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Old 05-23-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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Hitch shops?

If I can swing the financing, I think I will be buying a new Rav4 V6. It is rated for towing 3500 pounds without transmission or radiator modifications. The Toyota class III trailer hitch will cost a ridiculous $1100! And I cannot find any information on a Toyota wiring harness.

I guess that I need a hitch, ball platform, ball, wiring harness and brake controller. And then I want to think about these air bags to add rear-end support.

So, where should I get my hauler upgraded for towing? I live in Tsawwassen, but am willing to drive to get to the right place. I want to go to a shop where people know what they are doing and won't try to sell me a bill of goods. Suggestions? Experience?


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Old 05-23-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: Hitch shops?


My hitch ( class III ), wiring and brake controller were done in my Toyota dealer's shop by a outside guy they use. He installed a Hidden Hitch. Total cost was about $650. Don't think you'll need air shocks. Anyway you might call Jim Pattison Toyota in North Van. The guy they used may travel around.


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Old 05-23-2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Re: Hitch shops?

there are a few out there but we used:
Burnaby Hitch
2315 Douglas Road, Burnaby, BC V5C 5A9
Telephone : 604-444-3373 Free Call
We installed the Prodigy Brake Controller, Extra Radiator and 7-pin wiring. The hitch came with the dealer when we purchased our 2000 Infiniti QX4

others are:
E & H Hitch Shop
Burnaby Shop
5890 Beresford Street, Burnaby, BC V5J 1J1
Telephone : 604-433-4611 Free Call

E & H Hitch Shop
Surrey Shop
8155 128 Street, Surrey, BC V3W 4G1
Telephone : 604-590-1776

Tedco R V Supplies
4053 208 Street, Langley, BC V3A 2H3
Telephone : 604-532-3182 Free Call
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Old 06-10-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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Re: Hitch shops?

Thought I'd give offer up another hitch option. I called several installers in the Vancouver area and ended up using U-Haul in North Vancouver. Estimates ranged from 1100 to 550. Got a class 3 hitch for my 08 Santa fe, all the wiring incuding the brake controller done for just under 550 including taxes. Nice people - a job well done. Had to wait 10 days for the hitch to come in. I recommend them.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:39 PM   #5
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Check with Reace for the name of a hitch shop in Chilliwack he was able to get us into when were picked up our new trailer. I can't remember their name but they fit us into their busy schedule and diagnosed our wiring problem very quickly. We were really pleased with what they charged and couldn't have asked for better service.
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