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Max-4

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Posted: 09/08/21 02:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So are we saying that I will struggle with a V6 Toyota Highlander with 5000 pounds towing capacity pulling a 3900 pound gross weight 21' travel trailer? I'm not talking dry weight, most of the trailers I quoted above are under 4000 pounds gross weight. Thanks

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I wouldn't worry about aluminum siding. We've had both and I prefer aluminum. It's rare to find a fiberglass unit over 5yrs old without delamination. It's not unusual to find 20yr old aluminum trailers where it may look dated but otherwise in perfect condition.

Probably the biggest concern I see with the Wolf Pup is it only has 780lb of cargo capacity. 80lb of propane, 60lb battery and 200lb of water...and you've eaten up 50% of your capacity...For a family of 4 staying under 1200-1500lb takes effort. That means you are will be tempted to put more gear in the truck and overload the truck.

Check the payload sticker on the door (or better swing by a CAT scale and find the real weights and check vs the truck GVWR)...I did a quick online search and 13XXlb payload seems to by typical.
- 4 people at 150lb = 600lb (the kids will grow)
- Hitch weight should be up around 600lb
- Hitch might weigh 100lb
- That's it, don't pack a cooler or anything else in the truck or you are over weight.


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Posted: 09/08/21 03:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you looked at Taylor Coach? They'll build custom (but you'd have to wait for it) and their units are relatively light weight.


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Does the Highlander have a receiver and 7way plug? Seems like a pop up trailer would be better to start with. Your mirrors will work without replacing them. What size v6, 3 liter? It’s built on the Camry platform.

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Max-4 wrote:

So are we saying that I will struggle with a V6 Toyota Highlander with 5000 pounds towing capacity pulling a 3900 pound gross weight 21' travel trailer? I'm not talking dry weight, most of the trailers I quoted above are under 4000 pounds gross weight. Thanks


It may or may not be. You need to determine payload needs and limits for the vehicle, cargo capacity and needs for the trailers (some trailers will use up the cargo capacity just by filling the fresh water tank), road types and terrain, distance, and so on.

You have to look at more than just those two numbers (gvwr and tow capacity) to determine if it will work.

In addition, with four kids in the car, you may not feel comfortable towing something that "pushes" you down a grade. So that may mean going lighter than you are estimating.

You might see about renting or borrowing a trailer of similar weight and size and see how it feels to tow it before making a decision.


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Max-4 wrote:

So are we saying that I will struggle with a V6 Toyota Highlander with 5000 pounds towing capacity pulling a 3900 pound gross weight 21' travel trailer?


3900 pounds is almost 80 percent of the Highlander's absolute maximum capacity - and that's before even considering the weight of passengers and their possessions riding in the vehicle.

A lot of folks (including myself) regard 80 percent as being the dividing line between "adequate" and "dangerous under certain conditions".

Also, 21 feet is quite a bit of trailer for a mid-sized SUV. You're definitely going to the effects of crosswinds and passing semi trucks.

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capacitor wrote:

Does the Highlander have a receiver and 7way plug? Seems like a pop up trailer would be better to start with. Your mirrors will work without replacing them. What size v6, 3 liter? It’s built on the Camry platform.


My 2017 Toyota Highlander AWD has a 3.5L V6 and makes 295hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. It has a max tow rating of 5000 pounds and I do have a proper hitch installed but I will have to upgrade from a 4 way to a 7 way plug and get a trailer brake controller installed, not a problem.

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Can we get some information about build quality with the listed units above? Thanks

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Max-4 wrote:

Can we get some information about build quality with the listed units above? Thanks


Neither Thor nor Forest River regularly get rave reviews for their build quality. They're huge conglomerates, and build products with an eye towards minimizing labor and materials expenses, and maximizing profits.

In this regard, some of the smaller, independent brands are considerably better.

Since you're in Canada - Have you looked at Escape or Bigfoot?

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I bought a new fiberglass 2003 R-Vision TT in 2003 and towed this trailer for over 15 years with no delamination issues or problems with the front, rear, sides or roof whatsoever. And it set outside all the time on storage lots in hot Texas and Nevada sun when not in use. It was maintained well by me. So earlier statement about delamination issues on 5 year old fiberglass trailers is malarkey. This like saying most new red cars will have faded paint after 5 years.

These days I see a of a lot more fiberglass trailers on the road than aluminum ones. Cheers

* This post was edited 09/08/21 09:10pm by NamMedevac 70 *

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