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Terryallan

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Posted: 08/18/19 01:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wpd909 wrote:

Hi everyone,

My wife and I are interested in towing a 17 or 19 ft ultra light trailer using an SUV. We prefer not to go the Suburban or similar size route. Does anyone have experience with towing using an SUV such as a Toyota Highlander or something similar?

Thanks --- Ron


We towed our 27', 6000lb TT, with a 5.4, 3.55, 2004, Expedition. Did a GREAT job.


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Posted: 08/18/19 01:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I put 140,000 towing miles on a 2008 Highlander. I was towing 16' and 17' trailers for work and for recreation, with trailer weights between 2200 and 3500 lbs. It did well at 60-62 mph max speed in 4th gear (out of 5); on long grades I'd shift to 3rd and run mostly about 40-50 mph depending on the steepness. Stability was good (I kept 10%-15% of trailer weight on the tongue). By the time the odometer had 185,000 the transmission light was coming on when traveling those steep grades, and I thought about adding another tranny cooler but in the end I sold it and got a used Lexus GX470.

Keep in mind that the 3.5L V6 will do best with smaller frontal area trailers. My largest frontal area trailer was 7.5' wide by about 100" high.

There are some people on the Escape Trailer forum who tow 19' and even 21' Escapes (molded fiberglass made in BC) with newer Highlanders. I personally feel like 21' is pushing it a bit; one would definitely want an anti-sway hitch!

* This post was edited 08/18/19 06:21pm by rexlion *


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Jebby14

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Posted: 08/19/19 03:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lots of choices. I know first hand the grand Cherokee can pull well as can the explorer and sorento. Im sure there are others. Pay attention to payload and frontal area restrictions and make sure you have a proper hitch/anti sway setup.

Whats in the vehicle when you go? as someone who owns a newish explorer and f150 I would never buy the explorer for myself. the f150 was cheaper and is better at about everything (including fuel mileage) Only downfall is it doesn't have the 7th seatbelt that ive used once in the last 2 years.


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Posted: 08/20/19 04:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BMW F5 will get the job done and give you a great ride while doing it.

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