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Old 02-27-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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Wildwood X-LIte 171EX

I am looking at buying a 171EX backpack model.

We have never towed a TT before so I have a question.

Will my Toyota 4runner 4X4 V6 be safe to tow this trailer.

It has an advertised dry weight of 3175lbs and GVWR 4762lbs.

Thats pretty close to my vehicles max of 5500lbs capacity

I would use a weight distributing hitch with sway bar also.

We like this trailer model for its floor plan and large fresh/grey water capacity.

Thanks for your input.

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Old 02-27-2014, 12:05 PM   #2
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that 5500lbs. tow rating is only IF your 4-runner has the factory tow package.
if not, then it's not rated to tow that much.

since it's a small hybrid, i think that, IF the 4-runner has the factory tow package and you get a good WDH with built-in sway control, then you should be fine. a good WDH, with built-in sway control. would be the Equal-i-zer or the Reese Dual-Cam. both are superior to the old technology ones with friction anti-sway bars that have to be disconnected to back up.

of course, the best brake controller would be any of the Prodigy models.

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Old 02-27-2014, 12:13 PM   #3
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My 4runner does have the factory tow package.

Thank you for the quick reply and the good info!
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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My in-laws have a 4-runner and I ended up doing the math for them. Based on my father-in-law and mother-in-law in the vehicle together, a little bit of traveling comforts that they could likely tow a 4,000-5,000 pound camper based on the numbers alone.

I agree with everything Dan said - go with a good brake controller and really good WDH w/ integrated sway control.
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