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Old 10-04-2012, 12:47 AM   #11
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Re: Newbie questions

We tow a 17 with a Highlander, and no issues. Correction, we do find ourselves smiling a lot!
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:14 AM   #12
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Re: Newbie questions

I ony need the reciever to extend back about 2-3 inches so the rear hatch will clear the electric tounge jack, I am sure that if i had a manual crank jack it would be fine. In fact I think if I used a weight distributon hitch it would be long enough to clear. So i just need to find a reciever with a slighty longer length, so I don't imagine with will cause any problems.
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:26 PM   #13
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Re: Newbie questions

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I ony need the reciever to extend back about 2-3 inches so the rear hatch will clear the electric tounge jack, I am sure that if i had a manual crank jack it would be fine. In fact I think if I used a weight distributon hitch it would be long enough to clear. So i just need to find a reciever with a slighty longer length, so I don't imagine with will cause any problems.
You also have a big tow vehicle Dave with more capacity than is really needed to tow your 19. I am sure also that adding a few inches to your receiver length would have only minimal impact on your overall towing experience.

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #14
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Excatly Icebreaker, I am not concerned at all
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #15
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Re: Newbie questions

I tow with a RAV4 with the spare on the rear door. We can open the door, maybe 12" before the tire hits the handle of the trailer jack. You may be able to rotate the jack 90 degrees so the handle is on the side, giving you more room to open.

I too have the V6 with tow package but when towing on steep hills I can smell the transmission getting hot. Supposedly it has a transmission cooler but if so, it's pretty small and of marginal use.

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Old 10-04-2012, 05:21 PM   #16
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Re: Newbie questions

I have RAV4 V6 Sport and Escape 17B.

I can only open the rear hatch about 6 inches with the equalizer hitch installed.
I just pack so I can get stuff out via the rear passenger doors.

My pontoon boat / or my canoe go on the rack on the RAV4. When I take the pontoon boat I use a couple 2 x 2s across the factory rack to extend the width for the boat. As pointed out earlier in this thread, you don't want to be heaving a pontoon boat up on the trailer, or taking the trailer to the put-in if you don't have to. My buddy and I have stacked our pontoon boats on the RAV4, no problem.
And, a helpful hint: keep your pump handy. When you climb in altitude you can let air out of the pontoons and on the way down, you can pump in more air rather than retying all the ropes.

As for the transmission cooler on the RAV4, it came standard in Canada ( 2008 ), but was an option in the US.
Only time I had an issue with overheating was when showing off by doing 90KPH up the steepest part of the Coquihalla, I down-shifted to 3rd ( which is a no-no according to the manual ). Overheat warning light came on as I neared the top. Stick with 4th gear and no overdrive.

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:27 PM   #17
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Re: Newbie questions

Hi, Jane!
"C" may be someone's designation for bath with no shower. I don't recall ever seeing or hearing of it, just A and B, but maybe someone else knows about it.
I would highly unrecommend using the Escape roof. Wouldn't want to get anything heavier than a cleaning brush up there. It would be difficult to say the least to put a boat on top.

As Brad and Shay, our 4Runner liftgate clears but we are looking at an electric jack and it may not clear that. So that is another possible problem.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:46 PM   #18
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Re: Newbie questions

Thanks to all for your very helpful suggestions. I am now leaning away from the RAV4 and will probably start out towing with the Highlander (thanks to all who let me know that the Highlander rear door will open).

The Highlander is a V6 Hybrid - do any of you Highlander owners tow with a hybrid? Any problems?

Also, am leaning against anything on the trailer roof. Problem is we need to take 2 pontoon boats most places. Will probably put one on the tow vehicle roof rack and one on an extended hitch n haul thing. We do not like to disassemble the boats if at all possible - cuts down on fishing time!

With regard to the Escape 'C' package. That is what the current owner called it. It has the interior toilet with no shower.

Anyway, thanks for all of your help. I have a lot to learn!

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Old 10-05-2012, 01:53 PM   #19
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Re: Newbie questions

You may have an issue with the Highlander opening hatch with something on the roof.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:03 PM   #20
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Stack 'em.

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