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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Camry by Toyota

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

Code:   90079



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Shipping Weight: 43 pounds


Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 2012 Camry by Toyota

Specially designed for light-duty applications, this fully welded Toyota Camry trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance. Drawbar, pin and clip included.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Toyota Camry
  • 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
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip included


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

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90079 Hidden Hitch Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Toyota Camry - Hidden Hitch

Video Transcript for 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.

The hangers from the exhaust that we'll be removing will be starting from the rear of the muffler, the two fasteners securing the rear hanger, the two fasteners securing the hanger just forward of the muffler and a few fasteners just forward of the rear axle.We're going to put a safety strap underneath to help support the weight after we remove the hangers. Once we remove these fasteners we use the safety straps to safely lower the exhaust giving access to the frame rail here on the back of your side. With the exhaust lowered we see we can gain access to the fasteners securing the heat shield. We'll go ahead and remove both fasteners setting them aside along with the heat shield for trimming and reinstallation later.Now we can go ahead and point out the attachment points. We'll be using a total of six attachment points, three on each side.

The rear two attachment points will be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. On the passenger side we'll be reusing the exhaust hanger attachment points. On the driver's side we'll need to remove the two stickers covering up the rear attachment points.Now our forward attachment points on each side will be a carriage bolt and block. In order to get these into position in the frame we're going to go ahead and put the hitch up into place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the weld nut fasteners.

We'll be using the new 10mm bolt and 3/8 conical tooth washer, keeping in mind that the conical tooth washer teeth will always face the hitch.Once we get our fasteners installed finger tight we'll go ahead and run them down. Using the hitch as a template we'll mark the forward attachment points with a half inch bit. Then using a smaller plier bit we'll go ahead and drill them out. Now with the front attachment points marked and the plier holes drilled we'll go ahead and lower the hitch. Now using a hole saw we'll go ahead and open it up to the one inch as per the instructions.Now with our one inch holes cut out we're going to use a carriage bolt and block in the frame.

This will be a half inch carriage bolt and block along with the half inch bolt leader provided with our install kit. Securing these attachment points will be the half inch conical tooth washer and half inch nut. To get our carriage bolt and block into the frame and in position we'll take our pole wires, slide on the block and thread on the carriage bolt.Then we'll feed the carriage bolt into the frame first followed by the block. Now with both of them in the frame we'll pull them back into position over the attachment point we just drilled out. We'll leave the pull wire onto our carriage bolt as it will assist in getting our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back up into the frame. Now with all our attachment points prepared we'll need to make a cut out or hole in the heat shield for clearance of the carriage bolt once it's tighten down.I'm going to go ahead and put my heat shield back into position over its attachment points. Using a paint marker mark where the carriage bolt comes through the frame in accordance with the heat shield. Then using the manufacturer's holes or our attachment point holes in the heat shield we'll line it up make an X, and then drill it out. I'll start by using a plier bit first then going to a larger bit as per the instructions.Now with the heat shield drilled out we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. Once again it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. We'll start with the weld nuts. Now on the passenger side that we have the carriage bolt in place to hold the weight of the hitch we're going to go ahead and remove the pull wire and install the conical tooth washer and nut.Next we'll go ahead and tighten down the fasteners. Now we're ready to go ahead and take the rear exhaust hanger off the muffler. Our hardware will go through the exhaust hanger and sandwich the hitch between the hanger and the frame. To remove the rubber isolators we'll go ahead and use some spray lubricant and a pair of pliers. Next we'll go ahead and use the 10mm bolt and 3/8 conical tooth washer, put it through the exhaust hanger, through the hitch and into the weld nut of the frames sandwiching the hitch between the exhaust hanger and the frame.Next we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with the hitch secured and torqued to specifications we'll go ahead and reinstall the exhaust heat shield. As you see our forward attachment point-the carriage bolt will go through the heat shield where we previously drilled it out and we can reinstall the manufacturer's hardware for our forward attachment point.For our rear attachment point of the heat shield we'll use the new 6mm bolt provided with the install kit. Now with the heat shield secured we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. With our exhaust back into position we'll go ahead and remove the safety strap and this will complete the install of our Hidden Hitch, part number 90079 on our 2012 Toyota Camry.

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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 90079                                             Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

  • Hidden Hitch Recommendation and 3-Bike Rack Options for a 2012 Toyota Camry
  • The Hidden Hitch # 90079 that you referenced would be a good choice for you. 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 racks that would work on the # 90
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  • Recommendation For Hitch on a 2012 Toyota Camry
  • 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 a link to the
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  • How to Determine Ground Clearance with Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 90079 on a 2012 Toyota Camry
  • I spoke with my contact at Hidden Hitch about trailer hitch # 90079 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. If you plan on
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Toyota Camry Accessories

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

Tongue Weight (TW):
300 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 90079 Installation instructions 90079 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Drilling required for installation, Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation, Minor heat shield modification may be required, Trimming or removal of underbody panel required for installation

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118405

Recommended Balls:

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256

2" hitch ball -19258

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