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Old 04-27-2014, 11:30 PM   #111
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We have a 19 purchased last year. We have been towing it with a 2006 V6 Rav 4 sport with towing package. On the flat it tows well but on long steep hills even at 3-3500 RPM slows down to 60KPH.
I'll say this again...
At less than 3500 RPM the engine isn't even up to the speed it needs to produce peak torque, and far short of the speed where it can get close to peak power. Of course it doesn't perform well at that speed.

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The worrisome part is that the front end of the Rav seems light when towing as if the trailer is lifting it off the road a bit. I still have steerage but it does move around on the road more than it does when we are not towing.
Yes, the load on the front tires is reduced by a few percent due to the leverage effect of the trailer tongue weight on the hitch. Probably more significant to the handling of the tug is the effect of the trailer shoving the lever on the back of the tug (the hitch, which sticks out behind the rear axle by at least 40% of the wheelbase) side to side.

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We are considering upgrading to the Tacoma V6 or new highlander. Any comments would be appreciated.
The only V6 engine offered in the RAV4 was the 2GR-FE. The same engine is the current (and most powerful to date) V6 engine offered in the Highlander. This engine has more than enough available power, but the heavier Highlander with the same engine will not be any faster if the engine is still not allowed to reach an effective speed. The Tacoma has a somewhat larger engine of the same family (1GR-FE), but will still not be enough if not allowed to work.

The Highlander's somewhat longer wheelbase - and the Tacoma's substantially longer wheelbase - would help with control of the trailer (and reduce front axle load reduction), compared to the RAV4. Both Highlander and Tacoma can handle more hitch weight, which would be good because an Escape 21' would push (or exceed?) the hitch weight limit of a RAV4.

There was an extended discussion in this forum comparing towing with the Tacoma to towing with a Toyota SUV: Towing an Escape 21: 4Runner or Tacoma?. Much of that discussion would apply to a comparison of the Highlander and Tacoma.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:41 PM   #112
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We have a 19 purchased last year. We have been towing it with a 2006 V6 Rav 4 sport with towing package.
Are you using a WDHitch?
Personally, I'd be happier towing a 19' with a Highlander. You are probably very close to, if not over the tow rating for the RAV4.
What is your tongue weight?
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:10 AM   #113
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Tacoma V6 4dr 4x4 long bed has a 6400 lb rating, tows a trailer 450 pounds dry weight heavier than an Escape 21 with no problem. So we're ordering a 21!
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:15 AM   #114
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Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:26 AM   #115
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I'm looking at fifth wheel hitches. anyone have a super fifth wheel hitch?
I read they are easy to take out when you need your truck?
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I'm looking at fifth wheel hitches. anyone have a super fifth wheel hitch?
I read they are easy to take out when you need your truck?
Hi: RV BF... Here's a link to our Husky Hitch Husky Towing Ours is the slider which has been redesigned. Depends a lot on your tug. Alf
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:28 PM   #117
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anyone have a super fifth wheel hitch?
By "super fifth wheel hitch" do you mean specifically the Super 5th or SuperGlide models of hitch from PullRite?

As far as I can tell, all of PullRite's fifth-wheel hitches mount by the most basic and common pinned-to-rails method, the same as basic hitches from Reese, Husky, and others.
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