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  1. Many thanks for the replies, especially the pictures, the job is now underway. Tools needed - a brighter torch, a kneeling mat and a more flexible neck, though I couldn't source the latter, the old one had to do. I hope I never need to change a fuse by the side of the road in the rain! I have changed my plan and am now driving a rear-view camera and my caravan rear-view camera from the piggyback fuse and the dashcam from a usb port as it only wants 5 volts. Dave
  2. Thanks Bob, Yes it is the new model, I'll try and get my head right underneath after this weather has passed. Dave
  3. I am hoping I don't need a trip to the optician but I cannot find the interior (under/behind the glove box) fuse box. The owner's manual diagram is not terribly clear, but the only cover I can find on the passenger side is the pollen filter. I want to hard wire a dashcam using a piggyback fuse on the power socket fuse. Please can someone tell me where this fuse box is? Also is there a wiring diagram available for the 2019 Rav4 Excel AWS? Many thanks Dave
  4. Yes, PeteB, it was. I don't have accurate towing consumption figures, but around 19-20 mpg towing 1600Kg over 1900 miles. Dave
  5. Hi Oscarmax, I have towed our caravan (1600 Kg) for 1250 miles with our Excel AWD hybrid since getting it in May. I think it is a great towcar, better than my previous 2017 Excel. The most impressive thing is the massive torque from start courtesy of the characteristics of the electric motors and its responsiveness covers the entire speed range (up to 60mph of course), much better and quieter than the previous model. It has proved very stable as a towcar and has averaged 25mpg, although this varies with road conditions and headwinds. It is factory fitted with the vertical detachable towbar. In 42 years of towing and 36000 miles I can state it is the best towcar I have had. Enjoy your towing Dave
  6. If it helps, I can offer some real world fuel stats from my 2019 Excel AWD hybrid, both solo and towing 1600Kg caravan. Car received 3rd May. I record usage on brim to brim readings. Mileage at last top up 2342 Towing mpg av.25.6 over 625 miles, last tow 28.4 mpg over 159 miles Solo mpg 49.0 over 1717 miles, last solo 49.82 mpg over 442 miles The mpg is improving as the car loosens up, I now regularly get 50+mpg on journeys. I don't drive purely for economy, but try to be economical within the needs of the traffic I am in. These stats are a huge improvement over my previous 2018 Rav4 hybrid, about 25%, and I am sure this is helped by the seemingly much more responsive engine/motor/battery management software as well as the other improvements. Dave
  7. DaveKA

    Spare Wheel

    Pete B - yes the jack tray fits and the floor stays flat. Also room for my detachable tow hitch and various odds and sods. Bobby McL - I really don’t know, I suggest you check the pitch circle diameter and the overall tyre radius specs for the two.. Dave
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    I ordered a full size spare with my AWD which I collected May 3rd, it fits. Anyone want an unused spacesaver? Dave
  9. Hi Goncas, I can share my experience so far with a 2018 2.5 Excel Hybrid AWD. I have only done 2000 miles from new so the engine may have been a bit tight for part of that but am getting around the 40mpg mark in general driving which includes short (2 mile) journeys where the engine will be in warm-up mode, therefore using more fuel. I decided to experiment with 97Ron petrol to see if the 2.5 could make use of better low down torque, but have not done enough miles for any real conclusions. Interestingly while on BP 97Ron, on a 20 mile journey which included the hills around Bath in general traffic, the computer showed 54mpg, and I have had 50 on a 10 mile run, so it looks interesting. I will admit I am no longer a boy racer, that was many years ago in my MGA, but I don't dawdle. You asked for driving style pointers, the only ones I can offer are : 1 - it's all down to your right foot, use the Hybrid System Indicator dial (it's like using the old manifold vacuum gauge) to tell you if you are using more throttle than necessary, try to keep in the sweet spot of the lower half of the Econ range, dramatic driving burns fuel. 2 - my dealer advised me that the Eco and Sport buttons don't do anything that sensible use of your right foot can't, especially if you use the six selectable ratios if you need something special. 3 - anticipate what the vehicle in front is liable to do so you can substitute regenerative braking for standing on the anchors. 4 - you can manipulate the engine control software , especially in town or at constant speed, by easing back on the throttle until the car goes into regeneration mode, then lightly open the throttle which will put it into battery driven mode. If more power is needed the engine will start automatically, but you're still on light throttle. Always bear in mind that a hybrid makes its money by turning momentum into battery charge instead of disk brake heat. Don't be scared to use the car on battery, that's what saves you money. Running with a constantly full battery is unnecessary and means there can be no regeneration. The electronics will always cut in to charge the battery if it gets too discharged. I hope this is of some use to you, they are purely my own observations and I hope you enjoy your new vehicle as much as I am mine. Dave