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Installing a Tow Hitch on a 2013 RAV4

  • Remove the cargo area cover – emptying all the ‘junk’ and spare tire. The rear scuff panel and cargo tray on the driver’s side are removed by popping the plastic rivets and metal bolts.
    • Remove the cargo area cover – emptying all the ‘junk’ and spare tire. The rear scuff panel and cargo tray on the driver’s side are removed by popping the plastic rivets and metal bolts.

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    • On both black side panels, there are two 12mm bolts near the top and a 10 mm bolt on the rear post. There is cargo ring bolt at the bottom; it can be removed for more access, but it's not necessary.

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    • With the JBL speaker on the driver’s side, it made accessing the wiring a bit tougher. (NOTE: The picture that came with the instructions shows the harness being accessed by removing the small vented panels. This is not accurate. The harness is located up higher and behind the rear trim.)

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  • Above the side panels are the rear trim panels that the plastic tools can be pried with one of the plastic tools. The top plastic rivets are tough and may slip out of the panels, but you can pop them out and slide them back on to the panel.  Once those are free, you can see the light harnesses on both sides.
    • Above the side panels are the rear trim panels that the plastic tools can be pried with one of the plastic tools. The top plastic rivets are tough and may slip out of the panels, but you can pop them out and slide them back on to the panel. Once those are free, you can see the light harnesses on both sides.

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  • I used a piece of wood to brace the panels open, rather than removing them entirely:
    • I used a piece of wood to brace the panels open, rather than removing them entirely:

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  • Once the side panel is free, you can see the lighting harness. Do the same on the passenger side. (NOTE:  The picture that came with the wiring instructions shows the harness being accessed by removing the small vented panels.  This is not accurate.   The harness is located up higher and behind the rear trim.)
    • Once the side panel is free, you can see the lighting harness. Do the same on the passenger side. (NOTE: The picture that came with the wiring instructions shows the harness being accessed by removing the small vented panels. This is not accurate. The harness is located up higher and behind the rear trim.)

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  • The harness on the driver’s side can be separated by pressing the small tab (next step) and reconnected to the red/yellow/brown t-connector coming from the converter.
    • The harness on the driver’s side can be separated by pressing the small tab (next step) and reconnected to the red/yellow/brown t-connector coming from the converter.

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  • The harness has snap connectors which come apart by pressing down on the small, thin 'handles' on the inserted part.
    • The harness has snap connectors which come apart by pressing down on the small, thin 'handles' on the inserted part.

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  • A black 12g wire which will connect the converter box to the battery comes with the kit. Attach wire to the black wire on the converter box with one of the straight connectors.
    • A black 12g wire which will connect the converter box to the battery comes with the kit. Attach wire to the black wire on the converter box with one of the straight connectors.

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  • The converter box can be attached to the rear post with the 2-sided tape that came with the kit. By removing one of the bolts of the speaker assembly, the grounding wire can be slid between the assembly and frame and the bolt re-inserted to provide a ground. (If no speaker, a hole exists to insert a hex head bolt)
    • The converter box can be attached to the rear post with the 2-sided tape that came with the kit. By removing one of the bolts of the speaker assembly, the grounding wire can be slid between the assembly and frame and the bolt re-inserted to provide a ground. (If no speaker, a hole exists to insert a hex head bolt)

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  • The green wire to the passenger side harness can be run under the top panel which can be pried open slightly along the rubber seal. Run the wire down inside the side panel.  Attach to T-connector to the wiring harness.The green wire to the passenger side harness can be run under the top panel which can be pried open slightly along the rubber seal. Run the wire down inside the side panel.  Attach to T-connector to the wiring harness.
    • The green wire to the passenger side harness can be run under the top panel which can be pried open slightly along the rubber seal. Run the wire down inside the side panel. Attach to T-connector to the wiring harness.

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  • Looking from the underside of the rear metal bumper assembly, I found a rectangular rubber insert which can be removed. The connector to the trailer hitch and wire to the battery can exit the hatch area without any drilling of holes or removing the rubber plugs from the cargo pit.  Thread both wires down and through the post connecting the bumper.
    • Looking from the underside of the rear metal bumper assembly, I found a rectangular rubber insert which can be removed. The connector to the trailer hitch and wire to the battery can exit the hatch area without any drilling of holes or removing the rubber plugs from the cargo pit. Thread both wires down and through the post connecting the bumper.

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    • I ran the black 12 gauge wire to the battery under the car. Avoid running it through the springs and main moving parts that are part of the wheel and suspension system. There are two plastic covers that the wire can slip in to for support. Tie downs can be attached after testing.

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    • NOTE: some people run the cable inside the car and through a grommet fitting under the glove box. However, the wire supplied with the kit may not be long enough and the purchase of one that is will be required.

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  • Once in the engine compartment, remove the negative terminal.  Attach one of the red fuse link wires to the 12g wire with the remaining straight connector and  the other part of the fuse link to the battery positive side using the round connector.  Insert the fuse.  Re-attach the negative terminal and check with trailer wire tester.
    • Once in the engine compartment, remove the negative terminal. Attach one of the red fuse link wires to the 12g wire with the remaining straight connector and the other part of the fuse link to the battery positive side using the round connector. Insert the fuse. Re-attach the negative terminal and check with trailer wire tester.

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    • Use the black tie-downs to secure the 12g wire to the vehicle frame. Avoid attaching it to any of the moving parts like the suspension springs, etc..

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  • The Curt hitch 13149 comes with 4 bolts that fit into the pre-drilled holes on the frame.
    • The Curt hitch 13149 comes with 4 bolts that fit into the pre-drilled holes on the frame.

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  • With wiring complete, installing the hitch first required removing the muffler from the rear exhaust isolator, a rubber bracket holding the metal peg attached to the muffler.  Some people find this step unnecessary, but working alone, doing this made the installation easier.With wiring complete, installing the hitch first required removing the muffler from the rear exhaust isolator, a rubber bracket holding the metal peg attached to the muffler.  Some people find this step unnecessary, but working alone, doing this made the installation easier.
    • With wiring complete, installing the hitch first required removing the muffler from the rear exhaust isolator, a rubber bracket holding the metal peg attached to the muffler. Some people find this step unnecessary, but working alone, doing this made the installation easier.

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  • The driver's side has a hidden hitch bracket which needs to be unbolted from the frame before the hitch can be attached.  One of those holes will be used and another uncovered to attach that side of the hitch.
    • The driver's side has a hidden hitch bracket which needs to be unbolted from the frame before the hitch can be attached. One of those holes will be used and another uncovered to attach that side of the hitch.

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    • There is a metal 'Y' bolted to the top of the muffler that prevents it from swaying into the gas tank. If after installing the hitch, you hear it rattling against the hitch, try removing the two hex bolts and reversing it.

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    • With the muffler free, it was easier to access the passenger side frame where pre-drilled holes existed. They are covered by a thin piece of material which can be scrapped off. I applied some grease to the hitch bolts before inserting and torquing them to 86 foot pounds.

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    • Back to the driver's side, I used the supplied bolts, greasing them and torquing as on the passenger side.

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    How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a Toyota RAV4

    The V-6 Toyota RAV4 has enough torque to warrant using a trailer hitch and has a stated towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. (1,587.57 kg). However, the RAV4 didn't always come equipped with one because the inline 4-cylinder model is not rated for towing. Fortunately, there are placeholders on the frame that allow a hitch to be installed on V-6 models.

    Step 1

    Locate the hitch area on the rear frame of the RAV4 (it is under the vehicle). There should be several holes on the rear cross-member, which is the main rear frame support for the RAV4.

    Step 2

    Align the mounting bracket holes of the hitch kit to the mounting holes on the frame.

    Step 3

    Slide the bolts through the mounting brackets and the cross-member and bolt the hitch bracket to the frame. use the torque wrench to tighten the bolts to the torque specifications listed in your hitch kit's instructions, normally between 35 and 45 ft.-lbs. (47 to 61 Newton-meters).

    Step 4

    Test fit the hitch. Align the hitch with the frame and mounting brackets to make sure that the hitch is symmetrical to the vehicle before inserting the retaining bolts.

    Step 5

    Position the hitch flat against the frame and align the mounting holes on the hitch assembly to the mounting holes on the RAV4.

    Step 6

    Bolt the hitch to the reinforcing mounting bracket and cross-member. Tighten the bolts with a torque wrench to the maximum torque recommended by the hitch kit, normally between 125 and 150 ft.-lbs. (170 to 203 Nm).

    You will need to make sure that your RAV4 is equipped with a brake and light controller for over-the-road trailers, campers, etc. If it is not, you will need to have this wiring installed on your RAV4 at a Toyota dealership or qualified service station.

    References

    • Toyota RAV4 Repair Manual 1996-2005; Bob Henderson, John H. Haynes; 2007

    Things You'll Need

    • RAV4 hitch kit
    • 1/2" socket wrench with socket set
    • Torque wrench

    Warnings

    • You must use the hardened steel bolts supplied with your hitch assembly. Failure to do so could result in damage to your vehicle, the hitch assembly or whatever you are towing.

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