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Old 04-15-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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Trade my Hybrid for a Fiberglass Trailer with Bathroom

I have a trailer to trade for anyone who has a growing family and no longer fits in their tiny, beautiful little egg. I can travel to California, Nevada, possibly Texas and most definitely Arizona. Trades must be equal value around $5500-$6000
Here is the link to my trailer in Tucson:

2001 Keystone Cabana TT.17ft. 2 pop outs. Light. Trade for smaller TT
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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Your rear door model makes for a roomy floor plan.
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:37 PM   #3
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Yes it is very roomy.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:04 PM   #4
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Just so you're aware, many fiberglass trailers with full bathrooms will likely weigh within a few hundred pounds of the Cabana; so don't expect too much improvement in that department.

There's an excellent spread sheet out there giving some real-world weights of various sizes of fiberglass trailers- can't link directly to it here, but you'll find a link to the PDF in post number 289 at this link.
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You are right and thank you.
My fiance bought the Keystone because his well meaning friends convinced him his RAV4 could tow it. Yes it could, and it did. I picked it up for him in CA and towed it to Tucson. Wow what a difference from a fiberglass. The RAV4 is too small. So back to fiberglass we go. As long as there is a toilet with its own little closet, I will be happy. It does not really need a shower.
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I get it- lookin' for a thirteener. Word to the wise per the potty privacy thing:

We accomplish that by one of two methods: The "everybody else step outside", or the "everybody else shut yer eyes". Sorta depends on the company, if ya know what I mean.

Works well with the porta-potty that stows under the bench... I just couldn't bear to permanently dedicate any of the very small inside space to a permanent closed-in potty spot!
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You are right and thank you.
My fiance bought the Keystone because his well meaning friends convinced him his RAV4 could tow it. Yes it could, and it did. I picked it up for him in CA and towed it to Tucson. Wow what a difference from a fiberglass. The RAV4 is too small.
??? Can you give us a bit more info on your towing experience?
What year is the Rav4 and is it a V6?
Do you have any pics of the Rav4 connected to the Keystone?

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I will find the pic when I get home.
The RAV4 is a 2010 V6. When I towed the Keystone from Los Angeles it did pretty good on the hills, but if I tried to get near 65mph the RPMs would contantly jump up and down trying to maintain the speed so I tried to stay at about 60. I averaged about 12mpg on the freeway. I had to pull over at one point because the transmission oil indicater(I think that was the one) said it was too hot.
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I will find the pic when I get home.
The RAV4 is a 2010 V6. When I towed the Keystone from Los Angeles it did pretty good on the hills, but if I tried to get near 65mph the RPMs would contantly jump up and down trying to maintain the speed so I tried to stay at about 60. I averaged about 12mpg on the freeway. I had to pull over at one point because the transmission oil indicater(I think that was the one) said it was too hot.
Sounds like you were towing in "D".
Manual says not to. Says tow in "4" when hill climbing or hard towing.
It's on page 149 of my 2008 Manual.
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Hmmmm. I may need to take it for a spin again. But I would still rather have a smaller fiberlass trailer. The Keystone sleeps 6. I really don't even need the popout beds.
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Here is the pic with the RAV4
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I hear ya about the transmission heat and all that. My Highlander has the same 3.5L V6 and my trailer is a 16' (but only 2700 lb loaded) stickie. It has worked for about 3 years but I'd really prefer to either have a more rounded trailer or a bigger engine. I do keep overdrive (5) locked out, but even so I have found that the HL likes 60 way better than 65. And on long uphill climbs, considerably slower than that.
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Are you using a weight distribution hitch?
What is the tongue weight?
Here's pix of my RAV4 without and then with WDH.
It appears that the front wheels of your RAV are unloaded. If your current trailer is within the 3,500 lb tow rating and the 350 lb. tongue weight, you may be OK and a lot more comfortable and secure with the addition of a WDH.
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Here is the pic with the RAV4
Good day Kristi. Thnxs for the info and pic of your set up.

I agree with Glenn and Mike and believed they have suggested some key info as to why you are having issues with your set up.

The installation and correct set up of a quality WDH would be a huge improvement to getting your combination level and balance properly. The image Glenn has posted is a perfect example of the difference it can make.

Driving out of "D" is correct and you would notice less strain on the engine and tranny, will give you more power from the drive train, and a more enjoyable drive.

In the interest of safety driving at 65MPH towing a trailer is never recommended.

Also note.... You are right about the poor aerodynamic qualities of your Keystone and in that respect that negative will take more HP to tow at speed and the shoe box design will not handle as well as an aerodynamic trailer, especially on windy days or when an 18 wheeler goes flying by.

There is an article/towing test on line that explains how a Mini Van was more stable and got better fuel mileage towing a larger/heavier aerodynamic trailer compared to towing a trailer similar to size, shape, and weight of yours.

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