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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Toyota RAV4 - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2105 Toyota RAV4 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Hidden Hitch Custom Fit Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 90248. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. You can see it's really symmetrical across the back. It's going to hang down just a little bit below the rear bumper, still giving you a good ground clearance here at the back. This is the Class 2 so we've got 1-1/4" by 1-1/4" opening. It's got the reinforcement collar around the end of it.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Toyota RAV4 - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2015 Toyota RAV4, we are going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw Tite Custom Fit Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver. It is 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" opening. It's part # is 36588. Here is what our hitch is going to look like installed. You can see it is really symmetrical across the back. It is going to hang down just a little bit below the rear bumper, still giving you a good ground clearance here at the back. This is the Class II so we have 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" opening.



RockyMounts Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2015 Toyota Rav4 we're doing a test fit of the RockyMounts BrassKnuckles Roof Mounted Bike Rack. That part number is RKY1202. Now we already have our bike secured down. First going to show you how we do that, and then we'll go over some features of the rack itself. Here at the back tire we have a ratcheting strap, to release that I'm just going to push on the black button, lift up, and set that strap off to the other side. Up at the front we have another ratcheting strap.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2015 Toyota RAV4, we've got out the Swagman Dispatch here and we're doing a test fit on it just see the space we've got between it and our vehicle. Now this is a 2 bike platform style rack. It's been designed for use in 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is S64684. As you can see, the dispatch is going to use 2 wheel cradles, one for the front, one for the rear, and also a frame hook to hold our bike in place as we head down the road. It simply just pushes down, secures around the frame.



Carpod Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4, we have our 23 x 47 Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier, Part Number M2205. This holds up to 450 pounds. Let's see how much length it adds to our vehicle. In this position, it sticks out about 35 inches, and we have just under 16 inches of ground clearance back here. Our closest point to the vehicle is right about 5-1/2 inches. In this position, we have plenty of places to hook our straps to, and we have these nice big walls to hold our cargo in, but if we're done holding cargo, we can pull these pins and fold it down for our stow position. Now, in our stow position, we have a strap that comes with this that we want to put in place, so that when we fold this up, we don't have our sides flopping back and forth. Just feed this through, and this is a self-tightening strap.



Swagman XTC4 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4 we're doing a test fit of the Swagman XTC 4 platform style 4 bike rack. Pat number is S64665. We have a bike on our rack. Let's show you a few features. See how our bike is held up We have our frame hooks here, it holds down there. Then we have 2 straps in our wheel cradles here. One for the front, one for the back.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota Rav 4, we're doing a test fit of the Strong Bird Carson Cargo Carrier. Part number is CC-100. This is 23 by 60. It can hold up to 500 pounds. Let's take a few measurements. First measurement I'd like to take will be form the bumper, of course to our rack here. That's 5 inches.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today in our 2013 Toyota Rav4, we're doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack Four-Bike Rack. Part number RBC044. This is equipped for 1 1/4 and 2 inch hitches, they have a two inch hitch, and we have a bike on our rack, let's show you a few features. While the back is all down, we have three straps, two up top, strap to the side is an anti-sway strap. First we pull by taking the one off the top first, then our anti-sway strap, now we can remove our bike, and if we we're loading it, we just go the opposite way, anti-sway strap first, then the two straps on top. It's always a good idea to always replace your straps so they don't get lost or damaged, so let's do that like so. Let's take a few measurements here, first measurement I'm taking is from the bumped closest to our bike rack, that's 5 inches. Overall, we're looking at 38 inches, and for our ground clearance, I'm looking at approximately 11 inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4, we're doing a test fit of the Curt's cargo carrier for two inch hitches only. Part number is C18150. The dimensions are 20 by 60. This can hold up to 500 pounds. Let's take a few measurements just to show you a few features. The first measurement I'd like to take will be from the bumper close to our rack and that's 8 inches.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota Rav4, we're doing a test fit of the Curt Cargo Carrier, part number 18153. This is a 24 x 60 cargo carrier, can hold up to 500 pounds, see there we already have it on I'll show you a few features. First like to do measurements, so from the bumper closer to our terra rack is 16 inches, overall we've added 42 inches on, and for our ground clearance, it's 13 inches. This made out of a sturdy steel, you see that it has the mesh bottom, so you can easy clean. Holds up to 500 pounds, like I say. On this side of the car, we have our exhaust, that's pretty far, it's 24 inches, so just in case, just remember, when you have any heat-sensitive materials that can come in contact, you may want to move them over. Can get in and out of your hatch as you can see. Let's see where we figure out what worked.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4 we have our Swagmann XC 2 bike platform bike rack, part number S64650. This bike rack has 1 lock holding your bike in place. It's our frame hook. To take our bike off we just squeeze on the lever and lift up. Now, if you need to get in your hatch, we can move this by pulling 1 pin and laying it down. Then we can re-insert the pin to lock it in place. Now that we have that down, let's take a couple measurements.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota Rav4 we have our Swagman Trailhead 4 bike rack, part number S63380. Now we have 3 straps holding this in place, 2 on top, and we have our anti-sway strap on the side. These are adjustable though, so you can spin these however you need it to fit your bike. Go ahead and take the bike off here, pop these off out of the way, and I grab the bike while I take the anti-sway off, just so it doesn't wigggle too much on us. It's always good put our straps back in place so they don't get lost or damaged. All right. Now that we have our bike off, we'll get our measurements here. Looks to be right around 39 inches of length added to our vehicle.



Pro Series Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4 we have our Pro Series Q-slot Platform Style 2 and 4 Bike Rack, part number PS63138. Now, this does have the option of pulling our back rack out and making it just a 2 bike rack. To hold this in place, we have 2 straps, our hook and loop straps, and we have our frame hook. Go ahead and take our hook and loop straps off. I'll hold on to the bike while I loosen our nut here, and lift our hook up and out of the way. Now, it's always a good habit to put our straps back before we go anywhere just so we don't lose or damage them. Now, if we do need to get into our hatch, we have the option now of pulling our pin on the front and back, with the back mast down, with the front mast down, and we have plenty of room to open our hatch.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota Rav4 we have our K2 folding cargo carrier, part #K2HCC602. This is a 20x60 cargo carrier. All right lets get some measurements here. First one we will take is the overall length we add, it is about 34 1/2 inches to the back. Our closest point into our vehicle is about 13 1/2 inches. Ground clearance spec here at the back is about 10 1/2 inches and this vehicle only has one exhaust, points down to the ground and is pretty far away, it is about 21 inches, so I wouldn't worry about it too much but just keep that in mind that the exhaust is on this side for your heat sensitive materials. This is a good place if you wanted to get into your vehicle, but we do have to worry about our break-over, that happens about 24 1/2 inches, so if you sack 00:01:13 anything above that just be aware that you may not be able to open your hatch.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4, we have our Curt, 20 by 60, folding cargo carrier, part number C18151. It's a max capacity of 500 pounds. Let's get some dimensions here. On our Toyota, we have about 34 inches added to the vehicle. Our ground clearance, back here, is about 10 inches to the back, here. Our closest point to the vehicle, right now, is right about 14 inches. Now we do have a singular exhaust. It points to the ground, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Speaker 2: Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex Swing Away 4-bike rack. Part number is TH9031XT. See that I have a bike on our rack. Let's show you a few features. This is a swing away bike, so we're going to show you that feature first. How we'll do that is, unloosen this knob to our mast 00:00:26, pull our T-pin here, pull a T-pin here, swing it around til you get to a certain point, then you want to swing it so it locks, then we can keep swinging around, then we want to put our T-Pin in like so. Now you see that you get in and out of your vehicle, if you need to get anything in or take anything out, so you have plenty of room, like so. I like to take a measurement over here just to let you know, when you're parking on the street how close you are.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV 4 we're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway 2-Bike Rack. The part number is TH912XTR. See that we have a bike on the rack. I'll show you a few features. How the bike is held down, we have 3 straps. They have 2 up top, a anti-sway strap at the side.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota Rav4, we're doing a test fit of the MaxxTow Cargo Carrier. Part number is MT70422. This is a 48" x 21" cargo carrier. See that we have already hooked up, let's take a few measurements now. First measurement I like to take, close to our cargo carrier is 6". Overall we've added 28" and our ground clearance, 10". It's made out of sturdy aluminum, it has the open floor.



Yakima FatCat Ski and Snowboard Racks Review - 2015 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2015 Toyota Rav 4, we have our Yakima FatCat 6 Locking Rooftop Ski and Snowboard Carrier, part number Y03088. We have our front one installed already and I'll show you how the back one installs. They both install the same way, so you just do the same thing on the front. I'll just hook that on there, and step up into my car. Have that open. On this particular roof rack, I did have to extend the strap out, I used this red knob, just turn it back and forth to loosen and tighten it, depending on which rack you have. I'll hook this up in the slot and then I'll flip it backwards. That tightens the strap around the rack, and then I'll go up here on top, got this little tab here, we'll tighten it down, and lock it in place.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota RAV4

Today on our 2013 Toyota RAV4 we have our Swagman Dispatch two bike platform rack, part number S64684. Now, we have two things holding this in place. We've got a strap on each wheel and we've got our frame hook up here. So first we'll start with our straps. Push in our lever and just pull the strap free. We do have our small tire spacer that is movable and removable.





Toyota RAV4 Questions

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Curt Trailer Hitch # C13149 that you referenced would be an excellent choice for a hitch for your 2013 Toyota RAV4 and is confirmed to fit. This 2 inch hitch would be great for a bike rack and if you check out the link I attached you will see all the bike racks we offer that will work on the 2 inch hitch. The most popular bike rack with 2013 Rav4 owners that we offer is the Thule Apex 4 bike Swinging Carrier # TH9027. I attached a review video of this rack being used on...
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  • The Rightline CampRight SUV Tent, part # RL110907, is a semi-universal application designed to fit nearly every SUV out there. The sleeve that goes around the vehicle is adjustable so it will fit different shapes and sizes. The vehicle pictured on the product pages is just a typical photo showing the features of the tent. The tent will fit your 2011 Toyota RAV4, even with the swing out rear door. The difference will be that you will have a rear door swung out into the tent...
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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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  • 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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  • On your 2009 Toyota RAV4 you would need to measure to see if either one of these hitch bike racks will clear the spare tire housing on the back. If you measure on the vehicles hitch, from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the furthest point on the rear of the vehicle, which will be the back of the spare tire housing, that measurement will tell you if the bike rack will work. If the measurement is less than 11 inches then the Yakima SwingDaddy 4 Bike Hitch, # Y02464,...
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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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  • Yes, the Thule Apex Swing Away Rack, item # TH9027, will fit in the hitch on your 2011 Toyota Rav4. The Apex has enough clearance between the center of the hitch pin hole and the upright bar on the bike rack. We installed a 2 inch receiver hitch on a 2010 Rav4 with rear mounted spare tire and the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to the farthest part of the back of the vehicle was 4 inches, see video at the 2 minute 20 second mark. You can measure your vehicle...
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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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  • I will be happy to compare the Thule Spare Me, # TH963PRO, and the Yakima SpareTime # Y02598. First, in terms of the configuration and durability of the mounting plates and bars: these two racks are on par with one another and I cannot give an edge to either one. I have dealt with the Spare Me more than the SpareTime and I can say from experience that it is more than enough to support the rack and bikes. In terms of versatility I give the edge to the SpareTime because it actually...
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  • The Glacier cable snow tire chains you need are part # PW1042. They will fit tire size 225/65-17. These are great for occasional use and are constructed with case hardened steel rollers for traction. Rubber adjusters such as # PW99 would be worthwhile to get because they make it much easier to fit and tighten Glacier snow tire chains. As a side note, always check your vehicle owners manual to ensure there are no restrictions on use of tire chains. I included a couple helpful...
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  • For your 2012 Toyota RAV4 one of the most popular bike racks with other owners of your vehicle is the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier part # TH9027. Not only does this rack have every feature on most standard racks like anti-sway cradles, arced arms, anti-rattle locking hitch pin, and integrated cable lock it also has the ability to swing away from your vehicle with bikes loaded to give you complete rear cargo access on your vehicle whenever needed. With other racks like the Thule...
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  • The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9027, will fit on your 2007 Toyota RAV4 as long as you have a 2 inch receiver on your trailer hitch. There are no additional parts needed to begin using this bike rack. However, you may want to use the Thule Bike Adapter Bar, # TH982XT, for bikes with slanted or alternative bike frames. If you are also looking for a trailer hitch, then I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87697.
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  • First, you will want to verify that your RAV4 is one of the 3.5L-equipped versions rated for 3500-lbs maximum towing capacity. The 2.5L versions of the RAV4 carry only a 1500-lb tow rating and are not suitable for pulling your Aliner Classic Off-Road camper. Second, you need to confirm that the hitch on your RAV4 is a 2-inch Class III unit rated for use with a weight distribution system. Not all 2-inch trailer hitches are suitable, nor are the 1-1/4-inch Class II hitches offered...
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  • Cargo boxes are universal fit items that manufacturers do not test fit for specific vehicles. Vehicles that have center rear mounted antennas like your 2012 Toyota RAV4 typically have issues with long cargo boxes interfering with the antenna as you stated. The best way to determine what size cargo box will fit on your vehicle without interference is to take a few measurements. I have attached two diagrams, one from Thule and one from Yakima. To measure, you will want to move...
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  • The Yakima SpareTime 2 Bike Carrier - Spare Tire Mount, part # Y02598, will fit your 2010 Toyota RAV4. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Yakima bike carrier and a link to a video review of the carrier. The Thule Spare Me 2 Bike Spare Tire Carrier, item # TH963PRO, will also fit on your RAV4 as long as you do not have the spare tire mounted backup camera. When the bike rack is not in use it can be removed and the spare cover can be installed, leaving...
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