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Old 07-13-2015, 11:49 PM   #11
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Here is a link:

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Or, the US link, for Wisconsinites:

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Old 07-14-2015, 01:50 AM   #13
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I've been reading all about hitches and it sounds like each marriage between tug and trailer is unique. I'd welcome any suggestions on what hitch to get with an '06 v8 4Runner (2wd, rated for 7300 pounds).

My thought is that even though the 4Runner may have the power, it could be pretty small and light relative to the 21 foot Escape. Is the Anderson hitch the way to go? I'm new to this so any insights are welcome. Thanks!
The usual weight for a 21' loaded is about 4200 lbs. The max allowed is 4600 lbs. Our 4Runner is always at least 5000 loaded.

We have the common WDH that Escape sells and it works just great.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:58 AM   #14
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Hi,
While the visibility is not terrible without them, I am not comfortable towing our 21 without the mirror extensions that are mentioned earlier in this thread.

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Use VIN For Correct Specifications

Just a note on towing with a V8 4Runner. There maybe some different specs for those V8's equipped with a towing package and a Class IV hitch. Toyota played with their hitches across several model years. I have read, but not confirmed, that some towing equipped V8's were rated at 7,000 lbs hitch and 10,500 GCWR.

The definitive method to determine your accurate capacities is to visit your Toyota dealer and have them run the VIN number through their system and generate a printout of the specifications. I would think this advice could apply to anyone, regardless of brand, who is venturing into a new TV or new trailer.

Just a note, the websites that offer this service for free do not return the same information as a VIN report generated by a dealer.
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Just a note on towing with a V8 4Runner. There maybe some different specs for those V8's equipped with a towing package and a Class IV hitch. Toyota played with their hitches across several model years. I have read, but not confirmed, that some towing equipped V8's were rated at 7,000 lbs hitch and 10,500 GCWR.

The definitive method to determine your accurate capacities is to visit your Toyota dealer and have them run the VIN number through their system and generate a printout of the specifications. I would think this advice could apply to anyone, regardless of brand, who is venturing into a new TV or new trailer.

Just a note, the websites that offer this service for free do not return the same information as a VIN report generated by a dealer.
It's always good to check but I believe most V8 4 runners (only produced from 2002 to 2009) have a hitch bolted to the rear frame cross member and are rated to tow 7,300 for the 2WD and 7,000 for the 4WD. Great vehicle, wish they still made them!

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