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Auxiliary Stabilization Straps for a Bike Rack and a Class I Hitch on a 2007 Toyota Corolla


I am purchasing a trailer hitch for my 2007 Toyota Corolla and a 1 1/4 to 2 adapter for the bike rack I already have. When I looked at the instructions for the mount, it said non-trailer loads needed auxiliary stabilizing straps. What are these? Do you sell them? If so, what do they cost and can you add them to my order?

asked by: Peter W

Expert Reply:

On some Curt hitches, like the part you asked your question on, you will find that warning. These are smaller, lighter hitches that can bend with the use of a bike rack or cargo carrier. The idea is to run a strap from the top of the bike rack upright or the arm to the frame or to the trunk/hatch on the car to prevent it from bending down.

We do offer a hitch for your 2007 Toyota Corolla that do not require an auxiliary stabilization strap, Draw-Tite # 24814. Though not required, the stabilization strap could still be useful with these hitches. The strap in question is # 18050. I have linked a video showing how it works.

No matter what you do, keep in mind that the adapter you ordered, and any 1-1/4 to 2 inch adapter, will reduce the hitch tongue weight capacity by 50 percent. The tongue weight capacity of the ordered hitch is 200 pounds. Using this adapter will reduce it to 100 pounds meaning that your bike rack and bikes on the bike rack combined must weigh less than 100 pounds. If your vehicle tongue weight capacity is less than 200 pounds, you must take 50 percent of that number as your new tongue weight capacity.

expert reply by: Patrick B

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