etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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  • etrailer
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 900 lbs TW
  • 6000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 8000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 900 lbs WD TW
This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number E98844 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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etrailer Trailer Hitch - E98844

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • 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 etrailer.com
  • Matte 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


Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.


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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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E98844 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details E98844 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2019 Toyota Highlander




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




Video Transcript for etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Toyota Highlander

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Toyota Highlander, we're going to be installing etrailer.com's class three two-inch, trailer hitch receiver, part number E98844.This is what your hitch is going to look like when it's installed. You are going to be able to see the cross tube underneath the bumper, but it's going to be tucked back, and the matte finish is going to nicely flow right into that lower fascia.This is a class three, two inch by two inch receiver. So it's going to be great for all your towing needs. From bike racks, to cargo carriers, to trailers, this thing will tow it all.It uses a 5/8 inch hitch pin and clip. Now one doesn't come included with the kit, but you could pick one up, here at etrailer.com. It has plate-style safety chain loops, with large, rectangular openings that should accommodate both small and large safety chains.It features a 900 pound tongue weight, and that's the force going down on top of the receiver.

And a 6,000 gross towing capacity. That's how much it can pull behind it. It is rated to be used with a weight distribution system. When you do that, the gross towing capacity increases to 8,000 pounds. Tongue weight's going to stay the same.Now I've got some measurements for you, to help you in deciding on accessories.

From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiving tube, it measures about 16 inches. This is important when determining if you need to drop, rise or raise shank on your accessory.From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, it measures about two inches. This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position, without contacting the bumper.We'll begin our installation underneath the vehicle on the driver's side. We're going to need to remove this paneling. There will be seven fasteners holding it in.

You'll need a 10mm socket, 12mm socket, and a flat bladed screwdriver.Remove the tabs by pressing out the center and pulling it down. There's one there, and here. Then with your 10mm socket, remove the bolt located here at the rear, and the two by your mud flap.Then use your 12mm socket to remove the two nuts next to your spare tire. You may have to pull down slightly to get these inaudible 00:02:09 There's one in the front, and one in the back. We can then pull our panel down and set it aside.For on our driver's side frame rail here, underneath our plastic panel, we're going to need to remove the three plastic plugs there, and the two rubber plugs here.

You can use your flat bladed screwdriver to pop the rubber plugs out. And then you can unscrew the plastic plugs.Then remove the two rubber plugs on your passenger side. Then remove the three bolts on your passenger side, using a 17mm socket. Then next to the 17mm bolt that you removed towards the front, there's a 10mm bolt that also needs to be removed, so remove that with your 10mm socket, and then we're going to drop that tab down and set it aside.You'll then need to trim off the exhaust deflector here. So you just want to fold that down. you can use your tin snips. We're just going to cut this off.Then prepare all of your hardware. You'll have six bolts. You'll place a conical tooth washer on each one, with the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt.We'll then raise our hitch into position. You want to make sure on the passenger side, you go up over the exhaust. Then line the holes in your hitch up with the holes in the frame, and thread your bolts right into the factory weld nuts.Once you get one bolt started on each side, it'll make it easier to install the rest of your hardware. Now tighten down all your hardware with a 19mm socket. Then torque all of your hardware to the specifications in your instructions.You gotta leave your under panel off on the driver's side, or you could trim it and then reinstall it. Gone ahead and marked out where you want to trim it so it'll fit properly. There's two locations you'll need to trim. You can cut that with a cut off wheel, or with a pair of tin snips.Here we've got our panel trimmed out, and now we can reinstall it. The nuts by the spare tire, those can just be pushed back into place. Then you can insert your push pins, and reinstall your bolts. The black bolt goes on the inside of your mud flap.And that completes our installation of etrailer.com's class three, two-inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2018 Toyota Highlander.


Customer Reviews

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - E98844

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (338 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.

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2016 Toyota Highlander

The hitch is great and installation holes were perfect. However, the box was about 75% ripped open on one end upon delivery and there were no instructions. I was anticipating that a small amount of "trimming" might be required, but it turned out to be a large amount of trimming & fitting to make the plastic shrouds fit around the hitch. Had I known this I probably would still have ordered this hitch, but some instructions would have been nice! 641464


Comments

The installation instructions are linked above, as are some installation videos that you might find helpful. Im sorry the instructions were omitted from your order.

-- Mike L - 05/16/2019

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2018 Toyota Highlander

I priced trailer receiving hitches all over town! All prices installed was close to $300. I found on etrailer. Com a part number e 98844 for $134 with a great video of how to install it. It arrived this afternoon and I installed it on my 2018 Highlander I did need one extra person to hold it up while I started the boat. It was a piece of cake the whole job to approximately 1 hour packaging was excellent no rips tears , dings etc. This hitch was purchased a long with a swagger bicycle rack from etrailer.com also. it was a perfect fit perfect match perfect experience all the way around! 609455



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2016 Toyota Highlander

Installed with a friend on our 2016 highlander, didn’t have to put it up on a lift, plenty of room to work underneath. Instructions were decent and there are good videos on this website as well. Use it for hauling bikes with a Thule hitch rack. No complaints. 536001



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2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 has a brace bolted on the right rear frame rail forward mounting bolt location, just in front of the muffler. Remove the M12 bolt and discard the brace and bolt before mounting the hitch. Otherwise the instructions were accurate, approximately 30 minute solo install on the ground using a motorcycle jack for support. 593116



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Easy install by myself which took about 1 and 1/2 hours which included the wiring. I used a foot and a leg to hold up the drivers side while I got the bolts started…. took to Advil before I started at 65 you get more aches and pains laying on the floor under a car/suv….LOLPerfect product and perfect fit….my towing fuse was marked 20 like another poster had stated.Customer service is excellent at E-trail and always willing to take the extra step in customer service….Thanks team! 535730



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Toyota Highlander

Ordered this product based upon a recommendation from a neighbor who also has a Highlander. We installed it yesterday and the video and other reviews were spot on. The prep takes more time then the actual hanging of the trailer hitch (ie the removing of the plastic coverings and cutting them, etc.). It definitely was a 2 person job to help hold and install. I am more than pleased with this product and can not wait to attach out bike rack to it for a ride. Also and most importantly, I can not stay enough about etrailer.com. They follow up with emails and want to make sure you are all set with the product. I highly recommend their site. 535981



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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. 535771



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I had a really great experience with etrailer. Customer service was extremely attentive and friendly. I ordered one model online and was called that day to inform me that there was a two week delay from the manufacturer, they helped me find a suitable alternative that was in stock and ready to ship. The install was a perfect fit, the directions were quite clear and easy to follow. Shipping was fast and reasonable, packaging was sturdy resulting in a new trailer hitch free from scratches dings or dents. Price was comparable to other online retailers. I would absolutely recommend them and would purchase from them again. 535984



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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. 535769



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2017 Toyota Highlander

The trailor hitch receiver for my 2017 Toyota Highlander is nicer than I expected. I looked at a few other brands on line, and decided on this one because I know of this company as reputable from past purchase. Also the finish on this model has a dull powder black finish which makes it blend in with the fascia under the rear bumper. I installed it in about an hour by myself using a sturdy platform and a couple jack stands to hold it in place while installing the six bolts. Having a helper would probably make the job easier. It's very sturdy and looks great. The primary reason for this purchase was to attach a bicycle carrier, and possibly a utility trailer. The only thing that could be improved is the packaging of the product. The cardboard was ripped open due to the awkward shape of the hitch being loose in the box. As a result, there is a small scratch on the metal that's not noticeable. I would recommend this product... 5 Stars !!! 551134



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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. 535942



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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! 535768



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I purchased this product exactly one year ago, (received prompted email from etrailer asking me to leave a review of my experience after 1 year). I do remember the purchase being seamless and the installation video online was extremely helpful for me. I installed the trailer hitch myself in under an hour with a cordless impact gun. So far....NO RUST! I live in an area where we received nearly 200 inches of snow last year and they pound the roads with salt. I hate the look of rusted parts and was waiting to see what would happen to this receiver. Everything looks good.. even the areas where the chains hook to for safety. The e-coat paint hasn't rubbed off yet... Also, I wanted a low profile hitch that didn't stick out from the bumper a lot. This one satisfied that need nicely. Looks great on the back of the car. Some receives stick out a couple inches and I don't like that look. This one integrates nicely. Hopefully someone finds this review helpful. Thanks 535987



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2017 Toyota Highlander

got hitch on time, it fit good. Dont get much better than that 572428



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2018 Toyota Highlander

I installed an E-trailer hitch on my 2018 Toyota Highlander yesterday. This makes the third E-trailer hitch I've installed. I am very pleased with the installation process. The instructions are very clear and the videos are a great help. I did them all in my driveway with a little help from my wife. I highly recommend E-trailer. I appreciate the quick shipment and the on-line support resources. 542010



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Installed the same day I received it. Took about 1 1/2. Went easier than expected. Video how to install was great. Saved a lot of money installing myself. If installing yourself The hitch is heavy so I used a jack to help lift one end. 574103



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Great fit very pleased with the look 549843



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The hitch receiver is well made with a great looking matte finish. It fits perfectly on my vehicle. The installation instructions were very clear. The eTrailer video was very helpful. 668627



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2019 Toyota Highlander

The box was in sad shape no problem I heard that’s the norm . FYI the bolts are taped in the receiver which is good (busted box) 2 man job but I did it solo took about 1 1/2 hrs. I had no Scratches the car had 1. Good product Happy camper 666346



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Awesome hitch, took one hour and fifteen minutes to install. Looks great and very proud of it. It fit perfect on my 2019 Toyota Highlander 665552



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As advertised, fits perfectly and takes about 30 minutes to install. Looks good on the back of my Highlander 664952



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2016 Toyota Highlander

Well built, Slightly easier to install than I planned. But did help to have another person install since SUV was on ground during install. 663288



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It arrived on time, wasn’t wrapped in a bunch of plastic, had good instructions and had all the necessary hardware. It was easy to install, fit as expected and looks great. I haven’t used it yet but I expect no issues. Very pleased overall. 663245



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Just received hitch today. Fast delivery. Will have to post follow-up review after it is installed. 5 stars for fast delivery. 663183



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Good quality hitch, just as described in the etrailer.com videos. Installed easily according to instructions. 661203



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2018 Toyota Highlander

Shipping was super fast and no flaws to the paint job on the trailer hitch receiver. Instructional video and directions were easy to follow and I had it installed in less than one hour. 660910



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Great stuff, great company 661178



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Great product - easy to install. Looks/works perfect. Thanks! 659193



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Easy install, great product so far! 654147



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2019 Toyota Highlander

Very satisfied, well built, sturdy hitch. Prompt delivery. good instructions, would highly recommend. 647330



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2017 Toyota Highlander

great hitch fit perfect fast shipping i would buy again ted 639670



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Shipping to my location was fast!! I have yet to install it but I know everything will be ok. Never had a hard time with these guys. Thanks E-trailer!! 639220



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Put it on by myself in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Looks great and was delivered fast. I will only purchase from etrailer. 637595



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2019 Toyota Highlander

Easy install and great hitch. 636912



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2019 Toyota Highlander

Everything fit perfectly and looks grea t. 636517



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The company was extremely helpful and I receive the products very quickly. My friend installed it and it looks fantastic 636423



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The hitch was delivered in 2 days. I installed it in an hour. I like that it's a tubular bar instead of the usual block of metal. Also liked the fact that it's bolt on using existing fittings instead of drilling new holes or welding. You have the choice of removing or modifying the plastic cover on the driver side so it fits. Only had to cut out about a 1 inch wide strip from the plastic to modify it so still able to use the cover as intended. The other nice fitment is that it only protrudes past the bumper by about an inch tops. So walking into it not really an issue. Have no intention of towing anything but wanted a nice hitch for a lateral bike rack instead of hanging them on the vehicle door. This hitch will work nicely while looking good. I highly recommend the custom hitch. 621866



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Fast shipping, clear instructions perfect looking item , with in hour and half install it by my self , i love it . 619304



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Thank you for your remind. It works perfectly. I give it 5 stars. 619259



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Awesome like it very much , easy & comfortable to installed! 617444



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Great service and awesome products ! 616834



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Packaging had ripped open upon arrival but hitch was only scratched. Installation was much easier than expected. Package directions were okay, but video of installation on etrailer was excellent. 614694



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Received the hitch by1PM and had fully installed by 3:30 PM even with a couple of breaks. Hitch looks to be really heavy duty and the installation was really smooth especially after following the step by step installation videos that etrailer produced. Highly recommend both this product and purchasing from etrailer! 612573



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2016 Toyota Highlander

I am blown away by the customer service, documentation, and quality of everything I ordered. etrailer had videos showing exactly how to install the equipment down to every last screw and showed the entire process on a vehicle within a model year of the one I was installing it on. The trailer hitch seems very sturdy and should work very well for what we need it for. I will definitely be keeping etrailer.com in my bookmarks for the next time I need something. 607643



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2018 Toyota Highlander

1.5 hr install which includes wiring and cleanup. Video made it easy. 605812



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Excellent heavy duty hitch, never a problem with etrailer 605129



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2015 Toyota Highlander

The installation instructional videos are outstanding! 602337



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Will update with time, but so far, so good. Fit 2015 Toyota Highlander like a charm. Though, I didn't attempt the self install. I had an auto repair shop do it and it cost me $120. Custom cutting the undercarriage covers was where I said "yep, taking it to the shop!". Still a good value. 601459



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2015 Toyota Highlander

This receiver hitch fit perfect. The online video showed me all I needed to know. My 11yr old daughter helped me. Took us about a hour. 600757



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2019 Toyota Highlander

Hitch and wiring kit arrived on time and in perfect condition. Installation was a breeze after watching the video. Hitch and wiring by the dealer would have been over $600, total cost from etrailer...Install time just over one hour. 600619


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  • While we do offer outstanding trailer hitches for your 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus, the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch # E98844 will not work because the width of the aluminum rim on your full-size spare is simply too wide to allow this hitch to fit. It is likely that none of the reviews mention this because those that have that rim, which I believe is standard on the LE Plus, have gone a different direction in their choice of trailer hitch, which would be the options from Draw-Tite. Both...
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