Originally Posted by junglegirlsue
I have an 07 Rav4 base model. No 4WD. I am looking at getting a camper trailer. I need one with a bathroom. I am looking at a T@B from Dutchman. It is 2400 lbs of dry weight. I am not even sure what that means. Can my Rav4 handle it. Has anyone had a trailer hitch put on a rav4?
First you need to tell us if you have a V6 and Tow Package.
If yes, you can tow 3500 pounds, if no then 2000. These are the conservative (safe) factory recommendations. Exceed them at your own risk!
I checked the T@b website
and the base weight (no options or fluids) for that trailer is 1939 pounds. You must be reading that 2400 pounds off the data plate on a particular trailer with some heavy options. Add 40 pounds for full water tank (5 gal) , then all your food and personal "stuff" like clothing and a bike or two, and it will probably be 2800+ pounds loaded and ready to roil.
The V6 with Tow Package will pull that much, but I personally wouldn't want to. That's a lot of weight behind a small trucklet. OTH if you are set on a small travel trailer that's a real sweetheart and would probably tow much better than a big boxy trailer..
It has surge brakes which are easy to operate and maintain, but they aren't as safe as electric brakes IMHO. You have no way of adjusting the braking amount for different road conditions, nor can you manually apply them in an emergency (like when the trailer starts to sway). That shouldn't stop you from buying, but I don't really understand why they put those brakes on a travel trailer - they are usually found on boat trailers that have to be submerged, and heavy utility trailers.
We talk about this stuff all the time. Please use Search and do a little reading and you will learn a bunch about towing.
EDIT: I found this at the website:
"Want to know if your car can tow a T@B? Check your owner's manual: if you have a tow rating of 2000 lbs or more, you're ready to go!"
This is obviously BS of the highest degree.