Newbie to towing

Discussion in 'Etrailer.com Trailers and Towing Forum' started by Mheato, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. GreatBigAbyss

    GreatBigAbyss Active Member

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    Look, I seriously doubt that somebody who owns two late model CUV's is going to be the kind of person interested in buying a clapped out 1980's truck for $1500.
     
  2. Snow

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    A lot of unibody vehicles cannot use a WDH.. Any trailer with an open "C" channel frame can't use them either.. Our Palomino which had a GVWR of over 3000lbs was like this..

    One more thought.. The OP's vehicles are V6's or 4 cylinder engines ??
     
  3. GreatBigAbyss

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    The Highlander will be a V6, and the CX9 is a turbo-4.
     
  4. Snow

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    Highlander would make the better TV IMO then..
     
  5. GreatBigAbyss

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    I agree with that. Lots of people use Highlanders and Pilots to tow smaller travel trailers. They can easily handle pop-ups, even HW pop-ups.
     
  6. chambo

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    Some vehicles also require an update to the on board computer. I added an OEM (mopar) hitch and wiring harness to my first Jeep. Trailer wouldn't charge and turn signals wouldn't function properly until I had the dealer update the computer.
     
  7. Sharpie

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    The major difference in towing capcity with the Highlander is between 2 and 4wheel drive. You did not state the year of either SUV. I did do research on the newer Highlanders can tow up to 3500 lbs with electric brakes. I had a Toyota RAV 4 with the 3.5l v6 and 4wheel drive and had the tow package. It could tow 3500lbs. That included tranny cooler, I wired the lights with plug and play system from Drawtite. And had electric brake controller installed at the locale trailer shop They also installed the hitch as the dealer was way over priced for their hitch. I later found out that they go to the same trailer shop as I do for hitches. Take a look in the Mazdas owners manual as I just googled it and it said it could tow 3500lbs as all the models are AWD. Just my 2 cents.
     
  8. popupmtber

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    The Highlander could be an I4, though. That was an option up until 2007. It was rated up to 3k pounds. Crazy as it was the same engine and transmission as in my RAV4, which is only rated up to 1,500 pounds. Didn't think that a transmission cooler would make that much difference. Well, that and more vehicle weight and thus larger brakes.
     

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