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post #151 of 202 Old 03-18-2017, 10:14 PM
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Thank you for sharing. I have a small trailer that is set on RV axle. 8 leaf spring. It's a home made trailer, problem with it is it has very short hitch ball receiver arm.
Reason I am asking all this is I can easily load a yard of topsoil into that trailer or 1.5 of bark. That's all I need to haul ever so often. Yard of topsoil is about 1800 lb. Plus trailer.
Simply trying to figure if it will be OK. I love this car, don't want to hurt it.



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I'm looking at getting a hitch mount motorcycle carrier for my 06 hihy. The bike is about 450lb plus mount weight so probably around 500-550lbs. What do people think of this?
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I towed rental stump grinder much heavier than that with my HiHY.



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Yes, but how much of that weight was on the hitch? The mount I'm looking at is the type that just sticks off the back; no wheels or anything, so the full weight would be on the hitch.
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I towed an 1800Lb (that's what rental guy told me) grinder on what looked like 500lb SINGLE AXIS trailer and the only thing I can tell is that he didn't quite balance trailer with the grinder. So there was quite some load on the hitch. Now, my hitch is dealer installed option for HiHy. Rated for 6000lb.
How much of that weight went onto the hitch itself, it's everyone's guess. vehicle crouched for sure but not too bad.



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2017 highlander hybrid towing capacity

I have read online that the regular 2017 hybrid highlander with the v6 engine has the same horse power as the hybrid V6 highlander. I read that the towing capacity for the regular gas version highlander can tow 5000 lbs. For some reason the hybrid highlander with the same engine and also have the additional motor as a hybrid can only tow 3500lbs. Trying to understand why it should be less and if there is any way to reverse this so the hybrid can tow 5000 lbs. I am thinking of getting a boat and 3500 may not cut it.
I like the idea of getting a hybrid for the extra mileage - we do a lot of driving on trips.
Anyone understand why the hybrids get less towing capacity?
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It's not same engine. Engine is downgraded on horse power because of the electric motor.
Also, there is no mechanical connection between engine and transmission, so to speak. It is all done via motor generator this is why they had to water down towing capacity. You can fry MG.
Final answer is - don't.



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About towing, electric vs Hybrid, this is the first we?ve found that can do it other than the Tesla SUV, but I have a question. Keep seeing online and hearing from our dealer 3500 lbs for the HiHy, but when I finally got my hands on our and read the manual fine print, that?s with a BRAKED trailer. The manual says it?s only 1000 lbs UN-BRAKED. Based on all we read and were told we thought we were well within specs with only a 1300 lb pop up camper. Did we screw up? Will pulling our un-braked camper void our warranty?



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Thanks, ukrkoz, but didn't see my question addressed in any of the links to discussions you provided, so I'm posing the question again on the one by stout, the only one I could find posted this year and re:2017 model. If I missed one relevant to the un-braked towing capacity please forgive me, new to this forum.
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My question i this: Everyone keeps saying 3500 lbs for the HiHy, but when I finally got my hands on ours and read the manual fine print, that's with a BRAKED trailer. The manual says it's only 1000 lbs UN-BRAKED. Based on all we read and were told we thought we were well within specs with only a 1300 lb pop up camper. Did we screw up? Will pulling our un-braked camper void our warranty?
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Your towing specs - and thank you for reading through all the experiences - is no different from what it was before.

See, thing is, you will not get a clear answer to your question as it is a liability on manufacturer behalf for your new vehicle. I towed much more than 1000 lb with mine. people towed close to max if not more. No one ever had a definitive answer from dealer though saying - tow yey much.

From 2 years of owning a HiHy, I suggest only one thing - do it at your own risk. From personal experience - 1000 lb is nothing. i'd not be worried.

As of asking here and there. Stickies are no different from regular posts. I know 100% members read through them as thread always shows it has new post. You will have answer here just as you will in down below, same difference.
I am simply consolidating same recurring question. Yours is really no different.



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Hate to belabor the point, by ate you saying others tow over 1000 lbs un-braked with no trouble? That?s encouraging BUT when you say ?tow at your own risk? it sounds like you?re saying if anything goes wrong with us towing an unbraked 1300 pop up camper Toyota will not honor the warranty. We?re kinda up the creek without a paddle now, and it?s just upsetting after researching this ad nauseum to find out the 3500 lb capacity EVERY source told us, including our salesman (I have the emails), that it?s true only if what you?re towing has brakes. And we explicitly told our salesman what we were towing. NOTHNG says otherwise that I?ve been able to find except the manual. How many have access to that before buying?
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For quick reference:

The 1,000 pound figure is the trailer weight limit for a trailer without its own brakes.

The 3,500 pound figure is the trailer weight limit for a trailer with its own brakes.

The tongue weight limit should be approximately 10% of the trailer weight.



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