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Old 06-09-2016, 10:06 AM   #11
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Thanks for all the good tips.

We do have the V6, and I have the WDH with sway control that the owner sold to us also.

Hooked it up, leveled it, and it towed like a dream behind the RAV4. We took the back road home to see how it would do on hills and turns and it pulled them flawlessly. I kept an eye on my gauges and everything looked good.

Getting a trans cooler is next on the horizon. We probably won't go anywhere in it until this fall as we've already burned up our vacation balances from work for this year.

I'm certainly not opposed to getting a bigger rig to tow it with. I have a 1993 Chevrolet K1500 but it doesn't quite get the mileage I like when towing.

The previous owner said that he runs his fridge for a few days before a trip at home, loads it with the frozen goods and then drives to his campsite with the fridge turned off, and then turns it back on when he hooks up to power there. I'm thinking we will probably do the same. We seldom dry camp, and the resorts we belong to all have full hookups.

I'm thinking that we will try to go to Mount Rushmore next year with it as I haven't been there since I was a kid.
I also have concerns with the RAV4 as a tow vehicle. I think I would give up a little gas mileage and use the pickup instead. When the loaded trailer weighs almost as much as the tow vehicle, and with the short wheelbase of the RAV4, I think you may get in a situation of the "tail wagging the dog." The real test is when semi trucks are passing you, you are towing in the mountains, or when there is a strong crosswind. Also, make sure you have that brake controller installed with all that weight pushing you going down a mountain road. Pulling it is one thing, stopping it, another!

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Old 06-09-2016, 08:24 PM   #12
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You only need to run your ref. one day before towing. Keep items frozen or prechilled. We have driven two hrs. to a campsite and been fine. Run the ref. on electric at the campsite.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:15 AM   #13
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I agree with JackandJanet. I don't normally post but just had to because I am concerned. I have a Hi-Lo 19 foot and am towing it with a Honda Ridgeline (2007/V6). I use to put 87 octane in and it did terribly going up mountains. So, I now use 91 octane and it does okay to good. Goes up mountains to 7000 ft elevation okay but not superbly. I stay in the slow lane most of the time when going up. My thought whenever pulling the trailer is always to pray before going out and to stay on the side of caution. I have seen videos of awful crashes and have even passed by a trailer (not Hi-Lo) that tipped over. I am concerned that the CRV is not heavy enough. I have also owned a CRV but that was a 2004. However, I don't think that they have changed that much.
The Hi-Lo is a wonderful trailer! It does really well with strong winds.
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my 2 cents worth...I have a 2008 hi lo 15T, and I tow it with a 2006 6cylinder ford escape and I have never had a problem but then again the15T, GVWR is 2990lbs...
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