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Old 03-30-2015, 04:31 PM   #29
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Wayne,

Eat your dinner. I've heard you many times already.

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:48 PM   #30
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Let's keep this thread on the topic of Melissa's Rav4, shall we? Tangents are so tempting, I know....
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:54 PM   #31
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Great point Mike, as we have once agaoin started to drift into questioning mfg's limits, aka: Not Defined....


Now, if Melissa can provide us with some tongue weight info we may be able to rule in/rule out the #1 sway inducer.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:05 PM   #32
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Since she states the problem occurs hooked or unhooked, I don't see how it can be called a "towing problem". First, get the vehicle fixed, then look to solving any towing problems that still exist...
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:57 PM   #33
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Check with Toyota for a recall. I had an 07 with a rear suspension recall-don't recall which parts or which years were affected. Good luck.
Toyota Recall

August 28, 2013
Model Affected RAV4
Description: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2011 RAV4 and 2010 Lexus HS250h passenger vehicles manufactured from October 2005 through September 2010. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm (rear tie rod) may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure. Failure of the rear tie rod will cause an abrupt change in the vehicle's alignment.

Component SUSPENSION:REAR

Remedy Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tie rods and replace any that have rust or corrosion on the alignment adjustment threads. All of the rear tie rods will then be encased in an epoxy to prevent future environmental damage.

Due to limitations in parts, the recall remedy will be launched in phases from September 2013 through mid-April 2014. All owners will receive notification of the recall, with most receiving second notifications when parts are available in their area.

IMPORTANT: This recall supersedes Toyota and Lexus recall 12V-373. All vehicles that have been inspected and remedied under the previous recall need to be re-inspected and have the appropriate remedy applied.
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I've had that recall done, and then they recalled it to do it again ( or at least check it ), since some of the recall work was done improperly.
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:11 AM   #35
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Do you have an equalizer?
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:15 AM   #36
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So true.... The right connection makes all the difference. Doesn't it make one wonder how the Rav4 would have handled with that light duty Reese WDH?

Even so I know how nice those Venza's drive and no doubt you are very happy with your new combo. Any pics Grant?
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The combo looks great Grant. Nothing wrong traveling in comfort.
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I had the recall done as well but I'm gonna have it rechecked after seeing Glenn's post for sure! Tongue weight with full propane was 155lbs.
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Do you have an equalizer?
Asking me? Pix without and with WDH.
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:01 AM   #40
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If this was my Rav I would take the car at speed on the highway where it likes to dance and have a friend parallel you looking at the tires to see if they are oscillating or bouncing about. In their cell they can shoot video if need be. If a bad strut or out of balance tire will show. You just cant see it from the driver seat.

I would find an independent alignment shop that has been in business at least 15 years or so. NO chain shops you want a specialist. If necessary go to you old school auto parts store and ask for a recommendation they know everyone especially independent long term shops.
Get the suspension specialist in the car with you and let him drive it at speed before any work is done.

Areas of concern to me would be Bad bushing holding the steering rack in place. Bushing holding the rear track alignment, Loose unit bearings or a bad strut.

Isn't you car under warranty with Carmax. When I bought my Nissan from them they were very good about covering the warranty repairs. At the time just pay the $50 deductible and they fixed it. I would't volunteer anything about the trailer.

What ever you do you need to get the mechanic's butt in the seat next to you to really identify what is going on so it can be properly addressed.

The scariest car I ever drove was a 1976 Mustang 2 with the infamous Firestone 500 tires. The tires and car drove straight but the car had a 6 inch wallow on the freeway at speed. It rocked side to side like a baby in a rocker. It was smooth but very unnerving as it wallowed side to side on the flex of the side walls.
A change in the tires made it all go away.
I hope you resolve this to your satisfaction.
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Asking me? Pix without and with WDH.
looks so much better with WDH, I think my rav would have handled so much better with one.
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Handles and rides much better.
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