2008 Highlander w/Tow Pkg 4WD 3.5L 270hp V6
We are torn between the 16ft & 19ft Bambi.. The tow/pkg allows for 5000# towing capacity. Car load capacity 1,200# (passenger & cargo).. using 10% of 5000#, the Tonque load is 500#.. If understand Toyota Manual correctly the Tounge Weight is factor in the car's GVWR of 6000# (making the above car load approx 700#)..
As I talk to various AS dealers I get conflicting information.. Basically hearing that the tow rating is more about Stopping & Steering and that 2008 Highlander can easily handle the 19ft Safari w/GVWRi of 4500# & Hitch of 480
With the 16ft coming in at 3500# & Hitch of 430..
The argument is you don't need more engine to keep a vehicle moving once it's rolling..
Since we never tow'd before and we really want to do what's right.. Any other thoughts would be great as we are close to making a decision.. We like the more room of the 19ft & the cost isn't too different, we just don't want to overextend the vehicle and be "white knuckling it" all the time.. a little is ok.. plus we don't want to destroy the Highlander..