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I have used Fumoto valves for years. On the Cummins engine in my Dodge Ram, on our Nisan Maxima, on a previously owned Subaru Imprezza. Never a problem. They are super convenient, less messy, can drain the oil while it is still hot without risk of burning yourself, allow oil changes without any tools and you can easily take samples if you are the type to have your motor oil analyzed.
Like you said, the hole for the drain plug is at an angle on the side of the pan. So a Fumoto valve is not going to hang any lower than the OEM plug. Kind of makes you wonder if someone claiming it will hang lower that has ever even looked at the drain plug on a Rav. The plug is similarly angled on our Maxima. Never a problem and it sits lower than the Rav.
I have not got around to installing one on the Rav yet because we're at about 27,000 miles on it so it's only oil changes so far have been at the dealer. If I can get good prices on oil changes at the dealer I may just keep using their service. Otherwise I will probably add a Fumoto valve to the Rav, although with that retarded internal filter changing the oil is going to require tools and be messy anyhow.