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Author:  TonyWilliams [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:30 am ]
Post subject:  Trailer Hitch Installation

Here's my trailer hitch install:

First, I removed the rear bumper cover:

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Seven screws and a bunch of those pop-out thingies:

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Next, I removed the rear bumper and right bracket, but you don't have to. I thought I might have to install some hardware for the hitch, but the Rav4 comes with four M12x1.25 thread pitch nuts in the frame rails just for a hitch. Thank you Toyota!

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If you do take off the bumper, I recommend marking its location on the bolts with a marker.

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The hitch just bolts on after you remove the tape over the bolt holes on the frame rails. Torque to 65 foot pounds.

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Author:  TonyWilliams [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

Click here for pictures of the Rav4 EV towing


Remove both rear outflow vents. This makes it easier to reach up and disconnect the taillight wiring, and install the trailer wiring kit:

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The back interior trim piece just lifts straight up to remove, and then you can feed the wires for the right side taillights over there. As fast as you get the wire fed through and connected, you can put this part back together:

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My trick was to feed the trailer wiring connector through the left rear outflow vent. The directions said to leave the connector inside, and when you hook up a trailer, to bring the wires out, and slam the door on it!!! Bizarre poor planning that I didn't follow.

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I mounted the wiring "control box" behind this left rear panel, slightly aft of the cigarette lighter 12 volt receptacle. The final issue is getting 12 volts to it to power the trailer lights. Unfortunately, this teeny wire for the 12 volt receptacle is a JOKE for 10 amps. So, the kit comes with enough wire to go all the way to the 12 volt battery up front, with a 10 amp inline fuse. I'll finish that task tomorrow, and get my dirt bike trailer:

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Author:  palmer_md [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

Nice installation documentation. Is it just a standard Rav4 hitch? Glad to hear none of the new components are in the way. Also glad to see you join in here Tony. This place has really been a ghost town until the last few days. Finally getting some owners to participate.

Author:  HD172 [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

Excellent work. I'd also like to know who makes the hitch.

Author:  TonyWilliams [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

HD172 wrote:
Excellent work. I'd also like to know who makes the hitch.


Product Specifications
Product Information
Brand: Reese "PRO SERIES"
Exterior: BLACK POWDER COAT
Manufacturer Part Number#51157-45
ASIN: B00863MAOC
Sizing and Specifications
Item Weight 33.6 Pounds
Height 9 inches
Length 45 inches
Width 21 inches

Product Description
THIS REESE PRO SERIES TRAILER HITCH FITS: 2006-2012 TOYOTA RAV4

PROSERIES 51 RECEIVER - ROUND TUBE - CLASS III
TONGUE CAPACITY/TOWING CAPACITY: 350/3,500 LBS.
NO DRILLING IS REQUIRED. BOLT ON INSTALLATION.
MANUFACTURER'S ESTIMATED INSTALLATION TIME: 20 MINUTES
INSTALLATION LINK: http://www.draw-tite.com/content/downlo ... N51157.pdf

Author:  TonyWilliams [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

palmer_md wrote:
Nice installation documentation. Is it just a standard Rav4 hitch? Glad to hear none of the new components are in the way. Also glad to see you join in here Tony. This place has really been a ghost town until the last few days. Finally getting some owners to participate.


I didn't know it existed until a day or two ago. Standard hitch. Now, I can mount my bike rack, haul my dirt bikes, haul those smelly gas cans, etc.

Super easy to do, and total cost with wiring kit is about $250.

Author:  marta [ Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

Wow - thanks for taking the time to document that process! I love the tip too on a workaround to solve the 'just slam the hatch on the wires' issue!

Author:  GRA [ Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

Tony, is it possible to install a spare on the rear door, like the regular RAV4s? I know Toyota left it off to save weight, but hopefully the bolt holes etc. are still there so you can do it with minimal hassle.

Author:  TonyWilliams [ Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Trailer hitch install

GRA wrote:
Tony, is it possible to install a spare on the rear door, like the regular RAV4s? I know Toyota left it off to save weight, but hopefully the bolt holes etc. are still there so you can do it with minimal hassle.


I think it's a completely different door. This door on the Rav4 EV is shared with the "Sport" Rav4.

I don't know (yet) where the spare tire is on that car.

Author:  SeattleRav4 [ Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:41 am ]
Post subject:  Hitch Mod

For some reason I cannot locate Tony's hitch mod thread.
After reading through the owners manual and seeing all the "Toyota does not recommend notes",
I got to thinking the hitch mod is a good idea. What would be great is if a hitch could be removed "fairly easily" so it wasn't there all the time.
Not fast like hooking up a trailer but not so labor intensive that you only want to do it once.

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