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Old 05-11-2015, 08:53 PM   #1
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4Runner as tow vehicle for 19'

Ok, so I've been checking this subject out on the forum but have not gleaned enough info to make a decision. So I'm bringing this up again in Order to get more first hand experience on this.

I'm thinking of purchasing a new 4Runner to tow my 19' trailer. I have a tacoma but I don't have enough room for my family so I'm going to sell it and get a new vehicle. Who has actually towed a 19' with a V6 4Runner? What do you think? Should I consider getting something else or will the 4Runner get the job done?

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Old 05-11-2015, 09:14 PM   #2
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I use a 4Runner for my 17B and have no problems. This doesn't directly answer your question but the "dry weight" of the 19' is less than 200#'s more which shouldn't have any adverse effect on the towing experience with a 4Runner.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:35 PM   #3
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I use a 4Runner for my 17B and have no problems. This doesn't directly answer your question but the "dry weight" of the 19' is less than 200#'s more which shouldn't have any adverse effect on the towing experience with a 4Runner.
Is your 4Runner a V6?
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:56 PM   #4
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I tow a 19 with a Highlander and it works fine, would like a bit more torque for the mountains which your 4 Runner will have. If it was me I would tow with the Tacoma and see what you think since it should have similar towing performance as the 4 Runner.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:51 PM   #5
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I tow a 19 with a Highlander and it works fine, would like a bit more torque for the mountains which your 4 Runner will have. If it was me I would tow with the Tacoma and see what you think since it should have similar towing performance as the 4 Runner.
I with I could tow with my Tacoma but I'm bringing the whole family up to Canada and they won't all fit in my extended cab Tacoma. This is why I need a new towing vehicle. We like the 4Runner because it can double as a family car when we are not towing. It also rides a bit nicer than my truck which is what I use to commute to work and it's a bit of a rough ride.

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Old 05-12-2015, 09:44 AM   #6
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The 5th generation Toyota 4Runner (2009–present) uses the 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 (270 hp) engine. The 4Runner uses the same 4.0 L 1GR-FE V6 engine that is used in the 2011 FJ Cruiser, which I have been using to tow my 2013 Escape 19' for the past 2 yrs. We have towed over steep grades on mountain passes above 10000 ft elevation and through strong gusty cross winds (+60 mph) in prairie storms with no real issues. I do not have an aftermarket transmission cooler (just the stock transmission fluid cooler in the radiator), but use a Scan-Gage to monitor transmission fluid temperatures. I use a WDH when I tow and use a Tekonsha Prodigy RF wireless brake controller. Unless you have super high expectations that you should not be able to "feel" your trailer behind your tow vehicle under any conditions, my opinion is that the 4Runner will be an excellent tow vehicle for you.
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Is your 4Runner a V6?
Yes it's a V6, the same engine ice-breaker is talking about, and as for ride quality, my 83 YO brother rode in it for the first time yesterday and commented on the smooth ride.
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Based on a year's experience of towing my 17B with our current 2011 4Runner V6, in the Idaho mountain country, I would not change TV for a 19 - maybe not even for a 21 initially. Great all-around vehicle!
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It's rumored that the 2016 4Runner will have a V8 engine so maybe I'll just wait and see if that's true. I don't pick my 19' up until November so I have time.
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It's rumored that the 2016 4Runner will have a V8 engine so maybe I'll just wait and see if that's true. I don't pick my 19' up until November so I have time.
Erik,
The one thing I would recommend to anyone towing any substantial trailer is a ScanGauge or some other method to keep an eye on transmission temps. Some of the newer digital dashes give that info, but many only have a warning light. It's been amazing to me to see the trans temp climb on some of the more gradual inclines when the car doesn't shift. Coolant temps are always fine, but trans temps can soar before you know it, unless you have something fairly powerful.
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