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Old 08-15-2015, 12:51 AM   #51
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I can only open the tailgate about four inches when I'm hooked up.
Tailgate on the RAV is stupid in any event. If you are parked at the curb, you have to stand on the traffic side to open it, so if you have a shopping cart, it's likely on the other side of the door.
Since new RAVs only have a 4cyl. and 1,500 lb. tow rating, I wouldn't be considering it.
Also, with the tire hanging on the door, sticking out further than the "bumper" I really wish I had a backup camera.
Other than that, great tow vehicle for a 17B.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:02 AM   #52
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I can only open the tailgate about four inches when I'm hooked up.
Would a receiver hitch extension solve the problem?
How much would you say you have to pull ahead to be able to open the tailgate?
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:43 AM   #53
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Tailgate on the RAV is stupid in any event. If you are parked at the curb, you have to stand on the traffic side to open it, so if you have a shopping cart, it's likely on the other side of the door.
The tailgate is side-hinged so that it can carry the spare tire, just like early Honda CR-Vs and many other SUVs. Having the hinges on the right side is "backwards" for North America for the reason above, but my guess is that the vehicle is parked in a parking lot - not at a curb - almost every time a shopping cart is used.

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Since new RAVs only have a 4cyl. and 1,500 lb. tow rating, I wouldn't be considering it.
On the other hand, the new (4th generation) RAV4 no longer has the tire on the door, so the door is top-hinged (swings up).
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:51 AM   #54
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I can't count the number of times that I've parked in a mall lot, and "pulled through" so I can drive out forwards. Then somebody parks behind me and wife returns and can't open the rear door. When I said it was stupid, I meant it.
And, a hitch extension is just a bad idea. For one, it would have to be about three feet long to fully open the door and would reduce the tongue weight you could accept.
If I ever have to replace this RAV4, I'll likely get a Highlander.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:57 AM   #55
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I can't count the number of times that I've parked in a mall lot, and "pulled through" so I can drive out forwards. Then somebody parks behind me and wife returns and can't open the rear door. When I said it was stupid, I meant it.
Yeah, regardless of which side it's hinged on, any vehicle with a spare on a rear carrier or directly on the door will have this problem. Some (e.g. Jeep Wrangler and Liberty) put the spare on the door, but hinge the window up so there is some access to the back without opening the door.

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And, a hitch extension is just a bad idea. For one, it would have to be about three feet long to fully open the door and would reduce the tongue weight you could accept.
I agree!
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Old 08-15-2015, 04:15 AM   #56
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I can't count the number of times that I've parked in a mall lot, and "pulled through" so I can drive out forwards. Then somebody parks behind me and wife returns and can't open the rear door. When I said it was stupid, I meant it.
And, a hitch extension is just a bad idea. For one, it would have to be about three feet long to fully open the door and would reduce the tongue weight you could accept.
If I ever have to replace this RAV4, I'll likely get a Highlander.
Don`t drive through or back in, that is what i do. When i am hooked up i only have about 4" to open as well, can get my arm in there to get things out, i usually go in the back door way and can get to every thing. A lot of newer suv`s have a doughnut for a spare, not something we would want. Carl
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I bought a used highlander and no problem with the tail gait on it . I looked at the RAV and liked it but decided on the Highlander.
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Can the tailgate of the RAV4 be opened when the trailer is attached?
About 6".
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:09 PM   #59
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We just got back from a trip with our RAV4 V6. No problems. I forgot to take out my mirrors from the cargo storage area under the rear deck before hooking up the trailer to the SUV, but was still able to get them out without any damage or having to unhook. Was a bit tight.

As for Glenn's comment about a rearview camera, mine has one, though I believe mine is a year newer than his.
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