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Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2008 Toyota Rav4

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SIR WILL HITCHNO.75432 FIT MY RAV4 V/6-TOW PKG -LIKE T HE EXTRA ATTACHMENT TO THE SIDE FRAME ALSO CAN A WDH HITCH BE ATTACHED TO INCREASE TONGUE WT.

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We offer 3 different hitches for the 2008 Toyota Rav4. The Draw-Tite Class III Round-Tube Receiver Hitch, part # 75235 that you mentioned has a 675 lb tongue weight capacity, and a 4500 lb towing capacity. When used with weight distribution, the TW capacity increases to 675 lbs and the towing capacity remains at 4500lbs. It may be used with weight distribution, but doing so won't increase the capacity of the hitch.

Keep in mind, regardless of how high the capacity of the hitch is, you'll be limited by the manufacturer's stated towing capacity of your RAV4. Both hitches are manufactured by Cequent Performance Products, and other than the sticker with the brand name on it, both hitches are identical.

You will need to choose a weight distribution system whose effective tongue weight capacity range encompasses the tongue weight of your trailer. The weight of anything stowed in the cargo area of your RAV4 behind the rear axle will also need to be included in the trailer tongue weight figure. If you would care to reply with the tongue weight information about your trailer, I would be happy to make a specific recommendation for you.

Keep in mind that using a weight distribution system will not raise the towing capacity of your RAV4. You will still be limited to the manufacturer stated towing capacity.

For more information about weight distribution, click on the provided link to see our Weight Distribution FAQ article.

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