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Looking forward to after-market alternatives.
In my recent RAV4, the manufacturer's hitch also replaced some of the rear bumper elements and required cutting into the bumper cover.
The after-market version hung below the bumper cover and did not replace any elements.
It was a DIY job, not a visit to the dealership.
It was about a quarter of the cost, if you don't factor in your own time in the installation.
Yes, it hung lower, but that was balanced by the fact that if the next owner didn't like a hitch, it could be removed just as easily. No need to replace a modified rear bumper cover.
 

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Maybe only slightly, but not like the usual bolt-to-frame-and-hang-down third party receivers for most other vehicles which are horrid.

The portion of the rear bumper cover that has to be cut out is shown in this picture where the plastic channel is installed and the activity mount sticks through.

It obviously sticks down a bit in order to have room to slide in a hitch pin.

If someone finds a Solterra for sale without the port-installed activity mount, those instructions show all of the steps to install one yourself.


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I use the Twistep on our Honda CR-V for the moment, and it will go on the Solterra when we finally receive one:

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It rotates and swings under the vehicle, which obviously does reduce clearance, but much less if the receiver isn't sticking down much.
 

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The installation instructions for the US version (possibly others?) of the “Activity Mount” are up on STIS as of today:


Pretty straightforward if you’ve ever installed a hidden tow bar (front or rear) on a car.

Not for everyone to do though. Trimming of the plastic bumper cover with tinsnips is necessary.

But the most interesting piece is to see how it is shaped and that it definitely is a complete replacement for the bumper beam assembly and related mounting brackets.

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This isn’t just some third party design that hangs down and reduces your departure clearance.

It would be interesting to compare the parts in the US kit to those in an OEM kit in a country where the Solterra is explicitly set up to allow towing.
Interesting. The tow bars in Europe seems to be largely different in general than North America. They have retractable arms on some cars and the Solterra over there seems to be similar to that style.
Here are some screen shots of the bZ4X accessories from Norway. Its nothing like the activity mount (or traditional hitch receiver) in North America.

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The installation instructions for the US version (possibly others?) of the “Activity Mount” are up on STIS as of today:


Pretty straightforward if you’ve ever installed a hidden tow bar (front or rear) on a car.

Not for everyone to do though. Trimming of the plastic bumper cover with tinsnips is necessary.

But the most interesting piece is to see how it is shaped and that it definitely is a complete replacement for the bumper beam assembly and related mounting brackets.

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This isn’t just some third party design that hangs down and reduces your departure clearance.

It would be interesting to compare the parts in the US kit to those in an OEM kit in a country where the Solterra is explicitly set up to allow towing.
That link provided asks for a login…

do you or does someone have the PDF they can simply post here? Or point me to where it has already been posted?

thanks!
 

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That link provided asks for a login…

do you or does someone have the PDF they can simply post here? Or point me to where it has already been posted?

thanks!
I have attached the PDF version I downloaded from the Subaru Canada site. Should be the same for the US/Canada.
 

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Or when the Login page is displayed, just click the Online Reference tab and then Keyword search for Solterra.

You have unauthenticated access to those documents with a download symbol in the Actions column.

Tap on the Actions column header to sort by Actions and it will group together all of the documents you have unauthenticated access to.

My Activity Mount is on-order and awaiting delivery so I can turn my Solterra into a proper Dog Mobile for the Corgis.
 

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I think in Europe they have a different standard for ball mounts, etc. So its not surprising the hitch is different. My question here is, does anyone plan to tow with the Solterra, against manufacturer recommendations (maybe nobody wants to admit it on the internet LOL)? Keep in mind... just because manufacturer doesn't recommend it, it does not make it illegal. I have a small ~1000 pound boat that I wouldn't mind pulling with it. I don't know if I am going to though.
 

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I think in Europe they have a different standard for ball mounts, etc. So its not surprising the hitch is different. My question here is, does anyone plan to tow with the Solterra, against manufacturer recommendations (maybe nobody wants to admit it on the internet LOL)? Keep in mind... just because manufacturer doesn't recommend it, it does not make it illegal. I have a small ~1000 pound boat that I wouldn't mind pulling with it. I don't know if I am going to though.
Not me.
 

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Just a thought.... The GVWR of the car is 5620 pounds. The curb weight is ~4500 pounds. That's a really big payload. Imagine packing 1000+ pounds into the vehicle itself.
4 adult men at 200 pounds a piece is almost there. So I would say it’s very easy to hit that limit if you wanted to.
 
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