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Old 05-29-2016, 12:18 AM   #11
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I'm speaking in tongues. Tongue weight limit for the Outback is #200 as far as I know, and tongue weight on my 17B is #320. My RAV can take #350.
I lost track of the year that the RAV4 became a grocery cart, but others have pointed out that a 2012 can tow a trailer, and a 2013 can haul groceries and soccer balls.
So, it all comes down to numbers.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:18 AM   #12
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2012 V6 or 2013 4 cylinder? The older RAV4 was a great tow vehicle. My answer was based on the 2013.
That's the issue...
  • The original question was about a 2013 RAV4, which would be a 2.5L four-cylinder - not surprising if the 3.6L V6 Outback is faster, and irrelevant as it can't handle an Escape.
  • Most responses refer to the 2012 (or earlier) 3.5L V6 RAV4, perhaps assuming that was the intention, but the original poster has not responded to confirm this.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:39 AM   #13
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We have been satisfied with our 2011 RAV4 as a tug for our 17b. We also use an Anderson WD hitch. If you go this route, be sure you get a model that has the tow package--not all of them have it. Only 14 mpg while towing at 65 mph however.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:02 AM   #14
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There is always a trade off, properly matching the tow and trailer. Remember you will more than likely get another tow vehicle during your ownership. That said towing without excess capacity will impact your mpg more than vice versa. Have you considered the newer diesel Colorado or Canyon trucks. They seem to be the way to go, I may look at them myself.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:34 AM   #15
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We have been satisfied with our 2011 RAV4 as a tug for our 17b. We also use an Anderson WD hitch. If you go this route, be sure you get a model that has the tow package--not all of them have it. Only 14 mpg while towing at 65 mph however.
just a thought.... maybe consider towing at 55-58 mph?

in CA 55 mph is the legal max

plus we feel a lot safer at 55-58 mph.... the physics of weight & stopping distance are significantly different at 65 mph

plus you'll use less gas. again - physics and wind resistance.

plus... this is a camping trip, right? what is the rush? slow down a bit and enjoy the view.

just my 2c, worth only 1c.
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My tow is 2010 Rav4 6. It has a lot of power. Jon, If you were purchasing a new 2017 17b would you get the high lift axle. I am getting the foam underneath. Did you ever really need the extra clearance for the trailer? Getting the wdh also.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:29 PM   #17
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There is always a trade off, properly matching the tow and trailer.
Absolutely - many trade-offs.

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Remember you will more than likely get another tow vehicle during your ownership.
Really Jim? Do you trade tow vehicles even more rapidly than trailers?
I keep a new vehicle for over a decade; our 12-year-old Sienna is only at 185,000 km so it has another 100,000 km (60,000 mi) in it. While any Escape will last far longer than a decade, I'm not sure that many people stay with the same RV (of any brand or type) that long.

How long you keep what is certainly a factor to consider, but don't let anyone else tell you when you should replace what.
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... this is a camping trip, right? what is the rush? slow down a bit and enjoy the view.
Yes, certainly a moderate pace is great if you can practically do it.
Many people work for a living, are unable to take month-long vacations every time they travel, want to go further than their own neighborhood, and want to spend as much of their time as possible at the destination... so they drive substantial distances at relatively high speeds.
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My tow is 2010 Rav4 6. It has a lot of power. Jon, If you were purchasing a new 2017 17b would you get the high lift axle. I am getting the foam underneath. Did you ever really need the extra clearance for the trailer? Getting the wdh also.
The main reason I purchased the high lift axle is it (at the time) was the only way to get 15" tires. I have far more clearance with the 17 than the RAV4, although now that I have the Tacoma, they are about the same.
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