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    Posted: 25 Feb 2018 at 12:11am
I have a 2010 Toyota Tacoma Double cab v6. With the factory tow package, which brings it up to 6500 pounds. It pulls my R-Pod 180 great, I don’t even feel it. You’ll be fine with the Ford.
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Hi all. I have a Toyota Highlander 2005 that can pull up to 3500lbs, and I was ready to pull my Rpod 128G. But, I was concerned about the stress on the Highlander if I was pulling the trailer with my kayaks, water, bikes, and all the “stuff” I wanted to drag along. I ended up getting a used 2008 Ford F-150 2WD (rear wheel drive) for a decent price that could pull up to 7500lbs. With the Ford, I’m comfortable adding all of my toys.
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I have a 2015 X3 diesel that tows my 2017 RP-171.

My X3 has a 3,500lb towing capacity, and I know there's a lot of discussion on this site on if TV's with the same tow capacity can adequately pull an R-Pod.  I've personally had zero issues so far in my several tows that have all included segments with 6%+ grades.  When towing, I know there's a load behind me, but my TV handles it rather well.  Of course not every TV with a similar tow ratings is going to handle towing the same as my X3 does, and I KNOW the diesel makes a big difference.  But it is possible to find the compact to mid-size truck or SUV that does reasonably well at pulling an R-Pod while still giving great non-towing MPG.

Here is my beta so far:
  • Average tow MPG is 17-18 MPG, compared to 34+ highway MPG when unloaded.  So the near 50% drop is pretty par for course, but I'm not complaining about either number.
  • I keep the speed to no more than 65 MPH, and only get to that speed on rural freeways when there isn't a lot of cross-winds.  My X3 is capable of doing more, but fuel economy plummets after that point and I don't like how winds start affecting my setup at higher speeds, plus the ability to stop relatively safely if needed.  I only exceed 65 if I need to pass.
  • I have an 8 speed transmission, with gears 7 and 8 being overdrive.  I use the X3's sport mode when towing, which stiffens the suspension, changes the shift points, and keeps the transmission in a lower gear.  This means no overdrive save for pretty flat highways, and only gear 7 can be used when overdrive is possible.  This actually works out better since I don't have to put the pedal down and the transmission doesn't gear hunt as much.  
  • Curves taken at no more than 5 MPH over the recommended speed.
  • I can do 55-60 MPH up the steeper grades, save of course for curvy sections that require me to slow down.   This uphill speed accounts for modest amounts of gear, some fresh water, and even a couple of passengers.  Transmission will drop down to gear 5 or 4 depending on how steep the climb is.
  • I have a Prodigy brake controller, WDH, and sway control bars.  I wouldn't even attempt to tow the R-Pod using my TV without them.

Yes, I could have bought a more capable tow vehicle, but such a vehicle wouldn't have done much better on the tow MPG, and all but certainly wouldn't have touched my non-towing MPG and overall maneuverability in urban areas.  I reserve the option to in the future, but only if I truly need more hauling and towing capability.

You can see a picture of my setup plus a little more here:  http://www.rpodnation.com/topic4669_post44017.html#44017
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I'm pulling my Rpod 180 with my Toyota Tacoma 2010 V6 4.0 liter. It pulls it just fine thru all the mountain passes here in far Northern California. The Tacoma has a 6500 tow capacity!
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Pulling our 183G with a Nissan Frontier pick-up,
4.0 Litre No other adds,
Pulls the mountain passes like a dream.
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Pulling our 2013 177 with a 2016 F-150 with 3.5 Ecoboost with towing package and back up assist.  LOVE IT!
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Mike, I am so glad that I came across your posting.  I too have a 2016 Highlander and am interested in getting the Rpod 178.  My plan is to take it to Alaska (we live in Ontario), but I wanted to get first hand information on how well that pairing works directly from the mouth of a Highlander owner.

I have been reading many postings of people's opinions/recommendations that the Highlander is not suited to tow anything other than a popup trailer.  I do not understand why since it is rated to tow 5000lbs.  Can you tell me your experience towing your Rpod with the Highlander?  What is your MPG?  Do you have problems with wind and turbulence?  How does it handle going up and down steep grades?  Have you had any nerve racking experiences towing the Rpod with your Highlander?  Do you have any advice on buying a trailer for the Highlander?

Your advice on getting a weight distribution system is greatly appreciated.  I had already decided to a get weight distribution system (Anderson), but reading your confirmation of its benefits is a welcomed re-assurance.

Tom
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We pull our R-pod with a 2015 Dodge Grand Carevan. We just got back from a 8 week 12,000 mile trip and had no problems at all. Surprised the heck out of me. But Dodge and my RV dealer said it would do it. Averaged 13.8 miles to the gal. If anyone has any question would be happy to answer them..
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We use an Anderson WDH also, and have found it to be the best so far for us.  We used to have an anti-sway bar, and that worked somewhat except for when the big 18 wheelers went by, and then we tried a WDH hitch that was less expensive than the Anderson, but those long bars were just too heavy and difficult for us to maneuver into position.  Now with the Anderson, everything is much steadier and easier for us.

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Trailer was great. The tent portion really opens up the space and is perfect for a family of 4. I agree with you about the 12 volt outlet... it is odd that they wouldnt have one pre installed. A definite mod for the future.
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