Originally Posted by paula
wow! I am buying a 2013 x20e and would like to tow with my Toyota highlander and go from Disneyland to Disneyworld...hope to get the right set up. debating between Equalizer hitch or bit the bullet and get a premium hitch. My Toyota says can tow up to 5000 lbs
We tow the same TT with an Acura MDX that is rated at 5,000 lbs towing capacity. The MDX, however, is also of Unibody construction and it has an automatic Vehicle Stability Assist (VBA), both of which can influence towing.
We went with the Equalizer 10,000 (max) WDH. Partially because we plan to upgrade our TV and carry more weight within the next year or so, and partially because the WDH manufacture suggested it.
With our WDH setup, there is NO sway so the VSA cannot kick in - that solves one issue. We have towed thru 60 mph gusts without a problem.
The WDH also seems to distribute the weight evenly, which helps to offset the concerns of the unibody construction. The Acura regional director was helpful with this.
Now, the overarching issue is one of total weight and that can be a bit challenging. We are very careful in this regard but are still running close to the 5K limit.
Remember that you have two separate issues with your weight. The TT is rated at 5K max, but the TV is also limited to 5K, so you need to keep the TOTAL weight of the trailer PLUS the weight of the items and people in your TV below the 5K towing limit on of your Highlander. There are lots of posts that are more detailed in how to determine your overall weight.
We started by weighing the rig and usual contents, so we have a good idea of what works and what doesn't. We have also weighed all of the contents item by item so that we can switch them out. Once you get used to what it should look and feel like, you can pretty much judge by standing back and seeing if the TT and TV are in a straight line horizontally, and then ensuring that the space between your tires and wheel wells stays comparatively about the same from front to back axles.
We tow with empty tanks and go to great lengths in balancing out our load. We cannot carry all that we would like at any one time, but trade off. If we carry a bike, then the BBQ; and some outside camping stuff is set aside for another trip.
I learned a lot from the forums - everything but how to parallel park the darned thing. I dread the day someone posts our parking travails to YouTube.
Be sure to use your search function for more help on the Forum.
We love our x20e and are busily building memories. Good luck with yours, and remember to keep a good sense of humor.