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DIY Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack

February 26, 2021

DIY Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack

February 26, 2021

Last summer before going away for the weekend, we discussed getting a trailer hitch put onto my vehicle and having the option to haul bikes when we go out of town. I have a Toyota Highlander but doesn’t have a trailer hitch and the dealers had quoted us $500+ to install. Typical Justin thought “why pay someone when I could do this myself”, so he researched and ordered a kit online to install a hitch. I had my doubts since it was only $140, but in less than an hour he had it installed and it was sturdy as could be. He said the most difficult part was just removing the ‘old fascia’ because the bolts were rusted on. He did ask for my help in lifting up the new hitch so he could bolt it on – and said “I need your help but this might be a marriage breaker”. Fortunately it wasn’t difficult to lift, it was easy to bolt on, and we’re still married 🙂 We also purchased a bike rack to hold all 4 bikes in the newly installed hitch. I’ll include links below if anyone is interested – I had no idea a hitch could be installed ourselves at a relatively easy install and low cost!

Amazon Links below:

Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch – 2-inch Receiver (change for your vehicle)
Allen Sports Deluxe 4-bike Hitch Mount Rack

Happy to report that the trailer hitch + bike rack worked great and we had no issues on our drive north! (Despite it freaking me out every time I looked in the backup camera and saw it there.) They are still going strong with no complaints almost a year later! 10/10 recommend.

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