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Old 05-27-2016, 02:56 PM   #29
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I have a 2008 Toyota Rav4 with the factory hitch. When I bought the vehicle I got a story from the salesman that the factory hitch (with a $900 price tag) was better than the aftermarket ones ($150). Both have 3500# ratings. I went home and did some research.
The Toyota hitch attaches with (29) bolts vs (4) in the aftermarket hitches. It seems it's not the strength of the hitch, but the possibility of warping the frame that is the concern. Something to think about if you are looking at an attractively priced used Rav4 or other small suv with an aftermarket hitch.

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Old 05-31-2016, 08:51 PM   #30
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Just returned from a 7,000 mile trip with my brand new Scamp 13' w/bath. Towing with a Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Turbo. We passed everyone in sight - 18-wheelers, RVs, other stick-built trailers, 5th wheels - even in snow squalls. Had lots of power, did three crossings of the Continental Divide, and had absolutely no problem pulling the Scamp up and over 8,000 to 9,000 foot mountains.

I couldn't be more pleased with the performance of the car!
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:18 PM   #31
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I have a 2008 Toyota Rav4 with the factory hitch. When I bought the vehicle I got a story from the salesman that the factory hitch (with a $900 price tag) was better than the aftermarket ones ($150). Both have 3500# ratings. I went home and did some research.
The Toyota hitch attaches with (29) bolts vs (4) in the aftermarket hitches. It seems it's not the strength of the hitch, but the possibility of warping the frame that is the concern. Something to think about if you are looking at an attractively priced used Rav4 or other small suv with an aftermarket hitch.

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29? really? 29?
I have installed aftermarket hitches on several different tow vehicles and every one of them was installed using the same attachment points as the OEM hitch. This is most common on ClassIII hitches, but some might require drilling.

The aftermarket Hidden-Hitch on my Ranger is strong enough and attached well enough to easily support the weight of the truck should it be lifted by a crane attached to it.

Beware of ClassI hitches when that is all which is offered for a particular application. Most of them are good for a bike rack, anything more should require a little research before making the decision.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:20 PM   #32
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My experience towing my 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe with a 6 cylinder was just the opposite . Everyone has a different perception of what is an adequate tow vehicle. I have never owned anything that towed like a dream nor have I ever felt that the trailer wasn't there.. Even with my fullsize 1/2 ton V8 truck , I can tell I have a trailer in tow by the way the vehicle handles and the way it sounds.
Ha ha, I think you're right!!

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Old 06-01-2016, 02:21 PM   #33
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Just returned from a 7,000 mile trip with my brand new Scamp 13' w/bath. Towing with a Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Turbo. We passed everyone in sight - 18-wheelers, RVs, other stick-built trailers, 5th wheels - even in snow squalls. Had lots of power, did three crossings of the Continental Divide, and had absolutely no problem pulling the Scamp up and over 8,000 to 9,000 foot mountains.

I couldn't be more pleased with the performance of the car!
Nice. What is its towing capacity?

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Old 06-01-2016, 02:25 PM   #34
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I keep looking in the rear-view mirror and everything darn time I can tell.. the trailer is there (still there in fact, thank gawd).

But if I were looking for a tow vehicle for a fiberglass camper, I would first figure out which campers I might end up with, then look up the real world weights, then pick a tow vehicle that had a towing capacity of 25-75 % over the weight of the camper and also had high reliability ratings at Consumer Reports. From this list I would check all the specs to make sure it was OK, and lean toward one that was ready to tow and did not need a lot of work to prep it for towing.
YIKES!

Good answer.

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Old 06-01-2016, 02:29 PM   #35
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Hi all,

Good replies.

I'm going to try something with a towing capacity of 3500 to 5000, esp. in case I want to upgrade to a 16 eventually. I need to look at the Scamp specs again.

Now I see the links you were talking about in the other threads.

I would rather use an SUV than a truck, so I can pack all my stuff and keep it dry, and my dogs have a place to sit.

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...What is its towing capacity?...
A Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with the 2.0L turbo-4 engine is rated to tow 3500 pounds (2016 specs). The Kia Sorento (corporate sibling) is also available with the same engine and tow rating. Beware, though… either one with the base 2.4L non-turbo engine is only rated for 2000 pounds.

This is the first report I've read on the forum of someone actually towing with the new turbo-4, and it sounds promising.
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A Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with the 2.0L turbo-4 engine is rated to tow 3500 pounds (2016 specs). The Kia Sorento (corporate sibling) is also available with the same engine and tow rating. Beware, though… either one with the base 2.4L non-turbo engine is only rated for 2000 pounds.

This is the first report I've read on the forum of someone actually towing with the new turbo-4, and it sounds promising.
Hi all,

I settled for a Hyundai Santa Fe v-6 awd. I don't even remember the trim, but I think it's a GLS.

It has a towing capacity of 5k.

Meanwhile, I've run into a snag, and am worried about getting to my camper on time

I just found out I need an infusion (a kind of iv) and have to be seen by a home health nurse. He or she will train me on how to do it, but I hope it means I can still get to AZ in the right time frame!!! I really, really want to do this.

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Hi all,

I settled for a Hyundai Santa Fe v-6 awd. I don't even remember the trim, but I think it's a GLS.

It has a towing capacity of 5k.

Meanwhile, I've run into a snag, and am worried about getting to my camper on time

I just found out I need an infusion (a kind of iv) and have to be seen by a home health nurse. He or she will train me on how to do it, but I hope it means I can still get to AZ in the right time frame!!! I really, really want to do this.

Margaret
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