Anyone Tow with a Toyota Rav-4 ???

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  1. rdglide

    rdglide New Member

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    I have a 2002 4cyl. Rav-4 and will be using it to tow a Coleman Newport for the first time this year. Any suggestions on what I need to do to make sure the car is in tip top shape to pull this?? Thanks
     
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    According to Edmunds, your towing capacity is 1500 Lbs.

    I don't know what year your Newport is, but a 1990 weighs 1100 lbs, and thats dry. Add in propane tanks, water, camping gear and you have quickly hit your limit.

    I think the RAV 4 is a fine vehicle, but that generation is pretty short in the wheel base for towing. The newer longer RAV 4 would be a much better tow vehicle - the V6 is rated at 3500 lbs - big differnce.

    I would suggest that unless you can pack super light, not to try it at all. If you do, recognize you aren't in an optimal vehicle, and keep your speed way down. With a short wheel base, be careful of sway. Make sure your brakes are perfect.

    You don't say where you are going, but I hope the trip is fairly flat.

    James

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    Thanks, I'll have to make sure I pack all the gear in the car and not in the camper... It's a 1990 coleman Newport.
     
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    It will probably do fine until you have to go up hill. Starting with the 2004 Toyota added a bit more to the engine. You have the smaller engine. Let us know how it goes.

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    Hey Thanks! I purchase the pup out of state and towed it home a couple of hundread miles. The Rav pulled smoothly though I must admit the camper was empty. I'll make sure I pack it lightly. Does anyone recomed getting the Rav checked out before pulling the pup further?? Maybe change the tranny fluid?? Etc.??

    1990 Coleman Newport
     
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    mercman Go Ahead, Be That Happy Camper!

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    If it's a automatic, get a tranny cooler. If you do regular maintence on your vehicle, you should be all set.

    Enjoy your camper.

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  7. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Find out what the maximum gross combined vehicle weight is for your RAV-4. This is a measure of car weight, trailer weight and the weight of everything (including people) in either vehicle. You should not exceed this weight and IMO, there should be a comfortable safety margin. If you are at the limit, moving something from the trailer to the car won't help.
     
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    You'll burn that TV out in short order...4 cyl. no good for towing that kinda weight.
     
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    Don't tow with your Rav4, regardless where you put the weight, PU or TV, it is still considered weight. Your tranny will go before your engine, and regardless you will get stranded, if you have a warranty, it will be voided.
     

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