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Best Trailer Hitch Receiver and Bike Rack For a 2021 Toyota RAV4 Carry 2 E-Bikes With Fenders

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I just got a 2021 Toyota RAV4 and we need to be able to carry our 2 ebikes with us to the ride trail. Each bike weigh 50lbs and they have fenders on both the front and rear wheels. What hitch and bike rack do you recommend we use to carry the ebikes?

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I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e23ZR for your 2021 Toyota RAV4. This receiver is our easiest to install as it bolts to the existing weld nuts that are already in the frame rails of your RAV4. The receiver is painted in a matte black powder coat so that it will blend in better with the undercoating and plastic trim panels that you have. When we installed this receiver on a 2021 RAV4 in our shop we found the height of the receiver to be 12-1/2" to the inside top portion of the receiver tube and 5-1/2" from the hitch pin center hole to the rear of the bumper.

For a bike rack I recommend the Thule EasyFold XT Bike Rack # TH903202 to carry your e-bikes. This rack can support 2 bikes up to 65lbs per bike. The rack is 8" from the center of the hitch pin to the upright bar which will give you 2-1/2" of clearance between the bike rack and your RAV4. It holds the bikes in place by the frame with its adjustable mount arms and wheel straps. The included straps will fit up to a 3" wide tire, or you can use the Fat Bike Straps # TH985101 to hold a tire up to 4-11/16" wide. When loading your bikes the rack includes a 36" long ramp that will help to load the bikes, if you find that it still difficult to load you can get a Extra-Long Loading Ramp # TH933402 that is 53" long.

I do recommend installing a Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118801 so that you will be able to use Auxiliary Lights # C53201 with your bike rack. This will ensure that the drivers behind you will be able to see an unobstructed set of tail lights when you have your bikes loaded. With the 4-way connector you will also be able to control the lights on most small trailers if you ever have the need to haul some larger items with your RAV4.

Dimensions Of etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e23ZR on a 2021 Toyota RAV4
Dimensions Of etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e23ZR on a 2021 Toyota RAV4
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