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Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
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Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
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2006 - 2017 Toyota RAV4
Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2016 Toyota Rav-4 we're going to be taking a look at and then showing how to install the Draw-Tite Max Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This offers the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. It's part number is 75235. Here is what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see we've got our main cross tube that is going to come through here across the back. It comes out by our 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. We got reinforcement collar around the end there.
It's kind of got a rounded edge to it. You see the end of that is going to be tucked in behind the outer edge of our bumper there. So we shouldn't have any issues with bumping into it or anything like that. You're going to have two holes on the side of the receiver tube opening. The larger one is the one we are going to use to secure all of our items with. It's going to be 5/8 of an inch in diameter.
And it looks like there is plenty of space on each side for whatever hitch pin, hitch lock, or anti-rail device that you might pick. The hole in the front is a stabilization device called the j-pin . Our safety chain connection points are gonna be a plate style that are going to come around. They have a good large open hole to them, so you shouldn't have any problem getting safety chains or straps connected there. Small tab welded on the cross tube here is going to allow for wiring attachment if you decide to go that route. We have three pre-drilled holes there to help mount brackets to, if you decide. Now, as far as tongue weight goes, we have a 675 pound tongue weight rating. We have some maximum downward force that we can put here in that receiver tube opening. We got a 4500 pound gross trailer weight rating.
It's going to be the total weight of our trailer and anything we load up on it. Of course we want to check out the owner's manual on the Rav-4 and we want to see what it's rated for and then we can go off of whichever of those numbers is the lowest. Now the few measurements that are going to be helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of a receiver tube opening. We got about 13 inches. Then from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about 3. Now, to begin our installation here in the rear driver's corner. We are going to need to remove this plastic panel.
We are not going to be reusing it so this can go back in the vehicle or if you ever take your hitch off you can put it back in place. You got the two push pin fasteners here in the backside. You pull the center out and then the rest of it should come out for you. And then, a little bit closer to the front, directly up here, there is going to be a little 10 millimeter plastic nut that you just want to un-thread that. Now we are going to remove the two bolts that are holding the tow hook or the tie down hook in place. Now, over here on the passenger side where our exhaust comes out, we want to remove the hanger right above the larger tube. A little spray lubricant and then a pry bar on the backside, it will usually pop off there pretty well for you. That'll give us enough room to bring our exhaust down some. We need to remove the two bolts right here that are holding on here that are holding exhaust strap. They require a 12 millimeter socket. Now the exhaust rod and the two bolts, you can set aside you will not be using these. On the driver's side you'll see our three attachment points. We have a weld point here, here, and here. Use a little bit of spray lubricant and a nylon tube brush, this is part number 814092. We get in there and make sure those threads are nice and clean. Here on our passenger side we've got two attachment points. We've got the weld nut located her and the one here. We're going to be skipping the one in the middle. We are going to raise our hitch into position and align it with our weld nuts in the frame. Here you'll see our M-12 bolts we are going to place a conical tooth washer on those. We want the teeth of the washer to face up towards our hitch. Then we just want to thread that rear one in. Once we have four or five turns on it we can go over to our passenger side and get one started there. Those will kind of hold our hitch in position. You get our other bolt on the passenger side started. Then we can go over to the driver side. Now as we start these we want to be sure we go through our tie down bracket, then through our hitch and make sure we get those threaded in. Now we can take a quick look and make sure we have our hitch centered. Then we can smack down our hardware and get it twerked to specification. All right, now we can raise our exhaust back into position. We use a little more spray lubricant there. And that hanger should just slide right on for you. All right, at that point our hitch is ready for use. That is going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Max Frame Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part 75235, on our 2016 Toyota Rav-4.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (92 Customer Reviews)Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
Product was delivered on time as indicated on their shipping App which allowed me to schedule the installation on the day it arrived. The shipping App is awesome..... it gives you a pictorial version of where your package is . Only "hitch" was that it showed mine going to oregon instead of Indiana for one day but then corrected it's self. Loved the APP. Hitch packing suffered from being in the Same UPS shipping room where the gorilla throws around the luggage, torn battered, poked open and split plus taped back by the delivery company. Luckily the eTrailer people are used to that since they securely attached the bolts and wiring kit to the frame of the hitch, no chance of losing them. The hitch bolts were off around 10 thou for lining up the bolt holes and it seemed that the instructions indicated that 3 bolts were to be installed instead of 2 needed. Might be you can adjust the position by using either 2 sets. Beg, borrow or steal an electric or air impact wrench to make this a non issue and to put the hitch up in 5 minutes, plus you do best with three people, two to stabilize the hitch, one to drive home the bolts, make sure you orientate the washers with the "teeth" against the frame. Wiring up did require removing quite a bit of the trim in the rear compartment of my 2014 RAV-4 but the Harbour Freight trim removal kit made that a breeze. Had to hunt way up the rear door post for the electrical connection . Wiring to the battery is pretty much a Hobson's Choice. Just find a spot that won't get snagged or fried. I gave this product and company a 5 because what they sold me was exactly what was advertised and it worked flawlessly when installed. One needs to expect that there are some minor difficulties in the installation but they are due to the vehicle not the product. I did have the luxury of a vehicle lift, electric impact wrench and any tool I needed. Could I have installed it without the lift and wrench, yes but it would have taken longer. One thing I would suggest is once you have all the wiring installed in the back, connect your trailer and with a battery source (12 V) test the wiring. You don't want to close up all of the trim work only to find that there is a fault somewhere. Was the product as advertised: Yes Was the packing sufficient: Yes Were the instructions good: Yes Would I suggest eTrailer to friends' Yes 266227
by: Darin S.02/22/2016
I ordered the Draw-Tite hitch receiver primarily for a bike rack. The receiver is for a 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. I was concerned that the receiver might not fit on my vehicle because the vehicle is a new year and model, but the receiver fit perfectly. I was also concerned that the receiver would detract from the rear look of the vehicle because it is not a factory hitch receiver, but the receiver looks great - actually better than I anticipated. I am very pleased with the receiver and with etrailer in general. Etrailer's customer service is top-notch. 238483
Purchasing our Draw-Tite hitch for our 2008 RAV4 V6 AWD has been an exceptionally good experience from start to finish. Great explanation and documentation on the web site, outstanding support via phone during the sale, best-in-class follow-up to make sure everything went as planned. Thank you again for a great product and excellent buying experience. 275988
by: Matt A.10/13/2016
I am very pleased with the Draw-Tite hitch receiver I purchased from e-trailer.com for my 2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited V6. I have a nice Yakima hitch-mounted bike rack I use on my pick-up truck, and wanted to be able to use it on my RAV4 - this is why I selected the 2" receiver size. My wife and I installed it in a few minutes. All we had to do was remove the factory tow hook by removing the two bolts securing it to the frame of the car. Then, we each took a side of the hitch receiver, lined up the holes on the hitch receiver assembly with the factory holes on the frame of the car, and installed the five bolts that were provided (the tow hook goes back on over the receiver hitch assembly at two of the bolts). We did not need to drop the exhaust - luckily, we were able to easily maneuver the unit and the socket wrench we used around the tailpipe to secure the bolt that occurs above the exhaust. I placed my order by phone to understand the delivery date because I needed it by a specific date for a trip - Bill with e-trailer.com was very helpful and the unit arrived in great condition when promised. 306551
by: Tom D09/01/2016
I'm a return customer. Several years ago I purchased a Topline 2 Bike Carrier for my 98 Ranger. It was a flawless transaction, fast, friendly but most importantly, efficient! So why shop anywhere else! I'm back! Sold the old Ranger, purchased a nice used Rav4 but now I need a way to transport my bicycles. E-trailer solved my dilemma, a custom fit Draw-Tite for my Rav4. Taking it today to get installed as I just do not have the tools to DIY. I'll update more photos after I get it installed. Thanks etrailer! 289846
by: David G.10/05/2015
Purchased Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, reviewed online installation video a couple of times then proceeded with installation. One additional item to be aware of when installing the Hitch Receiver on my RAV4, is there is a molded plastic cover in the space outside the frame on the drivers side. This MUST be removed to get to the bolts on the frame. Not sure if the cover is only to fill the empty space or help reduce wind resistance. I will be removing the necessary material so I can put the cover back in place. Once I removed the necessary parts from the vehicle, slipped the tailpipe off the hangar and moved the muffler to one side, installation was a snap. I did the installation alone, the holes on the hitch frame lined up perfectly with the car frame and I was able to easily thread the screws in place and torque them to spec. I also installed the Bully Hitch Step and Deadbolt Lock. The products look great and I am happy with my purchase. Thank you Cathy T. for your assistance! 229298
by: William M.01/13/2014
Installed myself single handed. Everything lined up as promised. If I had any issue it would be that it comes adorned with so many stickers that the name "Hidden Hitch" is anything but. I have purchased this brand before. Great product. Customer service followed up to make sure I was happy. I am. 112674
by: Paul in Colorado07/18/2015
Sweet! After reading MANY reviews about holes not lining up, I went with the Draw-Tite and I'm glad I did. They lined up perfectly, and that makes installation a breeze. Really, like 15 minutes. And I'm barely handy. No sweat on the exhaust, either. My '10 Rav4 has a rubber hanger, so I just pushed it over and used the wiggler on the socket wrench. Of course, the box the hitch arrived in was completely thrashed (several big holes, bits sticking out, one friendly spider), but luckily none of the good, visible painted parts were scratched. Apparently this is a common complaint. See Amazon reviews. Everybody needs better boxes. 212732
Solid, well-made hitch that I installed easily into my 2016 RAV4 Limited Hybrid. The installation instructions are clear and precise and everything lined up perfectly. Tip for installing this without a helper: use blocks or books or something to support and lift up the hitch into position before you start bolting it in. If you're wrestling with it while you're trying to bolt it in, you're likely to cross-thread the bolts. Be patient, work methodically, and everything will go smoothly. I'll be using this with a hitch rack for bikes, which should be no problem with its high tongue weight limit. I'm not planning on towing with it because I'm not ready to rip out my interior to install the trailer wiring and the RAV4 Hybrid doesn't have much of a towing capacity. 255496
by: Owen B.03/15/2012
Purchased this hitch after research & previous experience with this brand. Did not purchase previous hitch from etrailer, but was very satisfied with product quality on both hitches. I would make future purchases from etrailer & would also recommend etrailer to anyone needing a product(s) they carry. It was a painless experience. The hitch arrived in record time- even with free shipping!- there were some shipping scrapes & skuffs that were easily spray painted over to near factory look for corrosion protection. Installation was as promised, 20mins, one man, piece of cake, & all of their installation information is spot on. Will use this hitch for all our towing needs, as well as a cargo carrier on vacation. 33998
Installation went perfectly by following the instructions. There is a plastic panel on the driver's side that gets removed and according to the instructions does not get put back as the trailer hitch takes up part of that space. After I installed the hitch, I got out my Dremel and was able to cut that plastic panel do I could put it back. It's probably not necessary, but I thought it was a good idea. So, the hitch is perfectly designed and fit without any issue whatsoever. Installation time for me was about 30 minutes. It was installed onto a brand new 2016 RAV4 Hybrid. Now, my SARIS 4-bike platform bike rack and other hitch products can be used with my new RAV4. 285320
My installation of the Draw-Tite hitch was a nightmare...initially. But at this stage in life, I realize not all things go well. What made me happy was the support I received from etrailer personnel. I do not believe the first hitch was properly manufactured. The holes did not march up regardless of all efforts to stretch the frame. Etrailer send me a replacement in a couple of days which fit properly, and all is well. The hitch looks great. Looking forward to purchasing a cargo carrier from them as soon as I decide which one I want. Thank you Etrailer for your support. 287163
The product is as advertised. It installed as the video described- quite simple. I took exception with discarding the plastic cover. The Rav does not have any kind of mud flaps and this plastic pan serves a purpose to protect components like sensors, cameras and tail lights from splash back. My area is sandy and we have Winter. The task of trimming the plastic took minutes with a tin snips and box knife. I only needed to remove about 1" by 5" and the structural and fastening integrity was not compromised. I would suggest you add that to the video. 270046
by: Tom V.07/14/2016
Ordered the Draw-Tite Max- Frame Hitch receiver online on a Sunday, shipped the next business day. Received the following day. Very impressed with the customer service and follow up. Installation was easy and was well presented in the instructions. Was able to install in 30 minutes without a hoist! Thank you for making this easy. Tom V. 271729
It did take a while for the delivery (about one month) because it was out of stock, but it was well worth the weight. The hitch was a perfect fit to my 2016 RAV4 Hybrid Limited. I wished I had watched the eTrailer 2016 installation video (I watched the 2015 video on YouTube instead). It addressed what to do with the plastic panel cover (the 2015 video didn't mention it), although I was able to cut a section off the cover and reinstall it. The 2016 video said to reinstall the tie-down hook bracket. The 2015 video did not mention it. 255823
by: Jeff C.07/03/2016
The Draw Tite hitch I purchased for our 08 Toyota RAV4 was a perfect fit. The hitch is easy to install and is built super solid. Etrailer.com had an unbelievably low price. I paid the small extra fee to go from free shipping to priority shipping and had the hitch in just 3 days!! They have great customer service and excellent online videos for installation instructions and to show you how to deal with problems (like broken welded nuts on you vehicles frame). Great all around! 267917
by: Andrew D09/18/2014
I found my whole purchase experience to be exactly what I was hoping for. The website has great product information and installation videos. In addition, Titus was very helpful in confirming the exact hitch I needed for my vehicle and also provided helpful recommendations regarding a future bike carrier I'm interested in. Most importantly the package arrived exactly when promised (in good shape) and installation was no problem after watching the helpful on-line video! 152040
I had installed one of these hitches before on my Toyota Highlander and I must say that the pics and instructions for mounting this hitch on my 2016 Rav4 were excellent. The whole project took me about 45 minutes. Having a floor jack to raise the hitch up is helpful or having someone help to lift the hitch up until you have the bolts started would be useful also. Directions were quite specific. I would recommend this product to anyone. 301868
by: Mike S.07/25/2016
The trailer hitch, Item: 75235, fit my 2016 RAV4 like a glove. The quality of the hitch is excellent, the instructions were excellent, and the estimated time to install the unit was right on. It took me a total of 40 minutes to install the hitch (less the wiring harness). only because I was reading the instructions as I went along and checking everything twice before I proceeded. But with those instructions, it was a very simple install. 275955
by: Doug K06/14/2016
Was a snap to install with a simple floor jack, electric impact wrench in 5 minutes!! Delivery was quick. My mistake, I should have also ordered the "simple to install" wire harness with the hitch to save on shipping cost now. Overall very happy I found and ordered from etrailer.com. Have already been giving out recommendation to everyone I know with totalled toys!! My motorcycle trailer loves you guys too ;) 261207
Excellent trailer hitch. Heavy duty construction, really over-kill for our little RAV4, but that is a plus. Bolt holes lined up perfect. Installed in less than an hour. 238463
4 days from order to delivery. Super easy to install, everything included. Box was thrashed, hitch was fine inside. Watch the installation video. Very helpful. 300862
by: Dennis L08/25/2016
Very nice, heavy duty product. Class 3. Fits easily with no drilling in 30min. Easier yet if you have a helper. You do remove a plastic panel but with 2 min. of trimming you can replace it for 100% factory look. Instructions suggest you don't replace it. 100% satisfied. Arrived quick in excellent condition by UPS . Beats paying $350 at Toyota dealership. 287638
by: Tim R.06/04/2016
Although my order was initially delayed due to a backlog of orders the hitch arrived in good condition almost 2 weeks prior to the revised shipping date. Just as described in the instructions and video it bolted right on and took about 45 minutes to complete the installation. The hitch looks great and I'm very satisfied with the product and the service. 257236
by: GERRI M.03/06/2014
Great hitch for the Toyota RAV4. Minimal work to prepare for the installation and easy install. Definitely needed an extra person to lift and hold in place while installing the bolts. Really appreciated the installation video that you had online. It covered everything I needed to do for my model. Would recommend etrailer.com to friends. Thanks... 119737
by: Michele T10/12/2016
So this towing hitch is great! The order was processed quickly and I received it within a week. Can you believe I pulled a Triton motorcycle trailer and 2 motorcycles from NY to SD in the summer? And up some insane inclines? With my 2011 Toyota Rav4 6 cyclinder? Super happy with this purchase! Now looking for a hitch bike rack/ski rack. 305865
by: JL Hansen09/20/2016
Great quality and World Class Customer Support! They patiently walked me through installation questions and saw the process through to the end. 296905
great price, perfect fit, superb video instructions, fast delivery , etrailer has got this game down, nobody else comes close. 276766
by: Heff from Orlando, FL06/10/2016
Great service. Great communications. Delivered on time! Great job!!! I will definitely recommend you to friends! 260069
The hitch arrived quickly and my local mechanic put when he had my car on the lift for an oil change. It was a faction of the price for purchase and installment at my local dealership. They had a set price of three hours labor regardless of how long the intall took. Thanks for a great product and great service. 284673
Ordering a hitch for my 2015 RAV4 was a breeze on the etrailer website. It confirmed my selection would fit and it had great instructions as well as a video for exactly my application. I followed the instructions to the letter and from start to finish I was done in 18 minutes. Great experience. Great result. 254745
The car dealer was going to charge me $500 just to order a trailer hitch receiver! etrailer made finding the right hitch for our Toyota RAV4 easy. Delivery was 3 days. Installation a piece of cake following the instructions & photos. No mechanic, but I was finished in 50 minutes. Works great, looks great! 256675
by: John G.09/18/2016
I was impressed with how easy it was to install this hitch. The install video instructions provided at the etrailer.com website were extremely helpful. It was only after reviewing the install video that I decided to make my purchase. I'm glad that I did. I now plan to purchase a hitch style bicycle rack. 296215
by: Richard P09/29/2016
Very easy to install, perfect fit. Although the plastic appearance panel does not need to be reinstalled, it was easy to adapt to fit. Only the one corner needed to be removed to put this plastic piece back on if you want to reuse it. Next I need to get the wiring harness and hope it is as easy. 301486
by: Doug W.07/11/2016
Ordered the hitch for our 2015 RAV 4. Ordering was very easy, the site is great. There are plenty of videos and info to look at. Installation was easy, all the bolt holes lined up perfectly. It fits up as tight as possible. Will recommend etrailer.com and the Draw-Tight hitch to friends. 270743
by: Roger H.03/19/2016
Excellent service, quick shipping, packaged well, low pricing, and good follow up. Fantastic fit, install instructions clear and accurate. Will be using for utility and boat towing. Also plan to purchase hitch cargo carrier. Referred by a friend and I am so glad he did. thx roger 241064
Product seem sturdy and put it on the car in about 35 mins, Good directions for install.The hardest part for me was the getting off the exahust rubber gromet but once i got it off, I was good to go. Ordering and shipping was no problem with etrailers, very informative with the package. 251515
by: Tony M.09/12/2014
Product arrived promptly but had trouble on the install. Not sure if the brackets were bent but had a heck of a time getting the holes lined up. A little persuasion with a pry bar and got things to work. Didn't have to drop the exhaust and am very pleased with the final product! 150851
nice finish was a pain to install cause the threads in the frame were either full of dirt or rust but nothing to do with the hitch. after getting the re-chasing the threads it only took about 10 minutes to install. Hangs about 1 inch lower than I would like but great product. 285794
by: Tim L.07/26/2016
Received the hitch in four days. It only took 30 minutes to install working alone. The hitch is well made and easy to install This is the third hitch I have purchased from etrailer.com and I highly recommend them. They also have excellent customer service as well 276486
by: Mary S07/13/2016
WOW! I can't believe it came so fast!! Thank you for my hitch. I can't wait to get it installed with my bike rack and bike the rail trails down on the Cape!! (Cape Cod). It was a great deal buying it with etrailer vs anyone else! Happy Summer! Thank you! 271405
The products I order were all received in a timely manner. Great email communication. The online videos were great help in the installations of the receiver hitch and the wiring on our 2012 RAV4. I will buy from etrailer again. I highly recommend them. 285034
Perfect fit. Great price. Prompt shipping. Well made. Before my purchase I had full specifications, plenty of pics and even an install video so I knew exactly what to expext. Installed it in less than 30 minutes the day it arrived. Well done etrailer! 295747
Put this on my 2014 Toyota Rav4. Super easy to install. Works just as I would expect it to so far. Have not loaded it more than a small trailer with 2 kayaks and gear yet, but handles that well along with a flat tire on the trailer. Very happy so far! 300504
Etrailer's advice on product selection was excellent. I installed this hitch receiver on a 2016 Rav4 Hybrid in less than 30 minutes after watching the installation video. No problems encountered. I would definitely recommend trailer & the product. 251769
by: Bruce B.07/22/2016
This is the second time I have purchased a product from etrailer.com. The time for delivery has been wonderful. There has not been enough time to install this hitch yet but I have every confidence it will be as direct and easy as the last one. 274930
by: Dan B.06/07/2016
Product arrived in timely manner. Hitch receiver for RAV4 was a snap to install, only challenge was arm wrestling muffler to the side so last bolt could be torqued. Job complete in well under an hour. Receiver seems to be very solidly built. 258453
good company to deal with. the hitch I ordered was no longer available. They found an identical replacement for the same price and shipped it promptly. their customer service was excellent and we are very happy with the hitch we received. 251630
by: Dane J.09/23/2016
The installation of the hitch was flawless. I would not advise someone that does not have some of the tools to do the job. Buy it and take it to someone who can install it for you. The hitch mounted perfectly. The Electrical connection 298271
by: Happy Camper10/17/2016
Bolted up perfectly to my 2013 RAV4 and only took about 30 minutes to install with simple tools. Everything came exactly as I ordered it with no issues. I am more than happy with this hitch. Thanks to etrailer I am ready to go. 308147
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