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Recommended Parts to Tow a Trailer with a 2021 Toyota RAV4

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I'm looking to install a 2" hitch on my 2021 RAV-4 for use with my bike rack but I want to go ahead and get it outfitted for towing as the wife and I will be getting a small teardrop camper in the near future. What do you recommend?

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I'd be more than happy to help out! It sounds like you're still in the market for a hitch so I'll start from the top.

For a trailer hitch I recommend the etrailer Hitch Receiver # e23ZR because it gives you a hidden crosstube design coupled with a matte black finish for a really sleek-looking install.

Then for wiring you'll want to go with the T-One # 118801 which will tee in behind your tail lights and give you a reliable wiring solution. If you can locate a grommet in the cargo area of your RAV4 you can use mounting brackets # 18144 and # C57202 to keep your wiring next to your receiver. Be sure to seal up the grommet with a gasket maker like part # LT37467.

To round out your towing setup you also need a ball mount kit. I recommend the kit # EBMK4 because it comes with a few different options that would work well for any smaller teardrop trailer that you'll tow with your RAV4.

Attached are some information videos that you can check out.

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2021 Toyota RAV4
etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2021 Toyota RAV4
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