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Old 05-12-2015, 01:15 AM   #41
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"I'm really sorry for your inconvenience Mr. Baglo, and I do apologize and understand your frustration"- sound familiar? It seems like every corporate CSR has this talk track embedded, which makes things only worse.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:21 AM   #42
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They haven't gotten to that yet. They just keep repeating that "Toyota does not recommend a WDH" rather than tell me why. I've saved the whole string of emails.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:29 AM   #43
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"Toyota does not recommend the use of truck-mounted artillery"
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:57 AM   #44
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ED,

If you want an effective way to search for the RAV4 you need, check out cargurus.com. This search engine will let you search geographically by model, trim level, and most importantly, the tow package option.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:33 AM   #45
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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.
They share engine and other drivetrain components (which have nothing to do with hitch use), but last I checked they shared no structure, nothing of the rear suspension, and probably little if anything of the front suspension. The RAV4 is shorter, so WDH misadjustment is a larger potential issue - maybe that's it.

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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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Old 05-19-2015, 02:18 PM   #46
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Thanks again to everyone for the great input.
FYI, I did contact Toyota about the two RAV4's I had been interested in. Wanted to let you all know they were very responsive. Below is their reply.

In the meantime, still researching RAV4's, thinking I may go for an older than 2012 (the one I looked at with $20,400 asking price) and am at least comfortable knowing that at least I know which TV I want and it's now only a matter of finding one in good shape and at the right price.

Dear Ms. Darby,

Thank you for replying with the VINs.

We have determined that both 2010 RAV4 3.5L V6 vehicles, 2T3DK4DV4AW025084 and JTMDK4DV7A5087358, are equipped with the following:

*V6 Tow Prep Pkg - 3,500lbs (Includes Upgraded Radiator, Fan Coupling, and Alternator)

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Old 05-19-2015, 03:41 PM   #47
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We followed the same path as EDarby a year ago. Ordered the 17B first, then found the vehicle. Bought a 2009 RAV4 V6 Limited, fully loaded (incl. leather), with under 75000km (47500 miles) for a very fair price. Had the tow package already (in Canada), so not much more to do. Just got back from a fun weekend with the family, using our 17B. Still looking for a name!
Just my experience...and I'm happy!
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:36 PM   #48
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Ellen, did you ever try looking at Carmax? They have a huge selection and will ship a vehicle to your local Carmax location from out of state or wherever for a nominal fee. Both our son and daughter have bought vehicles from them and have had excellent results. Loren
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Thanks yardsale and Loren: I checked out cargurus and carmax this morning -- have inquired about several RAV4's - haven't heard back yet but will certainly post if this path works out.
Tworainy: wow, 47,500 miles on a 2009. Score!!! Inspiring to know they are out there.
I'm feeling better and better about this search. (and very happy I still have a few months!)
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:31 AM   #50
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Can the tailgate of the RAV4 be opened when the trailer is attached?
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