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Old 08-24-2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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I want to tow my wifes Rav 4 2 wheel drive standard. What would you experts recomend for a set up that won't put me in the poor house? And will I need brakes on this light of a toad? Thanks. Scotty.
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I want to tow my wifes Rav 4 2 wheel drive standard. What would you experts recomend for a set up that won't put me in the poor house? And will I need brakes on this light of a toad? Thanks. Scotty.
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:32 PM   #3
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Scotty, first of all thanks for spelling advice correctly. How many times have you read, "Need advise". Sorta like nails on a chalkboard for me.
That being said, look closely at the owners manual for the Rav 4. I am not sure it will tow 4 down. I talked to the folks at local Toyota dealer that I deliver for and they said not to do it. However I was asking about a 4wd automatic.
If I can remember to ask, I'll chk on the 2wd manual tranny and find out.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:39 PM   #4
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I tow a 2WD standard tranny Rav4, and here is my set uo. I had a Demco base plate installed for $250. I use a Blue Ox Ambassador
A frame tow bar that cost $140.and a set of safety cables. I also have a Brake Buddy brake system that cost $835. complete.I could not putb together a more simpler system than what I have. If you have any more questions feel free to email me ...BTW I verified the ability to tow the RAV4 4 down with TOYOTA and they confirmed it verbally and in writing that the 2wd standard can be towed 4 down without any mods or restrictions..
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Old 08-25-2005, 06:37 AM   #5
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You need to call REMCO they are the experts on towing. Also what year is your RAV 4. Remcos wed site says from 2000-2004 AWD and FWD needs a Lube Pump.
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Old 08-25-2005, 02:31 PM   #6
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Thanks all, 2001 Rav two wheel drive. I priced some stuff locally and got sticker shock! I will check into REMCO and with cpt.Bud.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:47 AM   #7
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A two wheel drive, standard shift RAV4 can be towed. How much you spend on the towbar depends mostly on how much convenience you are willing to pay for. The base plates that attach to the car frame aren't real expensive and you can get an "A" frame hitch that connects to a ball mount for a couple hundred bucks. And there are usually used ones around for about $100, cause people upgrade to the more convenient motorhome mounted, folding hitches like the Roadmaster Falcon or Blue Ox Alladin (for many $$ more).

But you really should have a tow brake, for the safety of your familky and everyone else on the road. Besides, I'll bet your ForuWinds requires auxiliary braking on anything it tows over about 1500 lbs. Check your chassis manual.
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Good news I got a Ox set up including bike rack from a friend who sold his C and bought a fiver. Bad news by the time I get a base plate installed and everything wired and plumbed gas will be $4.00 a gal. Geez.
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Old 09-03-2005, 07:55 AM   #9
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I agree with Gary on the auxiliary brake system, FXRSScotty. I am a new owner of a 39' DP and tried towing my Jeep Liberty (4,160#) on a couple of test trips to see if I felt it was necessary, and came to the conclusion that it was, particularly in sudden stops where I felt marginal compared to the rig alone. I think with your rig, you'll find real piece of mind (and comply with the laws in most states) with one. After researching many posts on this, and the Winnie owner's forum regarding the various systems available, I just purchased a Brake Buddy which lists on the mfgrs site at over $1100 for $839 from PPL and look forward to our first trip with better piece of mind.

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Thanks J.B., I will also take a test tow when I am all set up and try some hard braking etc. and see how it feels. I have some long streches of highway I can play on with out much traffic at night. Scotty.
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Brake Buddy's starting about $400.00
Tow bars starting about $100.00
Both on e-bay, both "starting" prices but good place to start checking for towing items. Have even seen the mounting plates for the vehicles on there starting very reasonable and selling very reasonable also. Ebay is always a good place to check for items.
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Thanks mindcandies, that is where I started looking. I started looking at car dolly's but changed my mind when thinking about what to do with it when I get to destination. Scotty.
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I have the US Gear Unified Braking System. The installation in the toad is up out of the way. You can't even see it.

There is a control and alarm in the MH cab. I can increase or decrease the amount of braking on the toad that occurs when I brake the MH. I can feel the difference when I push on the brake, much faster stopping. I feel safer.

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Zetron that sounds like an E-brake set up? Where purchased and how much $. scotty.
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