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Old 09-22-2015   #1
 
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What do you tow with?

Hi there. So we are new to rafting this year and just purchased a new raft about a month ago (14' RMR). We are also in the market for a truck... I'm contemplating what type of rig will work best. We are a family of 4 and intend to use the raft for day/weekend trips with a few longer haul multi-days mixed in. I love Toyota's and drove a Tacoma for many years. I am just unsure if a V6 will be good enough pull the raft/trailer/gear/passengers, etc... I am debating a V8 type vehicle (Titan/Tundra) or a V6 (Tacoma/Frontier). Thoughts? Suggestions? I'm open to other crew cab vehicle recommendations for rafting lifestyle too. Thanks!

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V6 would be fine. We tow with our Sienna over mountain passes and all over the west without issue. The kids love it as well.

At the takeout at Westwater a few weeks ago, we were 1 of 3 sienna's de-rigging.

Of course - you would have to be happy with a minivan. But it's very useful for the other 98% of the time you are not towing
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I tow with my 04 Grand Cherokee with the I6, it can be a little gutless going over mountain passes, but it hasn't let me down yet, and my trailer is fairly heavy as far as raft trailers go.
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09 Tacoma long bed crew cab. Fits the family(4), dog and all the gear. Tows great (3500 lbs).
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'04 Honda Pilot. It does great with our light trailer and just one boat. When we stack up two boats and gear for 4 or 5 and head to Idaho for a week long trip it starts to get a little stressed, but 11 seasons later, it's still doing just fine.
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One more kid than you went with the Sequoia newer model. Really like it and I average 15mpg loaded pulling trailer could be a lot worse.

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What do you tow with?

We have the same setup as you (14' Rmr) I haul with my v6 manual tundra but we also haul with a Subaru occasionally. It's a pretty light rig, my v6 is rated for 5,500lbs so I barely notice when towing.
Even on multiday adventures with frame, dry boxes, cooler, firewood and cases of beer, loads of room and plenty of power.


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V6 would be fine. We tow with our Sienna over mountain passes and all over the west without issue. The kids love it as well.

Of course - you would have to be happy with a minivan. But it's very useful for the other 98% of the time you are not towing
This for us in my wifes Sienna. It is a beast and more power than the six cylinder in my Ford.
I have a 94 Explorer which works great most of the time and better ground clearance for beating. The Sienna has a 3,500 lb tow rating I think. Pretty shocked to read that.

And seven seat belts. Great shuttle rig. Goes through tires pretty quick from what I've seen.
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