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Old 02-22-2018, 04:23 PM   #1
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4Runner to tow 17'?

Does anyone have experience using a Toyota 4Runner (towing capacity 5,000 lbs) to tow a 17' Escape trailer.
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:27 PM   #2
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Does anyone have experience using a Toyota 4Runner (towing capacity 5,000 lbs) to tow a 17' Escape trailer.
How about a 17B towed with a 2008 RAV4 V6?
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Old 02-22-2018, 04:47 PM   #3
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I tow a 19' Escape with a 4Runner. Your combination towing a 17' would work great, I love the 4Runner as a tow vehicle.
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:25 PM   #4
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Does anyone have experience using a Toyota 4Runner (towing capacity 5,000 lbs) to tow a 17' Escape trailer.
Madeline and I tow with Tacoma. It and 4Runner share drive train. It works great for our 17. Do look at payload capacity, I have after talking to Jon at Quartzite.

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Old 02-22-2018, 05:29 PM   #5
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We actually have a V6 RAV 4 (250,000 km) and hadn't considered it as a towing option for 17'escape!! Having said this, we are looking at a vehicle with less km's (thus new'ish 4Runner) but so interesting wrt to your own set-up.
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:36 PM   #6
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Very reassuring that your 4Runner works well with even a 19'.
We will also look at payload capacity as suggested. Any other tips are very welcome as the decision (with the tie-in with towing 17') on the stock 4Runner off-road has to be made soon. Much appreciated!
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I ordered my RAV4 with tow package and a class 3 hitch for weight distribution hitch.
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:30 PM   #8
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We also tow a 19 with a 2005 and 2007 4Runner V6 and it does quite well. If I was doing a lot of mountain driving I would probably want a little more vehicle...maybe the V8 that was available between 2003-2009. Any 4Runner should be perfect to tow a 17.
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I've been towing a 17A with 2004 V6 4Runner for the past few months. Its works fine because that is what we have, but I am in the mountains a lot, and the fuel economy is straight up brutal because it is working hard. The next tow will definitely be a V8 that will tow better and not work as hard going uphill.
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I've been towing a 17A with 2004 V6 4Runner for the past few months. Its works fine because that is what we have, but I am in the mountains a lot, and the fuel economy is straight up brutal because it is working hard. The next tow will definitely be a V8 that will tow better and not work as hard going uphill.
Hi Dave,
I have pretty much come to the same conclusion. I'm towing with a '09 Tacoma V6 Auto. Its been handling mountains just fine but gas mileage has been brutal ... down to about 13mpg. That and smallish fuel tanks.

Before I act too rashly and take on car payments, I'm planning on putting my tow and trailer on a diet. Before I left Bellingham, I shed almost 300 lbs and thought my truck was acting quite spunky. I even traveled with water and gray tanks empty ... that helped a bunch but I still have too many tools and projects that I think I will do on the road. Did do one though.

Its always a learning experience... and then I forget the first lessons ...

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