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Best 2019 Toyota Sienna Trailer Hitch Options

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Best 2019 Toyota Sienna Trailer Hitch Options

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the best trailer hitches for the 2019 Toyota Sienna. Now the hitches we're going to look at today are all Class 3 hitches. That makes them extremely versatile. They work out really well for cargo carriers, for bike racks, just about any type of hitch accessory out there.The first one we're going to look at's part number E98853. This is going to be a hidden crosstube-style hitch. Then we're looking at Draw-Tite part number 76112.

Finally, we have a exposed crosstube hitch. We'll get into the details of that in just a minute. Its part number is E98837.Now during our video we're going to go over each of the hitches pretty specifically. We're going to talk about safety chain connection points, pin holes, weight ratings, things along those lines. If that doesn't interest you at all, we can kind of cut right to the chase for you and just get it out of the way upfront.

If you're looking for a hitch for recreational use, which means cargo carriers, bike racks, things of that nature, and you want a nice clean look, I think the etrailer hitch with the hidden crosstube is the way to go. This stays completely hidden behind the bumper. All you're going to see is the receiver tube opening. Now the matte finish is my personal favorite. I really like the finish.

It seems to be very resilient, so if I we're picking a hitch for mine, that would be the one, E98853.If you're looking for something that's easier to install, easier to get on your vehicle with no modifications at all, my second runner up for that category, like I said, if I we're picking a hitch, this would be the one going on my Sienna. But the second one would be the second etrailer hitch that we have, part number E98837. This is going to require no modifications to the vehicle at all. The thing I like about this one is that you're going to be able to more easily do this in your driveway, let's say, than this one. The thing I don't like about this hitch, from this point right here all the way across to the other side, you're going to see that entire crosstube.

If that matters to you, I think I'd take a little bit more effort, go with one of the hidden crosstubes. If not, if you just want something to get on your vehicle, that's going to be a good way to go.As far as towing goes, I think the Draw-Tite kind of shines here simply because it has that wiring bracket attached. If you're only going to be using your hitch to haul a trailer, you don't care how far that ball mount is underneath the back of the vehicle. And if you decide to run your wiring outside, I think having that bracket to attach to would be nice.Now if that didn't answer your questions and you're still here, let's get into them a little bit further. Basically, with these two hitches, with our etrailer and with our Draw-Tite, we kind of hinted to it before. Most of what you see is going to be completely hidden. This is a big change when it comes to Sienna hitches. Back in the day, we only had this option. We're going to have that crosstube all the way across the bottom, and our receiver tube opening's a little bit closer to the ground, whereas with our new hidden hitches like this, we're able to get that receiver tube up a little bit closer to the bumper in the back. It buys us a little bit of extra space, which these are going to be 11" to 13" off the ground, so any kind of room we can get is important. But also, the look is so much better. It really is a very nice looking hitch on the back of the vehicle. Only having that receiver tube sticking out, it gives a much more factory-type appearance.Now we'll talk a little bit more about the finish quality. You'll see here on the Draw-Tite hitch, it has that very high gloss finish. We're used to seeing this finish on most hitches that have been produced. They tend to hold up fairly well, but over time you are going to have rusting, you're going to have dings, you're going to have stuff like that with them. It's just part of the hitch being on the back of the vehicle.When we look at the carbide finish, this is going to do a much better job of hiding any scratches or little imperfections that we might get. I really like that satin or that matte look on the back of the vehicle. It's going to blend in a lot more with your tires, trim, and things like that. We generally see trim that looks more like this than we do high gloss kind of trim on vehicles.Now all of our hitches offer a 5/8 diameter pin hole. That's what we're going to use to secure our items in place. All of them are going to have plenty of room, so anti-rattle devices are going to work out really well. Locking hitch pins won't be a problem, and of course, standard pins and clips, you'll have no issues at all getting those installed.Now one thing you'll notice here on the Draw-Tite, here's our 5/8 diameter pin hole. That's what we use to secure all of our items in place with it. Just behind it here closer to the rear of the vehicle, you'll see another one. It's a little bit smaller. We never want to use that to secure any of our items with. That's for the j-pin stabilization system, which is just one form of many different types of anti-rattle device available. Once we have an item put in our hitch and we secure that down, we eliminate a lot of the movement. That's going to reduce noise, rattle, and any of that energy being felt inside the vehicle.The Draw-Tite also offers an attachment point that's been welded onto the hitch already. This is going to be for attaching four-pole or seven-pole wiring. You have three pre-drilled holes there for that. Now one thing to keep in mind with that being said, though, the wiring with the Sienna is typically going to live inside the rear hatch of the vehicle. We pull it out when we need it, put it back in when we don't. In order to utilize this you're going to have to run your wiring outside of the vehicle using a grommet or something like that. That's going to be up to you. The flange or the bracket is already on there. But something else to keep in mind, you can add one to either of the etrailer hitches using either our universal short or universal long bracket.Now let's talk about the weight ratings of each of the hitches. With the etrailer hidden behind the bumper type hitch, it's going to offer a tongue weight rating of 525 pounds. That's the maximum downward force we can put here at the receiver tube opening. It gives us a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be right inline with the Sienna's max capacity.Looking at the Draw-Tite, that tongue weight rating's going to go up to 525 pounds. The gross trailer weight rating, it's going to be at 3,500. Then finally with the etrailer that remains exposed, it has a tongue weight rating of 350 with a gross trailer weight rating of 3,500 pounds, just like the other three.Now the Draw-Tite and the etrailer are both rated for use with weight distribution as well. The tongue weight rating is going to stay the same at 525. The gross trailer weight rating stays the same at 3,500 with the Draw-Tite. With the etrailer, the tongue weight rating's going to go up to 500 and the gross trailer weight's going to go up to 5,000. Keep in mind, though, you do not want to exceed the capacity of your Sienna. So check the owner's manual and use whichever number is the lowest.Another minor difference that we have, you can see on the etrailer that remains exposed, it has a plate-style safety chain connection point. Pretty good width there. Should be able to get just about any size chain you're going to want to use with the Sienna connected, although looking at the Draw-Tite and the etrailer that remain hidden behind, you can see it's just a little bit more wide and open.Now one of the things that really draws me to the etrailer hidden hitch is the clearance that we have. From the receiver tube opening here to the ground, we've got about 13", whereas with the Draw-Tite we'll have 12, and with the etrailer exposed, that's going to be 11. Now as far as usable space, so when we put a bike rack in or we put a cargo carrier in, the way we determine that is from the center of the pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper. With the etrailer, it's going to be the furthest out. It's at 4-3/4". The Draw-Tite's going to be at 5", so it's about 1/4" further in. With the etrailer that remains exposed, it's going to be underneath the vehicle 6". Basically, what that's going to mean to you, cargo carriers, bike racks, if you want to fold those up toward the rear of the vehicle, by having that pin hole further out, it's going to allow us to do that more easily. That's going to complete our look at the best trailer hitches available for the Toyota Sienna.

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