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Fit of Rightline Cargo Hatch Saddlebag # RL100B90 on 2011 Toyota RAV4 w/ Rear Mounted Spare Tire

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Will the RL100B90 work with a 2011 RAV4 that has the wheel cover mounted to the back?

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Rightline doesn't recommend using the # RL100B90 Cargo Hatch Saddlebag on the rear of a vehicle with a rear mounted spare tire. The saddlebag is meant to be held flat against the rear hatch of the vehicle, and the spare tire would prevent that. The further away from the hatch the saddlebag is, the more weight will be applied to the top fastening straps. This could damage the straps or the attachment points to the vehicle.

Installing a hitch and using a cargo carrier would be a much better and secure option. I'd recommend the Curt # C13149 Class III hitch along with the # C18151 cargo carrier. The # 988501 cargo bag would do a great job of protecting your cargo from road grime.

A roof mounted cargo bag like the Rightline # RL100R20 would work well on the roof of your Rav 4 if your vehicle roof features the rails that run from front to back along the edges of the roof. A tire step like part # HE4040 would make accessing your roof mounted cargo much easier.

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