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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 75235 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 75235

  • Draw-Tite
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 4500 lbs WD GTW
  • 675 lbs TW
  • 675 lbs WD TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

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.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 4,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 675 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 675 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



75235 Draw-Tite Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Max-Frame

87697 Hidden Hitch Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces 75766, 75432

Installation Details 75235 Installation instructions

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Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Toyota RAV4 - Draw-Tite

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota Rav 4 we're going to take a look at, and show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max Frame Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, offering the 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. It's part number is 75235. Here's what your hitch is going to look like installed. We've got our side plates and the round tube that's going to come over to the receiver tube opening. Now the opening itself is going to be 2 inch by 2 inch. It's a Class 3 hitch, which is going to make it very, very versatile.

Works out with a lot of bike racks, cargo carriers, ball mounts, just about any type of hitch accessory they make probably comes in a Class 3 variety.You see on the side of the receiver tube you're going to have two holes. The larger one, located closer to the front of the vehicle is the one you'll want to use to secure any of your items in place. You want to pick Class 3 accessories to do that with, but whether you use a pin and clip, locking hitch pin or anti-rattle device, you really shouldn't have any issues. You can see here, the smaller hole's for use with the J pin stabilization system, which is a form of anti-rattle device. We've got our safety chain connection points here.

It's a plate steel style, good large opening, so any size chain, you won't have a problem getting that connected, and something I like on this hitch that you don't see on other manufactures' hitches is this bracket here, designed to attach wiring to, so if you plan on having 4 or 7 pull wiring on the back of the vehicle, that can provide a really nice attachment point for you.Now the hitch is going to be really easy to get to on the back side of the vehicle. You can see it's out here far enough so we can get to the pin hole and everything pretty easily, but it's not so far out that it's going to extend past the end of the bumper. We really shouldn't have to worry about running into it. As far as weight ratings go on the hitch, we've got a 675 pound tongue weight rating. That's a maximum downward force we can put there at our receiver tube opening.

We've got a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, so that would be the total weight of your trailer and anything you we're to load up on it. You definitely want to check your owner's manual to see what the Rav 4 is rated for, and not exceed that. The hitch is also rated for use with weight distribution, but the weight ratings won't change.Now a couple measurements you'll find important when selecting ball mounts, bike racks or hitch cargo carriers will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. We've got right at 13 inches. With it being around that 13 inch mark, not a bad idea to choose accessories that have a rise in the shank, just to give you a little better ground clearance.

Then, from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about 3 1/4.Now depending on the model of Rav 4 you have, that's going to kind of determine how you're going to start your installation. On the driver's side, sometimes there's going to be a cover right here. If you have that, you're going to take out 2 push pin fasteners that will be attached here, and one little plastic nut that threads up on the stud. If you don't have it, you can proceed to moving either the tie down hook that should be held in place with these 2 bolts, or if that doesn't exist, just to remove the 2 bolts we use a 17 millimeter socket.Now over on the passenger side, you want to follow your exhaust tip up just a little bit and you'll see this rubber hanger right here. We're going to get that removed. That's going to give us some space to get in there and get our bolts and hardware attached. To do that we're going to use a little bit of spray lubricant, and then if you grab the bottom of it with a large screwdriver or a pry bar, it should slide off there for you. All right, see that's just going to come down a little bit. We've got an attachment point right there, right there, going to hit those with a little bit of spray lubricant. We can clean them out. Now to get these cleaned out, I'm using a nylon tube brush. If you don't one at home, part number is 814092, and once we have that one cleaned out, we'll clean out the 2 that we have remaining on this side, and the 2 on the other side.Next we'll remove the little bar, located right here. You're going to have 2 bolts right up here to take out. You use a 12 millimeter socket. Now these bolts and that bracket won't be reinstalled, so we can return them to the customer. Now we're ready to get our hitch lifted into position. We're going to go over the passenger side first. We're going to line up our hitch with our well nuts in the frame. We're going to place in our provided hardware. You'll see we've got a conical tooth washer there. Want the teeth of that washer to face up toward our hitch. Get one started on each side. We'll come here to our driver's side. We're going to install a bolt there, and also in our middle hole here. On the passenger side, we'll just be using the 2 mounting locations.Now you can take a quick look, just to make sure you're hitch is centered. We'll start tightening down our bolts. We use a 19 millimeter socket. To do that we're going to use a 19 millimeter socket. Now we'll go through and torque all 5 fasteners down to the specifications, which are listed in your instructions. Now we'll just put our exhaust hanger back on. If it gives you any trouble, you can use a little bit more spray lubricant. Now on the driver's side, if you did have to remove the panel, you can leave it set aside in case you ever remove your hitch, or trim it to accommodate the side plate, so it will go around.With everything put back in place, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Max Frame Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75235, on our 2018 Toyota Rav 4.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 75235

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (955 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.

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2016 Toyota RAV4

Great service and product. Installation and instructions were easy to follow - installed in less than 20 minutes. Highly recommend! 575428



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2004 Subaru Forester

Product arrived on date expected. However the shipping box was split at both ends & at one end was about 3/4 open. Also the contents of the wiring harness box inside the shipping box was spilled but fortunately none of the pieces were lost. This was verified by a call to etrailer where a rep was very helpful in identifying the box contents. (The wiring harness box contains installation instructions but no parts list.) I suggest that stiff scrunched up paper packing material be used within the shipping box to minimize the shifting of the triangular shaped hitch within the square box. Or that the hitch be somehow anchored to the interior of the shipping box. (Bolt flanges of hitch wire strapped to a wood board that is also stapled to one end of the box.) Installation took quite a bit longer than the guide claimed. My time was 4 hours, the web site estimate was 30 minutes. The bolts were very difficult to get started, likely due to slight differences in manufacturing tolerances and the fine thread pitch used on the bolts. This was especially a problem on the unused bolt nuts above the muffler. On my 2 year old RAV4 there was a slight amount of corrosion on those nuts. Those nuts should have been chased with an appropriate metric tap that I did not have. Another unmentioned task is the need to cut a roughly 2"x2" notch at the aft inside corner of the splash panel on the drivers side. It is impossible to reinstall that panel as the hitch is in its way. Maybe this panel was supposed to be left off but I saw too many functional parts in that area & figured the panel was needed for protection from water damage. Lastly, after installation was complete, I noticed the hitch was bearing against a transverse rib of the spare tire well, hope this does not create a rattle problem, and also against the plastic parts that cover the rear bumper. If those parts ever need to be replaced for any reason, it will require the hitch be removed for access. Overall installation and fit of the DrawTite 75235 on my RAV4 was not quite as good as the Curt hitch on my 2004 Subaru Forester. Maybe it would have been better to have gone with the Curt C13149 model that has a slightly lower capacity rating but the DrawTite seemed to be the most popular. Overall the hitch appears it will perform well and so far without a load there are no rattles or squeaks.... yet. Hope the wiring installation goes a little better. Yes, I do recommend buying from etrailer despite the problems encountered as they are minor, comparatively speaking. 561044


Comments
Very well. Happy with towing performance.
Lawrence - 09/03/2019

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2018 Toyota RAV4

item received earlier than expected, and is a perfect fit on my 2018 Rav4 562286



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2015 Toyota RAV4

I love this hitch, great price, great hitch. Easy to install and etrailer’s installation video was perfect, easy to follow. I also got the wiring harness it installed easily and they both work great. I highly recommend etrailer and will look to them again when I need anything further 572056



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Dear etrailer, May I begin to say that the moment I placed my order, in less than thirty minutes Herb ([email protected]) 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


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Can you believe that I received an email from a person at Etrailer asking if the Draw-Tite trailer hitch I purchased over a year ago is still performing to my satisfaction. Yes, it has been over a year since I installed my hitch on my Rav4. It has proven to be a very good product. No rust, no chipping, lights continue to work and the harness is durable. I would recommend this company and hitch to anyone considering one. Awesome company, service, and now follow up!
Kirk C - 02/21/2015

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2018 Toyota RAV4

Bought this to tow a 2990 LB GVWR trailer behind our 2018 Rav4 Adventure. It does it’s job by far with ease. Took 20 minutes to install the hitch on the car, a few hours to run the wiring kit (tricky going through the firewall with the power wire) I would recommend this product! 566384



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2010 Toyota RAV4

First of all, the hitch bar itself fits the car very well. When the box arrived, it was pretty badly beat up with large sections ripped open but, everything was securely taped to the bar so no loss. I found that the directions leave much to be desired as there were steps listed that did not even apply to my 2010 Toyota RAV4. I found the videos more helpful and used the printed directions more as a general guide. The one problem I had is really Toyota's fault not Draw-Tite. Three of the five holes used to mount the hitch never had bolts installed in them so, after 6 years, the holes were badly corroded and rusted. It took a bit of effort to run a tap up and through each hole so that the bolts would thread in smoothly. You would think Toyota could have spent a dime and installed some plastic plugs in those holes from the factory! It was also a challenge getting the bar in place as I was working alone but I managed to do it by using a floor jack and a piece of plywood to hold it in position while I got a couple of bolts in; it worked pretty well. My only other comment is that the directions said I would need a 19mm socket to install the bolts when in fact, the heads on the bolts I received were actually 18mm. Overall, great product and Sam (sales rep) and etrailer.com were very helpful throughout the entire purchase. 305947



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2008 Toyota RAV4

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



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I have had this hitch for about a year now, and I am happy with it in every way. Installation was simple enough that I could have done it myself, and the hitch is sturdy and stable. I use it to attach a bike rack to my SUV. When the time comes to purchase another hitch, I will certainly come back to eTrailer. 565910



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Toyota

Unbelievably fast shipping from etrailer. I ordered the product at 2:02 pm on 10/02, and received it at 4:36 pm the next afternoon! I did not pay for overnight shipping. It ships in a handy box that has cutout handles in just the right places to make maneuvering it by yourself much easier. One drawback is that the receiver barely fix into the box. The ends (that you bolt onto the vehicle) both tore the box where they butted against it. It did not damage the metal itself, however, it is conceivable that it could chip off the pain during shipping. If etrailer stuck some bubble wrap on those ends it would solve the problem, though would require a slightly larger box. Otherwise it is a good solid product. Installation would have been quite rapid, but for the fact that the bolt holes were badly rusted on my 11 year old Rav 4. Two of the five holes were bolted with the tow hook that came with the vehicle. Those were in perfect shape and the included bolts threaded in like butter. The other 3 holes were exposed. I tried the recommended WD-40 and nylon brush. I then tried Naval Jelly and Nylon Brush. No luck. So eventually i begrudgingly went to [another store] There you can rent a re-threader kit. In the case of my Rav it was a 12mm/125 piece. I stuck this on my driver and worked the thing like the mighty man that i am! It took quite a few passes in each hole as the bolts are pretty long, but after some time, i got them re-threaded all the way up. If Toyota had the foresight to just put some bolts in those holes, or even just plastic plugs to cover them, this would have been a non issue. The rest of the installation is easy if you have two people. I didn't have to raise the vehicle. I recommend starting with the three hole side, putting in the middle bolt while your partner holds up the other side. Snug it up, and then go to the two hole side (passenger) and fit those. Then back to the driver's side for the next two and torque all 5 down. If I had not had the re-threading issue, the process might have taken 40 minutes, which is double the professional estimate time, and about right for how things usually go for my skill level. The hardest part is getting the exhaust off the rubber hanger, which just takes a little bit of lube and a little bit of muscle. Overall, I am happy with the purchase. 4.75 stars but for the bilateral box tears, which should be corrected at the etrailer level. 440948



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2018 Toyota RAV4

Installed on a 2009 RAV4 in May of 2018. The hitch and interactions w/etrailer were excellent. I write this review to address an issue that I did not see discussed in other reviews, although I did not read them all. The issue was the condition of the weld-nuts after being exposed to driving conditions in Northern VA for nearly 9 years. I removed the tie-down bracket and the threads of those two weld-nuts were fine. The other three (one on driver and two on passenger side) that were exposed looked pretty bad. Shame on Toyota for not installing at least a plastic bolt to keep these usable. I bought the clean-up brushes but they were useless considering the condition of the nuts. I bought an M12x1.25 tap and ran it through one of the nuts and it seemed to clean up nicely. I put in a bolt but it would not hold the required torque). So, I ended up buying a Heli-coil kit (for an M12x1.25 bolt/nut) and installed Heli-coils in the three degraded nuts. All held at the required torque. Biggest problem was drilling out the holes (31/64-inch bit). My general purpose cordless drill jerked me around quite a bit. It may have been easier with a bigger/heavier drill. I did have to disengage the exhaust pipe from the two hangers in order to pull the tail pipe outboard enough to get to the forward-most hole on the passenger side. Installing the hitch was actually quite easy. I did it by myself in our carport without raising the car (great distance for my bi-focals). I tied a piece of parachute cord to hardware I found between the bumper and rear compartment pan (under the car) on both sides and then positioned the hitch under the car and pulled it up and tied it roughly into place (one side at a time). This took most of load off me for the final fit up. It was then easy to joggled it around to get one bolt in on each side. I was then able to move it around to get all the bolts in. Everything lined up fine. No force fitting required. Since I did the Heli-coil work before I ordered the hitch just to be sure it would work I had remounted the tail pipe onto the two hangers. To be able to get sufficient access torque wrench access to the forward passenger-side bolt I had to remove the tail pipe from only the aft-most mount. Then with a standard 6-inch extension I was able to torque down that bolt. etrailer provides a number of very helpful videos on how to handle issues such as cleaning out the bolts holes or installing alternate nut-brackets if a weld-nut shears off but I am a bit surprised they do not provide one showing how to use Heli-coils (or some other similar vendor) to remedy issues of degraded weld-nuts. Suggest my experience is probably not unique and an etrailer help video on how to do this might be helpful to others. I suspect this is not just a RAV4/Toyota issue. 508181


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What you describe is a pretty uncommon occurrence, which is why we dont have any video footage of the process as of yet. I called Draw-Tite, and was told that using the Heli-Coil is perfectly acceptable as long as it was installed according to their instructions.
-- Mike L - 05/14/2018

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An excellent product that fit like a glove. It took me about 30 minutes to install and the instructional videos are an excellent resource to help any person install a hitch. There really is no need to jack up the car as there is plenty of space underneath to do the job. It cost me a third of the price of having it done anywhere else. 396876



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2018 Toyota RAV4

Installed on my 2018 Rav4 LE...a perfect fit !! no drilling or modifying, simply followed the great video.. had to remove a plastic cover-- time from getting tools, installing ,and cleanup was about 45min... did it lying on ground alone was no problem ...Thank you Etrailer, I am a very happy customer Dan 571978



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2008 Toyota RAV4

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



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2017 Toyota RAV4

I had no issues installing the hitch, other than being reminded I am 64 not 34 any more. So a little rest during the installation and it was completed just as the instructions recommended. I used a wooden horse to support one side while I lifted and started a bolt on the opposite side. 571267



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2015 Toyota RAV4

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



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2016 Toyota RAV4

It's a solid hitch with a quality build. It fit my RAV4 perfectly, and the online video was dead on. The biggest challenge, and it was a serious one, was clearing the threads on the mount points. If you want to improve an already great product, you could offer a chase tap of the correct size and force the buyer to opt out of including it with the order by unchecking a checkbox or something. 90% of your customers are going to need it. 568230


Comments
We do indeed offer the M12x1.25 thread tap as part # PTW8662
12 mm x 1.25 Tap and Drill Bit
$7.70
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-- Mike L - 09/24/2018

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2018 Toyota RAV4

Purchasing this DrawTite hitch for my 2018 RAV4 XLE has been a stressfree, happy experience. Etrailer provides plenty of product information, maintains excellent communication throughout the purchase/shipping experience, along with first class product and reasonable price. I installed the hitch in about 25-30 minutes by myself, no sweat! No drilling, missing parts, or unforeseen problems. I backed my RAV4 up a pair of ramps to raise the rear of the vehicle. This made the installation, a piece of cake. My vehicle had the plastic underbody panel in the left rear corner which I removed for hitch installation. However, I trimmed a small piece off of it and reinstalled it after hitch installation. My experience could not have been any better! 462201



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2014 Toyota RAV4

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



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2007 Toyota RAV4

This review is a little about the hitch, but more about the installation process in hopes of helping others and saving them some additional money. First of all, we bought two hitches: 1) 2004 Toyota Sienna = Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - Item # 75237 and 2) 2007 Toyota Rav4 = Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" Item # 75235. Both frames arrived in excellent condition despite one of the boxes being damaged in shipping. They are obviously well built and meant to fit the specified vehicles. etrailer.com understands how to match vehicles and hitches. Both hitches fit perfectly and no alterations were needed for the hitches. We just finished installing them yesterday and look forward to using them with our new bike rack. Installation hints: 1) Make sure you have everything (tools, lubricant, brush, etc) ready and organized before you try to install your hitch. In my case, I was missing some tools I thought were in the garage and had to make other arrangements. The installation time in the etrailer videos (extremely helpful) is only accurate if you have everything prepped and you don't have any problems with the weldnuts (see #2 below). The actual installation is surprisingly straightforward and could be completed in close to the estimated time. One item you will need, that you might not have, is a torque wrench. Here's the first money saving tip, check with your local auto parts store, to see if they participate in a tool loaner program. Basically, you pick up the tool from their store and pay a deposit (which is the price of the tool), use it, return it, and get your deposit back. While many guys are looking for excuses to buy more tools, I opted to borrow a torque wrench as I don't see myself needing one in the future. If I do, I know where to borrow one :) 2) If your vehicles are a bit older, or if your vehicles operate in wet or snowy areas, there's a very good chance the vehicle weldnuts (threaded inserts - this is where the bolts will thread into) will have dirt, grime, and rust built up in the inserts. I strongly recommend taking the time to make sure your bolts will go into the weldnuts before you mess with the hitch installation. The weldnuts on our 2007 Rav4 were in great shape and only required me to spray in some lubricant (Sea Foam Deep Creep) and clean out with a wire tube brush (Nylon Tube Brush - 1/2" Item # 814092 etrailer.com). If I hadn't done this simple step, I wouldn't have been able to get the bolts to thread. Once I did this, the install was simple. I didn't spent much time doing this. Our 2004 Sienna was a different story. Besides being 3 years older, it also came from an area with more snow and they likely salted/treated the roads which contributed to the problem. Using the lubricant and brushing out several times was not sufficient to get the weldnuts clean enough. The good folks at the auto parts store listened to the description of the issue I was facing in this installation project. The gentleman helping me said something like, "It sounds like you need to chase the threads to clean them out. We have a thread restorer kit in our tool loaner program." (see two screen shots from their website). I knew what a tap was, but hadn't heard of a thread chaser. I was able to use the thread chaser to clean out all of the junk built up in the weldnuts. In my case, this was a major project as they were in bad shape. I was also being cautious as I didn't want to mess up the threads. Some of the weldnuts required me to go part way in with the thread chaser, bring it out and clean it, relubricate the weldnut and chaser and go again several times. Some of the weldnuts were less problematic. In short, if you run into this issue, see if you can borrow this kit. The thread chaser is designed to be used with a socket and socket wrench. Always start the thread chaser by hand to ensure it isn't cross threaded. Once you're certain it's in the correct way, start slowly with the socket wrench or a drill with socket adapter. The instructions that come with your hitch will provide the specs on the bolts. In our case it the bolts were M12 x 1.25 (I think M12 has to do with the diameter of the bolt and 1.25 refers to the thread pitch (or spacing). 3) Torquing the bolts to spec. The bolts are in an awkward place to work with and torquing them to specification can be a challenge. The Rav4 process went well and I was able to complete this step on my own. Perhaps I was worn out while working on the Sienna or having trouble with the torque wrench, but I finally gave up to seek help. I didn't want to break the bolts! I ended up stopping by the shop which services our vehicles and they torqued to bolts to spec. Because we take our vehicles there on a regular basis, they didn't charge me to take care of the 6 bolts. In conclusion, if you prepare for the install by getting everything ready and your weldnuts are in good shape, this is not a difficult installation project. One of our hitches had 6 bolts and one had 5 bolts. Not rocket science. If your weldnuts are full of junk, try the steps I've mentioned above. Good luck. 518862



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I purchased this for my 2017 Rav4 Hybrid. I watched the video, very clear instructions, but be warned it's not QUITE as easy to install as in the video, especially if you don't have some of the specialized tools. That said, I was able to knock it out successfully in about 2 hours, including finding the 3 bolts the dog carried off while I was under the Rav4... Watch the video and do what they say and you'll be fine. Here are a few things I found that weren't clear in the video. First, when removing that plastic cover on the driver's side (first step), the plastic clips are pretty cheap. I broke the head off of one and had to man-handle the thing to get it off. Be careful not to break the heads and it will go quicker. Next, those bolts holding the tie-down hook are in REALLY tight, and there's not much room to get leverage using a standard size socket wrench. I was able to break them free eventually but it was tough. The right tool would help here... My biggest snag was getting the exhaust off of the rubber support. I thought I had some WD40 but turns out I didn't, so it would probably be easier if you use that like the video says. Also the rod that the rubber sits on has a knob on the end that is larger than the hole (so it doesn't come off of course), but this makes it hard to get the rubber off the metal rod. I was sure I was going to tear it but just push hard it will make it over the knob. I actually used a weeding tool to push it off. Once I got the exhaust free it was smooth sailing. When positioning the hitch and getting the first bolts in don't even try to do it yourself (I did...); an extra set of hands is definitely needed. Also the instructions say to use a 19mm socket for the mounting bolts, but the bolts I got were actually 18mm. Don't think that matters. All in all installation was not too bad! 510127



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The trailer hitch is being installed as I type this, so I really can't say much about it except that it was as expected. I give 5 stars because Vanessa, at etrailer, worked hard to get this order to go through when the system was not accepting both the ship to address and billing address. Once the hitch is installed and has been used I will revise the review to include the hitch. 575449



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This whole process couldn't have been easier. I ordered the hitch and about an hour later ordered a bike rack to go into the hitch. An hour after that, I decided I wanted a 4 bike rack, instead of 2. Cathy T was super helpful in cancelling/placing my new order and knew exactly what she was talking about while suggesting the proper lock. Everything arrived right on time and was really easy to install. I do suggest using ramps to raise the vehicle a bit, although it wouldn't have been necessary. Also, it doesn't hurt to have a few cold beverages nearby, and a buddy to help when needed. Seriously though, this was pretty simple to do and it's going to be super functional and I think it even looks pretty good. The prices were fair, shipping was fast, install was easy, and Cathy T was great. A+ for everyone involved. Thanks! 397807


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Thanks for the follow up. Ive since traded that vehicle in and got a truck with a factory hitch. I was, and still am very happy with my experience with etrailer and will use your business again in the future.
TommyB - 06/28/2018

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2017 Toyota RAV4

I really like the Hitch, but received it in a damaged box and with some scratches. I installed it on the vehicle in less than 30 minutes. Only had one issue starting the rear bolt on the passenger side, so I used a pry bar to gently align the hitch hole with the chassis bolt hole. I would have given 5 stars if it wasn't for the scratches from the damaged box. I did send photos of the box and Hitch damage to shipping. I have attached photos showing the chassis after removing the plastic cover and tow bracket on the driver's side and after lowering the tailpipe on the passenger side. I also have photo showing the installed Hitch bolts on both sides as well as views of the completed installation up on the lift an then on the ground. This was installed on a Toyota 2017 RAV4 Hybrid. I will be using it with my newly purchased ROLA TX-102 2 Bike Carrier Rack. 426045


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Great products!
John M - 08/17/2018

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2015 Toyota RAV4

Fit perfectly! Installed in less than 1hour and that included looking at the video 4 times! It came with free shipping through UPS without a scratch! My wife and I can now use our old bike rack and take the bikes to trails across town (ATL). Highly recommend! 433411


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Still love it! Works as expected! Thanks for the follow up!
Matt M - 09/17/2018

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Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure Series
    Yes, I confirmed with our contacts at Draw Tite that the hitch part # 75235 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure Series. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you'd then want the part # 118578 which is a confirmed fit as well. I attached an install video for this kit too. The Tekonsha brand harnesses are our most reliable options so they are what I recommend the most. If you wanted to do some...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Toyota RAV4
    For all intents and purposes the Draw Tite hitch # 75235 and the Curt # C13149 are going to perform the same on your 2018 Toyota RAV4 but I would go with the Draw Tite since it has a higher capacity. Although the capacity would be beyond what you'd ever need it's nice having something so strong that you'd never have to worry about it. For trailer wiring the Tekonsha kit part # 118578 would be the way to go as it is a confirmed fit and this is the most reliable brand we offer. Since...
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  • Can Trailer Hitch be Installed on 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
    According to the online owner's manual for the 2017 Toyota RAV4, Toyota does not recommend installing a trailer hitch on the RAV4 only if it is the SE model. This particular model vehicle is simply not designed to tow even a light trailer or support the weight of any hitch mounted accessory like a bike rack or cargo carrier. I do recommend verifying this information in your copy of the owner's manual. If you don't have the SE model, then the owner's manual does not list any restrictions...
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  • Cleaning Weld Nuts Prior to Installation of Hitch on 2006 Toyota RAV4
    The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75235 is a confirmed fit for your 2006 Toyota RAV4. It utilizes bolt M12x1.25x40 so yes, that tap is correct. However, before you re-rap your threads I recommend using Nylon Tube Brush - 1/2" # 814092 and penetrating oil lubricant. I've attached an article to assist further with cleaning weld nuts.
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness for 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure
    For your 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118578 which will connect to your factory wiring harness behind the trim panels in the cargo area on each side. You will need to run a power wire to the battery for this system to provide power for the Modulite and protect your vehicle electronics. I've attached a video of the installation on a 2018 RAV4 to assist and it will be the same with your Adventure trim package....
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for 2012 Toyota RAV4
    We offer a few different brands that make trailer wiring harnesses for vehicles. Curt and Tekonsha are the two most popular brands. We have the best luck in terms of reliability with the Tekonsha kits so for your 2012 Toyota RAV4 I would recommend the Tekonsha kit part # 118412. I also attached an install video for this kit for you to check out as well.
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  • Easist to Install Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
    Take a look at the install details I've attached of both Draw-Tite hitch receivers, parts # 75235 and # 76134, as well as the Curt, part # C13149. I've also linked install videos. Draw-Tite # 75235 doesn't require any trimming. Instead you remove an appearance panal and leave it off. The other Draw-Tite gives instructions for trimming whre the Curt gives trimming instructions or says you can remove it altogether. Of the three I recommend the Curt, part # C13149. Combine the better...
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