Guys, the Rockwood Mini Lite travel trailers by Forest River are all capable of being towed by the '08 Highlander. Slightly smaller than than the Rockwood Roo series, they are pretty much the same layout.
What I like about the Roo versus this layout is you can maximize your living space, without taking down and setting up the bed every day (I mean when you are parked for a few days). The same size Mini Lite, even with a Murphy bed (which would require daily set-up and take down), would have less living space. Looking at the Mini Lite 2304, for example, would also require daily set-up and take down of my son's bed. With the Roo (or another Hybrid), you have a bed on either end that does not take up living space when set up.
Of course, one of the drawbacks of Hybrids (especially those built prior to 2007), is leakage around the front bed while travelling, and both beds, if not ventilated properly while open. I have been getting my infor from: http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/boa...s/forum/68.cfm
Question: I also read (in a few places, actually) that it is not recommended that the GVWR of a trailer exceed 80% of your towing vehicles towing capacity, which, in the Highlander's case, would be 4,000lbs. Anyone else hear anything like this? This is apparently coming from people who have been there, done that. One odd thing is that (using the Rockwood MiniLite 2304 as an example) the unloaded vehicle weight is 3,039 lbs, and the GVWR is 4,310 lbs. Basically, they are saying that the maximum cargo and fluid weight of the trailer cannot exceed 1,281 lbs....that seems like alot of weight for cargo, food, etc. If I was to get this trailer, I doubt I would exceed 4000 lbs, anyway, but even if I did, I wouldn't worry too much about hauling a 4300 lb trailer. I don't know.
The GVWR of my hard top is just over 2,000 lbs, and it is the only trailer I ever towed, so I do not have too much to compare too. That being said, the maximum towing capacity on my 05 4-cylinder Camry was 2,000 lbs, and I wouldn't be shocked if, on occassion, the trailer exceeded 2000 lbs, and you definitely felt it (glad it was a lease and no longer my problem). I towed this trailer from Moncton, New Brunswick, up the Mass and NY turnpikes, to Darien, NY (just outside of Buffalo....roughly 1500 km one way) with no problems aside from the obvious additional weight. No increase in engine temperature whatsoever, and these were hot and humid summer days.
...so, I am just curious what weights people are hauling with their HLs and what concerns you have from doing so, if you are nearling the 5000 lb threshold.