Looking for Experiences with Toyota Sienna as TV

Discussion in 'Etrailer.com Trailers and Towing Forum' started by Nani2, Jul 9, 2018 at 9:59 PM.

  1. Nani2

    Nani2 New Member

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    I have a 2017 Sienna FWD rated at 3500 lbs towing capacity.
    We are looking at our first camper and keep downsizing our camper weight after reading things about Sienna not towing well.
    I called my dealer and he was rather wishy washy. In three minutes he said less than 3000 then half the 3500 then he wouldn't tow then 2100-2500. He said he has seen Siennas with blown transmissions and they really aren't meant to tow. His jumping all over makes me question everything he said.
    What are people's experience specifically with Sienna?
    How much is a safe maximum weight?
    Thanks
     
  2. p

    p Active Member

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    Caravan and sienna have the same tow capacity. You can purchase airbags to stick in your struts and do it yourself.

    We have pulled a 2200lb trailer over the Rockies without incident. With two kids and the kitchen sink.
     
  3. Nani2

    Nani2 New Member

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    Is yours a Sienna or a Caravan? The dealer told me Siennas do not tow well and I have read on a few forums people saying they were not good. I'm looking for Sienna experience.
     
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  4. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Put Sienna in the search here. You might find a few threads.
     
  5. p

    p Active Member

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    We tow with a 2012 Caravan. We bought the trailer from someone pulling it with a Sienna.
     
  6. MNTCamper

    MNTCamper Active Member

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    Siennas tow fine, just like the other minivans. Usually the issue is rear end sag which can be modified by air bags or load assist rear shocks. The engines on all of the newer vans are very powerful. I would recommend a transmission cooler. They are relatively easy to install and will keep transmission fluid temps in a healthy range.
     
  7. Nani2

    Nani2 New Member

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    Do you have one? We are looking at the jayco 12UD. Trying to decide between it and flagstaff206STSE.
     
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    Nani2 New Member

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    Is the 206STSE dry weight at 2300 lbs with air a good choice? We would have 550 if all people came and clothes and food. No pets, generator, or big toys. Will not haul water.
     
  9. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Just a note dry weight does not include the weight of propane, battery, any options in the camper such as an AC unit and awning etc. So the camper you are looking at actually would weigh more than you think. With that said it might be doable. Like others suggested you may have to install airbags on the back end and a transmission cooler. I've seen many people tow with minivans but you do have to modify them to make it work.
     
  10. Nani2

    Nani2 New Member

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    I’ve accounted for air. The awning is a standard factory thing so would that be included? Dry weight is actually 2180.
     

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