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post #7 of (permalink) Old 04-01-2013, 10:24 AM
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I'd say "yes if."
The ifs are:

If you're familiar with towing. With the boat & F-150 you are.

If you understand the safety issue. The fact you know about the brake controller means you understand the main safety issue, stopping.
(IMO, the V6 which raises the "rating" from 1500 to 3500 lbs doesn't change the stopping power. Therefore the I4 with the same trailer brake setup could stop 3500 lbs.) Neither does the V6 have any stronger frame which would make the tongue weight of the I4 any lower.

If you don't beat up the I4 drivetrain by expecting it to pull steep hills or high speeds. Your heavy equipment experience MAY mean you have a feel for not overtaxing things mechanical. As you know there are guys who can break ANYTHING. In the Navy we used to say, "That guy could break an anvil in a padded room!"

If you keep the camper weight to a minimum. Carry the load in the pickup. Transfer the gear to the camper on site.

And last, if YOU drive the RAV4.

2006 RAV4 V6 4WD Red Limited - wife's
2006 Accord V6 Hybrid - Dr. Dyno's - quick as the RAV but +8 mpg
2003 Odyssey V6 - handy people & cargo mover
1999 F-250 4X4 Diesel - snow plow, Bully Dog chip
2001 F-250 4X4 Diesel - truck camper, TS chip, 20' bike/trike dyno trailer
2004 Suzuki DRZ-400S Dual Sport
1968 Volvo 1800S

It's the pedal (or the handgrip) on the right!!

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