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I'm planning to travel to Alaska next summer from Seattle. On my 2017 XLE AWD Sienna, does it has towing package?

I'm planning to buy Geo Pro 19BH trailer. Weight 3086LB (empty).

Wanted to know how crazy my plan is?
Any recommendations for a hitch?
Should I plan for sway control?
Should I buy break controller?

Any other recommendations?
I'm really new to RVing and towing.

Thank you!
 

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Hi,

I'm planning to travel to Alaska next summer from Seattle. On my 2017 XLE AWD Sienna, does it has towing package?

I'm planning to buy Geo Pro 19BH trailer. Weight 3086LB (empty).

Wanted to know how crazy my plan is?
Any recommendations for a hitch?
Should I plan for sway control?
Should I buy break controller?

Any other recommendations?
I'm really new to RVing and towing.

Thank you!
Hello, you aren’t crazy. Just be careful, and you will be fine. I would assume your sienna has towing pkg, but I am not up on the newer model stand packages. So I would call your dealer or Toyota and give them your VIN #. They’ll confirm if you have towing pkg.

Then go to etrailer.com. They’ll have a few hitch choices. They are very easy to put on. But you will also need a 7 plug wiring harness, so you can run light, turn signals, brakes, etc. you will also need a break controller. Your trailer will have brakes at that weight. Don’t go cheap on this controller. Also get the airbags for your rear springs.. along with these, I’d recommend a WDH, or weight distribution hitch. The last two things will greatly improve your towing experience. (You’ll want to make sure you get the correct spring bars on the WDH for your weight). I went with a blue ox WDH. It is a trunnion style for better clearance since the sienna sits low anyway. Their set up has built in sway control, so I don’t need any friction setup.

Etrailer is a great source. They have excellent customer service people that can answer your questions. Tongue weight may be an issue, so make sure you know that when speaking with them or running the numbers. Remember, when you start adding batteries and full propane tanks it will affect tongue weight. And don’t forget the extra or auxiliary transmission cooler. This may seem like a lot and will come with an upfront cost. But if you plan to keep towing with your sienna, then do it right, and you’ll be happy.

If you really want to do it right, load up and go to a cat scale. Look up info on GVWR and carrying capacity, etc. you’ll be happy your did. The scales will give you overall number on weight rating, axle weights, etc. then compare it to your vehicles ratings.. Have a great trip.
 

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Coincidently I am considering a Geo Pro 19qb UVW 3144, towing it with my 2015 Toyota Siena XLE AWD. I am interested in what you have discovered and what you ended up doing.
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Hi,

I'm planning to travel to Alaska next summer from Seattle. On my 2017 XLE AWD Sienna, does it has towing package?

I'm planning to buy Geo Pro 19BH trailer. Weight 3086LB (empty).

Wanted to know how crazy my plan is?
Any recommendations for a hitch?
Should I plan for sway control?
Should I buy break controller?

Any other recommendations?
I'm really new to RVing and towing.

Thank you!

You definitely need electric break controller for that weight trailer. I just purchased a Jayco SLX7 154BH travel trailer thinking I could tow it with my 2018 Toyota Sienna. Unfortunately, I just researched and found out that my Sienna does not have the tow package on it so is only rated to tow 1500 lbs. The trailer I bought is 2580 lbs empty (3250 lbs max.) So I cannot tow my new trailer with my sienna. I am pretty unhappy about it since I haven't even taken the trailer off the lot and I am going to lose $3500 selling it back to the dealer.
I believe for safety that sway control is very important. It will only add about $400 to your cost and well worth the money. Have fun!
 

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You definitely need electric break controller for that weight trailer. I just purchased a Jayco SLX7 154BH travel trailer thinking I could tow it with my 2018 Toyota Sienna. Unfortunately, I just researched and found out that my Sienna does not have the tow package on it so is only rated to tow 1500 lbs. The trailer I bought is 2580 lbs empty (3250 lbs max.) So I cannot tow my new trailer with my sienna. I am pretty unhappy about it since I haven't even taken the trailer off the lot and I am going to lose $3500 selling it back to the dealer.
I believe for safety that sway control is very important. It will only add about $400 to your cost and well worth the money. Have fun!
Perhaps you can tow it. Adding a transmission oil cooler is common. The rub is adding the engine oil cooler. But I believe this could do what we need (I also lack the towing package, but just bought a camper):

Cartridge to Spin-On Oil Filter Adapter
https://www.shop.bpadapters.com/TS-101-BK-Cartridge-to-Spin-On-Adapter-TS-101-BK.htm

Engine Oil Cooler Kit with Spin-On Adapter
https://derale.com/product-footer/fluid-coolers/engine/series-8000-plate-fin/15451-detail


Effectively giving you this set-up:

I think this setup is in my future.
 

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I watched my temps going halfway across the us in the summer heat of July with this big inclosed trailer behind us. They didn't differ with or with out the trailer.(we make the same trip every year) With the van as we bought it off the lot new in 2014 it being a 2015. Also I have towed cars on a trailer that puts me at just at the 3400lb towing limit. The van didn't struggle one bit. Tho notice the heavy end toward the back. I was worried about the extra waight of the engine being on the front of the trailer but I towed that car back to its owner the other direction. On both of these I do have the helper bags as mentioned above.
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I watched my temps going halfway across the us in the summer heat of July with this big inclosed trailer behind us. They didn't differ with or with out the trailer.(we make the same trip every year) With the van as we bought it off the lot new in 2014 it being a 2015. Also I have towed cars on a trailer that puts me at just at the 3400lb towing limit. The van didn't struggle one bit. Tho notice the heavy end toward the back. I was worried about the extra waight of the engine being on the front of the trailer but I towed that car back to its owner the other direction. On both of these I do have the helper bags as mentioned above.
Nice. I'm assuming you have the tow package?
 

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You definitely need electric break controller for that weight trailer. I just purchased a Jayco SLX7 154BH travel trailer thinking I could tow it with my 2018 Toyota Sienna. Unfortunately, I just researched and found out that my Sienna does not have the tow package on it so is only rated to tow 1500 lbs. The trailer I bought is 2580 lbs empty (3250 lbs max.) So I cannot tow my new trailer with my sienna. I am pretty unhappy about it since I haven't even taken the trailer off the lot and I am going to lose $3500 selling it back to the dealer.
I believe for safety that sway control is very important. It will only add about $400 to your cost and well worth the money. Have fun!
The 2018 Sienna sales brochure says that all 2018 Sienna trims except those with the auto access seat have the tow prep package: http://www.auto-brochures.com/makes/Toyota/Sienna/Toyota_US Sienna_2018.pdf

IIRC, the engine oil cooler in the 2017-up Sienna tow prep package looks pretty different than the ones in earlier model years so don't go by the photos of the ones for 2011-2016 to identify it.
 

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Very unlikely that your vehicle is rated to tow more than 1500 lbs. Unlikely it has the tow package. On 2017 models the package was standard only on front wheel drive (all trims) and on the LE AWD. Call a Toyota parts specialist and give them your vin to look up whether your vehicle has the HD radiator and engine oil cooler. They have to look at the parts list. Not the basic build sheet.
 

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You definitely need electric break controller for that weight trailer. I just purchased a Jayco SLX7 154BH travel trailer thinking I could tow it with my 2018 Toyota Sienna. Unfortunately, I just researched and found out that my Sienna does not have the tow package on it so is only rated to tow 1500 lbs. The trailer I bought is 2580 lbs empty (3250 lbs max.) So I cannot tow my new trailer with my sienna. I am pretty unhappy about it since I haven't even taken the trailer off the lot and I am going to lose $3500 selling it back to the dealer.
I believe for safety that sway control is very important. It will only add about $400 to your cost and well worth the money. Have fun!
If you look at the Toyota USA web page under Sienna Product Info sheet it states tow capacity of 3500 lbs for all FWD vans and 3500 lbs for AWD with tow package. So if you have a front wheel drive you have the tow package standard but if you have an all wheel drive then you need the tow package option as it isn't standard.

So you might be OK depending on what you have.

Did they register it in your name yet? If not then see if they will give you your deposit back if not then just take the hit for the deposit? The dealer will be ahead as they can now sell it to someone else. But if they did register it in your name then technically it is used trailer. I wouldn't sell the trailer back to the dealer personally if it is registered to you, but sell it privately as the loss should be a lot less than 3500.
 
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