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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Toyota RAV4 - Draw-Tite

Today in our 2007 Toyota RAV4, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 75235. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. We've got our receiver-tube opening and our safety-chain connection points, which are nice and open and easy to get to. Over here, welded to the top of the cross tube, we've got this bracket that's going to allow us to mount up any wiring. That way, if we're planning on towing a trailer on a regular basis, we can mount it directly to this plate. That way we don't have to worry about pulling it in and out of the rear hatch of the vehicle. We've got out 2" x 2" receiver-tube opening, and we've got this reinforcement collar around here, which helps to make it look a little nicer and beef it up a little bit.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Toyota RAV4 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2007 Toyota RAV4, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36588. Here's what this hitch is going to look like once it's installed on the vehicle. We've got pretty good easy access to everything here, but it also doesn't stick out too far to where you're always going to bump into it with your shin or your knee when you're trying to get into the cargo area. You can see the cross tube all the way across here but it's tucked up nicely to where most of it's hidden. Here we've got the 1 and 1/4 by 1 and 1/4 inch receiver tube opening with this little re-enforcement collar that's been welded on. We've got the 1/2 inch hitch pin hole right here that's going to allow you to attach all of your class 1 and 2 accessories. Then here we've got these nice big safety chain loop openings so that just about whatever size safety chain loop you may be using with any of your trailers, you shouldn't really have any problem getting them to clip on to your connection points there.



Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chain Review - 2007 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2007 Toyota RAV4, we'll be doing a test fit on the Titan Chain cable snow tire chains, part number TC1042. That's tire size 225/65R17. These Titan chains are SAE Class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They're a low profile design so they're going to provide a smooth ride. The ladder pattern is effective for starts and stops on ice.



Pewag Snox Pro Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains Review - 2007 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2007 Toyota RAV4, we'll be doing a test fit on Pewag Snox Pro Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains, part number PWSXV580. That's tire size 225/65R17. These Pewag tire chains are SAE Class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. The small links provide a smooth ride, and the diamond pattern offers more tire coverage. It also features a self-tensioning system which automatically tightens and centers around your tire, which makes for an easy installation. They're great for the occasional use.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2007 Toyota RAV4

Male Speaker: Today on our 2007 Toyota RAV4, we'll be doing a test fit on the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, part number PW1042, and that's tire size 225/65 R17. These Glacier Snow Tire Chains are SAE Class S chains. They're designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They're a low-profile design so they're going to provide a smooth ride. The ladder pattern is effective during starts and stops on ice. They feature spring rollers over the cross cables.



Best 2008 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2008 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2017 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2016 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2014 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2014 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2013 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2013 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2012 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2012 Toyota RAV4. The most popular hitch we carry is going to the Curt. It's part number is C13149. This is a Class III, it offers a 2" x 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up is going to be our DrawTite. This is part number 75235. This is also a Class III so it's going to have the 2" x 2" receiver tube opening.



Best 2011 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2011 Toyota Rav-4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the Curt. Its part number is C13149. This is a Class 3 and offers a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. Following that up is going to be our Draw-Tite. This is part number 75235.



Best 2010 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2010 Toyota RAV4. The most popular hitch we carry is going to be the Curt. Its part number is C13149. This is a Class 3. It offers a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. Following that up is going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2009 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2009 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2007 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2007 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Best 2006 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2006 Toyota RAV4. Now the most popular hitch we carry is going to be the CURT. Its part number is C13149. This is a class three. It offers a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Following that up's going to be our Draw-Tite.



Tow Ready Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today, on our 2016 Toyota RAV4 EV, we're going to take a look at, and also show you how to install, the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with the 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number is 118578. Everything's back in, buttoned up, so now, basically, we're installed. Whenever we want to use our wiring, we're just going to open up our cover, pull it out just like this, and we like to let it sit right over the weather stripping here. You can see it's nice and kind of squishy there, so it's going to give it some protection area. You'll be able to close your door.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2015 Toyota RAV4, we're going to be test fitting the RockyMounts SplitRail 2-Bike Platform Rack, part number RKY1140. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, there is a handle underneath the front here. Pull forward on it, holding on to the bike rack as you do so, and letting it come down.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2015 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2015 Toyota Rav4, we're going to be test fitting the 20 by 48 Curt cargo carrier for both 1 1/4-inch and 2-inch hitches, part number C18110. Now, this has a carrying capacity of 300 pounds. It has this nice mesh floor which makes it easier to clean and then all the way around the border of the cargo carrier you have these points, and those are going to be tie downs for either your ratcheting straps, your bungee cords, whatever you use to tighten down the gear. Now, I'd like to go ahead and give you some measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper up to our outer edge here, we've added about 27 1/2 inches to the rear of the vehicle. For our ground clearance at the bottom of this bolt here, we're right at about 13 inches. Our closest point is going to be about 7 1/2 inches.



CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2015 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2015 Toyota Rav 4, we're going to be test fitting the Cipa clip on towing mirror. This is part number 7070. Works for either the driver's side or the passenger side. Our Cipa towing mirror's going to be a great solution for trailering. This is going to give us an expanded field of view so passing, changing lanes and negotiating around the campsites are going to be made easier. We won't have to stretch so far to try to look around behind the car.





Toyota RAV4 Questions

  • We can offer you either a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch # C12108 or a 2-inch Class III hitch # C13149 for your 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid. These models, engineered primarily for the gas models, do also fit the hybrids. They do not fit the full electric versions. I confirmed this with my technical contact at Curt. I recommend you go for the larger Class III hitch unless you have a specific need for a smaller 1-1/4-inch. A 2-inch Class III hitch will offer broader compatibility with...
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  • The reason that the manufacturers do not make a shorter hitch extender is mainly because the market for a extender of a very short length is very limited. After researching the market for hitch extenders they have decided that the short (7 or 8 inches) and long (14 or 18 inches) sizes will hopefully cover most of the market. The hitch extenders are a limited market because when using an extender you do reduce the tongue weight on your hitch by 50 percent. For example, if the...
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  • I can help you get a 2 inch trailer hitch for your 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Limited. I recommend the 2 inch Draw-Tite Hitch # 75235 for your Rav4 Hybrid Limited, because it is a no drill application and the best bang for your buck. If your looking to tow with your vehicle, the wiring harness I would recommend is the Curt # C59236. Some other items to consider if you plan on towing are a ball mount, ball, and pin and clip. The size ball will be determined by the size of...
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  • The Curt Class III # C13149 and the Draw-Tite # 75235 are almost identical in appearance (the Draw-Tite features a mounting flange for a trailer connector). The Draw-Tite has a slightly higher weight capacity, at 4500 lbs towing/ 675 lbs tongue weight capacity, while Curt # C13149 has a 4000 lb towing/525 lb tongue weight capacity. Both would install in a similar manner. Curt states that their # C13149 won't fit the EV model. Hidden Hitch is just a brand name, it doesn't describe...
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  • We have several 3-bike racks for your 2016 Toyota RAV4. If you have a trailer hitch, I recommend looking at the Thule Hitching Post Pro 4 Bike Rack, # TH934XTR. This is the most popular hitch mount bike rack among our RAV4 customers and using a 4-bike rack will give you plenty of room to load three bikes, especially if any of them have larger frames. Another option is to use a trunk mount bike rack like the Thule Archway XT 3-Bike Rack, # TH9010XT. I have attached a review...
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  • There is a driver side appearance panel on your 2011 Toyota RAV4 that will need to be removed to install a Class III hitch like the part # 75235. I attached a picture that shows it and has the attachment points for the panel circled. This is also mentioned in the attached installation instructions link on page 3. This hitch would work well with the Yakima FullSwing part # Y02465. This bike rack is great because it allows you go have full access to the rear door of the vehicle...
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  • A hitch extender will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch and the vehicle by 50 percent. You must abide by the capacities of the lowest rated component. For example if the tongue weight capacity of the hitch is 200 pounds, but the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle is 150 pounds, you must abide by 150. If you use a hitch extension, then your new tongue weight capacity is 75 pounds. Since a hitch is bolted to the vehicle and essentially becomes part of the vehicle,...
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  • Yes! I am happy to report that Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75235 will fit your 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid model. If you want to use the hitch for accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier keep in mind that the vehicle has a tongue weight capacity of 150 pounds (consult your owner's manual to confirm). This means that even if a hitch has a higher rating you are still limited to the lower 150 pound capacity so the combined weight of a bike rack or cargo carrier and whatever...
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  • According to the owners manual which I found online, the 4 cylinder Toyota RAV4 has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds maximum. Check your owners manual to confirm. It is in the Specifications section. Other models when properly equipped can handle more weight according to the manual. Since a given hitch will fit all models that is why you see the capacity listed at 3,500 pounds. Even though the hitch is rated that high you still have to go by the capacities of the vehicle as...
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  • We did an installation of the Hidden Hitch Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 90207 (no longer available), on a 2008 Toyota RAV4 with the rear spare tire and the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper is 4 inches. If your spare tire extends past the bumper, you will want to measure that distance and add it to the 4 inches. This will get you the exact distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest part back on your vehicle. To...
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  • If the backup camera on your 2011 Toyota RAV4 is mounted on the bumper and is not mounted on the spare tire or spare tire carrier, then you can use the Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Carrier, # TH963PRO. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view. Please note that near the end of the document there is a fit guide and it has some footnotes that pertain to your vehicle. The Sport Rack 3 Bike carrier # SR2813 is not compatible with the 2006 - 2014 Toyota RAV4.
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  • As long as you have a hitch installed on your 2010 Toyota RAV4 like the Draw Tite part # 75235 the Thule Hitching Post part # TH934XTR would fit and work well. I attached a review video for this bike rack that shows it being used on a very similar Rav4 as yours for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a...
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  • The first thing you will need is a trailer hitch on your 2016 RAV4. I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75235. This is a Class lll trailer hitch and it has a 2-inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video for this trailer hitch on a 2016 RAV4. As you can see in the video the distance from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 13-inches. With the steep driveway I understand the concern you have. I recommend the Yakima FullSwing...
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  • I haven't seen a TSPRO963 but I can tell you that # TH963PRO is the newest version of the Spare Me bike carrier. The 963XTR was the previous generation. The Thule Spare Me Bike Rack, # TH963PRO, went through 4 generations. The 963 was first. This original design excluded some vehicles because of the size of the spare tire or how it was mounted to the car. The issue was resolved with the new mounting plate, # 753-3532, in the 963XT. So from that point on, all the racks would...
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  • I would recommend to use the Hopkins 4-Way to 7-Way and 4-Way Adapter, part # 37185. This adapter will install on your 2011 Toyota RAV4 and allow you to have a 7-Way connector and also a 4-Way connector. You would plug in the 4-Way on your vehicle to the back of this adapter. There will be four remaining wires on the back of the adapter. The white ground wire will need to be attached to the vehicles frame. The black wire on the adapter will need to be connected to the vehicles...
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  • The standard ball mount that is recommended for the 2011 RAV4 has a 2 inch drop and a 3/4 inch rise and in most cases the # 80232 ball mount will be correct, but this does not mean that it will be the correct ball mount height for towing your trailer. The height of your trailer coupler and the height of the top of the receiver opening on your RAV4, when parked on a fairly level surface with the trailer frame level, will be needed to determine the correct ball mount drop or...
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  • Tow Ready has confirmed for us that their trailer wiring harness # 118578 will fit and would work well. I attached a picture that points out which terminal to use on the battery for running the power wier of the harness. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • When looking at capacities you will always go by the lowest rated component in the system. Since the tongue weight capacity of the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is 150 pounds that is the capacity you must go by even if a hitch can handle more. Since you want to carry 4 bikes on a hitch I recommend Class III trailer hitch # 75235 because it fits Hybrid models, it doesn't have any special requirements for bike rack use like the Curt hitch, and the 2 inch receiver is compatible with...
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  • I have a solution for you, but most hitch mounted motorcycle carriers require a hitch with a tongue weight capacity rated 500lbs or more. After doing a little research, I found that the tongue weight capacity of the base and sport models of the RAV4 is approximately 150 lbs and the tongue weight capacity of the limited model is approximately 350 lbs. I would not recommend using any hitch mounted motorcycle carrier on a 2006 Toyota RAV4 to carry your 325 lb bike because the vehicle...
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  • For a trunk mount bike rack that will hold 2 bikes and fit your 2015 Toyota RAV4 I recommend the all-new Yakima FullBack # Y02634. What's not to love about this rack? The arms can move up and down independently of each other to accommodate a wide range of bike styles. The ZipStrip straps are easier and faster to use than rubber straps, features an integrated cable lock, and it uses just 4 straps to secure to the vehicle. It is also a good looking bike rack. Installing a trailer...
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