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Which Trailer Hitch is Recommended for 2016 Toyota Corolla  


In your video comparing the Draw-Tite hitch and the Curt hitch for the Toyota Corolla, you recommend the Curt over the Draw Tite. Yet, in one of your answers to a customer question, you recommend the Draw-Tite when used with a bike carrier, because it does not require a strap. What does the strap do? Why does the Curt require a strap for any non-trailer applications? And since I plan to use my hitch mainly for a bike carrier, should I buy the Draw-Tite instead of the Curt even though your comparison video recommends the Curt?


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Curt used to state that using the # 18050 stabilizing strap was a requirement for maintaining warranty coverage when their Class I and some of their Class II hitches are used for hitch accessories, although they've since backed off on that stance. The strap was designed to provide extra support for the bike rack. One end would typically hook to the frontward edge of the vehicle trunk, the other end would be looped around the bike rack near where the upright connected to the arms the bikes are connected to. It didn't work well with every vehicle and it was an extra step and an extra part that needed to be purchased.

When they had that requirement, we would recommend the Draw-Tite as their hitches didn't have the strap requirement. The hitches are so similar that there aren't too many distinguishing characteristics between them. It's pretty likely the video recommending the Curt over the Draw-Tite was produced after Curt dropped that warranty requirement.

I've found over the years that I personally prefer Curt's slightly more shiny powder coating, but that's strictly a matter of personal preference. If I had to choose between the two, I'd go with the Curt # C11265 over the Draw-Tite # 24913 although either would work great for you. If you decide to use your Corolla for towing, you'll also need a # 118405 trailer wiring harness, a # C45521 ball mount and a trailer ball. For a 1-7/8 inch ball, use # A-80 or # A-82 for a 2 inch ball. Use # PC2 for a hitch pin.

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Mike L

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