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Old 04-20-2006, 07:02 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if a Rav 4 (5 speed, 2 wheel drive) will rack odometer miles while dinghy towing? If I turn the key to accessory and then back off, it appears the steering wheel does not lock until I pull the key. There is no power to the vehicle. I haven't been able to try turning the key on and then off under tow & don't want the wheel to lock whle towing. Any help would be appreciated. am
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Does anyone know if a Rav 4 (5 speed, 2 wheel drive) will rack odometer miles while dinghy towing? If I turn the key to accessory and then back off, it appears the steering wheel does not lock until I pull the key. There is no power to the vehicle. I haven't been able to try turning the key on and then off under tow & don't want the wheel to lock whle towing. Any help would be appreciated. am
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Old 04-22-2006, 03:55 PM   #3
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What year do you have on this RAV4. I have a 1998 and it does not turn over miles with the key in accessery. Toyota owners rep told me the manual transmission can be towed with all four down. Have towed mine over 40K with no problems. Keep an eye on the front shocks. Key should be in ACC which is between off and Ign on my model. Steering wheel will move in that position, but turn off radio etc. I have gotten to the point where I disconnect the battery on long trips to avoid drain.
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Old 04-23-2006, 02:37 AM   #4
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I tow a 2000 Rav4 2WD 5 Spd 4 down, prior to buying it I checked with Toyota and they stated indeed it was towable 4 down. Procedure to tow is simole and straight forward. Transmission in neutral, emergency brake off, key in ACC and away you go. The key must be in accesory as to provide power to the Brake Buddy. The odometer does not rack up mileage.
BTW I tie a small piece of white mataerial to the top of the steering wheel to provide an indicator as to what the front end is doing...
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Thank you for responding. Our Rav 4 is a 2005.
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Off subject, but funny. Our inlaws pulled a Nissan truck for about 2 years. It turned the odomoter. On one trip, because of that, they got just a little over 1000 miles per gallon. They had issues though. The steering was loose, and several times, the front wheels got all the way to one side and they flat spotted the tires. Another time, they were flying down I10, thinking they were hearing a weird noise. They finally decided to stop and check, and found that they had left it in reverse. The tires were smoking even after they stopped, and there were two long black lines that dissapeard over the horizon on the freeway surface.
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