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#1 (permalink) Old 10-08-2007, 01:13 AM
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The odd uses of a Rav4

This past weekend my father and I drove 175miles to Frankland county PA to get a few pumpkins from my grandfathers farm. My dad made me take the rear seats out before leaving, saying they won't be needed for this trip, so I removed them, curious of what he ment be a FEW pumpkins. We spent the morning driving north on I-81 to reach our destation; ate a wonderful lunch made by my grandmother; went fishing on my grandfathers lake. We spent the night. The next morning, Sunday, we began to gather the FEW pumpkins. It turned out that the field was mud from a super heavy dew, and rutted. So getting to the pumpkins in a 15 acre field required some off-roading, no problem for my Rav. The pumpkins were at least 30 inchis diamiter, and weighed approx. 25 lbs each. We filled the my Rav4 up to the Windows with'em. And the occasional rock thrown in by my Dad for good mesure(he likes flat rocks). The Rav4 looked like a overloaded ecobox, and I had troble geting out of the field(thought I lost my bumper a few times.) We finialy made it out, filed up the tank, and got on the highway. The thing felt like a dump truck and had to always turn off the over drive to make it up a hill and maintain 70-80mph.... screaming for mercey all the way (175miles) and got 13mpgs coming home. As it turmed out we had 22 pumpkins, and had roughly 550 lb load, I say thats not bad for a Rav4 6 plys help a lot doing something like this.

What lind of odd loads or uses do you use your Rav for?

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Sounds like quite the adventure. Did you take any pictures?
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That's cool...

Let's see, the most weight I've ever hauled (the stuff being inside the RAV) was this past winter.I had almost all my tools in my RAV, which amounts to about 250 pounds, and then had to go to Home Depot to get salt/deicer, got about ten bags, so I'm not really sure, but I think thats a little more than 400 pounds, and two people in the front.

On other instances I've had most of my tools, my 6.5 hp gas powered pressure washer and my 4.5 gallon air compressor in the car too. Washer and compressor together are about 150 pounds....

Then as far as pulling, I dont have a hitch, but the most I've pulled using the hooks in the back of the car and chain, is a 800 or so pound 1978 Ford tractor. I had just got done replacing the rear main seal and putting the engine back together with the transmission.

My car is a 2WD, and neither in the woods (for the tractor) nor on 3 inches of snow and Ice have I had trouble as far as losing traction goes, the car actually handles more stable the more weight I put in.

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My RAV has been loaded to the ceiling with household items when we moved houses back around 2000 or so. The big stuff went in a truck and van. But the other stuff went in the RAV back and forth to the new house a few trips.

Since then, the biggest loads are the weekly Costco runs.

I am sure that Kelly can post some picts. of last years X-Mas toy drive.
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Since then, the biggest loads are the weekly Costco runs.

I am sure that Kelly can post some picts. of last years X-Mas toy drive.
Opinion needed: DO you think Costco is better than BJ's?

Those Christmas pictures were nice.

Actually loading my car up so much is the reason why I recently replaced the rear shocks, after noticing the car bottomed out the suspension a lot.

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Hi Kurt,

Don't know what BJ's is.

We only have COSTCO and Sam's Club here in Hawaii. Of the two, I prefer Costco. Just my preference I guess.
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We only have COSTCO and Sam's Club here in Hawaii.
I've been to the COSTCO in Hawaii, the one in Kona.

Kelly, what are those things on the inside of the tailgate? I have a 4 dr and don't have them. Are they holders for the sunroofs?
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We only have COSTCO and Sam's Club here in Hawaii.
I've been to the COSTCO in Hawaii, the one in Kona.

Kelly, what are those things on the inside of the tailgate? I have a 4 dr and don't have them. Are they holders for the sunroofs?
those are indeed sunroof holders, early 3dr rav had removable aluimium roof panels
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Ok, BJ's is competition for Sam's Club. We switched from Sam's to BJ's because BJ's is better, or so it seems...but i've been wondering about Costco....


Those are some awesome Christmas pictures...

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