Enough emphasis cannot be placed on how crucial it is to get the correct hitch for the trailer that you want to tow. Although it is now easy to choose from a wide variety of Toyota RAV4 trailer hitches that are available at CARiD, you should also be aware of how each hitch works. The hitches are divided into several categories. There is the gooseneck and 5th wheel hitches. These are mostly suitable for pick ups or trailers which are very heavy. Then there is the weight carrying hitches and finally the weight distributing hitches. As long as you follow the limitations that have been set by the car manufacturer, you can put any hitch on your RAV4. You should, however, keep in mind that only a weight distributing hitch will transfer the weight evenly to all the wheels of the car because it has spring bars. This is not the case with a weight bearing hitch because it will take the mass of the trailer tongue and place it at the suspension, making the front tires of the car lighter.
Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Toyota RAV4 trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.
The reason as to why gooseneck and are the most preferred hitches when towing heavy trailers is because they take all the weight of the trailer and place it on the rear axle which in turn makes it easy to drive in crosswinds. This way, the trailer stays on course and will not steer the bumper from behind. Ensure that you first understand how each hitch works first before making any final decision to buy. The one thing that you will be assured of at CARiD is the quality and durability of the Toyota RAV4 trailer hitches they provide. Each hitch comes with a life time warranty, so you can be assured that you are getting only the best.
2008 Toyota RAV4 hitch install:Although it took me the better part of the afternoon, the hitch (when the holes finally lined up) was installed in a few minutes. Instructions and online videos were extremely helpful. The hitch arrived in good condition but on first attempt at installing, the holes were way off. I called eTrailer (late Saturday afternoon) and the phone was answered right away. I spoke with a technician who said that was normal – the wings are somewhat flexible and often get bent during shipping. He gave me advice on several methods to push the wings out. I used the car jack and a couple of pieces of wood to push / bend the wings out. After two adjustments, the holes lined up and the hitch fitted evenly and centered on the vehicle. I did have to re-tap one of the holes because I tried to force the bolt at a slight angle on the first install attempt and wound up crushing some of the threads. Other than that, the bolts went right in. I used a torque wrench but not sure if I did that right. Everything is as tight as it appears to allow so I am sure it is fine. Now I need to get a bike rack.