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Old 06-15-2024, 11:44 AM   #1
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Towing with a Toyota Rav 4 Prime? Anyone? Beuller?

I have a Toyota Rav 4 prime I would like to tow with. I am working on an old Casita and plan to lighten the load during the remodel. I am ditching the water tanks for sure. My Rav 4 says it will tow 2500 lbs, I am hoping to get the Casita to around 1500 lbs.

Anyone every tow with this vehicle?
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Old 06-15-2024, 02:40 PM   #2
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I've heard very good things from a couple of people towing 13'ers under 2000# fully loaded. I'm skeptical about a 16'er. Not sure what you've got.

It's my dream replacement for our Pilot for empty nest travel with our 13' Scamp, but they're rare as hen's teeth in my region, and dealer mark-ups are insane. We're still a year or two out, and a lot could change before then.
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John, I love the Rav 4 Prime. It has great electric range. I never put gas init for my 8 mile commute. I don't use half the stuff they put in most campers so I hope to keep the weight down in the restoration. If not I have another vehicle. I had a Trillium 13er I restored and towed with a Subaru Forester a few years back.
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I’d start with running your trailer across a scale and getting an accurate weight. Be sure to include tongue weight.

My Trillium 1300 weighed in at 1500 pounds with no water tank, no propane, no furnace, no battery. It quickly grew from there.
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Old 06-20-2024, 06:27 AM   #5
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Iíd start with running your trailer across a scale and getting an accurate weight. Be sure to include tongue weight.

My Trillium 1300 weighed in at 1500 pounds with no water tank, no propane, no furnace, no battery. It quickly grew from there.
This is my second FGRV, the first was a Trillium 13! I love how they were made. It was a great little camper. I am trying to keep the weight down. Casita 16 is a total gut. Vehicle only has 2500# tow rating. May just buy a small pickup if I have to. I heard you can't wire a Rav 4 Prime for electric brakes which is a concern.
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There's a wireless trailer brake unit. Redarc or something like that. I haven't used one but others have posted that they use it and it works.
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There's also Autowbrake.
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The Curt Echo brake controller fits inline with the trailer's electrical, and needs no wiring. It's calibrated and monitored through a smartphone app. It's worked fine so far. Last week we towed a 3000-lb Scamp down one of the steepest paved roads in Colorado, with no worries.

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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There's a wireless trailer brake unit. Redarc or something like that. I haven't used one but others have posted that they use it and it works.
Good to know, I will have to look into that. I have a little work to do on this beast right now. New floor in the works.
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The Curt Echo brake controller fits inline with the trailer's electrical, and needs no wiring. It's calibrated and monitored through a smartphone app. It's worked fine so far. Last week we towed a 3000-lb Scamp down one of the steepest paved roads in Colorado, with no worries.

https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
That sounds like a great option. I will check it out, thanks.
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