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Old 12-20-2012, 06:42 AM   #1
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Toyota Highlander as a TV

Now looking at a 2008 Toyota Highlander with factory tow package. It is rated at 5000lb and I would be towing a Jayco 17Z.... does anyone have this TV and are their any comments or issues I should look for... many thanks as usual.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:04 AM   #2
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I Looked at this vehicle, but passed on it in favor of the 4Runner.
The Highlander is built on a Camry chasis and I didn't think the tranny and suspension would hold up.
It's a nice ride though.
The 17Z a small and with a GVWR of ~3,500 the Highlander would definitely do it, just not well. Especially a V6

Personally, I would go with
1. something built on a truck frame/suspension
2. Longer wheelbase gives you more options. A full size truck is better TV than a SUV.
3. V8 gives you more options and if you keep your foot out of the accelerator, they aren't much different for MPG than a V6

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As with most, we also have struggled with the never ending issue of matching a tow vehicle to the camper. Do I wish our truck was bigger? sure. But am I willing to get less MPG when I'm not towing, which is 80-90% of the time - no.

Most people will tell you - get a pickup, bigger is better, V8 is the way to go, etc. Maybe they are right, maybe not, my answer is "it depends". We tow our x17Z with a Honda Pilot (V6), rated for 4500 lbs. It has the load distributing hitch and sway control. We live in NJ, so we are familiar with the "mountains" of PA, northern, NJ, Vermont. We've also towed this combination from NJ through the mountains of Colorado and into Utah, as well as up to Vermont's NE Kingdom. Our truck did fine, the trailer towed and tracked behind us just fine. No sway, except when we hit 45 MPH wind gusts in Kansas - but with that much wind, everyone was swaying. The gas mileage wasn't stellar (10-12 MPG), but I think if you do the research, you'll find that is normal for towing a TT. When we aren't towing, the Pilot gets 20-22 MPG, which is nice.

As long as you realistically run the numbers on the tv capabilities (you may have to beef up the suspension), you should be fine.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
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We tow our x17z with a 2007 4Runner with tow package rated for 5,000. It does a good job but we are looking to upgrade to a larger TV.

When towing the x17 with the 4Runner, you know it's back there at all times. When towing our 6,500 lb 28dsbh with our 10,000 rated Tundra you don't even know the TT is back there.

Another thing to consider is the miniscule cargo capacity of the x17z. You may have to end up carrying some stuff in your TV. A larger TV gives you more cargo capacity too.

In the end, it comes down to safety to me.
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Thanks gus all great advice, wife wont intertain a pickup, but going to look for a v8......
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:01 PM   #6
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Thanks gus all great advice, wife wont intertain a pickup, but going to look for a v8......
The difference between the 4Runner V6 and V8 is 1 mpg highway.

All very good points for you to evaluate based on how you'll use it, with what coargo etc.

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Thanks gus all great advice, wife wont intertain a pickup, but going to look for a v8......
She might when you tell her it's safer. The Tundra drives very smoothly. At least take a test drive. You also have the option of the Sequoia, which is the SUV based on the Tundra.
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She might when you tell her it's safer. The Tundra drives very smoothly. At least take a test drive. You also have the option of the Sequoia, which is the SUV based on the Tundra.
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For an SUV tow vehicle, I would love to have the Sequoia V8

I see a Tundra in my future :-)
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My wife's car is a 2012 Highlander with tow package. I would not want to tow anything more than a jetski or the like with the Highlander. Personally the Highlander simply doesn't feel stout enough to tow a TT or HTT.

We don't personally own a Sequoia, but a close friend does. I would consider the Sequoia, it just feels more solid...much more like a truck opposed to the Highlander which to me feels more like a minivan.

I know you say you aren't interested in a pickup...that is really too bad. We towed with a SUV, Chevy Tahoe, and found the SUV really inconvienient. We never had a good way to haul firewood, generator, fuel, bikes, etc. With a pickup all those issues go away.
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I have towed with an V8 Explorer for 12 years. The mileage difference was only 1 or 2 MPG between the V6 and the V8. There is less strain on the engine with the V8 when traveling in the mountains. My Explorer with the tow package is rated for over 7000 pounds and tow my 17Z without a problem.
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