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Correction, there are two beep-beep horns.
Correction! There are two beep-beep horns on the 2013 RAV4. The first one is high up on the driver side, the second one (which I initially missed) is on the passenger side, much lower, roughly behind the chrome Toyota logo.
I was able to swap them out with OEM horns off a Toyota 2004 Tacoma at the local junkyard ($5 each). The part numbers off the horns are Toyota Denso 86520-04010 L (Low Pitch) and Toyota Denso 86510-04010 H (High Pitch).
To get access to the top and part of the bottom, and it was very tight, I popped the plastic press mounts (4) on the black plastic air dam at the top of the radiator. I removed the front bolt that holds the battery strap so I could move the air dam around.
To get access to the lower horn, I removed the six connectors that held the flexible upper grille. They are in this order, left (passenger) to right (driver), 1) nut, 2) phillips grommet, 3) popup grommet, 4) popup press mount, 5) phillips grommet and 6) nut. Although it didn't give better access, I did popout the Toyota logo from behind so I could see when removing the old horn and adding the new one. I'd recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt because the grille can scratch and cut skin while you reach in from above.
Because the mount arms are on opposite sides, it made more sense to mount the low horn on the passenger side (low horn at low height) and the high tone horn up high on the driver side. That puts the wiring jack in the best possible position for connection to the existing wiring. The wiring was an exact match for the old horns, so no wire splicing, no cutting, etc. Just plug and play. I'd recommend connecting the wire and then bolting the horn on.
The only imperfection was because the plastic air dam was too close to the top horn, I had to nick it so it wasn't pushing up against the horn. I might end up removing a small portion later, but two nicks and it bends out of the way. I also left off the popup press mount behind the logo, as the air dam is still too tight to reach until I take off that small portion.
After having a one ton diesel truck nearly sideswipe me in my lane and him not hear me honking meep-meep for dear life, I now have horns that match the rest of the car.