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The Canadian accessory tow hitch from Toyota will absolutely fit the US spec RAV4. There is no physical difference in the body or frame structure of any RAV4's built for the N. American market. The bumpers are also identical.
I don't know if the accessory tow hitch is available yet at Canadian dealers. i didn't ask, as I have no interest in spending over $1200 for a wired hitch that will only carry a bike rack. All you need to do is phone any Canadian Toyota dealer's parts dep't and ask for a price on the hitch uninstalled, in a box.
Thanks and I did call one of the dealer and he told me I can buy the tow hitch but they cannot guarantee that it fits.
Without installation, it cost $725 + tax but I need to have someone to go buy it and mail to US as they cannot accept order from US.
 

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Thanks and I did call one of the dealer and he told me I can buy the tow hitch but they cannot guarantee that it fits.
Without installation, it cost $725 + tax but I need to have someone to go buy it and mail to US as they cannot accept order from US.
Did the parts dep't say it was available for immediate delivery?
If it is available now in Canada then it should be available in the US very shortly. It's the same hitch.
 

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Did the parts dep't say it was available for immediate delivery?
If it is available now in Canada then it should be available in the US very shortly. It's the same hitch.
One of the dealer told me if I pay in the morning, they will have it available for pick up in the afternoon. I checked Toyota USA and they have no idea if they will have one and they told me before this only available for V6.

The after market one may be available by end of this month or next month but no guarantee.
 

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Any one knows if the I can use a 2012 tow hitch on a 2013? Looks like Draw-Tile, Reese & UHaul are listing the same tow hitch for 2013.
I asked that of Hidden Hitch. They are not compatible. The '13 RAV frame is totally different.
 

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$895 I was quoted by Toyota for a tow kit.
Is this OEM tow hitch?
The quote you got, is it from USA or Australia?
If it's from USA, can you tell me which dealer? As I was told the one from Toyota (USA) will not be available till end of the year.
Thanks.
 

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Is this OEM tow hitch?
The quote you got, is it from USA or Australia?
If it's from USA, can you tell me which dealer? As I was told the one from Toyota (USA) will not be available till end of the year.
Thanks.
Sorry BM, it was in Australia and I believe it's aftermarket. I was a bit suspicious so I took it off the list of options and I'm starting to think the wait time on this vehicle may run in to months, hence why the were willing to offer an option on a vehicle that is so new to the market. I can't even get an insurance quote for the gen 4 Rav, none of the insurers have it on their systems.
 

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Well, I emailed their tech support last week and they sent me a message back saying they would be working on a redesigned hitch for the '13, they didn't have an ETA production date, and the 4.3 hitches would NOT fit the 2013 RAV4. That's all I can tell you.
I believe you, just found it's weird that they list contradict information on their website.
 

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Hidden Hitch says it fits...

I emailed Hidden Hitch this morning, attached is a picture of their response. There was not a name of who replied, but it came from their Tech support group. SO...Who is going to be the first one to order one and try it out!?!:thumbs_up:
 

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I emailed Hidden Hitch this morning, attached is a picture of their response. There was not a name of who replied, but it came from their Tech support group. SO...Who is going to be the first one to order one and try it out!?!:thumbs_up:
The installation manual has been updated with a Note Specifically for the 2013 model year...This looks very promising!!:)
 

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I assume we have a communication misunderstanding, between me, Hidden Hitch, and you. I had asked Hidden Hitch if specifically the Class 1 #60808 Hidden Hitch mounted on my '11 RAV would fit the '13. They told me emphatically that it would not. Now they tell you that their Hidden Hitch that is Class 3/4 will. In looking at the exploded diagram and mounting instructions, I can see how it will, but on examining a '13 RAV, I saw no sign of any pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the frame rail. That's crazy overkill to mount a Class 3/4 when the RAV can only tow a Class 1 rating, but if that's the only hitch that will fit, then I guess so be it. I'll wait this one out until you or someone else finds a hitch that will fit and mounts it. Keep reporting back on your mission. Will you be mounting it yourself?
 

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I assume we have a communication misunderstanding, between me, Hidden Hitch, and you. I had asked Hidden Hitch if specifically the Class 1 #60808 Hidden Hitch mounted on my '11 RAV would fit the '13. They told me emphatically that it would not. Now they tell you that their Hidden Hitch that is Class 3/4 will. In looking at the exploded diagram and mounting instructions, I can see how it will, but on examining a '13 RAV, I saw no sign of any pre-drilled holes in the bottom of the frame rail. That's crazy overkill to mount a Class 3/4 when the RAV can only tow a Class 1 rating, but if that's the only hitch that will fit, then I guess so be it. I'll wait this one out until you or someone else finds a hitch that will fit and mounts it. Keep reporting back on your mission. Will you be mounting it yourself?
I do indeed plan to mount it myself...but do not have said Rav to mount it on yet. Good chance someone else will beat me to it. However once I have a date on taking delivery of the Rav, I'll have the hitch on order soon after.
You said you didn't see any holes for the hitch to bolt to in your frame though and that could be a problem. They do mention removing a tow bracket, are your holes under that? Also, I know other mfr's will have their tapped holes plugged under the chassis so that they aren't full of rust and junk by the time the owner goes to mount something in it.

I agree that class is way overkill, BUT I prefer to use 2" receiver type bike racks. They just seem sturdier and less likely to have any issues going over bumpy terrain on the way to a trail head. There are some 1.25" ones that use an adapter to bump up to 2"...don't like those at all. Also, check the specs, I believe Draw-tite or Hidden Hitch offer a hitch that will accept the threaded types of pins for a more secure connection.
 

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I should be getting my RAV early next week. When I looked under a '13 RAV last week on the dealer's lot, there was lots of snow and ice on the ground (there still is) and I didn't exactly get on my back and slither underneath. I'll have a much better look underneath in my garage with my floor jack, and I'll get back to you on the frame rail pre-drilled hole details.
 

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Sorry, big addendum needed to my previous post. In looking back at the bill for installing the Hidden Hitch Class 1 60808, that was not for my '11 RAV, but for my previous '08 Cobalt.
Sorry, my bad.
I don't know what model number Hidden Hitch is on the '11 RAV, as the dealer installed it at time of purchase. I'll phone the company that installed the Cobalt hitch. They do nothing but trailer hitches and wiring, and are very good. They'll know what fits the '13 RAV.
 

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Just talked to the hitch installers, and as luck would have it, he had just been on the phone this morning to Hidden Hitch about the '13 RAV. Hidden Hitch says the 70785 Class 3/4 will definitely fit the '13 RAV. However, there is a good possibility that the 90207 Class 2 will fit. He said it would take about 1/2 hour to install and the installed price is $260, with no wiring. That's a far cry from the almost $1300 that Toyota wants for the installation of their hitch, with wiring of course. I know you're in the same boat as me, no wiring needed for a bike rack, but the guy did say the wiring for the '13 RAV is totally different, and he was very unsure of the cost and complexity. He did say the earlier RAV's needed extensive wiring back to the battery for their trailer plugs.
I'll likely try to get the 90207 installed within the next few weeks. They also said if the 90207 won't fit, they won't charge me for any of their time.
 

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Just talked to the hitch installers, and as luck would have it, he had just been on the phone this morning to Hidden Hitch about the '13 RAV. Hidden Hitch says the 70785 Class 3/4 will definitely fit the '13 RAV. However, there is a good possibility that the 90207 Class 2 will fit. He said it would take about 1/2 hour to install and the installed price is $260, with no wiring. That's a far cry from the almost $1300 that Toyota wants for the installation of their hitch, with wiring of course. I know you're in the same boat as me, no wiring needed for a bike rack, but the guy did say the wiring for the '13 RAV is totally different, and he was very unsure of the cost and complexity. He did say the earlier RAV's needed extensive wiring back to the battery for their trailer plugs.
I'll likely try to get the 90207 installed within the next few weeks. They also said if the 90207 won't fit, they won't charge me for any of their time.
Here is the response from Tech support today when asking about the 90207:

"The 2013 RAV4 is a redesigned vehicle and so the 2012 and older hitches will NOT fit it. At this point, we are offering only 2” receivers as they are more versatile than 1 ¼” receivers.

Thank you for contacting the Technical Group

Cequent Performance Products"


That's really cool of them to try out the 90207 for you and not charge if they can't make it work. I thought I was good with a 2" hitch, but it looks like most all the racks I'm looking at will use a plastic adapter to drop down to 1.25" and there are a lot of people that say they rattle a bit with the adapters. Maybe look for a steel adapter thought that may push the rack out farther from the back bumper increasing the moment load on the hitch.

All this makes me very curious as to if you 90207 ends up fitting. Keeping my fingers crossed!:mrgreen:
 
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