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I am thinking of purchasing the 2006 RAV4 V6. I love the power and stability on my test drive, but I want to understand towing a little better.

I will be carrying 5 people total and towing a trailer with a 2000 lb. GVWR. The RAV4 V6 has a maximum tow rating of 3500 lbs. and a payload of 1073lbs. Making the GVW 4600 lbs. I will be purchasing the tow package.

I don’t want to strain the engine, or push the vehicle. Will anyone share advice, or information on how this will turn out?
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rallythis said:
I am thinking of purchasing the 2006 RAV4 V6. I love the power and stability on my test drive, but I want to understand towing a little better.

I will be carrying 5 people total and towing a trailer with a 2000 lb. GVWR. .
Along with John's reply that it depends upon your towing elevation, I would add it depends upon the type of trailer you are towing (pop-up, utility or travel trailer), the aerodynamics of the trailer and the ratio of the trailer's tongue weight to loaded trailer weight.
I have been am able to tow the following trailer, http://www.thuletrailers.com/motorcycle_products.asp?ProductID=82 (loaded with two motorcycles) without a problem from my home in Mass to my campsite in NH (2.5 hour drive).
That said, based on the short wheelbase of the RAV4, fwd and unibody construction, I would be hesitant to consider using the RAV4 to tow a trailer on a longer trip as I think it would be a strain on the engine and brakes. You don't want to end-up in this situation http://www.sherline.com/lmbook.htm (no affiliation with vendor).
 
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