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Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2013 Toyota Highlander

Curt Trailer Hitch

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2013 Toyota Highlander

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Toyota Highlander's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Toyota Highlander
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from CURT. Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Toyota Highlander - Curt

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, part number 13534. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next we'll give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is one inch.From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14-1/2 inches. This will assist your selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. Now let's go ahead with the installation.

To begin our install we'll first need to remove the underbody trim panels. Here on the driver's side to remove the underbody panel there are a total of six fasteners, two push pin fasteners and four screws.To remove the push pin fasteners we'll take a flat blade screw driver, pry out the center of the fastener and then remove it completely. Now with the screws removed we'll go ahead and pull the panel out and set it aside for installation later. Next we'll need to remove the tow hooks on each side. To remove the tow hooks there are two fasteners for each.

Once we remove the fasteners we'll set the hardware and tow hooks aside as they will not be reinstalled.Next we'll move over to the passenger side. We're going to go ahead and cut out the necessary portion here on the vehicle. To do that we'll use our paint marker to mark the area and a drummel to cut out the section. Now with our cut made we'll go ahead and remove the bolt that secured it to the frame. Now to make it easier to install the hitch we're going to go ahead and remove the underbody panel on the passenger side.To remove the underbody panel we'll go and remove the three remaining fasteners that secure it; one push pin fastener and two screws.

Next we'll go ahead and point out our attachment points. There'll be three on the driver's side and four here on the passenger side; two on the side of the frame and two in the bottom of the frame.Here on the passenger side we'll need to remove the three weld nut caps. Two of the three will be our attachment points. The third will prevent a clear metal to metal contact between the hitch and the frame. For each one of these attachment points we'll secure it with the new 10mm bolt and 3/8 conical tooth washer, the teeth of the washer facing the hitch.

Now we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch.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 install each fastener finger tight until we have them all in place. Now with all of our fasteners in place we'll go ahead and tighten them down then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Here on the driver's side we'll trim the underbody panel, we'll follow the instructions and continue the cut out 7-1/2 inches.Now with that done we'll need to cut out an opening so we can fit it around the hitch. Going off of the cut outs in the front corner we'll move it a diagonal shape. We'll go ahead and mark it with my paint marker and then use the rotary tool to cut it out. Now with all our cut outs made we can go ahead and reinstall the underbody panel. With both panels reinstalled this will complete the installation of the Curt Hitch, part number 13534 on our 2013 Toyota Highlander.

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13534

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (198 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.

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by: Larry Lawton07/24/2012

The most taxing thing about installing this hitch was working in the morning sun. If I’d have backed the Highlander into the shade of the garage and swept the floor first, it would have been more comfortable. I didn’t even have to jack up the wife’s Toyota! Just to make sure the welded-in nuts on the Toyota were clear of obstructions, I ran one of the bolts fully into each hole before putting the hitch in place. That helped me understand how to access the nut on the right side that was partially blocked by brake lines. The video said I’d need someone to hold up one end while I bolted up the other, but I just used a couple of jack stands to hold the hitch about two inches below the installed height. Every bolt hole lined up perfectly, and I was done more quickly than I anticipated. I’ve only used the hitch twice so far, and both times for a light load – my new side-by-side ATV on a small, open trailer. Hardly a challenge, but performance was perfect. I also purchased a wiring package, which was equally easy to install. I elected to put the control unit on the firewall rather than on the left side of the driver’s area, just because there appeared to be a larger unobstructed area, where the double-sided tape would easily stick. I hesitated for a minute or so because the instructions for locating the plug in the left rear of the vehicle were somewhat ambiguous, and I needed to remove more bits from the floor than the photos and diagrams seemed to indicate. Still, every connection worked effortlessly, and where it counted (i.e., where the fuse should be installed) the instructions were clear. 49216


Will it work with my full size 19 inch tires?

comment by: Larry B - 07/17/2014


Yes it should have no problem with your full size 19 inch spare tire.

Rachael H - 7/18/2014


Well, its now been over two years since I installed this hitch. Still functions perfectly and no rust observed Unlike the hitch on my pickup, which needs to be refinished.

comment by: Larry L - 01/30/2015


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by: Dave R08/02/2012

Installed hitch and wiring today for 2012 Highlander. Everything was perfect and very easy to install on my own, using just a floor jack and a 2x4 (a base to lift the hitch into place). I spent more time refitting the splash guards than with the hitch & wiring combined. I did not have to modify the passenger side splashguard at all (it's tight, but it fits). The instructions for the driver side splash guard is incorrect. All it needs is one corner removed (as shown on the instructions for that side) and a narrow slot cut to clear the vertical plate (part of the hitch). Wiring was very easy as well. I followed others' advice and installed the front wiring assy behind the plastic foot guard panel (left side of driver's left foot). For the rear wiring harness, I used the round rubber boot seal as noted by others (cutting an X just large enough to fit the smaller end of the rear harness. This allows the connector wiring to be routed under the car adjacent to the hitch receiver (much better than letting it hang out the door). Need to seal the rubber boot with silicon to prevent moisture entering the interior. My only complaint is there is no way to attach the rear connector wiring next to the receiver except with a zip tie. There really needs to be a more permanent / fixed attachment adjacent to the receiver for a professional appearance and long term use. Otherwise, I am very satisfied and happy to have saved quite a bit of cash. 50355

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by: The Largest Centimeter on the Planet06/14/2013

I bought this hitch likely for the same reason you are looking at it: The price is right and the manufacturer may be backordered on the 750 lbs tongue weight version. I installed the hitch on my 2013 Highlander Limited myself because I tend to think I'm crafty enough to DIY. Let's just say the fit isn't exactly as depicted on the video. I read some of the other reviews after buying the product and finally installing it (which is possible, don't give up). I think there may be product inconsistencies because some people are saying the hitch bolted right on the car. My experience was different. The install took two hours with two fully grown, experienced guys doing it. We tried everything, but the hitch was always about a centimeter off the mark on the left (driver) side of the car. It was frustrating. Finally, we took a 6" c-clamp and a 8" x 2" x 1" piece of hardwood against the inside of the the driver side where the three bolt holes are slightly inside of where alignment should be. Turning slowly, we were able to get alignment correct while moving the hitch forward slightly with a rubber mallet. Should this be this difficult? No. But the hitch is nice, and you earn it with the work you do. 84758

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by: Karen04/10/2013

Tuffy Tire installed our new hitch today! I was very pleasantly satisfied to find a mechanic that would install the hitch. I was a little apprehensive when I saw the shipping box was damaged. But all the product was intact and undamaged. Attached the finished product! I am looking forward to hauling our bikes to the trails of Florida. 75269

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by: Andrew K.05/29/2013

The trailer hitch arrived on time and in good condition. I installed the hitch myself, which was probably not worth the effort in hindsight. I had to buy a torque wrench and a cutting tool. I did not have a friend to help do the install, but I stacked cardboard boxes under the hitch on the end opposite from where I was working. That worked pretty well, although there was some muscling involved. The major difficulty was that the bolt holes did not line up exactly with the holes. The hitch must have been slightly bent during the welding process. I considered taking it off and having it installed professionally, once I realized this. My stubborn nature got the better of me though. With the hitch in place, I put a car jack between the spare tire and the arm of the hitch. I opened the jack to bend the hitch the 1cm I needed to line up the bolts with the holes. Surprisingly, that worked, and didn't seem to cause any damage (whew!) Also, the instructions for cutting the panels were wrong. I'm not sure if the panels really need to be replaced. This was a minor inconvenience more than anything. 82305

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by: LPhillips10/25/2012

Timely communication immediately following my order and after delivery of the hitch. It arrived sooner than expected and in good condition despite the fact that one of the ends had broken completely free and stuck through the box. Fit on 2012 Highlander was exact and even without assistance, installation was relatively easy. Great price, great service. Satisfied customer. 58141


After one year absolutely no complaints. Hitch looks a good as new and functions as intended. Highly recommend.

LPhillips - 04/25/2014


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by: BH12/17/2012

This one took a while compared to other reviewers who said it was quick. Some thoughts: - This is heavy. Another person or jack stands are required. - I attached the passengers side first, which I now read might be a mistake. The first driver-side bolt lined up no problem, but I had to pry like crazy using the spare tire as leverage to get the other 2 driver side bolts lined up. - Getting the bolts on the factory tow hooks off was a bear as well, but not unmanageable. A 3/8" socket set can barely pull this feat off. - Cutting the passenger side shield is not required at all. The driver side shield needed a long slit toward the front of the truck and I cut the back edge to hook it around the hitch. Overall: This is a good price and a good hitch. It took me a lot longer than other reviewers on this site, since I had no help and broke up the work around dinner, putting kids to bed, etc. 61646

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by: Chuck12/28/2010

Curt hitch on 2011 Toyota Highlander Installation pictures 4707

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by: Dave P05/31/2014

Great price and the hitch seems very solid. Instructions sent with unit are in B&W, which makes the cutout diagrams difficult to see. I found the pdf of the document online, and printed in color, and that helped. However, for my 2008 highlander, the panels underneath were a bit different than what was illustrated, so I did NOT need to cut anything on the passenger side panel. On the drivers side, the corner cut obvoiously needed to be modified (different shape than diagram). The slot cut (7x2.5) was not right, so I wound up cutting another inch or to along the 7" cut near the spare-tire side, and there was a big gap along the opposite 7" side. I wish I'd lined it up before cutting so they could have been more plastic left when done. 133532

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by: Mike J.12/17/2012

Great customer service from help with ordering through installation. Good product, step by step installation instructions and all at a fair price. Thanks! 61715


Still satisfied. Quality product with clear instructions and helpful customer service.

Mike J - 06/17/2014


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by: Rick M08/04/2012

This hitch was so incredibly easy to install. My neighbor who's a total car nut gave me a hand lifting it into place. From the time I took the factory tow hooks and plastic panels off from behind the wheels, to the final torque tightening of the hitch bolts was probably a total of 20 minutes.... and Im far from a car mechanic. My neighbor couldnt believe how quickly it went in. Honestly I didnt even have to drop the muffler even though the instructions said to. It might have taken me another 10 - 15 minutes to trim and re-install the plastic panels back into place. This installation was super easy and the hitch is super strong... I'm very very impressed !!! Not to mention that I got it three days after I ordered it !! 50549

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by: Dan M.11/02/2014

I purchased this hitch and the customer service they provided was fantastic! I mistakenly ordered a hitch that wouldn't fit over the full sized spare tire on my Highlander. I called customer service and Lexus helped me exchange the product effortlessly. She made it extremely easy to order the correct one and return the other. The product arrived within a couple days, even when ordered during the weekend. Once I received the hitch, it was incredibly easy to install. I'm not the handiest person, but I completed the installation within the estimated 90 minutes for an amateur. Everything lined up perfectly so there were no adjustments necessary. I couldn't be happier with the product and the excellent customer service! 158825

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by: Jeff06/19/2014

I am very happy overall with this purchase. eTrailer was prompt with info on ordering, shipping, delivery and very quick to respond to emails about installation, including sending me some pictures that show how to "tweak" the hitch to make installation easier. I should have read all the previous reviews for this product as I first tried starting on the passenger side. For this product (and particular car) start on the drivers side! Once I did that, all I needed was a few taps with a mallet to line up the holes on the passenger side. I haven't yet put the plastic covers on yet, but again the info in the previous reviews should be helpful. Overall, very satisfied both with the product and the purchase! 136523

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by: Ray S.06/22/2011

I am very impressed with both the products that I ordered, as well as the excellent customer service and very fast shipping. I ordered late on a Sunday evening and the hitch assembly and wire harness arrived less than 72 hours later on Wednesday afternoon. I watched the installation videos on etrailer for both the light harness and hitch assembly for my 2009 Toyota Highlander and found them to be concise and accurate. The Curt hitch assembly was a rather tight fit - I had to wrestle with it for a few minutes to get the bolts to line up with holes in vehicle's frame, but beyond that installation was a snap! Within an 70 - 80 minutes both items were installed and worked perfectly! Thank you! 17715

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by: Brian N06/22/2011

I bought the hitch and wiring for my 2008 Highlander Hybrid. The wiring was a little bit difficult because of the design of the vehicle -not the parts from etrailer. The connections were easy to find and the wiring worked perfectly. The only caveat is that the Highlander uses low profile mini-fuses and the ones that came with the kit were standard size (You have to insert a 10A fuse in the Highlander fuse box -it apparently isn't included by Toyota even if you have the tow package). It cost me $5.00 to get a packet of fuses so it was no big deal. The hitch went in flawlessly with what I would consider minimal effort. I was impressed by the quality of the hitch. Great product, great value. 17639

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by: Robert Miles05/07/2014

I'm extremely pleased with this hitch. It is heavy and well made. I plan on using it on my wives Highlander to use with our hitch packer. We have 5 kids and that means, lots and lots of luggage, groceries etc. Excellent customer service, unbelievably fast shipping. Highly recommend. A+++ 129474

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by: Michael L01/06/2013

I ordered Curt Hitch # 13534 for my 2013 Toyota Highlander and received the hitch in less than a week. The written directions and online video had all the information I needed. The removal of parts from my Highlander was quick - except the tow hooks which broke two of my sockets. I had a friend help me with the install of the hitch - not really sure if I would have been able to install it by myself. I cut and re-installed the under body panels according to the directions. I think I could have saved more of the under body panel material if I trimmed a little a time. The full install time was less than 1 hour. Overall, I am very happy with my hitch and my experience. 62534

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by: Richard06/15/2011

Curt Hitch arrived with one end hanging out of a ripped box - exposed end had powder coat scrapped off edges and end. Too bad - ends need pad wrap before boxing. Hitch is heavy and well made. Despite elongated holes, I had to bolt loosely the right side, and then used a come-along to pull left side out enough to put the bolts in. About 1/4" deflection of hitch was needed to get the bolts into the elongated mounting holes. Otherwise, bolted up well, fit well. If factory addresses what appeared to be distortion on the left side from the welding process, and someone padded the "sharp" ends before boxing, product would be excellent. etrailer installation video was a great help! 17081

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by: Mike P01/30/2014

Very tight fit ( a good thing) and all of the mounting holes lined up. My only suggestion is better pictures of the required trimming of the plastic under-panels. 115245


Absolutely no problems.

Mike P - 01/30/2015


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by: KC04/16/2012

thanks to some of the other posts, I was able to get this hitch on rather quickly and trouble free. Definitely need an extension for the wrench, hardest part was taking off the factory bolts on the bottom of the Highlander, they were on there pretty tight, had to attach a pipe to end of wrench to get better leverage. Other than that, I think you need another person to help lift the hitch to start threading the bolts on. They all lined up perfectly (didn't need a pry bar or block that was used in the video) And was able to keep the under pan protection on the driver's side by hack sawing a little bit (thanks for the info on previous posts). Hope this helps. 37457

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by: David F08/14/2011

Like many, my hitch had busted through one end of the box when I received it. Fortunately, it was not bent. Perhaps an extra layer or two of corrugated should be added to the bolt-on areas of the hitches for shipping? Install was easy. I did it in 50 minutes. Curt's instructions are very clear and's videos really helped. The hitch fit great and looks good.'s service was excellent. Very helpful on phone prior to order. Arrived fast. 21874

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by: Steve H.09/04/2014

I installed this hitch on a 2010 Toyota Highlander. I was able to install it by myself in about 2 hours taking my time. I used a jack stand to hold up one side while starting the bolts on the other side. If you watch the Trailer Hitch Installation video you won't have any problem. The bolt holes lined up perfectly. Just make sure you start a bolt on one side and then alternate bolts on each side. Get them all started before tightening them. I had to trim the driver's side panel in order to put it back on. The passenger side went on without any trimming. I felt as this hitch was truly a custom fit for my vehicle. I would highly recommend this hitch! 150087

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by: Jack C.04/16/2012

2012 Highlander - perfect fit, no problems with bolt hole alignment or needing to clean the threads. The instructions were good. Cutting of the plastic panels was not totally correct, as less was needed to be removed and the cuts a little off for the 2012. All done and back in about an hour. One recommendation is to put added reinforcement cardboard on the two ends of the hitch mount (in the box). This was done for the hitch receiver, but the two mounting ends are the stress points that ended up coming through the box in the UPS delivery. The box handles are on the top - or receiver side, so all the weight is down on the two mounting brackets. 37311

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by: Larry O.06/21/2011

Very pleased. Quality equipment, great service, excellent instructions. Will offer one suggestion. Instructions say driver side under pan can not be re-used. I simply cut approximately 1/4" by 6" slit to allow the vertical hitch plate to protrude through the pan. I then made a cut between the opening for the tow eye and the rear part of the pan, worked it around the hitch, and re-installed it. Made a nice, neat, finished looking job and protects the underside of my vehicle.. It was a very easy mod that requires a hacksaw or razor knife. You could include a paper template with the instructions. I've already recommended you to other people. 17495

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by: Johnny03/04/2013

I found this only slightly difficult to install, in that it does help to have help holding it in place. The muffler on the passenger helps to hold it in place. Make sure you line up all three holes on the drivers side first. It is a very close (quality) fit and may require some taps on the passenger side to get the holes lined up, but all hole alignment was perfect. I replaced the passenger side under body panel with out cutting, however the driver side will require trimming to replace. The took approx 90 minutes to complete, unpacking, gathering tools...etc. Instructions are excellent and the etrailer video helps as well. 68603

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by: Justin M08/27/2012

I ordered my trailer hitch on a Saturday and paid 7 extra bucks to make sure it was delivered within 3-5 days. Two days later it was on my doorstep..amazing! The video for installing the hitch was very informative. I wouldn't have even have attempted to do it with out the video. I was able to get the hitch hooked up and on my Highlander with out too much trouble and I am not a very "mechanical" type of guy. This is my second purchase with eTrailer and both times I have recieved prompt and superior customer service. I'll use them for anything I need for either of my vehicles from now on. 53171

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by: J H09/03/2014

An excellent product with an easy installation. My wife helped me hold it in place for about 1-2 minutes while I started the bolts, but otherwise I did the install by myself. I would have purchased a hitch much sooner if I had known how easy the installation would be. In total, it took me an hour and ten minutes. The majority of the time was spent getting the cuts right on the plastic under-body panels. If I had one recommendation for improvement, it would be to have more specific instructions on cutting the plastic panels. I had to experiment a little bit. 149880

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by: Tom W.03/13/2012

As a first time user of, I am writing to express how pleased I was with the service, timeliness of delivery, and quality of product. I found the service representative very helpful in providing information and answering my questions; she assisted in ensuring the correct hitch for my vehicle. The product was received the next day - very fast considering I live in a different state! Installation went smoothly, exactly as shown on the video provided on the site. As indicated by the rating, I recommend as a reputable and quality provider. 33728

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by: Wayne L08/09/2012

The online video was great (and without it, I never would have known how relatively easy it was to install). I'd give the product 5 stars instead of 4 if it was somehow mentioned that the trailer hitches tend to compress a bit in shipping (first time I tried to install it the bolt holes would not line up). Had to flex it &/or compress it (and try to install after each bend) to get the holes to line up. 4th time was the charm. Otherwise a great product. Thule Bike rack which I also purchased was very easy to install and works well. 51157

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by: Eddie G06/27/2013

WOW!!!!!! Ordered Curt hitch item # 13534 on Sunday afternoon got an email shortly after stating product was in stock and being shipped. I received it Wednesday afternoon. My only complaint would be packaging. The box needs the corners to be beefed up. The hitch is so heavy it rips the corners out. UPS man could hardly get it out of his truck. The hitch itself was in good shape though. I am very pleased with everything so far. I will be ordering a brake controller and wiring in the next few days. Outstanding customer service. 86430

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by: Dave B.12/22/2012

Installing the trailer hitch would have been easy if all the mount bolts had lined to their perspective holes. After fighting it for about 2 hours I called etrailer and was told that I needed to spread the hitch on a vise or by other means. With no vise big enough to hold the hitch I had to improvise with a hydralic jack and wood. I was able to install it in about 1/2 hour. Evidently not enough info in the instructions or video to solve possible problems. Also I had to cut the left splash panel to to reinstall it. 61856

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by: S. Rivera01/01/2012

I selected this hitch since I want to carry 4 bicycles or tow a motorcycle in my SUV. As many other users, I received the trailer hitch box broken in one side but the hitch was not damaged and paint was OK. The installation was quite simple in spite of the weight of the unit. The holes fitted almost perfectly with only a little bending necessary. I was able to trim the driver's side plastic panel in order to reinstall it again without much trouble. Excellent quality! I fully recommend it! 28960

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by: Jaime T.01/28/2011

You guys are AWESOME! This transaction was soo smooth! I ordered a hitch and the hardness for my Toyota Highlander. The items shipped the very next day and I got my order 3 days later. I got e-mails updates all the way thru the process, from the moment they received the order until it got delivered. Your videos and installation instructions made installation a breeze. I already recommended you guys to several of my friends. You really understand the meaning of customer service. Thanks again! 6285

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by: Scot Anderson04/07/2012

Installed product on a 2012 Toyota HighLander without any major issues, had to use a 2x4 and pry against the spare to get holes to line up on drivers side (off just a little). Probably took longer to modify drivers side splash guard than anything else. Would like to note that for the wiring kit I had to clip off an unnecessary appendage on the plug to the rear lights to get it to feed through the hole in the rear storage box. Instructions were good when combined with online instructions. 36482

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by: Pat01/17/2012

Another great experience with etrailer. I ordered this hitch for my 2012 Toyota Highlander. I ordered it late Tuesday afternoon and it was here on Thursday. It was packed well and there was no damage to the hitch during shipping. I installed the hitch yesterday after having watched the installation video on etrailer. Everything went well. I'm very happy with the hitch and with the service I received from etrailer. I trimmed the driver side plastic cover and replaced it. Thanks Pat 29854

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by: Mark V07/16/2014

The product arrived in an open/damaged box. But that is the end of the bad news. Everything appears undamaged and all is accounted for, less installation instructions, which I assume were lost. Everything I needed for the install is on the website anyway. The installation was ridiculously easy. Probably 30 minutes or less and I had my 16 yr old son do most of it. I helped him with the actual hitch install. Sweet! The packaging is the only thing keeping it from being excellent. 141570

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by: Tracy09/18/2012

I've worked on my cars and boats for a long time, but found that the installation wasn't quite as easy as many of the reviewers said. The hitch didn't quite fit my 2012 Highlander by about 5/8". I had to support the hitch with a jack stand and screw in the bolts on the passengers side, then have a helper hold the hitch up and start the bolts on the drivers side while I pryed it with a 1 X4, which nearly broke with the pressure I was applying against the spare tire. Got it done though. 55045

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by: Craig C.07/07/2014

Box was received in good condition, vs. some reviews I read, so I thought all the holes would line up. It was about a 1/2" off, but I just used a 2x4 to flex out each end of the hitch where the bolts attached & it lined up perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend the wiring harness package, as that was even easier to hook up. No cutting wires or splicing to hook up wiring harness. Just plug in two areas, make room for the wires and your done. Great Engineering! 139791

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by: Nathan W.10/03/2013

Great product and easy to install!! Me and a buddy did it in about a 75 mins and we talked the whole time. Not much thinking involved. I also bought the wiring harness and that was to easy to do as well. I would encourage anyone looking to buy this product to purchase it from here. It was the cheapest I found and they also have great demos uploaded so you can watch it being done and then just mimic what you just watched. Again this is a great buy!! 102438

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by: Paul12/23/2013

This was an easy install. I am a professional mechanic and have installed many OEM hitches for Honda. This was a piece of cake, Curt makes a great product. Less then 15 minutes, this was on and looking good. OEM Toyota price for the hitch and the wireing harness was well over $650 and that was my cost. E trailer sent me both, the hitch and the wiring kit for just over $225. Watta deal! Guess who Im going to buy my next hitch thru. E Trailer. 111020

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by: KO06/12/2011

Shipment was very fast and the video instruction is a HUGE help. The only thing is that you MUST start securing the bolts from the driver's side (maybe a no brainer for an expert but not for a newbie like me). It fits perfect. Also two jack stands help a lot holding the hitch while you are under the car. I called around the local shops and they are charging $120 (or more!) for installation. My 90 min. was not only worthwhile but enjoyable. 16789

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by: GaryD06/20/2011

The package arrived and the box was ripped. Some heavier packaging may be needed (reinforce the corners). The shipments was complete though and eveything was in good shape. The hitch went on with no trouble at all and fit perfectly. The installation videos were great. Everything fit together just as the videos showed. I installed the hitch in about an hour and the wiring kit in about 20 minutes. I am very pleased with my purchase. 17458

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by: P. M.04/21/2011

Hitch arrived hanging out of the shipping box and scraped on one edge. Looks like the hitch fit perfectly in the box diagonally. But from handling of carrier and weight of the hitch, it tore through the box. Installation video was helpful and as straightforward shown. Only issue was screw hole alignment was about 1/4 inch off. Used a clamp to get holes aligned. Primary use is for bike rack and weather has not cooperated. 12173

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by: Pat R10/02/2013

Installed the hitch with a friend in less than 1 hour. Some reviews note the holes did not line up with the frame, that was not the case for us. I am glad I did this project at 1/2 the cost of what a garage would charge. The videos are great. It would be helpful to have advice on the plastic shrouds that have to be removed and somewhat altered after the hitch is on. I would recommend this to my close friends. 102335

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by: Greg B.07/09/2012

Hitch installed without a problem! Watching YouTube video about installing the wiring and hitch was a great help. New 2012 Highlander is ready for around the house utility trailer needs and putting boat in at the Lake. 47288

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by: Brian G.01/23/2012

The hitch mounted perfect to my Highlander . From start to finish it only took 45 minutes to install. The products and service at Etrailer are excellent .As soon as I placed my order I was emailed the tracking info , and was emailed again as to the status of my order. The hitch arrived within 4 days of placing my order , you can't get better service then that! For quality service and great prices buy from Etrailer. 30180

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by: Bill W.01/24/2012

I ordered this hitch for my wife's 2010 Highlander. The price was great and the shipping was free and quick. I had a problem with the installation and called for assistance. I was connected with a live person after about 30 seconds and she knew exactly how to resolve my issue. I was able to complete the installation and am very happy with the hitch and the overall experience. I highly recommend! 30235

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by: Jovy04/11/2013

I installed the Curt Trailer hitch myself. I would recommend getting a buddy to help. Product arrived exactly how it is described. Fast shipping. Good installation instructions. I have no complaints about this product or the distributor. It is great when a company stands behind their product and delivers what one is expecting. I would buy this product again and I continue to recommend it to my friends. 75352

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by: Jovy04/05/2013

I installed the Curt Trailer hitch myself. I would recommend getting a buddy to help. Product arrived exactly how it is described. Fast shipping. Good installation instructions. I have no complaints about this product or the distributor. It is great when a company stands behind their product and delivers what one is expecting. I would buy this product again and I continue to recommend it to my friends. 74503

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  • What Towing Package Is Available For 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • You will want to check your owners manual or with the Toyota dealer for the gross towing weight capacity of your 2008 Toyota Highlander to make sure the towing capacity is not exceeded. Even if the hitch will have a higher weight capacity than your vehicles gross towing weight capacity the towing capacity is determined by the lowest weight capacity in your whole towing setup. The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, # 87452, that you have referenced is a good choice for your 2008 Toyota...
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  • Is there an Aftermarket Trailer Hitch that Fits Like the OEM Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • I do see the hitch that you are talking about. None of the aftermarket hitches from the manufacturers that we carry will fit the same way. However, if the main concern is to tow your trailer level, then go with a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver and then choose a ball mount with a rise on it to tow the trailer level. You use the FAQ on ball mounts I have linked to determine how to measure. I have also included a link to the ball mount main page for you. The most popular...
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  • Wiring for Toyota 2010 Highlander with a 7-Way connector for Towing
  • You will need the Curt Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch, item # 13534, and with the tow package you will need the T-One Connector Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector - Toyota Highlander, item # 118449. I would go ahead and install the 7-Way connector. We have the Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit, item # ETBC7, which includes everything needed to install the wiring for the 7-way connector, once you have the 4-Way installed. You mentioned a 5-Way connector and if...
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  • What Trailer Hitches Will Fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • The CURT Trailer Hitch, # 13534, has been verified as a fit for a 2012 Toyota Highlander. and we do have a couple of other hitches that will fit. The most popular hitch for your vehicle is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75586. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch. The other hitch is Hidden Hitch, # 87452. It is so similar to the Draw-Tite Hitch that they actually share the same set of instructions. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander with a 19 Inch Full Size Spare Tire
  • We do have one trailer hitch option that will fit the 2012 Toyota Highlander with a 19 inch spare tire. Take a look at Curt trailer hitch, # 13534. This hitch has been determined to fit with the full size, 19 inch spare tire. I have included a link to the installation instructions, a video showing a typical installation, and a picture that shows the hitch installed. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls,...
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  • Available Ground Clearance Once Draw-Tite # 75726 is Installed on 2012 Toyota Highlander SE
  • Although we have not had the opportunity to install the # 72726 on a 2012 Highlander, we do have an install video showing a Curt Class III receiver, part # 13534 being installed on a 2011 Highlander (click provided link). As you can see if you compare the Draw-Tite # 75726 and the Curt Hitch, dimensionally they are very similar. When installed, the Curt hitch offers 12 inches of ground clearance, when measured from the underside of the receiver opening to the ground. That distance should...
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  • What is the Correct Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • For a 2012 Toyota Highlander, you can use Curt wiring harness, # C56217, that you have selected. Installation is fairly straight forward as far as wiring harnesses go. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. You can see that there is not a whole lot to installing a wiring harness. I have also included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch, part # 13534, and a video showing a typical installation. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit, #...
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  • Full Size Spare Tire Clearance for the 2008 to 2011 Toyota Highlander Hitch # 13534
  • The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # 13534 does not block the removal of the full size spare tire when installed on the 2008 to 2011 Toyota Highlander. You will definitely be able to access the spare with the hitch installed. I have provided a link to the installation instructions for you to review and a video that shows the hitch being installed on a 2011 model with full size spare tire. The camera angle in the video may make it look like the spare is behind the hitch but in reality there...
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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches for the 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • The Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 75726, and the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87615 have a 750 pound tongue weight capacity and 5000 pound gross trailer weight capacity. Both of these hitches can also be used with weight distribution. Curt hitch # 13534 has a tongue weight capacity of 500 pounds and gross trailer weight capacity of 5,000 pounds. It cannot be used with weight distribution. And because this hitch cannot be used with weight distribution, you will need to use a stabilization...
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  • Availability of a Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander with a 17 Inch Spare Tire
  • Both the Draw-Tite, # 75586, and Hidden Hitch, # 87452, will fit with a 17 inch spare tire on your 2012 Toyota Highlander. I could not say where the Toyota factory hitch is located, but the hitches we carry have the receiver below the rear fascia as you can see in the instructions I have included. If you plan on doing some towing with the hitch, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with two ball mounts, two balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For...
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch # 87452 Fit 2012 Toyota Highlander With Full Size Spare Tire
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 87452, will fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander if the spare tire is smaller than a 19 inch full size spare tire. It will not fit your vehicle if your vehicle has a 19 inch spare tire or larger. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Hidden Hitch. If you have a 19 inch full size spare tire I would recommend the CURT Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 13534. This hitch does not have any size limitations regarding the spare...
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  • Trailer Hitch/Wiring, 2012 Toyota Highlander and Installing a Brake Controller, 2000 Toyota Tundra
  • First, for a brake controller, in addition to the P3, # 90195, you will also need to install a 4-Way wiring harness on the Highlander, # 118449. I have included links to the installation instructions for the wiring for you. After you have the 4-Way installed, you will need to install a 4 and 7 way installation kit, # ETBC7. This kit provides the wiring for a 7-Way and to install the brake controller. I have included some links that explain this installation as well. The Curt trailer...
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  • Trailer Hitch and 4 Bike Hanging Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • If you want to carry 4 bikes I definitely recommend going with Class III trailer hitch because of its higher capacity and plethora of accessory options. The Draw-Tite hitch, # 75586, would be my first choice but # 75726 is less visible since the bracket goes over the exhaust rather than under it. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. For a bike rack, I believe I have the perfect rack for you. Take a look at the Softride Dura, # SR26247. This rack has all the...
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  • Comparison of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75726 and Curt Hitch # 13534 for a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • Both the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13534, and the Draw-Tite Hitch, # 75726 for a 2008 Toyota Highlander will install in very much the same way. I have included installation instructions for both hitches below for comparison. I have also included video links showing installation of each hitch. Although the Draw-Tite model has a higher capacity at 7500 lbs towing and 750 lbs tongue weight, you will still be limited by the vehicle manufacturers stated towing capacity, which is a maximum of...
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  • Any Trimming Required for Trailer Hitches on a 2010 Toyota Highlander and Accessories Needed
  • I would recommend the Curt Class III hitch, part # 13534. The hitch does not require any fascia trimming, but you will have to trim some of the under-body panels in order to re-install them after the hitch is in place. None of the trimmed areas will be visible from behind the vehicle. I have produced a photo for you that shows the areas that will need to be trimmed. The face of the receiver will not extend past the furthest rearward portion of the bumper. To complete your towing package,...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Toyota Highlander
  • At this time trunk mount carriers are not recommended for the 2010 Toyota Highlander because the vehicle is unable to support the weight at the point where the carrier must be placed. Your best option for carrying bike would be to use a trailer hitch and hitch mounted bike rack. For the Toyota Highlander most of our customers select the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13534, and the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Carrier, # TH9029XT, I have linked a video of the installation of the hitch for you. If...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2012 Toyota Highlander with Factory Towing Prep Package
  • If your 2012 Toyota Highlander came with the factory towing package then it should already have a trailer connector. But if there is no trailer connector you can use either a hardwire harness such as # 119147KIT or the plug in style # 118449. The plug in style is much easier to install. I have linked its instructions and a video showing installation on a 2012 Highlander. I have also included a link to the hitches available for your Highlander if you have not yet decided on one. The most...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness and Install on 2011 Toyota Highlander
  • If your Highlander does not already have the 4-pole trailer connector at the rear bumper, the T-1 Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118449 will be needed to provide brake, turn signal and running lights for a trailer. Installation is very simple. The converter box will be plugged into the connector under the dash located between the emergency brake pedal and the brake pedal. The actual trailer connector is plugged into the connector located in the cargo area of the vehicle. The connector...
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  • Installation Details for Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, Part # 13534, on a 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • The Curt Class III Hitch Receiver, part # 13534, does not include a mounting location for trailer connector brackets. (This hitch does install above the passenger side exhaust). DrawTite part # 75726 is a hitch for your Highlander that does include a mounting location for the trailer connector braceket, and this hitch also mounts above your passenger side exhaust. We also offer the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87615, which also offers the connector bracket mounting location and...
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  • Will the Curt Trailer Hitch 13534 Fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander with 19 Inch Spare Tire
  • I have contacted Curt on this hitch, # 13534, and the 2012 Toyota Highlander before and they have indicated that the hitch will fit if you have a 19 inch spare. I have included links to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. it comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, use # 118449. I have included...
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  • Availability of a Curt Hitch for 2012 Toyota Highlander that Keeps the Full Size Spare
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13534 that you referenced will work on a 2012 Toyota Highlander and will allow you to keep your full sized spare. Check out the picture I attached from the underside of a Highlander that shows this hitch being used with the spare tire installed also. We also have an installation video for this product on a 2011 Highlander that will be very similar to the 2012 that I attached for you to check out. I also attached installation instructions for you to check...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander Let Me Keep My Full Size Spare
  • Yes, you will be able to keep your 17 inch spare tire as a spare on your 2012 Toyota Highlander with this Draw-Tite Hitch # 75586. I attached a picture of this hitch installed on a similar Highlander as yours with the spare also retained. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in an Ball Mount Kit # 989900.
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  • Fit of Curt Class III Receiver # 13534 on 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • According to Curt Manufacturing, the Class III hitch you referenced, part # 13534 will fit all models of the 2010 Toyota Highlander including the Hybrid. Per the Curt warranty requirements, a stabilizing strap like part # 10850 should be used to support all non-trailer loads like a bike rack or cargo carrier. If you do not care to use a stabilizing strap, the Hidden Hitch Class III # 87616 (also compatible with Hybrid models) would be a better choice. The Hidden Hitch model also...
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  • Will the Curt Class III Receiver Part # 13534 Fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • The Class III hitch you referenced, part # 13534 will indeed fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander. To be absolutely certain, I gave our friends at Curt Manufacturing a call, and they confirmed the fit. If you were planning on using the hitch for non-trailer loads such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier, the Curt warranty requires the use of a stabilizing strap, part # 18050. If you were planning on towing with the hitch, you might also need the following: Ball mount, part # 2923 Wiring Harness...
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  • Are Appearance Panels Permanantly Removed When Installing a Hitch on a 2010 Toyota Highlander
  • The plastic appearance panels will need to be removed for installation of the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, item # 87452, on the 2010 Toyota Highlander. The CURT Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch, item # 13534, will allow for the passengers side appearance panel to be reinstalled but the drivers side will need to be left off. We have installation instructions and a video (see links) for you to review that may help you make a decision for hitch selection. I have linked...
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  • Will Softride Dura Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack Fit on a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • With the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13534, installed on your 2008 Toyota Highlander, there will be 3 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to clear the rear bumper. I have included the installation instructions and a video install of this hitch below. The Softride Dura Parallelogram Tilting 4 Bike Rack, # SR26247, has two possible hitch pin holes when used with a 2 inch receiver. The hole that enters the tube first has 6 inches of clearance from the center of the hole to the back of...
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  • Will Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock with Integrated Cable Fit a Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • The Class III Curt trailer hitch # 13534 uses a 5/8 inch diameter hitch pin. The Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock, # 1470DAT, has a 5/8 pin and a 1/2 inch pin so it is compatible. So the 1/2 and 5/8 inch you are seeing is the diameter of the pins and consequently these are the 2 most common hitch pin hole sizes.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Toyota Highlander
  • If your 2011 Toyota Highlander has a full-size spare like the 19 inch, you will not be able to install a trailer hitch, that also allows weight distribution, without storing the tire somewhere else such as in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. If you do decide to move the spare tire or change to the mini spare, I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75586. This is the most popular hitch for your vehicle that allows the use of a weight distribution system. I have included a link...
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch # 13534 Stick Out Beyond the Bumper on a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • On the Toyota Highlander models on which we have installed Curt trailer hitch # 13534, we have found that from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the rear bumper is approximately 2 inches. This would put the receiver face just about flush with the rear bumper. However, there may be some subtle differences between models, even in the same year that could result in the receiver face being at most only a few inches, so you should not have any issues. I have included a link to a video...
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  • Will Thule Raceway Platform 2 Bike Fit 2013 Toyota HIghlander
  • At this time we have one bike rack that will fit your 2013 Toyota Highlander and it is the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top # HRF2. This bike rack is designed to go over the top of the spoiler at the top of your rear hatch so it will not damage your vehicle. The # HRF can accommodate 2 bikes at 35 lbs per bike. The Thule Raceway Platform # TH9003 will not fit because of the spoiler the Highlander has at the top of the rear hatch. Thule does not have a trunk mount bike rack that will fit...
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Toyota Highlander Accessories

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
5,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
500 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 13534 Installation instructions 13534 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Tow hooks will be removed. Underbody panels will be removed for installation and may be left off or trimmed and reattached.No drilling required for installation,Fits Hybrid models as well,Keeps full size spare under vehicle,Per Curt warranty requirements, all non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) must be supported by stabilizing straps, such as 18050, sold separately

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Curt Manufacturing 56042
With Tow Package Use:56042

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Curt Manufacturing 2923

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260

2" hitch ball - 63845

2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847

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