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4runner as tow vehicle

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by luckydooley, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. luckydooley

    luckydooley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 329


    I just got a 6'x12' single axle enclosed trailer. Empty weight 1400#. Max weight 3000#. I will run it at about 2500-3000# once loaded. I plan to pull with a 02 Toyota 4runner. 3.4 V6. Transmission cooler. Seems to pull it fine. Will this be ok pulling everyday? Or should I start looking for a bigger truck? Thanks!
    P.S. I do not pull in overdirve. Any other suggestions?
  2. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    It will pull it no problem,i use to pull my 3,000 lb boat with my mountaineer but you may want to consider trading it in for a 4x4 truck so you have more carring capabilities and for simple convience of throwing things in the bed. JMO:weightlifter:
  3. luckydooley

    luckydooley LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 329

    Forgot to mention it is a 4x4 sr5 package. I actually traded a 4x4 Tacoma for this last fall because I needed seats for the kids. I miss my Tacoma, but the 4runner has been fun.
  4. mudwisr2

    mudwisr2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    I would recommend getting a 1/2 ton pickup at least. The 4-runner is definitely well built and has ample power for what you are needing it for and the 8 inch rear axle is surprisingly strong. I would say if you use it through this coming season to save up for a purchase at the end of the year it would be good. Just remember you are driving a 4runner and not a dually and dont race the thing around or you will run into problems (not to mention replacing brake pads). I ran a Tacoma 4cyl 4x4 with a 5x10 trailer behind it and had to build a platform on the trailer so I could carry 2 walk behinds, push mower, 2 trimmers, and 2 blowers. Truck did great. I beefed up all the suspension and did not abuse it. Still have the truck and it drives like the day I bought it over 4yrs and 85K miles ago.
  5. THEoneandonlyLawnRanger

    THEoneandonlyLawnRanger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    im sure it will handle it fine, i had a 97 tacoma that i used with a 6x10, they are basically set up on the same frame with same engine. The only problem i ever had was Stopping! Be Careful or look into a brake upgrade if your trailer doesnt have brakes. Good luck!

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