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Old 01-29-2015, 09:44 AM   #1
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Towing with a Toyota Highlander

Can anyone offer advice on towing a lightweight travel trailer with a Toyota Highlander? I just bought the car and I have never bought an RV before.
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Old 01-29-2015, 06:35 PM   #2
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According to specs I saw, you have a maximum of 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity. Check on the driver's door opening for a list of capacities. Some numbers to keep in mind:
GCWR: Gross Combination Weight Rating is the total allowable weight of the loaded tow vehicle and trailer. Be careful, some salespeople will tell you anything to sell a unit. 2,000 lbs. is perhaps in the area of a pop up camper or ultra light weight pod camper.
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:05 PM   #3
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They do have a tow package available that might give you as much as 5K lbs. towing.

Such SUV's are relatively heavy--not including the trailer towed. And when you put 2.3 kids, the wife and all their "stuff", it's very easy to overload the vehicle.

You might be okay to tow a pop up trailer. Otherwise, you'd have to be very careful to find an RV light enough--3,500 lbs. max. if the tow package is on the Highlander.
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I agree. You're in pop-up territory.
You might be able to get an R-pod, but those are not great options for the whole family.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:39 PM   #5
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Just to give you some positive advice. Glad you are interested in joining the RV lifestyle. Go to the local dealer and have them verify your towing capacity. Ask them what factory modifications are available to increase this capacity. My hunch is that you should be able to tow at least a 3500 lb trailer, but check first. Good luck and enjoy your travels.
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Some of my older Trailer Life towing guides list the Highlander between 2000 and 5000 towing. You will not be able to tow a 26' trailer with a Highlander even if you are under the 5k and have the Toyota tow package.

Having a factory "tow package" is a little different than going to your local tow shop and say make the changes to my 2000 lb. towing vehicle to tow 5000 lbs. I don't think it is cost effective.

If you do indeed have the Highlander ( assuming the V-6) with the 5 k tow package, you might be able to get the shortest of tt's in the 16' or 17'.
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A mid size SUV is not really a good tow vehicle since it has a short wheel base and soft suspension. I agree you could tow a pop-up, A-Liner or a T@B. There are probably others also in the very lite range.
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