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I've been using an interchangeable ball for about 30 years since I've had both 1-7/8" and 2" couplers on several trailers, has always worked fine, here's one that's similar, mine has a cross pin that holds the balls on.


https://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpowe...n+1+hitch+ball

https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Bal...rt~A~Ball.aspx

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Choosing the ball mount itself would be dependent on the trailer, I like the trailer to be level when hooked up, for the Rav4 that mean you'll want a ball mount with a bit of rise since the receiver is low, enough rise to put the trailer coupler about bumper height.


https://www.etrailer.com/faq-ballmount.aspx

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Did you get an adjustable one such as this to play safe?

https://www.amazon.com/Manufacturing...ble+ball+mount
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Did you with an adjustable such as this to play safe?

https://www.amazon.com/Manufacturing...ble+ball+mount
Wow that's a nice one but I'd only pay that much if I often towed several different ball size and height trailers. And I'd invest in a locking hitch pin!

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No, a fixed ball mount similar to this, I'm not a fan of adjustable things, they leave more places to rattle.


Curt Fusion Ball Mount for 2" Hitches - 2" Ball - 2-1/4" Rise - 7,500 lbs Curt Ball Mounts C45155


Something else to consider is a silencer/anti-rattle device, nothing more aggravating than a rattling coupling on a long trip. I've used two that work real well.


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https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Acces...ero/63232.html

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I just bought a Curt trailer hitch from eTrailer for my 2016 RAV4 XLE Hybrid. It will be used for a bike rack. Now I need to have it installed as I have no desire to do it myself.
No wiring is needed if not towing so it's a simple four-bolt install.
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No wiring is needed if not towing so it's a simple four-bolt install.

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I did my class-III myself in about 45 minutes total, taking my time, cleaning all surfaces and the bolt holes with a brush/WD-40, and torquing everything to specification with a long 3/8" torque wrench. My wife helped by getting the bolts started while I muscled the hitch up in place (it's a good 60 lbs so not for the faint of heart...using arms and knees to hold it in place helped a lot). $220 for install is outrageous. I believe I backed the RAV4 on to my ramps that I picked up from chinamart.The most time consuming part was getting the exhaust pipe un-pinned from the hanger (exhaust pipe was in the way on the 2015). Will want to spray some dry lube on the hanger pin to make sliding it off easier.
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Just came back from a 550 mile vacation in Michigan using my Curt hitch and Swagman XC2 platform bike rack. That rack is amazing as you install the rack plus load and secure 2 bikes in less than 5 minutes. Once on the road I only noticed minimum swaying of the rack even at 75 mph.

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Just came back from a 550 mile vacation in Michigan using my Curt hitch and Swagman XC2 platform bike rack. That rack is amazing as you install the rack plus load and secure 2 bikes in less than 5 minutes. Once on the road I only noticed minimum swaying of the rack even at 75 mph.
I have the very one. First one i've ever purchase and hopefully the last. I love the thing - Quick/Easy to use and bike movement/vibration is virtually non-existent. The 1/2" cross bolt needs to be ratcheted on firmly otherwise the rack/bikes will be bouncing around but figured that out before driving with it on.
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