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travelnman

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Posted: 07/20/19 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have found most dealers don't know about the mechanics of towing, with exceptions. The season is so short that techs they hire don't have a foggy clue what you can tow or can not. The salesmen we wish knew but they don't, there primary interest is to transfer your money from you to there pocket and hope you don't have an accident. I met a guy with five passengers towing a 28foot TT with a ford explorer. The rig was almost touching the road at the hitch but the dealer told him that is the way they all ride. He was fine, no he was greatly over loaded. He would move the TT every day to empty the tanks and almost ripped a hole in the roof with the TV antenna if it had not been for another camper. He traveled 1100 miles that way and had to get back. It was a accident ready to happen. Personally I have trouble getting parts for my RV and service is so backed up you can wait all summer to get something looked at, then hope the tech is trained or he could destroy what he is trying to adjust or repair. Just getting the wheel bearings greased takes time to interview the tech to see if he has ever done it before. My manual warns against using the axel to lift the trailer but they all do it against the manufacturers warnings. Just the plastic nuts covering the lug nuts have to be removed carefully or you will shred them into little pieces. Finding a tow vehicle requires a "MAX" tow package the others are called towing packages and don't add to the vehicles ability to tow anymore weight just give you lights and a hitch. Your dad is right on. This is already to long so I will end but get plenty of advice before you let anyone touch your camper, and check Trailer Lifes weight chart on this site to see what you can tow.

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3HappyCamperz wrote:

I called a different Toyota dealership and the parts guy told me I DO have the tow package according to my VIN. It's called "tow ready" if you don't pay extra for the hitch, which I did not. He says I have enhanced features on the radiator and alternator and I have a fan and an oil cooler.

With the max at 5,000 lbs with the tow package, can I reasonably buy a 3,000 lb pup up, or should I stay in the 2,000 weight range?

Now that's a dealer with a much better explanation.
That being the case I wouldn't be afraid to tow 5,000 pounds with it. But you may run out of payload rating for the tongue weight and your gear before you could tow 5,000.
A 3,000 pound pop-up with 500 pounds of stuff in it plus 500 pounds of people and gear in the vehicle should be fine weight wise.

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Posted: 07/20/19 01:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks, everyone! I'm sure I'll be back with more questions after I find the right pop up.

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