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Old 12-27-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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Anyone tow with 4Runner

Anyone towing with a 6 cyl. 4Runner? I am about to pick up a 2009 Jay Feather 17C and want to get an idea of the equipment I need. I already have a receiver and 7-pin connector. Someone suggested the Equalizer WDH, Brake Controller, transmission cooler, mirrors. Another recommended getting another tow vehicle. :-O

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Old 12-27-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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Tania,

Welcome to the Jayco forums.

I'm sure that someone will chime in that has towing experince with their 4Runner, but there was this forum thread where one member posted a little about his 4Runner: https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...4runner&page=3

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Old 12-27-2011, 12:53 PM   #3
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Thanks, Bob! I just sent a message to wl_Perry.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:51 PM   #4
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It does just fine...

Hi Tania,

I tow a 17z with a 2011 6cyl 4Runner, for the last season anyway. As I expected, it can struggle a little on hills which I just keep down shifting to accomodate. It did fine on highway and flatter roads. Gas mileage is cut in half most of the time, about 9-10 MPG. But other than that it has been solid. I do have a WDH on it, a brake controller, and I added Timbrens to the rear suspension, as I found the tongue weight on mine to be really close to max, and had some slight sag/bounce. The Timbrens took card of it and were incredibly easy to put in. I've seen other post where folks use air lifts/bags, or air shocks to acheive a similar result. I love them both the 17z and the 4runner (this is my 2nd one). Hope that is helpful. Enjoy

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Old 12-28-2011, 07:49 AM   #5
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Thanks Rob! What kind of WDH do you have? Some have recommended the Equalizer. It looks heavier than the trailer! ;-) Did you consider a tranny cooler, or does your 4-Runner already have one?
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The dealer I bought from sold me a Reese Pro Series WDH, and yes it seems really huge on my small truck/trailer. It weighs about 75 pounds, the trunion bars are rated for 800lbs, but the drop hitch is rated for like 10,000lbs. I've asked around, and it doesn't seem like there are many significantly lighter models that can handle the load. My 2011 4runner came with tranny cooler, so I did not need to install. I think that how, where, when, and how much you tow would dictate whether a tranny cooler was needed or not. There are some other posts on that, and I have found lots of help on this website,many great people here with loads of experience. Enjoy

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Old 12-29-2011, 08:26 AM   #7
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I am fairly certain that all 2003+ 4Runners have tranny coolers installed at the factory. You never say what year 4Runner you'll be towing with. If it is a 2003-2008, it is very easy to see the tranny cooler... just lift the hood and it is sitting right there in front of the A/C condenser.
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It's a 2009 SR5 4x4.
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:29 PM   #9
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Hey Rob,
Do you think a WDH rated at 600/6000 would do the job. Do you think the tongue weight would ever exceed 600 lbs on the trailer?
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snip....... Do you think a WDH rated at 600/6000 would do the job.....snip
Tania,

IMO the 600/6000 WDH would be ideal. Your '09' 17C HTT has a GVWR of 3,500lbs (maximum loaded weight), and Jayco/WDH manufactures recommend a 10% to 15% loaded tongue weight of the HTT's actual loaded weight.

So under maximum loaded conditions of 3,500 lbs (which is very realistic do to the low CCC of the 17C) that would be a 350lb to 525lb loaded tongue weight range which falls within the 600/6000 WDH capabilities.

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