Originally Posted by bredlo
That sounds a tad alarmist, don't you think? I mean, think of the horsepower, braking power and superior handling of a Highlander compared with many cars of the 60's that were routinely pulling 27' and longer trailers.
I'm not saying there aren't some less-than-responsible towing combos out there, but suicidal? I dunno.
Actually I do know a couple that have even 50's car that tow Airstream's. The horse power on most (V8's) exceed the Highlander's horsepower also most have had disk brakes installed which are bigger and have more stopping power then the Highlander. One other thing to consider is all of those cars have frames much beefier then most Toyota's. Also most have longer wheel bases then the Highlander.
I believe the towing weight of the 25 is around 7500 lbs. I have a crew cab 2006 Tacoma and it cannot tow that rig safely. I was told that by Toyota and my AS dealer. The reason I know this is because the 25 was my first choice rather then the 19.The tow rating on my Tacoma I believe is about 1100 lbs more then the Highlander. My truck is also 21 ft long and has truck suspension, the Highlander doesn't. I live in So California and have been through the dreaded Grapevine many times with my current TV and trailer configuration and I can say that it wasn't dangerous in anyway but if it were a 25 footer behind me I can say with confidence that if in fact I did make it up and down that hill in one piece, I would have either sold the trailer or bought a new TV.
Sorry I don't mean to be disrespectful but I am sticking to my guns and say that towing a 25 ft Airstream with a Highlander is asking for huge problems. I wish someone else who is in either car or the RV business chime in and confirm to you what I have been saying.