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post #21 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 04:04 PM
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You really should do it yourself ... It took me about 30 minutes with a problem on my Rav4 2014 .
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Here is part of the tips that I shared for the Hybrid that might be helpful to you:

Installing Hitch and Wiring

I chose the 1 1/4 hitch because I use it primarily for a bike rack and for an occasional trailer pull. It is also available in the 2 inch size.

Actually, on the eTrailer site Curt hitch there are numerous pictures and a complete video for the hitch install and the page for the wiring kit also has a good installation video.

These installs apply to the 2013-2016 Rav4.

Modifications for the hitch - cover panel to modify:
The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid has a plastic cover panel covering the tie down rack. It was easy to remove, but it had to be modified and replaced after the hitch installation. I just used a cutting tool to cut away a small part of the plastic cover to make room for the hitch before reinstalling.

Trailer Hitch Site:
https://www.etrailer.com/p-C12108.html

Hitch Wiring Kit:
https://www.etrailer.com/tv-install-...v4-118578.aspx

If you are going to do the wiring yourself .... you will need this "Trim Panel Tool" or something similar:
https://www.etrailer.com/Tools/Power...ALL648544.html


The part numbers are C12108 for the hitch and 118578 for the wire harness.
They are on the etrailer.com web site.

I hope that helps.

What trailer are you using? Also, does the hitch fit on a 2017 rav4?
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I may be special but the larger weight option is the cheapest...what's the true difference between these three?

https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2017_Toyota_RAV4.htm
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I may be special but the larger weight option is the cheapest...what's the true difference between these three?

https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2017_Toyota_RAV4.htm
Biggest difference for me is Curt is made in the US, dunno about Drawtite, there's no mention of where they're made on the Drawtite website, the first Curt has a 2" receiver opening, the bottom Curt has an 1¼" receiver opening, they all have different weight ratings that exceed the Rav4.4 limits.

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So basically the cheapest one is the best option? Does the 2" opening have a benefit over the 1 3/4"? I'm newer to this whole thing..Clearly.
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Looking to purchase one tonight!
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Go for the Curt 2", that's what I bought, it's very popular here on the forum. If you want something hidden(only the receiver tube is below the bumper cover/valance), the Torklift Ecohitch is the only choice, but it's close to $300.

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I have a 2017 RAV4 XLE. I purchased the Draw Tite #75235 which comes with wiring kit #118578, total cost was $162.00 shipped to me in NC. This was the easiest install I have ever done. The wiring kit was a bit tougher. Purchased a six piece plastic inteirior tool set that was a great help. Installed the hitch in about 45 minutes, the wire harness took about 2 1/2 hours but could do it again in 1 1/2 hours. The Draw Tite that I purchased is a 2" unit. I have a 5'5"X10' aluminum trailer that hauls like a dream.
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As I said I'm a bit newer. This should fit a 2017 hybrid rav4 correct? I know the battery is in the back so wanna make sure this is correct. Is this wiring kit only for the lights or does it cover the brakes as well?
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So here is one listed exactly in the range for the Rav4. I also stumbled across this little guy..
Top 10 Ultra Lite Travel Trailers Under 2000 lbs
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