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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Towing, SUV
#70 of 99 pushing the tow limits
May 31, 2008 (11:17 am)
I have a 2007 HiHy and want to tow my boat with it. The total weight for boat/motor/trailer adds up to 3446 lbs, that's without gas or gear. Add a full tank of gas and it's another 300 lbs. I know the tow limit is 3500 lbs so I'm past the limit but if I'm only going a short distance (<10 miles) and it's flat, Florida terrain, can I do it? Also, at that weight, will the car be strong enough to get the thing up the ramp and out of the water?
#71 of 99 Towing Travel Trailer With Highlander Hybrid 2006
Nov 03, 2008 (4:45 pm)
Just towed a 3200 lb. travel trailer from Mi. to Ariz.and back.No problems.It is a 2006 hybrid.See my carspace page for a small picture.Took the grades easily.18 mpg avg.
#72 of 99 Advice on installing Toyota's factory hitch?
Nov 21, 2008 (1:03 pm)
I decided to buy a Toyota factory hitch from the dealer for my 2008 HL and, rather than pay the dealer $260 for installation, thought I'd take a crack at installing it myself. I watched the video on etrailer.com showing the installation of an aftermarket hitch and it seemed like a snap. But I'm assuming that the factory hitch installation might be a bit more involved. I'm not installing the electrical connection, since I'll just be using it for a bike rack.
Can anyone give me some advice on what differences exist between installing the factory hitch and the aftermarket one? I'm fairly handy and have most tools I think I'll need but if you think I'd be foolish to attempt it myself, that advice would be welcomed, too.
BTW, the hitch was $450 less 15% for my Costco Executive Member discount.
#74 of 99 Re: Advice on installing Toyota's factory hitch? [montalvo]
Nov 21, 2008 (3:39 pm)
I installed a 1/1/4" CoastalTech hitch on my 2004 Prius myself with no problems whatsoever.
I ordered a 1 1/2" receiver hitch for my 2007 Highlander Hybrid (1/ 1/4" is not available) and found it much more difficult to install mainly because it weighs so much more.
I ended up resting it on an increasing pile of bricks until it was close enough for me to get the bolts in. I didn't bother with an electrical harness since I only use it for a bike rack.
#75 of 99 Re: Advice on installing Toyota's factory hitch? [stevegold]
Nov 26, 2008 (5:15 pm)
Thanks for the info, Steve. I suspect that installing the hitch on my 2008 HL will be every bit as difficult as what you encountered on your 2007. I'm picking the hitch up next week so I'll start scouting around for some bricks! Like you, I'm not installing the electrical harness as I only carry my bike rack.
#76 of 99 Re: Advice on installing Toyota's factory hitch? [montalvo]
Nov 26, 2008 (5:24 pm)
Hope you're in a warmer climate than Colorado. The hitch installation is a warm weather job. Let me know how it goes. Good luck.
#77 of 99 For what it's worth...
Nov 26, 2008 (5:30 pm)
... I have the factory installed hitch on my 09 HH and it looks great.
#78 of 99 Re: Advice on installing Toyota's factory hitch? [stevegold]
by pf_flyer HOST
Nov 26, 2008 (5:37 pm)
The hitch installation is a warm weather job.
But there's nothing like the smell of freshly busted knuckles in the morning
Feb 08, 2009 (10:42 am)
i'm new here but was wondering if any one could possibly help me with a towing question-i have an 06 highlander hybrid & was wondering if anyone has any experience with towing a boat-actually-how does the hh do pulling the boat back out of the water at the launch ramp-my boat & trailer fully loaded weighs approx 810lbs-should i expect any difficulties? any advice would be greatly aprreciated!!cheers!