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Hondavalk

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Posted: 07/17/13 05:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gon2dadawgs wrote:

Thanks for all the thought out replies! Funny cause Tundra was in second place. Time to compare capacities, years, engines....and so on.

Oh yes, going from 165" wheelbase?, DRW, Cummins....gonna be a big change...its the one ton suspension and mechanical (P7100 pump) noisy diesel. 230/605 TST plate, lots of power, but we were pulling 10k.

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We went down this same path this past winter/spring.

We bought a '12 S225RBS in December(stored at dealership until spring)and planned on towing it with our '03 V6 4Runner. I had previously upgraded the 4Runner with a transmission cooler, air bags and the WD hitch used on the V8's, increasing our tow capacity as documented in the owns manual to somewhere around 7000lbs, don't remember, as we don't own the 4Runner anymore. Get to that later.

Our first camper that we pulled around for 2 summers was 17', with a dry weight of 3000lbs and tongue weight of 325lbs. The 4Runner pulled it just fine with no complaints. We then wanted more room and found the perfect layout with the S225RBS. With a dry weight of 4500lbs and tongue weight of 425lbs I knew the 4Ruuner was going to have to work harder on the hills and fighting side winds but I thought we would be ok. We had our sons diesel as a backup plan if it didn't work out.

Well a couple weeks before picking up new TT our son sold his truck which left us a little concerned about what might happen if towing the S225RBS didn't work out as planned. My biggest fear was that the with short wheelbase the new TT was going to be an issue winds and semi traffic.

At the last minute we chose to sell our beloved 4Ruuner and bought an Avalanche. Now having towed the new TT with the Avalanche I'm pretty confident it would have been a struggle for the 4Runner and me, each and every trip. That extra 1500lbs and 5' of camper is a lot to consider and with the FJ's wheelbase being 4" shorter than the 4Runner this would add to the problem.

The Avalanche tows the S225RBS without any issues and we get equivalent or sometimes even better mileage towing with it than we did with the 4Runner and the previous TT. We don't regret making the decision to buy the S225RBS or the Avalanche.

Hope this helps out.

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A friend had an FJ and it's nice for what it's designed for but I wouldn't use it for towing much. If you like Toyota, get yourself a 5.7 Tundra.


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Towing a 10k pound RV and a 5k pound RV is not much different ,assuming both are withing the limits of the tow vehicle. Aerodynamic drag is the problem except for mountains, then weight is a factor. Check out Ford's F-150 Ecoboost. It tows similarly to diesels and big block gassers due to the peak torque in 2500rpm range.

The 5.7L Tundra is strong. Be careful of payloads.

Also check out the 2011+ VW Touareg TDI and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel. They should handle that TT well while delivering good fuel economy towing and not. Payload will still be low. 2014 Ram 1500 will offer the same diesel as the Jeep.


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If your looking to stay smaller than a full size pickup the Tacoma has a 6500lb towing capacity. Ive owned both, a 07 Tacoma and a 11 Tundra, and both were probably the best 2 vehicles ive owned. With the Tacoma I towed a mustang to the drag strip a few times ( around 4-4500 lbs) with no problems.


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RV towing is not like anything else, except maybe enclosed cargo or car hauler. Weight plus aerodynamics. There are few satisfied RVers towing with mid-sized/V6 trucks.

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Hello, would you still have your 225 RBS Shadow Cruiser? If you do I have a friendly request. I had a blow out and the tire destroyed the wiring that goes to the slide, both 12v for light and 110v for receptacles. I have the slide end of the wiring under the dinette, no problem there. The problem is where the wires go into the "basement". There are two wire ties on the outside bottom of the slide but I can not see where the wires go for power. Is there a "curly" wire that retracts? With the room extended a photograph would truly help where to start digging for the wire. I would like to thank you in advance if you could help. The manufacture is useless, they won't even answer an email. Wayne


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Waynrdude wrote:

Hello, would you still have your 225 RBS Shadow Cruiser? If you do I have a friendly request. I had a blow out and the tire destroyed the wiring that goes to the slide, both 12v for light and 110v for receptacles. I have the slide end of the wiring under the dinette, no problem there. The problem is where the wires go into the "basement". There are two wire ties on the outside bottom of the slide but I can not see where the wires go for power. Is there a "curly" wire that retracts? With the room extended a photograph would truly help where to start digging for the wire. I would like to thank you in advance if you could help. The manufacture is useless, they won't even answer an email. Wayne


Since this thread is nearly 7 years old and the OP hasn't posted for a very long time, I think you're better off sending them a PM.


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