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Old 04-13-2018, 04:26 PM   #1
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Question Towing vehicle for 19' Escape

I read that the 19' Escape can be towed with a vehicle with a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. minimum. We have a Toyota Highlander with a towing package with which we tow our 16' Scamp. The towing package on the Highlander brings it's towing capacity up to 5000 lbs. We are close to purchasing a 19' Escape. We are wondering if we can use our current Toyota Highlander to tow it successfully. Does anyone have experience using this vehicle (or a similar one) to tow a 19' Escape? Do we need a higher towing capacity vehicle to ensure a comfortable driving experience with the Escape? Driving up hills, etc.? I know this depends partly on how much weight we'll be hauling in the new Escape. I doubt if we'll ever exceed 5000 lbs. GVWR. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:40 PM   #2
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IowaDave towed their 19 for many many thousands of miles with their Highlander and now he (as we do) tows a 21' with a Highlander. I have been more than pleased with our experiences with the Highlander as a tow.

We bought the Highlander on the recommedations of Dave and LeonW who also tows a 21 with his.
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AFAIK, there is a big difference on the GCWR on Highlanders depending upon whether it is 2017 or earlier. Need to look at the numbers.
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Old 04-13-2018, 05:02 PM   #4
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IowaDave towed their 19 for many many thousands of miles with their Highlander and now he (as we do) tows a 21' with a Highlander. I have been more than pleased with our experiences with the Highlander as a tow.

We bought the Highlander on the recommedations of Dave and LeonW who also tows a 21 with his.
Our experience is as Eric indicated. We have towed the two Escapes over 40,000 combined miles. We use a weight distributing hitch , the Pro Tow sold by Escape came with our 19 worked fine. Out Highlander is a 2012 with 180,000 miles on it. Our 19 was a first generation model which weighed 3680 and a 420 lb. tongue weight. The new 19s weigh a little more but not any more than our first gen. 21 that we have now and it tows well also. We have pulled over numerous mountain passes and it’s been our experience that we usually end up behind a truck where we stay on single lane roads. I’ve not had a problem going uphill and have advised many that the technique of downshifting the shiftable transmission and very judicious use of the brakes for a very controlled descent will stand you in good stead. While others with Highlander experience or lack of it may lead them to an opinion other than ours, when I buy my next tow vehicle it will most likely be another Highlander. ( and Toyota doesn’t send me any referral checks) but the fine folks at Escape certainly have. We’ve been coast to coast and border to border and then some as they used to say about clear channel AM radio stations.
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:10 PM   #5
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Thanks, everyone for your quick responses. We are going to call Escape and order our 19 footer in the next few days.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:10 PM   #6
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I will be picking up my 19 in a couple of months and will be towing with a 2017 Highlander XLE. Was a bit unsure about that too until reading on this forum of the success others have had with this combo!
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:16 PM   #7
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New style 19 tows just fine with our 2012 Highlander equipped with the tow package.
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Old 04-29-2018, 10:27 AM   #8
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New style 19 tows just fine with our 2012 Highlander equipped with the tow package.
Just a PS for anyone considering a second generation Highlander (2007-13) - we recently learned that the tow package came standard equipment on the 2013 non-Hybrid models. So, if you have a 2013 you are set with the 5,000# capacity, whereas any other year it will be hit or miss.
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:58 AM   #9
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What brand of towing product do you use to tow your trailers? I have heard so many good reviews about Blue Ox Towing products. Any other suggestions?
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What brand of towing product do you use to tow your trailers? I have heard so many good reviews about Blue Ox Towing products. Any other suggestions?
If you're talking about a weight distribution hitch, there are several that will do a great job with a Highlander. The pro series Escape sells works fine, although I'd probably go with the Fastway E2 they also sell as an option.
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