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Recommended Trailer Hitch for Towing with a 2017 Toyota Sienna

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I have a 2017 Toyota Sienna XLE van and I need a hitch that I would like to hide and to pull a jon boat at times and a u haul trailer about 300 miles. What set up do you guys recommend? Thanks for your time.

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Since you're looking for a trailer hitch that is more concealed I recommend using the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76112 for your 2017 Toyota Sienna. Not only does this have a concealed crosstube but it also has the receiver that sits farthest back as the hitch pin hole is 4" from the edge of the bumper when compare to other hidden hitch styles.

This also features a mounting bracket for your wiring so that you can keep it located right there at the bumper. For trailer light wiring I highly recommend the Tekonsha T-One # 118648 which tees in behind your tail lights and draws power directly from your battery via the black wire so that you completely bypass the electrical system on your Sienna to avoid the wiring from your trailer to damage your vehicle wiring. To secure this to that mounting bracket you will also need part # 18144.

Then to round out your towing setup you will need to also get a ball mount kit. I recommend checking out the ball mount kit # 989900 which comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. This kit also has both a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. You will need to check out the attached ball mount article though to make sure that either of these ball mounts will work.

I have attached some installation videos for you to check out as well. Please note that your Toyota Sienna manual states that for any trailer that weighs over 1,000 lbs you need a brake controller and that anything over 2,000 lbs requires a weight distribution system. Let me know if you fall into either of these categories and I can help you choose the correct product(s) for your application.

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