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Hello folks!

Newbie here. I've read the posts n this Towing Forum until my eyeballs are bleeding with visions of Airlifts, Draw-Tites, suspensions, etc., and I'd like to clarify a few things with you experts.

I'm the second owner of my '07 Sienna and have put about 130,000 miles on it, for a total of 180,000. It runs great! I'm diligent about maintenance issues.

In about a year I hope to drive the Trans-Canada Highway in the Sienna, pulling a 12-foot, single-axle enclosed trailer that has my small motorcycle in it. Bike weighs about 275 lbs. Gear would add maybe an extra 300. I hope to be on the road for about a year, traveling around Canada, Alaska, and then the Lower 48.

I'm confident the car can pull the trailer. My problem is that I absolutely hate scraping the receiver tube. I had U-Haul install the hitch several years ago but am now wondering if it'd be worth it to change it to an in-bumper dealer OEM type, or try a Draw-Tite or TorkLift. Al I want is a few inches higher to keep it from scraping. Maybe I'm obsessing too much on that? It can't be good for the car, though!

Here's a photo. Like every one else, I only have about 8" of clearance from the ground to the bottom of the receiver.

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Maybe, given the age of the car and the trip I'm planning, not even worth it at all? Lipstick on a pig? Perhaps I should get a newer/different vehicle?

Thanks for your ideas. I'm amazed at the depth of knowledge I've found on this Forum. TIA!
 

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I know that there are options for a hitch with the cross-beam behind the bumper for the Gen-III vans (I used one), but not sure about the Gen-II vans. Like you, I had the exposed crossbeam and those outboard points regularly hit the sloped pavement of driveways and the like. The most practical solution for me was the Airlift bags.
 

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I know that there are options for a hitch with the cross-beam behind the bumper for the Gen-III vans (I used one), but not sure about the Gen-II vans. Like you, I had the exposed crossbeam and those outboard points regularly hit the sloped pavement of driveways and the like. The most practical solution for me was the Airlift bags.
Thanks, Fibber2! I value your opinion and will look into the airlift bags. Scraping the driveway makes me nuts.
 

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Hopefully I am not too late to this, but I wouldn't go with the airlift brand. If you want something that's going to last you whole trip I would look into the firestone air bags. I also installed a built in air pump to air them up. I do have a 2015 so the years are diffrent but the coil is the same. I measured and fitted these ones to fit from the top to the bottom.
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