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Spare Tire Wheel Well won't fit full size tire

Toyota just lost a sale...for now. I just got off the phone with Toyota corporate (800-331-4331) who told me that the wheel well won't fit a full size spare. Wazzupwiddat? To make matters worse they market the RAV4 as "designed to meet most off-road driving requirements." See brochure Footnote 13. Maybe the geniuses at Toyota believe doughnuts are tough enough. Right!!! And of course the brochures/manuals say nothing. But I'm sure dealers will inform potential buyers. Right again!!! If enough people find out about it and complain maybe Toyota will find the room to fix this stupidity. The CSR said mgmt reviews all the customer call comments which, in my case, were duly noted. Hopefully, Toyota hears/reads these comments and takes action. If they don't I think they will get a big black eye. Buyer beware......unless you have faith in your doughnut.
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The Rav4 hasn't had a full size spare since 2012, in reality compared to all the passenger vehicles that no longer even have a spare, just a can of fixaflat or at most a compressor and sealant, let alone a full size spare, it's not surprising and for the majority isn't a big deal. The 4th gen spare tire well would fit a full size spare, but the deck board had to be raised, I suspect that it may be the same for the '19, the owner's manual for the 4.4 had instructions to tire the flat tire down, but the '19 just says stow the flat, which may mean it will fit the well, but maybe not completely. Some international 4.4s had an option of a full size spare and a modified deck board that was raised to accommodate the wider full size tire.

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The 2018 Brochure is pretty slick. It has pics of gravel/dirt roads but makes no specific mention of off-roading. The 2019 Brochure is completely different!!! Since Toyota raised the ground clearance for 2019 and is specifically marketing this fifth generation as an off-roader they should either provide a solution for a full size spare or stop the off-road marketing campaign. They can't have it both ways. Who is gonna take a dirt/gravel road miles from pavement without a worthy spare? I was looking for a comfortable higher clearance crossover with great MPG. I thought this would have been perfect and frankly I was shocked at my discovery. Naivety, I guess. Until there is a solution I'll have to continue using my FJ Cruiser (19-20mpg) which is overkill for 1000 mile road trips with only 25-50 miles on dirt. Any 2019 owners out there with any ideas? I don't wan't to stow a full size spare above the deck board as I need the space for sleeping. I have a portable compressor so I could consider stowing a deflated full size spare in the wheel well but I doubt that would do much, if anything at all.
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Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

We appreciate your interest in the 2019 RAV4.

We apologize as the vehicle is not designed nor intended to carry a full-size spare tire. We do not recommend or assist with modifying our vehicles from the original factory specifications.
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Email response from Toyota:

Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

We appreciate your interest in the 2019 RAV4.

We apologize as the vehicle is not designed nor intended to carry a full-size spare tire. We do not recommend or assist with modifying our vehicles from the original factory specifications.
Are there and cars left that have room inside for a full size spare?

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I wonder if anyone make a spare tire carrier that mounts on a 2" receiver? Would be in the way of the hatch but my 21' camper has one that bolts to the rear bumper and folds down to allow access to a rear storage compartment.
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A 2" square shaft welded to it might work. You'd still have to work around it but could open the hatch.
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Dr. Dyno.....Yes, My wife's current gen Mazda CX-5 wheel well has plenty of room (width and height) for a full size spare even though it comes with a doughnut. That's what I would have expected from Toyota.

Dr. Dyno again, Thanks for that fold-down-holder-on-a-hitch idea. That could potentially work. I was hoping to keep the full size spare off the roof and outta the cabin. And considering I would only use it on out-of-town camping trips then I could remove the entire contraption (spare/holder/hitch) when I am local. Just brilliant. You are the man!!!!
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There certainly should be a niche in the off-road accessories market for a tow hitch tire carrier for the new Ravs.
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I am not really surprised about the lack of room for a rear spare. I really dont consider the RAV4 as a true off road vehicle despite the marketing story.

For example, its AWD not 4x4 and there is a difference. It will be interesting to see how well it does off road but lets not get too excited in terms of its capabilities. Let's face the sad reality, very few owners of SUV and even fewer owners of CUVs use them off road.

I plan to buy a hybrid AWD in 2020 after the bugs are worked out and it has Android Auto. I do have a 1995 Land Cruiser and a Tundra 4x4 for serious off roading . The Rav will just be extra performance on dirt / mud roads and snow.

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