RAV4 and Hobby De Luxe

KerryJS replied on 05/07/2019 18:53

Posted on 05/07/2019 18:53

Hi,

I‘m hoping someone can please help...

I have bought my first caravan, a Hobby 495 De Luxe 2004, I don’t think they are very popular in this country so am struggling to find info on them.

i want to tow with a 2002 Rav 4, 2 litre petrol, I believe the kerb weight is 1275kg. 

I am getting varying info on the caravan weight. The plate on the side of the van says 1350 but I’m not sure if this is the unladen weight or the maximum it should be when loaded.

Does anybody know please?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Kerry Watkins replied on 05/07/2019 19:09

Posted on 05/07/2019 19:09

We had a  2004 hobby 460UFE De Lux and the max weight was 1300kg so I suspect yours would be heavier. Our external  plate stated 1300kg which was the max weight. We were very pleased with it and only change for a caravan with an island bed 

Tinwheeler replied on 05/07/2019 19:23

Posted on 05/07/2019 18:53 by KerryJS

Hi,

I‘m hoping someone can please help...

I have bought my first caravan, a Hobby 495 De Luxe 2004, I don’t think they are very popular in this country so am struggling to find info on them.

i want to tow with a 2002 Rav 4, 2 litre petrol, I believe the kerb weight is 1275kg. 

I am getting varying info on the caravan weight. The plate on the side of the van says 1350 but I’m not sure if this is the unladen weight or the maximum it should be when loaded.

Does anybody know please?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Posted on 05/07/2019 19:23

Whichever weight is stated for the caravan, it is too heavy for a towcar with a kerb weight of only 1275kg. The RAV4 is not a heavy car and, in my opinion, will not be a safe match for the van even if the plated weight turns out to be the max loaded weight.

Sorry.

EasyT replied on 05/07/2019 20:04

Posted on 05/07/2019 19:35 by JVB66

The Hobby is to heavy for your rav 4 to be safely towed and if stopped for a check could end up in tears a heavier tow vehicle is necessary and preferably diesel

Posted on 05/07/2019 20:04

If stopped for a check the vin plate might well show it to be legal

Tinwheeler replied on 05/07/2019 20:11

Posted on 05/07/2019 20:04 by EasyT

If stopped for a check the vin plate might well show it to be legal

Posted on 05/07/2019 20:11

Agreed. However, legal and sensible are two different things. I wonder whether the RAV4's legal towing weight and GTW have been considered by the OP.

EasyT replied on 05/07/2019 21:14

Posted on 05/07/2019 20:11 by Tinwheeler

Agreed. However, legal and sensible are two different things. I wonder whether the RAV4's legal towing weight and GTW have been considered by the OP.

Posted on 05/07/2019 21:14

I suspect that the 'kerb' weight does not include driver and fuel. Probably close on 100% match. 2004 2 litres could have 1,500 kg tow limit. No idea as to OP's though

replied on 06/07/2019 05:21

Posted on 05/07/2019 18:53 by KerryJS

Hi,

I‘m hoping someone can please help...

I have bought my first caravan, a Hobby 495 De Luxe 2004, I don’t think they are very popular in this country so am struggling to find info on them.

i want to tow with a 2002 Rav 4, 2 litre petrol, I believe the kerb weight is 1275kg. 

I am getting varying info on the caravan weight. The plate on the side of the van says 1350 but I’m not sure if this is the unladen weight or the maximum it should be when loaded.

Does anybody know please?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Posted on 06/07/2019 05:21

KerryJS replied on 06/07/2019 16:46

Posted on 06/07/2019 16:46

Thanks for all your replies. We have decided to buy a Jeep Cherokee 2.8d instead.

Wildwood replied on 09/07/2019 15:59

Posted on 09/07/2019 15:59

The car is simply not heavy enough for the caravan by a considerable margin. You would be very foolish to tow with that combination, even if it is within the cars towing limit. A car with a kerb weight over 1400 kg would be a minimum for me and 1500 would be far better.