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Old 07-05-2017, 09:59 AM   #15
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Tow capacity, engine size is our std eval device, but brake/ rotor size, frame strength/size, wheelbase (and track width) as well as wheel/tire size (traction) are commonly neglected. 20' trailer ...highlander is marginal in my opinion.
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Old 08-17-2017, 12:24 PM   #16
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I presently own a 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum, 6 cylinder. I am looking for help with sizing an Airstream that would be towable wthout overmaxing the TV. Toyota's specs say 5000 lb max tow and 500 lb max tongue weight. Looking for a unit I can safely tow that is 19-23' in length. Any suggestions out there? Thanks all...
I had a 2002 Toyota 4-Runner, same engine, and drive train.
I removed my 5000 lb. weight carrying hitch, and installed a7200 lb. wt. dist. hitch. (Husky). I also reduced my tire size from 165-15 to 155-15, to make it easier on the engine/drive train. (lost 2% distance error, but my GPS was true.)

It worked great, towing a 6000 lb. Hi-Lo. 18'er. for over six years.

I eventually traded it in for the Ford F-150 to pull the AS.
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We started out pulling our 2010 19' International with our 2016 Highlander XLE. Twice the trailer went into the dreaded nearly uncontrolled sway situation. The sway control system we have may have been inadequate and the trailer was not optimally loaded, (bikes on the rear and stuff in the trailer behind the axle instead of forward). The Highlander could pull the trailer up steep grades at 60 mph and 70 mph on rolling freeway but it was pretty maxed out. Our current tow vehicle is a 2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with a 6.0 Liter gas engine which has more than enough power for pulling the 19' Airstream. We load the trailer and truck with a lot of stuff, generator, etc. I considered a different sway control system with the Highlander but my significant other lost confidence in the Highlander after the sway incidents.
That's an eye-opening story. What were you using for a sway control? I towed our 19' international with a six cylinder Grand Cherokee and, while I never experienced a sway incident, I read enough about them on here that I traded it in on a one ton truck. I use a single friction sway device.

The 19' is fairly heavy to begin with and the tongue weight on mine is over 800 lb not to mention all the other stuff we take camping. I don't think you need a big diesel to tow it but I definitely wouldn't hook it up to a car.
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Have same TV, rated at 5000#. Have new Sport 16 and just the two of us. If I trade up to longer AS I plan new TV. Just to be safe
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