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Old 04-17-2016, 08:47 AM   #15
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I'll do it like that going downhill. Should be okay on gentle Blue Ridge hills. Thx.
Don't assume the eastern hills are any less steep than those in the west. While the pulls (and, of course, downhills) in the Rockies may be longer, the steepest paved road I've driven was an 18%, 2 mile haul between Red Rock & Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania.

As to brakes, here in NY they are required on any trailer over 1000 lbs. I strongly suggest that you order or replace the axle with one with brakes & have the RAV4 wired for them.
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:47 AM   #16
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Hi, I am Trish in Louisiana, looking for info on towing a 13' Scamp with Toyota RAV4 having a tow limit of 1500#. I have not bought a camper yet and it's the most lightweight one (that I like) of it's type that I can find. What must be done to tweak my vehicle for safe towing? Any other related info is welcome as I have just begun my research. Thx, Trish
Our son tows a Scamp 13 with a 4 cylinder Honda Accord and he lives in the very hilly Seattle area. He did add a transmission cooler to his Accord.

He does not have brakes on his 1977 Scamp 13, but tows it all over the Northwest without issue. He does take it easy and follows the speed limits, generally driving in the 55-60 mph range.

I towed a Scamp 16 with a 4 cylinder Honda CRV without issue for about 7 years, towing all over the USA and Canada. My CRV had a manual transmission.

In my experience you should be easily able to tow a Scamp 13. If you'd like some tips drop me a PM.

Wish you well
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I should have clarified as I was thinking more about the difficulty of an emergency stop going downhill or even on a level road if I needed to brake suddenly. I'd prefer to have trailer brakes even at the added expense than not. Thanks.
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Hi Jon, you're right I should not assume that though I have traveled there many times. I doubt I'll travel any farther than GA and N.C., though. I don't have a trailer yet but seems the thing to do is to get one with brakes. Thx.
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Hi Norm and Ginny! Thanks for you reply. That is comforting to know a 4-C Honda was able to handle a 13' Scamp. I won't be in any hurry so will be able to poke along. I suppose he traveled rather light. I am set on the Scamp and is the only one I want so will end up with it, one way or another. I will PM later. Thanks!
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My son's Accord and our CRV had virtually identical engines, the real difference was transmissions. We're retired and have been for 16 years traveling over 7 months a year while he still works traveling vacations and weekends. His Scamp 13 is not particularly light but lighter than our Scamp 16.

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Thanks to you all for your valued replies. I think I have ample info to go on for the time being. Now I can plan a strategy. Thank you so much!
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I spent $700 on brake job for my '08 RAV4. That's at a dealer and in Canada, where everything costs more.
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I also have an 07 Rav4, in my case with AWD, V6, and tow package (3,500 lb limit). You didn't say which engine you have - the V6 has ample power whereas the I4 will mean you climb hills more slowly. As others have said, trans cooling is critical and an after market cooler will help (my Rav has a trans cooling coil inside the radiator). Air bags can be added for moderate cost if you have excessive rear end sag. Brakes in your trailer are a legal requirement in most states.

You can never officially raise your legal tow limit, but you can make your vehicle more easily cope with the additional loads. If you ever have an accident it will definitely be in your favor to be operating legally. If that is not possible you should strongly consider changing tow vehicles.
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You can never officially raise your legal tow limit, but you can make your vehicle more easily cope with the additional loads.
Are you under the impression that OEM tow ratings on light duty vehicles are somehow legally binding?
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What I mean is that I know of no way you can change the OEM tow limit for your tow vehicle. If you were in an accident and towing more than the stated limit you could be in a difficult legal situation. If the trailer you are towing is loaded beyond it's stated GVWR the situation would be similar. That's not to say that you won't get away with it but why take the risk?
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RCMP have done weight checks in BC. Mostly they nailed truck campers that were overweight for the vehicle ( they are easy to spot ).
Kind of ruins your vacation to leave your truck at a pull-out because the numbers don't add up.
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Trish, First thing to do is visit a Toyota dealer and ask them to determine your actual tow rating. There are many different models within the RAV 4 group.
They can look up the actual specifications for your vehicle. Much better method than trusting answers from strangers on the Internet.

Get tow capacity and maximum tounge weight for your model as built in 2007.
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The dealer can just run the VIN and tell you the specs.
On the other hand, if you ask the internet, you can eventually get whatever answer you want to hear.
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