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Old 05-12-2019, 02:54 PM   #1
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tow vehicle for 21' trailer

Currently have a 17b and am thinking of getting a 21. Pull with a 2016 Highlander Limited awd with tow package 5000/500.
Will this be okay for the 21 trailer?
Anybody pulling the 21 with a highlander? I know there are lots using it with a 19'.
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:37 PM   #2
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There are several E21/Highlander combo's here, Iowa Dave comes to mind.
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim,
Do you know if he has new model?
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:58 PM   #5
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Any Highlanders towing 21 ft?

Are there any Toyota Highlanders towing a 21' ? Or any tow vehicles with 5000/500 tow rating pulling a 21'?
Would like to get a 21' trailer and have a 2016 Toyota Highlander... will it work okay?
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:59 PM   #6
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Thanks, I found him. He has the older model.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:01 PM   #7
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There are several E21/Highlander combo's here, Iowa Dave comes to mind.
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Do you know if he has new model?
"The new model" presumably means either the 2013-2019 or third generation of the Highlander, or the revised version which started in model year 2016. There is a new-for-model-year-2020 version which has been announced but will not be available until the end of this year.

You can check Iowa Dave's profile for information and links to his threads and posts... but it says that he has a 2018 Highlander, which would be functionally identical to a 2016 Highlander.

For anyone looking to buy new, it looks like the 2020 Highlander uses the same engine (2GR-FKS) and 8-speed automatic transmission as the 2016 through 2018 Highlander; however, the 2019 has a slightly (2.4" or 61 mm) longer wheelbase, (all added in the cargo area), a new platform (so structure is different and suspension is revised and could be different in design), and revised AWD control... and of course it has more electronic stuff.
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:38 PM   #8
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Hi Brian,
Sorry, I meant the new model trailer. I think the older model was lighter. I bought the 17b and have the newer model escape and it did weigh more than the previous 17b.
I like my Highlander but am concerned about the trailer weight. It's rated for 5000/500 as is the new highlander. Mine has 6 speed not 8 like the newer ones. It is very responsive.
Is the longer wheel base better in the 2019? It still is 5000/500.
It seems lots of folks have heavy loads on the hitch weight for the 21.
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We do have the 2018 Highlander. It’s been very good to date. I will be in for regular service tomorrow at 27,500 miles at one year and a few days. Will service again by about July 15 after Osoyoos, Fort Wayne, Fort Collins and perhaps Wainfleet, not sure yet. I’m doing what I want while I still can. You never know.
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I had mentioned the higher weight of the new 21s in another thread and was corrected by another member: Escape 17B and Durango/Jeep GC -- V6 or V8. The new one is about 160 lbs heavier than the old one, before options.

On the "Actual Weights" spreadsheet over at FGRV forums (Trailer Weights in the Real World - Page 24 - Fiberglass RV), there is only one 2nd gen 21' listed, and at 4700 lbs (loaded) it is about 260 lbs heavier than the heaviest 1st gen model listed. No idea if that is including fluids or what options are installed. Tongue weight is listed right at 450. So it seems that with judicious loading you could be within your limits. And if you order new, you could consider customizing to limit added weight from options.

We have a 2015 Highlander, and I sat down and did some math one day based on the capacities listed in the owners manual. I was surprised to find out how little of the GCWR was leftover if towing at rated capacity. I do not have the exact numbers handy, but I figured that if towing 5,000 lbs, you were really only left with about 400 lbs of stuff you could put in the car. A full tank of gas takes up about 130lbs of that, which only leaves 270 lbs for you and any passengers and gear.

As with any other TV thread, you will get some owners who tell you they routinely push their limit, while others won't tow over 50% of what their vehicle can handle. Most people who chime in (like me) won't have direct experience with your setup. You might try the Escape Facebook group in addition to asking here.
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