We think Toyotas Flagship Sahara is too 'clever for its own good.
Our towing team have used various reliable Toyota Landcruisers for towing since 1992, but the latest addition to thecompany towing fleet, a current model Sahara, poses problems with its new Active Height Control (AHC).
As Toyota tends to introduce new systems in the Sahara (after the Lexus) and then add them to other models like GXL GoSeeAustralia thinks it is worth discussing the problems created by the Active Height Control system and the method GoSeeAustralia has devised to allow suitable set up of a Hayman Reese or similar towing systems.
The AHC causes problems with adjustment to our Hayman Reese hitch system and workarounds have been devised to get a workable outcome with this vehicle. GoSeeAustralia has approached Toyota via phone and email for some technical information but so far we have no response.
Older Hayman Reese tow hitch showing the height adjustment holes
|Low Mode||Normal Mode||High Mode|
|At Vehicle stoppage|
|Over 30 Km/h|
Toyota says that the vehicle cannot be raised if the load exceeds the following
Up to 4 occupants* plus 280 kg in normal mode
Up to 4 occupants* plus 150 kg in high mode
* Occupants average weight is 75 kg
Toyota says that - If the above load capacity is exceeded then the desired vehicle height may not be obtained even if the height select switch is pushed. And adds If the vehicle height cannot be raised in normal mode and the height control indicator indicates LO this is because the vehicle is loaded too heavily. Under these conditions, drive your vehicle with due care
Loading up the torsion bars
Hayman Reese hitch fitted with dual cam sway controller