. Not that much. And remember if you are going up hill that weight becomes even more weight or torque on the engine.
Bruce

Hilton, NY

#8 Apr 18, 2010
I have a 2005 Sienna LE (includes towing package, weight 3500 lbs). It looks like I can add a hitch and tow subject to weight restrictions (I'm considering renting a 5x10 uHaul trailer to move my daughter).
My question is about maximum speed. The Sienna owners manual states I should not exceed 45 mph with a trailer. I don't recall a lot of towing Siennas on the hiway, but I also don't recall a lot of cars towing at 45 mph.
What speed do you travel at?
liner

Bronx, NY

#9 Apr 18, 2010
Bruce wrote:
I have a 2005 Sienna LE (includes towing package, weight 3500 lbs). It looks like I can add a hitch and tow subject to weight restrictions (I'm considering renting a 5x10 uHaul trailer to move my daughter).
My question is about maximum speed. The Sienna owners manual states I should not exceed 45 mph with a trailer. I don't recall a lot of towing Siennas on the hiway, but I also don't recall a lot of cars towing at 45 mph.
What speed do you travel at?
The owners manual is written by lawyers. I don't see a problem driving at say, 60-65, IMO, of course.
Zach

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 May 3, 2010
I have an 06 Sienna that I tow a 6x12 emclosed trailer with. No problems towing at 70-80 mph. No weight distribution bar yet but have the plans for io=t soon.
2006 Sienna

Lexington, KY

#11 May 7, 2010
Arthur wrote:
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I am thankful for you're response. I would like to know if your hitch makes noise in the wind. I think that the noise that I'm hearing is from the hitch. It sounds like there is a vent window open. I have a rear spoiler and it already makes wind drag noise.
If you have a luggage rack, remove the cross bars.
Gene

Nutley, NJ

#12 Jun 5, 2010
I have an 04 Seinna XLE AWD, I am not sure if I have the tow package. How do I figure this out. It is a V6 3.3L. The dealer had no clue how to tell me.
liner

Bronx, NY

#13 Jun 6, 2010
Gene wrote:
I have an 04 Seinna XLE AWD, I am not sure if I have the tow package. How do I figure this out. It is a V6 3.3L. The dealer had no clue how to tell me.
That should give you an idea how bad dealers are. Most cars have a sticker either under the console cover or in the glove box which lists all the option codes your car was built with. You could take the codes to the dealer's parts dept and ask for help deciphering the codes. Or find it on the internet.
Keep in mind, most cars can tow much more than the owners manual says.
Emma

Schenectady, NY

#14 Jul 13, 2010
I have an 2004 LE Sienna and have plans on putting on a hitch. Can I use a tow bar instead to pull a popup with a weight of 2500lbs? I am too new at this towing stuff. Thanks for any input...
Kent

Winnipeg, Canada

#15 Jul 19, 2010
i have a 2004 sienna awd and just purchased a 14 foot travel trailer.(I don't have a torsion hitch installed). Driving home the VSC kept beeping on the dash and the van wouldn't go over 20 km/hr. I had blown the fuse that runs the lights on the trailer (which also run the vsc) but replaced it which gave me almost an hour before the vsc cut in again, but the fuse was still good. Any thoughts as to how I might rememdy this?
towing another car

Rochester, NY

#16 Aug 4, 2010
I plan on using a tow dolly behind my Sienna to pull a dodge neon. Does this exceed the limited on the Sinna? As a dolly is being used there is zero tone wieght. I plan to tow 400 miles a day for 3 days.
liner

Bronx, NY

#17 Aug 4, 2010
towing another car wrote:
I plan on using a tow dolly behind my Sienna to pull a dodge neon. Does this exceed the limited on the Sinna? As a dolly is being used there is zero tone wieght. I plan to tow 400 miles a day for 3 days.
Towing restrictions are not just tongue weight, it's total weight of what you're towing. That affects braking and handling. A Neon's not that heavy, you should be OK. If you haven't left yet, I'd change the transmission fluid before AND after the trip.
towing another car

Rochester, NY

#18 Aug 4, 2010
liner wrote:
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Towing restrictions are not just tongue weight, it's total weight of what you're towing. That affects braking and handling. A Neon's not that heavy, you should be OK. If you haven't left yet, I'd change the transmission fluid before AND after the trip.
Thank you for your reply. Would driving in 4th at 60 mph be advisable, as apposed to "D" which is 5th. This may avoid stress on the Transmition and overheating.

Thank You
liner

Bronx, NY

#19 Aug 5, 2010
towing another car wrote:
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Thank you for your reply. Would driving in 4th at 60 mph be advisable, as apposed to "D" which is 5th. This may avoid stress on the Transmition and overheating.
Thank You
As long as you're on relatively level ground, I'd leave it in 5th.
Don

Humble, TX

#20 Sep 11, 2010
2006 Sienna wrote:
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If you have a luggage rack, remove the cross bars.
How do you remove the cross bars? It looks like I would need to remove the plastic cap at the rear of the slide bars (that support the cross bars) and then I could slide the cross bars out. I can't figure out how to remove the plastic caps without doing dammage. Any ideas?"

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