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Old 01-19-2010, 09:55 PM   #29
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Brad, a quick question: you didn't use the cruise control because of the high-revving engine noise, right? I assume that it would have held the speed. Having driven a lot of CVT-equipped cars, I know their noise characteristics.

With "responsible" speed management, I can get 15 out of our Odyssey towing the Minuet. I'm also surprised (and impressed) the HiHy could do that towing a heavier 25'.

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If someone sold him a 25 footer with a Highlander as a TV they need to be brought up on charges because that's dangerous if not suicidal.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:00 PM   #30
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Ok.. so here's the update (I started the thread).. We ended up buying another TT..A fiberglass 17ft and towed it for about 6 mos. We liked it, but it had a wet bath and we just didn't think it was going to fit our longer goals.. So I always looked on the internet for Bambi's - I found a 2008 19ft and just went for it.. We picked it up in Vegas with the Highlander and drove it to Florida and back to SF (bay area)..Took it out a couple of times to Yosemite and So Cal.. To be honest the Highlander performed well, but the white knuckle experience going up & down hills we're a tad stressful. We had plans for a Colorado trip and I just knew the Highlander wouldn't be the best choice..would it have made the trip, probably would I have fun towing it..definitely not. We ended up getting F150 (short bed) and really love it, towing is a breeze and I never feel like there's a possible safety issue..

If I had to do all over again.. I would just get the truck!
Now imagine what it would have been like towing a 25 footer with almost twice the GVW. Do you think your Highlander could have cut it?
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:19 PM   #31
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If someone sold him a 25 footer with a Highlander as a TV they need to be brought up on charges because that's dangerous if not suicidal.
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.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:59 AM   #32
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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.
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I know a guy that tows a 914/6 race car with a Jetta.

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I'm new so any feedback would be great. Currently it tows a small vintage Shasta fine. Reading that Airstream will be easier to tow...
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What an entertaining read this post has been. Right now I'm thinking about getting a cooler of beer and a lawn chair positioned at the turn at the bottom of the hill and waiting for the Highlanders towing a 25' AS to drive by. Should be as entertaining as a boat launch on the first summer holiday weekend.
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