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Old 11-06-2013, 11:20 AM   #51
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Does the Highlander have a 7 blade trailer harness connector installed ?
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:54 AM   #52
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I believe it is four -- and we convert to seven?
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #53
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The 7 pole Rv connector is necessary for Escape trailers.
If you have a 4 wire connector additional circuits are necessary for battery positive (charge) and the brake control. Discuss this with the vehicle dealer or a credible trailer service company.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:59 PM   #54
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I had something similar to this installed so I could still tow my utility trailer with the 4 wire connector without an adapter.

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Old 11-06-2013, 08:48 PM   #55
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Does the Highlander have a 7 blade trailer harness connector installed ?
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Nope, no 7 blade connector on the Highlander. You either have it done or you can do-it-youself,

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Old 11-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #56
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Which model Ruthe? The spec's I found say 2000# towing?
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never mind, another list shows 5000#, for the limited, just check your manual
Yes - definitely read the manual! Even though you know your basic towing capacity limit, there's a substantial section of towing information there. I download the PDF version, which I find easier to search than the paper copy.

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5000# towing. It is the Limited. We made sure to check that it had heavy duty radiator with engine oil cooler,transmission oil cooler w/water cooler, 150 amp alternator and pre-wire harness
The trim level (such as "Limited") probably doesn't matter at all to towing capacity; it is that towing prep package (primarily the radiator and engine oil cooler) that is required for the higher towing capacity. Non-Toyota lists could say anything, and may assume that the Limited always has the towing preparation package and other trim levels never do, even if that is not the case.

All V6 2007-2013 non-hybrid Highlanders have the 2GR-FE engine, which needs that engine oil cooler for maximum towing capacity... just like the Sienna with the same engine.
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #57
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Brian is correct. The model (trim) doesn't matter. The 2008 and later, non-hybrid, Highlanders with the factory tow package are rated for 5,000 lbs. Without the tow package, it's 3,500 lbs. The tow package is a US option for all models, including the Limited. In Canada, the tow package is standard.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:11 PM   #58
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My tow, a '96 Tahoe, came with a brake controller, age/origin unknown, and 7-pin. There never seemed a problem. I always thought that blue wire was doing its proper job and the tow was charging the battery.

I opted for the Escape supplied brake controller.* The latest technology made sense to me. It took longer than usual for Reece's guy to do the install because it turns out the Tahoe wiring had not been done right, even though months earlier my mechanic checked it out at my request during routine servicing.

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