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Old 01-18-2009, 10:56 AM   #11
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I just remember from going in an talking to the dealer. I have had trouble finding towing capacities of other vehicles too. Googling it is the best bet usually.
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I just remember from going in an talking to the dealer. I have had trouble finding towing capacities of other vehicles too. Googling it is the best bet usually.
I think the VCM is standard in all Pilot models, but not positive. We did get the Touring model which has most everything included. One nice thing about the '09 Pilot is that the tow hitch is standard, and on the upper models the wiring is all done.
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Jim, I pulled our 17' Casita with our '04 Pilot, and it's great! They've reworked it (our towing capacity was 3500#) so it's probably better. In '04 they specificly did not recommend a load leveling hitch (related to the unibody construction I believe). Maybe they have changed that too??
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:35 PM   #14
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In the 2008 RAV4 owners manual it says "Toyota does not recommend the use of an equalizer hitch".
The sentence is not highlighted in yellow or carry a "warning" logo. It's just a statement.

I spent a lot of time checking it out and the info I got was that they were just protecting their rear. Sorta like some 4x4s that say in the manual that they don't recommend driving off road.

A large national hitch installer told me that if Hidden Hitch thought there was a liability issue, they wouldn't make the hitch for the RAV. The tech wasn't trying to sell me a hitch, he knew I'd already had it installed elsewhere.

And the Hidden Hitch was rated 4,000 lbs.

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Jim, I pulled our 17' Casita with our '04 Pilot, and it's great! They've reworked it (our towing capacity was 3500#) so it's probably better. In '04 they specificly did not recommend a load leveling hitch (related to the unibody construction I believe). Maybe they have changed that too??
The '09 is totally revamped, though I am not certain that the frame is, though they did add 1,000 lbs to the towing capacity. The 2WD model is still at 3,000 lb though. What I was told by a Honda dealer was because almost 1/2 the owners of previous models installed hitches that they made it standard on the new model. I will have to check out my manual to see what they say about load leveling hitches, I am not sure. I would imagine it would help somewhat.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:19 PM   #16
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Yes, I'm sure it would. Even though we pulled our Casita without the hitch (since they said not to) it left the front end a little more elevated than I'd really like. It pulled great though. The only time I felt a little funny was on the Interstate at 70 mph going down hill in the Smokies. Now, most don't go 70 pulling their campers, but it seemed normal (except in some curves at 70 going downhill). When we started pulling with the '08 Jeep Sahara (4door) I added the load leveler and it did feel more secure at higher speeds. If you don't go over 55 or 60 mph, you couldn't tell at all. The Pilot is a great platform.
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