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Old 05-23-2017, 04:05 PM   #1
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Tow Escape 19' with Highlander Hybrid?

We newly retired boomers are just getting into the world of travel trailers and, after months of research, are in the market for a used 19' Escape. I've done lot's of research regarding the feasibility of using a HiHy for a TV. Seems that most of the used 19' Escapes come close to the 3500 lb. tow capacity of the Hybrid. Doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room, and we don't want to rule out mountain driving, which would be extra demanding on a vehicle. Before totally ruling out the Hybrid, though (and before deciding which to buy), I thought I'd check in with the forum to see if anyone has actually had any experience -successful or otherwise - towing a 19 footer with the Highlander Hybrid (V-6, AWD). Thanks for any feedback! John
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Old 05-23-2017, 04:54 PM   #2
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We newly retired boomers are just getting into the world of travel trailers and, after months of research, are in the market for a used 19' Escape. I've done lot's of research regarding the feasibility of using a HiHy for a TV. Seems that most of the used 19' Escapes come close to the 3500 lb. tow capacity of the Hybrid. Doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room, and we don't want to rule out mountain driving, which would be extra demanding on a vehicle. Before totally ruling out the Hybrid, though (and before deciding which to buy), I thought I'd check in with the forum to see if anyone has actually had any experience -successful or otherwise - towing a 19 footer with the Highlander Hybrid (V-6, AWD). Thanks for any feedback! John
It is my guess that the Highlander Hybrid would *not* have enough torque to be peppy as you'd want it.

for example - merging onto a moving freeway.

or getting up a mountain ... faster than 40 mph, for example.

and I dont think it would have enough 'capacity' to really make you feel safe and secure.

Do you already own the Highlander Hybrid?
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:32 PM   #3
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The 19's exceed towing capacity of 3500. You would need the nonhybrid version.
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Old 05-23-2017, 06:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for feedback, LA. No, have not bought the Highlander yet, but looking more and more like we'll have to go with the gas only with it's 5000 tow capacity.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:45 PM   #5
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No, have not bought the Highlander yet, but looking more and more like we'll have to go with the gas only with it's 5000 tow capacity.
It's not even a question. Depending on the trailer options you'll be around 4,000 lbs with a fully loaded (ready to camp) 19. Definitely recommend 5,000 lb tow capacity.
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