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Equipment Needed to Tow Small Utility Trailer With 1996 Toyota Previa

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Hello- I own a 1996 Toyota Previa supercharged engine. It does have a built-in tow from factory, but I never towed anything since owning it. With a utility trailer, can it tow a new Cub Cadet zero-turn mower to about one mile? Between my farm property. Please let me know what parts needed. I dont have a drawbar, ball. Thanks

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I'm not certain what you mean by 'Factory Tow', so I'll just run you through all the parts you'll need, and you can ignore the things the vehicle is already equipped with.

According to my research, the 1996 Toyota Previa had a 3500 lb towing capacity (check your owner's manual to confirm). As long as the weight of the trailer and the 500-800 lb mower come in under the vehicle's towing capacity, your Previa should be able to handle towing it without issue.

For a hitch, I'd recommend the Curt # C12304 Class II if you don't already have one. If you already have a hitch, I'd closely examine it for corrosion and cracks to make sure it's still in serviceable condition. Due to the age of the vehicle, I'd also examine the frame member where the hitch attaches to make sure that's in good shape as well.

For a trailer wiring harness, use # 119178KIT. For a ball mount, use the # C45521 that you'd looked at along with a # PC2 hitch pin. For a trailer ball, use # 19256 for a 1-7/8 or # 19258 for a 2 inch ball.

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