RAV4 problems, need new TV - Page 5 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-29-2015, 06:46 PM   #57
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
I do recall reading CR evaluation of Chevy Corvette where they complained that it only had seating for two and little space for luggage.
__________________

__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 07:05 PM   #58
Member
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Casita
Florida
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo View Post
I've been paddling for 40 years. Had a couple pickups. Maybe he doesn't pay for his own boats, but I suspect the racks are either both on the cab or both on the canopy.

Just have a look on Youtube at any off roading pickup truck and watch how the bed of the truck flexes in one direction as the cab flexes in another. If one end of your boat is tied down to a rack on the bed and the other end to a rack on the cab it is getting repeatedly twisted.
I find that to be more of a theoretical concern unless you rock crawl with your canoe on top (and I'm sure somebody does). I have never seen a boat damaged this way - limited rock crawling in Florida though. I have one rack on the cab and one on the bed as I like the stability from the increased spread (canoes) as I drive at highway speed. I've only been at it 35 years though. My personal record was five canoes on a 78 Honda Civic. Regards.
__________________

__________________
PC Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 07:11 PM   #59
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
Quote:
Originally Posted by PC Steve View Post
I've only been at it 35 years though. My personal record was five canoes on a 78 Honda Civic. Regards.
Pix?
I've only done three.
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 07:31 PM   #60
Member
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Casita
Florida
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo View Post
Pix?
I've only done three.
Not on the civic but maybe on the tacoma, I'll look. Basically two tandems on the bottom, then two 2x4s across the keels as a second crossbar. Tie 3 solo boats to the 2xs individually. Two belly bands over all the boats and bow and stern lines for each boat. I can tie a truckers hitch in my sleep. This comes in handy with solo boats and long shuttles.
__________________
PC Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 07:44 PM   #61
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
I can tie a trucker's hitch too, but for the life of me, I've never been able to explain how.
Guess we're rather off topic.
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 08:11 PM   #62
Member
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Casita
Florida
Posts: 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo View Post
I can tie a trucker's hitch too, but for the life of me, I've never been able to explain how.
Guess we're rather off topic.
Apologies for the HiJack (at least they are fiberglass). I'll end with this.

It is only three but you add one more on each side on the second level with longer 2X4s

__________________
PC Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 08:21 PM   #63
Member
 
Name: Vicki
Trailer: Scamp 13, 2015 Nissan Frontier SE
Connecticut
Posts: 95
I can tie one too!

And while the idea of a pickup truck is nice, aren't there issues with the security of things left in the back, even with a cap on the bed? Hard to lock them or easy to steal the cap or something along those lines? And I am not sure I could get a pickup with the comfort features I want (heated leather seats, in particular - - this is a must have for me) in a reasonable price range.

I spent LOTS of time on the phone today. Brought my car in this morning. Dealer did a diagnostic, tech called me and said "nothing wrong." Asked for manager. Manager didn't call back soon enough. Called again. Service manager said tech did the wrong process - - just a basic diagnostic, not their very official process for dealing with reported unintended acceleration. Now I have to wait for them to do that, in conjunction with Toyota corporate, tomorrow. Meantime I had called Toyota corporate and started a case with them. Case manager will call me tomorrow. Told dealership I want a meeting with general manager when the results are in early tomorrow afternoon. They are giving me a loaner car tomorrow. But they say I can't keep it for the weekend, and I am supposed to go away for the weekend tomorrow afternoon. Not happy, will work on that issue tomorrow.

My boyfriend came up with an idea. If they deny there is anything wrong, dare them to all stand in front of the vehicle while someone sits in it with their foot on the brake, idling. Kinda like Erin Brokovich daring those people to drink the dirty water.

So, still in limbo, but based on the impression I was left with after these discussions, I am not hopeful they will find a solution. Still getting ready to pick out a new car.

Research has revealed the following major problems recently or currently being investigated, some of which were lied about/covered up for years:

Exploding, shrapnel filled airbags killing people after minor accidents (Honda, probably others)
Steering column failures (Honda, Ford)
Ignition switches catching fire (GMC)
Faulty brakes (Nissan Altima)

So, pick your poison, as others have pointed out. It's really exhausting, looking into all of this. Fool me once and all of that, I just can't go with Toyota again. For cargo space I like the Honda best, but not thrilled with what they have done to cover things up either. No better off than I was yesterday re: making a choice.

I do know that I want something with at least #3500 towing capacity. Our trailer is light, but we load up the car heavy, too. And I like having a comfort zone.

Thanks for everyone's input. I am reading every post and taking it under consideration.
__________________
VicCT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 08:44 PM   #64
Senior Member
 
Name: None
Trailer: None
None
Posts: 2,730
Truck topper

Quote:
Originally Posted by VicCT View Post
I can tie one too!

And while the idea of a pickup truck is nice, aren't there issues with the security of things left in the back, even with a cap on the bed? Hard to lock them or easy to steal the cap or something along those lines? And I am not sure I could get a pickup with the comfort features I want (heated leather seats, in particular - - this is a must have for me) in a reasonable price range.
I have a fiberglass topper on my truck (painted to match the vehicle)and have had no problems with theft plus the topper gives you a lot of dry storage .Breaking into a topper is no more difficult than your vehicle ,all it takes is a crowbar to break a window. Pickups come with the same options as a car . My truck has tilt .cruise.,power seats ,A/C, heated seats ,heated steering wheel ,power locks ,power windows,remote start ,Bluetooth Etc Etc . My truck is not even the upgraded model which has every feature imaginable including heated /cooled leather bucket seats. Reasonable price is in the mind of the purchaser so your on your own
__________________
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 09:03 PM   #65
Senior Member
 
Mike Magee's Avatar
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: Li'l Hauley
Oklahoma
Posts: 5,143
Trucker's hitch, huh? So that's what they call the knot my dad showed me all those years ago. I use it a lot.

Vicki, are you strictly looking for a used vehicle? Or maybe a new one? If the former, you may have to be willing to settle for what you can find at a reasonable price, within a limited time frame. If shopping new, you have more flexibility in picking out what you want.

The latest version of Jeep Grand Cherokee (2010 and later) is pretty plush. Leather seats on the limited, overland, and summit trim levels. Some have perforated leather so air can blow through to cool your seat during summer. Keyless ignition, rear backup camera, lots of goodies. The V6 can tow 6200 lbs.
__________________
How much time do we have left? 2 Chr. 7:14
Mike Magee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 09:11 PM   #66
Member
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Casita
Florida
Posts: 52
I just bought a used 17 ft Casita and will pull it with a 94 f250 cause that is what I have and I have awhile before I retire and expand my range. Probably will replace toolbox with topper. Unfortunately, anything left unattended in the woods is at risk.

Minivans are great for canoeing (and most other tasks, comfort, seating capacity, storage, long wheelbase, short overhang, long roofline for canoes) but probably not beefy enough for my 17. I'm also concerned about ground clearance as they continue to lower them for aerodynamics.

I'm also interested in the new ford and ram vans.

I enjoy these discussions as it is cheaper than making all the mistakes myself.
__________________
PC Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 09:13 PM   #67
Member
 
Name: Vicki
Trailer: Scamp 13, 2015 Nissan Frontier SE
Connecticut
Posts: 95
Mike, I may be even more limited by what is available at the dealership I am dealing with, if I want to act fast. They have a pretty good selection though. Leaning towards a Nissan Murano right now. I like the Cherokees but they don't seem to have any in stock.

I know wanting leather/heated seats makes me sound like a spoiled wimp, but the leather is for practical reasons (we are very tough on upholstery, being boaters) and the heated seats are for my bad back. And yes, those cold winter New England mornings. :-) I had them for the first time with this Rav, and now I don't know how I suffered without them.

Steve, I am intrigued by the idea of a pickup, but that my be my next car. Not really ready to make that leap yet, for some reason.
__________________
VicCT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 09:29 PM   #68
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
Mike Magee,
Trucker's hitch isn't really a knot. It's more like a pulley system. I'd explain, but I can't.
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 11:40 PM   #69
Senior Member
 
Name: Dale
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper; 2002 Highlander 3.0L; 2017 Escape 21'; 2016 F-150 5.0L Fx4
Alabama
Posts: 580
Vicki, If you haven't already, it would be interesting to ask your dealer what they would give you for your current car as a trade-in. If they really low-ball you, then it seems they are admitting that it has a problem and will be hard to unload on anyone else. If I'm not mistaken, that's part of the deal behind the Prius class action suit - compensation for loss of trade-in value. Does that make sense? For what it's worth, we purchased our 2006 Prius new and have put just over 135,000 miles on it with no acceleration problems - so far....
__________________
War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 11:49 PM   #70
Member
 
Name: Vicki
Trailer: Scamp 13, 2015 Nissan Frontier SE
Connecticut
Posts: 95
War Eagle, we think alike. :-)
__________________

__________________
VicCT is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RAV4 and equalizer hitch - any problem? Glenn Baglo Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 6 10-31-2008 03:49 PM
Towing with Rav4 Edward Shook Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 1 07-08-2008 08:19 PM
Towing a Hybrid with a Rav4 Roger Cumba General Chat 8 07-03-2007 07:16 PM
Towing a Boler with a Rav4 Paula D. Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 16 08-24-2006 09:46 AM
What can I tow with a 2005 Toyota RAV4? Julie P. Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 4 07-29-2006 10:00 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.