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 Post subject: Towing with the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:51 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Rav4 EV Photos
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 Post subject: Re: Toyota Rav4 EV Photos
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 Post subject: Towing with the RAV 4 EV
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:49 am 
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I understand that Toyota recommends against using the vehicle to tow a trailer but I am wondering if anyone has experience doing it.

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 Post subject: Re: Towing with the RAV 4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:39 am 
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Need TonyWilliams to chime in here.

It's definitely been done....look here.

*** Moderator Edit: I moved the pictures to the beginning of this thread. Tony ***

My guess is that light towing is fine. I've seen a camry towing a sunfish sailboat (trailer + sailboat = 300-400 pounds) out of our boat club (and up a very steep hill).

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 Post subject: Re: Towing with the RAV 4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:25 am 
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Mike thanks for the images. They were very helpful. It does look like it can be done.

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 Post subject: Re: Towing with the RAV 4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:40 am 
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Click here for how to install the trailer hitch and trailer wiring

Yes, you can easily add the towing hitch and trailer wiring. Obviously, this 4000 pound car with 273 foot/pounds of torque will tow just fine. I recommend trailer brakes for safety.

Now, will the inverter or motor or batteries overheat pulling a long hill in 120 degree heat? I don't know. Will it stop on a long downhill with no compression breaking from a gasoline or diesel motor? Maybe not, particularly as the battery gets fully charged and regenerative breaking reduces causing the brakes to OVERHEAT and fail.

Of course, it can do the same thing without a trailer going downhill with a load of nuns inside.

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 Post subject: Re: Towing with the RAV 4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:24 am 
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Tony thank you for the great pictures. I am really impressed. I agree with your thoughtful assessment and suggestion of trailer brakes. This just reinforces my decision for buying my RAV 4EV.

Thanks Again :)

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 Post subject: Re: Towing with the RAV4 EV
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Does a great job launching and retrieving my Macgregor 26M at approximately 4,000 lbs.

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 Post subject: Re: Towing with the RAV4 EV
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Aren't front drive cars difficult when the ramp gets wet?

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