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etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Toyota RAV4

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How to Install the etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Toyota RAV4

Hi there, Toyota owners. Today in your 2019 Toyota RAV4, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install etrailer's class 3, two-inch trailer hitch receiver. It's a class 3, two-inch by two-inch receiver, so it's gonna be great for all of your towing needs. Whether you're wanting to use it for accessories, like a bike rack or cargo carrier. Or if you're wanting to get a little bit of hauling done with a small utility trailer, maybe a small boat. You should have no problems using that with your RAV4 here.

You'll secure your accessories to your hitch with a five-inch hitch pin and clip. Now one doesn't come included with the hitch but we've got plenty available here at etrailer, and you can also get locking ones to protect your investments. On bottom, we have hoop style safety chain loops with a very large opening that should accommodate just about every shape, size, and style of safety chain. I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories. From the center of our hitch pin hole, to the edge of our rear bumper, we're right at about five inches there.

That's important when determining if your accessories will contact the bumper when they are inserted, and if they can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper. From the ground to the top inside edge of our receiver tube, we're right at about 12 inches. This is important when determining if you need a drop, a rise, or raise shank on your accessories. And since this one does sit so low, I would recommend a raise shank on your accessories. Now that we've covered some of the features of our hitch, why don't you follow along with me in the shop and we'll show you how to get it installed.

This is a pretty easy hitch to install. It does have a little bit of tight location for feeding in the hardware over in on that side. So, you might need a special tool to get it torqued down properly. But this is something that you could get done in your driveway. I would recommend an assistant to help you lift it up, probably less than an hour.

We'll begin our installation here at the back of the vehicle underneath. We'll need to remove some stickers that are covering up the holes that are located here in the side. There's weld nuts that are already preexisting in the frame for our hardware to thread right into. We're just gonna use a little screwdriver here to peel those stickers off. We have two stickers on the side of the frame. This is the forward most sticker. It's just a hair in front of where your exhaust bracket is right there. And then there's another one located here at the back, all the way at the back at the bottom of the frame. This is the outside of the frame, not the inside. We're just gonna take our screwdriver here and get underneath the sticker and just pull that out of there. We'll do the same thing with the other one here on the frame. If you happen to take it off by a couple of pieces, that's okay, we just need to get it out of the way there. Then we'll head over to the other side of the vehicle, and remove the stickers in the same location on the opposite side. Next you just wanna check to see if you have a tow hook. If you do, you have a tie down under here, you need to remove it. This vehicle doesn't have one, but it would be in this location. We just got plastic caps there. But if you did have one of the tie down hooks or anything here, you would want to take that off by removing the bolts. Now with an extra set of hands we'll get our hitch in a position. One person will need to get theirs up a little bit first, get it up over the exhaust. Then the other person should be able to slide theirs in afterwards. You might have to pull a little bit down on your body a little bit to get it by. Once you lift it up, we're going to take our hardware here, place a conical tooth washer on it, with the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt and towards your hitch. Then we can just thread it right into the side of the frame here. Once you get one started on each side the hitch will hold itself up, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware. After we get the one started, we're just going to install the other hardware the same way. You might have to lift it up a little bit just because there's only one on each side, so it'll pivot on the bolt. But we can much more easily pivot the hitch up with one hand while all the weight's really supported on the bolts, and then get these started. I would probably recommend doing the driver's side here first, just because there's a little bit more room on your hand, and then you can go over and finish up on the passenger side. There we go. We can now go back and tighten down our hardware. On the passenger side here, you're likely gonna need to use a wrench because of how tight it is. You may be able to fit a real small ratchet in there, but even with a short-well socket is pretty tight. Over on the driver's side though, you got a lot more room. You shouldn't have any problem fitting in a power tool like an impact gun. You might need to use a swivel or something. If you got a power ratchet, those are also really nice. We're using the 19mm socket or wrench to tighten these down. We can now go back and torque our hardware to the specifications outlined in our instructions. When you're in these tricky spots like this working, I always like to keep one hand on the socket to make sure that it doesn't slip off the head of the bolt. Because your other hand is really going to hate you if it slides up into these sharp metal components and stuff up here. For these ones on this side, you're probably not gonna be able to fit a socket in there on your torque wrench head. You can get a crow's feet or a tool similar to this where it as an open box end. This is a 3/4 size. Technically those are 19s but a 3/4 is a very similar standard equivalent to a 19. It's ever so slightly smaller, but it should fit on here, and sure enough, it fits on there. Then we're able to get those torqued down. That completes our installation of etrailer's two-inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Toyota RAV4..

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