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RockyMounts Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting for the RockyMounts JetLine roof bike rack, part number RKY1320. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first being the fact that this has no frame contact with your bike whatsoever, so there's going to be no scratches to your bike once you install it. Instead, it holds it by 2 points. We have a skewer up here at the front that grips your bike by the forks, and it is lockable, you can pop this out and install a lock for it, and that will add some security to prevent theft and tampering.



Glacier V-Bar Snow Tire Chains Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we'll be doing a test fit on the Glacier V-Bar Snow Tire Chains, Part Number PWH3810SC and that's tire size 24560R18. These Glacier tire chains, feature a twist link with V-Bar studs, to give you that extra grip you need for the snow and ice. The ladder pattern is effective during starts and stops, and the cam tensioners, with the included tool, make insulation easy. They're going to provide superior traction. They come in a quantity of two. Let's go ahead and show you how to install them. Now we're going to be putting the chains on the front tires of our Toyota Highlander here today. It is all wheel drive, but it is mostly driven by the front axle. I've gone ahead and laid my chain out. It's a good idea to make sure there's no kinks or any twists in it. Now a good way to tell if you've got it laid out correctly, is the little V-Bars here, are going to be facing away from the tire, so face up.



Rhino Rack Road-Warrior Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Rhino-Rack Road Warrior Roof Bike Rack, part number RBC036. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now the first feature is that this doesn't have any frame contact whatsoever. Instead it grabs it by two points. We have a skewer up here at the front that'll grab the bike by it's fork mounts, and it is lockable. Then we have this wheel strap here in the back.



Inno Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be testing the NO4 clock roof-mounted bike rack on number INXA391. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first and foremost is going to be no frame contact whatsoever with the bike. Instead it grips it by 2 points. We have a wheel strap here at the back. To the front, we have this skewer which grips the bike by its forks.



RockyMounts Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on the 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Rocky Mounts Switch Hitter roof top bike rack, part number RKY1270. We already have the bike on top of the rack, let's go ahead and show off some of the features. The first is is that it has no frame contact whatsoever to connect it to the bike rack. Instead it has 2 points of contact. We'll have a wheel strap in the back and this front skewer here which will grab your bike by it's fork mounts. This does also work with through axles as well.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2010 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2010 Toyota Highlander we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the curt T-connector vehicle wiring harness with the curt T-connector vehicle wiring harness with the four pole flat trailer connector, part number is C56217. When we do need it, it's just a matter of pulling it right out just like this, we'll allow it to rest right there on that weather stripping. That'll give us good protection so it doesn't get pinched or anything like that. Then we'll just be bale to connect it right to our trailer. When we're down with it, of course, when you do close your door, make sure you don't have it around your striker here. That'll cause issues of course. Then when we're done with it, we're just going to bunch this up and slide our and slide our disk cap right over the end of it there, bring it around and that'll hold it all together nicely for us until we need it again. Now here's what our wiring kit is going to look like when we pull it out of the package.



Titan Mud Service Snow Tire Chains Installation - 2008 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2008 Toyota Highlander, we'll be doing a test fit on the Titan chain mud surface snow tire chains, part number TC2439. That's tire size 24565R17. These Titan tire chains ore intended for on-road or off-road applications. They're great for deep snow or mud. They feature rounded twist links for adequate traction, and the ladder pattern is effective during start and stops. They have a maximum speed rating of 30 miles per hour, and they come in a quantity of two. Let's go ahead and show you how to get them installed.



Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail rooftop bike rack, part number RBC035. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. First and foremost, there's going to be no frame contact whatsoever with your bike to hold this onto the rack, so your bike won't get scratched up when it's being installed. Instead, it holds it by 2 points, 1 up towards the front here which is the lockable skewer around the forks of your bike. As I said before, it is lockable. That's going to prevent theft and tampering.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2014 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Pro 2-bike platform rack, part number TH9034. The first feature I'd like to show off about this bike rack is, with the bike attached we can actually tilt this away from the vehicle to gain access to the rear hatch. To do that, we have this gray handle here at the end. You'll pull that in like so, and it will tilt down. What's kind of nice about that is with other racks that do this, they would have those latches on stuff on this side of the bike rack itself, so it kind of makes it a little awkward to actually tilt this away. Instead, we'll grip it like that, let it come down, and we'll have complete access to the rear hatch to get whatever we need with plenty of space on both sides to do so. As you can see, since the bike rack is so far away from the vehicle itself, I have no problem getting anything back here. Now to put the bike back in its original position you just grab it again by the handle area and just lift up, and it will click back into place.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2014 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway 2-Bike Rack, part number TH912XTR. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now that this bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 strap off to the side, and that's going to be an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from going too far back and forth possibly hitting the bike in front of it. Let's go and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position, let me go ahead and give you a couple of quick measurements, starting from the edge of the bumper to the outer edge here, we've added about 30 inches to the rear of the vehicle.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2014 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4-Bike Rack, part number TH9029XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first one I'd like to show off is that it has an integrated cable lock here in the center of the mast. You pull it out, wrap it around your bikes, and attach it to the front portion here. There's a little slot and then there's a lock at the end for additional security to prevent theft and tampering. The cradles themselves are adjustable and also has 3 points of contact that it grips the bike with. It has 2 strap up at the top and 1 off to the side, and that's going to be an anti-sway cradle to keep the bikes from moving too far back and forth, possibly hitting each other and damaging each other.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2014 Toyota Highlander we're going to be test fitting the Rola tx 1022 bike rack, part number 59400. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is it has an integrated cable lock in the center of the mast. You pull that out, wrap it around the bikes and you'll attach it to this end here and lock it for some additional security and to prevent theft and tampering of your bikes. The cradles themselves are adjustable and it also grips your bike by three points. We have two straps up at the top here and one off to the side.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Highlander

Today, on our 2014 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XC 2-Bike Rack, part number S64650. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. As this bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have one point of contact with the bike's frame, and that's going to be this padded hook at the time. That's going to ensure that your bike doesn't get scratched once you install it. We also have these two wheel cradles on either side, which if you loosen those knobs at the top here, you can actually adjust those the length of the bike rack to accommodate different size bikes and to make loading a little bit easier. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Highlander

Today in our 2014 Toyota Highlander we're going to test for the Yakima LiteRider 2 Bike Rack, part number Y02472. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Lets go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show off is the integrated cable lock on the back of the mast. It pops off like so. You wrap it around your bikes and attach it to this point here, locking it ensuring there's no left and tampering of your actual bikes themselves. How it attaches to the bike rack we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame.



Glacier Twist Link Chains with Cam Tensioners Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander we'll be doing a test fit on the Glacier Twist Link Snow Tire Chains, part number PWH3210SC and that's tire size 245-60R18. These Glacier Tire Chains are intended for on road use only. They're great for the occasional use. They feature a twist link design, which is going to give you excellent traction on snow and ice. It also features a ladder pattern, which is great for starts and stops. The cams with the included tool and the tightening lever make it a very easy installation.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we'll be doing a test for the Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains. That's part number PW2029C, and that's tire size 24560R18. These Glacier Cable Tire Chains are SAE Class S chains. They are designed for vehicles with limited wheel well clearance. They're great for the occasional use. They feature spring rollers on cross cables for added traction. The ladder pattern is going to effective during starts and stops on ice.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Curt premium 4 bike rack, part number C18064. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show of some of the features. The first thing is how the frame is kind of bent inward towards the end here. That's going to accommodate different size bikes, such as kids' bikes. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be testing the Rola TX1044 bike rack, part #59401. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first feature I'd like to show is the integrated cable lock in the center of the mast. You pull this out, wrap it around your bikes, and attach it to this end here for additional security to prevent theft and tampering. The arms themselves are adjustable, so it gives you a little bit of wiggle room when you're installing your bikes to situate them appropriately. Now how it actually attaches to the bike rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and 1 off to the side here, and that's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back-and-forth, possibly hitting the bikes in front of it. Let's go and take the bike off and set it aside. With the bike rack in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you a couple of quick measurements.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today, on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Rack, part number NV22G. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look, and show off some of the features. The first feature is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes still attached. To do that, we come to this latch here. Holding on to the bike rack, we'll pull that latch out, let it tilt down, and now we have full access to our rear hatch, to get what ever it is we need, with plenty of room on both sides to do so. I'm even able to get in between the bike and the vehicle to do this.





Toyota Highlander Questions

  • I spoke with a tech at my local Toyota dealer and he told me that the roof weight capacity for the 2012 Toyota Highlander is 100 lbs. This weight capacity applies to factory or aftermarket crossbars. You may wish to use aftermarket crossbars like the Thule AeroBlade Edge, # TH7503-TH7503, or the Whispbar Rail Bar, # WB-S46, because they will not flex as much as the OEM crossbars. You will still be limited to the 100 lbs weight capacity of the vehicle roof, but the crossbars...
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  • If your highlander came with a factory trailer hitch and factory 7-way connector, then it is likely that it came with the tow package. If your vehicle did not come with a trailer hitch and 7-way trailer connector, it likely did not come with a tow package. Where wiring is concerned, you will want to look for a white plug located at the rear of the vehicle, under the spare tire compartment. I have attached a picture showing the plug's location. If you locate this white plug,...
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  • I recommend going with the 13 inch Loadstar ST185/80-D13 Bias Trailer Tire, # AM1ST79. This tire is the same size as the tire you currently have on your pop up camper. These tires have a capacity of 1,725 lbs at 65 psi. With trailer tires you will always want to have them inflated to the maximum psi for the best ride performance and tire wear. I attached an FAQ on trailer tires for you to check out also.
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  • The three trailer hitches we offer for your 2016 Highlander all have the same weight capacities, and when installed would look the same since they are all installed the same. The Draw-Tite, part # 75896 and Hidden Hitch, part # 87660 trailer hitches are exactly the same. Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are sister companies and the only difference between these hitches is the brand name. All three hitches are Class lll and have 2 inch receiver openings. The extra pin hole you...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • There are several ways you can go to rig your 2015 Toyota Highlander with fixed factory roof crossbars for transporting kayaks. Adding a secondary roof rack is not an option, however, since aftermarket racks would have to use the same mounting points as your OEM bars. I confirmed this with my contacts at both Rhino-Rack and Thule. But there are also other ways you can carry kayaks that might give you additional cargo-carrying capabilities and/or possibly save you some money as...
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  • According to my research, you can indeed install a brake controller on your vehicle, but the 2015 Toyota Highlander isn't equipped with the connector under the dash. You will need to use the # ETBC7 brake controller installation kit. The kit contains everything needed to install a brake controller except for the controller and a functioning 4-pole trailer connector. If you don't have a functioning 4-pole, you can install one using part # 118449. For a brake controller, the...
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  • According to the Lance website their model 1985 travel trailer has a dry weight of 3660-lbs and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 5700-lbs. Suitability of your 2014 Toyota Highlander for towing this trailer will depend on how it is equipped. The inline 4-cylinder version has a maximum towing capacity of only 1500-lbs, which makes it unusable for pulling this trailer. But if you have the V6-equipped Highlander it has a maximum rated towing capacity of 5000-lbs. Even if...
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  • The three Class III hitches offered for the 2015 Highlander, the Curt # C13200, the Draw-Tite # 75896 and the Hidden Hitch # 87660 all share the same weight capacities, would install in the same manner, and would look just about exactly alike. When installed, the crossbar and receiver tube would be fully visible under the rear bumper fascia, as you can see in the provided photo. They would be pretty similar in appearance to the Toyota factory hitch, but would be quite a bit...
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  • There are two possible ways that you can carry a bike on your 2008 Toyota Highlander, but I am sorry to say that a trunk mount bike rack will not work. It cannot be safely attached to the vehicle. However, you can still use either a trailer hitch mounted rack or a roof rack. If you want to go with a trailer hitch, I recommend Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75586. And for a bike rack, you can go with something basic like the Commuter 2 Bike Carrier, # HR2500. This is a good, solid...
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  • What you will need is a Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # 5200. The locking portion of this locking hitch pin will need to get removed and used on the hitch pin from your Pro Series Bike Rack # 63124.
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  • After doing some research on your vehicle, I found that there are no trunk mounted bike rack options available for your 2013 Toyota Highlander. Bike rack manufacturers have determined that it would be unsafe to use a trunk mounted bike rack on your rear hatch because the vehicle is unable to support the weight at the point where the carrier must be placed. It is likely due to the spoiler at the top of the rear hatch that you have referenced. These spoilers were not designed...
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  • Yes, the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # C13200, will fit your 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE. If you plan on doing some towing, you may also want a the Curt T-Connector Wiring Harness, # C56217. This is a plug-in style wiring harness that does not require any cutting or splicing to install. I have attached the installation instructions for you to check out. It would be best to purchase a ball mount after the hitch is installed. You will want to make sure you choose a ball...
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  • Rola T-Slot equipped crossbars are intended for Rola accessories but will also work with other brands of similar roof-rack-mount accessories. Since the different brands do not test with each others products there may be instances where a particular T-slot accessory from one maker may not work ideally with the Rola crossbars, but usually we find that these similar systems are compatible. I have included a photo of a Rola T-Slot crossbar showing the dimensions of the slot, which...
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  • The Curt Harness part # 56042 that you referenced is designed as a replacement harness for vehicles like your 2015 Toyota Highlander that came with a factory 4-way. Although Toyota said you have the factory tow package it sounds like you are missing the necessary under dash converter. This is a Toyota part that they might be able to set you up with, but we don't carry it. The best solution I can recommend for you would be to get the part # C56217.
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  • If you are talking about carrying a kayak or canoe on the roof and need somewhere to tie off the bow to the front of your 2014 Toyota Highlander I think I have the perfect solution for you. Take a look at the Thule Quick Loops, # TH530. You will close the cylinder under the hood and leave the strap hanging out providing a quick, easy, and inexpensive tie down point. There is a similar model, # TH529, that you can attach under a bolt.
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  • After checking our records I found that you have a Class III rated hitch that has a maximum tongue weight of 500 pounds, and has a 2 inch by 2 inch receiver opening. I recommend the Rola Tilting Enclosed Cargo Carrier # 59110. You can use this is as a complete enclosed cargo box or or as an open cargo tray. It has a 250 pound carrying capacity. This enclosed carrier that will be more weather resistant than an open cargo carrier used with a bag. The latches that connect the...
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  • You're correct. The vehicle-specific Fit Kit for the 2015 Toyota Highlander is part # THKIT3134. If you're planning on going with the AeroBlade crossbars, you'll need the following in addition to the fit kit: 53 inch Aeroblade Crossbars, part # THARB53 Rapid Podium foot pack, part # TH460R If you were using the square bars, you'd use the same fit kit, along with the following: Thule Square Load Bars, part # THLB50 Podium foot pack, part # TH460 I've linked you...
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  • The 12 foot Long Personal Water Craft Trailer Winch Strap with Safety Hook by Dutton-Lainson, item # DL24291, is designed to be used with a hand winch mounted on the wave runner trailer like the Dutton-Lainson Trailer Winch, item # DL15002. There should be a bow eye on the front of the wave runner that the hook from the strap connects to and then the jet ski can be winched onto the trailer. If you need straps to tie down the rear of the jet ski, I would recommend the Erickson...
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