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Old 09-23-2015, 09:30 AM   #11
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We did add the transmission cooler per the dealer. We know we are at the limit with it. We don't have any extra passengers and are careful about packing anything extra. We do know we can't climb mountains with it and do stay relatively close within a couple hours travel.
I am used to towing a horse trailer with a Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, so this setup feels so different that I don't know if I'm comparing it against that or not.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:38 AM   #12
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Sounds like you are committed this, so I'm curious as to why you are asking? I think you need to have the trailer weighed at a CAT scale. At the very least you are going to be at or over your payload. Small SUVs don't have much wiggle room in that area, they are built more for a family of 4 than towing a 5000# box down the road.

In my experience, once you get bit by the "bug", you'll be wanting to tow on longer trips sooner rather than later.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:42 AM   #13
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Asking because of the difference in opinions. Dealer says that it will be fine to tow with it. Trying to decide if we need to buy a truck or if this would be fine for what we do.
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Asking because of the difference in opinions. Dealer says that it will be fine to tow with it. Trying to decide if we need to buy a truck or if this would be fine for what we do.
Which dealer? Toyota or Jayco? The trailer dealer will sell you whatever you want, they'll tell you that you can tow a 30' trailer with a VW Beetle just to get your money. The old saying is that a salesman never lies unless his lips are moving.

All I'm saying is that if you choose to continue towing with the Highlander, I think you'll be wanting something more beefy in 12-18 months. If you're questioning it now (as you should be), just suck it up and get a truck. It's a night and day towing experience and you'll never look back. Besides, what fun is it to watch every pound you pack in the trailer? Been there, done that. A lot more fun to be camping and buy something at a flea market, or what ever and actually have the capacity to haul it.
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:14 PM   #15
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Very true - actually it was the dealer and researching Toyota forums. Thanks for the info.
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Old 09-23-2015, 03:50 PM   #16
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Very true - actually it was the dealer and researching Toyota forums. Thanks for the info.
Ask the dealer to put it in writing that your vehicle will tow your trailer just fine, without any issues. See if the story changes.
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I tow a 2015 20MRB with a 2008 Explorer that has a 7100 lb. tow rating. This leaves me with some room as has been stated, the max of the 20MRB is 5950 lb.

Your Toyota has a max tow rating of 5000 lbs. The yellow factory sticker in my 20MRB states it weighs 4822 lbs leaving the factory with full propane tanks. By the time you add battery(s), any water, and your camping gear, you will easily exceed your tow rating. The Highlander does have a healthy payload capacity. Lastly, a friend had a Highlander he used to tow a 20 foot trailer and laid it on it's side on I-80 two years ago.

If you have access to the 2500 horse hauler, you might want to use it for a Jayco hauler.

My opinion and worth what you paid for it.

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Old 09-23-2015, 09:44 PM   #18
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Very true - actually it was the dealer and researching Toyota forums. Thanks for the info.
As mentioned, only a CAT scale visit can eliminate all the guessing......, thus providing you with all the critical TV and TT loaded weight data under your personal loading habits. The CAT data will also confirm if your WDH is adjusted correctly as well.

CAT Scale "how-to": https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...v-tt-3871.html

IMO most RV Dealerships are clueless when it comes to truly discussing TV/TT loaded weight implications.

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Thank you for all the input. We traded the Highlander in on a 2015 Tundra Limited today. Now no more worries about towing our trailer.
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That's a nice TV and will tow your TT well. However it's still a good exercise to make a run over to the scales. For little cost and little time you gain a lot of important knowledge.
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