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wpd909

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Posted: 08/17/19 08:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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

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Posted: 08/17/19 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BMW X5 diesel, 2012 vintage. Tows 5,000 lbs like a dream, full height/width 21 foot TT. Get years 2012-2018. $20,000 to $80,000. Get one with 3rd row seats to get auto leveling suspension.





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Can you estimate the wet/loaded weight of the TT? Who and what will you be carrying in the SUV?

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Posted: 08/17/19 09:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a neighbor that tows a 3000LB Single Axle Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 with a Ford Edge and a friend that tows the same trailer with a Chevy Traverse. Both say they tow their trailers just fine.


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Posted: 08/18/19 06:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I certainly wouldn't look at anything smaller than a Traverse / Acadia / X5. Chevy did bring back the Trailblazer but the specs limit the tow cap at 4500 lbs.

Tahoe/Yukon would be a better choice.





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Might take a look at the Nissan Pathfinder it's rated up to 6,000lb towing. We have a 2018 model haven't towed anywhere near 6,000lb but have towed a little over 3,000 with no problem at all.


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Posted: 08/18/19 06:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Go for the longest wheelbase, to prevent that "tail wagging the dog" effect

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And don't even consider the Traverse/Acadia/Previous gen Trailblazer and its counterparts. Some of GMs poorer executions.
If you want a midsize SUV for towing, either older 4 runner V8 or pick your flavor of Durango/Grand Cherokee.


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X5/Toureg/Audi are strong vehicles but the repair costs are a little exotic for someone who's thinking Highlander.

Spose I'd throw an Eco Boost Explorer in the mix too. Good durable vehicles or they wouldn't sell 100,000s of them as cop cars.

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I tow with a 2002 Durango SLT Plus. It has a 6000lb tow capacity and a 1640lb payload. My trailer has a GVWR of 2250lbs. I have no trouble.

Starting around 2009, they went to a unibody style. So I cannot comment on that They just went back to the body-on-frame style.


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