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Old 06-03-2009, 10:22 AM   #1
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Towing 233/233S with 2002 Sequoia?

I'm looking to purchase my first RV, and my wife and I have decided we like the Roo 233S. I believe I have learned the math behind tow weights and have been told by RV salesmen that my 2002 Toyota Sequoia can pull it without problem but would like some confirmation/advice.

TV 2002 Toyota Sequoia 4x4 6200# tow capacity
TT 2010 Rockwood Roo 233S w/options 4400#

TV Weight 5270#
TV Payload 785#
Total Weight in vehicle 6055#

TT Weight 4400#
TT Payload wet 975#
Total Weight in TT 5375#

Now for max tow capacity after my payload is in the vehicle, I take the 6200# - 785# in passengers to equal 5415#. The TT weight of 5375# < 5415#.

The gcvw max for my TV is 11800#. 6055# + 5375# < 11800#.

Based on the above, the 233S is under but near my max towing capacities. Add in that I reside in Phoenix, AZ and will be towing in high heat and over mountains. I want to ensure that I am safe and comfortable when towing, is this set up too much?

If it is, what difference will be made by choosing a 233 w/o the slide, which drops 400# on the TT?

According to my math the 233S setup is running about 95% of tow capacity, while the 233 w/o slide is running about 90% of tow capacity.
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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TT Weight 4400#
TT Payload wet 975#
Total Weight in TT 5375#



Have you accounted for the cargo you will be carrying in the trailer? (Wet does not include cargo.) How about the weight of your hitch setup?
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:05 PM   #3
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Thats a nice camper, my wife and I tryed to purchase the same unit but were unable to get financed with the way banks are holding on to there money and our not so great credit. We bought a used camper, so at least were camping.

I'm no expert on towing but the 24' length and relitivly light weight of the trailer should be do-able. Does your Toyo have the 5.7L engine and tow package?
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Old 06-03-2009, 12:24 PM   #4
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Have you accounted for the cargo you will be carrying in the trailer? (Wet does not include cargo.) How about the weight of your hitch setup?
Today 07:22 AM
When I put wet I accounted for 975# including propane, water, food, generator, gas for generator, the works. I added 40# into the payload on the car(the 785#) to account for the weight of a WD hitch, however this was a pure guess on my part.

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Does your Toyo have the 5.7L engine and tow package?
The Sequoia has a tow package. The engine size in 2002 was 4.6L not the juicy 5.7L on the newer models.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:49 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum.With the figure you provided i would say you be ok and the 400lbs. difference between the two models i dont think make a whole lot of difference and you will regret not getting the slide they make a whole lot more room .
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:36 PM   #6
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i pull a Roo 23SS. its weight w/options is almost the same.
i have a '07 Avalanche with a 5.3L v-8, w/ a 7200lbs tow rating.
i don't have a auxiliary trans cooler but i think i might get one.
the Avy has the factory tow package with a tranny cooler. but towing in the heat and hills has raised the temp up in the 220 degree range, once or twice. but only for a short time.
i would recommend getting the additional tranny cooler. you're near your max, so i would consider leaving the FW tank empty. that would save a lot of weight. fill up when you get to the campground.
for the little difference in weight, i'd still get the 233S

by the way, welcome to the "Roo Krew"!!!!
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Thank you all for the input. I always tend to err on the side of caution so thanks for your opinions!
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:40 AM   #8
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I have a 233s and pull it with an 06 trailblazer with the 4.6l v-6. It does bog down when on steep grades I with I had the v8!! Other than that it has been good. The slide makes that trailer defiantly get it if you are on the fence!
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i pull a Roo 23SS. its weight w/options is almost the same.
i have a '07 Avalanche with a 5.3L v-8, w/ a 7200lbs tow rating.
i don't have a auxiliary trans cooler but i think i might get one.
the Avy has the factory tow package with a tranny cooler. but towing in the heat and hills has raised the temp up in the 220 degree range, once or twice. but only for a short time.
i would recommend getting the additional tranny cooler. you're near your max, so i would consider leaving the FW tank empty. that would save a lot of weight. fill up when you get to the campground.
for the little difference in weight, i'd still get the 233S

by the way, welcome to the "Roo Krew"!!!!
Most newer vehicles with a factory tow package have an auxilliary tranny cooler as part of that package. A tranny cooler is standard on most any vehicle that has an automatic transmission.

Check out the front of you Avy between the radiator and grill. If there is a small radiator looking item in there somewhere, then you already have an auxilliary transmission cooler. You may have to go up to a bigger size to keep the temp down, although I don't think 220 for a short time sounds too bad.......but hope others will chime in if that is not correct.
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