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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.





WeatherTech Front Auto Floor Mats Review - 2015 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2015 Toyota RAV4, we're going to be test fitting the WeatherTech Front Auto Floor Mats. In black, it's part number is WT445101, in tan it's WT455101, and in gray, the part number is going to be WT465101. We're going to be beginning our test fit today here as you can see with our driver side mat already installed. WeatherTech has a lot of nice features that they build in their mat. One of them, one of my favorites is going to be the superior coverage. You can see we've got a raised edge all the way around. This provides as almost like a basin or a catch for the dirt and debris.



Best 2015 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2015 Toyota Rav 4. The most popular hitch we carry is going to be the Curt. It's 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 type.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Toyota RAV4 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2015 Toyota Rav4 we're going to take a look at and then also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is a class 3 receiver offering a 2 inch by 2 inch opening, part number is 75235. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see we've got our cross tube that comes across, mates up with our connection points up underneath our frame. Here in the middle, we'll have our 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. It's got kind of a rounded style reinforcement collar around the end.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today on this 2016 Toyota Rav4 we're going to be test fitting the 23 X 60 Stromberg Carlson Cargo Carrier, part number CC-100. This cargo carrier has a carrying capacity of 500 pounds and has this mesh floor at the bottom, which makes it easy to clean. Around the borders of the cargo carrier we have these points here, which you can use as tie-down points for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. Also at the front, we have these 3 smaller holes here on each side, which you can use to attach either lights or reflectors. We also have 2 points up here, so just in case your cargo's going to block off your license plate you can actually relocate it to down here. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. Starting from the bumper to this outer edge here, we've added about 27.5 inches.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Toyota RAV4 - Curt

Today on our 2016 Toyota Rav 4, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt custom fit class 2 hitch receiver, offering an inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter opening. Its part number is C12108. Here's what the hitch is going to look like installed. We've got our cross tube coming over from either side, meeting here at the middle of our receiver tube opening. It's an inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter opening. It's got a flush design reinforcement collar around the end of it here. You can see that's going to be inset from our bumper so we won't have to worry about bumping into it.



Best 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2016 Toyota Rav 4. Most popular is going to be our Curt Class 3, that part number is C13149. Follow that up with the Curt Class 2, part number C12108. They will recommend the use of a stabilization strap when we're hauling non-wheeled loads. Then, we'll have our Draw-Tite, part number 75235. This is a Class 3, and then it's identical twin, this is going to be from Hidden Hitch, Class 3 hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Toyota RAV4 - Curt

Today in our 2016 Toyota RAV4 we're going to be taking a look at, then showing you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver that offers the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. Part number is C13149. All right here's our hitch installed. As you can see we've got our cross tube. It comes across from each side. Comes to our receiver tube opening here in the middle.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Toyota RAV4 - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2016 Toyota Rav4 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver offering the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. Its part number is 87697. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, we've got our main cross tube that's going to come through here across the back. Comes out to our 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. Got a reinforcement collar around the end there. It kind of got a rounded edge to it.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Toyota RAV4 - Draw-Tite

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.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today on this 2016 Toyota RAV4, we're going to be test fitting the 48 x 21 MaxxTow Cargo Carrier, part number MT70422. This has a 500-pound carrying capacity. It's made from a strong durable aluminum and has tie-down points at both the front and the rear of the cargo carrier, which you can use for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. Measuring from the bumper to our outer edge here, we've added about 27-1/2 inches to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be about 10 inches, and our closest point right here is going to be about 5 inches. Now, the exhaust is going to be on the passenger side and it's going to face down away from the actual cargo carrier itself.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2016 Toyota RAV 4, we are going to be test fitting the 23 X 47 Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier, part number M2205. This has a 450 pound carrying capacity and with the walls themselves, which measure up to about 22 inches from the base here, it is going to provide plenty of protection for your gear as you travel down the road. Now these walls do fold down if you need to. You pull the pins on all four corners like so. Then you can start folding them in. Now before we get the final two walls in, I am going to go ahead and grab the strap that comes with it and actually run that under. This is going to be a cam buckle strap that will hold everything together.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today on this 2016 Toyota Rav 4, we're going to be test fitting the 20 X 16 Curt Cargo Carrier part number C18151. This cargo carrier has a 500lbs carrying capacity and it has a mesh flow, which makes it easy to clean. It also has this rail all the way around the carrier, which you can use as a tie down port for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. The cargo carrier in this position measuring from the bumper to the outer rail here, we've added about 33 1/2 inches to the rear of the vehicle. The ground clearance is going to be about 10 1/2 inches. Then our closest point on the inner rail, that's going to be about 12 1/2 inches. The exhaust is going to be on the passenger side and faces down away from the cargo carrier, it's also about 20 inches or so away from the cargo carrier itself, so I wouldn't worry to much about any heat sensitive material going into the actual cargo carrier itself. Now with nothing in the cargo carrier, of course, we can actually have access to our rear hatch with no problems.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today on this 2016 Toyota Rav 4, we're going to be test fitting the 20 x 60 Curt Cargo Carrier part number C18150. This has a 500 pound carrying capacity. Has a mesh floor which makes it easy to clean, and also has a rail system all the way around the cargo carrier, which you can use as a tie down point for either your ratchet straps or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. Measuring from the bumper to the outer rail, we've added about 28 1/2 inches to the rear of the vehicle. For ground clearance to this point here, it's about 12 or 12 and 3/4 inches, excuse me.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today with this 2016 Toyota RAV4, we're going to be taking a look at the twenty by forty-eight Curt Cargo Carrier. Part number C18110. This has a carrying capacity of three hundred pounds. It has this mesh floor which makes it easy to clean. It also has these tie-down points here all the way around the cargo carrier for either your wraps, traps, or your bungee cords. I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements now. Measuring from the bumper to the outer edge, we've added about twenty-seven inches to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance to the end of this bolt here is going to be about thirteen inches.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today on this 2016 Toyota RAV4, we're going to be test fitting the Rola TX-102 2-bike rack, Part Number 59400. 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. How the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 rubber straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side, and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going too far back and forth, possibly hitting the bike rack itself or the bikes in front of it. It also has this integrated cable lock here in the center mast. You're going to pull this out, wrap it around the 2 bikes, and attach it to this point here for a little bit of added security. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Toyota RAV4 - Curt

Towing on our 2010 Toyota Rav4 We're going to be taking a look at installing the curt trailer hitch receiver class three, part number C13149. One of the nice features about this hitch is it's a round, tubular design that tucks up real nice to the bottom of your vehicle. Its got a high gloss black powder coat finish, going to help protect against any corrosion or rust. Nice ring style safety chain loop. It's a two inch receiver so it will accept all of your two inch accessories and your hitch mounts. It's got a 5/8 hitch pin.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Toyota RAV4 - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2010 Toyota Rav4, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch receiver, part number 87697. A couple of nice features about this hitch, it's a nice round tube design with a high gloss black powder coat finish. That's going to help protect against corrosion and rust. It's a 2-inch receiver. Now, this one has a double pin so you can use you J pin stabilization devices. It also comes with an attaching point so you can mount your wiring for your trailers. It's got a nice flat steel safety chain hooks that are a really large diameter so you can but your nice big hooks through there.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Toyota RAV4 - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2010 Toyota RAV4 we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Draw Tite Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class 3 part number 75235. A couple of nice features about this hitch, it's a nice round tube design with the high gloss black powdered coat finish. It's going to help protect against corrosion and rust. It's a 2 inch receiver and this one has a double pin so you can use your J pin stabilization devices. It also comes with an en-thatching point so you can mount your wiring for your trailers. It's got a nice flat steel safety chain hooks that are really large diameter so you can put your nice big hooks through there and you'll have no problems. This hitch is fully welded and it's a bolt on design.





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 Curt Class III # C13149 and the Hidden Hitch # 87697 are almost identical in appearance (the Hidden Hitch 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...
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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 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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  • 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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  • I spoke to my contact at Yakima and he informed me that when the tongue of the Yakima Rack and Roll Trailer # Y08107 is collapsed and store in the upright position it would be 74-1/2 inches tall. Removing the coupler would not be an ideal solution for storing the trailer as it would also require removing the wiring for the trailer. For kayak carriers I would recommend going with the Yakima EvenKeel part # Y04052. This will store the kayaks facing up and would work well with...
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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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  • The Thule Apex, # TH9025, comes with some additional features that the Vertex, # TH9029XT does not. The Apex includes the EasyMount system with an integrated locking hitch pin and tool-free anti-rattle device. The Apex also includes a built-in cable lock. The Vertex does not. The Apex has a premium silver finish and the Vertex is black. The Apex also comes with premium cradles with road-dampening technology for better bike protection when loaded on the rack. Both racks can...
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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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  • We did an installation of the Hidden Hitch Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 90207, 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 get a hitch bike...
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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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  • The Tow Ready wiring harness, part # 118412, and the Curt wiring harness, part # C56165, that are available for a 2011 Toyota RAV4 will both require a separate power wire be ran to the vehicle battery. The separate power wire is used on many of the newer vehicles, because is getting smaller and more sensitive with generation. Because of the newer wiring, there is more of a chance of running too much current through the smaller wires and causing a circuit to be over drawn,...
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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 # 87697 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Choosing between the Yakima SpareTime, # Y02598 and the Thule Spare Me, # TH963PRO, is tough because both racks have nearly the same cost and are rated highly by our customers. I think it will come down to which one you think would look the best on your 2012 Toyota RAV4. Normally I would say that one is the better choice but in this case, both have the same features, anti-sway cradles, a cable lock, the arms can fold down, that picking a clear winner is difficult. I have...
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  • Yes, when you install Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75235 on your 2016 Toyota RAV4 you will need to remove and either trim and re-install or just leave off the plastic appearance panel. The linked instructions, which include color photos, detail the complete installation process step by step. Also included for you is an article that provides tips for easier hitch installation.
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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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  • First, if I can address the lawn mower, it would be a tight fit. There are other carriers that might be a better option as far as fitting the lawn mower and ease of loading. For the fit when folded you will need to look at the distance from the center of your hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle. When folded the carrier is 3 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole so your measurement would have to be less than that for it...
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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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