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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars (225 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.
by: Kirk C.08/23/2013
Dear etrailer, May I begin to say that the moment I placed my order, in less than thirty minutes Herb (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately wrote me back with a confirmation, tracking link, and a friendly thanks. Next, I watched the installation and wiring video twice that you provide on your website while waiting for the unit to arrive. Outstanding for I felt as if I had a personal teacher as I watched. I also found out by watching that I needed a tool to remove the rear door panel which I did not have. Again, nice job. It's always annoying when you find out as you are installing that you need some "special tool" if you know what I mean. So I went to my friendly Auto Zone and picked one up. I then watched as my new trailer hitch moved across the a few states to show up three days later at my door. The same day it arrived Patrick Breedlove wrote me an email stating I should have received the hitch and if there were any questions, give him a call. So, before even starting to install, I felt I had your company and the personnel covering my back. Because I watched the video, I literally installed the hitch in about 30 minutes. Then installed the custom wiring harness in about an hour for I wanted to make sure the power wire was secure and I had to lay on my back...in the stones. Slowed me down a bit. So, may I say if there was a rating greater than "EXCELLENT", you would have it! Awesome people, product, and service! God bless you all and keep it up! Kirk C. 96564
by: Mike K.07/23/2011
The Drawtite hitch for our 'new' 2008 RAV4 arrived undamaged except for a couple of small chips in the paint from handling. It's well made and fit the RAV4 perfectly. The M12 threaded holes in the car were somewhat rusted and I didn't have a tap on hand to chase them. The new hitch came with an extra M12 bolt so I cut two groves 180 degrees apart approx. 1/16" deep in the spare bolt at the thread end with a die grinder cut off wheel (you could also use a hacksaw) to make a poor mans chase tap. I ran the bolt all the way into the four holes in the car and blew them out with compressed air. They cleaned up nicely and I bolted up the hitch with a little never seize on each bolt. The installation took about an hour including raising the vehicle and cleaning up the M12 holes. Installing the flat-4 harness took a few hours but I learned a few things along the way which would make the job go much faster next time. The video for installing the harness was a good overview but lacked detail for interior trim removal to prevent damaging the trim panels. A very handy tool for removing auto interior trim can be purchased at Harbor Freight Tools for under $10. It consists of a set of various shaped spoon-type tools for slipping under the edge of trim panels to pop out the retaining fasteners without damaging the trim. The tools are reinforced nylon and take a good amount of force without breaking. Worth the money. If you take you time and carefully find the trim retainers as you go you will not damage or buckle the trim. I decided to run the 12v hot 10ga wire to the battery via the door threshold raceway along with the factory rear to front harness rather than under the vehicle as shown in the video. I removed the rear and front drivers side thresholds and adjacent trim to get the 10ga wire from the rear tail light area to the front of the vehicle. I fed the wire thru the hood release cable grommet under the dash alongside the hood release cable. I used a 3' length of string trimmer line to get from under the dash to the engine compartment and then taped the wire the the line and pulled it thru to the battery. As I said, the harness took longer than I thought to install but I learned along the way. In the end I was happy with the finished job. The flat-4 plug checked out properly with a voltmeter and the Drawtite T-One harness is fully plug-in and well constructed. I recommend the hitch and harness to all! Mike K. Spencerport,NY 20019
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
You can see how easily lift it up the car for Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 75235 installation. See Photos attached. These ramps I usually using in my garage for change engine oil and replace oil filter, only difference that I have put under the front wheels. If I would like to lift rear of car, I put ramps under rear wheels, as You can see in the pictures. Accelerate carefully driving on to the ramps! 319835
by: Tom B.11/30/2016
Wow! am I ever glad I found etrailer.com!!! I went to Uhaul to look for a hitch for our new Toyota RAV4 and they wanted $400 installed. I went to the Toyota dealer and they wanted $800 plus labor to install. The dealer told me it is a very complicated procedure to install. I watched the video on etrailer one time, took the instructions to the garage and within 45 minutes I had installed the new Draw-Tite hitch that looks much better than the Uhaul hitch. As a first time installer I was also able to preform the "complicated procedure" of cutting the plastic under tray to fit perfectly around the hitch in under a minute. So for $xxx and less than an hour I have a great hitch for my bike rack. 321032
by: Linda G.08/14/2012
we have been very busy biking!! The hitch was mounted on my 2008 Toyota RAV4. My husband removed the tie down plate on the drivers rear, then went to a friend who has a lift. They had the hitch on in about 15 minutes. The hardest part was the three holes that had to be tapped and threaded to receive the bolts to hold the hitch. It took about 15 minutes to install the bike carrier. We are very pleased with both items. 51650
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
Just received this hitch and are installing now. The package came quickly and tracking graphics were impressive. Package had a hole in it. We sprayed a little flat black protective enamel (Rustoleum) on a couple of small scratches where the chrome was showing through. We couldn't find the torque specifications online, or in the paper instructions. I called etrailer and spoke to Courtney. She said "tighten all bolts to 65 lbs/foot." We found the sales staff was very well trained and knowledgeable, when we were looking for this hitch and accessories. When we needed customer support after the parts arrived, that experience went well, too. Courtney had to put me on hold to get the torque info, but it only took her 5 - 10 seconds to retrieve the information. Turns out we don't have a 19 mm 1/2" socket for the torque wrench so it was a moot point. The hitch went on ... well ... without a hitch. It was really a snap. We did have to remove the plastic tabs over three of our bolt holes on the car. Looks like a well made, sturdy hitch. Fit perfectly! 35945
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
2011 Rav 4 - The hitch arrived surprisingly fast with the basic free shipping, which was great. There were some minor scratches/scuffs that I covered with black spray paint - no big deal, either. If I paid a premium price, I would have expected a flawless product, but since I didn't, I was satisfied with the condition, overall. One of the sides was bent in about 1/8 of an inch, which turned out to be a problem on install as the bolt holes didn't all line up. So, I contacted customer service and got some instructions on how to bend it out. It is not ideal for it to arrive bent, in my opinion, but fixing it was not as hard as one might expect. It took me a little over an hour to install, including time to tweak hitch to get the holes lined up. I had no lift and no help, both of which would have been useful since its pretty awkward, but doable, even for a rookie like me. One other install note - the muffler gets in the way even after taking it off the hanger. And getting it off the hanger takes a little work, too. But - it's on now and looks great. 20062
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: Jim H.11/15/2016
This DrawTite hitch is a heavy duty, solidly built piece; actually more hitch than I needed for current use (bike rack), but leaves options open for future uses, and the price was close to the other lighter-duty receiver options at eTrailer. Installation was pretty easy as demonstrated in the video, and I managed by myself by tying the receiver end to the hatch catch on my Rav4 and raising the opposite end to catch a bolt. About a 30-40 minute job, the most challenging part was unhooking the rubber exhaust hangers. Worked well with a three bike Hollywood rack on a recent 200 mile trip. 316691
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
Product was shipped immediately, packaged well. Installation took a little longer than orginally anticipated. Like what other folks have posted, it takes a while to clean out the holes on the frame if your car has seen a couple of winters. You will need a buddy when you actually install the hitch - one person to hold it in place and one to start threading each bolt. Holes on the actual hitch did not line up absolutely perfectly - in my opinion, I think one of the welds on the hitch was like an eigth of an inch off - but everything installed nice and neat with a little persuasion. All in all, real happy with the purchase and this company was great to order from. They expedited the shipping at no extra charge to me and sent me emails letting me know what was going on. Saved a bunch of cash ordering from them and doing it myself. 19740
by: Jim S04/22/2014
My order arrived very fast and in perfect condition, It took only 1 hour to install on the 2012 Toyota Rav4 and fit exactly as ordered. I had the hand tools needed with a floor jack in my home garage and a few pieces of 4x6 studs to help level since I was alone. Directions made the total install very easy. 126454
by: Jim G04/07/2015
The hitch was pretty easy to install after watching the etrailer video. The only thing stopping me from giving it a perfect score was that I had to bend the hitch brackets out to get the hitch to fit the mounting holes on my Rav4. Somehow the hitch appeared to be bent in slightly on one side. To bend/adjust the hitch brackets to proper form, I did the following. (1) Fit the hitch on the Rav4 to determine how far off the mounting holes were on one side of the hitch. I screwed in the bolts on one side and took the measurements on the opposite side. (2) Use a bottle jack and a 2x4 to slowly bend the brackets out. I bent the brackets out in small increments until I got the correct distance between the mounting holes. This took @ 10 minutes total. After making the adjustments, it bolted up perfectly. Looks great on the vehicle. 183980
Great company to deal with - provided free delivery and even upgraded it to provide faster delivery. Hitch arrived in strong cardboard box with no damage except for loss of black paint where hitch had broken thru box. Installation instructions and video were excellent - all mounting hardware was provided - 4 bolts and washers. Only problem I had was rusted bolt holes on my 2006 RAV4 so I could not get the bolts in, not surprising since the holes were exposed to weather. Once I managed to locate a tap to clean out the threads and the hitch went on easily. Maybe etrailer could carry the tap and either include it or provide it at a good price because I did have problems locating the M12 x 1.25 tap. Overall, I'm very happy with the service, pricing and quality of the hitch - now I have to hook up the wiring harness. 18865
by: The Long Term Care Specialist04/30/2013
The hitch arrived quickly & undamaged. I installed it by myself on my 2012 RAV4. Had some 4" X 4" blocks which I stacked to raise the hitch to the proper height. Three of the four mounting holes lined up perfectly. The fourth required just a little bit of encouragement with a C-clamp...not much. I wasn't strong enough to pull the recommended amount of torque on the bolts, so I had that done by the shop that ran the hidden trailer wiring for me. Overall, not a difficult do-it-yourself project. Service from etrailer.com was excellent. I would use them again (& may do so for another car). 78496
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: Mike I03/19/2011
Drawtite hitch for 2010 RAV 4 Installation was a breeze, RAV4 frame rails have factory installed nutplates. Need to push the exhaust resonator outboard to access the right front attachment bolt. Cone washers (spherical version of a bellvue washer) are used on each attachment bolt, they take a bit of crush before the final torque is reached. Electrical harness installation is more involved than a Gen 1 Honda CRV. More a potential improvement for Toyota and no fault of the wiring harness. This is the second hitch from eTrailers for us. Each purchase has been a very good price and excellent delivery time. OK, so two purchases doesn't make for a bell curve statistic. I am a returning customer, that should tell ya something. 9859
by: Thomas B.12/05/2011
Would rate this product Excellent except for the following: As I read in some other online reviews, the trailer bracket arrives with a few good-sized scratches...something should be done to improve the packaging for long-distance shipments. Also, I did have to widen the bracket a hair with a sledge hammer to get the holes to line up...seems the end plates tip inward slightly during assembly (due to welding?). Small issue & easily resolved, but it ate some time & is something that should be addressed by the manufacturer. Great experience with etrailer.com & I'll definitely be back. Online videos are a HUGE help, thanks! I'm no mechanic & the videos saved me $1100.- on installation compared to local quotes! 27720
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
by: Steve R.04/02/2012
Shipping was fast. Installation was a bit more than I had planned. I never would have thought I'd have to spread the flanges apart using my hydraulic jack to have the holes line up (this was done at the recomendations of the cust serv rep). I think they need some better quality control. 35897
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
by: Jim A.08/07/2015
The time it took to install was less than they advertised! Looks great I made an error in my order, they called me to verify the order before processing it! Then they emailed me when the items arrived! What wonderful service. The videos are very helpful for the installation. The video for the wiring harness could have been a little clearer for underneath the vehicle with the battery feed. 217564
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
It was as expected. Four (4) bolt attachment for the hitch. The installation video found on the etrailer website was terrific. It was not as easy as it claimed (it was obviously edited to shorten the time necessary) in the video, but without the video, it would have been nearly impossible as I would have been terrified to disassemble the back of my RAV 4 on my own to wire it up. I'm still not sure why I have to run a power wire to the battery. I didn't need one on any of the three Dodge products I installed hitches on. 73846
by: Gerald I.12/23/2016
Great product ! I was more than pleased. The hitch arrived quickly using the free shipping option and I was very happy with quality of the product. Very solid and heavy duty. Installation was exactly as the web site video had shown. I could not be more pleased with the price, delivery, quality and web site video instruction ! Thank you - by far one of my best online purchases to date ! Hitch is in use today and all winter supporting a cargo carrier that is used to haul sand & salt for our driveway in the northeast. 327651
by: Jay S.06/16/2012
Easy to install but like the earlier review said, the bolt holes in the frame were seriously corroded, rusted, couldn't even see the threads. So like he suggested, I made a poor man's tap buy cutting 2 grooves in a bolt the same size and sprayed the holes with oil and cleaned them out, tapping them sort of by forcing this bolt in. I took a number of times in and out and we had to use a cross tire iron with lots of effort, and keep cleaning the tap. This took an hour but bolting on the bumper was only a few minutes. 44470
by: Buzz S05/02/2013
I was a little concerned when the write-up for the 2013 RAV4 hitch receiver said muffler modifications. John H. cleared that up. I had removed the tie-down bracket and extra muffler hanger prior to hitch arrival. With that done, installation by myself took about a half hour. (I didn't have to drop the muffler down again but used it to support one side while I got the bolts started on the other side). It fits perfectly and looks good. It works great with my bike rack. Thanks for the great customer service. 78648
by: David R03/25/2012
I am extremely pleased with your service and products. I accidentally ordered the wrong hitch cover.The very day I placed the order, my error was discovered by one of your employees and I received a phone call to verify that a mistake was made. She made several suggestions, the correct part was ordered and in less than one week, my order was delivered. Installation was far easier than I expected and your on line installaton video was an enormous help. I would definately recommend your web site to friends. 35058
by: John K07/15/2008
Great fit Being pickey here, but muffler and factory tow bracket prevented quick bolt and go install. Once bracket removed and a work around for the muffler was achieved with hand socket wrench it all came together - this was still only a 1 hour job. Was nice that due to hitch bolt hole leeway, one side could be hand set, then the other side - negating the need in my case for a second person. Tightened it all up with an air tool and hand wrenched the bolt shielded by the muffler - looks and works great. 1062
by: Damon C.03/05/2011
Installed on my 2011 RAV4 with no problems. I backed my RAV4 onto ramps to make the install a little easier. Mounting points are easy to reach. You might need to remove the rubber exhaust hanger in order to get the passenger side rear mounting bolt installed. This is covered in one of the RAV4 install videos on the etrailer site... you just need to spray on a little WD-40 and use a pry bar to pop it off (it will go back on easily). This is my 2nd hitch purchase from etrailer and again very satisfied. 8528
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: Paul A.03/21/2011
I boutght hitch and ball mount kit for a 2010 Rav 4 and I couldn't be more pleased with the product and the service provided by etrailer.com. The items arrived sooner than expected and the video made installation a breeze - a gentle breeze. I almost have to make up something to find a negative...oh yeah, the first time I drove out of my sloping driveway I was moving too fast and slightly scraped the end of the hitch on the concrete, but no damage. I'll slow down in the future. 10001
by: Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver- Custom06/04/2012
After surfing the web I choose to buy from "etrailer" due to their price and top name brands and quality. I was going to have hitch professionally installed but after the prices I got, I decided to try myself. Wasnt sure which wiring set to get so I called and the lady was wonderful and helpful and they even had a video I could go back to after my shipment arrived with step by step instructions for the wire porition of the installion. It was a breeze. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!! 42693
by: john boy05/03/2011
I thought I would share this with someone looking to buy this hitch. Installation on my 2011 Rav4 was smooth. Muffler side you just had to hold it to the right a bit and you could get to the back bolt. I just used it for the first time hauling my bike to Virginia. Worked great! I had a 1 1/4 " bike rack so I bought the hitch reducer and the anti rattle device (which I recommend you get). It did not move a bit or rattle. I would recommend this product. Received it in 2 days! 12810
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
by: Todd G.01/06/2017
This hitch is amazing and looks GREAT on our 2011 RAV4. So HAPPY I didn't go to the Toyota dealorshop and paid the $150 they wanted just for the INSTALL!! My buddy had a torque wrench and helped me install it in 30 minutes......NO JOKE. We didn't even have to lift up the RAV4, just crawled under it. My next task will be putting in the tow lights kit. The service at Etrailer was amazing and they followed up to make sure I had everything. Thanks Etrailer!!!! 330404
It has been a year since purchased the trailer hitch, works great, no problems. I had my neighborhood mechanic install it for $80, the whole project was a lot less than the $700 the Toyota dealer quoted me. Etrailer ordering service great and delivered intact. 249188
by: Tom S.04/15/2012
I contacted Bridget and she was most helpful on product selection. I had my hitch in three days. Just a few small paint scratches. No problem. Using good quality car ramps made the installation much easier. With some assistance from the wife in holding the hitch in place to fasten the bolts--the job was done in 30 minutes. All holes aligned perfectly. I just viewed the video on wire harness installation and that's the next project. Couldn't be happier. 37256
by: Cedric S T05/14/2010
Needed Addition, Perfect Fit This hitch fits perfectly. Now my RAV4 is complete. It is sturdy, looks great, and well made. Like others, I elected to install it myself. I even mounted a rear bumper guard at the same time which occupies the same area on the frame rail, and purchased sligtly longer screws. Mounting the receiver first, and bumper guard last, together, they both are a perfect fit, and match. I would recommend this hitch to anyone. 3029
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: Wayne S06/04/2012
The hitch arrived in perfect condition and I installed it on my 2010 RAV4 in 25 minutes. I'm very satisfied with both the hitch and etrailer. After I placed my order, etrailer upgraded me to priority status free of charge and I had my hitch the next day. I would order from them etrailer again, which I did. I placed an order for a Thule bike rack. Glad to know there are still companies that place a premium on customer service. Thanks!! 42665
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