Originally Posted by rosen_keh
snip........We have a RAV4 6 cyl with tow package rated for towing #3,500. We would like to buy the SLX 184Bh model which comes at about #2,700 UVW. I understand that this is getting pretty close to the max towing capacity which worries me a bit......snip
IMO you will be over your TV limits, and you won't be at all happy with the tow. Your correct that the 184BH has a UVW of 2,700lbs, but the actual ship weight
will be a little higher. If the RV dealer has one on his lot look for the ship weight sticker, but I would assume another 150lbs (2,850lb ship weight, maybe a little less). The GVWR of the 184BH is 3,500lbs which doesn't leave much for dealer options (hitch, battery, etc.), camping cargo, minimal fluids, and "stuff". IMO a loaded weight of 3,350lbs is very realistic.
Please note that Automotive Manufactures base their Tow Ratings on the "CURB WEIGHT" of the base model in question which only includes a 150lb driver and a full tank of fuel. The weight of the TV's options, passengers, and cargo must be "SUBTRACTED" from the specified tow rating.
The RAV4 6 cyl with tow package rated for towing 3,500lbs I think would be better suited for a small pop-up camper.
Just my 2 cents.