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Old 05-11-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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Well, back again re this crazy search for a TV. I had mentioned getting my son's Tahoe but never felt entirely comfortable with it because it's just so BIG. I really want a smaller vehicle to be able to unhitch and tool around in . . . so made the decision last week not to go with the Tahoe.

So back to the RAV4 6 CYL. So my questions now are:
(1) Would the 6 cyl's already have the tow package? (thinking not but had to ask)
(2) If I find one without a tow package, would it be easy to have installed?

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So back to the RAV4 6 CYL. So my questions now are:
(1) Would the 6 cyl's already have the tow package? (thinking not but had to ask)
(2) If I find one without a tow package, would it be easy to have installed?

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Good questions. I don't believe the RAV4 6 CYL comes with a tow package but a good shop would be able to set you up. The obvious is you'd need a Class III hitch and a break controller installed and the not so obvious is a transmission cooler. Price? My cost guesstimate for this would be in the neighborhood of $1,000 or more. I had these installed on a Subaru and it cost me $1,200 with the sales tax.
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What is included in the tow package and what is standard on the RAV4 V6 varies between Canada and the US so you'll have to research the specific vehicle you are considering. My understanding is that you can supply the VIN to Toyota and they can tell you what the vehicle has as built.

Even with the "tow package" you will have to install a class III hitch receiver and wiring for brake controller. The Toyota hitch receiver is only class II and a class III is required for weight distribution hitch.
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Yikes! Thanks, Pat.
I guess I could justify this by thinking that if there was no tow package, the RAV4 probably wasn't used for towing and would have less wear and tear. Then again, it could have towed without a tow package.
So . . . people on the forum have mentioned "Andersen hitch" and "equalizer hitch with sway control." Are these things that would be *in addition* to a Class III hitch and break controller?
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Well, back again re this crazy search for a TV. I had mentioned getting my son's Tahoe but never felt entirely comfortable with it because it's just so BIG. I really want a smaller vehicle to be able to unhitch and tool around in . . . so made the decision last week not to go with the Tahoe.

So back to the RAV4 6 CYL. So my questions now are:
(1) Would the 6 cyl's already have the tow package? (thinking not but had to ask)
(2) If I find one without a tow package, would it be easy to have installed?

Thank you!
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It's unfortunate that Toyota ditched the very nice V6 engine in the RAV4 a couple of years ago. If you can find one, I'd say you can probably tow a 17. The newer 4 cylinder models? No way. The towing capacity is only 1500 lbs.

I would definitely look for one with a tow package. They typically include more than just the hitch and receiver, such as transmission cooling and suspension upgrades.
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So . . . people on the forum have mentioned "Andersen hitch" and "equalizer hitch with sway control." Are these things that would be *in addition* to a Class III hitch and break controller?
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I think if you call a dealer and give them the VIN of the vehicle they can tell you if it has a tow package. If it doesn't, and you a) already have the vehicle or b) really want to buy this particular car, you will definitely need to get one installed.

The Toyota Towing package doesn't include a brake controller, which you will definitely need. It has to be done aftermarket. Try to get it installed somewhere where it will not interfere with your knees. One of the little irritations about our 2014 Highlander is that the Brake controller is right above the accelerator pedal, and I often hit with my knee. If I could get it moved I would, but I think it would require a new wiring harness for the controller
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Thanks, gbaglo, good info re contacting Toyota.

So this kind of answers my above questions to Pat. I would need a class III hitch RECEIVER and then get the choice of hitches, right? Would I get the actual hitch through ETI?

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What is included in the tow package and what is standard on the RAV4 V6 varies between Canada and the US so you'll have to research the specific vehicle you are considering. My understanding is that you can supply the VIN to Toyota and they can tell you what the vehicle has as built.

Even with the "tow package" you will have to install a class III hitch receiver and wiring for brake controller. The Toyota hitch receiver is only class II and a class III is required for weight distribution hitch.
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You will need a class III hitch receiver and a weight distribution hitch, which could be the Andersen or Equalizer ( which are brand names ) or could be Pro Series ( which is the WDH I got from ETI ).
You will need brake ( not break ) controller and it needs to be wired.
My buddy has had two hitch receivers and brake controllers installed by U-Haul and found them cheaper and satisfactory.
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Yup - little did I know when I initially decided to buy my Escape! But it's going to be worth it, right?

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