Highlander as Tow Vehicle

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Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby frontier » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:58 am

Dutchman - noticed you have a first generation Toyota Highlander tow vehicle for your Boston Whaler . Same here. Best vehicle we've ever owned. 336,000 miles and still going strong.

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Postby Dutchman » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:04 am

Frontier I hope to get 200,000--another 50,000---out of her and great to hear you can get [more than 300,000] out of them. As with our Whalers, maintenance is all [important]. I had 555,000 on a Volvo [before] somebody hit me and the insurance company totaled it.

Besides the boat I also haul a camper--twice the boat's weight-- but with the brake controller the Highlander works fine. Thinking about a newer one but can't justify the expense when the current Highlander runs fine.
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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby frontier » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:03 pm

Anyone out there have a newer (2008 to present) Toyota Highlander with high miles that could report on durability and suitability as a Boston Whaler tow vehicle?

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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby Phil T » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:18 am

I have a 2013 Highlander SE AWD. The last model year of the 2nd generation. It is not very old and only has 52k.

The 3rd generation is from 2014 to present.
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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby Dutchman » Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:28 am

Phil you tow your Whaler(s) with your HL SE?
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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby Phil T » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:04 pm

Yep. My Outrage 17 from Danville VA to here.

I did tow Adlert's 1974 Outrage 19 from here to the new owner in NH. (900 miles) last year.
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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby Dutchman » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:17 pm

Thanks Phil, yea they are great and comfy. Mileage drops to 11mpg when pulling the 3,200 lbs camper though.
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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby frontier » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:52 pm

In the 1st generation Toyota Highlander (2001 thru 2007) the V6 engine has a timing belt. Later models have a timing chain. A family member has the timing chain version, which is noticeably noisier. I just wonder if that will affect the longevity. Which engine will last longer - the belt, changed every 100,000 miles or so, or the chain, which is never changed?

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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby Dutchman » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:32 am

frontier wrote:In the 1st generation Toyota Highlander (2001 thru 2007) the V6 engine has a timing belt. Later models have a timing chain. A family member has the timing chain version, which is noticeably noisier. I just wonder if that will affect the longevity. Which engine will last longer - the belt, changed every 100,000 miles or so, or the chain, which is never changed?


Good point. Chains are louder but I think my belt one is loud also. Yes I did change the timing belt at 101K and it looked brand new. I do have the Hybrid version though, but the engines are the same 6 cylinder.
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Re: Highlander as Tow Vehicle

Postby cleep1700 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:42 am

Looked at a Highlander the last time around. Went with the 4Runner. Load limit of 5 grand [5,000-lbs perhaps], easily pulls my 15, and is a comfortable ride, especially for long hauls.--Craig in sultry Missouri