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Old 05-09-2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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Towing with a Rav4

Hey everyone, we will be going to Ohio in a month and we are bringing back a riding mower and a few other small items. I want to put a class 1 hitch on my wife's Rav4 instead of driving the truck. The specs say that the RAV can tow up to 3500 lbs with the V6 when "properly equipped." What does that include? What do I need to look for in the car to know?
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There should be some stickers in the drivers side door jam that will tell you the weights and limits.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:36 AM   #3
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Usually anything over 1000 lbs you will need a brake controller for. Use caution with u haul trailers as they make them so robust that they are twice as heavy as they need to be. And aren't class one hitches up to 1,500 lbs?
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Brake controller or just trailer brakes?

Class 1 - 2000 lbs
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Some U-Haul trailers have surge brakes. No controller necessary.
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Hey everyone, we will be going to Ohio in a month and we are bringing back a riding mower and a few other small items. I want to put a class 1 hitch on my wife's Rav4 instead of driving the truck. The specs say that the RAV can tow up to 3500 lbs with the V6 when "properly equipped." What does that include? What do I need to look for in the car to know?
You may want to inquire if there possibly was a factory tow package type option offered. This term may mean special gears and/or tranny cooler.
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I don't know what year your Rav4 is. But a 2014 tow capacity is 1500 Ibs. You may be over doing it on the Rav4.
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Properly equipped means Factory tow package.
Check with Toyota dealer if yours has it, by its VIN.
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If you are sure you have 3500 lbs tow capacity (likely need an optional towing package), that's class 2. You should install a class 2 hitch, in case you want to tow something larger (like a utility trailer) someday.

Read your owner's manual to see what your tow rating actually is. Might need to provide your VIN to a dealer to find out.
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3500 lb towing capacity isn't the same as gross combined vehicle capacity. Be careful read your owners manual and check your manufacturers data plate. If it's just a lawn tractor then a class one should be fine, if it's 4 atvs and stuff then get a class 2. Most utility trailers don't have brakes.
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