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Old 02-05-2015, 10:41 AM   #171
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EDarby, you might want to read a thread over on the FiberglassRV forum before you buy that RAV4.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:57 AM   #172
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EDarby, you might want to read a thread over on the FiberglassRV forum before you buy that RAV4.
Here is the link RAV4 problems, need new TV - Fiberglass RV
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:03 AM   #173
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I have a Toyota FJ and have been a loyal Toyota fan for years. After reading that thread, I don't think I'll be buying any more Toyotas. There is more to the story - I've had my antilock brakes seize up on me several times now and the dealer says there's nothing wrong. I've put almost 160k miles on it, so I do know how the brakes work in general. But the few times they seized, it was a hair-raising experience. I'm looking to get a new tow vehicle myself. Sorry about the thread derail.
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:55 AM   #174
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I towed a 17b with a RAV4 and felt it was borderline, I think much of towing, is your own "comfortable-ness". I towed lots of miles, but I would go for something with a longer wheelbase- a Honda pilot, or Toyota highlander. We had to be carefull with weight as well, it's nice to have extra capacity, not always working on the edge.
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:56 AM   #175
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I have no issues with my RAV4 that haven't been addressed by Toyota and I would buy another. All my other choices have their own set of problems and if you look, you will find threads full of dire warnings.
One of the posts in that thread points to a 2011 Corolla having the same issue and a recall. In fact the recall was years old and to do with the original "unintended acceleration".
Unfortunately, the web is full of "I heard" posts that are based on nothing. I am waiting for further developments on the OP's initial post, but not concerned about my safety.
I too would feel more comfortable with a Highlander, 4Runner, Honda Pilot.
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I got a check from Toyota for about $250 for a class action suit regarding the acceleration issue. It was from a Tundra I'd sold quite some time before I got the check. It was a total surprise.
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Only problem I see with getting a RAV V6 as tow vehicle is that it will have to be used ( 2012 or older ) and have the factory tow package ( includes a heavy-duty radiator and fan, transmission oil cooler, and 150-amp alternator ).
I think the odds of finding one so equipped would be long.
And then, you have to consider if you really want to buy a vehicle that has been used for towing.
Also, if it has the factory hitch, it's only class II and will have to be replaced with class III so you can use a WDH, which you will need.
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Old 02-05-2015, 01:47 PM   #178
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My thought is that you can find individual horror stories on every brand and specific vehicle ever made. We all have our own brand biases and who we trust for information. Personally I tend to believe the reporting from Consumer Reports on brand and vehicle reliability, so I will probably keep buying Toyotas
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Old 02-05-2015, 02:08 PM   #179
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Only problem I see with getting a RAV V6 as tow vehicle is that it will have to be used ( 2012 or older ) and have the factory tow package ( includes a heavy-duty radiator and fan, transmission oil cooler, and 150-amp alternator ).
I think the odds of finding one so equipped would be long.
I agree that this can be a significant issue. Even if a particular type of vehicle is common, if the current owners like them then there are few for sale at a reasonable price. It can even be difficult to assess if the vehicle has the required towing prep package.
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I should start with my towing style. I avoid interstates and tow at a maximum of 57MPH most of the time.

I've towed my 3010 lb 17B many miles with a 2010 RAV4 Sport (V6 & Tow Package). What I liked - plenty of power, stable, easy to steer when backing into a tight site (short rear wheel to hitch distance and small turning radius), and 25MPG when unhitched. Since it is my only vehicle & I have 104,000 miles on it, the good mileage for a tow vehicle unhitched is a consideration. While not a serious consideration, it is also the hottest car I've owned since my 69 Camaro.

Now, what I don't like - too small gas tank (15 gallons) presents some refueling problems in some western states, particularly with a headwind. Towing mileage is a big hit - 15MPG over 56,000 miles of towing. Having to keep an eye on tongue weight - I have to work to keep it under 350 lbs. I also miss an "outdoor" storage area for messy stuff. While I have the front storage box, I'd like a place for an extra propane bottle, extra fuel, and maybe a generator (probably not, I haven't needed one yet). Lastly, while the RAV4 is a 4 wheel drive (under 25MPH) and the feature is useful, it is not really an "off road" vehicle. It would be nice to have something that was better suited for exploring some of the high clearance roads available to a true 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Overall, if I was purchasing a new tow vehicle (which I probably will next year) I suspect I'll end up with a mid size truck. I like Toyotas, but was not impressed with the Highlander and would like to try something other than a SUV. The 2016 Tacoma looks interesting as does the Chevy Colorado.
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