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Old 02-25-2011, 11:58 AM   #29
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Oh come on Clive, all those people had to do was turn off the ignition switch.
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It's called common sense Greg, and unfortunately some people don't have it! What I have never understood (all this went down just after I bought my Tacoma!) but I have never read where acceleration occurred from a dead stop. Example where it went from 0 to 60 in 2.2 seconds. To me that then would be an acceleration issue! But when they are supposedly drive down a highway and all of the sudden it's doing 90? hmmmmmmmm, are they sure they didn't lead foot it? Just weird to me. And I hope to never have to experience an issue like that. But I still wonder how...........


Jane, the reason weights vary is that some of the manufactures post weights before things are put in such as Air conditioners, Fridges, heaters, ect........ Some are getting better at it, but most still use the basic/stripped down weight guide. And then the consumer doesn't realize/read the information provided.
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Weight Distribution hitches increase the tongue weight we can have on the tow vehicle and the boler manual says

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:39 PM   #31
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Clive,

It's called common sense Greg, and unfortunately some people don't have it! What I have never understood (all this went down just after I bought my Tacoma!) but I have never read where acceleration occurred from a dead stop. Example where it went from 0 to 60 in 2.2 seconds. To me that then would be an acceleration issue! But when they are supposedly drive down a highway and all of the sudden it's doing 90? hmmmmmmmm, are they sure they didn't lead foot it? Just weird to me. And I hope to never have to experience an issue like that. But I still wonder how...........


Jane, the reason weights vary is that some of the manufactures post weights before things are put in such as Air conditioners, Fridges, heaters, ect........ Some are getting better at it, but most still use the basic/stripped down weight guide. And then the consumer doesn't realize/read the information provided.
Robin, I had one of the first year Tacoma's with auto trans and when the ac kicked in at a stop light it would try to launch through the light, you just had to be sure that your foot was on the brake pedal real good.
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:42 PM   #32
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Weight Distribution hitches increase the tongue weight we can have on the tow vehicle and the boler manual says

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LOAD EQUALIZING HITCH
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We recommend that you consult your automobile dealer and your R.V. dealer to select a proper hitch that will match your travel trailer to your tow vehicle.
FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AND COMFORT, have your hitch properly installed by and expert.
Borden, the Toyota manual say's that WDH's are not recommended for towing with their vehicles.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:09 PM   #33
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Greg H,
I'm sure you meant that Toyota doesn't approve the use of WDH with the Tacoma and not all Toyotas. My 2006 Sienna owner's manual lists maximum load on the hitch as "weight carrying hitch, 158kg (350 lb.) & weight distributing hitch, 238 kg (525 lb.)" page 409.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:13 PM   #34
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Maybe Tacoma's that are 2004 and earlier aren't supposed to use a WDH, although I would find that hard to believe, but it's fine on my 2005.
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The owner's manual for our 2008 Tacoma recommends the use of a WDH.
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I'm sure you meant that Toyota doesn't approve the use of WDH with the Tacoma and not all Toyotas. My 2006 Sienna owner's manual lists maximum load on the hitch as "weight carrying hitch, 158kg (350 lb.) & weight distributing hitch, 238 kg (525 lb.)" page 409.
Hi Tom, I just a while ago had several PM's with another member who also has a Sienna. Originally I was talking about real Toyota's P/U's and 4Runners not little grocery getters. My manuals in bold print advise against WDH's. Your Sienna probably does benefit from a WDH and should be a capable tow vehicle. And again I dont believe any Toyota engineer ever expected people to be towing rv's with a grocery getter.
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Toyota must have added that because mine doesn't. It is a good idea though with the weak rear leafs that were stock. They were upgraded with a TSB that gave us 4 leaf spring packs plus I added airbags that work great.
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I use a WDH with my 2002 4Runner, towing the 17' Escape. And it works great, no swaying or tail wagging whatsoever!
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Glad you got the humor Robin!

Got it! Though I don't find anyone having car issue funny and having just bought a new Toyota when it was all going down I still for the life of me don't understand how the whole "acceleration issue" got so outta control. Basically like Greg said, TURN OFF THE KEY! Now if the Key didn't turn of, well then your S/O/L but at least try.
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I would say no to the Ranger. We have one, a 1994 and love it. It has 290,000 miles on it and is on it's 5th trasmission. I would be afraid to tow with one, even the newer ones with the newer trans style still it's the weak link. I know several people here tow with newer ones maybe someone will chime in.
Get the Ford Ranger with the 4.0L engine and tow package, and it will do just fine. (We had a 3.0L, with automatic trans, back in the '90s, that we towed a 16 ft. Casita with; and we had a 4.0L Ranger automatic that we used with our 17 ft. in the early 2000s.) Of course, we prefer the Ford F-150 for its smoother ride and larger cargo capacity, but YMMV.
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Hi: All...As far as runaway Toyotas are concerned turning off the ignition isn't that great as it also turns off the power steering. The drill should be 1st. neutral, 2nd. steer off the travelled roadway. and 3rd. turn off the ignition.
I believe that Toyota has become like other auto makers in that they're squeezing their parts suppliers for lower prices...and they're getting them!!! IMHO
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