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Old 05-16-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Roo 19 or 17

I am having information overload.

My TV is a 2015 highlander with the tow package.

We were offered a good deal on a 19, and were assured we could handle it. I am still leaning towards the 17, as I feel I could go more places (Smokies, etc).

Your thoughts?

Also, prior to buying the trailer what do I need to get? A weight distribution/sway control hitch? What about wiring? Right now the highlander only has the basic wiring integrated, which was fine for hauling a large Uhaul trailer, but would I need the bigger connector/harness? Also, what about braking modules inside the highlander? I don't see an electronic brake device inside the highlander (in the dash)?
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:23 AM   #2
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How attached are you to the highlander? I'm guessing you don't want to upgrade your tow vehicle. If you go with either of these campers, it will only take you a couple of times towing it to realize you need a bigger vehicle.

As for wiring, you need to purchase a brake controller and have a 7 pin plug installed.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:29 AM   #3
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thank you!

What are you towing? How much does it cost to have the brake controller and 7 pin plug installed?
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:44 AM   #4
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The 19 will have you on the upper end of your Highlander's capabilities. It is doable (Toyota put a warranty behind it) but it is up to you on your comfort level.


We have the equivalent of the 17 and love it.


Yes, you will need a WDH and the 7 pin plug. I would wait on the sway to see if you need it once it is set up and you tow some.
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The 19 will have you on the upper end of your Highlander's capabilities. It is doable (Toyota put a warranty behind it) but it is up to you on your comfort level.


We have the equivalent of the 17 and love it.


Yes, you will need a WDH and the 7 pin plug. I would wait on the sway to see if you need it once it is set up and you tow some.
I pulled my Roo 19 for ONE season with a Chevy Traverse, 5200 lb tow capacity. Wasn't a happy camper. Got a Silverado. Much happier, and even allowed me to move up to a larger TT (you will, too, most likely - boat owners call it "two-foot-itis" - 6 feet in my case!).
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:53 AM   #6
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I'm towing a roo 23ss with a ram 1500. When we got our first popup, the rv dealer told us that because we had a 3500lbs towing capacity on our jeep, we would be fine to tow a 3500lbs camper. I tried it and it wasn't fine. It could pull it, kinda. It could stop it, kinda. And it could bounce the front wheels off the ground, and that was a popup. It's hard to steer when the front wheels are in the air. You shouldn't have that problem when using a weight distribution hitch, but Starcraft at that time didn't recommend using one on that popup.

Pulling a popup is way different than pulling a full size trailer, no matter the length. With the full size there's a ton of wind resistance, which will be an issue with your highlander.

Don't quote me on prices, but I think I payed $100-$110 for a brake controller including installation at the rv dealer. They can add the 7pin also and it shouldn't be too much extra.
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You will need an equalizing hitch, a brake controller and the corresponding 7 pin connector. Sway controller would be helpful. You may also need an additional transmission cooler to maintain transmission temperatures.

The Highlander tow capacity varies greatly, between 1500# and 5000# depending on engine/drive train. I assume since your Highlander has the tow package, it is rated for 5000#. If it is rated for less than 5000#, either Roo may put you over your limit.

The 17' Roo has max weight of ~4350#. The 19' Roo puts you near your max towing capacity with a max weight of ~4800#. Ultimately the decision is yours as to which trailer to purchase.
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Try searching the forum for "Highlander towing" to get owners impression of towing with a Highlander.
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Thank you! Is the blue ox better than the equalizer?
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Thank you! Is the blue ox better than the equalizer?
Better? not sure, but we went with the equalizer for your exact setup.

We bought our Roo19 with the expectation that we will tow with our Toyota Highlander on occasion. It tows easy behind my Silverado, but for the next trip, my truck will have boat towing duties, and the Highlander gets it's first test run. Shorter trip for the shake down tow, the real test will be through the Ozark Mountain ranges.
I expect it to tow just fine, but we will be running slow and easy up the hills.

Will update next month with real world experience
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