Options for Towing a Trailer and Using a Hitch Bike Rack on 2013 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

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I have a 2013 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab with OEM hitch. Is this correct ball mount for my truck? I would have the hitch hooked up to a 5x8 enclosed Homesteader trailer and use the receiver portion for a mountain bike mount. Which hitch mounted bike rack to you recommend for this ball mount? Thanks.

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All of the aftermarket trailer hitches we offer for your 2013 Toyota Tacoma are 2-inch Class III types so chances are that is what your OEM hitch is. You will want to double-check this to be sure. The linked article on hitch classes may be helpful.

The Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount you referenced, part # D210, does fit this 2-inch size hitch and the bottom portion that accepts a hitch ball offers 7500-lb towing and 750-lb tongue weight capacities. The top receiver portion has a 350-lb tongue weight rating.

This item will work for towing your trailer provided that its 2-1/4-inch drop is correct to allow your trailer frame to be level with the ground when hitched to the Tacoma. If not, you will want to use a standard ball mount with the appropriate drop (or rise) to keep the trailer level.

You will also want to consider potential interference between the trailer's coupler or nose and any bike rack (and bikes) installed in the upper receiver portion of the # D210. To help avoid this concern I do have an alternative to suggest.

If you select a standard fixed ball mount with the correct drop for your trailer's height (again to keep it level for best handling) you can then add a towing-type bike rack that will allow more space between the nose of the trailer and the rear of your Tacoma than the # D210.

The link at right will take you to our main page for ball mounts for your 2-inch Class III hitch. Filters in the left margin will let you select the correct drop and also the option of an extra-long ball mount to give you more clearance between the bikes and trailer. Let's say for example that you measure (as outlined in the linked article) and find you need 6-inches of drop. We offer Curt Extra Long Ball Mount # D-28.

With this or any other 2-inch ball mount you can use a towing type bike rack such as one of those shown on the link at right, for example, the Swagman # S64664.

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