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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Toyota RAV4 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Toyota RAV4

Today in our 2016 Toyota RAV4 we're going to be taking a look at, then showing you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver that offers the 2 inch by 2 inch opening. Part number is C13149. All right here's our hitch installed. As you can see we've got our cross tube. It comes across from each side. Comes to our receiver tube opening here in the middle.

This is our 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening. A flush front reinforcement collar. I like the looks of this one in particular. You can see it's going to come up. It's going to be inset to our bumper just a little bit.

We don't have to really worry about bumping into it. We've got the rolled steel style safety chain connection point down here. Should be plenty of room to get in whatever type of safety chain connected that you might want to. This is going to be about the least amount that you're going to be adding back here visually. The other ones had a larger plate and stuff. If you want something that's as small as possible the Curt's going to be a good decision.

It uses a 5/8ths diameter pin hole here. That's for securing all of our items. Using, of course, a class 3 accessory. Whether it's a hitch pin and clip, locking hitch pin, maybe anti-rail device, we should have plenty of room for those to work out just fine. Our hitch has a 525 pound tongue weight rating. That's the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening.

It's also going to offer us a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total weight of our trailer and anything that we load up on it. If we move into a weight distribution set up, our tongue weight, it's going to stay at 525 pounds and our gross trailer weight rating will then go up to 4,000 pounds. We definitely want to check the owner's manual on the RAV4. We'll see what it's rated for and go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a couple measurements that'll be helpful in selecting your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier, will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening, we've got about 13 inches. Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about 3.5. Now to begin our installation here in the rear driver's corner we're going to need to remove this plastic panel. We're not going to be reusing it so this'll go back in the vehicle or if you ever take your hitch off you can put it back in place. You have the two push pin fasteners here on the back side. You'll pull the center out. Then the rest of it should come out for you. Then a little bit closer to the front, directly up here, is going to be a little 10 millimeter plastic nut. You're just want to un-thread that. Now we're going to remove the two bolts that are holding the tow hook and the tie hook down in place. Now over here on the passenger's side where our exhaust comes out, we want to remove the hanger right above the larger tube. Little spray lubricant and then a pry bar on the back side. They'll usually pop off there pretty well for you. It'll give us enough room to bring our exhaust down some. We need to remove the 2 bolts right here that are holding on our exhaust drive. Require a 12 millimeter socket. Now the exhaust drive and the 2 bolts you can set aside. We won't be reusing these. Now on our driver's side we're going to be using our rear most weld nut. We'll skip the one in the middle and we'll use the one in the front. We'll use a little bit of spray lubricant there, This is part number 814092. This is a nylon tube brush. It's going to help us clean those threads out so our bolts will thread in easy. We're going to use the exact same 2 spots on our passenger side. Now we're ready to get our hitch raised up into position here. We need to align our hitch plates with our weld nuts. Just like that. We'll thread in our bolt. The teeth of that washer, we want that facing up towards the hitch there. Get this side started and then head over and start our other side. Our hitch'll rest there while we get our other 2 bolts started. I'll take just a quick look to be sure we've got our hitch centered on our vehicle. We're ready to snug those down. Now we'll look at our instructions and find our torque specs. We can torque our bolts down appropriately. All right. Now we'll just slide our exhaust back up into position by re-securing it with the exhaust hanger. Our hitch is ready for use. That will complete our installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Part number C13149 on our 2016 Toyota RAV4.

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