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Availability of a Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander with a 17 Inch Spare Tire

Question:

The installation notes on both the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch #75586 and Hidden-Hitch #87452 say: Fits with mini spare tire stowed under vehicle, but will not fit with full size spare. Will they fit with full-size spare tire on 17-inch wheel which I have on my 2012 Highlander? Does the Toyota OEM receiver hitch have the receiver located under the bottom of the rear bumper or located in the bumper plastic? My 2012 Highlander does not appear to have a cutout in the rear bumper plastic like the 2011 or earlier year models to house the hitch receiver.

asked by: Tong H


Expert Reply:

Both the Draw-Tite, # 75586, and Hidden Hitch, # 87452, will fit with a 17 inch spare tire on your 2012 Toyota Highlander. I could not say where the Toyota factory hitch is located, but the hitches we carry have the receiver below the rear fascia as you can see in the instructions I have included.

If you plan on doing some towing with the hitch, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with two ball mounts, two balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For wiring, use the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118449. I have included a link to the installation details and a video showing a typical installation.

expert reply by: Michael H




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T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector


T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector

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197 reviews

118449

Retail: $55.82

Price:  $45.95

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Trailer Hitch Wiring
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Product Specs:

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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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36 reviews

75586

Retail: $271.88

Price:  $189.95

Product Summary:

Custom Fit Hitch
Class III
Visible Cross Tube
500 lbs TW
5000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

2 Inch Hitch
5000 lbs WD GTW
500 lbs WD TW


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


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

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18 reviews

87452

Retail: $271.88

Price:  $184.95

Product Summary:

Custom Fit Hitch
Class III
Visible Cross Tube
500 lbs TW
5000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

2 Inch Hitch
5000 lbs WD GTW
500 lbs WD TW


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etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit for 2" Hitches - 7,500 lbs


etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit for 2" Hitches - 7,500 lbs

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166 reviews

989900

Price:  $63.96

Product Summary:

Fixed Ball Mount
Ball Mount Kit
Standard
Steel

Product Specs:

Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Rise - 2-3/4 Inch
Drop - 4 Inch
Rise - 3/4 Inch
Drop - 2 Inch
Class III
7500 lbs GTW


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


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

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189 reviews

13534

Retail: $316.12

Price:  $169.55

Product Summary:

Custom Fit Hitch
Class III
Visible Cross Tube
500 lbs TW
5000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

2 Inch Hitch


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