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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Tacoma by Toyota

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87581



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2012 Tacoma by Toyota

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


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Toyota Tacoma
  • 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 sold separately


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 550 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty 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 Tacoma - Hidden Hitch

01Today in 2013 Toyota Tacoma double cab, we're going to install part number 87581 from Hidden Hitch. First thing we need to do is get our vehicle ready. To do that, we're going to go ahead and loosen up the bumper. Now this is an option. You either A, support it while you install the hitch, or B, take it out of the way. Personally, I find it easier to take it off out the way. All right.

First thing you need to do is go ahead and disconnect the electrical to the bumper. You can see it's easy to take and just twist the whole socket out of the way. This one on each side of the bumper. To loosen our bumper up, we remove tube bolts here and here and let's do the same thing on the passenger side. Now on this point, we're checking the last bolts removed. It's a good idea if you can extend a hand to help hold the bumper up.

Now we can go ahead and get easier access to our brackets right here. When you go ahead, you need to temporarily remove these. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over at driver's side. We're almost ready to install our hitch. The hitch also use these threaded weld nuts in the frame. Since this haven't been used, we'll go ahead and spray them down with some penetreat and use tube brush to help clean up the thread before we install the bolts.

Now, the newer vehicle is easier to be. The older the vehicle, the more time it will take to clean up the threads. Possibly, you need to use a thread tap to help clean it out. It's a good idea to take one of the bolts and test it first to make sure that threads are clean. The tube brush we use is part number 814092. We'll then extend our hands and we can go ahead and install the hitch.

We'll go ahead and use the metric bolt and a conflute 02:19 washer. You just want to make sure than the teeth on the conflute 02:22 washer always stays towards the hitch. Two bolts holding it up. We'll go ahead and install the rest of the bolts. For bolts loose and installed, we'll go ahead and draw them up until it make contact with the frame. Now, we can go ahead and reinstall frame brackets. This pin in the bracket will fit right in here. Again, we'll go ahead and run together but not tighten down fully. Since the hitch puts in the gap between the bracket and frame, it also do the same thing for the bumper. We'll install these phasers in between it to take up the gap. Pull and place, we'll go ahead and use some tape. At this point, we can go ahead and bring in and install our bumper. We'll go ahead and slide it in place then reinstall the factory bolts. Once again, we'll install them just enough to hold our thing together then we'll go ahead and tighten them down. We're using a wobble extension here, making it easier to go after this bolt right here. For our bolts installed, we'll go ahead and reinstall electrical. With that, that will finish for our install for part number 87581 from Hidden Hitch on our 2013 Toyota Tacoma double cab. .

Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87581

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (40 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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by: Luke P01/10/2012

Installed on a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab, SR5, V6, 4WD. I received my Hidden Hitch 5 business days after I ordered. Very fast in my book. The directions were very clear and the hitch was very easy to install. I did the install by myself, so it took be about 15-20 minutes longer than the 40ish the directions said. The hardest part was sliding the hitch up between the loosened bumper bracket and the frame. I had to hold it up in one arm and position and tighten the bolts with the other. No drilling required. The hitch itself is amazing looking. I actually had U-Haul install a hitch for me, then I had them un-install it and refund my money. They told me it was going to be hidden but it wasn't at all. The entire lower cross bar was visible under the bumper. With this hitch I have to bend down and only then can I see the very bottom edge of the cross bar. It arrived in pretty good shape. One corner of the hitch had punctured the cardboard box and scraped some of the paint off on one of the edges. I'm not worried about it but some foam in the box might prevent this from happening again. I'm very happy with the quality and with e-trailer. They upgraded my shipping for free and have had excellent email communication from the get go. Good job!! I will definitely use e-trailer again!! 29426

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by: Kevin03/07/2011

Hitch arrived quickly with the free upgraded delivery. I installed it by myself in under 2 hours. I went by the included instructions and did not remove the bumper and just loosened and removed the required bolts. It made the bumper very loose and got in my way most of the time. If I was to do over i would remove the bumper completly like the video. I would also recommend another person to help, like the video. Overall its a great hitch, very sturdy, looks good, installion was fairly easy. Thanks. 8649

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by: Kerry J.05/28/2011

I was able to install this with the help of my 12 year old son with ease. The fit and finish are perfect, and the video made the included written instructions unnecessary. The only thing I forgot to order was the: Mounting Bracket for 4 Way Flat Connectors, ( to complete the overall installation of the wiring harness and make the entire job complete. I would not hesitate to recommend the Hidden Hitch and etrailer to a friend. 15630

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by: Phil R08/18/2012

Quality product, fast shipping. Installation would be easier with two people, I installed alone using jack stands and a floor jack. Looks good on the truck, barely noticable... this is my third hitch purchase from 52222

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by: Kevin02/11/2013

Very well made and solid. Fitting it on a 6 year old truck is more difficult than the video makes it seem (rust, etc). Though it took some hammering, and loosening and tightening of bolts, to get it on, the fit is good. The written instructions are a bit weak, so definitely watch the video a few times. Otherwise, great product, with fairly quick delivery given the size. 65749

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by: Tom H.04/18/2012

I had to take it to the garage where I have my truck serviced to put it on . I 'm getting beyond the stage of crawling under trucks anymore. It was a snap to install and the wireing harness was really simple and easy to hook up. The mechanic that did the work was really impressed with the quality of the product. He was more impressed with the price of everything. 37559

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by: John H07/31/2011

The hitch is a perfect fit! The instructions were clear enough for this computer programmer to do without a helper. One good hint, however, is to use a floor jack to support the hitch on its way up into position. This lets you maneuver the brackets into place without needing to support the weight. Great product and excellent service from etrailer! Thanks! 20627

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by: Jeffrey Z11/01/2012

The products speak for themselves. This is the third purchase I have made through etrailer and they are by far the best company I have dealt with. They always have what I am looking for and the turn around is fast. This last purchase showed up in less than 36 hours after I placed the order and I did not put a rush on it. Outstanding service and support! 58602

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by: Brandon B.06/29/2012

This is a very good quality hitch. It fits my Tacoma and does what it's supposed to do. Very sturdy. Also it is hardly noticeable on the truck, but easily accessed. I will probably rarely tow a trailer, but I plan on using my hitch mounted bike rack quite a bit. This was my second hitch from and they have been great to deal with. 46098

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by: Kent E.11/03/2011

Shipped same day and received in 3 days. Receiver took me about 45 minutes to install. I was very impressed with the quality, fit and finish. Everything lined up perfectly and I would give the good folks @ the highest rating as they kept me up to speed from the moment my order was received, to shipping, to delivery. Great company! 26491

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by: Rick C11/28/2011

I bought Hidden Hitch for a clean looking installation and I am not disappointed. I only wanted the receiver to show, Not the cross bar or advertising. I did the installation by myself... Would have been easier with help but not necessary. If a hairdresser can do it, anyone can!.. Only half true, I use to be an aircraft mechanic. 27460

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by: John P04/07/2012

Hidden Hitch arrived in excellent condition. It took longer than 1/2 hour to install, but my buddy and I decided not to take the bumper off my 2005 Toyota Tacoma, but to just rather loosen those bolts holding the bumper to the frame. Harder to install the Hidden Hitch this way, but easier for us in the long run. 36461

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by: Rich G05/17/2012

The hitch is well made and fit perfectly on the truck. Did everything myself and took less than an hour. I do have access to a vehicle lift which made it easier than working under the truck from the floor or a creeper. Ordered the wiring harness along with it and that installed easily also. 40870

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by: Craig S.11/10/2013

Great Service... Fast Delivery... Excellent Product... Easy Installation with Excellent Instructional Online Video Tutorial! Very good trailer hitch design... Much better than the universal one I installed a few years ago that did not last. 106920

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by: Mike03/13/2009

Hitch for 2007 Tacoma D-cab Strong and well made, installation took several hours but well worth the time. This was due to re-aligning the bumber after loosening the bolts as required. Well designed and barely seen from behind truck. 1642

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by: Walter06/10/2012

Great product. A little tricky to install since you have to loosen the bumper brackets. Needed two people to tighten things up since you need to align the bumper. Wiring harness was easy to install. Great instructions. 43553

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by: san diego06/02/2013

hidden hitch, toyota wiring harness and flat four bracket. Products got here quickly and after watching the videos and reading instructions we were able to install all the products with ease on my 2012 Toyota Tacoma. 82919

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by: michael c.08/04/2011

hidden hitch 87581 hitch is a nice hitch that hidden behind the bumber on a 08 toyota tacoma only thing you from the back is the receiver box . it toke about 45 min to install the hitch. it was well built hitch. 21079

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by: West08/02/2011

On top of the excellent customer service, this hitch installs without any hiccups, and all of the holes line up perfectly. Great simple product, and again, great customer service and fast shipping. 20928

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by: Jesse T03/07/2011

I can't say much for the hitch itself, as I haven't used it to tow anything just yet. But the installation was easy enough, and the video from was very helpful! 8675

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by: Rowly W.11/14/2011

Perfect, The hitch fitted our 2012 Tacoma like a dream. The wiring harness could not have been made to fit any easier. Very happy and would recommend everything I ordered. 26926

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by: Reviewer08/25/2011

Super-fast shipping and delivery. I installed the hitch myself in about 30 minutes thanks to the clear instructions that were included. Great product and great service! 22741

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by: Charlie03/22/2011

Fast shipping, great product. The installation is very easy for both Wiring Harness and Hitch Receiver with the instruction video online. Etrailer you are rock......... 10084

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by: Ed E05/13/2013

Not happy with the fit. The socket is about 2 inches below the bumper. The Toyota ones fit better. Not that easy to put on.I would not call it a hidden hitch. 80007

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by: Roger G08/31/2012

Excellent quality, good service, arrived in just two days. Perfect fit, we are extremely pleased with the quality of this hidden hitch. 53710

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by: Gino06/13/2013

So simple to install, the video on this site made it look so easy. I put it in myself and wired in less than two hours. Very pleased! 84524

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by: John B.06/11/2011

Excellent web site with accurate info..Fast shipping and easy install with everything fitting perfect..Would highly recommend.. 16719

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by: Lisa P.11/25/2013

Fast delivery...product as promised...installation 1 hr (me & my son)...easy...easy...never disappointed in 108495

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by: Bruce03/27/2012

This product was delivered promptly and I was pleased with the quality and instructions for installation. Great product! 35239

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by: Patrick H01/22/2011

Easy to install, but you really need 2 people. Took about 30 minutes. The hitch is truly hidden. Very satisfied. 5925

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by: Marc08/31/2012

Speed of delivery exceeded my expectations. Product fit perfect. My son will tow a boat this weekend. 53641

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by: Mark05/30/2008

Well made...good looking Installation was straight forward. I am well pleased with the quality. 923

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by: Jeff04/12/2013

I own an automotive repair shop and can't get them for less great quality and easy install. 75669

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by: Gary F.01/13/2015

Went on with no problems. Wiring harness was also spot on. Nice to buy made in USA. 168776

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by: Johnny C05/21/2012

Received the Hitch in four days, was easy to install and took about 90 minutes. 41160

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by: Mel I.03/05/2011

Great product for our brand new 2011 Toyota Tacoma. Worked perfectly. 8525

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by: Dennis S.04/14/2011

Was easy to install and a perfect fit. Looks very good on my truck. 11775

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by: Dogfather12/08/2011

Hitch arrived on time, installation was easy. I'm vrey pleased. 27902

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by: Carlos Ocasio07/19/2012

The hitch was installed with out any problems. 48462

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by: Scott Kinder03/15/2012

East to install.Looks good. 34006


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  • What Trailer Hitches Fit a 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • CURT has not yet did a test fit on the 2012 Toyota Tacoma for trailer hitch # 31313 so I cannot say whether or not it will fit. But we do have 2 hitches that are confirmed for the 2012 Tacoma. We have the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75236, and the Hidden Hitch, # 87581. Both hitches exclude the X-Runner model. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend adding 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...
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  • Will Curt Bumper Mount Trailer Hitch # E-3S Fit a 2007 Toyota Tacoma Bumper
  • The Curt Bumper Hitch, part # E-3S, is made to attach to a truck step bumper. It is a universal fit design so it is not listed for a specific vehicle. The mounting holes are 8-1/2 inches center to center between the holes. If your 2007 Toyota Tacoma has a step bumper and has mounting holes with the 8-1/2 inch dimension then it will bolt to your bumper. If you do not have holes that will line up with the hitch then you can still use the hitch but you would have to drill new holes. I am...
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  • Options for Carrying 4 Bikes In a 2010 Toyota Tacoma Truck Bed with Rail Track Tie Down System
  • We do have some truck bed mounted bike racks that will work with your 2010 Toyota Tacoma with rail track system, but the Topline system will not fit because direct access to the bed rails is needed to secure the clamps. For in bed 4 bike transport you could use four of the Yakima BlockHead Single Bike Truck Bed Mounted Racks, item # Y01117. Another option for your truck would be a hitch mounted bike rack like the Thule Parkway 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Folding Rack, item # TH956. If you...
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  • Visibility of Hidden Hitch # 87581 Versus Draw-Tite # 75236 When Installed on 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite are sister companies. Other than the labeling, both the # 87581 and # 75236 hitches are identical. They share the same weight capacity and would install in the same manner. When viewed from the rear of the vehicle, the receiver opening and a small portion of the bottom of the hitch crossbar will be visible. In addition to the hitch, you might also need the following to complete your towing system: To view install details and an install video, click...
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  • Will Curt Bumper Mount Trailer Hitch Fit a 2014 Toyota Tacoma Step Bumper
  • You have to go by the dimensions of the Curt trailer hitch # E-3S to determine fit. The flat part of the mounting surface is 11 inches across and 4 inches front to back. The smaller holes on top are 6 inches apart on center and the larger holes are 8-3/4 inches apart on center. I recommend a frame mount hitch # 87581 for your 2014 Toyota Tacoma. No drilling is required for this installation. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing installation...
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  • Is Trailer Wiring Included with the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch for a 2010 Toyota Tacoma
  • The trailer wiring for the Tacoma is not included with the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, item # 87581. There are two different wiring harnesses available for your vehicle. The T- One Vehicle Wiring Harness, item # 118496, is a simple installation that just plugs inline with your vehicle tail light connectors and provides a trailer connector that is compatible with smaller trailers that do not have extra lighting. We have a video installation of this harness that should be helpful,...
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  • Hidden Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner SR5
  • For a hitch for your 2007 Tacoma PreRunner I would recommend a Hidden Hitch # 87581. I attached installation instructions and an installation video for this product for you to check out. The Class IV Weld On Hitch # 41990-07 that you referenced is a universal hitch that is typically used for trucks with service bodys or utility bodys. However, there might be a way to install this hitch on your truck, but unless you have a service body I would recommend the # 87581. If you plan on...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendations for a 2009 Toyota Tacoma 2 Wheel Drive Access Cab
  • Based on the measurement you have provided, the Curt bumper mount hitch # E-3S will not fit your 2009 Toyota Tacoma. One set of mounting holes are spaced to close together and the other set too far apart to fit your bumper. I recommend a custom fit frame mount hitch, # 87581, which fits all models except the X-Runner. A frame mount hitch is going to give you higher capacity than a bumper mount hitch. I have linked instructions and an install video for you. Another option is to use...
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  • Hitch Pin Holes for Trailer Hitch and Ball Mount Do Not Line Up for a 2013 Toyota Tacoma
  • That is strange because there is nothing out of the ordinary for hitch # 87581 or ball mount # 80213. I did go out to the warehouse and I pulled ball mount # 80213 and tested it in trailer hitch # 87581. The hitch pin holes lined up just fine. I have included a picture showing the holes lining up. Its at an odd angle because I had to hold the ball mount with one hand. This hitch does have 2 holes on one side. The hole closest to the receiver opening is actually for a J-pin anti-rattle...
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  • Availability of Bolt On Trailer Hitch for 2007 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab
  • For a trailer hitch for your 2007 Toyota Tacoma with easy bolt on installation without drilling I would recommend Hidden Hitch # 87581. I attached installation instructions and an installation video for this product for you to check out. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend adding 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 # 118496. I have included links to the instructions and...
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Toyota Tacoma Accessories

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

Tongue Weight (TW):
500 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
5,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):

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Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation,,,

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Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118496

Hidden Hitch 118384
With Tow Package Use:118384

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