What can I tow with a 2005 Toyota RAV4? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-08-2006, 04:57 AM   #1
Julie P.
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We've been tent camping and are considering moving up to a small trailer but don't want to incur the expense of trading our 2005 Toyota RAV4 for a bigger SUV or pickup. The manual says its towing capacity is 1500 lbs. A 13' Scamp seems to be the right size to meet that requirement. Is anyone out there towing anything with a RAV4? How is it performing? Thanks much...
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Old 07-08-2006, 06:59 AM   #2
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Hi Julie! I'm sure that someone who's towing with a RAV4 will speak up. As you've probably discovered already, the RAV4 probably isn't considered to be THE most competent tow vehicle around, but we've all been in the same situation of having to use what we've got. We have a number of Honda Element owners who are quite happy towing their trailers with their Elements. I'm sure they can give you relevent tips as well.

Most current model 13' trailers weigh in at about 1200 lbs dry (regardless of what the manufacturer's literature says). Loaded, it'll put it right at the top of your limit. There are some things you can do to mitigate that; don't carry water and buy your canned goods when you arrive, for example. There are some older trailers that are a little lighter because they don't have much in the way of appliances or amenities. The older Scamps with just a sink and icebox weigh in right at a thousand pounds. Some of the old Compact IIs, I'm told, also would fall within your weight limits.

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Old 07-08-2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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Husky hitch applications (attached link) list the Rav4 as good for only a Class I hitch, limiteed to 2000 pounds trailer weight and 200 pounds tongue weight.


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Old 07-08-2006, 10:55 PM   #4
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I tow with a class one hitch.

My limit is 1500 as well. I do OK with it.

To make a long story short, You will be only slightly limited in WHERE you go and how fast you get there, but for the most part, you should be fine with a 13.
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Old 07-29-2006, 09:00 AM   #5
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Yea it will work, we are doing it. We have a 2005 Rav4.
and a Scamp 13Ft. It tows good.There are a few things to
be carefull about. Spare tire and back door. DO NOT try
to open door with trailer on, or hitch on . Ball on hitch will interfere
with door. Also be carefull where you leave the trailer jack crank, It
may hit spare tire. Also you will need the longest hitch insert to get the
tralier back away from the spare tire. I used the toyota hitch. It bolts on easy.
I also used the toyota wireing kit. You will need to wire a 12 Vdc hot lead from Battery.
Next make a interface cable to get the right plugs from the trailer to the car.
Sound like a lot but it,s not.

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