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Old 01-13-2013, 03:49 PM   #113
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I have a 2008 sport model as well... perhaps the hitch isn't helping me as much as I thought. I will see after the airbags are in and its hooked up... maybe a 4 or 6" rise might be enough, which would be in closer.

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:18 PM   #114
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You know...it's real interesting that we've got two owners (Deryk and Glen) with exactly the same RAV 4!

I have a question for both you fellows:

Are your installed hitches the Toyota OEM's, or aftermarket hitches?

I ask because there's so much discussion of this point among Toyota enthusiasts, many of whom maintain that the OEM version, while harder to install, is better at load distribution due to its having more mounting points than one gets with aftermarket hitches.

Here's a pic of the OEM for m/y 2006-2008- is that what you fellows are running?:

Pic and more details from/at: install Rav 4 OEM hitch

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Mine is an after market hitch, have used similar ones in the past and never had an issue.

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:27 PM   #116
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You cannot use the Toyota hitch with a WDH; it is a class II with a 1 1/2" receiver & the WDH requires a class III & 2" receiver. I don't believe there was much of a change between the 2008 & the 2010 other than the silly run flat tires (requiring the spare on the roof) & the fact that my manual does not tell me not to use a WDH.

I have a Draw Tight brand hitch installed by a local company that does a lot of them. I do climb under often & check for tight bolts, distortion, etc. So far, so good...
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #117
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The OEM hitch referenced above is a class III, 3500 pound hitch with a 2 inch receiver. link to part.

It was designed by Toyota specifically for the 2006-2008 Rav 4. If an aftermarket hitch has as many attachment points I'd be most surprised. Many just bolt to the "sides" of the rig underside.

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While that may have been an option for the 2006 - 2008 RAV4, my local dealer wouldn't install it on my 2010 RAV4. The only one they would install was the Class II. They are a pain in the a-- about anything not by "their" book. I asked about having the heavy duty springs used with the 3rd row seating versions of the RAV4 installed on mine & they wouldn't even price it out. Same with a request to switch the rear door to one that had the spare tire holder. It might be that some other dealers are more accommodating...
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Toyota only had class II hitch for my RAV4 which is why the dealer brought in an after-market installer, who installed a Class III Hidden Hitch ( which they rate at 4,000 lbs ).
He did the hitch, and wiring ( installing a #10 ground for an extra $25 ), including the Prodigy brake controller. Cost to me was $650. The Toyota factory class II was almost $1,000.
You gotta stop crawling around under tow vehicles.
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If I stop crawling around under tow vehicles, how am I going to figure out which one I'm going to buy when my 1997 Kia Sportage 4 cyl 4x4 finally wears out?


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Old 01-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #121
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The issue is that while the vehicle is capable of towing the weight, if the suspension was stiff enough to handle max tongue weight, 95% of the owners (that will never pull a trailer), will bitch about how "harsh" the ride is. Sadly, even pickups are heading this route, as most are being used to get the groceries and haul a bicycle, rather than heavy hauling/towing.

Air bags help the vehicle handle the max capacity better. That's why I recommend people do that first with soft suspension, otherwise a wd hitch is putting excessive weight on your trailer and front axle.

One thing that annoys me, often you can't get the factory tow package with the base model, but the stripped base model can handle the most weight. I had this problem with my pickup, because the tow package includes electric adjustable mirrors, so I would have had to jump up a model, and an interior package to get it. I went aftermarket.
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I do understand the "soft ride" thing- that's exactly why I have adjustable air shocks on my 1965 Falcon station wagon. I'll bet you can't even BUY those for these rigs...I s'pose that air bags are considered the improvement in that department.

My only beef here is the claim of hitch capacity to be achieved with a "tow package" that does not include the suspension upfits necessary to achieve it.

Back to work now!

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The hitch is at the other end.
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She is changing the oil. In my book she gets big points for that.
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My only beef here is the claim of hitch capacity to be achieved with a "tow package" that does not include the suspension upfits necessary to achieve it.
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Well Francesca as Toyota is no long offering it, it would seem Toyota agrees with you
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Well Francesca as Toyota is no long offering it, it would seem Toyota agrees with you

Makes ya wonder huh?

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