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Old 07-24-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Toyota Rav4 V6 and 16' Scamp

My sweetie just got back from the Toyota dealer for out 40,000 mile (overdue!) checkup. This one included brakes and suspension. Since we've just concluded a 4,700 mile trip pulling the Scamp I was anxious to see if any problems had developed. The only thing they found was that the front brakes will need new pads in around 10,000 miles...and I'm pretty sure that's not related to the Scamp.

End conclusion? A Toyota Rav4 V6 with the towing upgrade (extra transmission radiator) is well suited to pulling a fully-loaded 16' Scamp!
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Oh boy, now you've started it.
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Hey, I need something to take my mind off my stupid computer that decided it didn't want to boot this morning*. It's trying to "repair" itself now.

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Hey, I need something to take my mind off my stupid computer that decided it didn't want to boot this morning*. It's trying to "repair" itself now.

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Or better yet, an Ipad
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My sweetie just got back from the Toyota dealer for out 40,000 mile (overdue!) checkup. <cut> The only thing they found was that the front brakes will need new pads in around 10,000 miles...and I'm pretty sure that's not related to the Scamp.
That's interesting. I actually have gotten about 45,000 miles out of two different sets of front brake pads on my Outback towing a 16' as well - which is *a lot* less miles than I experienced with my last two Outbacks that were not towed with. Yup the trailer has good working brakes... hummmmm.
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That's interesting. I actually have gotten about 45,000 miles out of two different sets of front brake pads on my Outback towing a 16' as well - which is *a lot* less miles than I experienced with my last two Outbacks that were not towed with. Yup the trailer has good working brakes... hummmmm.
Left foot braker?
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The V6 Rav and our G weigh about the same.

I replaced the brakes on our G35 5 years ago. I just did them again last month. I had 100,000 klm's (60,000mile) on that set and they had 20% left.

Infiniti rotors and Hawk HPS performance pads.

The trailer has 4, 12" brakes. A lot of braking power for a 4,500lb road ready trailer. When the trailer brakes are set up right there should be no extra wear on the tv when towing.
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Honda Brake Pads

We've installed a set of brake pads on our Honda CRV at around 75,000 miles and another before we left NH at about 150,000 miles. Modern pads seem to last though in some measure it seems how and where you drive might be a large factor.

Today we just drove down from the rim of Crater Lake following a Ford pickup truck. He was riding his brakes so much that we had to pull over to prevent using ours.

Interestingly driving around the park, not towing, we're averaging about 33 mpg, it's all those down hill runs.

Crater Lake is a month place to see it all......
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LOL sorry to disappoint you again Thomas if that was the case the other two would have gone through brakes as well .......
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We've installed a set of brake pads on our Honda CRV at around 75,000 miles and another before we left NH at about 150,000 miles. Modern pads seem to last though in some measure it seems how and where you drive might be a large factor.
I suspect not wintering in the frozen north helps a lot .
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Raz,

I'm light on the brakes, generally roll to lights and stop signs, use our manual transmission to keep control speed on long down hill runs, and certainly the east is relatively hill free. I imagine most standard brake pad material is the same across vehicles.

Possibly one other factor is that I change my own pads and wait until they really need changing.
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I use my manual sport option as much as possible to slow things down as well and I suspect the fact I live on the side of a mountain doesnt help but as I indicated none of my previous vehicles have gone through front brakes as fast as the current one has. I actually talked to Subaru about it last month and they indicated that even though I was using good working brakes on the trailer I could expect to see a higher level of wear on the brakes so they were not as surprised by it as I am. I have also been towing the trailer a good 25% of the brakes life but I also dont wear them down until there nothing there - normally when I am told they are down to the 20% left I will change them. If I was to wear them right down I suppose I could could get another 20,000 or more out of them.... just not comfortable living on a steep hill and waiting to find out the hard way they really do need changing. ;-)
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Carol,

Probably like you, we have yearly mandatory inspections, so I never wear them down to the warning scraper on the pads, but nearly so.

I believe there's plenty of miles left on the pad when the scraper begins to sound.
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When do you start heading back East again?
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