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Old 03-01-2007, 12:13 PM   #21
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FWIW, I hate towing anything heavy now i.e. tractors, cars, etc. A couple of bikes = no biggie, but I'm super duper careful now.
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This is an '01. They didn't offer the V6 in '01.
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:23 PM   #23
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Called my wifeage and she have me the specs on the hitch.

Curt Brute; class 2.5.; Max cap=4000lbs; max tongue weight=400lbs; exceeds v-5 standards.

Okay so the hitch can handle it. Not sure about the car though.
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it will not rip the hitch off of the car if it was installed correctly. you might notice a difference in handling thats about it.

oh yeah did you buy one of those hitch carriers already? if not i have one that i can sell you for really cheap. i just want it out of my garage
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Old 03-01-2007, 12:28 PM   #25
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it will not rip the hitch off of the car if it was installed correctly. you might notice a difference in handling thats about it.

oh yeah did you buy one of those hitch carriers already? if not i have one that i can sell you for really cheap. i just want it out of my garage
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Called my wifeage and she have me the specs on the hitch.

Curt Brute; class 2.5.; Max cap=4000lbs; max tongue weight=400lbs; exceeds v-5 standards.

Okay so the hitch can handle it. Not sure about the car though.
yeah the hitch rating doesnt really mean that much depending on what its attached to, i can mount a class 3 hitch to a toyota corrola
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yeah the hitch rating doesnt really mean that much depending on what its attached to, i can mount a class 3 hitch to a toyota corrola
+1 on that....don't greatly exceed the ratings found in your vehicle owner manual.
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yeah the hitch rating doesnt really mean that much depending on what its attached to, i can mount a class 3 hitch to a toyota corrola

The Rav4 is built on the Camry platform. I wouldn't chance it.
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The factory towing option will be rated higher because it will have the transmission oil cooler installed. If you didn't get the factory option included and didn't have a trans cooler installed I go with the lower ratings based on what's on the hitch, unless you like to buy transmissions.
i was talking about the tongue weight only...

400#s. doesnt have anything to do with all that.. only the strength of the hitch.
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This is an '01. They didn't offer the V6 in '01.
same frame.. we are tlaking about hitch capacity... leave all the towing and power stuff aside..

the frame is the same... so with factory tow kit you got 400 #s you can put on that hitch... im sure your after market one will hold the same.
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same frame.. we are tlaking about hitch capacity... leave all the towing and power stuff aside..

the frame is the same... so with factory tow kit you got 400 #s you can put on that hitch... im sure your after market one will hold the same.
Cool. I'm guessing it'll be ok.

They might've beefed up the suspension for the newer models. The Rav4 is so lightweight - I could feel the difference after they installed the hitch itself.
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Called my wifeage and she have me the specs on the hitch.

Curt Brute; class 2.5.; Max cap=4000lbs; max tongue weight=400lbs; exceeds v-5 standards.

Okay so the hitch can handle it. Not sure about the car though.
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it will not rip the hitch off of the car if it was installed correctly. you might notice a difference in handling thats about it.

oh yeah did you buy one of those hitch carriers already? if not i have one that i can sell you for really cheap. i just want it out of my garage
when i put 4 bikes in the back of my truck if i gun it around a corner.. i dont turn.. talk about poppin wheelies. :laughing6
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Just wanted to say thanks to Chasee69 for the awesome cargo carrier.

I used it Friday night and today. Works like a charm.
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