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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Toyota RAV4

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Toyota RAV4

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today, on our 2020 Toyota RAV4, we're gonna be showing you how to install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch, but before we get to that, why don't we just take a minute, check this out and make sure it'll work for you. The Toyota RAV4, it's a super popular SUV. A lot of 'em are out on the road and for good reason, awesome cars, and because of that, people do a lot of different stuff with them, so, if it we're me and I was looking for a hitch, I'd want something that could handle just about anything you want to throw at it, right And this one's gonna allow us to do just set whether we're trying to do some towing or use an accessory like a bike rack, I just want to get the job done, and I'd also ask myself too, how's it gonna look because these things are sporty looking. They got nice lines and I wouldn't want a huge hitch hanging all the way down back here. That's really not the case with this one.

For the most part, it's gonna be completely hidden, and really the only thing you're gonna be able to see is the receiver tube opening. Something I do wanna address a lot of people wonder if putting a hitch on the back will interfere with your hands-free liftgate assist feature, and the answer is no. Unfortunately, today our model doesn't come equipped with that feature, but I do know from past experience, it'll still work. Really the only thing you're gonna have to do differently is kick your foot to either side of the hitch that might take you a couple tries to kind of find that sweet spot but it will still open up just like it should. Something else I wanted to mention is the different types of submodels, right, so you got your gas, your hybrids and everything in between there, and the hitch will work with all of 'em including the hybrid like we have here today.

This is gonna be a Class three hitch, so it has the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, a super common size, a lot of different things will work with this. It's going to use the standard 5/8 pin and clip. Keep in mind, it doesn't come included with the hitch. If you need one, not a big deal, you can grab it here at etrailer, and honestly, a lot of times, accessories and things of that nature will come with one anyway, so, I just pay attention to that. And it's gonna have loop-style safety chain openings which are big enough to allow us to use just about any size hook that our trailer might have on it.

This hedge does have some higher weight capacities, maximum gross tongue weight ratings gonna be 675 pounds. It's gonna be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch, so that's good enough to use pretty much any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you'd want to for example. As far as the hitch's maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, that's gonna be 4,500 pounds. That's the amount of weight pulling on the hitch. It's the weight of your trailer plus anything you might have on it.

This can be used at the weight distribution system which is a separate component, and what happens whenever you use that, it's gonna keep your RAV4 and your trailer level whenever you're going on the road, so if you got a big camper or something along in lines might be worth looking into, but even if you do use it, the capacities are gonna remain the same, and with all that in mind, I do always like to suggest it's never a bad idea just to grab your Toyota's owner's manual. That way you can check in there and make sure your SUV can handle that much weight safely. And we can grab a couple of measurements. These will help us figure out what type of accessories work best from the ground to the top inch slide edge of the receiver tube opening. That's gonna be about 12 inches, so if you plan on doing some towing, I'd probably get a ball mount that has a rise in the shank, probably about that four inch should do the trick or if you can get an accessory that even has a rise to that'd probably be beneficial in the situation. If you go from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, it's gonna be about five inches and you can use that measurement to help figure out that if any folding type accessories you might have can be stored upright without hitting the back of your RAV4. Just to compare this one to some of the other hitches available, they're all gonna be fairly similar, look relatively the same. There's some that have different finishes. This one does have a little bit higher weight capacities but they're not through the roof. It's not a huge game changer by any means, but at the end of the day, get all around hitch. As far as the installation goes, it's really not too bad. You essentially just put the hitch up, lower the exhaust a little bit, only takes a minute or two, put the hitch up and bolt it right in. On the passenger side, it is a little tight but I'll show you a couple different types of tools that you can use to hopefully make the process a little bit easier on you, but that said, let's go ahead, pull into the garage and put that hitch on together now. To begin our installation, we're gonna be underneath the back of a RAV4 and we are gonna lower our exhaust down some, in that way, it'll just give us a lot more ring to work, so before we actually do that, I like to take a strap and just run it from side to side. That way we can kind of control how fast and how far we let the exhaust come down. Get the exhaust down, we're gonna remove three rubber isolator hangers, so we're gonna have one just like this on each side of your mufflers, so obviously, you're over on the passenger's side, just one on the driver's side and one in the middle. You'll get tune a second, but for these, you can lubricate on some soapy water and you're gonna take a pry bar and just work one end of the hanger off, just like that, so I already did the one on the other side, same way, and here's the one in the middle. Pop that off, and we should be able to loosen up our strap some and let the exhaust come down a little ways. From this point on, I wanna mention anything we do to one side of your vehicle, also gonna do to the other side 'cause it'll be set up the same way, but if you look at the side of the frame rail, we're gonna have two stickers here and we want to get them off 'cause these are covering up our attachment points, that goes out of the way. Just like that, and sometimes up here, you'll have some foam or some sealer and sometimes, it'll be in the way of the hitch, so, we're just gonna remove a portion of it, just take a scraper wherever you got, stuff comes off relatively easy. But that way we don't try to get the hitch up and then fight this and then have to lower it down and come back and do it again anyway, so I'll just remove a little bit of it, hopefully ease our installation. Even though our attachment points we're covered, it's not a bad idea to clean out the threads in there, so I sprayed in some penetrating oil and just take a toothbrush and work out any dirt or junk that may have gotten inside. Before we get our hitch up, I just wanna go over the hardware combination that we're gonna use. So we're gonna have a bolt and a conical tooth washer. We wanna put the washer on the bolt like this. That way the teeth on the washer will face the hitch, so when we're holding the hitch up there, we'll line it up with our attachment points and the bolts are simply just going to thread right into place. Up an extra set of hands, we can get our hitch up, up and over the exhaust, get everything lined up like we talked about and get our hardware started hand tight. Now that we have our hardware in place and hand tight, come back in the 19 millimeter socket and snug everything down. Over here on the passenger side, when you go to tighten up the bolts, it's obviously a little tight, so you probably won't be able to get a regular socket up there, so you can just use a regular wrench like this. I have a ratcheting one just to speed things up but your standard one will work as well. Come back with a torque wrench and tighten down all the hardware to the amount specified in our instructions. To get the bolts over on the passenger side, obviously, it's a little tight like we showed earlier, but there's an option to be able to get a torque wrench up there and tighten 'em down. You can use something like this. I prefer this one. I call it a dog bone, might go by other names, and then you got these crow's feet type deals too. If I had to choose, I'd probably go this one and then this one, it just has more bite on the head of the bolt, but even the standard style one like this would work as well. And we can rehang our exhaust, so, just relubricate the hangers and then, you should be able to push it up and get 'em back on by hand, did the one on the other side of her muffler already, so that leaves us with the center one here, and once it's secured again, we can remove our stretch. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch on our 2020 Toyota RAV4..

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