Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Installation - 2013 Toyota Prius c

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How to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2013 Toyota Prius c

Ryan: How's it going Ryan here at Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius c we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver. Now one thing I really like about this, is that for the most part it's going to be completely hidden. The only thing you're really going to be able to see is that receiver tube opening, that way we can still maintain that clean look on the back of our Prius. Now we found that our Prius customers use their vehicles to do a little bit of everything, and that includes folding accessories like bike racks for example. Well since the hitch does come out, just sits right behind the back of our bumper.

It is going to give us some pretty good clearance and work really well for those folding accessories. Now one thing that I like and that separates this one from some of the others, at least aesthetically speaking, is the fact that it's going to have a reinforced collar.Now I just think that this gives the hitch a more complete and better look. So it is going to be a Class 1 Hitch. So it's going to have that 1-1/4" X 1-1/4" receiver tube opening and it's going to have the standard 1/2" size pin hole. Now keep in mind a pin and clip does not come included, but if you need one you can find it here at

The safety chain openings are going to be a loop style. They're going to give us quite a bit of room to use just about any hook that we might have. Now as far as the hitch's weight capacities go, it's going to have a 200 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. So it's going to be in the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch, so that'll work perfect for those one and two bike racks.As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it's going to be 2000 pounds or the amount of weight pulling on the hitch. So it's the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it.

Now I do always like to point out that it's never a bad idea to check with your Prius's owner's manual to make sure you can pull that much weight. Now I'm going to give you a couple of measurements and you're going to use these to help figure out which hitch mounted accessories to get. From the ground to the top inside edge of our receiver tube opening, it's going to be about 10-1/2". The chances are pretty good if you plan on doing a little bit towing, you're going to need to get a ball mount with a rise. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, it's going to be about 4".And so you're going to use that measurement to help figure out if any folding accessories that you might have can be stored in the upright position without contacting the bumper.

So overall this is a really good way to help free up some space inside of your compact car, allowing you to carry your bikes or other accessories back here and have more friends ride with you upfront. Now for being a hitch that's for the most part completely hidden, it's actually pretty easy to get installed and it shouldn't take you a whole lot of time. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put it on together now. To begin our installation, we are going to be underneath the back of our Prius. We're going to be removing one of the plastic underbody panels. So to get this panel off, we're going to have five plastic push pin fasteners.Now the way to remove these you can either use a trim panel tool or even a flathead screwdriver. Just pry underneath the head of it until that head pops down and then you can work the whole fastener out. So I'm just going to use that same technique to get the remaining fasteners. And once all of them are out, our panel will drop down and we can just set it to the side. And we're also going to have two more of the same push pin style fasteners that we need to take out. And those are holding these bumper flaps to the body of our vehicle. So again, trim panel tool and work those fasteners out.Now we need to remove our bumper bolts, but before we do that, I like to just support the bumper just to be on the safe side. So I have a pole jack here that's just putting a little bit of pressure on the bottom of our bumper beam. However, you can always use a floor jack with a few blocks of wood, a ratchet strap, anything like that that you might have to just keep a little bit of pressure on it to help hold it in place. So the bumper beam bolts that we're going to take out, they're going to be right here and there's going to be three of them. And so we'll take those out using a 12 millimeter socket.Once we have all three of these out, the other side is set up the exact same way. So we'll just repeat that process over there. Now that our bumper beam is loose, we're able to move it around a little bit and if you push it up, sometimes a little bit of rust and debris can accumulate by our bolt holes. So what I like to do is just take a tube brush and some penetrating oil and just run that through all of our bolt holes just to help clean any of that out. Now with all of our holes cleaned out, we can go over the hardware combination that's going to hold our hitch into place. So what we're going to do is take the included bolts and a conical tooth washer and make sure the teeth on the washer are facing towards the hitch so it'll set on the bolt like this.And then these will simply just thread into the factory hole and it's going to be that same hardware combination for all six of our attachment port. So now we can get our hitch into position. So what we're going to do is take our passenger side end and work that edge behind this tab and over our exhaust. Push up on our beam. They we're going to rotate it, get it up in place. On the driver's side we get it behind the other tab, push it up and we're able to get everything lined up. And we're just going to get one bolt started on each side, hand tight. That way everything will be supported while we work on the rest of the hardware.I went ahead and got the rest of our hardware in place and hand tight. Now we can snug it all up. Now with our hardware all snug, we can come back using a torque wrench and tighten it all down to the amount specified in the instructions. So now we can take our push pin fasteners and reinstall them here on our bumper flaps and then secure it. Now, we won't be reinstalling the little panel that we removed here earlier, but what I like to do just to make it look like a more complete look, is just take this fastener and just pop them in on each side. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Curt Curt Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2013 Toyota Prius c.

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