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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller for one to four axles, part number 90195. We're also going to be installing the universal install kit for trailer brake controllers, part number ETBC7. We can manually run up our brake controller. You'll see the level start to climb up. We're going to have a separate boost control. If you look at the trailer picture that's on the boost, as you go up to boost 1, it's going to show a larger trailer. It's going to help you figure out what boost level you want to set it to.



Husky Cargo Floor Liner Review - 2008 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2008 Toyota Highlander, we'll be talking a look at the Husky Liners Classic Cargo Liner in tan, part number HL25883. This is also available in gray, part number HL25882, and in black, part number HL25881. Now, we've gone ahead and taken out our factory floor liner. I'm just going to take are new Husky liner and slide it into place, and we'll push it down so that it fits perfectly. Our Husky Liners floor liner is going to be perfectly contoured to our vehicle and have the raised edge to prevent any spills from getting off of your liner and onto your carpet. The floor liner features a textured bottom that's going to help prevent cargo from shifting while you drive. The liner reaches from the back of your cargo area to the back of your second row. The Husky Liner's cargo liner is made out of a rubberized thermoplastic so won't crack or break and is quick and easy to clean: simply remove it, clean with soap and water, and either towel dry or air dry. That's going to be our completed look at the Husky Liners custom cargo liner, part number HL25883, on our 2008 Toyota Highlander.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on this 2012 Toyota Highlander we're going to be test fitting the Rhino Rack Vortex Aero crossbars roof rack system, consisting of part number RRVA126B-2, those are going to be the crossbars, and then part number RRSX005, and those are going to be the SX series legs for the crossbars. We already have the front one installed here. You can see they have a nice aerodynamic shape, and the two bars together have a carrying capacity of a hundred and sixty-five pounds, although you want to double check with your manufacturer's instructions to make sure that your roof can withstand that amount of weight. Let's go ahead and show you how the rear ones install. We have one partially assembled on our table here. The first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and flip this upside down. We're going to take one of our legs and we're going to go ahead and install it. Let me flip it around here.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on this 2012 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima HoldUp 4 Bike Rack, part number Y02443-2. 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 the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. This is kind of heavy, so it might be a good idea to get an extra set of hands to kind of help you tilt this away. I'll go ahead and do that now just so it doesn't look too awkward. Just lift up slightly, pull the pin, let it come down, and we have access to our rear hatch to get whatever it is we need. I would like to point out with our particular bike here, we measured from the center of the handlebars to this edge here, so from here to here, that would be easier to see, that would be nine inches.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today in this 2012 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be test fitting the Yakima hold up 2 bike rack for 2 inch hitches, for number Y02443. One of the first features I'd like to show off, and probably the most important, is the fact that this can tilt away from the vehicle with the bike still attached. To do that, we're going to take one hand to hold on to the bike rack, you see this red knob at the base here, lift up slightly, pull it out, gently let it come down, now we have access to our rear hatch. I would like to point out here, from the center of our handlebars, out, so from here to here, that's going to be about nine inches. You can see you still have plenty of space in between if you already have different sized handlebars. Going to close that back up. Now, to lift it back into position, all you do is grab by the bike rack, never the bike, lift up, you'll hear that click and now it's locked back into place. Another feature I'd like to point out is the integrated cable lock.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the RockyMounts SplitRail platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is RKY1140. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We can actually tilt it away with our bikes fully loaded. We're going to come down here and pull out on this lever.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the Swagman XT2 platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is S64650. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We have a front and rear wheel cradle which are going to hold our wheels into place and prevent them from spinning while we drive down the road. We also have our frame hook, which is going to really hold our bike down into those wheel cradles.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the ROLA TX-102 hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is 59400. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we do it. We've got two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway in the back. Just going to pull down and lift up on those.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 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 down. We're first going to go over one of the main features of this style rack. We actually can tilt this away with our bike rack fully loaded. We're going to come here to the back and pull down on that handle.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 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. First we're going to show you one of the main features of this rack. If we come to the handle at the end here we'll squeeze it together. That's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the Thule Roadway hanging-style 2-bike rack. That part number is TH912XTR. Now we already have our bike secured down. 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 here and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander, we're doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex hanging style, 4-bike rack. That part number is TH9029XT. The first thing we're going to do with it installed is show you how we secure it in place. We have two cradles with three straps, two on our frame here and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We're going to pull down and lift up to release those. Then we'll be able to pull our bike off and set it off to the side.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 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 a pretty high weight capacity it is very lightweight so it's easy to insert and take out of your hitch. First thing we're going to do here while it's installed on our vehicle is take a few measurements. Starting off with our ground clearance, it's going to be about 9-1/4".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 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-inch hitches only and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. First thing we're going to do here while it's installed is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with our ground clearance. Just underneath here, we're going to have about 11 1/4 inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 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 only and has a 500 pound weight capacity. First thing we're going to do while it's installed on our vehicle is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with our ground clearance here. To the bottom of our carrier we're going to have about 13-1/2".



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Toyota Highlander

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 by 48 Cargo Carrier. That part number is C18110. Now this is designed to work with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches and has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Now although it does have a pretty high weight capacity, it is very lightweight so it's easy to put into and take out of our hitch. The first thing we're going to do is take a few measurements, starting off with our ground clearance. To the bottom of this bolt here we're going to have about 14".



Best 2012 Toyota Highlander Hitch Options

Today on our 2012 Toyota Highlander we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available, starting with the CURT class three 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 three here on the bottom, part number 75586. 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. The Draw-Tite on the bottom will be the easiest to install because you don't have to wiggle it in position over the muffler and tailpipe. Now they all have generally the same points of attachment.



Best 2011 Toyota Highlander Hitch Options

Today on our 2011 Toyota Highlander we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available starting with Curt class three 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 three here on the bottom part number 75586. 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. The Draw Tite on the bottom will be the easiest to install because you don't have to wiggle it into position over the muffler and tail pipe. Now, they all have generally the same points of attachment.



Best 2010 Toyota Highlander Hitch Options

Today on our 2010 Toyota Highlander we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available, starting with the CURT class three 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 three here on the bottom, part number 75586. 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. The Draw-Tite on the bottom will be the easiest to install because you don't have to wiggle it in position over the muffler and tailpipe. Now they all have generally the same points of attachment.



Best 2009 Toyota Highlander Hitch Options

Today on our 2009 Toyota Highlander we'll be looking at the most popular hitch options available, starting with the CURT class three 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 three here on the bottom, part number 75586. 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. The Draw-Tite on the bottom will be the easiest to install because you don't have to wiggle it in position over the muffler and tailpipe. Now they all have generally the same points of attachment.





Toyota Highlander Questions

  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • For your 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 70778. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver rated for 300 pounds tongue weight and 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing I also recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin...
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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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