Originally Posted by bcchase
Hey there, I also have a 2011 Toyota Sienna XLE. I have received a quote from Camping World to add a hitch at $1105.54 (US). They have listed a Toyota Sienna CLS III which I understand to be a hitch (I was able to find this part on google). They have also listed a Round Bar Weight
Distributing Hitch 800 lb tongue weight
(which I found on google also) and which I also understand to be a hitch. Am I being bamboozled? Why would they have two hitches? Is this necessary?
Thanks. I am very new to this and would appreciate any advice you can offer.
A lot of people are less than fond of shopping at Camping World.
Hitch talk can be confusing. The part that bolts onto the underside of your vehicle is often called a hitch, but the better name for it is 'hitch receiver'. It has a square tube at the back, into which you insert a ball mount with a ball. Then there's the thing you can optionally add for weight
distribution (and maybe sway control, depending on the model), called a weight distribution hitch; this thing will usually have bars and/or chains that can help move some of the weight from the vehicle's rear wheels to the front wheels.
I once bought a receiver at Walmart for my Mountaineer. I think it was under $150. But they only stock a couple of really common models. For the Sienna, shop at a larger U-Haul
center or a trailer specialty shop, or online. You really should not have to spend much more than a couple hundred for a receiver, plus a bit more for the ball mount and ball (Walmart has those for sure).