Toyota Rav4 Hitch
Care and Maintenance Pointers for the Toyota Rav4 Hitch
Whether you are going to the beach or camping out in the mountains, trailer hitches can be a great help in bringing all your stuff with you. So it shouldn't be a surprise that these components should be cared for and maintained properly. Although they are designed to last, trailer hitches will eventually break down due to wear and lack of proper maintenance.
In this guide, we've listed down some additional maintenance tips for Toyota Rav4 hitches for you to follow:
- Don't pull anything that's heavier than what the hitch could handle.
Trailer hitches are categorized according to their weight class limit, and will get damaged or even break off if they are used to pull a trailer that's beyond their weight class. Rav4 trailer hitches are typically Class 3, meaning that they can only safely pull 6,000 lbs or less, although some SUV models might use hitches of lower weight classes. You can refer to both the owner's manual for your SUV as well as the guidebook included with your trailer hitch for accurate information.
- Don't forget the wires.
In addition to regular checkups of the hitch frame, we also recommend inspecting the wires leading from the hitch to the trailer. Hitches have electrical connectors which the trailers can mate with in order to power up the lights at the rear. These connectors are vulnerable against deterioration, especially in dry, salty, driving conditions, and can get easily cut by sharp objects. And if they are damaged, the connectors may no longer be able to transfer electricity properly and may lead to malfunctions in the trailer's rear lights.
- Treat a rusted hitch.
Corrosion is a common problem with trailer hitches, especially if they are frequently used in humid, off-road environments, and cleaning them will depend on whether they are chromed or uncoated. For chrome hitches, simply rub a ball of aluminum foil soaked in vinegar or soda and rub against the rust spots until they disappear. For uncoated iron hitches, use a wire brush to remove any loose rust flakes and particles and coat the affected areas with rust dissolver jelly for several minutes. Once the hitch is rust-free, polish it with carnauba wax or spray it with oil-based paint for chrome or iron hitches, respectively.