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Old 08-07-2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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towing Roo 233 with Highlander

I am new to this forum as we have just purchased a Roo 233 but have not picked it up yet. We will be towing it with a 2011 Toyota Highlander V6. All of the ratings look good for the vehicle. I was just wondering if anyone out there is towing a Roo 233 with a Highlander and how is it working out for you?
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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i'm guessing the Highlander has a tow rating of 5000lbs., since most v-6 SUVs all have that amount.

the GVWR of the 233 is WELL over that amount at nearly 6000lbs.
even its fictional "dry" weight is nearly 4000lbs.
and the 400lbs. of normal options and you're at 4400lbs.
with propane and water, you're nearly at your max, before you start adding cargo.

i don't recommend anyone towing at max and i don't think you'll be happy, especially in mountains.
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:54 AM   #3
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Tow limit of 5,000 which only includes the driver. That Roo will probably leave the factory weighing something like 4,200 Lbs. Wife and two kids = 200 Lbs ? Some gear = 500 Lbs, you re already at 4,900 Lbs. Add the weight of the hitch and sway control, water in the water heater you are already at your limits.

You are looking at an upgrade of your TV pretty quickly as you realize that you are beating that highlander to death. If you are dead set on doing this, have the biggest transmission cooler you can get, make sure you have a gauge (if not already available in you dash) to monitor transmission fluid temperature.

Highlander will surely move it it from point A to point B in mostly flat land. And that is the most you can expect from it, if you want your SUV to last a reasonable amount of time.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:17 PM   #4
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What they said. I haul my 233s with a Suburban and can feel when I've loaded it on the heavy side. I couldn't imagine towing it with something smaller.
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Hi Anthony and welcome.

Great trailer and SUV separately, but not a great set-up together.

Not trying to pile onto you here, but the Roo 233S is too much trailer for the Highlander.
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I feel bad now !

First of all welcome to our little place on the internet. it is a very friendly place and you will get a lot of good advice here. Unfortunately the first ones you got were panicky ones
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for the information

This is all very good information. The Roo 233 we have waiting for us is just the 233 not the 233s. The weights are a little bit less but close to the limits of the Highlander none the less. I thought that because the Roo weights were under that of the Highlander maximums that it would be O.K. but maybe it is too close. I can still opt down to a Roo19 which I have been told is absolutely no problem for the Highlander. We just thought that the extra bed on the Roo233 would be nice to have. What do you think about this?
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:24 PM   #8
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Welcome to the group and we have 233S and it is a nice camper. I tow several thousand miles a year both with my boat and my camper. I had the original Highlander with the 220 hp V6 all wheel drive with tow package. It pulled my old boat ok on flatland and our old pop up pretty good.

I dont necessarily advise towing the 233 with the Highlander especially if and this is a big if, you have never towed anything before. I would suggest if you are in this position here that you must get a weight distribution hitch. You should tow it dry, meaning no water what so ever, you can save about 250 pounds right there. I would also suggest slowing down for sure. Dont push the highlander's tranny here. We tow our 233s either with our Tundra or our 4 Runner with a V8 and tow package. Even with the V8 and 5 speed tranny on the 4 Runner it is noticeable in the mountains. You are where you and if your trips are short you will likely be fine. Maybe see if you can get air shocks or some other rear end stiffener for the highlander too?
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Hmmm, you will know more when you get the trailer and have an actual weight with your options.
Idk what some people here carry with them, but I individually weighed every item I packed in the trailer and I came to about 350lbs total. (no water included)

Your set-up might not be ideal but we have all seen worse.

I would do what Goomph says and get a good transmission cooler.
And pack very light
You can upgrade at a later date.

Dont feel bad.....I have a Ram 1500 but wish I had a 2500. The tow rating of the 1500 is adequate.....but the payload blows, and we are maxed when towing=[
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Dont feel bad.....I have a Ram 1500 but wish I had a 2500. The tow rating of the 1500 is adequate.....but the payload blows, and we are maxed when towing=[
Could you refresh my memory on how the payload is affected? Looking for information general basic terms as this stuff can be overwhelming in the start. Thanks.
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