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Old 07-07-2015, 01:19 AM   #1
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'06 V8 4Runner with 21': What hitch?

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!
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Old 07-07-2015, 02:04 AM   #2
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Hi,

We also have a 2006 V8 4Runner and a 21, and have used the Anderson hitch exclusively since we picked the trailer up in May 2014. I can't offer a contrasting comparison, but I will say I am glad to have such a stout hitch and weight distribution setup with this vehicle combination. The ride and control feel quite stable and secure, especially considering the size of the vehicles relative to one another. I would choose the Anderson hitch again.

As for power, the 4Runner does a great job. For my comfort level, the 21 is the perfect choice for this TV, even though Toyota says I can tow a much heavier load. I like to have a little more power than absolutely needed, and with this combo, I do.

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Thanks for the help, Fletch. That's exactly what I needed to know. How does the 4Runner do going up hills?
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Hi guys,

We also have an 06 V8 4runner. Great vehicle! It is a perfect match for the 21. We towed the 21 for a few months with no WDH. We decided to try the Anderson for that extra measure of safety. Dave is very happy with it. It has it's own little quirks like unhitching and hitching at an angle but once you figure that out it is, as Fletch stated, a very stable solid ride.

Happy trails and as always, Safe Travels!
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Old 07-07-2015, 10:41 AM   #5
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Awesome! What useful info. We'll go for the Anderson just to be safe.
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Old 07-07-2015, 10:27 PM   #6
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Hi,

The 4Runner has the juice to get over all the hills I have been dumb enough to follow my Garmin GPS onto so far. :-)

Seriously, we did get sidetracked following the GPS once on the California coast near Point Arena. Ended up following a very steep and narrow road for probably 15 miles or so (nowhere to turn around ...) before we got back on track to our destination. The 4Runner stood tall on every twist, turn and grade we encountered, and if you've ever travelled north or south just east of highway 1 almost anywhere in California, you will agree this is no small accomplishment. And as importantly, between 4 wheel low and foot off the gas for the last 2 miles down, and feathering the brakes as gingerly as my nerves would allow, we made that in good shape too. The 06 V8 4Runner has gotten it done in very good form for us.

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Old 07-08-2015, 12:51 AM   #7
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Music to my ears, Fletch. We live in NorCal so I know all about the craziness of highway 1.

Now if I can overcome operator error. We rented a U-Haul last week and pulled a trailer behind a truck. I nearly took the top off a fire hydrant. Hope I get better at trailering. Thanks for the reassuring words about the power of the 4Runner.
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How is the visibility with the 4Runner and the 21' trailer?

I ask as I have an 07 V8 4Runner that tows a Bigfoot 21' trailer and I've struggled with finding side mirrors I've been happy with. It's a foot wider per specs (8'4" vs Escape 21 7'4").
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Even with the wider Toyota Sequoia I need mirror extensions towing the Escape 21. I use the Millenniums that are recommended by many on this site.
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You mean Milencos?
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