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Hello there, brand new to the forum and very interesting reading. I had recently purchased a 09' RR HSE supercharged and am learning quickly to tow my boat (2010 Supra launch 21 ) may be a hassle. I am told by many of the local hitch shops that my current hitch will have to do and to use a 11" extender to get any clearance at all past the bumper. I am also told that the weight would be reduced to 4000LBs and my boat loaded is 1000lbs over.

As well of course I find that there is no trailer wiring harness either. I had found the number YWJ500480G for the kit and am sourcing out the most cost effective route. My question although is that my boat trailer has brakes, I was wondering if using the harness which I am going to order will suffice or if I have to install a brake controller as well in order to activate the electric trailer brakes which the trailer already has.

I am hoping there are others out there which have run the same gauntlet and may be able to give some advice and feedback.

Thank you in advance.
 

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How heavy is the boat? If you want the trailer to have brakes you'll need to wire a brake controller too unless something changed in the later model years.
 

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I just purchased an 06 RR HSE primarily for towing my boat (21.5 Centurion v-drive). I called around to local trailer shops to ask about wiring up trailer lights and no one would touch my Rover so I ended up buying the harness from the dealer and had them install it. They quoted me $295 for the harness + $100 to install it, somehow I ended up paying $295 total. The plug is very nice actually! It has both the flat 5 pin plug and the round 7 pin plug. For the hitch I bought an extension and normal hitch from U Haul which puts the ball right where it needs to be. I hooked up my boat to the back of the truck and everything looks great. The truck has a periodic EAS fault so I'm going to have that taken care of Monday at the dealer before I do any towing. Good luck!
 

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Is there such thing as an HSE Supercharged? Is it an aftermarket supercharger, or OEM added after purchase? Or was that available in '09 or Canada?

You will definitely need a trailer brake controller if you want trailer brakes (which I prefer)...decent ones are less than $100 at any auto parts store.

Yes, towing requires the insane receiver extension...and of course the wiring harness kit...major bummer on the design if you ask me...but I guess it's an afterthought for LR...

Not sure I'd tow heavy with our RR unless I had to...and I definitely wouldn't push the payload limits...I don't trust that frickin' extension system for significant loads.
 

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I tow a 21 foot reniell with a v8 no problem fully loaded with wakeboard equipment. Rover has plenty of power to tow with.
Make sure to get the rover light module as I believe it will change your shift points when something is connected to it. I dont know that for a fact but I think it does. Someone correct me if I am wrong. You should IMO tow in sport mode it will allow you to stay in a lower gear for longer and wont shift as often. Going up hill this will make a big difference.
 

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I believe nsxxtreme is correct in that the LR module changes the transmission settings. When a trailer is hooked up, a trailer icon illuminates on the dash, and if you have problems with trailer lights, you are notified on the dash to check.

Towing payload on FFRR is, I believe, 7700 lbs (3500 kilos).

I purchase hitch, pin and ball from Amazon as follows:

CURT Manufacturing 45260 Class III 2" Ball Mount
rated at 7500 lbs tow / 750 lbs tongue weight
CURT Manufacturing 40037 2 In. Diameter Chrome Trailer Ball rated at 7500 lbs
Curt Manufacturing 21580 5/8" Pin and Clip For Super Duty Ball Mount Series

I flipped the ball mount upside down to give the 3/4" rise instead of 2" drop so my trailer pulls level. The mount itself is 12 1/4" long, so clears bumper nicely.

Also, I believe there are some wireless brake controllers out there if you don't want to hazard the trailer brake wiring after the LR wiring harness/kit is installed, but I just tow fairly light stuff so don't have the experience with that.
 

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Thx all for the input ~ long story short I took to the dealer and they installed the needed wiring harness at a cost of 725 P&L ~ gross !! Bought a 16" receiver to clear the bumper and all looks to be set.

Now I have another issue, alas that will be another thread :(

Cheers
Tenz
 

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Holy holy...that's some serious coin for a wiring harness. Wish you were my neighbor, we would've installed it over a few beers! Glad it's done though...boat on!
 
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