Chevy Impala as Tow Vehicle - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV

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Old 01-27-2007, 06:07 PM   #15
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I agree with the concerns about the RAV4 for trailers with tongue weight similar to the Casita 17'. I have always found the tongue weight of this model high for the trailer size, and that's a bad combination with a short-wheelbase vehicle. I rejected that model for towing with my Sienna partially for that reason, and the Sienna has a similar drivetrain and much more wheelbase than the (V6) RAV4.

Perhaps the Casita could be configured for lower tongue weight by relocating some items such as the battery, preferably to near the axle?

I can believe that the RAV4 is not prewired for a trailer brake controller, as the only vehicles with such wiring are typically pickup trucks and SUVs sharing truck chassis. That certainly does not mean a brake controller cannot be installed; many of us have done so. It does indicate that the manufacturers find that towing trailers over about one ton is much more common with truck-chassis vehicles than other models, but then as owners of lightweight moulded fiberglass travel trailers we are not typical customers.

1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
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