I’ve had a number of questions about installing a tow hitch on the Toyota Highlander, so I thought I’d write something up. While there are a number of options out there, I’ll be focusing here on the Toyota trailer hitch.
As with pretty much any Toyota add-on, you can get the hitch and wiring harness installed at the dealer. But you can also save a ton of money by ordering the parts and installing them yourself. While the hitch isn’t as simple to install as the Toyota crossbars, it’s not particularly hard.
Ordering and installation
For starters, you’ll need to buy the hitch and wiring harness. While the receiver hitch and wiring harness list for $450 and $220, respectively, you can find them for a good bit less online.
For reference, here are the Amazon listings:
Though you can pay to have these things installed, the installation process should be pretty straightforward for a typical diy-er. You’ll need two sets of hands for part of the hitch installation, but the rest of it is a one person job. As for the wiring harness, that’s pretty much plug-and-play.
If you want to give it a shot, you can download the instructions here:
Note that they recommend a rotary cutting tool (Dremel or similar) on hand. They also recommend a torque wrench for tightening the bolts, though I’ve always been able to get away with a standard socket set. I’ll leave those details up to you…
Once you have the receiver hitch installed, you’ll need a ball mount and trailer ball before you can tow anything. You have numerous options here; I’ve linked the official Toyota solutions below:
- Toyota Ball Mount (Part # PT228-48141)
- Toyota 1-7/8 Inch Trailer Ball (Part # PT791-00842)
- Toyota 2 Inch Trailer Ball (Part # PT791-00844)
That’s it… Good luck!
P.S. If you already have a hitch, please share the details. Did you get the Toyota hitch or a third-party solution? Did you install it yourself? Etc.