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I have a "Pro Series" hitch, same as all other Cequent Performance Products (Hidden Hitch, Draw-tite, Reese, etc). I have no idea why they sell under so many brand names. I paid around $150 CAD for the hitch and installed it myself.
I am happy with it and it seems sturdy. As mentioned, it is only 4 large bolts to install. I only tow a 14' aluminum boat to it suits my needs. For the application and cost, I went this route (rather than the Toyota OEM hitch which was quoted to me around $400+ CAD). The only thing for me is that I had to clean out the frame holes with a tap to make the bolts install (b/c where I live has salt and road grime, etc). Toyota dealers around here actually promote aftermarket hitches vs Toyota OEM b/c of cost. The Toyota hitch does seem more advanced in design with it's many mounting points, etc....but does it justify the cost premium? I just checked and the aftermarket hitch I have is still rated at 3500 lbs.
I also bought the Cequent Performance Products T-Connector for the RAV. It is plug and play except for a 12V power line. Installs relatively easy and was something like $45.
There are lots of good videos on how to install this hitch and t-connector at e-trailer.com, just do a google search.
Last edited by JTRAV; 04-26-2012 at 08:57 AM.