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Best 2012 Toyota Camry Hitch Options

Today on our 2012 Toyota Camry we will be looking at the most popular hitch options. From the top we have a Draw-Tite Class II, part number 36540. On the bottom we also have a Curt Class II, part number C12107. Both these hitches share the same basic construction. The main difference is the Draw-Tite on the top here has a square bodied frame, whereas the Curt on the bottom here has got a round tubular construction. They both have a durable black powdercoat finish.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Toyota Camry - Curt

Today on our 2012 Toyota Camry, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Curt custom fit class two trailer hitch receiver. This has the inch and a quarter opening. Its part number is C12107. Now, here's what our hitch is going to look like once we get it installed. The end of our receiver tube might be about a quarter inch past the end of the bumper here. Not too much that you can see it's a pretty narrow hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Toyota Camry - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2012 Toyota Camry we'll be installing Hidden Hitch, part number 90079. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 11-3/4 inches. Now let's go ahead with installation. To begin our install we'll first need to lower the exhaust.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Toyota Camry - Curt

Today, on our 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, we'll be installing the CURT hitch, part number C12082. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is two and a half inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is eleven and a quarter inches.This will assist you selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. To begin our install, we'll first need to remove the under body trim panel and its multiple fasteners that secure it.





2012 Toyota Camry Trailer Hitch Questions

  • The Curt Hitch # C12107 that you referenced will fit the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid models. You will need to remove the underbody panel and trim the heat shield to install this hitch. The lack of the under body panel will not significantly protect the undercarriage of your vehicle from winter road conditions as that panel does not seal the undercarriage so salt and road grime would still find its way in there. As for finding a shop to install the hitch, pretty much any qualified...
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  • I have three hitches that will fit a 2012 Toyota Camry. The Draw-Tite, part # 36540, Hidden Hitch, part # 90031, and the Curt Hitch, part # C12107 will all require two holes to be drilled on your vehicles frame. The Curt hitch will also require a couple of holes to be enlarged. They will also require some trimming or removal of an under-body panel. I am including links to the installation instructions on all three of the hitches. The instructions for the Draw-Tite and...
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  • Yes, you can remove and leave off the underbody panel on your 2012 Toyota Camry when installing a trailer hitch. It does not have to go back on. But if you want it to then it does have to be trimmed. For a trailer hitch I actually recommend Draw-Tite hitch # 36540. The reason is that the Curt hitch is going to require the use of a stabilization strap, # 18050, when using the hitch for anything other than a trailer per Curt's warranty requirements. The Draw-Tite hitch costs...
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  • First, if the owners manual states that you cannot tow with the vehicle, then I cannot recommend going against that. If the owners manual is unclear, you will need to contact your Toyota dealer or Toyota directly to determine if the car can be used for towing and, if so, what the capacity is. The Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 36540, is listed as a fit for all models of the 2012 Toyota Camry, including the SE. It also fits hybrid models. I have included a link to the installation...
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  • Normally on the Toyota Camry the owners manual will say that Toyota does not recommend towing a trailer with the vehicle. Also, on some they will also specify not to use a hitch and a hitch mounted accessory. Since some vehicles can still use a hitch with a hitch accessory is why the hitch manufacturers still will offer a hitch for the 2012 Toyota Camry. The hitches available for the 2012 Toyota Camry are all Class II hitches with a 300-lb tongue weight capacity. I am including...
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  • The only hitch that we carry for a 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is Curt hitch # C12107 that you have referenced. This is a Class II trailer hitch so the hitch can handle up to 4 bikes provided that the vehicle owners manual states the towing and tongue weight capacities are high enough for the combined weight of the bike rack and bikes. And Curt recommends the use of stabilization strap # 18050 to take some of the stress off of the hitch. If you also wanted a ball mount (not needed...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Hidden Hitch about trailer hitch # 90031 for your 2012 Toyota Camry. He stated that from the frame where the hitch mounts to the bottom of the receiver measures 7-3/16 inches. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. Use the instructions to measure from where the hitch mounts down to the ground and then subtract 7-3/16 inches to get the ground clearance. This hitch comes with the correct ball mount, hitch pin, and clip....
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  • The Hidden Hitch # 90031 that you referenced would be a good choice for your 2012 Toyota Camry. This hitch is a Class II hitch that could carry a 3-bike rack well. You will lose a few inches of ground clearance, but since the top of the hitch comes right up to the bottom of your rear fascia the clearance loss will be minimized as much as possible. Check out the installation instructions for the hitch that I attached. I also attached a page that shows all of the different 3-bike...
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  • Since you are just using the hitch to carry bikes, you will not need a ball mount that is used when towing a trailer. Because of that reason the hitch I would recommend for your 2012 Toyota Camry Non-Hybrid model would be the Draw-Tite Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 36540. This hitch does not include a ball mount. For a bike rack, it will depend on how many bikes you plan to carry and the styles of those bikes. A couple of recommendations for bike racks on a Class II hitch...
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  • Basically for all of the hitches available for the 2012 Toyota Camry you will have to do the same modifications. You will need to temporarily lower the exhaust, modify the heat shield possibly and trim or remove the underbody panel. I attached installation instructions for the Curt Trailer Hitch # C12107 for you to check out to give you an idea what the install will be like. If all of the modification is not something you are interested in doing you could also just get a trunk...
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  • First, that under body panel you mentioned on your 2012 Toyota Camry will either need to be removed or trimmed to install the hitch, # 36540. If the car is leased then I recommend removing it and storing it some place safe so you can put it back on later. This trailer hitch is an excellent choice for carrying bikes. Class II trailer hitches like this one are more capable and you do not have the limitations that you would with a Class I trailer hitch. You will need to make sure...
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  • I do have a solution for you but using just a hitch-mounted carrier will not work. In order to carry a scooter on a trailer hitch mounted carrier both the trailer hitch and the vehicle would have to have a tongue weight capacity greater than the combined weight of the scooter and the carrier. The trailer hitch with the highest tongue weight capacity that fits your 2012 Toyota Camry is # C12107. This hitch tops out at 350 pounds tongue weight so you would have to carry the...
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  • For a trailer hitch confirmed to fit your 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 36540 that has been confirmed as a fit for the vehicle. This hitch has a 300 lb tongue weight capacity and a 3,500 lb total trailer weight capacity. You would need to also check with Toyota to see what they recommend as towing capacities and be sure not to exceed the lower rating between the two. For a ball use # 19256 for a 1-7/8 inch diameter or # 19258 for a 2 inch...
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