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Toyota RAV4 Towing



  • chrisl65chrisl65 Posts: 1
    I recently purchased a 2007 RAV4 with this "Tow Prep" package. I had a hitch installed by my regular mechanic, I he advised that there was no wiring to plug in to. Of course, now I know why.

    Now I am now very concerned that I did not get the upgraded alternator and radiator. But how can I tell?

    My window sticker says that they are in there. But if they are not, it would seem that my dealer or Toyota has committed fraud.
  • dtown40dtown40 Posts: 18
    I raised enough fuss with my dealer about there not being any wire hook-ups, that they installed my wiring free. Just remind them about the survey you will need to fill out from Toyota. That seems to get their attention.
  • Has anyone pulled a boat with the Rav4? I am about to upgrade to a bigger boat (about 2300 lb load) and am wondering about trailer brakes. There is a blurb in the manual about trailer brakes being required for loads more than 600 lbs (total joke), but with a load over 2K I am thinking that trailer brakes are the way to go.
  • towheetowhee Posts: 1

    I am rather confused by this discussion. I want to buy a used RAV4, and I want to tow a 2000 lb. trailer. I am unclear on adding a hitch and wiring, although I have read these messages three times.

    Also, I don't know whether I can buy a 2.0 liter, or have to have the 2.4 L. I will be buying an automatic transmission, by the way.

    Thanks for your help.

  • I have an 07 RAV4 LTD V6 4WD with a Reese tow bar that was installed before vehicle delivery. My first thought after seeing the installed hitch was that it was very LOW to the ground and I was concerned about trailering my boat, which probably weighs about 2800 lbs fully loaded.

    I have two problems while trailering this rig. First, it is nearly impossible to maintain the vehicle in overdrive when trailering against a headwind or up a moderate incline. My old Siena had an overdrive cancel feature, which the Rav4 apparently lacks. I have trailered in 4th gear, but the high RPM kills my MPG on the HWY. I try to baby the vehicle to keep it from constantly shifting, but this is a losing proposition.

    The second more pressing concern is that the boat/trailer pushes the Rav4 suspension darn near to the ground. As a result the wires and linkage are tickling the ground, the hitch often scrapes going up and down driveways, and there is a serious cantor to the rig. I cannot imagine loading a 3500 lb rig to the vehicle and am seeking some solution to this problem. Has anyone tried installing helper springs to deal with heavier loads? How can the Highlander have so much more towing capacity than the Rav4 given identical engines?
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    The vehicle and the trailer tongue should be level with the trailer tongue attached. B & M makes an adjustable height hitch. Check with your local trailer hitch shop ASAP! If your tongue is causing your car to droop it's unsafe!! Hope this helps.
  • I have a 2007 Toyota Rav4, 6cyl., Ltd. w/ tow prep pkg.
    I currently have 10K on this vehicle, problems have been nil. Current gas mileage is 23/29 MPG, in town & hwy respectively. This is where my problem began: I decided to purchase a wiring harness from my local dealer, they wanted about $160 (incl. tax) I thought I could do better by going on the Internet. I found a dealer in N.C. that shipped it to me for $93.00. I checked the prices at the dealer for installation, including a trailer. hitch, too much! I then approached UHaul for purchase of a trailer hitch plus installation of both my wiring harness and the hitch, they wouldn't touch the wiring harness, they advised me to have the dealer do it. After they installed my hitch (a better choice then what the dealer offers) I returned to the dealer to have my harness installed. I arrived at the dealer at 7:00 AM, I finally got out of there at 5:00PM, because of an incompetent service tech, spent more time reading the instructions then he did working. The premise that the tow prep pkg. takes care of the necessary prewire hook ups is a misnomer and a rip off! After completion of the final installation by 2 other competent techs I finally left that facility. Also, it is a good idea to have a prearranged price for this installation, it cost me $120.00. Advise, don't do it yourself, its a nightmare!
  • I have a 2004 RAV4 and installed a hitch to it to tow a "Little Guy" Teardrop Camper/Trailer. According to my Manual my RAV4 has a towing capacity
    of 1500 lbs so if you are towing 1500 it should work. I am trying to find out
    if my 2004 RAV4 can safely tow 285 lbs more without causing any damage
    to my self or my vehicle.
  • My problem isn't tow capacity, its the factory not completing the job when you include a tow prep pkg. when you buy. My 2002 Highlander came with a tow prep pkg. as well, but only took 20minutes to plug into the existing factory pre-wire hook up. Toyota is charging for a Prep. pkg, but not including the pre-wire installation as they did on my Highlander. I have the 2007 RAV4, limited with the V6 (269 HP), tow rating at 3500#.
    Thanks anyway for your input.
  • I have a 1999 4-door, 2WD, standard trans rav4. Would like to get
    a jetski (about 1000 lbs) but am concerned about getting it out of
    the water once it's in. Not sure how well it will pull up a wet incline with
    1000 extra lbs ... has anyone done something similar ?

    Thanks for any info in advance,
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    I think you will be OK, unless the ramp is very steep or sandy.
  • thanks for the input ... have you done something like this before?
  • sdc2sdc2 Posts: 780
    I have never owned a front-wheel drive vehicle, but I live in the land of 10,000 boat ramps and have seen front-wheel drive cars pull many boats much larger than yours out of the water...front wheel drive is at a bit of a disadvantage on a ramp because the front wheels are somewhat unloaded due to the angle and the tongue weight of the trailer. OTOH, the front wheels are more likely to stay up on the dryer part of the launch ramp where it is less slippery, so it just depends on your traction situation.
  • thanks again for your input ...
    just want to be sure that after i install a hitch and
    buy a jetski, that i will be able to get it in, and
    more importantly, out of the water
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    I tow a small 700lb. Bass boat with my Accord and you should have no trouble loading your js. Just be slow and smooth. Always set the parking brake if you are on the ramp and loading it by yourself and have to leave the car.
  • My friend actually pulls a 2000lb boat with his minivan and it has front wheel drive.

    He does have a few issues sometimes when pulling his boat out of the water especially if the conditions are sandy (like when sand is lightly dusted on the pavement). When its wet he *sometimes* has issues too... keep in mind 2000lbs too.

    But to fix the wheels from spinning be sure you have someone with you, look at the wheel that is spinning, and have that person lean on your car over that wheel (feet off the ground for safety) if you can call that safe but it works great.
  • I would like to hear experiences towing. I have a 2800 lb boat/trailor and not convinced this engine/suspension is capable of towing without a lot of wear. Also, how big a hassel not being able to open the back door when hitched?

    thanks, darren
  • I have recently purchased a 2008 rav v6 sport. I intend on towing my 17 foot 2800lb boat with it. I have added the trailer package and the dealership is confident that towing should not be an issue. I am looking for feedback from those who tow in this capacity.
  • Ok I purchased the wiring harness, and routed the wire however I have not been able to figure out how to connect to the junction box on the dash. The instructions say " disconnect the rear junction block connector (18p). Route the wire harness as shown into the (18p) Unfortunately the diagram does not look like my 2008. Any Ideas?
  • trying to hook up towing wire harness from dealer.
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