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Recommended Parts to Tow a Trailer with a 2002 Toyota Highlander


I need a hitch and wiring for my 2002 Toyota Highlander by Tuesday next week if possible. I saw wording about a tow package, but cant seem to figure out if there is a package deal, or what that means. Id like to discuss what all is involved and ask questions to make sure Im not missing anything. Thank you.


Expert Reply:

You're certainly not leaving yourself a lot of time.

The trailer hitch receiver I recommend for your 2002 Toyota Highlander is the Draw-Tite Class III # 41541. The 2 inch receiver will have give you the full capacity of the Highlander and also give you a lot more variety in accessories that will fit.

If your Highlander has a wiring connector just behind the rear bumper then you have the factory tow package. In which case I recommend using # 118245 for the wiring harness. If you don't have that connector then use # 118413 which plugs in behind trim panels on each side in the rear cargo area. I've linked videos of both installs for you to see.

You'll also need a ball mount and hitch ball. I've attached link of our selection of ball mounts for a 2 inch hitch receiver as well as an article to help you determine the correct rise or drop you may need. Once you choose a ball mount you can then choose a hitch ball to fit it.

One way to make choosing a ball mount easier is to go with an adjustable ball mount like the B&W Tow & Stow # BWTS10038B. It features the ability to be flipped under the hitch when not using it and will provide up to 5-1/2 inches of rise or 5 inches of drop.

For a pin and clip to fit you can use # PC3 or if you'd like to have a locking pin you can use # BX8858.

I've also included links to some articles on towing that you might find helpful.

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