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Old 06-01-2013, 06:21 AM   #1
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Searchable Tow Ratings Data Base

This Data Base from Camping Life provides some basic tow rating information over a wide range of makes and years.

Tow Ratings Database - Tow Vehicle Ratings | Camping Life Magazine

That said, always verify the exact specifications for your vehicle with the owners manual or the manufacturer. (Not the verbal say-so of the service guy at the dealership)

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I'd be much happier if it had the ability to add "Tow Package" to the vehicles that make that available as an option. I'd also like to see a bit more low end weight options - 2500 to 5000 is quite a jump, at least for fiberglass trailers.
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Take a look at how it actually works:

Just select "0" lbs. minimum, and 5000 lbs maximum to get tow limit data on all models of the vehicle selected that will tow up to 5000 lbs..

Many of the results will show provide both with and without tow package information. Scroll down when you get to the data for the vehicle entered.

For example, for a 1995 Jeep Cherokee it shows theree different combinations, both the 4 cylinder and the 6 cylinder and, although 2000 lbs is standard, it also shows 5000 lbs with the factory tow package.

Again, this provides a starting point, verify any and all information with the manufacturer.
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It is off by 1500 lbs fro my 2010 RAV4...

On edit - never mind - I got it to work.
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I made this thread a "sticky" so it won't get lost in subsequent conversations.
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Thank You Fred....
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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While I agree that a searchable database is nice, I also agree that it is critical to confirm any information from it with a much more reliable source, much more specific to the vehicle being considered.

One problem is that if the database does suggest an inappropriate vehicle you can eliminate it in later verification, but if doesn't suggest a vehicle you'll just never know to consider it.

It also has lots of errors. For instance, the Toyota Sienna has a towing capacity of 3500 lb when properly equipped, in every year of three generations from 1998 to the present; although it is listed for 1998 and 2003, is not listed at all for 2004 or 2005 (which are more capable tugs than the 1998-2003) but is listed again for the mechanically identical 2006. Even more interesting, the 3.3 litre V6 engine of 2006 is listed as a 4.7L V8 (that would be one rockin' minivan!), and the 3.5 L 2007 is listed as 3.3L. None of the Sienna listings mention the tow package requirement or offer non-tow-package ratings.

Contents appear to be determined as much by marketing as by any kind of objective research, with little if any quality control... but they're still an interesting source.
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I'd be much happier if it had the ability to add "Tow Package" to the vehicles that make that available as an option. I'd also like to see a bit more low end weight options - 2500 to 5000 is quite a jump, at least for fiberglass trailers.
We do not need this for our light weight trailers:

Many cars have a towing package option both retro fit and factory installed; the later may include trailer a traction control safety system the can tell if the trailer in need of help. (Takes a little getting used to)

Agree a table showing 1000 to 3500 lbs. (maybe to 5000) would be great for when replacing a TV. I could include cars braked and unbraked recommendations.

Include rules for different areas as this would be of interest
eg. the 50% rule in Ontario a car weighing 2000 lbs. can only pull 1000 unbraked or 2500 lbs. only pull 1250 lbs. unbraked regardless of what the manufacturer says the limit is. Dealer can say 2500 but you may need brakes to be legal.
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I'd be much happier if it had the ability to add "Tow Package" to the vehicles that make that available as an option. I'd also like to see a bit more low end weight options - 2500 to 5000 is quite a jump, at least for fiberglass trailers.
Table for 1000 lbs. to 4000 lbs. would work for most of us.

Problem is many cars have different configurations
Corolla for instance:
-V6, 2.4L, 1.8L, (V6 discontinued a while back, 2.4L not available after 2013 year.
-The older Corolla is a smaller car as well
-They have a tow package available not the same as a retrofit as we got a towing traction system the can adjust for the trailer automatically (takes a little getting used to)
-Ours has trailer brakes and 7 pin the retro kit is 4 pin

We had the trailer module catch fire last week; thank goodness for the fire extinguisher. (car is unhurt due to quick thinking by Carole)
The replacement was free under warrantee as it came with the car. The old unit was not cut in part of the harness but replacement will have to be cut in, it will be installed on Tuesday
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You can enter "0" for minimum and 2500 lbs or 5000 lbs for max and it will catch all that are in it's data base. Perhaps they will get the list updated in the future.
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Problem is many cars have different configurations
Corolla for instance:
-V6, 2.4L, 1.8L, (V6 discontinued a while back, 2.4L not available after 2013 year.
Hi,

I'm pretty sure the only Corolla ever built by Toyota with a V6 engine (a 2GR-FSE) is the race car carrying the "Corolla" name (and otherwise not a Corolla at all) for a Japanese race car series. There's no real V6 Corolla, in any year.

... not that this matters to the towing rating topic at all.

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Bob, Any idea how to find towing capabilities for Toyota Sunrader RVs? I have a 1988 I purchased 3 years ago and want to tow my Nissan Altima behind it but can't find towing specs anywhere. Thanks. David
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Sorry to be bringing bad news, but towing any vehicle and almost any trailer, with a Toyota motorhome is out of the question. This is an oft discussed topic on the several toyhome sites. Here's why:

1. Your 1988 has a GVW of about 5500 lbs and is at or above that already.

2. By 1989, when the v6 chassis came along, the builders finally started putting tags on them stating "This Vehicle is not designed for towing. DO NOT tow"

3. When towing with the 4 cylinder engine and A43D transmission, it is guaranteed that engine overheating and transmission failures will be in your future. When the 22RE engine overheats it often blows a head gasket.

4. In the past year at least two reports were heard of rear axle failures, one was towing a 1500 lb baggage trailer, the other was acknowledged to be very overweight.

5. The braking system is "just enough" for the heavy coach body and your stuff. Adding a heavy trailer or vehicle will further overtax that system.

6. A Canadian couple, touring the U.S. with a V6 version, attempted to tow a Smart Car and got to do an entire engine rebuild as a part of the trip when it started burning valves.

7. General agreement is that small baggage trailers, up to about 500-750 lbs are OK, but towing a car is out of the question.

As Toyota sold the Cab & Chassis as an "incomplete vehicle" there were no tow limits published by Toyota. The coach builders finally introduced the "Do Not Tow" stickers after being leaned on by the NHTSA when they were being investigated about the rear axle recall debacle on the 1979-1985 chassis.

Now, if you happen to have a 1988 Sunrader Adventure with a pop-up roof, it is light enough to tow about 1200 lbs, but still not a vehicle.
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Thanks Bob.

Not what I wanted to hear but what I expected. Guess I'll start looking into a small electric bike instead of towing the car
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