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Old 02-01-2015, 06:20 PM   #131
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I've read this thread several times in an attempt to figure out frontal load limits. Thank you!


If you mean frontal area like in post #52, someone else will have to answer that.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:37 PM   #132
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Got it!

Thanks ..cpaharley and gbaglo. All this towing stuff is new as we had a class c.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:48 PM   #133
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If you mean frontal area like in post #52, someone else will have to answer that.
It started there....and went on to "frontal area not to exceed 55 sq ft ".

I believe my question was answered...I just would hate to buy a TV only to find out...it's not going to be adequate.
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:19 PM   #134
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How's this: We bought a used 17B; the owner used a 4WD or really AWD Highlander. We had a Murano and it was rated at 3500#. It did OK, but I was primarily worried about the CVT transmission and we had a bad experience on a gravel road with grade. Sooo....we bought an AWD Highlander and it was a great TV for the 17B. Would definitely get one with the factory tow package and hitch. It's integrated somewhat into the rear bumper and will be higher than an aftermarket hitch. You'll also get a trans cooler and a larger alternator.
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Old 02-01-2015, 09:12 PM   #135
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Yes, you definitely want a factory installed towing upgrade which includes both heavy duty cooling and transmission cooling as well as heavier structural components.
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:58 PM   #136
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You're awesome....thanks!
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:46 AM   #137
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tow it easily with a 3.5 litre v6.. lots around
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:52 AM   #138
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Yes, you definitely want a factory installed towing upgrade which includes both heavy duty cooling and transmission cooling as well as heavier structural components.
I agree that any available factory towing preparation package is advisable; however, they are not all the same.

Some include heavy duty engine cooling (example: Toyota Sienna starting 2007 has an engine oil cooler in the package), but many do not. Most have extra transmission cooling (example: Toyota Sienna up to 2006), but some do not (example: Toyota Sienna starting 2007). Some have suspension enhancements, but I doubt very many have any structural difference (example: Toyota Sienna and related models have no suspension or structure differences with the package). Some have other features (such as a shorter final drive ratio, or even an entirely different axle in a towing & payload package).

All my examples above are from the Toyota Sienna because I know it and it works for this purpose, but this isn't unique to this make or model. Towing package content varies, depending on what the vehicle needs to be reliable and effective under sustained high load.
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Old 02-02-2015, 12:57 AM   #139
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tow it easily with a 3.5 litre v6.. lots around
No one should use power as the only barometer in choosing the right TV. As mentioned previously, the Murano was plenty powerful enough of a motor, yet it was not really well suited to tow our 17B. All Nissan offers is a Class I hitch. No tow package available. Doesn't that say a lot about it not being a good choice for towing of a travel trailer?
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:15 AM   #140
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...we bought an AWD Highlander and it was a great TV for the 17B. Would definitely get one with the factory tow package and hitch. It's integrated somewhat into the rear bumper and will be higher than an aftermarket hitch.
A friend of mine was buying a 2015 Highlander so I had a look at the hitch. The OEM accessory hitch is nicely integrated and looks good, but it also protrudes rearward more, which might be an irritation (think shins...). The OEM receiver is higher, but I don't know if the aftermarket ones are low enough to be a concern of any kind.

There were none on the dealer lots around here so I didn't get a chance to see how they compare structurally - this situation has changed between earlier generations of the Highlander, so it might have changed again. In any case, I'm sure the OEM hitch will be solid and well-mounted, judging from other Toyota models and earlier Highlanders; aftermarket hitches for the 2015 Highlander are solid too.
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