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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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  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 6000 lbs GTW
  • 900 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 8000 lbs WD GTW
  • 900 lbs WD TW
This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Curt. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number C13200 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Trailer Hitch - C13200

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 6,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 8,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 900 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 900 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



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C13200 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C13200 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2019 Toyota Highlander




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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Toyota Highlander - Curt

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota Highlander we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13200.Here's what our hitch is going to look like. It is going to sit just right below the bumper and the cross-tube is going to sit right below the bumper as well, and it is going to be visible. The receiver tube is going to be pretty close to flush with the back of the bumper. Maybe just a quarter or an eighth of an inch, not sticking out much at all. We're not going other have to worry about running into it when we're walking behind our car.Our hitch is a Class III hitch, which means it's going to give us that two-inch by two-inch receiver tube opening and it's going to feature a reinforced collar not only adding to the nice look of it, but also giving it some added strength. Since it's a Class III, we're going to have a wide variety of accessories available.

The way we're going to mount all those accessories is going to be through the hitch pinhole here. It's going to accept a standard five-eighths pin and clip.Now, these aren't included in the kit, but you can pick them up on our website using part number PC3. The safety chain connection points are going to be a plate-style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube and as you can see they're going to have rather large holes. I can almost get my entire hand through. We're not going to have too much trouble getting most sized hooks on and off.

Just keep in mind that if you do have some smaller hooks coming from the side is going to be rather difficult because of the flange here. If you have some that are rather small as well it's not too bad, but there is a bit of a large flange through where you're going to have to try to get that hook over.Now our hitch is going to feature a 900 tongue weight along with a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. It is designed to work with weight distribution systems as well. Its tongue weight is going to stay the same at 900 pounds but our gross trailer rating is going to get bumped up to 8,000 pounds. Now with all that in mind, I always recommend that you double check your Highlander's owner's manual and you never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements and that's going to help you in deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or even a cargo carrier.

From the center of hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper it's going to be right about two inches. From the ground to the inside top end edge of the receiver tube opening, that's going to be about 16 inches. Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation I went ahead and lowered my spare tire. Now, it's not necessary but it'll make it a lot easier for you to work underneath the vehicle, give yourself a little bit more head room. And you'll be able to see a lot easier.

On the driver's side here we're going to have to remove this plastic appearance panel to the very back. We're going to have a few push pins as well as a few bolts that are holding it in place. To remove the bolts on the outside of the panel here I'm going to be using a 10mm socket.For the push pins, you'll notice that there's some small notches going around the edge. You're going to want to grab a flat-blade screwdriver and go right in that notch and you're gonna pop out the center section of the push pin first. You're just going to release the tension and then we can remove the rest of it. Now there is going to be two more plastic retaining nuts on the inside towards our spare tire. These are going to be 12mm and these aren't going to fully come off but it should lower the panel while we loosen it. Then we can pull the panel out.We're also going to need to remove the passenger appearance panel that's underneath. We're going to have some more 10mm bolts holding it in place. Now right behind the muffler if we look up by the frame rail, there is going to be one that's going to be hidden so we don't want to forget that one. Then we're also going to have some plastic push pins that we're going to need to take out. On the passenger's side we're going to have this tow-hook here and we're going to need to remove the bolts that are holding it in place. You're going to want to grab a 17mm socket and we can pull them out.Now right towards the front of our vehicle, right by the muffler we're also going to have this bracket that's going to be in the frame rail. We're going to need to remove that bold holding it in place. Again, we'll grab our 17mm socket and we can pull it out. I do want to mention we will be reinstalling this bracket and sandwiching it in between the hitch. Now just towards the back we're going to have our muffler hanger bracket bolted to the side of the frame. We're going to need to remove these two bolts and hold onto them so I'm going to grab a 12mm socket and pull those out.Now on the frame rail we're going to have these plastic and rubber plugs. We're going to need to remove all of them. These plastic ones that had the flat notch in it, it's going to take a flathead screwdriver. I'm actually gonna unscrew the plug 'cause these are going to have factory weld nuts in them. It'll be a lot easier just to unthread it and it'll come right out. For the rubber plugs, you can just pop them out and then there's just going to be a hole in the frame. Remove all the plugs on the passenger's side as well. Before we put our hitch up, I want to go over the mounting locations. Our hitch is going to mount to all the factory weld nuts or the threaded holes that are in the frame.We're going to take our M12 bolts and again a conical tooth washer. We're going to slide the washer over the bolts and we're going to make sure that it's facing up towards the hitch. We're going to be able to thread it in just like that. Now it's always a good idea to take your bolt and make sure that you can thread into the frame nice and easy and that there's not going to be rush or corrosion inside the threads. Now since all of them are covered up and they have plugs in them, there shouldn't be anything in there.Now with an extra set of hands we're going to lift our hitch into place. You want to slide it over the exhaust. We can line up the holes in our hitch with the holes in the frame. You're going to want to get at least one bolt in on each side to help support the hitch, then we can get the rest of the hardware in place. With our hitch in place I'm going to come back with a 19mm socket and I'm going to snug up all my hardware. I'm going to come back with that same 19mm socket and a torque wrench and I'm going to torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions.You want to make sure you repeat that for all of your remaining hardware. With our hitch in place we can put our passenger side panel back in. Since we removed that bracket back there we won't be reinstalling that last fastener at the front of that plastic panel. Now as you see our hitch is going to interfere with our panel. Now we have the option to leave it off, or I made some general marks of where I'm going to cut my plastic panel here. We could always go back and trim some more but we should be able to just notch this down a little bit, come over, and then cut this front section off that's going to interfere with the hitch. I can use a pair of tin snips, cutters, a sharp utility knife, or I'm going to be using a rotary tool to cut this section out.Now we can test fit it and trim it anywhere else as necessary. We can see that our panel is going to back in place. We may just need to take just a tiny bit more off the inside edge of this opening right here. Once you have your panel trimmed up, go ahead and put your hardware back in for the panel. Just keep in mind, we are going to lose that one fastener because we had to trim the panel to put it back in. Finally we can put our spare tire back into place. That'll finish up your look at the Curt Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13200, on our 2018 Toyota Highlander.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13200

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (440 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.

- C13200
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The hitch receiver is very well constructed, arrived on time and in perfect condition. All parts and instructions for installation were included. Installation was straightforward and quickly accomplished. Useful to have a helper to hold up one side while fitting bolts to the other - but one person could make it work. Also purchased a wiring harness that was simple and quick to install. Everything was completed within an hour. This was our second hitch from e-trailer - perfect product and service each time. 134997



- C13200
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2018 Toyota Highlander

Installed last night. Planning on hauling a small camper and occasional bike rack. Just followed the convenient video etrailer has on how to install it on a 2018 Highlander. The enclosed instructions are useful as well as they show where to trim some of the under body panels to fit. The only difference is my car did not have a tow hook to remove. I did it myself using a pair of ramps to hold it in place while I threaded the bolts, but it would have be A LOT easier with two people. As the video states it does stick out the back maybe a 1/4". Always feels nice to buy American. 554153



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Ordered Curt Class 3 Hitch Receiver and custom T-connector Wiring Harness for 2015 Highlander. Order dispatched immediately Monday morning. Delivery as promised Thursday. Box was pretty badly beaten up and harness had been expelled from separate clamshell packaging. Nothing appeared damaged and all parts (except for 10 amp microbus for vehicle fusebox) were present. Video instructions for installing both parts were excellent and was able to do install in about 2 hours (don't have a lift and was working by self). Now just have to see if wiring actually works when I go rent my trailer. Thanks 407158



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This has been perfect! Was able to install by myself. Have had no issues and have been using regularly. I definitely recommend. 573059



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2018 Toyota Highlander

I installed this hitch on my 2018 Highlander. If you follow instructions its a very simple installation. My only advice would be to make the cutouts smaller they were larger then needed. Other then that excellent all the way!! 562534



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2018 Toyota Highlander

etrailer is amazing. Great prices and products. Easy to navigate the web site to attain the right parts. Fast shipping. Video directions of installation are spot on. I installed the hitch myself. Hitch fit perfect and is well made and solid. Well packaged for shipping, arrived with no scratches or marks. Can’t beat the price. Also used the Curt wiring harness. Simple plug in and done. Couldn’t have been easier. This is the third hitch I have purchased from etrailer. I wouldn’t waste my time anywhere else. 574142



- C13200
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2018 Toyota Highlander

Does not fit my 2018 Toyota Highlander. The spare tire is too wide. The shipping to Hawaii was not free. I will purchase a OEM. 564850


Comments

This hitch part C13200 will fit with full size spare tire stowed under vehicle unless spare is on an Aluminum rim, which is too wide.

-- Heather A - 09/20/2018

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2015 Toyota Highlander

Promptly shipped and delivered. Looks good. have not installed it yet. 568170



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2018 Toyota Highlander

Quick delivery, easy installation, seems to be a very nice hitch, great service from etrailer 563018



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2018 Toyota Highlander

Easy to install 575181



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Easy to install.... 223527


Comments

Excellent

Nelson - 09/01/2016

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2018 Toyota Highlander

Super easy install of the C13200 on my 2018 Highlander Limited. I reviewed the videos for installing hitch and harness. They were well done and missed nothing. I set the hitch on an overturned 5 gallon bucket and was able to easily start the bolts on each side without a second set of hands. I marked and cut the panels with a fresh blade in a utility knife. The plastic panels are just soft enough. I did not have to take the spare down but I do see where you would need to tilt it when raising and lowering it into place. One suggestion for the folks at e-trailer: put your decals on straight if you'd like me to advertise for you. Mine was slapped on crooked and creased so I took it off. You do a great job on everything else! This was the second time I've bought a hitch from you and am completely happy with your products and service. Oh, and wiring harness was a cinch, too! 572172



- C13200
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2017 Toyota Highlander

Very good delivery time, 2 days. I put in on my 2017 Highlander the day I received it. It took about an hour and a half. Now that I have done it, it probably would only take an hour. The fit was good and it looks good. I have not used it yet, but I feel it will do the job. My dealer wanted $1,200 to put a Toyota hitch on, I am very happy with the price I paid to etrailer and it shipped free. 427836


Comments

It has worked fine. I out a motor cycle carrier on it and drove 1,800 miles with no problems

Hollis L - 09/02/2018

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- C13200
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2018 Toyota Highlander

All the people at etrailer.com were very helpful and the shipment was delivered on time and in good condition with all required parts included. After viewing several installation video’s, I decided to perform the installation myself because the procedure was so well documented. The only problem I encountered was a miss alignment of the forward mounting holes on both sides of the hitch. The other 4 bolts were at the extreme end of the adjustment slot but I was able to install them by hand. To install the remaining 2 bolts, I fabricated a spreader device and was able to widen the brackets about ¼” which allowed the 2 remaining bolts to be inserted. Working alone this proved to be a challenging task and is the reason why I rated this product with only 4 stars. 571518


Comments

The mounting flanges on a trailer hitch are designed for straight line strength, but not necessarily lateral strength. The flanges are purposely designed to have some give in them, so that if they get flexed during shipping, they can be easily bent back into place. As long as the powder coat didnt crack and there arent any cracks in the mounting flange itself, the hitch will work perfectly after being bent back into place. Ill link you to a help article that shows a few different ways of manipulating the hitch back into place.

-- Mike L - 10/04/2018

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2016 Toyota Highlander

I'm 77 years old and if I can put this hitch on my 2016 Highlander by myself I believe anybody can do it. I did it without a lift lying on my back on the garage floor. One thing I would suggest is to remove the spare tire (as I did) to make more room to work. When the plastic cover and the plugs and all the prep work was accomplished I laid the spare tire on its side with several pieces of wood on top to prop up the drivers side while I worked the hitch over the muffler exhaust on the passenger side. Since I was working on my back I had placed the trailer hitch on my feet and worked it up to my stomach to support it and after lining it up was able to start a bolt on the drivers side and then on the exhaust side. Once the weight of the hitch was supported by these two bolts the rest was easy. I used my Dremel tool and bench knife to trim the plastic covers per directions. I am very pleased with how the hitch fits and looks on my Highlander. I was concerned initially it would show to much and not look good. I was wrong....I fits and looks great. Since I was working alone I was unable to take pictures of the process. 561422



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2018 Toyota Highlander

I originally shopped for the the Toyota OEM hitch for its tidy appearance. It is too expensive and I did not want to spend time disassembling and cutting the bumper. The OEM wiring kit is also unnecessarily complicated. My neighbor recently had a Draw Tite installed which was nearly as tidy as the OEM hitch, so I came to etrailer.com to shop for one. Then, I saw this Curt at a much lower price with a higher tongue weight capacity, so I ordered one. I installed it myself in one morning, taking my time to not hurt myself or the SUV. I also took time to Loctite the bolts. The suggestions and pictures of others to not trim as much from the underbody panels was very helpful and easy to do with a bare hacksaw blade. I initially thought the more visible cross bar would detract from the appearance, but after installation, I find that it actually adds a nice little bit of visual mass to the rear, as you can generally see under the bumper to the suspension components which is not particularly attractive. The way the tube is bent down without exposing the end plates is much cleaner than the Draw-Tite Max Frame, while still providing the same tongue weight capacity. I made a couple of calls to customer service before buying and received very thoughtful answers and input. I purchased and installed a T-One wiring harness which was FAR easier than I thought thanks to the very well done install video. I like the T-One over the Curt for the simple reason that the Curt kit requires drilling a hole for the ground wire, and I hate doing that. One thing I did differently than the install video was I cut a small hole in the bumper side of the underfloor tray to poke the hitch wire AND the in-line fuse holder through, to ensure access to change the fuse without having to take out the whole tray. I once tried to rent an old rental trailer with my minivan and some sort of short blew the fuse. Because it was easily accessible behind a removable panel, I was able to diagnose and change it easily. So, I wanted to make sure this fuse would be similarly accessible. Thanks etrailer! 551028



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I chose this product primarily based on two things: 1) it did not protrude from the bumper, and 2) the installation did not require re-positioning of the muffler. The shipping time was great, ordered on the 8th, received it on the 10th in Atlanta, Ga. It is very well built and I do not anticipate any problems with it. The on-line video showed everything I needed to know on how to install it. It was well worth the time spent watching it. The receiver was a bit cumbersome to install it by myself, if I had another person, as recommended, it would have been a breeze. In all, I am very pleased with the product. 486017



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Fits up as directed, 2.5 hour install with trailer wiring. Feels solid. Spare wheel still fits with a little finagling. It's my first vehicle with a spare tire suspended under the boot, so I may need some time to learn how to do it properly. 569639



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Excellent step by step installation instructions down to the smallest detail. Perfect fit! The Carpod basket is perfect for hauling any kind of cargo, including extra large garbage cans! 512621



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2016 Toyota Highlander

This is the 3rd trailer hitch I have purchased from eTrailer.com, and once again it was a excellent experience. Great price, delivered on time, high quality product, and the perfect fit for my vehicle. The instructional video made it easy to install. Now we're all set to carry our bikes and accessories on our summer vacation! 517089



- C13200
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Toyota Highlander

This was the 4th hitch that I installed. As typical, the hardest part was getting the plastic covers detached and modified to allow them to be remounted after the hitch was installed. The suggested places to cut could have been a little more clear. I would recommend trying to mount the plastic before cutting to ensure you minimize your cut and make it a clean cut. All told it took me 55 minutes from the time I backed the Highlander into the garage until it was completed and driven away. The instructions on how to take the plastic covers off were a little confusing as it sounded like they wanted me to take off the low bumper molding which thankfully did not need to come off at all. Now that I look back at them, they make more sense. All part of the fun. 200884



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2015 Toyota Highlander

The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver was easy to install and looks great. I had never installed a hitch before and it went really quick and was straightforward. I looked at the other hitch options available and felt this hitch did the best job of blending in with the vehicle, as if it had been there sense day one. 184070


Comments

After one year Im still very happy with the purchase. Id recommend it.

Nathan P - 04/07/2016

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- C13200
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2015 Toyota Highlander

I had to modify the instructions slightly. My vehicle is a 2015 Highlander, XLE. Installation was not difficult. Most of the time was spended on trimming the drivers side underbody panel to my liking. Passenger side trim don't have to be remove. On the metal facial tab, only remove the existing m12 bolt. I removed the bolts holding the muffler to give me easier access because this was a one man installation. Follow the rest of the information. Shipping was done fast and the vendor was always helpful providing information. 183266


Comments

I also have a 2015 XLE. Did you have it on a rack or did you crawl underneath?Did you need to use torque wrenches or were good standard socket wrenches okay?Did all the attachment bolts come with the kit?

-- comment by: David R - 12/14/2015

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2014 Toyota Highlander

Great product and great customer service from etrailer! I've been putting off getting a hitch receiver for a while and the time had come to stop borrowing friends trucks to haul things around. I did some research and after watching the install video online, I decided there was no reason to pay someone to do this install. As expected, it was relatively easy (especially when someone else helps hold the hitch up while you start the bolts). The receive does stick down below the bumper slightly (as accurately shown in their product gallery) but not as bad as some of the other models out there. Based on the combination of price and visual appeal, you can't go wrong with the Curt receiver. I also bought the wiring kit from etrailer and installation was a breeze! One note to future customers watch the etrailer install videos. They are extremely thorough and will make the installation of whatever you decide to buy much easier! 239178



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Toyota Highlander

Thanks for all your help! What a great experience. Your instructions and videos were spot on and easy to follow. Had the hitch installed with the wiring harness in an hour and save a few hundred dollars on the install. 385782



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I am pleased with the product and found the installation video more useful than the instructions. I believe the instructions have the left under panel diagram inverted and I did not need to make the cut towards the front of the vehicle. A utility knife worked well to make the cuts for the left panel but the passenger side panel was thick and required a dremel. The instructions call for torquing 12mm bolts when they are really 19mm bolts. I attempted to install the hitch myself by making a center-of-the car oriented ramp to slide the hitch up into place. I used an old jack under the lower portion to raise everything to optimum height. It required too many hands so I ended up having my wife raise and lower the jack as i slid everything into place. Everything fit. 429846



- C13200
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2014 Toyota Highlander

I got the trailer hitch & wiring kit yesterday and installed both on my 2014 Highlander in about 4 hours. It was fairly straightforward, but a couple of things should be noted. The fuse box under the hood requires a 30 amp fuse for the trailer, you supplied a 10 amp however the converter has a 10 amp fuse. I had a 30 amp fuse so I just installed it in the empty slot for the trailer circuit. Another thing is that if you wish to continue to use the existing tow hook bracket the bolts supplied are not long enough but I simply discarded the bracket as the trailer hitch itself can be used for this purpose. I also wish there was a more convenient way to route the 4-conductor flat plug for the trailer outside instead of just laying it over the rear deck and closing it. It would be helpful to have two people to lift and hold the hitch while bolting it to the body but I did it myself by using wood blocks on one side while putting the bolts in on the other side. Other than that, the hitch looks great, and is heavy enough for my utility trailer and perhaps greater loads. I'd buy it again. 220762


Comments

Your trailer hitch and wiring harness fit flawlessly and I recommended you to my good friend [...]who also bought one from you. Much better price than what Toyota wanted for theirs which was in the $700 range if I remember correctly.thanks,

Steven P - 08/23/2016

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2015 Toyota Highlander

Five Stars! I leased a new 2015 Toyota Highlander a few months ago and completely forgot to negotiate the trailer hitch install, so I went to Toyota and they wanted $466.00! I shopped around town and got similar quotes. The best quote was from the local U-Haul dealer and I was ready to have them do the install in a few days. But then, the "little voice inside" suggested I do a search online and found Etrailer.com and reviewed the three different models of trailer hitches you offered for my rig. After the reviews, I was convinced the "CURT" Brand you offer was the one I wanted. This is a leased vehicle and I wanted to get the best fit possible. I realized I could not control the type of hitch U-Haul would install so my best option was to getr' done myself and save the money as well! I had not even considered buying and installing a trailer hitch for my SUV but the high quality detailed install videos you provided took all the "mystery" away about doing the install myself. The hitch arrived in perfect condition in a few days with free shipping and was glad to see you took the extra time to tape the wiring harness box to the inside of the large box to make sure it remained with the package. The install went perfect, saved a bunch, and very happy about the entire transaction with Etrailer.com. 244225



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Toyota

From start to finish, this is a great product and a great buying experience. I had shopped this product around on the internet, and found that the videos, documents, and customer service from etrailer was where I would spend my money. I was not disappointed. I ordered this item on a Tuesday, received status updates from George at etrailer via email, UPS showed up on Friday evening (7:19pm according the the tracker on the site), and had finished cleaning up my tools and the garage floor by 9pm. The video on the site was for my exact vehicle, everything fit as prescribed, and while I expected that I'd have to use your video for the install, the printed instructions were all that I needed. For the do-it-yourselfer's out there, it is mentioned in the video that you don't have to loosen the exhaust to install the hitch. That is correct. I laid a piece of cardboard on my garage floor and went to work. I thought about putting the rear wheels on my car ramps, but there is ample room to work without it. You will need two people to guide the hitch in from behind so that you can sneak over the rear exhaust if you choose not to loosen it from the hangar, but my wife helped me do that, and then I set her side of the hitch on a tall bucket until I got a pair of bolts installed on my side. The most time consuming thing is trimming the plastic underbody pieces, but there's no way around that. I used my dremel as they showed in the video. I wouldn't want to try that with a utility knife, as that is some tough plastic, but that's a Toyota thing, not an etrailer thing. I even received a follow up from George this morning (Saturday), letting me know that his system showed that the delivery was made last night. You may find this item for a few bucks cheaper elsewhere, but when I buy a speciality item like this, I need to be sure that there is someone to help me. Thanks! 217720


Comments

It works like a champ. I still use it monthly for hauling bikes and a kayak rack.

Dan D - 08/16/2016

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2013 Toyota Highlander

I was able to install the hitch solo, as my second person failed to show. No need to hoist the vehicle, there was plenty of room to work. Lowering the spare made removal of the driver side cowling much easier. I then rested the hitch on the spare tire, making the first bolt in relatively easy. I shored up the other side by jacking the hitch up . I could have used stacked lumber as well, for an even safer mounting process. My high-speed Dremel saw was elsewhere, but my oscillating wood/drywall saw I think gave me a better and straighter cut. It was safer too. It was much easier than anticipated. Note: The spare does need to be tilted up on to the hitch so it will fit properly. It's unlikely a full size spare will fit in the same space. That's my only caveat for the hitch. If you have a newer than 2013 hybrid Highlander, look for my review of the wiring harness . The battery in the back creates a modest complication . 438184



- C13200
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2014 Toyota Highlander

I installed the trailer hitch and wiring kit to our 2014 Toyota Highlander. Since I am 69 my wife insisted that my son help. I did the "prep work" getting the car up on improvised "ramps" (2x12 and a 4x4) under each rear wheel. I (my son) had no problems installing the hitch. Taking off the Toyota trim parts was "interesting", the panel under the drivers side of the car had 3 different types of fasteners, but that is a Toyota issue. As for the wiring kit I did that myself. One question I had was, why 3 fuses of different physical sizes when only 2 are required. The suggestion I have is on the wiring kit, the fuse holder that is attached to the module should have longer wires (maybe 9-12inches) so it could be routed to a place where replacement would not involve taking off 2 awkward to remove panels. Also the ground wire if about 2 inches longer it would reach to a convenient grounding place. And lastly the module is supposed to be attached to a "flat surface" inside the car, there are no flat surfaces, so I used the extra zip ties to hold the module to the cars wiring harness so it doesn't flop around. 188173



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2014 Toyota Highlander

Attaching this hitch to my 2014 Toyota Highlander LE Plus was pretty straight forward. It is much easier to have a second set of hands. I attached the hitch by myself. I had a couple of stands to help me. I was fortunate because I have access to a car lift which made the installation very convenient. The only issue I had with the installation instructions was the section where they tell you to trim the driver side panel. The instructions tell you to trim off way more than you need to. The only cutting that needs to be done is a 1” wide cut from the back of the panel to around 2” past the existing hole in the panel (See photo). For placement of the cut compare the panel to the hitch bracket. As for function… I have not attached anything to the receiver yet. 151867



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2015 Toyota Highlander

I ordered my 2015 Toyota Highlander XLE with the factory tow package specifically to carry heavy loads on the tow hitch. I have a power wheelchair, which combined with the weight of the electric lift brings the total to a little below the factory specs. Unfortunately, I found after several months that the hitch had bent under the weight and needed replacement. My Toyota dealer did not quibble about the failure, but the service tech speculated that because of the dynamics of my load while underway a replacement factory hitch would probably fail again. He offered to install an aftermarket hitch of my choice without charge for labor, though I paid for the replacement. I chose the Curt C13200. This hitch is noticeably more robust than the factory item and has performed flawlessly since it was installed. I have carried the powerchair from California to Florida and back without, well, a hitch. We have also towed a small toy hauler up from Arizona with no qualms about the hitch's strength or fitness for the task. I'm not complaining about the factory hitch. It simply was not designed for the kinds of forces exerted by heavy, standalone platforms plugged into the receiver. The Curt hitch was. I would not hesitate to recommend this hitch, in fact I have on several occasions. 247588



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2015 Toyota Highlander

We had a 2009 Toyota Highlander, that had no hitch when, we bought it. I used e-trailer and had a successful installation. We had no issues with the hitch or the electrical. We just purchased a 2015 Toyota Highlander without a hitch. I again used e-trailer for parts and installation instructions. I am very pleased with their products and service. Believe me you want to be sure about the products and installation instructions, when your spouse walks into the garage and sees the car taken apart. If I can do it, so can you. 185642


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Still very pleased with the product. Between errand trips with Uhaul trailers, bicycle rack a d boat trailers, the hitch has been used on a weekly basis.

Larry P - 04/16/2016

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- C13200
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2014 Toyota Highlander

The Curt description includes a notice that it won't accommodate a full-size spare on an aluminum rim. Believe that. I'd seen a mention somewhere in the comments that you can tip a full-size spare into place. Seemed only one way to test that theory, so I bolted the hitch on. The full-size spare wouldn't mount back in place. Fortunately I still had the compact spare and was able to swap it in. So, not ideal in terms of the spare, but we're in business with the hitch. Looking at the comparison between the Curt and the DrawTite (which I discovered after installing the Curt) it looks like the DrawTite might accommodate a full-size spare. The trade-off being that the DrawTite projects out from the bumper a bit more. The Curt is a rugged piece of goods. Installation was straightforward using the etrailer video. The plastic cowling under the driver's side on a Highlander is a little fussy, but it went back on OK. I Installed it alone, using my spare to prop it in place (photo). I finished it off with the Curt wiring harness (C56217). etrailer service was great. Only reason for four stars is the issue with the spare (which you might argue is my own damn fault). 433355



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2018 Toyota Highlander

It took one hour and half to install on my Highlander hybrid platinum, I did by myself, need cut some plastic covers ,and put away a piece metal ( secure cover on the right passengers side ) It look sturdy, handsome , I love it , also Etrailer sell best prices 560817



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2015 Toyota Highlander

great product. i thought the package for shipping was a bit sloppy. the hitch was in box loosely with other ordered items. i would've preferred that the hitch be packed separate from the other items. luckily none of the other items were damaged from the weight of the hitch. the box was beaten up pretty good by ups. otherwise great! easy install. perfect fit for 2015 highlander. trimming plastic shroud was only cumbersome part of install. 220261


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Hitch is perfect one year later

kirk r - 08/18/2016

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2015 Toyota Highlander

Excellent product, easy to install. The only problem we encountered was removing panel on drivers side. We removed 5 of the seven fasteners and then got a little confused. The remaining two looked like nuts and we tried to remove thinking they were. This is not the case. You will need a 90 degree tool to pry down on the panel as they are only lock fasteners. Other than that the directions were top notch. A little heavy so if you don't have a extra hand a floor jack will work to hold in place. I got it started by putting in one bolt then moving to other side and doing the same. I needed installed to haul a bike rack for a big bike ride this weekend I love the look. Would highly recommend. 270893



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2015 Toyota Highlander

The number one reason I buy from etrailer (other than the price), are the product installation videos. These alone are a good enough reason to purchase etrailer products. 233826


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Ive towed my trailer a little over 6000 miles since I bought the hitch towed coast to coast and locally. As expected, it performed flawlessly and has only minor chips in the powder coating. An excellent product for an excellent price. Again, I cant emphasize enough the value of the installation videos.

Mike A - 12/15/2016

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2015 Toyota Highlander

I installed this hitch today in under 2 hours including a quick trip to the auto parts store to rent a torque wrench. Was a very simple process even for a rookie. I watched the video a couple of times before starting then had my phone available through the process. I did not lift the vehicle, just did it lying on my back. It is a little tight working around the muffler but nothing that can't be handled. The hitch fit perfectly, looks very nice on the SUV and is not obtrusive. I will be using it to pull a light aluminum trailer with a lawn mower as well as for a bike rack. 246252



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Installation was simple, but it's way easier with two people as the hitch is pretty heavy to maneuver when you're on the garage floor trying to hold it up and insert the bolts. I'll admit that this is where having a large belly helped as it made supporting the thing way easier! Working around the exhaust was a bit of a pain, but nothing unbearable. I bought the wiring harness as well, which they had taped to the tow hitch. I used the shipping box to pack a tv in as we're moving house. Another win! All in all a simple install, the videos are a great help. 456147



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The Curt 13200 is a great substitute for the factory hitch. Fit is perfect. Comes right to the bumper, but does not extend out like the factory hitch. Installation was easy following instructions in the etrailer video. I cut a little less off the left side cover. Works well with hitch-mounted bike rack. I Don't know how it would work with towing applications. 270308



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Thanks to the videos. I was able to install the trailer hitch and wiring harness easily following their online videos step by step. I used my new trailer hitch this passed Friday. Worked flawlessly. While I could have bought the same items elsewhere for slightly less, I chose etrailer based on the fact that they stand behind their products through easy installation videos and active support (if needed; and I didn't need). Great product and even better supplier. 641524



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Great product; outstanding quality. I always recommend etrailer to all my friends. 641458



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Works great. Would definitely recommend. Have had a year, no problems. 641416



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Looks great on my 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid! I ordered in on a Sunday afternoon and it arrived (Maryland) on Thursday in great shape. I reviewed the installation video a couple of times and took some notes and started the install. I am a car novice and I don't do anything to my vehicles but put gas in them. But based on the great videos and all the reviews about the ease of installation, I decided to save some money and do it myself. It was totally worth it! If I can do it, you can too. The video was spot on with a couple of exceptions: - At 3:48 of the installation video you can see the "lower fascia exhaust air deflector" although they never mention it. You have to cut off that deflector down to 2" or you won't be able to get the hitch onto the frame. They don't mention it at all in the video, and so I made the mistake trying to install the hitch without cutting it. You MUST cut it first. - The tow hook that they mention and remove at 4:17 of the video was NOT on my 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. I thought I must be missing something, but it the video you can see it's attached to two of the holes that are used for mounting the hitch. There was no tow hook on my vehicle - it just had the plastic plugs in those spots. - There is a bracket on the frame rail mentioned and removed at about 4:55 of the video. They also mention that it is reinstalled later "sandwiched in between the hitch." However, it is never mentioned again in the video. The written instructions make no mention of reinstalling it so I left it off. A couple of other notes: - A hacksaw works great for trimming the panels if you choose to reinstall them. - Lower and remove the spare tire. It gives you a lot more room during the installation. - Unless you are a superman or rig up some kind of holder for the hitch, you'll need another set of hands to get a bolt in each side. - Last note is that I don't know how you would possibly get 86lbs of torque on the mounting bolts unless you actually have a torque wrench. I don't, but I'm lucky enough to have access to an auto skills center so I set the torque on the bolts there. Even with the 1/2" torque wrench that I used there that is about two feet long, it took a LOT of work to put 86lbs of torque on those bolts. If I was only using my own socket set to set the bolts, I wouldn't feel comfortable with the installation. I primarily installed the hitch to use for a bike rack, which I haven't purchased yet. I'll update when I buy one and get it mounted on the new hitch! 640982



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Great solid product and easy to install !!! 637651



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Product looks fine, but have not installed yet. Packaging was poor, with half the hitch outside the box. 636238



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Easy install by myself. Watched video and installed it in probably 30mins. 635715



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Great product I had it installed in about a hour 634283


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  • Compare Trailer Hitches for a 2018 Toyota Highlander
  • There are a number of trailer hitch receivers that fit your 2018 Toyota Highlander and it can be confusing because they have a lot in common; however there are differences as well. Two of them, the Curt # C13200 and the etrailer.com # E98844, are virtually identical. A third, the Draw-Tite # 75896 is also the same basic design and installation. The biggest difference between these is the Curt and etrailer hitches have the hitch pin hole positioned about 1-3/4 inches further under the...
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  • Comparison of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receivers that Fit a 2017 Toyota Highlander XLE FWD
  • The biggest difference is how much of the hitch can be seen once it's installed on your 2017 Toyota Highlander. With the # 75896 you can see the entire crosstube under the Highlander's bumper. However, the # 76156 hides the crosstube behind the bumper so all you see is the receiver tube opening and safety chain loops. The latter is becoming more and more popular for cosmetic reasons. It's also the one I recommend for the same reason. The Curt # C13200 also leaves the crosstube exposed...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Wiring for a 2014 Toyota Highlander with Spare Tire
  • The Curt # C13200 is a confirmed fit for your 2014 Toyota Highlander, however, in our installation notes we have that you will NOT be able to store a full sized spare underneath after the hitch is installed. Instead of the Curt option I recommend going with the Draw-Tite # 75896 which has the same weight capacities as its Curt competitor and you can fit a full sized spare underneath after the hitch is installed. If your Highlander has the factory tow package (converter under dash) then...
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  • Best 2-Inch Hitch for 2018 Toyota Highlander
  • There are both Class III and Class IV hitches made for your 2018 Highlander but all are the 2-inch receiver size. The one I recommend for its combination of high capacity, easier installation and value is the etrailer hitch # e98844 which offers 900-lb tongue weight and 6K towing ratings. This hitch will easily handle your towing and bike rack applications and it is compatible with your spare tire. Please refer to the linked installation video and the photo of this hitch installed...
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness For 2016 Toyota Highlander
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C13200 will work great on your 2016 Highlander. This is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2-inch receiver opening. It sounds like you plan on doing some towing so you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Wiring for 2018 Toyota Highlander XLE
  • I was able to confirm with the manufacturer that the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13200 is a fit for your 2018 Toyota Highlander XLE. For your trailer wiring, if you don't have the OEM 4-way, you need the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C56217. This custom-fit T-connector plugs into your vehicle's wiring harness. The connection point for the 4-way tow harness is located behind the interior trim panel in your...
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  • How to Select Weight Distribution System for Horse Trailer
  • For your 2018 Toyota Highlander, the Curt hitch that fits is # C13200 and this hitch is compatible with weight distribution systems. It has an 8,000 lb towing capacity and 900 lb tongue weight capacity when used with a weight distribution system, which gives us a good idea of the system you need. In order to choose the best weight distribution system you will first need to know your total tongue weight (TTW), which is the tongue weight of your fully loaded and ready to go trailer plus...
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  • Fit of Thule Helium Aero with Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2017 Toyota Highlander
  • The integrated hitch pin in the Thule Helium Aero # TH9043 is designed to install into the standard hitch pin hole of a trailer hitch receiver. If someone told you it needs to be inserted into the other hole of a hitch (Like a Draw-Tite hitch will have) then they're installing their bike rack incorrectly. The second hole is designed exclusively for a J-Pin Stabilization Pin # 63201. The Helium Aero will fit just fine with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13200. However, you are...
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