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Old 12-13-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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I am planning on replacing my Lil Snoozy with an Escape (have not decided on size yet).
I also plan to buy a Toyota Highlander as the TV.
Will I need a weight distribution hitch or sway bars?
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:43 AM   #2
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We have a 2013 Escape 19 and tow it with a 2011 Highlander and use an antisway/weight distribution hitch. I have towed a boat of similar weight without a WDH with the Highlander and it tows better with one (greater sense of control, less rear sag on vehicle, less cross wind effect). I would get one for an Escape 17 or larger when towing with this vehicle.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:55 AM   #3
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Are you planning on v6?
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:01 PM   #4
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A properly equipped Highlander is rated to tow 5000 lbs.
I see no reason why a Highlander would not be a suitable tow vehicle for an Escape 15 or an Escape 17B.
I believe several members of this forum tow with a Highlander
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:01 PM   #5
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Would strongly recommend a V6!
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:09 PM   #6
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We have a 2013 Escape 19 and tow it with a 2011 Highlander and use an antisway/weight distribution hitch. I have towed a boat of similar weight without a WDH with the Highlander and it tows better with one (greater sense of control, less rear sag on vehicle, less cross wind effect). I would get one for an Escape 17 or larger when towing with this vehicle.
Have 2017 Escape 19 and 2012 Highlander with tow prep package to give us 5,000# capacity. We use a Fastway E2 Trunnion WDH and our experience was that it towed great - a definite sense of control and solid feel.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:12 PM   #7
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Yes, I plan to get the V6, AWD - tow rating of 5000 lbs
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:13 PM   #8
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If you are not buying new check on tow capacity. Earlier years it was 3500 now 5000.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:14 PM   #9
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Yes, I plan to get the V6, AWD - tow rating of 5000 lbs
You will be all set for everything Escape but the 5.0 TA.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:22 PM   #10
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We tow our 2017 Escape 21 with a 2017 Highlander XLE and are very happy with the combination. The Highlander is the most comfortable long distance driving vehicle I have ever owned and even in the mountains of BC, towing performance was excellently for us.
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