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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Toyota RAV4

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Toyota RAV4

Rob: Rob here at, and today you're going to be taking a look at the Curt Class III custom fit trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Toyota Rav 4. And you can see it's going to have a really clean, nice, almost factory appearance to it because that crosstube's going to be mainly hidden behind the bumper here and the main thing we're going to see is the receiver tube sticking out.Now our hitch is a Class III, which means it's going to give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, and it's going to have the biggest variety of options when it comes to accessories. If we need to make some room inside of our Rav 4, we can move some gear to the outside if we use a cargo carrier. Or if you want to hit the trails, we can put a bike rack in there and take some bikes with us. Or if we just need to tow a trailer, we can put a ball mount in. But regardless of what we're going to be using it for, we're going to mount all of our accessories using the hitch pin hole here on the side.Our hitch is going to accept a standard five eights pin and clip.

Now these are not included with the hitch, but you can pick them up here at along with some locking devices to make sure your accessories are going to stay secure.If you are going to be towing a trailer, hooking up your safety chains is going to be a necessity. And our connection point is going to be a loop style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube here. And we'll have plenty of room to get most size hooks on or off.As far as the weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to have a 600 pound tongue weight. That's going to be the maximum downward force at the receiver tube. It's going to be great for some of the larger bike racks if we want to carry even up to four or five bikes, or some of those larger cargo carriers so we can really maximize the amount of gear that we put on there.

Now as far as the gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to have a 4,000 pound rating. That's how much our hits can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it.Now it is rated for use with weight distribution systems, as well, and that's going to be a separate component that's mounted on your trailer. But the tongue weight and the gross trailer weight rating are going to stay exactly the same. But with those numbers in mind, you do want to double check your Rav 4's owner's manual because you don't want to exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements and these are going to help you whenever you're looking for accessories for your new hitch, like a ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the very most outer edge of the bumper, it's going to be right about five inches.

Now that measurement is going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough room and they're not going to come in contact with the rear bumper here.And then from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be just under 12 inches. And that height, I would definitely recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier that has a raised shank. That way we get a little bit more ground clearance out of it, but that measurement is also going to help you out when you're looking for a ball mount so you can find the appropriate rise or drop to match up to your trailer.Now that we've gone over the features and seen what our hitch looks like, let's get it installed together. To begin our installation, we're going to come to the very back of our Rav 4, and we'll come underneath right by our tailpipe and we'll find our frame rail. On the very side of our frame rail, we're going have a couple stickers, kind of like these here.

They're going to be covering us and threaded holes and we need to peal those off. We want to take the ones off the outside of the frame rail. We can leave all the other plugs and stickers in place.Let's take a flat blade screwdriver. Just want to scrape off that sticker. There's going to be two on the outside of our frame rail, one at the very back and then one towards the front a little bit. We want to peel the sticker off both of those on each side of the frame.Now most likely, since the weld nuts we're covered up with stickers, they are going to be clean. There should be no debris, dirt, or rust inside of there. But in case there is, or the stickers we're gone, I'm going to take a little bit of spray lubricant, going to spray inside the weld nut, and I'm going to come back with a nylon tube brush and I'm going to clean out any kind of dirt, debris, or rust that'll be inside. And you want to make sure you clean out the weld nuts on both sides of the frame and you get them all.And once you do clean them out, it's a good idea to grab one of the bolts from your kit. We're just going to make sure that we can loosely get it started by hand and that it's not going to cross thread. And we'll go through and clean each one of the weld nuts and double check that we can get the bolts started by hand.Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch up. Kind of have to feed it over the exhaust to begin with. We'll sneak it up just past the fascia here. We might have to pull down just a little bit. Lift it up, line up the holes in our hitch with the holes in the frame. Then we'll take one of our bolts and a conical tooth washer and go through the hitch. And we're going to loosely secure by hand. We want to get at least one started on each side. That way the hitch will support itself. Then we'll put the rest of the hardware in place.Now with our conical tooth washers, you want to make sure that the teeth are facing towards the hitch whenever we put it in. Now that all my hardware is in place, I'm going to come back with a 19 millimeter socket and snug it all up. Then we want to come back with a torque wrench and torque all the hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. And we're going to repeat that for all of our remaining hardware. Now on the passenger side, I will let you know, it is an extremely tight fit when we go to torque everything down. But if you use a short chrome socket, we should have just enough room to get our torque wrench and socket on the bolt head.So with everything tightened down, that'll finish up the installation and your look at the Curt Class III custom fit trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Toyota Rav 4.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Danny R.

Will this hitch fit the 2020 Rav4 LE

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Reply from Chris R.

Yep, the Curt Trailer Hitch # C13416 is a confirmed fit for your 2020 Toyota RAV4 LE as well.

Terry R.

It would be helpful to add a comment and point out where the Tie Down piece MAY be on the rear right frame that NEEDS to be removed prior to installing the hitch, as it gets in the way.

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Reply from Jon G.

I have attached a link to the installation instructions where this location is pointed out.

Mike T.

Will this fit the 2019 Rav4 Trail

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Reply from Rachael H.

I have checked with the manufacturer, and this trailer hitch is listed as a fit for ALL the 2019 Toyota RAV4 style options.

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