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I just bought a Curt trailer hitch from eTrailer for my 2016 RAV4 XLE Hybrid. It will be used for a bike rack. Now I need to have it installed as I have no desire to do it myself.

Local Toyota dealer and a trailer hitch business both want $220(!) to do it. To me that is too much to pay. Should I try a regular general automotive garage? Any other advice or suggestions for this?
 

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It should take far less than an hour for a mechanic to install it, I'm no pro and it was done in 45 minutes including positioning and backing onto ramps, at $100 and hour, that's about what they should charge. They will have to remove the factory tie down brackets and trim a plastic panel, but it's no big deal.
 

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That is an insane amount. I was finished in under 30 minutes, including torqued to spec. You live in Maryland? I'll install for you.


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Toyota service guy said 2 hrs labor! Trailer business said if I bought their overpriced hitch, Install would be half price!

I live in NE Florida...Thanks, MD is a bit too far for me!

That is an insane amount. I was finished in under 30 minutes, including torqued to spec. You live in Maryland? I'll install for you.


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The Curt hitch is only a four bolt installation - should be a DIY project. If there are plastic guards in the mounting holes on the underside of the RAV these need to be removed, then it's best to clean the pre-threaded mounting holes especially if they are dirty or rusty. Then it's best to have someone to hold the hitch in place while the mounting bolts are inserted through the hitch mounting flanges and into the threaded holes on the RAV. With help it should take about half to 3/4s an hour, less if the RAV's mounting holes don't need to be cleaned.
 

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It should take far less than an hour for a mechanic to install it, I'm no pro and it was done in 45 minutes including positioning and backing onto ramps, at $100 and hour, that's about what they should charge. They will have to remove the factory tie down brackets and trim a plastic panel, but it's no big deal.
Here is part of the tips that I shared for the Hybrid that might be helpful to you:

Installing Hitch and Wiring

I chose the 1 1/4 hitch because I use it primarily for a bike rack and for an occasional trailer pull. It is also available in the 2 inch size.

Actually, on the eTrailer site Curt hitch there are numerous pictures and a complete video for the hitch install and the page for the wiring kit also has a good installation video.

These installs apply to the 2013-2016 Rav4.

Modifications for the hitch - cover panel to modify:
The 2016 RAV4 Hybrid has a plastic cover panel covering the tie down rack. It was easy to remove, but it had to be modified and replaced after the hitch installation. I just used a cutting tool to cut away a small part of the plastic cover to make room for the hitch before reinstalling.

Trailer Hitch Site:
https://www.etrailer.com/p-C12108.html

Hitch Wiring Kit:
https://www.etrailer.com/tv-install-...v4-118578.aspx

If you are going to do the wiring yourself .... you will need this "Trim Panel Tool" or something similar:
https://www.etrailer.com/Tools/Power...ALL648544.html


The part numbers are C12108 for the hitch and 118578 for the wire harness.
They are on the etrailer.com web site.

I hope that helps.
 

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Took me 20 minutes to install. Unless you have some physical limitations, you shouldn't need to pay someone to do it.
 

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It took me 1/2 hour for the hitch and 2 hours for the wiring harness....its the cable running to the battery that takes time. Thats on my 2010. Did you know its the same hitch for 3rd and 4th generation Rav4s? Looks like the wiring harness is different.
 

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Guys, would this multiple-ball ball mount work with our RAV4 for hauling U-Haul trailers? It seems we only really need the 2" ball. Any other ball mount recommendations with the rise and drop that will cover a wide range of trailers? I don't have a trailer but a good neighbor has one and I will likely have to rent from U-Haul.

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Reese Towpower Towing Tri-Ball Ball Mount-21512 - The Home Depot

U-Haul trailer:
https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/5x8-Cargo-Trailer-Rental/AV/

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Just read and found about the 40 page tow hitch thread:
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/125-4-4-exterior/98673-tow-hitch.html
 

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Choosing the ball mount itself would be dependent on the trailer, I like the trailer to be level when hooked up, for the Rav4 that mean you'll want a ball mount with a bit of rise since the receiver is low, enough rise to put the trailer coupler about bumper height.


https://www.etrailer.com/faq-ballmount.aspx
 

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No, a fixed ball mount similar to this, I'm not a fan of adjustable things, they leave more places to rattle.


Curt Fusion Ball Mount for 2" Hitches - 2" Ball - 2-1/4" Rise - 7,500 lbs Curt Ball Mounts C45155


Something else to consider is a silencer/anti-rattle device, nothing more aggravating than a rattling coupling on a long trip. I've used two that work real well.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001CMUV4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Accessories/Lets-Go-Aero/63232.html
 

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I just bought a Curt trailer hitch from eTrailer for my 2016 RAV4 XLE Hybrid. It will be used for a bike rack. Now I need to have it installed as I have no desire to do it myself.
No wiring is needed if not towing so it's a simple four-bolt install.
 

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I did my class-III myself in about 45 minutes total, taking my time, cleaning all surfaces and the bolt holes with a brush/WD-40, and torquing everything to specification with a long 3/8" torque wrench. My wife helped by getting the bolts started while I muscled the hitch up in place (it's a good 60 lbs so not for the faint of heart...using arms and knees to hold it in place helped a lot). $220 for install is outrageous. I believe I backed the RAV4 on to my ramps that I picked up from chinamart.The most time consuming part was getting the exhaust pipe un-pinned from the hanger (exhaust pipe was in the way on the 2015). Will want to spray some dry lube on the hanger pin to make sliding it off easier.
 

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Just came back from a 550 mile vacation in Michigan using my Curt hitch and Swagman XC2 platform bike rack. That rack is amazing as you install the rack plus load and secure 2 bikes in less than 5 minutes. Once on the road I only noticed minimum swaying of the rack even at 75 mph.
 

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Just came back from a 550 mile vacation in Michigan using my Curt hitch and Swagman XC2 platform bike rack. That rack is amazing as you install the rack plus load and secure 2 bikes in less than 5 minutes. Once on the road I only noticed minimum swaying of the rack even at 75 mph.
I have the very one. First one i've ever purchase and hopefully the last. I love the thing - Quick/Easy to use and bike movement/vibration is virtually non-existent. The 1/2" cross bolt needs to be ratcheted on firmly otherwise the rack/bikes will be bouncing around but figured that out before driving with it on.
 
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