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

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curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534
curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534
curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534
curt trailer hitch custom fit receiver - class iii 2 inch
curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534
curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534
curt trailer hitch custom fit 13534


  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 5000 lbs GTW
  • 750 lbs TW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • Custom Fit Hitch
Curt trailer hitch for your 2013 Toyota Highlander are available from Installation instructions and reviews for your Toyota trailer hitch. Expert service, and cheapest trailer hitch price guarantee. carries a complete line of Curt products. Order your Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 13534 online at or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

2013 Toyota Highlander - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Toyota Highlander
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • 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


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 750 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from CURT. Technical Support

At 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.

13534 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

13534 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 13534 Installation instructions
Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
5,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
750 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

Tow hooks will be removed. Underbody panels will be removed for installation and may be left off or trimmed and reattached. No drilling required for installation , Fits Hybrid models as well , Keeps full size spare under vehicle , Per Curt warranty requirements, all non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) must be supported by stabilizing straps, such as 18050, sold separately

Complete Towing Package for 2013 Toyota Highlander

Retail: $268.68

Package Price:$196.62

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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 - 2013 Toyota Highlander - Curt

Today on our 2013 Toyota Highlander we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, part number 13534. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next we'll give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is one inch.From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14-1/2 inches. This will assist your selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. Now let's go ahead with the installation.

To begin our install we'll first need to remove the underbody trim panels. Here on the driver's side to remove the underbody panel there are a total of six fasteners, two push pin fasteners and four screws.To remove the push pin fasteners we'll take a flat blade screw driver, pry out the center of the fastener and then remove it completely. Now with the screws removed we'll go ahead and pull the panel out and set it aside for installation later. Next we'll need to remove the tow hooks on each side. To remove the tow hooks there are two fasteners for each.

Once we remove the fasteners we'll set the hardware and tow hooks aside as they will not be reinstalled.Next we'll move over to the passenger side. We're going to go ahead and cut out the necessary portion here on the vehicle. To do that we'll use our paint marker to mark the area and a drummel to cut out the section. Now with our cut made we'll go ahead and remove the bolt that secured it to the frame. Now to make it easier to install the hitch we're going to go ahead and remove the underbody panel on the passenger side.To remove the underbody panel we'll go and remove the three remaining fasteners that secure it; one push pin fastener and two screws.

Next we'll go ahead and point out our attachment points. There'll be three on the driver's side and four here on the passenger side; two on the side of the frame and two in the bottom of the frame.Here on the passenger side we'll need to remove the three weld nut caps. Two of the three will be our attachment points. The third will prevent a clear metal to metal contact between the hitch and the frame. For each one of these attachment points we'll secure it with the new 10mm bolt and 3/8 conical tooth washer, the teeth of the washer facing the hitch.

Now we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch.It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. We'll install each fastener finger tight until we have them all in place. Now with all of our fasteners in place we'll go ahead and tighten them down then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Here on the driver's side we'll trim the underbody panel, we'll follow the instructions and continue the cut out 7-1/2 inches.Now with that done we'll need to cut out an opening so we can fit it around the hitch. Going off of the cut outs in the front corner we'll move it a diagonal shape. We'll go ahead and mark it with my paint marker and then use the rotary tool to cut it out. Now with all our cut outs made we can go ahead and reinstall the underbody panel. With both panels reinstalled this will complete the installation of the Curt Hitch, part number 13534 on our 2013 Toyota Highlander.

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13534

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (382 Customer Reviews)

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

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by: HCV05/31/2015

This is the second Curt hitch I have purchased and installed from etrailer. The hitch went on our 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid with a couple of issues. I installed the hitch without the use of a lift or jack stands. First, the hitch was slightly out of plumb from side-to-side. I installed the hitch as shown in the etrailer video but the front hole in the driver side of the hitch was slightly out of line with the frame nut. I used a small pry bar and a rubber mallet to gently push the hitch to the driver side and tightened all of the passenger side bolts before snugging any of the bolts on the driver side. This pushed the hitch about a quarter of an inch toward the driver side and allowed me to get the 3 bolts into the frame nuts on the driver side without binding or rubbing in the holes for the frame nuts. Second, the installation video shows that the bottom panel on the passenger side of the vehicle has to be trimmed to fit after the installation of the hitch. This was not the case on our Highlander. The unmodified passenger side panel went back into place with little difficulty after the hitch was fully installed. The video also says that the bottom panel on the driver side is not to be reinstalled, presumably because of fit problems. I simply pushed the panel into place as best I could, marked the panel where the hitch interfered with the installation of the panel, used my rotary tool to make a couple of cuts and reinstalled the panel. The panel may be unnecessary but Toyota put it there for some reason and there is no reason why it cannot be reinstalled with modification. I think that etrailer or Curt or both can materially improve the installation process my making a fairly simple template for the needed cuts to the panel and by modifying the video where it calls for trimming the passenger side panel. Other than these two issues, the installation went smoothly and 199327


Hitch is still in good shape and works fine. I hope that eTrailer or Curt or both will take some of the recommendations from reviewers to improve the installation experience for future purchasers.

HCV - 05/30/2016


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by: Dave A08/05/2015

I installed this hitch on my 2008 Highlander and as many of the other reviews indicated the holes did not align, not even close. The hole on the driver side furthest from the rear bumper was off by at least an inch and the other 2 on that side a bit less, maybe 5/8". And that was after securing the passenger side in order to push the hitch as close to the driver side as possible. Per the reviews, I tried a 2x4 wedged against the tire but couldn't spring it far enough to align that worst hole. Almost gave up but really did not want to send it back (box was badly damaged as many reviewers also noted). So I stood two 2x6s on end on the floor between the spare and the bracket and using my longest pry bar was able pull it close enough to get one bolt started. But it was a challenge doing it alone and took a good 2 hours and a lot of sweat and cussing. And I had previously removed the panels and tow brackets so the 2+ hrs was just installation. It would not be expensive or difficult for Curt to build a simple gage with pins at the correct locations to check hole spacing and alignment AFTER welding was complete. I would think they also have a fixture to hold the parts in position during the welding process but maybe it needs an overhaul? Having worked in QC for a major international manufacturing company (unnamed but the first and last letters are 'X'), I understand all about tolerances but a dimension that is off by as much as an inch in such a short distance is an indication of poor workmanship and an absence of effective quality control. As many reviews said, their install went well, with perfect alignment so quality appears to be hit and miss. If I could rate Curt Mfg separately from Curt would get a Poor while etrailer would rate Excellent for their prompt and efficient service. I ordered on 8/1 and had it this afternoon (8/5) a day earlier than the tracking indicated. 217066


It has been working fine for the past year. As noted initially, the installation was the only problem.

Dave A - 08/04/2016


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by: Larry Lawton07/24/2012

The most taxing thing about installing this hitch was working in the morning sun. If I’d have backed the Highlander into the shade of the garage and swept the floor first, it would have been more comfortable. I didn’t even have to jack up the wife’s Toyota! Just to make sure the welded-in nuts on the Toyota were clear of obstructions, I ran one of the bolts fully into each hole before putting the hitch in place. That helped me understand how to access the nut on the right side that was partially blocked by brake lines. The video said I’d need someone to hold up one end while I bolted up the other, but I just used a couple of jack stands to hold the hitch about two inches below the installed height. Every bolt hole lined up perfectly, and I was done more quickly than I anticipated. I’ve only used the hitch twice so far, and both times for a light load – my new side-by-side ATV on a small, open trailer. Hardly a challenge, but performance was perfect. I also purchased a wiring package, which was equally easy to install. I elected to put the control unit on the firewall rather than on the left side of the driver’s area, just because there appeared to be a larger unobstructed area, where the double-sided tape would easily stick. I hesitated for a minute or so because the instructions for locating the plug in the left rear of the vehicle were somewhat ambiguous, and I needed to remove more bits from the floor than the photos and diagrams seemed to indicate. Still, every connection worked effortlessly, and where it counted (i.e., where the fuse should be installed) the instructions were clear. 49216


Will it work with my full size 19 inch tires?

-- comment by: Larry B - 07/17/2014


Yes it should have no problem with your full size 19 inch spare tire.

-- Rachael H - 7/18/2014


Well, its now been over two years since I installed this hitch. Still functions perfectly and no rust observed Unlike the hitch on my pickup, which needs to be refinished.

-- comment by: Larry L - 01/30/2015


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by: Don W08/01/2016

I have a 2013 Highlander Limited. I decided to buy and install a hitch myself as opposed to going to the Toyota dealer in an effort to save some money. The price on this hitch was right (on sale) so I went for it. Shipping was fast and the hitch arrived in good shape with all the parts and an instruction sheet. I rented a torque wrench from the hardware store ($10 / day) and bought the right size sockets and an extension (be sure to buy a socket to remove the existing tow hooks ... I could not get mine off without using the torque wrench).  As reflected in many of these reviews, installation was very difficult. The video makes it appear that you can just bolt this hitch on, but not in my particular case. The 3 bolt holes did not line up on the driver's side, (even with the passenger side bolts loosely on). They were off by at least half an inch. Ultimately I was able to get all the bolts on, but really had to work at it. Based on feedback in this forum, I purchased a 6" C clamp and used a couple 2x4's and a pry bar to spread the hitch wide enough to get the driver's side bolts in. This was a two person job (one person pushing down the pry bar down with all their might and another working the bolts in). On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate installation difficulty at a '10' (extremely difficult). Other than that, the hitch is really nice and very heavy duty. Overall I think it's a good hitch for the money, but you need to be really handy and up for the potential installation challenges. Time for an ice cold beer! 278008

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by: Dave R08/02/2012

Installed hitch and wiring today for 2012 Highlander. Everything was perfect and very easy to install on my own, using just a floor jack and a 2x4 (a base to lift the hitch into place). I spent more time refitting the splash guards than with the hitch & wiring combined. I did not have to modify the passenger side splashguard at all (it's tight, but it fits). The instructions for the driver side splash guard is incorrect. All it needs is one corner removed (as shown on the instructions for that side) and a narrow slot cut to clear the vertical plate (part of the hitch). Wiring was very easy as well. I followed others' advice and installed the front wiring assy behind the plastic foot guard panel (left side of driver's left foot). For the rear wiring harness, I used the round rubber boot seal as noted by others (cutting an X just large enough to fit the smaller end of the rear harness. This allows the connector wiring to be routed under the car adjacent to the hitch receiver (much better than letting it hang out the door). Need to seal the rubber boot with silicon to prevent moisture entering the interior. My only complaint is there is no way to attach the rear connector wiring next to the receiver except with a zip tie. There really needs to be a more permanent / fixed attachment adjacent to the receiver for a professional appearance and long term use. Otherwise, I am very satisfied and happy to have saved quite a bit of cash. 50355

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by: Dan M.11/02/2014

I purchased this hitch and the customer service they provided was fantastic! I mistakenly ordered a hitch that wouldn't fit over the full sized spare tire on my Highlander. I called customer service and Lexus helped me exchange the product effortlessly. She made it extremely easy to order the correct one and return the other. The product arrived within a couple days, even when ordered during the weekend. Once I received the hitch, it was incredibly easy to install. I'm not the handiest person, but I completed the installation within the estimated 90 minutes for an amateur. Everything lined up perfectly so there were no adjustments necessary. I couldn't be happier with the product and the excellent customer service! 158825


Thanks for checking in again. The hitch is working well for what I need. I dont pull a trailer too often, but when I have needed it, the hitch has worked very well.

Dan M - 11/13/2015


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by: The Largest Centimeter on the Planet06/14/2013

I bought this hitch likely for the same reason you are looking at it: The price is right and the manufacturer may be backordered on the 750 lbs tongue weight version. I installed the hitch on my 2013 Highlander Limited myself because I tend to think I'm crafty enough to DIY. Let's just say the fit isn't exactly as depicted on the video. I read some of the other reviews after buying the product and finally installing it (which is possible, don't give up). I think there may be product inconsistencies because some people are saying the hitch bolted right on the car. My experience was different. The install took two hours with two fully grown, experienced guys doing it. We tried everything, but the hitch was always about a centimeter off the mark on the left (driver) side of the car. It was frustrating. Finally, we took a 6" c-clamp and a 8" x 2" x 1" piece of hardwood against the inside of the the driver side where the three bolt holes are slightly inside of where alignment should be. Turning slowly, we were able to get alignment correct while moving the hitch forward slightly with a rubber mallet. Should this be this difficult? No. But the hitch is nice, and you earn it with the work you do. 84758

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by: Steve D22205/22/2015

This was so easy to put on. My 14 year old son, Kyle and I put it on together in the drive. Took us about an hour, (we took our time). He took everything off the vehicle himself, while I "supervised". The only thing I did were the parts involving the rotary cutting tool. I also checked his torque on the bolts after installation. And as my 8 year old son Braden would say, "easy peezie lemon squeezy" PS. Its been on the vehicle for a few weeks now, but I haven't needed to tow anything yet. 194949


I liked it. I just sold that car last month though.Ironically I am set to have my new hitch for my new car delivered from you today. I will continue to recommend you as well as ship from you.

Steve D - 06/07/2016


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by: Karen04/10/2013

Tuffy Tire installed our new hitch today! I was very pleasantly satisfied to find a mechanic that would install the hitch. I was a little apprehensive when I saw the shipping box was damaged. But all the product was intact and undamaged. Attached the finished product! I am looking forward to hauling our bikes to the trails of Florida. 75269

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by: Tony T06/08/2015

This hitch was very easy to install!. The instructions when I bought it said 50 minutes. My son & I had it on in 20 minutes. I do suggest 2 people because would be problematic to hold in place and to start the bolts. I had a good idea what I was getting into before I started. The video was VERY helpful. The unit arrived before I was expecting it. I wish all web vendors were as accommondating. THANKS 201620


This has been a great purchase. More importantly the service and follow up from etrailer has been over-the-top. When I need another hitch for a future car, I will be buying fron etrailer. Thanks for ALL your help!

Tony T - 06/07/2016


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by: Andrew K.05/29/2013

The trailer hitch arrived on time and in good condition. I installed the hitch myself, which was probably not worth the effort in hindsight. I had to buy a torque wrench and a cutting tool. I did not have a friend to help do the install, but I stacked cardboard boxes under the hitch on the end opposite from where I was working. That worked pretty well, although there was some muscling involved. The major difficulty was that the bolt holes did not line up exactly with the holes. The hitch must have been slightly bent during the welding process. I considered taking it off and having it installed professionally, once I realized this. My stubborn nature got the better of me though. With the hitch in place, I put a car jack between the spare tire and the arm of the hitch. I opened the jack to bend the hitch the 1cm I needed to line up the bolts with the holes. Surprisingly, that worked, and didn't seem to cause any damage (whew!) Also, the instructions for cutting the panels were wrong. I'm not sure if the panels really need to be replaced. This was a minor inconvenience more than anything. 82305

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by: Neil B07/01/2014

Saweet!! Installed like a dream!!! Everything in the instruction were accurate and well thought out. Was able to install in my driveway in about two hours. Would have gone much faster if I had a lift. Great stuff. 138519


Still the bomb! Helped so much keeping costs down moving two kids throughout the country. Added another car to the mix an 09 Murano. Over the next year we are going to make a decision if that vehicle will get hitched. Yet to be determined. The Murano is in St. Louis attending WashU. I believe not far from your businses.

Neil B - 07/01/2015


Thanks for the follow up, yes we are not far from Wash U, feel free to contact us about installing a hitch on your 09 Murano if you decide to get one.

-- Rachael H - 7/2/2015

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by: Craig C.07/07/2014

Box was received in good condition, vs. some reviews I read, so I thought all the holes would line up. It was about a 1/2" off, but I just used a 2x4 to flex out each end of the hitch where the bolts attached & it lined up perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend the wiring harness package, as that was even easier to hook up. No cutting wires or splicing to hook up wiring harness. Just plug in two areas, make room for the wires and your done. Great Engineering! 139791


The hitch and wiring harness are working well.

Craig C - 07/09/2015


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by: LPhillips10/25/2012

Timely communication immediately following my order and after delivery of the hitch. It arrived sooner than expected and in good condition despite the fact that one of the ends had broken completely free and stuck through the box. Fit on 2012 Highlander was exact and even without assistance, installation was relatively easy. Great price, great service. Satisfied customer. 58141


After one year absolutely no complaints. Hitch looks a good as new and functions as intended. Highly recommend.

LPhillips - 04/25/2014


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by: Patrick C.04/07/2014

As usual the Curt product is very good and the service from was excellent. Shipping was quick and product arrived in good condition. The fit of the hitch is great. Goes right in there without hitting anything. I had to do a bit of trial and error with the trim of the under-body panels, but nothing too severe. Thanks for a great product and great service. I'll be back. 124209


Extremely well. I could not be happier with the hitch.

Patrick C - 04/12/2015


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by: Bob R12/12/2016

I was realy on the fence in ordering this over the OEM hitch. I just couldn't spring for $450.00 for the Toyota part so I bought this instead. I am very impressed in the quality and price of this curt hitch. The install wasn't very hard but make sure you catch all of the bolts on the drivers side first then push up the passengers side after or the drivers bolt holes will not line up. There is some flexibility in the metal but you will need leverage. Also note the template for cutting out the plastic panels on the underside you initionally remove and need to put back are wrong. You don't need to cut the passenger side one at all. Shiped fast and undamaged.Also got a price match refunded within a few days when I found it for a lesser price. Do your research. I will be ordering a wireing kit for using a 7 pin conector in the future . The installation instruction video is on their site showing how to do it. Way to go etrailer !!! 324447

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by: Wade C09/01/2017

Nice trailer hitch. Heavy duty and well built. Got it yesterday and my friend helped me install it. It took longer to line up our tools and find a misplaced bolt, than it did to install it. Our only issue was the forward bolt on the driver side. For us, installing that bolt last seemed to be the best option. First, we installed two bolts on the driver side, then while one person held it in place, we tapped the passenger side with a hammer to align the holes and then inserted all 4 bolts. Then we went back to the front bolt in the driver side, which took a bit of force. I had read some people used something to pry the hitch in place, but we didn't have an appropriate tool, so my friend sat really close to the car and pulled outward while I used a wrench to start engaging the last bolt. Then I torqued the bolts as specified in the instructions. I would recommend this to anyone, but it is a two person job. 427597

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by: BH12/17/2012

This one took a while compared to other reviewers who said it was quick. Some thoughts: - This is heavy. Another person or jack stands are required. - I attached the passengers side first, which I now read might be a mistake. The first driver-side bolt lined up no problem, but I had to pry like crazy using the spare tire as leverage to get the other 2 driver side bolts lined up. - Getting the bolts on the factory tow hooks off was a bear as well, but not unmanageable. A 3/8" socket set can barely pull this feat off. - Cutting the passenger side shield is not required at all. The driver side shield needed a long slit toward the front of the truck and I cut the back edge to hook it around the hitch. Overall: This is a good price and a good hitch. It took me a lot longer than other reviewers on this site, since I had no help and broke up the work around dinner, putting kids to bed, etc. 61646

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by: Ves07/11/2015

The box was pretty banged up when I got it, but luckily the hitch was in good shape. Installation was straight forward, never even looked at the instructions. Nice that the Toyota frame already had the threaded holes in the frame; remove the plugs and go. 211002


Still going good after a year. Starting to see some rust in the receiver area, from getting banged up and chipped.

Ves - 07/10/2016


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by: Chuck12/28/2010

Curt hitch on 2011 Toyota Highlander Installation pictures 4707

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by: Steve F04/01/2014

The product and instructions were great for our 2012 highlander. Took about 1 hr to complete. I did however find it easier to reinstall the oem plastic covers at the end of the install vice step one. There wouldnt have been enough access to reach the pasenger side top bolts. 123167


One year of wear and tear. The hitch still looks good and functions perfectly.

Steve F - 04/03/2015


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by: steve c07/02/2015

this was the second hitch i have bought, and I'm pretty happy so far. it is definitely do-able by the do-it-yourself crowd. i bought and installed the first hitch several years ago on my '07 honda civic. i've used it and been pretty happy with it. the recent purchase was a hitch for my partner's '13 toyota highlander hybrid. so good, so far, but we haven't really used it yet. the one questionable issue would be the stability of bicycle racks when used with these hitches. i have noticed with my first hitch and a yakima rack (with 3 hangers for bikes) that the rack bounces around quite a bit when loaded. after this recent purchase, i came across one note that says the warranty would be void without the use of stabilizing measures/products for bike racks, but it would have been helpful if a product was suggested at checkout. 208875

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by: John C05/04/2017

The unit I received was bent. Followed directions, no problem until trying to bolt on drivers side. Unit was off as much as an inch, in 12 inches. After talking with tech support and the pictures sent to correct problem. I had to use 6x6 blocking and a 5 foot digging bar to work the unit into alignment. I happen to have a drywall square and a carpenters square to then check the alignment. The steel has spring, which makes it hard to judge when it has moved enough. But after correcting the alignment it bolted up easily. Two of the examples, using a vise or step. I think a step would be pried off and the vise would have to be large and bolted to an extremely strong bench. So this took an extra couple hours and frustration. Otherwise, this is by second hitch and I would definitely order again. 375932

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by: Rommel07/09/2015

Bar receiver hitch totally new under specifications that I request . Thanks guys and arrive at estimated time. Greetings 210564


Very well is an excellent product I traveled for 11 hours loaded my heavy motorcycle on ît and the curt trailer hitch has no damage at all is a worthy product

Rommel - 07/08/2016


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by: Dave P05/31/2014

Great price and the hitch seems very solid. Instructions sent with unit are in B&W, which makes the cutout diagrams difficult to see. I found the pdf of the document online, and printed in color, and that helped. However, for my 2008 highlander, the panels underneath were a bit different than what was illustrated, so I did NOT need to cut anything on the passenger side panel. On the drivers side, the corner cut obvoiously needed to be modified (different shape than diagram). The slot cut (7x2.5) was not right, so I wound up cutting another inch or to along the 7" cut near the spare-tire side, and there was a big gap along the opposite 7" side. I wish I'd lined it up before cutting so they could have been more plastic left when done. 133532

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by: Bob Jones07/17/2016

Two sets of hands would have made the maneuvering into position a LOT easier, but I didn't have them. After that, it wasn't wasn't quite the super simple bolt on as I thought. The distance between the two sides of the receiver was a bit tight and required leveraging to reach the holes. I ended up using a ratcheting tie down around one side of the hitch to a post in my garage. Took quite a bit of force to get the hitch to move the 1/4 inch to get the bolts through the existing vehicle holes but once it was forcefully lined up and tightened down, it was there to stay. Maybe bent a bit in shipping? Not sure, but the end result is worth it. The monkeying about required to get the holes lined up is the ONLY reason this isn't getting 5 stars. 272788

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by: Mike J.12/17/2012

Great customer service from help with ordering through installation. Good product, step by step installation instructions and all at a fair price. Thanks! 61715


Still satisfied. Quality product with clear instructions and helpful customer service.

Mike J - 06/17/2014


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by: Rick M08/04/2012

This hitch was so incredibly easy to install. My neighbor who's a total car nut gave me a hand lifting it into place. From the time I took the factory tow hooks and plastic panels off from behind the wheels, to the final torque tightening of the hitch bolts was probably a total of 20 minutes.... and Im far from a car mechanic. My neighbor couldnt believe how quickly it went in. Honestly I didnt even have to drop the muffler even though the instructions said to. It might have taken me another 10 - 15 minutes to trim and re-install the plastic panels back into place. This installation was super easy and the hitch is super strong... I'm very very impressed !!! Not to mention that I got it three days after I ordered it !! 50549

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by: Jeff06/19/2014

I am very happy overall with this purchase. eTrailer was prompt with info on ordering, shipping, delivery and very quick to respond to emails about installation, including sending me some pictures that show how to "tweak" the hitch to make installation easier. I should have read all the previous reviews for this product as I first tried starting on the passenger side. For this product (and particular car) start on the drivers side! Once I did that, all I needed was a few taps with a mallet to line up the holes on the passenger side. I haven't yet put the plastic covers on yet, but again the info in the previous reviews should be helpful. Overall, very satisfied both with the product and the purchase! 136523

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by: Ray S.06/22/2011

I am very impressed with both the products that I ordered, as well as the excellent customer service and very fast shipping. I ordered late on a Sunday evening and the hitch assembly and wire harness arrived less than 72 hours later on Wednesday afternoon. I watched the installation videos on etrailer for both the light harness and hitch assembly for my 2009 Toyota Highlander and found them to be concise and accurate. The Curt hitch assembly was a rather tight fit - I had to wrestle with it for a few minutes to get the bolts to line up with holes in vehicle's frame, but beyond that installation was a snap! Within an 70 - 80 minutes both items were installed and worked perfectly! Thank you! 17715

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by: Brian N06/22/2011

I bought the hitch and wiring for my 2008 Highlander Hybrid. The wiring was a little bit difficult because of the design of the vehicle -not the parts from etrailer. The connections were easy to find and the wiring worked perfectly. The only caveat is that the Highlander uses low profile mini-fuses and the ones that came with the kit were standard size (You have to insert a 10A fuse in the Highlander fuse box -it apparently isn't included by Toyota even if you have the tow package). It cost me $5.00 to get a packet of fuses so it was no big deal. The hitch went in flawlessly with what I would consider minimal effort. I was impressed by the quality of the hitch. Great product, great value. 17639

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by: Robert Miles05/07/2014

I'm extremely pleased with this hitch. It is heavy and well made. I plan on using it on my wives Highlander to use with our hitch packer. We have 5 kids and that means, lots and lots of luggage, groceries etc. Excellent customer service, unbelievably fast shipping. Highly recommend. A+++ 129474

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by: Michael L01/06/2013

I ordered Curt Hitch # 13534 for my 2013 Toyota Highlander and received the hitch in less than a week. The written directions and online video had all the information I needed. The removal of parts from my Highlander was quick - except the tow hooks which broke two of my sockets. I had a friend help me with the install of the hitch - not really sure if I would have been able to install it by myself. I cut and re-installed the under body panels according to the directions. I think I could have saved more of the under body panel material if I trimmed a little a time. The full install time was less than 1 hour. Overall, I am very happy with my hitch and my experience. 62534

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by: Richard06/15/2011

Curt Hitch arrived with one end hanging out of a ripped box - exposed end had powder coat scrapped off edges and end. Too bad - ends need pad wrap before boxing. Hitch is heavy and well made. Despite elongated holes, I had to bolt loosely the right side, and then used a come-along to pull left side out enough to put the bolts in. About 1/4" deflection of hitch was needed to get the bolts into the elongated mounting holes. Otherwise, bolted up well, fit well. If factory addresses what appeared to be distortion on the left side from the welding process, and someone padded the "sharp" ends before boxing, product would be excellent. etrailer installation video was a great help! 17081

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by: Mike P01/30/2014

Very tight fit ( a good thing) and all of the mounting holes lined up. My only suggestion is better pictures of the required trimming of the plastic under-panels. 115245


Absolutely no problems.

Mike P - 01/30/2015


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by: E.Dawkins10/04/2015

Bolt pattern off by an inch.I had to pry with a big pry bar to install.Outside of that product works fine. 229135


product is still holding up well I just have to paint receiver to prevent rust

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by: Chad M09/02/2015

Product did not line up to factory holes, maybe due to shipping/shortage and bending slightly. Installed driver side first then used leverage to bend/adjust hitch to line up to factory holes. Took much longer to install because of this issue. Overall this is a great bolt on hitch. 223472

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by: Adam07/17/2015

This item took a little more work than perhaps necessary. I ordered this product and had to ship it back as it did not line up well with the frame. I called after I realized it did not fit (a Tuesday) and had a new one by Friday (this shipped from Missouri and I live in Maine)! The new one went on easier although one bolt cannot go in as the hole is a little off. (I read the same thing happened in another review). Fortunately, I have a vehicle inspection coming up and I will ask for their help at the garage to get the bolt in place. I installed this without a lift and had the help of my wife (100lbs) and teen daughter(110 lbs)...if we can do it, anyone can. 212579

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by: KC04/16/2012

thanks to some of the other posts, I was able to get this hitch on rather quickly and trouble free. Definitely need an extension for the wrench, hardest part was taking off the factory bolts on the bottom of the Highlander, they were on there pretty tight, had to attach a pipe to end of wrench to get better leverage. Other than that, I think you need another person to help lift the hitch to start threading the bolts on. They all lined up perfectly (didn't need a pry bar or block that was used in the video) And was able to keep the under pan protection on the driver's side by hack sawing a little bit (thanks for the info on previous posts). Hope this helps. 37457

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by: David F08/14/2011

Like many, my hitch had busted through one end of the box when I received it. Fortunately, it was not bent. Perhaps an extra layer or two of corrugated should be added to the bolt-on areas of the hitches for shipping? Install was easy. I did it in 50 minutes. Curt's instructions are very clear and's videos really helped. The hitch fit great and looks good.'s service was excellent. Very helpful on phone prior to order. Arrived fast. 21874

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by: Steve H.09/04/2014

I installed this hitch on a 2010 Toyota Highlander. I was able to install it by myself in about 2 hours taking my time. I used a jack stand to hold up one side while starting the bolts on the other side. If you watch the Trailer Hitch Installation video you won't have any problem. The bolt holes lined up perfectly. Just make sure you start a bolt on one side and then alternate bolts on each side. Get them all started before tightening them. I had to trim the driver's side panel in order to put it back on. The passenger side went on without any trimming. I felt as this hitch was truly a custom fit for my vehicle. I would highly recommend this hitch! 150087

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by: Jack C.04/16/2012

2012 Highlander - perfect fit, no problems with bolt hole alignment or needing to clean the threads. The instructions were good. Cutting of the plastic panels was not totally correct, as less was needed to be removed and the cuts a little off for the 2012. All done and back in about an hour. One recommendation is to put added reinforcement cardboard on the two ends of the hitch mount (in the box). This was done for the hitch receiver, but the two mounting ends are the stress points that ended up coming through the box in the UPS delivery. The box handles are on the top - or receiver side, so all the weight is down on the two mounting brackets. 37311

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by: Larry O.06/21/2011

Very pleased. Quality equipment, great service, excellent instructions. Will offer one suggestion. Instructions say driver side under pan can not be re-used. I simply cut approximately 1/4" by 6" slit to allow the vertical hitch plate to protrude through the pan. I then made a cut between the opening for the tow eye and the rear part of the pan, worked it around the hitch, and re-installed it. Made a nice, neat, finished looking job and protects the underside of my vehicle.. It was a very easy mod that requires a hacksaw or razor knife. You could include a paper template with the instructions. I've already recommended you to other people. 17495

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by: BH07/19/2015

This is a nice hitch and installation was ALMOST as easy as the instructions state. I had two problems: The hitch sides needed to be bent slightly to get the mounting holes to align properly. And one of the threaded nuts on my vehicle was not threaded. I used my heavy duty jack to very slightly bend the side plates for proper hole alignment. I'll have to either buy a metric tap for the unthreaded nut or have a mechanic do it for me. 212878

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by: Johnny03/04/2013

I found this only slightly difficult to install, in that it does help to have help holding it in place. The muffler on the passenger helps to hold it in place. Make sure you line up all three holes on the drivers side first. It is a very close (quality) fit and may require some taps on the passenger side to get the holes lined up, but all hole alignment was perfect. I replaced the passenger side under body panel with out cutting, however the driver side will require trimming to replace. The took approx 90 minutes to complete, unpacking, gathering tools...etc. Instructions are excellent and the etrailer video helps as well. 68603

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by: Will P.06/13/2016

Easy to install. The online installation video helped but was not needed. The only problem I encountered was it was really tight going in place has to use a mallet to bang it in. Overall very satisfied. 2013 Toyota Highlander 260953

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by: Justin M08/27/2012

I ordered my trailer hitch on a Saturday and paid 7 extra bucks to make sure it was delivered within 3-5 days. Two days later it was on my doorstep..amazing! The video for installing the hitch was very informative. I wouldn't have even have attempted to do it with out the video. I was able to get the hitch hooked up and on my Highlander with out too much trouble and I am not a very "mechanical" type of guy. This is my second purchase with eTrailer and both times I have recieved prompt and superior customer service. I'll use them for anything I need for either of my vehicles from now on. 53171

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by: J H09/03/2014

An excellent product with an easy installation. My wife helped me hold it in place for about 1-2 minutes while I started the bolts, but otherwise I did the install by myself. I would have purchased a hitch much sooner if I had known how easy the installation would be. In total, it took me an hour and ten minutes. The majority of the time was spent getting the cuts right on the plastic under-body panels. If I had one recommendation for improvement, it would be to have more specific instructions on cutting the plastic panels. I had to experiment a little bit. 149880

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by: Tom W.03/13/2012

As a first time user of, I am writing to express how pleased I was with the service, timeliness of delivery, and quality of product. I found the service representative very helpful in providing information and answering my questions; she assisted in ensuring the correct hitch for my vehicle. The product was received the next day - very fast considering I live in a different state! Installation went smoothly, exactly as shown on the video provided on the site. As indicated by the rating, I recommend as a reputable and quality provider. 33728

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by: David P06/26/2016

I had similar issues as most with pitch between the passenger side attachment points on the hitch frame and the drivers side attachment points- about 1" off. I used some 2x4's and a tire jack to spread the hitch assembly out (after lifting it up, fitting it up and confirming it would not install, and then dropping it back to the floor for "adjustment"). If your up for that, it's any easy install. If you are expecting to install out of the box without modification , it won't happen. A few jackstands and 2x4's are essential if you are installing by yourself. 265321

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  • What Towing Package Is Available For 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • 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 2008 Toyota...
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  • Is there an Aftermarket Trailer Hitch that Fits Like the OEM Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • 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 popular...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander with a 19 Inch Full Size Spare Tire
  • 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, 2 balls,...
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  • Wiring for Toyota 2010 Highlander with a 7-Way connector for Towing
  • 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 and if...
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  • What Trailer Hitches Will Fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • The CURT Trailer Hitch, # 13534, has been verified as a fit for a 2012 Toyota Highlander. and we do have a couple of other hitches that will fit. The most popular hitch for your vehicle is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75586. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin and clip, and a carrying bag.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2012 Toyota Highlander with Factory Towing Prep Package
  • If your 2012 Toyota Highlander came with the factory towing package then it should already have a trailer connector. But if there isn't one you can use either a hardwire harness such as # 119147KIT or the plug in style # 118449. The plug in style is much easier to install. I have linked its instructions and a video showing installation on a 2012 Highlander. I have also included a link to the hitches available for your Highlander if you have not decided on one. The most popular is Curt...
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  • Full Size Spare Tire Clearance for the 2008 to 2011 Toyota Highlander Hitch # 13534
  • The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # 13534 does not block the removal of the full size spare tire when installed on the 2008 to 2011 Toyota Highlander. You will definitely be able to access the spare with the hitch installed. I have provided a link to the installation instructions for you to review and a video that shows the hitch being installed on a 2011 model with full size spare tire. The camera angle in the video may make it look like the spare is behind the hitch but in reality there...
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  • Comparison of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75726 and Curt Hitch # 13534 for a 2008 Toyota Highlander
  • Both the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13534, and the Draw-Tite Hitch, # 75726 for a 2008 Toyota Highlander will install in very much the same way. I have included installation instructions for both hitches below for comparison. I have also included video links showing installation of each hitch. Although the Draw-Tite model has a higher capacity at 7500 lbs towing and 750 lbs tongue weight, you will still be limited by the vehicle manufacturers stated towing capacity, which is a maximum of...
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  • What is the Correct Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • For a 2012 Toyota Highlander, you can use Curt wiring harness, # C56217, that you have selected. Installation is fairly straight forward as far as wiring harnesses go. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. You can see that there is not a whole lot to installing a wiring harness. I have also included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch, part # 13534, and a video showing a typical installation. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit, #...
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  • Trailer Hitch/Wiring, 2012 Toyota Highlander and Installing a Brake Controller, 2000 Toyota Tundra
  • First, for a brake controller, in addition to the P3, # 90195, you will also need to install a 4-Way wiring harness on the Highlander, # 118449. I have included links to the installation instructions for the wiring for you. After you have the 4-Way installed, you will need to install a 4 and 7 way installation kit, # ETBC7. This kit provides the wiring for a 7-Way and to install the brake controller. I have included some links that explain this installation as well. The Curt trailer...
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch # 87452 Fit 2012 Toyota Highlander With Full Size Spare Tire
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 87452, will fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander if the spare tire is smaller than a 19 inch full size spare tire. It will not fit your vehicle if your vehicle has a 19 inch spare tire or larger. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Hidden Hitch. If you have a 19 inch full size spare tire I would recommend the CURT Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 13534. This hitch does not have any size limitations regarding the spare...
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  • Availability of a Trailer Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander with a 17 Inch Spare Tire
  • Draw-Tite hitch # 75586 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...
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  • Fit of Curt Class III Receiver # 13534 on 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • According to Curt Manufacturing, the Class III hitch you referenced, part # 13534 will fit all models of the 2010 Toyota Highlander including the Hybrid. Per the Curt warranty requirements, a stabilizing strap like part # 10850 should be used to support all non-trailer loads like a bike rack or cargo carrier. If you do not care to use a stabilizing strap, the Draw-Tite Class III # 75726 (also compatible with Hybrid models) would be a better choice. The Draw Tite model offers the...
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  • Will Stabilizing Straps Used with Curt Hitch Damage the Rear Spoiler on 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • My personal recommendation would be to use the Draw-Tite, # 75726. This hitch does not require the use of stabilizing straps, has a 500 pound tongue weight capacity, and no drilling is required for installation. I am attaching a video that demonstrates the installation of the Hidden Hitch on a 2013 Toyota Highlander. Should you choose to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13534, I recommend lowering the attachment point of the Stabilizing Strap, # 18050. On the bike rack, attach...
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  • Trailer Hitch and 4 Bike Hanging Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • If you want to carry 4 bikes I definitely recommend going with Class III trailer hitch because of its higher capacity and plethora of accessory options. The Draw-Tite hitch, # 75586, would be my first choice but # 75726 is less visible since the bracket goes over the exhaust rather than under it. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. For a bike rack, I believe I have the perfect rack for you. Take a look at the Softride Dura, # SR26247. This rack has all the...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness and Install on 2011 Toyota Highlander
  • If your Highlander does not already have the 4-pole trailer connector at the rear bumper, the T-1 Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118449 will be needed to provide brake, turn signal and running lights for a trailer. Installation is very simple. The converter box will be plugged into the connector under the dash located between the emergency brake pedal and the brake pedal. The actual trailer connector is plugged into the connector located in the cargo area of the vehicle. The connector...
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  • Installation, Torque Specs, and Panel Trimming for Curt Trailer Hitch on a Toyota Highlander
  • Step 5 in the instructions for trailer hitch # 13534, linked to the right, has the torque specifications. The trim diagrams are also in the instructions. The isntructions are not only linked here but also on the product page. Always look for the wrench icon on the right hand side of pages for instruction links. Trimming is not always shown if the owner of that vehicle did not want the panels trimmed or put back on. The hitch also fits a 2013 Toyota Highlander and trimming is shown in...
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  • Any Trimming Required for Trailer Hitches on a 2010 Toyota Highlander and Accessories Needed
  • I would recommend the Curt Class III hitch, part # 13534. The hitch does not require any fascia trimming, but you will have to trim some of the under-body panels in order to re-install them after the hitch is in place. None of the trimmed areas will be visible from behind the vehicle. I have produced a photo for you that shows the areas that will need to be trimmed. The face of the receiver will not extend past the furthest rearward portion of the bumper. To complete your towing package,...
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  • How to Determine Towing Capacity for 2010 Toyota Highlander, Hitch and Camera Recommendation
  • To address your first question about the capacity's of the Curt Hitch # 13534 and your 2010 Toyota Highlander you must always go with the lowest rated component in a towing setup as the overall towing capacity. So since your vehicle is rated at 500 lbs of tongue weight you would gain nothing by going to a higher rated hitch. In other words the Curt hitch you referenced would work very well for you. In order to be able to install the Hopkins Smart Hitch Backup Camera # HM50002 you...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Hitch for a 2012 Toyota Highlander Let Me Keep My Full Size Spare
  • Yes, you will be able to keep your 17 inch spare tire as a spare on your 2012 Toyota Highlander with this Draw-Tite Hitch # 75586. I attached a picture of this hitch installed on a similar Highlander as yours with the spare also retained. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in an Ball Mount Kit # 989900.
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  • Will the Curt Trailer Hitch 13534 Fit a 2012 Toyota Highlander with 19 Inch Spare Tire
  • I have contacted Curt on this hitch, # 13534, and the 2012 Toyota Highlander before and they have indicated that the hitch will fit if you have a 19 inch spare. I have included links to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. it comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, use # 118449. I have included...
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  • Availability of a Curt Hitch for 2012 Toyota Highlander that Keeps the Full Size Spare
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13534 that you referenced will work on a 2012 Toyota Highlander and will allow you to keep your full sized spare. Check out the picture I attached from the underside of a Highlander that shows this hitch being used with the spare tire installed also. We also have an installation video for this product on a 2011 Highlander that will be very similar to the 2012 that I attached for you to check out. I also attached installation instructions for you to check...
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  • Underbody Trim Panel Removal on 2012 Toyota Highlander for Installing Draw-Tite Hitch 75726
  • The written installation instructions for the Draw-Tite hitch # 75726 are linked for your reference. These note in item 1 that the passenger-side panel can be reinstalled after hitch installation but not the driver-side panel, as you state. However, I see no reference made to panel trimming diagrams. I did check with my technical contact at Hidden Hitch and he confirmed that there is no panel trimming diagram or guide available. You may have referred to the instructions for the Curt...
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  • Replacement Rubber Straps For The Rhode Gear 4 Bike Hitch Shuttle Bike Rack
  • I called my contact at Yakima and they informed me that they currently do not make nor stock replacement parts for the Rhode Gear 4 Bike Hitch Shuttle anymore. However, I suggest trying the Replacement Rubber Straps for Yakima BedRoc and Older Big Horn Models part # Y8820103 as these are very similar to your current support straps and according to the Yakima representative, should work for you. I would also agree with this statement as they do look very similar though, but since they have...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Toyota Highlander
  • At this time trunk mount carriers are not recommended for the 2010 Toyota Highlander because the vehicle is unable to support the weight at the point where the carrier must be placed. Your best option for carrying bike would be to use a trailer hitch and hitch mounted bike rack. For the Toyota Highlander most of our customers select the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13534, and the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Carrier, # TH9029XT, I have linked a video of the installation of the hitch for you. If...
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch # 13534 Stick Out Beyond the Bumper on a 2012 Toyota Highlander
  • On the Toyota Highlander models on which we have installed Curt trailer hitch # 13534, we have found that from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the rear bumper is approximately 2 inches. This would put the receiver face just about flush with the rear bumper. However, there may be some subtle differences between models, even in the same year that could result in the receiver face being at most only a few inches, so you should not have any issues. I have included a link to a video...
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  • Installation Details for Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, Part # 13534, on a 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • The Curt Class III Hitch Receiver, part # 13534, does not include a mounting location for trailer connector brackets. (This hitch does install above the passenger side exhaust). DrawTite part # 75726 is a hitch for your Highlander that does include a mounting location for the trailer connector braceket, and this hitch also mounts above your passenger side exhaust. If you still prefer the Curt Hitch, part # 13534, we recommend mounting the 4-way bracket to the bottom of the bumper,...
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  • Protecting Tires on Boat Trailer During Long Term Storage
  • The best way to preserve your tires is to put the trailer up on jack stands, partially deflate the tires and protect them from UV rays. I'd recommend using covers to protect your tires form the sunlight. I'll link you to our selection of tire covers. As a general rule of thumb, trailer tires should be replaced every 6 to 8 years regardless of wear. Even though an older tire might appear to have plenty of tread left on it, dry rot and cracking can cause tire failure.
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  • Will a Class III Trailer Hitch Fit on a 2013 Honda Fit Sport
  • Trailer hitches are vehicle specific and Curt hitch # 13534 is designed to fit a 2008 to 2013 Toyota Highlander. It will not fit a 2013 Honda Fit. Trailer hitches for the Honda Fit are much smaller because the vehicle is not as capable as a larger SUV or truck. That is why they only make Class I trailer hitches for it. I have included a link to the trailer hitches that will fit your vehicle. If you are looking for a hitch to carry something like a bike rack then I recommend Draw-Tite...
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  • Are Appearance Panels Permanantly Removed When Installing a Hitch on a 2010 Toyota Highlander
  • The plastic appearance panels will need to be removed for installation of the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, item # 87452, on the 2010 Toyota Highlander. The CURT Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch, item # 13534, will allow for the passengers side appearance panel to be reinstalled but the drivers side will need to be left off. We have installation instructions and a video (see links) for you to review that may help you make a decision for hitch selection. I have linked...
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