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Old 03-25-2014, 07:49 PM   #81
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Toyota's towing preparation package seems to me like a better way to get the features needed for reliable towing or hauling (mostly related to cooling) than aftermarket add-ons; I'm glad my Sienna has it. Although I like my OEM hitch, aftermarket is often the more cost-effective route to towing equipment, especially for those wanting a 2" receiver when the OEM is 1.25".

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Let me understand this, the original OEM would not allow WDH so you had an aftermarket hitch installation to allow WDH set up?
The only reason the aftermarket hitch is needed for WD with the RAV4 is that WD systems are available only in the 2" receiver size, while the OEM RAV4 hitch is 1.25". The 2" hitch makes no difference to Toyota's recommendation: WD is still not recommended for the RAV4.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:11 PM   #82
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Glenn- the package included on my '13 Highlander SE specs a class III receiver. For a substantial heavy duty hitch that sits at the proper height not two inches below, go with the OEM on newer Highlanders. I did after lots of research and you can't go wrong with spending the little extra money for this vehicle. Also, no prohibition on WDH mentioned in owner's manual.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:27 PM   #83
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With 63,000 kilometers ( 39,000 miles ) on this 2008 RAV4, I'm hoping not to buy a new vehicle for some time.
When that time comes, it will be a Highlander, I guess, if I have to.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:14 PM   #84
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Your feeling my pain. Traded in my 2011 Murano (34K mi) that we really liked for the Highlander and ate a bunch of depreciation. Life- but fortunately its only money(-;
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With 63,000 kilometers ( 39,000 miles ) on this 2008 RAV4, I'm hoping not to buy a new vehicle for some time.
When that time comes, it will be a Highlander, I guess, if I have to.
Be sure to drive one before you leap to the Highlander. Compared to driving my 2010 RAV4 Sport, the 2014 I drove felt like a "squishy" tank. If you want a SUV, I'd look at a FJ or 4Runner, or switch to a Tacoma...
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The only reason the aftermarket hitch is needed for WD with the RAV4 is that WD systems are available only in the 2" receiver size, while the OEM RAV4 hitch is 1.25". The 2" hitch makes no difference to Toyota's recommendation: WD is still not recommended for the RAV4.
It depends on the year & model RAV4. Nothing in my manual for my 2010 Sport mentions not using a WDH. I tow close to, but under the 350 lb tongue weight limit of the RAV4, and the few times I've towed short distances without the WDH bars connected, the front tires were so unloaded that is was unsafe.

Both my dealer & I agree that the WDH is necessary with my combination.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:07 PM   #87
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Highlander is a Crossover like the RAV 4 which is much more comfortable than a SUV like the FJ or 4 Runner. Have previously owned a '03 Sequoia, '08 Enclave and '11 Murano. The Highlander has tight steering, perhaps due to the 4WD/AWD(whatever), and has large seats that provide good thigh support both front and rear. My Enclave was a country club tank, however had so-so fit & finish, including using tape instead of paint on exterior around windows and had pretty small rear captains seats. The Acadia with the bench is much better; perhaps the Chevy Transverse has this also. Average 17-18 towing and am able to stay in OD quite a bit without hunting. Low stress.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:43 PM   #88
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Hotfishtacos...in response to your question yesterday...We had a 2011 AWD Traverse when we picked up our 19 in Chilliwack last July. We are now thinking 5.0 TA and will pull the trigger when Reece can tell me it's less than 9'6" tall so I can get it into my enclosed garage. I do a lot of back country Idaho stuff and realized the Traverse isn't designed for that. My new Silverado is more than adequate for either trailer and so far I'm amazed at the gas mileage. The Traverse was just plain comfortable...NO STRESS about tongue weight, equalizer hitch, high winds, overloading the suspension or transmission, mirrors, extra room for groceries or a cooler, etc. It was rather "doggy" at 10,000 feet crossing the Rockies west of Denver but otherwise would tow the 19 all day at 65-70 mph. Despite it's weight and size, it really does feel like a car...maybe not a Sube or RAV or CRV...but I always felt like I was in control of the trailer without going to a truck, Suburban, Tahoe, etc. With my medical career, I was taught to avoid getting too close the edge of my training or ability. I'm just more comfortable standing 30' from the edge of the cliff. The Silverado is definitely overkill for the 19 (?and 21?). I didn't want to wait for the mid size diesel pickups due out in the next 1-2 years which I bet will cost as much or more than my Silverado. I believe you have to get the AWD option on the Traverse to get the tow package but it really met our needs with the 19. I'm not a GM freak and I apologize if this is TMI. Lots of options out there.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:23 AM   #89
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After seeing the 19' Escape last April, I rushed out and purchased the GM Acadia,2 wheel drive with tow package. Have been very happy with the drive and the way the car is set up. Glad to hear that we made a good decision! We'll pick up our Escape on May 2 and can't wait!
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:49 AM   #90
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I really like the looks of the Acadia. The Buick Enclave has too much "bling" for my tastes. Hope you enjoy yours as much as we did ours. The mileage should be a bit better with the 2 wheel drive as well.
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