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Old 03-20-2015, 04:37 PM   #11
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A word of warning to you OP... We have the Lexus RX with the tow package and decided the 17B would be perfect for us. Then we got the Escape highly contagious "two-foot-itis" disease and ended up ordering a 21 instead. Now we need to get a new tow vehicle (will be borrowing an F250 at first).

If you can avoid the disease then the RX will be a great tow vehicle for you, and yes the tow package does include the heavy duty radiator.

Funny....you're not the only one I've heard suggesting that while one may be "set" on a 17...I should REALLY consider the 19!
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:42 PM   #12
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My buddy has the 19 and we camp together. When we gather for a meal or cards, we always end up in his 19 with the four person dinette.
And, my wife in particular appreciates the extra four inches width, which avoids the dance that occurs when one person trys to get past the other in the kitchen area.
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:56 PM   #13
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Great information, first I am thrilled to know from Jill that our Rx 350 would do fine towing a 17' escape.
Let me walk first before I start running and getting a larger TT, may be its time will also come in the future. As novices we will be more than happy if our daily driver could do the towing duties. We would rather not make 2 purchases at the same time, i.e a Trailer & a larger TV.
This will be our first ever Trailer, so we are sticking with a 17'B Escape or a 16' Casita Deluxe, former sounds more enticing than the latter one.
DW loves her RX 350, even though a Highlander will tow 5000 lbs I would rather not ruffle her feathers and take on DW's wants. Who said that- Mama not happy no one at home is happy.
Thanks much every body for your experiences/opinions. Please have them coming in.

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Old 03-20-2015, 04:58 PM   #14
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Great information, first I am thrilled to know from Jill that our Rx 350 would do fine towing a 17' escape.
Let me walk first before I start running and getting a larger TT, may be its time will also come in the future. As novices we will be more than happy if our daily driver could do the towing duties. We would rather not make 2 purchases at the same time, i.e a Trailer & a larger TV.
This will be our first ever Trailer, so we are sticking with a 17'B Escape or a 16' Casita Deluxe, former sounds more enticing than the latter one.
DW loves her RX 350, even though a Highlander will tow 5000 lbs I would rather not ruffle her feathers and take on DW's wants. Who said that- Mama not happy no one at home is happy.
Thanks much every body for your experiences/opinions. Please have them coming in.

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The 16 foot Casitas also have only 5'10" head room in case you're taller.
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Old 03-20-2015, 06:34 PM   #15
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DW loves her RX 350...
I know exactly how she feels. The RX is the most comfortable car I've ever driven. Feels like I'm driving down the road in my living room!
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:47 PM   #16
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Two-foot-itis is a very contagious disease that can seriously affect current trailer owners and others who are in the market and looking at various trailers. You can be perfectly healthy one minute and be infected as soon as you step into a trailer larger than the ones you have been looking at. This has happened to us on two occasions but since the trailer is in the planning stage it required less medication. The only known cure is to take several thousand dollars out of checking and call ETI in the morning. Loren
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:05 PM   #17
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Interesting that the tow rating is 3500# vs. 5000 for Highlander even though the drivetrain for the 2008 on are same. We started our towing life with a 17B and Nissan Murano that was rated at 3500. After two trips we felt we needed something beefier. I would look into this more with the Lexus.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:26 PM   #18
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Although I need to look in the engine to make sure the Transmission Cooler is present, the sale papers do mention that it has towing package.
It really doesn't matter exactly what Toyota included in the towing preparation package, as long as you have it. If it needs extra transmission cooling, it will have that. Package or not, it will have a transmission fluid cooler, because they all do - it is almost certainly built into one end of the radiator, and you can trace the plumbing between the transmission and the radiator if you are interested. Extra transmission cooling is often just a larger cooler inside the radiator (which you can't see) and perhaps a larger radiator (which isn't obvious by appearance unless you have comparison examples).

The RX350 has the 2GR-FE engine. Siennas with the same engine do not have a larger transmission cooler for the towing package, but they do have an engine oil cooler added. Again, your model has what Toyota determined is needed... if it actually has the towing preparation package.

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Check with your auto dealership, give them your vin number and they can check to see if your towing package included extra cooling. I did that with my Hyundai SantaFe. They informed me that with my factory towing package I was all set to go, extra cooling and all. Also check your owners manual under towing, it should give you your towing capacity and tongue weight.
I agree. If there is any uncertainty about the towing package, ask Toyota. Certainly read the manual!

After reading the manual, it should be possible to determine if the RX can tow 3500 pounds of Escape 17 and at the same time carry whatever the planned passenger and in-the-tug cargo is planned.

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Interesting that the tow rating is 3500# vs. 5000 for Highlander even though the drivetrain for the 2008 on are same.
Interesting, but I don't find it surprising. The Sienna, RAV4, Camry, ES350, and who knows what else also have the same engine and the same or related transmissions. Towing rating is affected by several other factors which vary by model.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:34 PM   #19
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Agree Brian, however the RX350 & Highlander are equivalent in most respects. Good reminder to not assume anything.
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Old 03-21-2015, 01:38 PM   #20
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I have a 2008 Lexus 400h (hybrid) and have pulled my Escape 17B over 15,000 miles without any problem whatsoever. The car has a “Towing Package” (whatever that is) from the dealer. The Highlander and Sienna (both by Toyota) with Towing Package are also excellent vehicles for pulling the Escape 17B. I wish you good luck on your travels.
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