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Old 07-26-2020, 12:39 AM #1
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Airstream towing

Any of you towing an airstream with a 5th gen? I have a 2020 pro and interested in a smaller airstream (16 or 19 Bambi) but not sure how capable the vehicle would be.


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Any of you towing an airstream with a 5th gen? I have a 2020 pro and interested in a smaller airstream (16 or 19 Bambi) but not sure how capable the vehicle would be.


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Not an air stream but a winnebago minnie and it's at 3500lbs. It's been fine not great but the 5th gen handles it pretty well with air bags, wdh antisway and teconsha brake controller. mpg sucks and going uphill is a chore specially with the steep grades we have here. I suspect the airstream would be a better tow as long as it meets the tow requirements of a 5th gen.
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Nest or Basecamp it would generally have no problem. Going up to the Bambi I'd be a bit more skeptical.

I towed a NoBo 16.5 which is 2900lb dry and 20feet total length with my 4Runner for a while. Ended up trading it in on a Tacoma not because of the weight or drivetrain, but because the short wheelbase of the 4Runner made going around curves in downhill situations super sketchy feeling. I've seen more than a handful of photos of 4Runners flipped over on the downhill side of mountain passes due to their trailers overtaking them.

Wheelbase really does make a difference in towing confidence and I'll stand by that with how my Tacoma handles my trailer compared to towing it with the 4Runner when going around curves up in the hills.
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You ever think of doing a search for this? I know it has been covered before.
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You ever think of doing a search for this? I know it has been covered before.
Donít click the thread if it bothers you that much. Almost every thread topic has been covered before.
Maybe he didnít want to sort through an old, outdated thread with 30 pages.
Jeesh, you and the rest of these ďdo a searchĒ people need to get the stick out of your arses.
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I've been looking at a Black Series HQ15 but is right under the max limit of the 4Runner.
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GVWR for the 16' Bambi is 3,500lbs. which is under the 4Runner's 5,000lbs. weight limit. The tongue weight with LP, not including any water or cargo is 350lbs. Unloaded trailer weight same spec is 2,900lbs. meaning that if the weight was balanced correctly, a loaded to GVWR trailer would have a tongue weight of approximately 425lbs. which is 75lbs. under the 500lbs. rating of the 4Runner.

That 425lbs. comes off of the 4Runner's "payload" capacity of about 1,500lbs. Rough numbers, you'll be left with 1,000lbs. to load into the 4Runner including passengers, mods, and anything additional.

The math for your 4Runner is up to you to figure out, but those are the general parameters. Quick Google search shows that the 19' Bambi will be well over the 500lbs. tongue weight rating loaded, so I wouldn't consider that trailer.
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I like the Basecamp, although it is a bit pricey.
I wouldnít want to tow anything bigger than this with a 4Runner. Here is an interesting video of a 4Runner owner with a Basecamp.
RV Tour 🚙 SOLO FEMALE Full Time RV Living in an Airstream Basecamp 👩 with a Dog and Cat 😸🐶 - YouTube
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Any of you towing an airstream with a 5th gen? I have a 2020 pro and interested in a smaller airstream (16 or 19 Bambi) but not sure how capable the vehicle would be.


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Tow an RPod all over the place, redarc brake controller, 1k helper air bags and an Anderson sway hitch. 4Runner doesnít like steep inclines but not bad. We tow with the O/D off.


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I have a 2013 Toyota 4Runner SR5 and recently purchased a 2021 Airstream Caravel 20FB.

I have a weight distribution hitch (WDH) and brake controller.

Itís relatively flat around here and the ride is quite good. The Airstream is a dream to tow, aerodynamic and well balanced.

The rear end of the 4Runner is soft though and I have adjusted the WDH a bit since towing it a few times. I look forward to seeing how it sits after the last adjustment.

I want to see what Andy at CanAm RV says about enhancements for the 4Runner.
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I want to see what Andy at CanAm RV says about enhancements for the 4Runner.
I bet he'll say it can tow a 35ft 10,000lb trailer....

Towing a CampLite 16TBS with mine- only issue I have is I want more power. Not going to supercharge though.

Trailer empty 3210lbs- max loaded rating 4400lbs

I do have airbags and run a WD hitch with built in sway control- Fastway E2
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2013 Trail

My 2013 Trail lists the GVWR as 6300# rather than the typical 5000# I see for most 4Runners.

I assume this is due to the suspension (w/KDSS) set up and would like to know if the Trail tongue weight is impacted as well over the 500# typically noted.

Looking to use the 4Runner for a 20 ft Airstream with 3800# dry/5000# loaded weight and 550# tongue weight for a short period of time here in Florida.

Would install a WD/Sway, maybe bags to supplement, so just looking at any info on the Trail towing differences.

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Every 4Runner GVWR is 6300 lbs currently.

Are you confusing GVWR with tow rating? Thatís 5000 lbs.
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