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 4/24/2007 10:37 PM
 
Hi all, I have a Toyota Sienna and am planning to purchase a lightweight travel trailer. (About 2000 lbs; hitch weight 250lbs.) The current hitch is factory installed but lacks a whole lot of clearance. (Abourt 7") I will be getting an equalizer hitch set up but am concerned about "bottoming out". Is there anyone towing anything with a Sienna? If so, what and how? Thanks Peace and Sunshine

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 4/25/2007 11:03 AM
 
I would check into towing with that car. Talk to your car dealer.. or read the manual. I'd hate to see you get invested in a trailer and find your Sienna motor or transmission heats up.. I think the Sienna doesn't have a "tow package" per sae...and no heavier springs to support a trailer.
I know they are great vehicles...Our daughter has one.. and we have the Prius. I'm sold on Toyotas and their quality, mileage and dependability..
Here's an interesting website for you.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.php?showtopic=22597
Good luck in your search!!
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 4/25/2007 1:08 PM
 
My mom uses her Sienna to tow a small Jayco pop-up but I wouldn't tow much more than that. It has a hard time on moderate hills as it is so anything larger than a pop-up might be too much.
You're right to worry that your hitch will bottom out because it WILL. Hers scrapes bottom if she's pulling into or backing out of a place where there's a dip in the road that makes the hitch and tongue go down at the same time. She talks about putting air shock things on there to jack the back up but I doubt it'll happen. *laugh* One hubby Three cats Umpteen sheep 26' Skyline Nomad

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 4/25/2007 2:06 PM
 
Thanks for the welcome. The Sienna has 6 cylinders and I know people with a 6 cylinder Highlander have towed the trailer that I have in mind. The "tow package" I believe includes transmission and radiator adaptions. Thanks for the website info. While its been on my list, all helpful info is appreciated. Peace and Sunshine

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 4/25/2007 2:11 PM
 
Thank you too! Does your Mom have an "equalizer hitch"? I have also contemplated air shocks, and have been told it may raise the back end about 1". I'm not planning to dry camp(unless at Walmart)and plan to either avoid rough spots or go slowly. Peace and Sunshine

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 4/25/2007 6:07 PM
 
Welcome to the forum! Cedar posted this information in another thread and thought it might help you decide how much you can safely tow. "Be sure that your volvo is matched to tow your camper. Have you checked out the weight of the camper.... gross weight? That is camper empty plus all the gear you will load. Then see what the volvo is rated to tow. Take 85% of that figure and see if they match. Better to be safe than sorry."
Are you sure you have the complete 'tow package' I would double check. Also I had a 2002 Sienna and bought a 2005 when they redesigned, although I love it, the '05 engine in my opinion does not have the power of the '02, I notice this particularly when doing hills or accelerating. Redetotry

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 4/25/2007 7:13 PM
 
Sacsun, no, Mom just has a hitch ball. Frankly, I doubt her Sienna could handle much more weight than what her trailer already puts on it. She got hers with a transmission cooler and the tow package (whatever that may entail). One hubby Three cats Umpteen sheep 26' Skyline Nomad

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 4/27/2007 11:58 PM
 
Good advice and thank you redetotry for the welcome. I think the 85% rule is a good one. I still am reluctant to change vehicles at this point, and have eyes on the Escape. However the Trillium 4500 is supposed to be coming out later this year(summer?) and supposedly will have a light hitch weight. Ciao for now.











































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 4/28/2007 12:41 AM
 
TomNLauraWA, Thanks for the reply. I wonder if an equalizer hitch would make a differendce for her. Supposedly they are made to be less difficult to handle nowadays. As I have indicated, I may have to change vehicles, or change to a different concept such as a class c and a tow critter. I am not thrilled with the idea of having to deal with two or more motor driven things, so I think for just me(and Wolf my dog)a towable would be easier. Peace and Sunshine

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