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Old 08-05-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Top 5 things to consider for a newbie

Hello all,
I'm new to this forum. I just purchased a Jayco flight swift 154bh travel trailer that I'm going to tow with my RAV4 V6, with tow prep package. If you were to give me top 5 advices when camping or towing what would it be?

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Old 08-05-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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1. Use a proper Weight Distribution Hitch with Sway Control & Brake Controller adjusted properly and watch for any sway. Distribute weight evenly in truck and trailer and don't overload.
2. Leave your Black Tank valve CLOSED when camping - only open to empty.
3. Make your first trip close to home to get used to it.
4. Make a checklist for when you leave, arrive at campsite and when you leave campsite and include obvious things like raising jacks, unplugging electrical and water, locking your kitchen vent, etc.
5. Have fun.
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You may have too much trailer for your tow vehicle. The Rav 4 is rated only for 1500 pounds towing, your trailer appears to weigh 2400 empty.

1.You will not remember everything for your first few trips. Take a tablet and pencil to write down the things you wish you had brought with you so you remember them when you get home.
2. A flashlight is essential
3. Dump the black tank first and use the grey tank to flush out your hose.
4. Plan activities for a rainy day. They can be pretty long if you have nothing to do and it rains all day.
5. Keep it light, don't let the "disasters" get you down.
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Thank you so much. As a newbie advice like this is greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:49 PM   #5
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RAV4, V6 with Tow prep package is rated for #3500 lbs. The yellow sticker at the diler says 2512. So we have about 1000 lbs in between. Between my 3 member family and WDH I'm pretty close to 3300lbs. Not much room left there..
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Yes - apparently 3500# for the V6 with Tow package: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...ression-page-2

You will be towing close to the limit, and having done that in the past advise you to make sure the WD & Anti-Sway hitch is specced, installed and adjusted properly.

Keep your speed reasonable and get used to it.
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RAV4, V6 with Tow prep package is rated for #3500 lbs. The yellow sticker at the diler says 2512. So we have about 1000 lbs in between. Between my 3 member family and WDH I'm pretty close to 3300lbs. Not much room left there..
So you probably want to travel fairly light and not load up on water etc.
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Yes - apparently 3500# for the V6 with Tow package: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...ression-page-2

You will be towing close to the limit, and having done that in the past advise you to make sure the WD & Anti-Sway hitch is specced, installed and adjusted properly.

Keep your speed reasonable and get used to it.
The dealer I bought the trailer from is installing WD, anti-sway hitch as well as electric breaks. I'm hoping they are doing it properly?
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RAV4, V6 with Tow prep package is rated for #3500 lbs. The yellow sticker at the diler says 2512. So we have about 1000 lbs in between. Between my 3 member family and WDH I'm pretty close to 3300lbs. Not much room left there..
I doubt the 3 of you plus the hitch make up 800 pounds. By comparison, our family of 6 plus our hitch makes up only about 600 pounds (4 young kids). The hitch is usually less than 100lbs altogether. My only advice is to go out and enjoy yourself and learn along the way. You'll know what works for you and what doesn't. Ask specific questions when you need to. Enjoy!!
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I'm impressed with the support in this forum. Thanks you all!
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