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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Toyota RAV4 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Toyota RAV4


Today on this 2014 Toyota RAV4 we're going to show you part number C13149. This is the class three 2" receiver hitch from CURT. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out with selecting some accessories for your hitch such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground we have a measurement of 13-1/4". From the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be about 2-3/4". This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the RAV4. You can see it's a 2" opening here and it's a class three receiver hitch.

It has a loop on the bottom for your safety chains, uses a 5/8 hitch pin on the side. The main frame of the hitch is a round tube hitch. It goes all the way out to the edge of the frame. It also wraps around the trunk well and then reaches up up into the frame and over the exhaust. We can see how the frame bracket for the hitch goes up and reaches up to the frame here.

We've got plenty of room between the exhaust and our hitch as well. That was the passenger side. If we look at at the driver side it's a lot easier to see how the frame bracket goes up and over to the frame, and uses the pre-existing threaded holes in the frame to attach on both sides. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. We'll go ahead and take a look underneath our vehicle real fast to get an idea of what we're working with. First off this tie down hook for shipping purposes is going to be removed and permanently taken away from the vehicle.

We're going to have to lower our exhaust a little bit to put the hitch up, and then this bracket right here gets unbolted and it can be flipped around to point the other way away from the hitch or it can be simply removed. Let's go ahead and remove the tie down bracket. We'll be using a 17mm socket. Now our hitch will use this hole here but not this one, and it will use this threaded hole here. Now it's a good idea to spray it down with some lubricant and go ahead and clean it out using a tube brush.

We're using part number 814092. I cut the end off of mine and just stuck it in the drill. We'll go ahead and take one of the bolts that come with the hitch and we'll go ahead and thread it in. We'll give it a quick test fit to make sure it threads in okay. Once we're satisfied with these threads we'll move over to the passenger side. Let's go ahead and lower our exhaust out of the way. I'm going to spray this down with some spray lubricant once again and then just pry it off using a pry bar. This should give us plenty of room to work with. Let's go ahead and remove this rod. We'll go ahead and remove the bolt here and here using a 12mm socket. Once we have it removed we can take it and flip it over and rotate where it stays away from the center from the vehicle, but since at this point I think it might be just as easy to leave it off. Let's go ahead and clean out the threads on the passenger side here. Again, our hitch will use this threaded hole and this one. Some more spray lubricant and a tube brush. With the threads cleaned out it's a good idea to check one of the hitch bolts to make sure it threads in correctly. Once we've checked all the threads we'll go ahead and show you how the hardware works with the hitch. Here's the bolt that we tested our threads with. Then we'll add our conical tooth washer. You'll notice the teeth on the washer always face towards the hitch. This is the same fastener combination on both sides of the hitch. Let's go ahead and slide the hitch up and over the exhaust. We'll get one bolt on each side to help hold and stabilize the hitch. With one on each side installed we'll go ahead and install the remaining two fasteners. With all our hardware loosely installed we'll go ahead and tighten down the bolts and then we'll torque them down as specified in the instructions. We'll use a 19mm socket, or a 3/4" socket will work just fine on these fasteners. The hitch is tightened down. We'll go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Spray some more lubricant onto your rubber hanger and we'll put it back into place. With that, that will finish it for the install of part number C13149, on our 2014 Toyota RAV4. .


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