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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Toyota Rav4

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Toyota Rav4

Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Toyota RAV4 we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, Part Number 76134. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. What's great about this hitch is that we have plenty of clearance around our fascia, making this a great hitch to use with bike racks and cargo carriers. Unlike other hitches on the market, this particular hitch is concealed behind our fascia, so we don't see any of it sticking out. This gives us a nice, clean look.On the bottom of our receiver here you'll find our rolled steel safety chain loops. What's nice about these, even if we have a large diameter safety chain hook like this one for our trailer, we can still easily clip on and clip off.

On the side of our receiver you'll find two pin holes. The largest one closest to the front of the vehicle, that's our industry standard 5/8" diameter hitch pin hole, and that's what's used to secure hitch mounted accessories. You can pick up a pin and clip on our website. That's Part Number PC3.Towards the rear, this is our J-pin stabilization device hole. What that device does is take away the annoying shake, play and rattle out of what is inserted in your receiver.

We have one of those available on our website as well. On the end, you'll find this nice collar that's welded on to give us a nice finished look and to help improve the strength of the receiver opening.This hitch features a 350 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 3,500 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull. You'll want to make sure that you consult the owner's manual of your RAV4 and not exceed what the vehicle is rated for.One thing that I like about this hitch compared to others out there is the nice concealed design. It makes it look like a factory installed hitch, and even though you do have to do a little bit of trimming, it's not very involved in order to get this hitch installed, unlike some other options out there. You don't even need to remove the fascia.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need such as a ball mount and bike rack or a cargo carrier.

You're looking at about 14-1/4" from the ground to the top of the 2" receiver opening and about 3" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the very far back portion of the bumper.Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed. To being our install, we find ourselves underneath our vehicle looking up at our appearance panels underneath. You need to remove these panels. In order to do that, we have several plastic pushpin fasteners that we need to remove. Just use a flathead screwdriver to get underneath the center section, and you can pull the entire pin out.

It'll come out the other side the same way.On the driver's side we have another panel to remove. We have two plastic pushpin fasteners here. We'll remove these two to start. Okay, on the front side of our panel we have a 10 millimeter plastic fastener to remove, and then the whole panel comes down.On our driver's side we have this tie-down bracket. We'll remove it by removing these two 17 millimeter bolts. Now we need to lower our exhaust. We'll start with this hanger here at the rear. We'll spray a little bit of lubricant on it to make it easier to come off. Now we'll use a pry bar and pry off that hanger. Okay, now on the top of our muffler we have this rod that is bolted to the exhaust that wasn't used to hang the exhaust, it's just there. We need to remove it by removing these two 12 millimeter bolts.Now the instructions say to remove the fascia from the vehicle in order to get the hitch installed. We found that's not necessary. You can trim it while it's on the vehicle and still be able to get the hitch installed. This will save you time, and also it saves you from potential risk of damaging the fascia while removing it. So we've marked out the area that we need according to the instructions and we're going to cut it. I'm using a rotary tool for this. You can also use a sharp utility knife. You want to make sure if you're using a rotary tool like this one that you're wearing gloves and safety glasses.Now we'll point out our attachment points on our driver's side. We have three weld nuts in the frame. Two are where our tie-down hooks were, and we have one further to the front. It's a good idea to take some spray lubricant and go in the holes and use a wire brush to help clean out the weld nuts. We have these as well as Part Number 814092.On our passenger side we only have two weld nuts that are attachment points. These we'll definitely want to clean out over here since there was nothing in them. Now with an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch up over the exhaust on the passenger side, grab our fascia and pull it back, slide the hitch back up in position over our weld nuts. We'll use a bolt with a conical tooth washer with the teeth facing up towards the hitch and we'll secure it into place. Once we have one started, we can get the other one started. Now we'll tighten down the hardware using an 18 millimeter socket.Now we use the torque wrench to torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. Now we can reinstall our driver's side panel. Our passenger side, however, is a little bit different. This area here that sticks out we need to cut off. Here's what it looks like trimmed. Slide that panel back in position and secure it back into place.Now on our far driver's side panel I've marked off on the inside where we need to trim in order for it to fit back on. With this panel now trimmed we'll reinstall it. Now we'll raise the exhaust back up and reinstall the hanger.That completes our look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, Part Number 76134, on this 2017 Toyota RAV4.

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