RAV4 and Hobby De Luxe

KerryJS replied on 05/07/2019 18:53

Posted on 05/07/2019 18:53


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.

lornalou1 replied on 09/07/2019 23:14

Posted on 09/07/2019 15:59 by Wildwood

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.

Posted on 09/07/2019 23:14

I think they know that W, as op has said now going for a 2.8 jeep Cherokee.

SteveL replied on 10/07/2019 08:11

Posted on 10/07/2019 08:11

Apart from the legalities, I would reject it on power alone. We started out with a similar weight van and a 2.0 l Mondeo petrol estate. It was fine until it got to a steep hill. Stopping on one would have been a disaster. We changed to a 2.0 D XTrail, which was like towing in a different world.😀