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Old 16 Sep 2010, 03:58 am   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I just bought a 2001 Toyota 4 Runner 2WD 6 cylinder and am hoping it
can pull a boat. The boat I am looking at would be appr. 2500lbs, that
includes the trailer. I am mostly worried about getting it out of the
water. Any suggestions others can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
Leslie
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Old 16 Sep 2010, 10:13 am   #2 (permalink)
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Nunes <Lanunes@sbcglobal.net> found these unused words:

>Hello,
>I just bought a 2001 Toyota 4 Runner 2WD 6 cylinder and am hoping it
>can pull a boat. The boat I am looking at would be appr. 2500lbs, that
>includes the trailer. I am mostly worried about getting it out of the
>water. Any suggestions others can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
>Leslie


Provided you use the proper hitch, the V-6 should give you enough power,
unless you have no traction on the ramp.

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Old 16 Sep 2010, 05:16 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Sep 16, 8:13*am, Sir F. A. Rien <jaSP...@gbr.online.com> wrote:
> Nunes <Lanu...@sbcglobal.net> found these unused words:
>
> >Hello,
> >I just bought a2001Toyota4Runner2WD6 cylinder and am hoping it
> >can pull a boat. The boat I am looking at would be appr. 2500lbs, that
> >includes the trailer. I am mostly worried about getting it out of the
> >water. Any suggestions others can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
> >Leslie

>
> Provided you use the proper hitch, the V-6 should give you enough power,
> unless you have no traction on the ramp.


I honestly don't think it is a V6, would a regular 6 cyl still have
enough power? What kind of hitch do you recommend? Thanks!
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Old 16 Sep 2010, 06:17 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Nunes" <Lanunes@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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On Sep 16, 8:13 am, Sir F. A. Rien <jaSP...@gbr.online.com> wrote:
> Nunes <Lanu...@sbcglobal.net> found these unused words:
>
> >Hello,
> >I just bought a2001Toyota4Runner2WD6 cylinder and am hoping it
> >can pull a boat. The boat I am looking at would be appr. 2500lbs,

that
> >includes the trailer. I am mostly worried about getting it out of the
> >water. Any suggestions others can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
> >Leslie

>
> Provided you use the proper hitch, the V-6 should give you enough

power,
> unless you have no traction on the ramp.


I honestly don't think it is a V6, would a regular 6 cyl still have
enough power? What kind of hitch do you recommend? Thanks!

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Old 16 Sep 2010, 06:23 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"Nunes" <Lanunes@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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On Sep 16, 8:13 am, Sir F. A. Rien <jaSP...@gbr.online.com> wrote:
> Nunes <Lanu...@sbcglobal.net> found these unused words:
>
> >Hello,
> >I just bought a2001Toyota4Runner2WD6 cylinder and am hoping it
> >can pull a boat. The boat I am looking at would be appr. 2500lbs,

that
> >includes the trailer. I am mostly worried about getting it out of the
> >water. Any suggestions others can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
> >Leslie

>
> Provided you use the proper hitch, the V-6 should give you enough

power,
> unless you have no traction on the ramp.


:I honestly don't think it is a V6, would a regular 6 cyl still have
:enough power? What kind of hitch do you recommend? Thanks!

If it is a Toyota, it is either a 4 Banger or a V-6. Some of the guys I
know have installed a hitch on the front of their 2wd PU or SUV. This
way the drive wheels are in a better position to pull the boat out.
Plus, you have more torque in reverse gear.

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Old 16 Sep 2010, 07:13 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Yes, it has a V6, the same 3.4 L as the first-gen Tacoma pickup. Thanks to
body-on-frame construction, 4Runners have very good towing capacity - 5000
lbs for the 3rd-gen (1995-2002). Is the tow hitch a Toyota factory hitch or
an aftermarket unit? If it's a factory hitch, you are good. If it's
aftermarket then check the its rating, as it could be less.

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"Nunes" <Lanunes@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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On Sep 16, 8:13 am, Sir F. A. Rien <jaSP...@gbr.online.com> wrote:
> Nunes <Lanu...@sbcglobal.net> found these unused words:
>
> >Hello,
> >I just bought a2001Toyota4Runner2WD6 cylinder and am hoping it
> >can pull a boat. The boat I am looking at would be appr. 2500lbs, that
> >includes the trailer. I am mostly worried about getting it out of the
> >water. Any suggestions others can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
> >Leslie

>
> Provided you use the proper hitch, the V-6 should give you enough power,
> unless you have no traction on the ramp.


I honestly don't think it is a V6, would a regular 6 cyl still have
enough power? What kind of hitch do you recommend? Thanks!


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Old 16 Sep 2010, 07:52 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"Anyolmouse" <Anyolmouse@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
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> If it is a Toyota, it is either a 4 Banger or a V-6.


While 4Runners always had inline-4s and V6s, the various generations of Land
Cruisers have been available with torquey inline-6 motors since their
inception in 1951 up to 1997.

> Some of the guys I
> know have installed a hitch on the front of their 2wd PU or SUV. This
> way the drive wheels are in a better position to pull the boat out.
> Plus, you have more torque in reverse gear.


Interesting technique. What happens after the boat is pulled out? You'd have
to unhitch the trailer, make a U-turn, and put the trailer on the rear
hitch.

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Old 16 Sep 2010, 08:14 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"First of One" <root@127.0.0.1> wrote in message
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> "Anyolmouse" <Anyolmouse@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
> news:AGxko.161680$mN7.143026@en-nntp-08.dc1.easynews.com...
> > If it is a Toyota, it is either a 4 Banger or a V-6.

>
> While 4Runners always had inline-4s and V6s, the various generations

of Land
> Cruisers have been available with torquey inline-6 motors since their
> inception in 1951 up to 1997.
>
> > Some of the guys I
> > know have installed a hitch on the front of their 2wd PU or SUV.

This
> > way the drive wheels are in a better position to pull the boat out.
> > Plus, you have more torque in reverse gear.

>
> Interesting technique. What happens after the boat is pulled out?

You'd have
> to unhitch the trailer, make a U-turn, and put the trailer on the rear
> hitch.
>
> --
> "War is the continuation of politics by other means.
> It can therefore be said that politics is war without
> bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
>
>

And when you arrive to the ramp, you have to unhitch to put the boat in
front. Not a big deal considering the advantage(s) you have with the
boat in front of you. Of course if you are a Texas Aggie, you drive in
reverse with the boat hitched in front all of the time. It does decrease
the life of the transmission though. <G> What was that truckdriving
song? "Backing all the way to Birmingham"

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Old 16 Sep 2010, 08:46 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Sep 16, 4:23*pm, "Anyolmouse" <Anyolmo...@invalid.invalid> wrote:
> "Nunes" <Lanu...@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> news:3c0453b7-b42e-45f9-a712-78936ad1d4dd@t5g2000prd.googlegroups.com...
> On Sep 16, 8:13 am, Sir F. A. Rien <jaSP...@gbr.online.com> wrote:
>
> > Nunes <Lanu...@sbcglobal.net> found these unused words:

>
> > >Hello,
> > >I just bought a2001Toyota4Runner2WD6 cylinder and am hoping it
> > >can pull aboat. TheboatI am looking at would be appr. 2500lbs,

> that
> > >includes the trailer. I am mostly worried about getting it out of the
> > >water. Any suggestions others can offer would be appreciated. Thanks!
> > >Leslie

>
> > Provided you use the proper hitch, the V-6 should give you enough

> power,
> > unless you have no traction on the ramp.

>
> :I honestly don't think it is a V6, would a regular 6 cyl still have
> :enough power? What kind of hitch do you recommend? Thanks!
>
> If it is aToyota, *it is either a4Banger or a V-6. Some of the guys I
> know have installed a hitch on the front of their2wd*PU or SUV. This
> way the drive wheels are in a better position to pull theboatout.
> Plus, you have more torque in reverse gear.
>
> --
> We have met the enemy and he is us-- Pogo
>
> Anyolmouse


I did some more research and the truck is a V^ 3.4ltr. I just bought
it and haven't received it yet. It doesn't have a factory tow hitch so
I will have to buy one. Thanks for the info guys!
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Old 17 Sep 2010, 09:25 am   #10 (permalink)
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On Thu, 16 Sep 2010 20:52:01 -0400, "First of One" <root@127.0.0.1>
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>"Anyolmouse" <Anyolmouse@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
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>> If it is a Toyota, it is either a 4 Banger or a V-6.

>
>While 4Runners always had inline-4s and V6s, the various generations of Land
>Cruisers have been available with torquey inline-6 motors since their
>inception in 1951 up to 1997.
>
>> Some of the guys I
>> know have installed a hitch on the front of their 2wd PU or SUV. This
>> way the drive wheels are in a better position to pull the boat out.
>> Plus, you have more torque in reverse gear.

>
>Interesting technique. What happens after the boat is pulled out? You'd have
>to unhitch the trailer, make a U-turn, and put the trailer on the rear
>hitch.


I've pulled my boats out of the water on the slimmest launch ramps and
had close calls using a rear hitch with a 2WD vehicle. Before I had
my 4WD Tundra I used a front hitch to launch and retrieve.

As for rear hitches, I recommend you get one rated at the next level
up from the one rated for what you are towing. Front hitches only get
used a few minutes at a time and don't take the abuse rear hitches do
so you don't need the same at both ends.

I had mine fabricated and installed by a shop that specializes in
hitches for salt water launches, even though I only fish in fresh
water. It's been on my tundra for 10 years and the hitch is corrosion
free as is the electrical connection.
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