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RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by ipriceian » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:22 pm

Hi, I used to own a 2002 model Rav4 with the spare wheel fitted and the door opened to the side. I had a towbar fitted to tow my caravan but due to the door opening all the way done my towbar was too low and the caravan didn't tow level.

I have since got rid of that car and the caravan but looking at getting a newer RAV4 for towing again.

I got my eye on a 56 plate 2.2 D-4D T180. It does not have the spare wheel and has the fixed bumper so would assume I would not have the same issue with the towbar height on this model.

Anyone have any experience with this model with a towbar fitted? Any advise would be greatfully appreciated as the last thing I want is to buy another RAV and end up with the same problem.

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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by ROGER_37 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:59 pm

:welcome ipriceian :s_howdy
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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by ipriceian » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:09 pm

Thanks Roger!

I miss my RAV4 so hopefully can get this query answered so I can buy another :)
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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by Two-T » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:33 am

Welcome to the club! :welcome
I do not have the 4.3, but as far as I know the hitch does prevent the door from fully open, especially with the alko hitch stabiliser.
There are some members here towing with the 4.3... hope they will have a more accurate answer shortly.
I tow with the 4.4, and like it very much!

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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by Al3x » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:45 am

have a look at this topic; http://forum.rav4driversclub.com/topic4747.html

I added some images with a 56 plate 2.2 which may answer your query....i've got the spare wheel but i think you're looking more at the ball height? Everything i've towed seems level
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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by ipriceian » Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:55 pm

Thanks both for your replies. It seems like it will be fine on these models unlike my old one. Acuatly just heard back from a car dealership who is selling a 56 plate RAV4 which already had a towbar fitted and the measured the ball height for me and it was between 40-42cm high which is spot on.

So I'm happy enough to purchase the car I'm going to look at tonight if all is ok with it.

Thanks again for your help.
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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by Phaeton » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:15 pm

I have the 4.3 130 I personally don't think it's a particularly good towcar although we like the car, the towball is too low so much so you can catch the jockey wheel on speed bumps etc. this is with the caravan & a 4 wheeled car trailer. The gearing is too high for towing, brilliant solo, I think there are better tow cars out there, but as we only tow 5% (total guess) of the time we live with liking the other 95%

I also have a 2.0L D-4D Auris, which I think is 125bhp, it tows the caravan far better, but it's a little on the light side for my liking & I only use it to take the caravan to & from the storage unit, saves coming home & picking the Rav up
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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by Rough Rider » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:53 pm

Had a Witter detachable tow bar fitted to my 11 plate rav, not the best detachable tow bar on the market,but did the job,hard to attach and detach, much like the rav towing a caravan, not great, and that was with a lindop tuning box, which i sent back, just over fuelled when towing, the rav in my opinion is a bit to light to tow comfortably a 1500kg caravan that i have
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Re: RAV4 Towbar issue

PostPosted by ipriceian » Wed May 10, 2017 1:51 pm

Thanks for the replies guys! Only looking at towing a 1350kg caravan so the Rav's 1595kg weight shouldn't be a problem. Just a little paranoid about the towbar because of the problems with my old Rav.

Just waiting to sort out a little problem with my gearbox before getting the towbar fitted.
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