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Old 12-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #11
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I can't really comment on the specific vehicle as I've never owned one. We did, however, tow our Jayco 1207 with a Chevy Trailblazer, that worked great. I would not want to tow a 17Z with it, even though it was within its towing capacity. The problem with smaller SUV's is that the suspension isn't really made for towing, they are fine for smaller trailers/popups, but you put something high profile back there, throw in a little wind, it can get a little scary. I also pulled a 6X12 cargo trailer with the Trailblazer, the 6cyl engine had plenty of power, but if it was windy I kept a tight grip on the steering wheel. As was mentioned, you also want to think about cargo capacity, we always had a struggle with firewood, we usually just bought some after we got to our campsite as we didn't have enough room for it, plenty of room with a pickup.

We now have a Silverado with a 5.3L V-8 with the full towing package, including a bigger front sway bay and heavier rear shocks. I pulled the cargo trailer in 25mph winds a while back, could not even feel that trailer back there. The difference isn't just the engine, its also the suspension and the transmission. As to MPG, the Silverado actually does slightly better than the Trailblazer(then again Trailblazer's get horrible gas mileage for their size), believe it or not.

We actually pulled the X17Z back from the dealer, which is about 120miles away, in a 25-35mph wind coming at us from the front and side and I could feel the wind hitting the trailer, but the pickup never "felt" like it was something it couldn't handle. Of course we also have a WDH and a sway bar with the 17Z. I would not have wanted to do this with the Trailblazer.

It really comes down to how far and how often will you be towing. Plus, if you have a bigger TV, you could always get a bigger trailer:hihi:

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Old 12-23-2012, 11:21 AM   #12
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We tow our 17Z with a 2004 Chevy Astro rated for 5000. It has the longer chassis and we do have a towing package and equalizer sway bar. We have absolutely no trouble towing the trailer, and like mtnbikers, do not want to lose the better gas mileage we get when just driving the vehicle.

When the Astro wears out we probably will buy a larger Van (probably a Chevy Express 1 ton), but that could be a long way off as Astros are known to last and last.

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Old 12-23-2012, 06:00 PM   #13
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I have done that song and dance, and with a larger TV than you are looking for. I pulled a 19ft TT with my 2010 4Runner (with heavy duty lift springs and airbags) as well as a three horse slant. I thought it was fine while doing it, but after purchasing my Tundra I realize how wrong I was. The Tundra pulls so much nicer, and feels much safer. Pulling home our 3000# tent trailer without trailer brakes you could not even feel it back there and the mileage did not change. Pulling my Jay Feather 19H is a breeze even without a WDH. Big winds, no problem. Semi trucks, no problem. It is not about the v8, its about wheelbase. Anything can pull a trailer, its about stopping and controlling it. If it were a popup it would be no problem, but I would not tow a TT with a Highlander. Just my $.02.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:55 AM   #14
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We've been towing our 19H with our Toyota FJ Cruiser and have not had any issues. We've towed through pretty much every terrain and climate and it's been great. The FJ drivetrain, engine and frame are really a combination of the Tundra and the 4 Runner, with a retro body style that we love. It's a 4 litre V6 with 239 hp, with a 5000 lb towing capacity. We did struggle on one very steep hill in the Rockies between Jasper and Banff. I could tow at 35mph up the mountain, but couldn't gain anymore speed, but all the other mountains were fine. All in all, we're pretty happy with our choice of TV. Good Luck.

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