We bought and self installed a uhaul hutch the works great. We bought the 2013 new pre wired but no hitch. We have had great service from the hitch and the Highlander. We use it mostly for a hitch mounted bike carrier but have pulled a couple trailer no sweat.Bought a 2013 Highlander a couple of months ago and looking for receiver hitch recommendations. Sure would appreciate any suggestions on brand and installation.
Ground clearance. Aftermarket hitches sit much lower than the factory unit. I've seen them damaged from hitting the ground. The factory hitch is expensive for sure, but well worth the money. Aftermarket hitches also look stupid because the right side has to work around the exhaust.What function do you lose with a non-OEM hitch?
Aftermarket hitches sit lower and extend further back than the OEM hitch. The attack and departure angles are significantly reduced because of this. Anyone going offroad is more likely to have problems. Also when pulling a heavy load the hitch area is the lowest area and with an aftermarket hitch you're more likely to hit than stock. Doesn't mean it's gonna happen every time or even at all, but it's more likely to happen than with the OEM hitch. When I was looking for my Highlander I saw hitches that had scrape marks on them. Nothing major, but they were there.I don't see any function being lost by aftermarket. If your hitch is bottoming out, then your exhaust would to...
I see most Highlanders by me with aftermarket and not damaged.
Thanks, the Highlander is my wife's vehicle but we do use it to go on trips out of town. If I go off road its in my 66 F100 so no worries there. We pull a 5x10 trailer on occasion and make sure the trailer is loaded well under the max rating. I am planning on going with curt hitch and wiring connector.Unless you are off roading, I would not worry about the fact it hangs lower than the bumper.
As far as durability i see the people with the problems are nearing the maximum allowed weight for the hitch. If you intend to do the same, you may want a factory hitch. The problem is found in the weld to jog the hitch around the muffler. This is not required on a factory hitch.
I personally would not want to be pulling a trailer which weighs close to the weight of the vehicle or you could find the trailer steering the vehicle if you do an emergency maneuver.
I hear people talk about factory pre-wired. Not sure what that means. It is all plugs, no cutting and splicing of wires to install the controller. You do need to install a fuse under the hood. I had to install the controller on my 2013 SE- was not pre-wired. If you decide to use Curt, let me know and I will post the You tube links I used.