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Old 01-15-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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Towing T-1950

Has anuyone towed a t-1950 with a Toyota Highlander?

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Old 01-15-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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No but our friends tow their 1950 with a V6 4Runner (5000 lb tow rating) and are fine with it, but said they wouldn't tow anything heavier.
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Norm,

The T-1950 is about 3,500# dry and GVWR of 5,500#. The Highlander with the V6 is max towing of 3,500# - probably not an optimal combination.

Tacomas are rated around 6,500 and 4 Runners from 5K to 7,300# depending on engine, tow package, etc.

I really like the Toyota family of vehicles, and probably would have bought a recent Tundra if we hadn't been planning to go to a much larger trailer. Unfortunately they don't make a 3/4 or 1 ton version of the Tundra.
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I have a T-1950 and I have towed it with my Jeep Cherokee 6 cyl,Ford F-150 v-6, and a Dodge 2500 v10. The Jeep did the job but it was hard on it. The Ford did fine as long as it was flat. The Dodge is by far the best.

What I have done over the years is I have purchased trucks to do the heavy work. You can purchase a good used truck and use it for towing and hauing stuff around. It also gives you a backup vehicle. I bought my Dodge for $6000.00 it runs well and tows like a beast. It is very good condition and was a deal at the time. You could find a good gas truck pretty cheap. Big trucks are still hard to sell.
The t-1950 isnt a featherweight. If you end up working your vehicle to hard it will give you trouble in the future.
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I towed my T-1950 with a 6 cyl Nissan Frontier (5000# rating) and it was on the edge. I spent much of the time at 4000rpm and found it difficult to hold 65 or even 55 if there was a slight grade. My best milage was about 22 which dropped to 9 or 10 towing. In contrast my F150 bests at 18 and I get 11 or 12 towing the same trailer.
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Thanks for all the information. For the record, the Highlander V-6 has a 5000 pound towing capacity.

It would be a very nice multipurpose tow vehicle. I guess I'll just have to find something lighter than the T-1950.

My experiences towing with the Honda indicate that I never drive 65 and am happy under 60. It does slow down on hills but I just down shift and never end up below 45 or so. It's true the Honda gets up to 4000 RPM but Honda's don't seem to mind that at all.

So far we're at 15,000 tow miles and 95,000 miles on the speedo.

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Hi Norm,

The newer 1950's were heavier, with a GVW of 5500 and UVW of 3770. If you look for an older 1950, they have GVW's and UVW's of about 500#'s less. The original 1950's from '94-'95ish were the lightest, and then Sunline added weight to them pretty much every year since.

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Thank you Jon,

I looked at the 95's and they are lighter. Almost a 1200 pound load capacity.

I doubt that we could have that much load in our T-1950; we have about 600 pounds in our 15 footer and that's for a 7 month, multi-climate trip. As well I'm sure we wouldn't need an air conditioner.

By the way we are now in sunny Benson, Arizona - 70's in the day time and 30's at night.

Certainly the ability to travel far and fast in a day is not part of our way of traveling. We're now about 4000 miles from home and should make it in 3 months.

Speed is certainly more expensive and slightly more dangerous. Our Ford based motorhome turns 2000 RPM at speed and our Honda turns 3000 RPM; both are designed to meet those requirements. Speed is certainly not the issue for us. I can hardly remember the last time we passed someone.

We want a tow vehicle that can serve us happily as an around the town vehicle yet can pull a trailer with a bigger bath than we have. The layout of the 19.5 is almost ideal though I have never been in one.

Thank you for the tip,

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