Look in your manual for the maximum tow rating. I think that, for all the 4 cyl ones, it is 1500 lbs.I have a 2011 Rav 4, No rear tire sport appearance package. 4 cyl.
By the way Magic, please fill in the rest of your profile. Advice for Ontario, CA is different than for Ontario, CANI have a 2011 Rav 4, No rear tire sport appearance package. 4 cyl. does anyone here have a trailer like a camper?
That’s my goal, no sagging in the back. I’m only FWD, so reducing sag is even more important for me. That said I load my trailers about 45% rear to 55% front (about the trailer axle) to balance the load. I don’t like the North American tongue bias forced by the axle being so far rearward, but don’t want to go full-euro, loosey-goosey either. Gotta keep some tongue weight for stability!I have a teardrop camper that was built on a 5x8 foot trailer as the base. It probably weighs close to what Foryota's weighs. I have the V6, and it's easy to pull. I added trailer brakes, and the improvement in stopping was well worth it, even with the larger front brakes and rotors.
Foryota, I also put the beefier 3rd row springs on, and now there's no perceptible sagging in the rear (of the car).
A transmission cooler is highly recommended. Keeps temps 25-30 degrees F cooler on mine.
I like Ike. He may be a little nuts, but in a good way. Who else can plow snow with their Rav4?? And he helped me with doing those rear coil springs, not in person but by consultation here. Thanks again, Ike.
That is beefier only when compared to the standard 4 cyl.I also put the beefier 3rd row springs on
The 3rd row model has a thicker coil spring. Someone in the forum has measured the thickness and it is thicker than the Sport model.That is beefier only when compared to the standard 4 cyl.
The V6 with TO package has stiffer springs anyway, because it has springs for a tongue weight of 350lbs (instead of 150 lbs of the 4 cyl).
I don't remember the measurements, but I know for a fact that the 3rd row springs I put on my car, which has the V6 and tow package, were thicker and heavier than the ones I took off.Sport comes in 4 cyl version too. With same low towing as any 4 cyl.
Somebody said that the 3rd row 4 cyl is the same as in the V6: Different coil springs in Rav4 w/3rd row?
What was the measurement? I am curious, so I took a pic of my V6 (TO package). Laying on back on asphalt, phone in one hand, caliper in the other...
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Oh ye of little faith! Yes, I have calipers. I have lots of good hobbies. And for you I will get under the car and show you the difference in the diameters of the original spring and the 3rd row spring.So I gather that you don't have a caliper to measure them now?
Thank you! Now I have to convert the measurement, because took mine in mmI took several measurements of each, knowing that thousandths of an inch can vary by how you hold your mouth.
I won't try to tell you which way to go on that. But I'll share my experience. I put Bilsteins on the rear and still had sag with the trailer attached. After changing to the 3rd row springs, I don't notice the sag anymore.In my experience, old springs will always be "softer" and old shocks will allow the car to "squat".
My car doesn't "squat" when accelerating, but, at 72k miles, I already bought new shocks for rear. Waiting to install them maybe in the same time with springs if I decide to go that route.
2007 Limited V6 with tow package and 4WDWell shocks don't do anything for the sag. They will lower slower, but after 5 seconds they're the same.
To be clear, what model is your RAV4? Mine is the Limited V6 with towing package, per Toyota VIN info: