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Old 05-11-2021, 01:09 PM   #1
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212qb 2002 Toyota 4runner towing

We just got our 212qb with a listed weight of 4393 lbs from the factory with full propane. We will be not be towing water but just some clothes, plates etc.. not more than a hundred or two pounds tops.

Looking at getting a weight distribution/ anti sway hitch and braking controller. Also a transmission cooler.

Vehicle is rated at 5000 lbs towing. We will be going fairly close to camp with no steep inclines.

Does anyone have experiences with this type of set up?
Suggestions or concerns are welcome.

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Old 05-11-2021, 02:21 PM   #2
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Over the years I have towed combos that were very close to my rated capacities. I felt safe and the towing experience was not white knuckled so to speak. But you know it's there, and you know you are at capacity. It's not fun towing such a setup into to the wind or up a lot of hills because you're pushing the limits of your vehicle. Moreover you are always watching what you carry. Not fun when playing tourist and you want to buy "things". On one big trip we did we had to ship things home a few times because we didn't have the capacity to carry something we bought.

There is a marked and noticeable difference when having a tow vehicle that allows for some margin between the capacities and the trailer weight.

You have not counted what's in the truck, people and cargo. That counts against your payload, as does your tongue weight and the weight of the WDH.

I recommend weighing the rig at a CAT scale. I think you'll be surprised at how much it really weighs.
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Old 05-11-2021, 02:44 PM   #3
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The gcvw between everything for the 4runner is 9000. I'm anticipating being 400 under tow capacity. Luckily no real inclines in the Florida Panhandle area we live on.

We would definitely put anything with weight in the vehicle
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Welcome to the Jaycoowners website. I would be sure to use a wdh hitch and with that I believe you will be just fine, especially with relatively flat land towing where you are. Keep in mind when in the campground and if there are some areas where you are going slow and need more power to get into the spot you have, you could use 4 low, many (not sure about your truck) are not designed to use 4 low when on pavement though, you should check yours to be sure. ~Craig
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Old 05-11-2021, 03:07 PM   #5
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Yep, definitely getting a wdh and a transmission cooler akso. The 4runner is 4 wheel drive so that would be an option if needed. Awesome thinking!
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The gcvw between everything for the 4runner is 9000. I'm anticipating being 400 under tow capacity. Luckily no real inclines in the Florida Panhandle area we live on.

We would definitely put anything with weight in the vehicle

What is your payload capacity(look at the door sticker)? That is the number this is almost always the limiting factor. The published trailer tongue weight is damn lies too. Calculate 13% of the trailer gvw, and expect that at least.
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:40 PM   #7
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GVWR is 5250 for my 2002 Toyota 4Runner.
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GVWR is 5250 for my 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

But what is the actual weight? GVWR - curb weight with a full tank of gas = payload capacity
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Old 05-13-2021, 09:39 AM   #9
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I think you may have a little too much trailer for your 4runner. It does not take much to add weight battery, clothes, food, dishes, lawn chairs, bbq, etc. As NewBlackDak has mentioned, Id be concerned about the payload on your 4runner too. Hopefully you do have the V6 and not a 4 cyl. One of the SLX7 models may have been a better choice?
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We towed our Rockwood Hybrid TT in my signature which had a similar dry weight as your 212QB with a 2000 Nissan Xterra 4x4 which had a 3.3l V6, 170 hp and 210 ft/lbs of torque. I added a brake controller and Transmission Cooler. We had a 6k Equal-i-zer hitch system. The Xterra towed very well. I towed it back and forth from GA to NJ multiple times and out to Houston, TX from GA without issue. We are a family of 4. At the time, the kids were less than 6 years old.

Although the Xterra towed very well, it was not winning any land speed records. I usually drove between 60 - 65 mph on flat ground. Going up bridges or hills, I was in line with the trucks going 40 - 45 mph. If it was hot out, we couldn't run the A/C for long periods of time without heating up the engine. I towed with it into the "mountains" of eastern Pennsylvania, but I couldn't imagine towing it up anything steep. I think a 6% grade would have been an issue and possibly caused the engine to over heat.

I think you will probably be okay if you stay on relatively flat ground and take it easy.

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You may not be happy. Our GMC Canyon is a 3.6 V 6 and rated to pull 7500 lbs. The 212 QB is the biggest I would put behind that truck.
We have some hills around here . One has about a 13 percent grade for a mile. Another 10 percent for a little more. We can feel the TT in back. So far the engine does not over rev and the gearing seems ok.

We do have a WDH . It makes a big difference. THe front end of the truck is floaty without it.

Don't get me wrong. I love the trailer but you may be looking for a new tow vehicle . Only time and your future experience will tell.
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