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Old 01-13-2013, 09:34 PM   #127
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Toyota is no longer offering it because they no longer offer the V6 as an option on the RAV4. The market for the RAV4 is mainly those looking for fuel efficient small SUVs. That and CAFE are setting the standards. Those of us who tow are a very low priority.
In a few years, you may find that you have no choice but to buy a pick-up truck if you need a new tow vehicle. And, it may drive itself, avoiding gravel roads...
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:39 PM   #128
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Corporate Average Fuel Economy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

explains CAFE ( Corporate Average Fuel Economy ).
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:37 PM   #129
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Thoroughly disgusting, I skimmed through it because some of it was greek to me lol but what about the rv industry? I dont want a big truck to haul my ParkLiner with lol... because to get the high mpg they are looking for its gonna be smaller engines, not geared for towing... maybe time to buy something and keep it for 20 years lol

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:48 PM   #130
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I'm sure the gas savings will be more than offset by the gain in cost for each vehicle. It's going to be clown cars, or 3/4 ton pickups. You can forget all wheel drive, Subaru better start engineering front wheel drives.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:51 PM   #131
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They could just switch over to all diesel vehicles... better mpg and higher towing ability

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:01 PM   #132
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They could just switch over to all diesel vehicles... better mpg and higher towing ability

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epa says they're too dirty. I wish they would, look at what europe has.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:51 AM   #133
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This is key info from a towing guru which really cuts to the chase regarding this WDH subject on lightweight vehicles and camper. The info will suprise most.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:51 AM   #134
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The info will suprise most.
Surprise most? Seriously? they do after all install and sell high end hitches for a living.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:09 PM   #135
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Doesn't surprise me as the article reflects my experience with my RAV4 and WDH. Would you rather put your faith in somebody who doesn't sell hitches?
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:36 PM   #136
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Deryk,

My owners manual shows how many inches from the center rear wheels to where the ball should be. Does yours show that? We haven't got our hitch yet. I am really hoping that with our lighter trailer with the coupler lower to the ground we will have no need for WDH or air help. If we do I see a new transmission for our Honda.

Is there not a better rise you could use that does not put the weight so far from the car?

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Doesn't surprise me either, the canamrv.ca links and videos have been tossed around for a number of years now.
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epa says they're too dirty. I wish they would, look at what europe has.
Gee, I wonder what the trucks and buses and trains use, clean diesel fuel? I doubt it!!!
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Wow, I guess it has been a while since we bought a draw bar. I thought they were cheap. We have a couple sitting in the garage, too bad you can't borrow different ones from people to see which would work best for you.

our Scamp has always been up close to our tow vehicle with a short draw bar. Noticed parked to another same size Scamp their draw bar was further back. Never gave it much though until now. When I looked at the variety of draw bars it is obvious that we have a short one.

Will be interesting to see how this all works out for you.
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Well, Toyota did solve the problem - the 2013 RAV4 is no longer available with the V6 and according to the new Trailer Life "Guide to Towing" no longer has a tow rating at all.
One thing about the Trailer Life list that is certain is that it is incomplete. It's a good place to start, but authoritative information comes from the manufacturer.

In this case Toyota USA appears to be offering only preview information. Toyota Canada specs show a towing capacity of 1500 pounds, which doesn't surprise me for the engine and vehicle type. That's not enough for most of our trailers, but a trailer which does fit will not likely have enough tongue weight to be a problem needing a WD system fix.
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