The CURT class 3 trailer hitch is the most common type of trailer hitch installed on full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. It is also found on full-size cars, crossover SUVs, minivans and mid-size trucks. That is because the class 3 packs the punch of a heavyweight hitch while still staying light on its feet. This CURT class 3 hitch offers a gross trailer weight capacity of 5,000 lbs. and a comparable tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs. It is designed to be a custom-fit trailer hitch for certain years of the Toyota Highlander (to verify your vehicle compatibility, see the CURT application guide at curtmfg.com). It features a round tube frame and comes with all necessary hardware for a complete installation.
The 2" x 2" receiver tube opening of this class 3 hitch is able to accept a hitch-mounted accessory, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier, or a ball mount to tow most standard size trailers, including utility trailers, single-horse livestock trailers, boat trailers and large campers (NOTE: Never exceed the lowest weight capacity of any towing component).
CURT class 3 trailer hitches are engineered to be strong and capable, having a quality steel frame and a solid finish. They are put through strenuous testing before being deemed ready for market and come with two coatings -- a liquid Bonderite coating and a powder coat in high-gloss black -- that cure together to form a strong resistance against rust, scratching, UV damage and other wear. Our hitches are our pride, and as such, we back them up with a limited lifetime warranty and a one-year finish warranty.
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hitch curt 13534
Easy to install except that the product gets bent in shipping. So the left side, drivers side does not line up. Had to bend it back into shape. Other than that it was easy. Curt should use a cardboard mold to protect the item in shipping. Because it is loose in the box it can get bent by deliver carriers.
Easiest thing to install
I always go to my Toyota dealer each time I need any work to be done for my Highlander 2011. So I had no experience of dealing with car works. This time I thought to do differently and purchased the hitch online and tried installing on my own after viewing the installation video. I gained confidence after watching the video which detailed each step of installation. Also I was able to install the hitch without a second person help for lifting the hitch with use of stepping stool on one side. If you are DIY person, go ahead and install on your own and save money. One suggestion is use torque wrench to remove both tow loops and passenger side under body panel as I found difficult to open with RATCHET .
Not Easy - Not done
This wasn't my first choice of hitch, but what I wanted was back-ordered by over a month. Anyway, of 7 bolts, 4 lined up on my 2010 Highlander's frame. I guess I'll try the C-Clamp method to bend it over to line up. The product certainly seems strong enough, but 1 bolt on the left and 3 on the right isn't going to get it done.
Easiest install ever !
2013 Toyota Highlader hitch install was easy , easy , one man about an hour , fit perfect , the Underbody cut out is only required on Driver side , passenger side panel fit right back in no modifications .Looks great , Wire harness hook up easy also. One guy 2 hrs to do it all .
Difficult to Install, Despite Experience
I've read mixed reviews about this hitch, seeing many people say the hitch fit and bolted on easily and quickly. My experience was different. I drive a 2013 Highlander Limited and installing this hitch was extremely difficult and took significant manipulation. I believe either the hitch isn't designed specifically for the 2013 (maybe a slight design changed by Toyota), or there are inconsistencies in production of the hitch causing about a 1 cm width shortage. The install took about two hours overall with myself and a friend both full involved, and both having experience installing this type of hardware on different vehicles. To complete the job, we bolted the top two (horizontal) bolts finger-tight to mount the right side, then had to use a 6" C-clamp on the left (driver) side to pull the hitch into alignment with the holes. This was trial and error, as we had tried pretty much everything else. I am still giving this hitch four stars because the finished product is very nice on the vehicle. I guess if you do the install yourself, you earn every bit of it. Summary: If you have no experience with installing this kind of thing, I wouldn't get this hitch. If you like challenges, it's a good value.
The installation of your hitch was by far the easiest
I just installed a rear mount CURT #13534 hitch on my new 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, I am 73 years old and over the years I have installed many hitches and they were always a challenge because a custom hitch was an approximate fit and I had to also drill some of the mounting holes, most took the better part of the day and also required some welding just to get it done. The installation of your hitch was by far the easiest I have ever put on, it fit perfectly in every way and as the installation sheet stated took less than an hour, I just wanted to thank you for doing what you say about your hitches, they fit and are well made. Thanks, Roger.