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Old 05-11-2015, 01:27 PM   #21
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So . . . wanna sell your RAV4? Anyone want to sell your ready-to-go RAV4? Actually, I'm serious. Or half-serious. Guess I can't get out of this that easy!!!
Actually, I probably will be trading mine in for a small truck (thinking about either a Colorado or the new Tacoma) after I get back East in April. I'm leaving on a trip to Alaska in June, plan to stay in the West for the winter. Of course by then the RAV4 will have 130,000 miles on it, with half of it towing.
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:28 PM   #22
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Buddy just bought a 2015 Highlander with a 2" hitch receiver and couldn't find out what class it was. Dealership didn't seem to know or be able to find out. Didn't know if it was adequate for WDH, but the manual apparently advises a WDH if towing more than 3,500 lbs.

Anyway, he went to U-haul and got a much better deal on a genuine class III hitch receiver for WDH.
so...was Buddy's Highlander fitted out with a 2" Class II hitch or not?
The Dealer didn't know
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So Jon, do YOU want to sell you RAV4? Just kidding. Kind of.
I do think from all the info provided, I really want to look for a RAV4 with the tow package already installed. Will start my serious search this week.
Thank you all the awesome info.


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You would have to check the VIN number with Toyota to determine if a V6 RAV4 has the tow package - in the US, it was available with or without the package.
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:32 PM   #24
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There are lots of options for vehicles between the size of a Tahoe and a Rav4! I tow with a Sienna (we have 3 dogs that ride in crates in the back) which sure feels smaller than a Tahoe because it's closer to the ground and drives like a car.
You might look at the Ford Flex, for instance, which with a weight distributing hitch can tow 4500lbs.
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Thanks rbryan4, WILL look for one with tow package.

Leon, thanks, would never have known for install not to interfere with knees.

gbaglo, thanks again re Pro Serv info.

Jon, wow, lots of mileage. That says a lot for the quality of Toyota!
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:33 PM   #26
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so...was Buddy's Highlander fitted out with a 2" Class II hitch or not?
The Dealer didn't know
Haven't talked about the hitch since he booked appointment with U-Haul.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:34 PM   #28
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FWIW, I bought the Tekonsha Prodigy RF brake controller and will be installing it next month when I pick up the trailer. It's something to consider if you don't want to hardwire a controller or modify your dash, and it stays with the trailer. It's not cheap, but I got mine for less than $200 on eBay.

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Old 05-11-2015, 02:54 PM   #29
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Late to this party but the part of the tow package V couldn't recall is a heavy duty 150A alternator. We are glad we purchased a wd hitch as the Rav4 would really be low in the rear without it. We got the Anderson and are satisfied with it. I can't say if it was worth the extra dollar. I am happy with the RAV4 short wheelbase as it allows more control when backing up the 17b. A longer based TV would, I think, be a little more tricky. We got about 15mpg while towing 5000 miles this winter, and 24 with the vehicle alone.
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There are lots of options for vehicles between the size of a Tahoe and a Rav4! I tow with a Sienna (we have 3 dogs that ride in crates in the back) which sure feels smaller than a Tahoe because it's closer to the ground and drives like a car.
You might look at the Ford Flex, for instance, which with a weight distributing hitch can tow 4500lbs.
We used to tow our 17 with a Sienna Van. I loved that vehicle because I could carry three people and their bicycles, keeping everything out of the weather. It towed the 17 beautifully. But you can't tow a 21 with a Sienna, so we traded for a Highlander. But if I could find a really nice van to tow the 21, I would be strongly tempted to buy it.
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