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Best 2013 Toyota Highlander Hitch Options

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander, we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available. Starting with a CURT class 3 here on the top, part number 13534. Then we have a draw-tite class three, here in the middle, part number 75726. Then we have another draw-tite class 3 here on the bottom, part number 75586. As you can see, all of our hitches have a very similar design. The CURT and the draw-tite here in the middle, they both slide over our muffler on the passenger side of the vehicle, whereas the draw-tite here on the bottom goes underneath it.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the Swagman XC-2 Platform Style 2-Bike Rack. That part number is S64650. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're going to show you how we secure our bike into place, take a few measurements and go over a few features. Now how we secure our bike down. Here in the center we have a frame hook which is going to hold our bike down into our wheel cradles.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're taking a look at the Rolla TX-102 hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is 59400. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're going to go over some features, take a few measurements, and start off by showing you how we secure our bike into place. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. To remove our bike we're just going to start by removing those. Then we can lift our bike up and set it off to the side.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is INH305. Now we already have our bike secured into place. We're first going to show you one of the key features about this rack. We could actually tilt this rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded. We're going to come here to the back and pull down on this lever.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway Hanging Style Two-Bike Rack. That part number is TH 912 XTR. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're going to go over some features, take a few measurements, and show you how we secure our bike in place. We have two cradles in place with three straps. Two on our frame here, and one is our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to start by releasing those.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander, we're taking a look at the Yakima Light Rider hanging style two-bike rack. That part number is Y02472. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're going to go over some features, take a few measurements and show you how we secure our bike into place. First thing we'll go over is how we secure our bike down. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway on the back.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex hanging style 4-bike rack. That part number is TH9029XT. Now, we already have our bike secured down here. We're first going to show you how we do that. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway in the back. We're going to start by releasing that.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander, we're doing a test fit of the Thule T2 Pro platform style two bike rack. That part number is TH9034. We already have our bikes secured down, so we're first going to go over some features, take a few measurements, and show you how our bike is secured down. The first feature I want to show you is our tilting feature because we can do this with our bike rack fully loaded. We're going to come here to the back and squeeze our handle together, lower that down, and we'll check to see if we gained full access back here. We are going to clear our handle bars there. Now you'll notice we do have a lot of space between our handle bars.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg-Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is CC-100. Now this is designed to work with 2" hitches and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. Now although it does have that high weight capacity, it is very lightweight so it's easy to put into and take out of your hitch. The first thing we're going to do while it's installed is take a few measurements. We'll start off with our ground clearance here. We're going to have about 10-1/2" of clearance.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the CURT folding 20 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is C18151. Now this is designed to work with 2" hitches and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements, starting off with our ground clearance. Going to have about 12-1/4" of clearance. Overall to our vehicle we're adding about 36-1/2".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the CURT 20 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is C18150. Now this is designed to work with 2" hitches and has a 500 pound weight capacity. The first thing we're going to do while it's on our vehicle is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with our ground clearance here. We're going to have about 14-3/4".



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the MaxxTow 48 by 21 cargo carrier. That part number is MT70422. Now this is designed to work with 2" hitches and has a 500 pound weight capacity. Although it does have that very high weight capacity, it is a lightweight aluminum cargo carrier so it's very easy to put into and take out of our hitch. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance is going to be about 11-3/4". Overall to our vehicle we're adding about 30-3/4".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 x 48 cargo carrier. That part number is C18110. This is designed to work with both 1-1/4 and 2-inch hitches and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Although it does have that pretty high weight capacity, it is a very lightweight cargo carrier, so it is easy to insert and take out of our hitch. We'll start off with a few measurements here. The first is going to be ground clearance. It'll have about 15 inches of ground clearance.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Toyota Highlander - Curt

Today on our 2014 Toyota Highlander, we'll be installing the Curt Class 3 2 inch trailer hitch receiver, part number C13200. You can see we have a nice, factory-like appearance where it tucks up nicely underneath the bumper cover. You don't have very much hanging down at all. The back of the 2 inch receiver almost fits flush with the rear bumper, so when you are walking behind the back of the vehicle to load cargo into the hatch, you don't have to worry about knocking your knee or your shin into it and suffering the pain of that. We have a nice plate here, bolted underneath our receiver and the frame of our hitch, so we can hook our safety chains up to. Nice large openings there too, so we will be able to get large diameter hooks through there to secure our trailer safety chains. We have a high gloss black powder coated finish here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Toyota Highlander - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2014 Toyota Highlander well be installing the draw tight Max-E loader trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver, class 3, part number 75896. With our draw tight class 3 receiver hitch installed on the back of our Toyota Highlander you can see we have this nice round tubular frame that sits right underneath the back bumper. It doesn't stick out very far. You dont have a lot hanging down, and it gives you a nice clean factory like appearance. We have our standard 2 by 2 opening here to insert your ball mount, bike carrier, or your cargo carrier, or what other hitch mounted accessory you may have. We also have this nice angular plate here, welded to the bottom of our hitch, to hook on our safety chains from our trailer. Unlike a lot of receivers, this has a fairly large opening here. If you had a large hook, like those to your sinker chain, youll be able to hook it up nice and easily.



Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chain Installation - 2013 Toyota Higlander

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander, we'll be installing the Titan Chain Cable Snow Tire Chains with Ladder Pattern with the Steel Rollers, part number TC3010. Here's what our chain looks like once it's installed on our 2013 Toyota Highlander. The ladder pattern chain assists with affective starts and stops, the rollers that wrap around the cables to form cross-chains provide good traction in light snow, the low profile design allows for a smooth ride, and they are SAE Class S rated for low profile tires. They are very affective in light snow. They come with a reusable storage bag, they are quick and easy to install, and they come with one axle pair. To begin the installation of our tire chains we first need to orient the chain itself in the proper manner. You want to have this tensioner here on the outside of the tire. These hooks here, the opening, you want that facing away from the tire.



WeatherTech 2nd and 3rd Row Rear Floor Mat Review - 2014 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2014 Toyota Highlander, we'll be looking at the WeatherTech 2nd and 3rd Row Rear Auto Floor Mats in black, part number WT446324. They are also available in tan, part number WT456324, and finally, they are available in gray, part number WT466324. As you can see, we have a nice coverage here. It even goes up along the side panels a little bit for our 3rd row seating. You can see, we do have a nice bridge that connects the 2nd row to the 3rd row. That way we won't track any dirt or debris or moisture that you will use in the 3rd row seating on our vehicle. The mat itself is made of a durable rubberized plastic material to provide many years of service. It is chemical and weather resistant, so we don't have to worry about gasoline, oils, paint, solvents, thing of that nature, eating at the material of the mat.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we'll be doing a test fit on the MaxxTow cargo carrier. That's part number MT70422. I've already got it loaded up on the Highlander, just to give you a good idea what it's going to look like. I'd like to say that it is made out of aluminum, so it's going to be really, really, really lightweight, and easy to load up into your receiver. It's dimensions are 48 x 21. It has a 500 lb.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today, on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we'll be doing a test fit on the Stromberg Carlson Carrier; that's part #CC-100. I've already got it loaded up on the Highlander just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. As you can see, it's a sizable carrier. We've got plenty of anchor points to secure our cargo. We have a mesh floor, so it's going to be easy to clean. Dirt and debris is just going to fall right through. Its dimensions are 23 x 60.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2016 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2016 Toyota Highlander, we'll be doing a test fit of the CURT folding cargo carrier. That's part number C18151. I've all ready got it loaded up on the Highlander just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. As you can see, it's a sizable carrier. It's dimensions are 20 by 60. It has a 500-pound weight capacity. We've got plenty of areas to tie down our cargo.





Toyota Highlander Questions

  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A 5,200 pound axle is most like a de-rated 6,000 pound axle so 12 x 2 inch brake assemblies are most likely correct. Measure the pad width and the inner diameter of the hub where the pads touch to determine if 12 x 2 is the correct size. I have also included a picture that shows the bolt hole measurements for the brakes you have referenced. If all of the measurements are the same as what you have then I would go with the Nev-R-Adjust brakes like # 23-458 and # 23-459. After...
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  • I would be happy to compare the trailer hitch options for your 2014 Toyota Highlander XLE. As you mentioned you have three options, Curt # C13200, Draw-Tite # 75896, and Hidden Hitch # 87660. These are all Class III trailer hitches with a towing capacity of 6,000 lbs and a tongue weight capacity of 900 lbs. The difference in non-trailer loads does not effect the 2014 Highlander. Curt will require the use of a stabilizing strap for non-trailer loads on their Class I, Class...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 trailer wiring harness # C56217 and other wiring harnesses for your 2014 Toyota Highlander include converter boxes because the vehicle has separate turn signals and brake lights but trailers have combined turn signals and brake lights. The converter box converters the separate signals from the vehicle for the proper output to the trailer. It does not make the lights any more or less bright. This is a 4-Way trailer connector so it only has the basic lighting functions....
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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 hitch you selected part # 87615 will not affect the fit or operation of your spare tire. I added a drawing that shows how a full size tire needs to be stowed with this hitch installed. T-One Wiring Harness, # 118449 etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit, # EBMK4 DeadBlot Trailer Hitch Lock, # 7683
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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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  • 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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  • 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,...
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  • 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...
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