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Old 09-23-2015, 07:04 AM   #1
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We recently purchased a 2015 Jayco Whitehawk 20MRB and took it out for our first trip this past weekend. Our tow vehicle is a 2014 Toyota Highlander LE Plus. What are your opinions on this combination?
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:24 AM   #2
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I'd have to drive it first.


Ask yourself these questions and form an opinion for me...


Does the rig drive straight?
Is the trailer level?
Is the SUV reasonably level too?
Does the steering feel nice and tight when hitched up?
When passing (or being passed) does it feel stable?


If your answers are generally "Yes" then you are doing fine.


If you have a "No" or too many "Sort of", you'll need to make some adjustments.
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Does the rig drive straight? Yes
Is the trailer level? seems to be
Is the SUV reasonably level too? yes
Does the steering feel nice and tight when hitched up? A little light on the front end
When passing (or being passed) does it feel stable? Passing vehicles seem to make it sway a little.

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Need more info on both the truck and trailer.

Truck- What drivetrain combo do you have, motor, trans, and rear gear ratio?
GVWR
Yellow payload sticker amount in the drivers door jamb
How much do all passenger and cargo weigh- approx

Trailer
GVWR
Available payload per yellow sticker


Do you have a wd hitch with any type of sway control???
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Thanks for your reply. I will get this information later today off the stickers. We do have the wd hitch with the sway bar and braking controller.
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Does the rig drive straight? Yes
Is the trailer level? seems to be
Is the SUV reasonably level too? yes
Does the steering feel nice and tight when hitched up? A little light on the front end
When passing (or being passed) does it feel stable? Passing vehicles seem to make it sway a little.
So, there is work to be done. need-a-vacation is bringing in the technical aspects, I use more of a by-guess-and-by-gosh process.

Sway bar may needed.

If the steering is noticeably lighter when hitched up, then you need a properly adjusted WDH.
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Best to check your owners manual for towing specifications.

From what I gather the LE Plus does not have any kind of towing package, no extra cooling for towing, and has a limit of 2000#. You trailer has a GVWR of 5,950#. So even if you had a Highlander Limited (towing limit of 5000#), you'd still have the potential of being very overweight. Keep in mind that it may feel like it tows fine, but the lack of a proper cooling system and limits of the rear axle and suspension are what you need to be concerned about.

If you need an SUV look at a Suburban, Tahoe, Sequoia or the like. They are built for this kind of weight. That Highlander is fine for a pop-up or small hybrid trailer but is going to be greatly stressed by the Whitehawk. You might get away with short 2 hour trips on flat roads, but hill, wind, and distance are going to make you hate the towing experience.

My X20E has a GVWR of 4750#, and due to personal experience in towing close to my limits, I would not tow my current trailer with anything less than a 1/2 ton PU. Your trailer can weigh 1200# more than mine.
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The Highlander has a max towing cap. of 5000#. Although your TT is under at 4385#, that figure is without battery, propane, dealer installed options, etc. IMHO you are getting close to max with gear added. The TT cargo carrying capacity puts the GVWR at 5950#.
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We recently purchased a 2015 Jayco Whitehawk 20MRB and took it out for our first trip this past weekend. Our tow vehicle is a 2014 Toyota Highlander LE Plus. What are your opinions on this combination?
Jayflight's numbers make me think you may be a bit overweight. The way to know for sure is a visit to the CAT Scale. Compare your actual weights against the weight limits on the sticker found on the driver's door jamb will tell the story. There're a couple of "sticky" posts that explain the weighing procedure and how to interpret your scale numbers.
The CAT Scale is your friend.
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