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Old 03-12-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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19ft Escape and 2015 Toyota Highlander

Looking for opinions on whether my 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum with the tow package would make a good tug for a 19 ft Escape, keeping in mind that we frequently travel over mountain passes. Currently we're pulling a 16 ft Scamp and we hardly notice we towing. I know the numbers work but am wondering how much the towing experience will be negatively impacted by the heavier trailer. Appreciate any comments.
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:00 PM   #2
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Should work fine. Others here have similar combos. You will slow down on the highest steepest grades but that is pretty typical unless you opt for a torquey full size pickup.
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:11 PM   #3
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I know the specs on the Highlander are OK for the Escape 19. We upgraded from a Casita 17' to an Escape 19' towing with a 4.0L 4Runner. Although we are well within the tow capacity for both trailers (5000 lb capacity on the 4Runner) what I can say is that with the 19' we know we have a load behind us when compared to the Casita. No problems on any mountain pass, etc but you know you have a load
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:46 PM   #4
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That's what I was kinda thinking. The Highlander tows our 16 ft Scamp like there's nothing there (which we really like!) and we're a little fearful that towing a 19 ft Escape will be on the top end for towing and we'd struggle a little going over high mountain passes. Hubby really worries about stressing the tow vehicle and probably would stress with this combination. BUT we really like the Escape...
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Old 03-12-2017, 10:58 PM   #5
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Towed the Escape 17 with my 2007 FJ Cruiser, 4.0L, V6, 5000 + 500.
I never knew it was there and I'm not worried about the FJ / 19 at all. You'll be fine IMHO.
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:29 PM   #6
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Our 2013 Highlander has been a great SUV and a good tow vehicle for our 19. If you want to climb steep mountain passes with ease it's not the vehicle for you but a great all round vehicle capable of towing a 19. Since you already own the Highlander I would use it towing the 19 with a WDH. I wouldn't be concerned about stressing the vehicle, i.e. downshifting on the hills and running at a higher rpm. We change the fluids more often and haven't had a problem towing long distances including steep mountain passes.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:27 AM   #7
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We tow the fully loaded 19 with a 2012 Highlander. We've pulled a lot of mountain passes without any problems. A fairly high percentage of the time we are held up by truck traffic, underpowered overloaded smaller vehicles, and especially drivers who do not know how to maintain road speed going up steep grades or are panicky going down. I'm not afraid to buzz the engine or challenge the transmission with self shifting. 143,000 miles, no problems. Use your head, pay attention to the grade at hand and watch the road. Many people have navigated the grade ahead of you with less power, poorer brakes no power steering, and older rigs. You can do it with your Highlander. People who doubt this in forum print are in the same class with those who honk or make gestures. They do not qualify as fellow motorists in my opinion.
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We tow the fully loaded 19 with a 2012 Highlander. We've pulled a lot of mountain passes without any problems. A fairly high percentage of the time we are held up by truck traffic, underpowered overloaded smaller vehicles, and especially drivers who do not know how to maintain road speed going up steep grades or are panicky going down. I'm not afraid to buzz the engine or challenge the transmission with self shifting. 143,000 miles, no problems. Use your head, pay attention to the grade at hand and watch the road. Many people have navigated the grade ahead of you with less power, poorer brakes no power steering, and older rigs. You can do it with your Highlander. People who doubt this in forum print are in the same class with those who honk or make gestures. They do not qualify as fellow motorists in my opinion.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:56 AM   #9
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We towed a 19' with a 2015 Highlander for about a year without any problems. It was a great vehicle until... Well we wont go there today but the problem was not with the Highlander.
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:57 AM   #10
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I think the weight of your overall load plays a big role here. IME, towing our 19 with our V6 4Runner (also 5000 lbs tow capacity) was "ok" in the Colorado mountains as long as it was just me and one passenger. But once loaded up with our two kids, bikes for four, full water tank, etc. I found it to be less than adequate, so we ultimately went with a bigger tow vehicle.
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