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We are about to buy a 2012 Limited w/tow package (so many of them around, you know . . . <crossed eyes>). Unfortunately, it was equipped with a third row which was permanently removed somewhere along the line. The remaining cargo area needs to be covered, but the deck lid (cover)--WOWEE--expensive. And not widely available except as OEM--as in NO ONE seems to have an aftermarket alternative.

Anyone done something different than buy an OEM replacement part? We are pretty darn handy.
 

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If you want the oem look, a salvage yard or craigslist would be the most economical. Otherwise, a Weathertech or similar cargo/trunk mat would be your next choice. Since you are handy, any protrusions if any (idk since I have only a 2 row version) would have to be removed.
 

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Junkyards & craigslist sightings are pretty scarce around here--not a booming metropolis, you might say. <grin> A mat would have to be all kinds of very rigid and strong, but we will have to check around. Do you have one you swear by? We own 2 other RAV4s.

Thank you very much.
 

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Check amazon for reviews for the Toyota oem, Weathertech, and Husky cargo liners. The reviews are good for all three. From there it's personal preference for the fitment, liner thickness, and lip height. You can also use the search function at this forum for reviews from the members.
 

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Are you referring to the deck lid or a cargo liner, here? It's not clear that the cargo liners will be stiff enough to cross the entire opening left by removing the 3rd seat. The deck lid is pretty strong to withstand luggage and other gear being piled high above the cargo opening below. And maybe that's why it's expensive--it might be worth it for the relatively lightweight yet strong support. Reviews of the cargo liners haven't reported them as a substitute for the deck itself that we've run across yet.
 

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Junkyards & craigslist sightings are pretty scarce around here--not a booming metropolis, you might say. <grin> A mat would have to be all kinds of very rigid and strong, but we will have to check around. Do you have one you swear by? We own 2 other RAV4s.

Thank you very much.
There are lots of on-line car parts recyclers. Try Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market , if they don't have it they can do a search of hundreds of other recyclers. I've had them locate a similar interior panel for an obscure V8 Audi wagon. Relative to that a Rav4 should be pretty doable.
 

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You can probably just fit a piece of plywood over the opening. There should be enough edges or lips to rest the board on. 1/2" should do. I would avoid 3/4", but add a center support if needed. Test fit with a piece of cardboard. Then cover the completed plywood with hobby shop material. If you really want to get fancy you can make a 2 piece unit with a smaller access panel or even hinged.
 

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Those are tonneau covers. The OP appears to be looking for the "floor" pieces (the larger hinged one and smaller flat one).

This diagram appears to have various part numbers (most notably, the first 6 items listed below the diagram):

https://parts.hamertoyota.com/a/Toyota_2010_RAV435L-V6-ATLIMITED-VIN-2T3YK4DV/_65510_6711125/DECK-BOARD--DECK-TRIM-COVER/665410-6455.html

It would probably be best to "Change" the vehicle selection first for a much more precise match (I just flew through any old 4.3 V6 selections).

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Yes, the hinged "floor" is what we are after, not the tonneau cover. Right now we have feelers out to salvage companies to see what they have about. We found the part number fairly readily, since the searches all brought up dealers!
 
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