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Old October 14th 03, 08:06 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
klyne
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Anyone out there tow with a Toyota RAV4? Feedback would be welcome,
particularly thinking of the diesel.

Thanks

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Old October 14th 03, 08:12 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Harry Rogers
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"klyne" wrote in message
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Anyone out there tow with a Toyota RAV4? Feedback would be welcome,
particularly thinking of the diesel.

Thanks

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Old October 14th 03, 09:00 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
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Hello Harry,

There are thousands out there who won't have a clue what (or who) you are
talking about! Here's the link for those not in the know.
http://www.go-touring.com .
It's well worth a visit.

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"Harry Rogers" wrote in message
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"klyne" wrote in message
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Anyone out there tow with a Toyota RAV4? Feedback would be welcome,
particularly thinking of the diesel.

Thanks

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Gordon (the Earl on G-T) does.

Harry




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Old October 14th 03, 10:03 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Adrian
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Hi

Anyone out there tow with a Toyota RAV4? Feedback would be welcome,
particularly thinking of the diesel.


Can't help you on the diesel (though it's had good reviews) - we have
the 2litre petrol and it tows well.

Not terribly economical (32 solo, 22 with the van) - but a good tow
tug - feels nice and stable, and the 4wd helps on wet grass.

Only niggle - you can't open the rear door with the (Toyota) towbar in
place - but it's something you learn fairly fast g

Hope this helps
Adrian
Suffolk UK
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Old October 14th 03, 10:20 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Ian McFarlane
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"klyne" wrote in message
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Anyone out there tow with a Toyota RAV4? Feedback would be welcome,
particularly thinking of the diesel.

Thanks

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and
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David,

I don't tow with the RAV4 but I tow with the Previa with the same D4-D
diesel engine and I have been pleased with it. Tows at a steady 65 on the
Frernch autoroutes with ease. Mind you I have added a tuning box which
boosts the torque and power a bit. In terms of pulling power the Previa is
probably heavier than the RAV4. One point I have read is that you cannot
open the back door of the RAV4 with the caravan hitched and may not even be
able to open it with the towball in place (I think the removable ball is the
preferred option from Toyota).

Ian


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Old October 15th 03, 04:05 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Harry Rogers
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"Tony Maris" wrote in message
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Hello Harry,

There are thousands out there who won't have a clue what (or who) you are
talking about! Here's the link for those not in the know.
http://www.go-touring.com .
It's well worth a visit.

Regards
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Tony

David goes on G-T. Your right though I should have put up the link.

Harry


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Old October 21st 03, 09:29 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Roger Hainsworth
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klyne wrote in message
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Anyone out there tow with a Toyota RAV4? Feedback would be welcome,
particularly thinking of the diesel.


Hi, sorry about the delay in replying but I've just returned from 3 weeks
caravanning. I bought a RAV4 D4-D 5 door GX in May this year to tow a 6.4m
overall length, 1250kg MTPLM single axle caravan. I have towed about 1000
miles and the car has now completed 5000 miles in total.

This limited experience has shown the RAV to be an extremely capable tow car
for my moderate sized outfit. It is stable at speed (Alko 1300 stabiliser
used) and has good torque within a usable range.

50 mph coincides nicely with max torque at 1800 rpm and this torque curve
flattens out to over 3000rpm. 2000 rpm equals 56 mph and cruising at this
speed gives 32 mpg with my outfit, solo I can easily exceed 50 mpg in
economy mode. More spirited driving still gives over 45 mpg and the RAV
corners well too.

Not too much experience of use in the wet or on wet grass this year but
having towed with 2WD for 30 years I expect that 4WD will be a bit of a
bonus.

Overall the RAV is roomy for a compact vehicle, comfortable, easy to drive
and trouble free (it should be at a few months old) and had an excellent
report on the Caravan Club tow car tests. I looked at several similar
vehicles but I was drawn by the RAVs individuality and character. It is also
a relatively simple in its engineering and has less to go wrong than others
which coupled to the legendary Toyota reliability and good fuel economy made
it the choice for me. I negotiated hard on price and saved almost 2000 with
price reductions and extras at no cost to me including all towing equipment,
spare rear No. plate, metallic paint, free servicing for 2 years, mats and
mud flaps and a full tank of fuel.

The rear door is not particularly user friendly due to its limited opening
of about 75 degrees though in practice it does not interfere with loading or
access. The tow bar is fixed on mine and the rear door can only be opened
about 300mm when hitched however the rear seats are very versatile and can
be slid forward and folded down to access the boot if need be.
Regards Roger


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Old October 21st 03, 10:20 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
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"Roger Hainsworth" wrote in message
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klyne wrote in message
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Anyone out there tow with a Toyota RAV4? Feedback would be welcome,
particularly thinking of the diesel.


Hi, sorry about the delay in replying but I've just returned from 3 weeks
caravanning. I bought a RAV4 D4-D 5 door GX in May this year to tow a 6.4m
overall length, 1250kg MTPLM single axle caravan. I have towed about 1000
miles and the car has now completed 5000 miles in total.

This limited experience has shown the RAV to be an extremely capable tow

car
for my moderate sized outfit. It is stable at speed (Alko 1300 stabiliser
used) and has good torque within a usable range.

50 mph coincides nicely with max torque at 1800 rpm and this torque curve
flattens out to over 3000rpm. 2000 rpm equals 56 mph and cruising at this
speed gives 32 mpg with my outfit, solo I can easily exceed 50 mpg in
economy mode. More spirited driving still gives over 45 mpg and the RAV
corners well too.

Not too much experience of use in the wet or on wet grass this year but
having towed with 2WD for 30 years I expect that 4WD will be a bit of a
bonus.

Overall the RAV is roomy for a compact vehicle, comfortable, easy to drive
and trouble free (it should be at a few months old) and had an excellent
report on the Caravan Club tow car tests. I looked at several similar
vehicles but I was drawn by the RAVs individuality and character. It is

also
a relatively simple in its engineering and has less to go wrong than

others
which coupled to the legendary Toyota reliability and good fuel economy

made
it the choice for me. I negotiated hard on price and saved almost 2000

with
price reductions and extras at no cost to me including all towing

equipment,
spare rear No. plate, metallic paint, free servicing for 2 years, mats and
mud flaps and a full tank of fuel.

The rear door is not particularly user friendly due to its limited opening
of about 75 degrees though in practice it does not interfere with loading

or
access. The tow bar is fixed on mine and the rear door can only be opened
about 300mm when hitched however the rear seats are very versatile and can
be slid forward and folded down to access the boot if need be.
Regards


Roger

Thanks for your considered input, most useful. Thanks also to others that
had contributed. I quite liked the RAV4 for many of the reasons Roger states
above. However I do have a few concerns. My new van will weigh in at around
1325kgs, the 5 door RAV4 weighs in at 1400kgs so there is not a lot of
margin although in fairness the maximum tow weight is 1500kgs. In terms of
power it is only a little more powerful than my current Xantia. I appreciate
that gearing might be different. I still have a few months to make up my
mind - so who knows!


David - Milton Keynes
www.caravantravels.co.uk
Details of our Caravan Travels in the UK and Europe with help and advice and
site reports


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Old October 22nd 03, 07:51 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Budgie
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"Roger Hainsworth" wrote in message
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| Not too much experience of use in the wet or on wet grass this year but
| having towed with 2WD for 30 years I expect that 4WD will be a bit of a
| bonus.
|

Does the RAV-4 have a diff lock, then? I understand that the Honda CRV still
slips on grass etc.

Budgie


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