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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2008 RX350 by Lexus

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   70778

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Price:$202.95


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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2008 RX350 by Lexus

This durable, fully welded Lexus RX350 trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.

Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Lexus RX350
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Lexus RX 330 - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2005 Lexus RX330 we're going to install part number 70778 from Hidden Hitch. Alright, this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on the vehicle. Next we'll give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories such as bicycle rack, a ball mount, or a cargo carrier. And we set up our hitch pin to the edge of the bumper it's going to be about 1/4-inch. And from the top of receiver opening down to the ground will be 14-3/4 of an inch. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.

So our first step is to go ahead and remove the tie down bracket and rubber plugs. Now we're looking at the passenger's side to be identical on the driver's side as well. Let's go ahead and repeat it for the driver's side. At this point we can go ahead and install the hitch. Now it's definitely a good idea to have an extra set of hands and I'll hold it up while you're running the hardware into the frame.

And when we install the hardware we'll make sure that the teeth on a conical toothed washer point towards the hitch. Right now you're going to leave all your hardware loose so you can move it around to help get the bolts in place. With all the hardware loosely installed now we can go ahead and snug everything down. Once we have the hitch drawn up to the vehicle we can go ahead and torque everything as specified in the instructions. Alright, and there you have it for part number 70778 from Hidden Hitch..




Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 70778

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (23 Customer Reviews)

This durable, fully welded vehicle trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paula04/19/2013


Hi, Just wanted to put up my review. Orderd parts and they arrived in a timely manner. The box has a huge hole in it due to the good ole post office not etrailer. I was afraid parts would be missing but the way etrailer packaged every thing all was in the box. It took me literally 5 minutes to put take off the tow bars on highlander and install the tow hitch. Wiring instruction were ok but the video instructions were right on and it only took approx 7 minutes to do wiring. Thank you etrailer for a easy project that even a girl can do!!! :- 76917





Comments

Are you happy with how far the receiver sticks out below the bumper? I am concerned about which brand to buy.

comment by: Cycling G - 05/23/2013


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We have sent an email to Paula letting her know about your question. If she has anything to add, it will appear below her original review so keep an eye on that page.

Patrick B - 5/24/2013



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Hi Cycling Guy,I am very happy with it. I feel it protrudes out just enough. It literally only took 5 minutes to install with the air hammerjack tool. Etrailer made sure I also got the right wiring I needed and nothing had to be spliced. That took a little longer maybe 15-20 minutes. The video explains everything VERY well. Good luck and have a great day :-

comment by: Paula - 05/28/2013


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It has been over a year and product still in excellent condition. I use often and it is excellent quality. Etrailer is a great company and would order from them again.

Paula - 10/30/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Federico L.12/13/2013


The hitch arrived within a few days and only took about 20-30 min to install. The instructions and the videos were very useful. It was all simple and easy to complete. I selected this hitch as I liked its curved appearance. I also liked that it protruded a bit off the bumper so any tie-downs I set up when using the roof rack don't rub against the bumper. Furthermore, it provides better clearance with the back hatch so it can be opened with some hitch accessories installed. It also serves as a quick platform to step on when using the roof rack. Overall, I am super pleased and have used it several times already. Works great! 110094






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Josh A.04/12/2011


This hitch was amazingly simple to install! I was able to install it myself, in my driveway, without a lift, and using a simple ratchet wrench, in roughly 15 minutes. It took such a short amount of time, that I had only consumed about 1/10th of my beer that I had been planning to enjoy during the installation process. Pros: - Super quick and simple installation - Simple and clear instructions (especially the videos from etrailer) - Excellent build quality Cons: - The aesthetics of the hitch leave a bit to be desired, but then again, this is a freakin' trailer hitch. Initially, I was not too happy with how this made my Lexus look at certain angles, but I'm starting to live with it. I can't say that this is a CON against this particular hitch, because the other brands looked nearly identical for my vehicle. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this hitch, and especially the service that I got from etrailer. 11540






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Roger in Seattle11/02/2013


Spoke with friendly knowledgeable representative who offered advice regarding wiring kit for trailer hitch. Hitch looks good on my Lexus RX 400h. Due to spare tire's clearance requirement hitch is quite visible but it looks good. At least it does at this point while it is shiny and new. Had professional installation. One hour for hitch and one and one half hour for wiring. Seems reasonable since wiring requires taking the panels out of the vehicle's back compartment. Very satisfied to this point. 106102






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jerry N10/03/2009


Excellent, solid product. Very solid hitch. Had to use a couple of 2x4's and a teenager to lever the holes into alignment to mount on my Highlander, but everything else was very straightforward. Ordered over the phone and the customer service was 1st rate. Shipped regular and it got here in about 2 days. Wouldn't have tried this myself until I saw eTrailers' install instructions on You Tube. Glad I did! 2444






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeff B.10/24/2007


Clunky, but good I had to use PEP Boys to install it only because I'm 67 yo and did not have a good wrench to torque down everything. It's a substantial hitch that I'm using with a bike carrier, so Tongue Weight of 350 lbs was right on the spot. It is a bit obtrusive looking, but no one will rear end me with impunity, either. 465






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kris J06/28/2013


Product was good shipping was fast. However box had a hole in it but nothing was missing . No problem putting it on . Only bad was box had hole and product had scratches but it's a trailer hitch so not really in issue . Thanks you. 86592






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim09/12/2007


The hitch extends pass bumper I saved $65 by buying from etrailer Vs. getting it from my local [….]. This model extends pass the bumper by 3 inches. I would have bought the (shorter) other model if I had known this. 399






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JC07/21/2013


Have no hesitations about ordering from etrailer. The customer service is excellent and the product came quickly and just as advertised. Had the hitch installed in less than 15 minutes with regular hand tools. 90764






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: C. Lyons02/10/2011


I haven't installed the hitch yet but, I am sure it will be fine. This is the second hitch we have ordered from ETrailer. I placed the order Saturday and received the hitch Weds. The service has been great! 6984






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Joel N.09/10/2013


Easy install for my 2007 RX 400h but must remove a plastic cover on driver's side to install and cannot replace after install...doesn't look like is needed anyway. 99252






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Donald J.07/11/2013


The hitch arrived in excellent condition and right when it was projected to. Easy to install, it was on the vehicle within thirty minutes. 88915






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris06/03/2013


Easy installation. Online video was very helpful. Thank you for the installation tips. Very solid construction. Highly recommended. 83183






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim N.02/24/2009


great product A breeze to install, great quality, eye appeal and good price.........plus free shipping and packaged very well 1602






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Zlatko B.06/20/2012


Perfect fit and easy to install. Etrailer is one of of the best online retailers I have ever dealt with. 44906






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul L05/23/2011


Excellent hitch and the installation really was as simple as the video on the web site. Thanks! 15103






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Santos G.02/26/2013


Excellent fit and easy to install. Thank you for suggesting this product for my SUV. 67821






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Moose584604/28/2014


I receive this on time and it was all I hoped it to be. Keep on trailing. 127817






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: SC04/15/2014


Installation easy as shown on the video. Works well and fit is good. 125090






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jack T09/17/2012


Satisfied with everything except that the trailer hitch is not hidden 54909






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Laura Ford06/13/2014


The hitch fits perfect and was easy to install! 135450






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark D.04/24/2011


Very easy install, less than 30 minutes total. 12281






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Pat E07/12/2011


Great hitch. Had it installed in 15 min 19303




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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 70778Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?


  • Availability of Hitch for 2005 Lexus RX330 That Will Be Hidden At the Rear of the Vehicle
  • I will have three choices of trailer hitches to fit your 2005 Lexus RX330. The Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 13530, the Hidden Hitch Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 70778, and the Draw-Tite Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 75153. All three of the hitches are a Class III 2-inch receiver size and will have a maximum towing weight capacity of 3,500 lbs. The installation and where the hitch will be located on the vehicle is the same on all three of the hitches. When installed the...
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  • Recommended Receiver Hitch for 2007 Toyota Highlander Sport Non-Hybrid
  • We currently offer four different hitches available for a 2007 Toyota Highlander Sport. The Curt Class III part # 13530, Valley # V81310, Hidden Hitch # 70778 and Draw-Tite # 75153 would all be good choices. They all offer a similar design and all have the same weight capacities. In this instance, I would prefer the Curt model, due to the high gloss finish Curt uses, and also due to the fact that for your vehicle, the Curt is the more reasonably priced choice. I have confirmed...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Lexus RX330
  • We offer three trailer hitches that are compatible with your 2004 Lexus RX330 and all three hitches are Class III hitches that will provide plenty of support to carry a bike rack and bikes. Our most economical option is the Curt Round Tube Hitch, part # 13530. We also offer the Hidden Hitch Round Tube Hitch, part # 70778 and the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75153. All three hitches have a tongue weight of 350 lbs and a gross towing weight of 3500 lbs, but these ratings can be limited...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2007 Toyota Highlander Towing a Boat
  • The three available hitches for your 2007 Highlander, the Hidden Hitch # 70778, the Draw-Tite # 75153 or the Curt # 13530 are all rated as Class III. All three hitches are similar in design, all share the same weight rating and all would install in a similar manner. The only difference is that the Curt model has the safety chain loops welded to the bottom of the receiver tube, while the Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite have the loops welded to the top of the receiver tube. Any of the three...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • For your 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 70778. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver rated for 300 pounds tongue weight and 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing I also recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip,...
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  • How Visible is Curt Class III Hitch Part # 13530 When Installed on 2008 Lexus RX350
  • The Curt Class III Receiver, part # 13530 will be visible from the rear when installed like the 2007 model in the video you saw. The position of the receiver and cross bar is dictated by the location of the attachment points and the structure of the exhaust. Although they come from different manufacturers, the layout and structure of the Curt and Hidden Hitch receivers are very similar. Hidden Hitch is a brand name, not necessarily a description of how visible the hitch will be once...
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  • Which Hitch for the 2009 Lexus RX350 Sticks out the Least
  • It looks like the Curt trailer hitch # 13530 extends the least past the rear bumper. If you check out the picture I attached you will see that it sticks out the least. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: etrailer Ball Mounts # 989900 Curt Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # C55563
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  • Difference Between Hitches for 2006 Toyota Highlander
  • The only difference between the Curt Class III Hitch # 13530, the Hidden Hitch # 70778 and the Draw-Tite # 75153 is that the Curt hitch has the safety chain loops welded to the bottom of the receiver, while the Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite models have the safety chain loops welded to the top. All three hitches are very similar in appearance, share the same weight capacities and would install in the same manner. I have linked to the install instructions as well as some install videos...
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  • Hidden Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Lexus RX330
  • All of the hitches available for your 2004 Lexus RX 330 will have the same basic appearance. The only one that is slightly different would be the Curt Hitch # 13530. This hitch has the safety chain loops below the hitch opening whereas the Hidden Hitch # 70778 and Draw-Tite hitch have the safety chain loops above the hitch opening which I think makes them a little less visible. Check out the installation video and installation instructions I attached also. To complete your towing...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendations for a 2005 Toyota Highlander
  • On the 2005 Toyota Highlander, the available hitches all clear the bumper and stick out past it about 4 inches, The Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitches (75153, 70778) will be nearly identical since they come from the same manufacturer. The Curt Hitch (13530) in this case is actually very similar to the other two, so it will look the same. All three hitches have the same basic specifications. They are all Class III hitches with 2 inch receiver openings. All have a tongue weight capacity of 350...
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  • Is There A Wiring Mounting Tab On the Hidden Hitch Like The OEM Hitch for My 2004 Lexus RX330
  • There is no tab on the Hidden-Hitch, item # 70778, for mounting the wiring harness. We do carry mounting options for the wiring on your vehicle. For the 4-way trailer connector you can use either the Mag-Flat (TM) 4-Pole Mounting Magnet, item # 38095, or the 4 and 5-Flat Trailer Connector Mounting Box, item # 18145, which are some of our best selling mounting options for the 4-way flat connector. If you have a 7-way connector then you can use the 6 and 7-Way Trailer Connector Mounting...
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  • Will the 24x60 Curt Cargo Carrier C18153 Fit on My 2007 Lexus RX350
  • Assuming that your 2007 Lexus RX350 is equipped with a 2 inch hitch like the Hidden Hitch Class III, # 70778, the 24x60 Curt Cargo Carrier, # C18153, would be a great option for your vehicle. To ensure that you will have enough clearance to utilize the folding design of the carrier, you will want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the very back of your Lexus. If the measurement is less than 9 inches, you are good to go. For added safety, I recommend the use of a Trailer...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2005 Toyota Highlander with a Japanese Bumper
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 70778, will not work with your Japanese rear bumper configuration. The installed hitch receiver sits pretty tight under the US bumper. The Curt hitch # 13530 and the Draw-Tite hitch # 75153 will be in the same location. You might want to look into having a hitch fabricated for you.
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  • Torquing a Hitch for a 2007 Toyota Highlander
  • I will provide a link to the installation instructions below. The instructions contain the correct torque specifications.
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  • What 2-Bike Carrier for 2005 Toyota Highlander Without a Trailer Hitch
  • Your 2005 Toyota Highlander can be equipped with a trunk-mount bike carrier, or if you choose to install a trailer hitch receiver, a hitch-mount carrier. Since you are transporting only two bikes either type will work fine. Trunk-mount 2-bike hanging carriers can be seen using the link provided. The excellent Thule Raceway 2, part # TH9001, offers their patented Fit Dial mounting system that simplifies installation, includes locks for both the carrier and your bikes, folds up when not...
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  • Can Rear Hatch on 2008 Lexus RX 350 be Opened with a Trunk Mount Bike Rack Installed
  • You are correct, opening the rear hatch on any vehicle, including your 2008 Lexus RX 350, cannot be done with any trunk mount bike rack. The issue is that doing so changes the size of the gap where the hooks attach to the vehicle and can actually damage the vehicle. It will also affect fit of the rack and could result in loss of rack. The hinges on the vehicle hatch are not rated to support additional weight. And the hatch door could fall on you as well. To be able to open the rear...
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  • Can Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Carrier Fit Hitches on 2006 Lexus RX330 and 2003 RX300
  • A hitch-mount bike carrier such as the Thule Vertex Swing, part # TH9031, can be easily moved from one vehicle to another provided that they both have compatible hitch receivers, and that the weight of the carrier itself does not pose an issue. The Thule Vertex Swing 4-bike carrier weighs approximately 55 lbs (but includes a built-in carrying handle). If this weight can be managed then equipping both vehicles with hitch receivers and sharing the carrier between them is a great option. Hitch...
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  • Would the Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack Work on a 2008 Lexus RX 350
  • As long as you have a hitch on your 2008 Lexus RX 350 like the Hidden Hitch part # 70778 then yes, the Kuat Sherpa # S102 that you referenced would work for you. I attached a review video and an installation video for the hitch for you to check out.
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  • What is the Best Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2004 Toyota Highlander
  • No, trailer hitch # 75726 will not fit a 2004 Toyota Highlander. It only fits 2008 to 2013 models. That information is direct from the manufacturer. But you came to the right place because you wouldn't want to purchase a hitch only to find out later that it doesn't fit your vehicle. The design of the hitches that do fit your 2004 Highlander do all have the tube that goes under the exhaust on the passenger's side. They may not be the best looking hitches but they will fit and will be...
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  • Trailer hitch Mount Bike Rack for 2 Hybrid and 2 Mountain Bikes on a 2006 Lexus RX 400h
  • Considering the different bike styles that you have, I recommend a platform style bike rack for your 2006 Lexus RX 400h. The platform style racks will accommodate many different bike styles. The tag along however would likely have to be removed no matter what bike rack style you go with because of the added weight and length it contributes. The most popular 4-bike platform style rack right now is the Swagman XTC4, # S64665. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you. Another...
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  • Trunk Mounted vs Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for 2005 Toyota Highlander
  • Given the choice between a hitch mounted bike rack and a trunk mounted bike rack I would go with a hitch mounted bike rack. Especially if you already have a hitch on your vehicle. Hitch mounted racks are generally more stable, easier to install, harder to steal and provide easier rear cargo access. If you do not have a hitch yet I would still recommend you get a hitch and hitch mounted bike rack because once you have a hitch you will have the option to tow a trailer in the future. For...
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for an EZ-Sport Recumbent Bike
  • To carry your Easy Sport Recumbent using the hitch on your 2005 Lexus RX330, I would recommend the Swagman XC Extended Bike Rack # S64650-EXT. This rack is an extended version designed to accommodate Recumbent bike. The Swagman # S64650-EXT will accommodate bikes with a wheel base of up to 66 inches and my research shows that the EZ-Sport recumbent bike has a wheel base of 62 inches. The weight capacity of this rack is 80 lbs. To determine if your bike will fit the rack, you will need...
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  • Hitch Class Rating for 2006 Toyota Highlander
  • It is not uncommon to see a 2 inch hitch rated at 3,500 lbs gross trailer weight called a Class III hitch. Because of the construction of the 2006 Toyota Highlander the hitches for it are only rated up to 3,500 pounds weight carrying. Class III hitches are rated up to 6,000 lbs gross trailer weight with 600 lbs tongue weight depending on the vehicle the hitch is designed for. We have an article that provides more information regarding different hitch classes and their capacities, I will...
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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 70778Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?



Lexus RX350 Accessories




Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
3,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
350 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 70778 Installation instructions 70778 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation,,,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118478
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Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 2923
2923


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2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847


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