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Old 05-11-2015, 03:44 PM   #31
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We got about 15mpg while towing 5000 miles this winter, and 24 with the vehicle alone.
I got 17 mpg mostly towing, but highways and flat.
Around town, with no trailer, I get 15 mpg, mostly sitting at stop lights.
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:19 PM   #32
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For my rav4 V6 with tow pkg, i got a drawtite class 111 receiver from etrailer and installed it myself. Went to Uhaul and had them install the brake controller, harness and all the harness for lights. I tow a 16 scamp, is lighter then an Escape and have not yet had to use a WDH. Everything was under $500. My 2012 has 33000 mi including 2500mi towing. I`m not selling. Good luck on your search, they are nice to drive in town, especially after a 150 crew cab. Carl
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:39 PM   #33
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Maybe a little clarification of terms is in order, just to improve discussion and understanding:
Here are the terms, and some etrailer links with illustrations (and prices).


Receiver (bolts to the Tow vehicle): http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2011_Toyota_RAV4.htm
Note that the top receiver in the etrailer link indicates that it's rated for weight-distribution hitches).

Ball Mount (slides into the receiver): http://www.etrailer.com/p-C45030.html (you also need a 2" ball).


Brake Controller (on or under your dashboard; generally an automatic device in operation, but controls must be accessible to the driver): http://www.etrailer.com/bc-2011_Toyota_RAV4.htm
I looked for 7 pin wiring kits, but no joy! There are lighting kits (4 pin), but then you need 12V power and also a brake line from the brake controller. This wiring would have to be done by the dealer or a good independent shop (E.G. U-Haul).


The Weight Distribution Hitch or an Anderson hitch are in lieu of the ball mount.
Here's a photo of Dennis (I think) at ETI, installing a WDH.
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/me...cture1230.html
Click "Prev" to see the rest of the hitch on the trailer.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:04 PM   #34
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Here's a link to the Tekonsha 90195 P3 Electronic Brake Control, probably one of the best you can get.

Amazon.com: Tekonsha 90195 P3 Electronic Brake Control: Automotive

Is the RAV4 a front wheel drive? If so I'd think a WDH hitch should be used so the proper weight would be on the drive wheels.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:25 PM   #35
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As Glen pointed out, all RAV4 V6 in Canada came with the tow package. Ever thought about picking one up in the Vancouver, BC area and taking it home? Looking at Craigslist ads, some list for under C$15k with under 60k miles (remember that odometers here are in km, not miles!). Getting a hitch & wiring can still be done. Maybe ETI can help you with that part.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:44 PM   #36
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First of all, thank you to everyone who has posted!!! I just got home -- read the new posts -- it's all kind of overwhelming and so I'm going to wait until tomorrow and try to absorb little by little.
I went to look at my first RAV4 this afternoon and fell in love. It's the 6 cyl., Limited, 58,000 miles and they're asking $20,400. I think that's high.
Tworainy, the prices sound good in Canada and would love to do that but would be afraid to make the trip and commitment sight unseen.
So much to figure out -- will start again fresh tomorrow after some sleep!!! Thanks so much!
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:42 PM   #37
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Ever thought about picking one up in the Vancouver, BC area and taking it home?
I would check the rules before doing that to see what's involved. Moving motor vehicles less than 15 years old across the border is not trivial, even though the regulations almost match between the two countries.
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I'd stick to buying where you live; taking the time to ensure that you are getting a good vehicle, properly equipped, rather that leaping at something that may look like a deal in another country.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:48 AM   #39
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Most would agree here that a tow package is advisable for a 17B. Getting that on a new RAV4 in 2012 and prior was one thing. Finding a used one with it is another. My 2013 Highlander SE had tow package as standard equipment. In researching this I believe it started in 2011; check with Toyota to be sure. Not as cute but it performs great as a TV for the 17B. If hitch is factory it is Class III.

While it seems all Canadian RAV4 & Highlanders are both AWD and have tow package, that is not the case in the US. I would advise AWD for increased traction from experience with a 2WD Murano. Lastly, using a WDH is not recommended by Toyota for the RAV4, however I use it even with my Yukon based on advice from the local dealer.
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Lastly, using a WDH is not recommended by Toyota for the RAV4, however I use it even with my Yukon based on advice from the local dealer.
I'm still waiting, after six years, for Toyota to explain why they "do not recommend" use of a WDH.
So, I am amused that my buddy bought a 2015 Highlander and in his manual, Toyota recommends a WDH when towing over 3,500 lbs. Both the RAV4 V6 and the Highlander are unibody construction and share a lot of other parts.
I'm due for a service this month and I'll be pestering Toyota yet again for an answer. Been using the WDH for almost seven years and I don't really care what the answer is anymore, but damn it, I want an answer.
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