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Does Appearance Panel that gets Removed to Install a Hitch on a 2016 Toyota RAV4 Serve Purpose

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I am looking to install a 2inch hitch without wire harness. I see that the appearance cover on the drivers side has to be removed. What purpose does it serve? Im concerned about voiding my vehicle warranty. Thanks!

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For your 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid the Draw Tite hitch part # 75235 is a confirmed fit and would work well. With the appearance panel you have the choice of removing it all together or trimming it to allow the hitch fit.

It really serves no other purpose than to make the underside of the vehicle look a bit "cleaner". Some argue that it's smooths out the aerodynamics of the underside of the vehicle which can help with fuel mileage, but there hasn't been any type of fuel mileage loss ever reported when removed.

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