KristiLo
Hello, everyone! John and I just joined this group. Thanks for accepting our request! We are excited to learn from others.

We are on our way to buy a 2013 Retro 155. We rented a U-haul to pick it up while we are having towing brake system installed on our 2010 Highlander hybrid. The trailer has a dry weight of 1,840. We are especially interested in this brand due to the low weight and it being more affordable than some of the fiberglass trailers. 

We would love to hear from others if they think the Highlander hybrid will be safe to tow this trailer over mountain passes and longer trips. We do not have a factory installed tow package - it came with 5k U-haul hitch. We got the electrical updated and we are adding the brake package.

Also, has anyone used the Curt Echo Mobile Brake Control?

Do people tow without sway bars with their small 150 - 155 models?
Any hybrid towing feedback is appreciated. 

We are super excited for many a new journey in our new little trailer. 

Thanks!
Kristi and John 
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sunvalleyjoe
we have a 150 and recommend a sway barr and WD hitch  also have a Highlander and use it for short trips. We tow long trip with Tundra and the 150 can be a little rocky when passed by a semi. Good luck GBA!!SVJ The High lander has factory tow system.
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Tom
We tow the older model 155, drop floor, without any sway bars, standard hitch, with no appreciable sway. 
Heavy tow vehicle, suburban, plus the older 155 had a lower profile than the new one (155xl?) or the 150 which might be helping. 
Have fun and let us know how it works out.  
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sunvalleyjoe
there is a big diff between surban and highlander when towing. When towing with the Tundra sometimes I forget the 150 is back there. With the Highlander you do not forget. Harbor freight make a cheap anti sway bar and works well cept you have to disconnect the trailer when backing up and trying to turn. GBA!!SVJ
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KristiLo

Thank you for the replies!  There's so much varying information out there.  We have consulted with Toyota and U-haul (they did our hitch and custom braking package), and they all say we shouldn't need a sway kit, but I'm leaning towards safety and it can't hurt.  We're also considering doing a lift/axle flip on the trailer, given how low it rides (we had the rear bumper scraping our driveway and we're worried about how it will do off road when we take it on more primitive camping trips).  A Retro dealer in town said if we do the lift it will change the drivability of it, at which time we might want to consider the sway or weight-bearing package. 

All these things to consider, but first of all, we have to figure out how to use all the features, so we're off to watch videos on cleaning the water tank/flushing system, and using the water and hot water heater.  We also determined that the battery is dead, so we're trying to figure out if we should get a bigger marine battery than the one we have (we switched out fuses and charged with the plug-in).  I saw some posts talking about using golf cart batteries.  We're also curious about solar charing.  We've been watching videos and reading up on all this travel trailer how to and things to avoid, so hopefully we get it right.  So much to learn!

Thanks again for the feedback.  We'd still love to hear from other Highlander owners as to their experience with the 155 models.

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sunvalleyjoe
I added a second battery to the 150. Most of (all) campingg in Nevada has no hook ups so extra gives us plenty of power .we also bought a small gen to use just in case. Good luckGBA!!SVJ
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dwight.hughes
Hi Kristi and John.  Trailer sway is really dangerous.  Could be life threatening.  I urge you to get a good anti-sway setup.  I used to think I didn't really NEED a weight distribution anti-sway hitch.  But I was wrong.  Now I use a Husky Centerline TS setup that is amazing, literally no sway or feelings of loss of control.  And I can still turn corners and drive pretty much normally.

Click Here for a short YouTube video from U-Haul that illustrates trailer sway.

And finally, here is my Retro 177se and my tow vehicle without using an anti-sway setup.  BTW, I had owned the trailer for 4 hours, and was driving it home from the dealership lot.

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KristiLo
Yikes!  I am glad you're okay!  Thank you for sending this information.  That video was a good demonstration of what happens. Thank you so much!!
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Dukeydrea
Wow, we invested  in the swag package too. Glad you are ok. 
Andrea
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jackgomez
I tow a 2015 155xl with a 2014 Frontier with a Curt anti sway bar. I highly recommend the sway bar as inexpensive insurance. The 155xl is to low for a WD set up. My 155xl fully loaded, propane, 11gallons of water, bedding, food, fridge full, clothes, sometimes two bikes on rear of the trailer (add 80 lbs) weighs approximately 2300 lbs. The trailer tracks great and I still have a passing gear. 87AE2887-A891-4D64-A8D1-A16D03D886B6.jpeg 
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retro195man
Great advice. Always use a sway bar setup.

we have a 150 and recommend a sway barr and WD hitch  also have a Highlander and use it for short trips. We tow long trip with Tundra and the 150 can be a little rocky when passed by a semi. Good luck GBA!!SVJ The High lander has factory tow system.
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