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Old 12-29-2011, 08:29 PM   #11
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I don't think you'll have any issue with the 2009. We have a 2005 V8 4x4 and tow our 4,000lb boat around without issue. Tongue weight is somewhere around 375lbs. The vehicle handles the load very well, but I did add a set of Timbrens so that the rear didn't squat so much with the trailer hooked up.

A TT will handle differently than a boat, but with a WDH you shouldn't have any problem.

Just for grins, here is our 4Runner with boat in tow.

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Old 12-29-2011, 08:39 PM   #12
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Nice! I hope I end up liking my Jayco half as much as I like my 4Runner. ;-)
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:04 AM   #13
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Tania C--Everyone seams to be talking weight weight weight while drag is as big of a problem. Check the Toyota web site for the frontal square foot area recomended for a 4runner. Larry
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:34 AM   #14
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Drag will obviously be more of an issue on a TT than another kind of trailer, but with an anti sway WDH, and only towing 3,500lbs, the 4Runner will be fine.
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:32 PM   #15
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Ok, received my Prodigy 2, and my Equal-i-zer yesterday. Poor FedEx guy...Dang! That thing is HEAVY!
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:41 PM   #16
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That smallish V6 will work very hard even with 3500#. Keep it out of OverDrive.
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A follow-up question to the OP, does anyone tow with a Chevy Volt?

Just kidding .
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:57 AM   #18
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A follow-up question to the OP, does anyone tow with a Chevy Volt?

Just kidding .
Rumor has it the Volt makes a smokin' tow vehicle! :hihi:
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That smallish V6 will work very hard even with 3500#. Keep it out of OverDrive.
The 4.0 V6 is actually one of the larger displacement V6s out there and is a very strong motor. Having towed 4,000lbs with Toyota's older 3.4 V6 (the trailer was not a TT), I do not see any problem with the engine keeping up with a 3,500lb trailer. Keep the tranny in 4th (it's a 5 speed) and you'll be fine.

I'd be more concerned about the short wheelbase than anything. Braking shouldn't be a problem as my boat doesn't have brakes and the 4Runner stops it fine. Having trailer brakes will make it that much better.

Would a larger vehicle pull this load better? Yes, but that doesn't mean it can't be done safely and enjoyably with the 4Runner.

Now that you've got the WDH, hook it all up and don't look back!
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Tania C Please remember that towing a 35oo lb boat trailer is nothing compared to a 3500 lb travel trailer. Like I said before the the wind resistance from the tt is the killer. You will be able to tow the tt with the forerunner, but you probably won't be happy not to mention the extra wear & tear on the truck. just my $.02 Larry
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