Hitch Visability - Curt vs. Draw-Tite vs. Hidden Hitch

Discussion in 'Gen III 2010+ Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by Levelheadsteve, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Levelheadsteve

    Levelheadsteve Junior Member

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    Hi,

    I have been looking at installing a hitch for a bike rack on my 2012 Prius. I want it to be as invisible as possible. I know there is the ECOhitch available, but between the Curt, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch, is there any real difference? Is one less visible than the others?

    I have seen a few pictures and searched the forums here, but I thought I'd ask since most of the pictures are taken from ground level (hitch level). I'd like to see what they look like while standing 15-20 feet behind the vehicle.

    Thanks for any information.
     
  2. cossie1600

    cossie1600 Active Member

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    U can see the curt ones
     
  3. Levelheadsteve

    Levelheadsteve Junior Member

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    You can see them all. I was just wondering if any of them were less visible than the others.
     
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    cossie1600 Active Member

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    It doesnt liok that bad anyway, nothing out of place. This isnt a hitch on an escort wagon
     
  5. Bye_G37

    Bye_G37 New Member

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    LevelHead,

    I ordered my Curt on 3-13 and it came by FedX today
    (free shipping)! It took me 2 hours to intall and its a pretty solid fit! I am impressed with the quality and fit of the hitch. It is pretty much undetectable under the bumper- only the reciever is visible- barely. Sorry the pix are dark - i finished the install at 9pm.
     

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  6. Levelheadsteve

    Levelheadsteve Junior Member

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    Thank you very much for the pictures! That is the view I wanted. I am going to go ahead and install a Curt hitch.
     
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    If you havent purchased it yet - i have a 10% discount code from JuicedHybrids - the hitch is $140 and they give free shipping (fast) after the discount you could get it for $125. let me know if you want the code.
     
  8. Levelheadsteve

    Levelheadsteve Junior Member

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    Thanks for the offer, but I already bought it and had it installed as I don't have a torque wrench or the longer reach sockets. I also bought a rack. This isn't my car, but here is a pic from the internet with the same setup (except my Prius is a 2012).
    [​IMG]
     
  9. GaR619

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    I want to order this but dont think its ideal for my stretched beach cruiser.

    Any thoughts?
     
  10. adkat

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    Which Thule rack is that?
     
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    Curt hitch without a rack
    [​IMG]

    With a rack
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  12. bielinsk

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    It Thule's aluminum rack (which is a great as it is very light compared to other racks) It can hold 3 bikes and has a built in lock, I have the same one and love it. Also I can open the hitch without having to lower the rack (it has a lowering arm built into the rack) but the hitch will clear it with the rack in the up position.

    It holds the wifes beach cruiser no problem.

    I put on the curt last night by myself, took about 30 mins. Don't really need a torque wrench unless you plan on towing. I just muscled it down for my bike rack and luggage hitch.

    Yes you can see it a little, if you look for it. Well worth the money.
     
  13. skey44

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    eco hitch stealth... I'll take a better picture soon.
     
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