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Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Toyota RAV4

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I am looking at Class III hitches for my 2018 RAV4. There are two hitches Im considering: 1. Draw-Tite 75235 and 2. Curt C13149 This hitch will be used to haul a bike tray with up to three bikes none of which weigh more than 35 lbs. We do have a utility trailer but I have a 1/2-ton truck I use to haul bigger things with. Is there any reason to get the only slightly more expensive Draw-Tite? The Curt actually seems to be easier to install. Thanks,

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For all intents and purposes the Draw Tite hitch # 75235 and the Curt # C13149 are going to perform the same on your 2018 Toyota RAV4 but I would go with the Draw Tite since it has a higher capacity. Although the capacity would be beyond what you'd ever need it's nice having something so strong that you'd never have to worry about it.

For trailer wiring the Tekonsha kit part # 118578 would be the way to go as it is a confirmed fit and this is the most reliable brand we offer.

Since you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag.

If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount with the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level, check out the link I have included that explains how to measure to choose a ball mount to tow the trailer level.

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Follow up Questions

Tim D.

I’m going to tow with a 2018 rav 4 xle. I’ll be towing approx 800 lb Harley on approx 800 lb trailer . Close to 1600 lb. what hitch model type do you recommend

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Reply from Chris R.

The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # C13149 will work perfectly for your RAV4 and has more than enough capacity for the motorcycle trailer.

Reply from Tim D.

@ChrisR thanks Chris, when I spoke on the phone they were suggesting the curt 13406... is there a specific difference? I.e. under bumper? Tubular? Etc?

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Reply from Chris R.

@TimD Either the Curt # C13149 or # C13406 will fit your RAV4 Adventure. The Curt # C13406 offers a hidden crosstube appearance, where only the 2" receiver is visible beneath the bumper. If you want to maintain a clean appearance on the vehicle this is the way to go. The install process is a bit more extensive though.

Reply from Tim D.

@ChrisR , thanks Chris for your timely response. I ordered the curt C 13406. My follow up question is .. The alignment weld nuts on the videos shows 2 weld nuts: On the passenger side and : 3 on the drivers side . My vehicle shows reverse. 3weld nuts on The passenger side , and 2 on the drivers side , after I removed trim. Is this weld nut alignment measured to be interchangeable ?

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Reply from Chris R.

@TimD I've honestly not heard of this and the installation manual doesn't mention anything about the possibility of the weldnuts being reversed on the frame rails. I'm not sure there would be any issue with this - but I would also make sure that the 3rd weld nut on the driver's side might not just be hidden behind rust/corrosion.

Reply from Tim D.

@ChrisR thanks again Chris, however I confirmed the weld nut location today when I did the trailer wiring . They are reversed from every post I see on here. I removed all the trim and under body components. Vehicles almost brand new 2018 rav 4 adventure. Zero rust or corrosion . 2 weld nuts on drivers side. 3 weld nuts on passenger side. So long as it aligns correctly I’m good!. Prob be way easier then the wiring was..lol

Reply from Tim

@ChrisR The install went ok after I removed the preexisting bolts that were in the frame... hence allowing the 3 on drivers side and 2 on passenger side

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Reply from Jon G.

@TimD Glad to hear that you were able to get it installed!

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