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2018 Sienna XLE AWD. I have confirmed that I have the tow package.
Plan on pulling a mid-sized pop-up camper - 2000 lb dry weight is probably the max camper size I will buy.
May tow larger / heavier things in the future, but nothing planned at this point.
I'm new to towing - other than some U-haul trailer "hook it up to the F-150 and go", I haven't done any research into towing.
I only recently learned about air bags to assist the rear springs.
I have just started to familiarize myself with WD hitches (and I'm still trying to understand how they work...I need to draw some free body diagrams, I think.)

Some questions:

1. Do I need or should consider a receiver hitch rated for WD hitch use? If it's a situation of "it would be nice, but it's not necessary" then I'm likely to get a receiver hitch that is rated for use with one. If it's a situation of "it won't matter at all", I may forego the WD capability if it opens up other options.

2. WD hitch, or airbags, or both? I watched this helpful video:
and it seems that in this case the WD hitch is significantly better than the airbags. No discussion of whether you can use both together, and how it affects things. This case (in the video) is pretty extreme (1000 lb tongue weight) compared to what I would be doing, so I'm not sure how relevant this is to my situation.

3. Hidden vs visible cross tube. I prefer the hidden cross tube for the obvious reason, but it looks like you give up something in terms of max weight when you have a hidden cross tube.

4. Second hitch pin to reduce rocking / vibration for bike racks, cargo boxes etc. Seems like a good idea, but does it work well and is it a "must have"?

5. Sway control. When is this needed, and is a special receiver hitch (the part mounting to the car) needed, or can the sway control be used with any receiver hitch?


Here are the hitches I have found so far:
1. eTrailer brand: https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Toyota/Sienna/2018/e98837.html?vehicleid=201869680
$120
3500 / 350
WD 5000 / 500
Visible cross tube
Single hitch pin.

2. Curt brand: https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Toyota/Sienna/2018/C13105.html?vehicleid=2018306404
(Looks very similar to the eTrailer branded hitch above - I suspect they could be the same thing)
$120
3500 / 350
WD 5000 / 500
Visible cross tube
Single hitch pin.

3. Curt brand: https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Toyota/Sienna/2018/C13343.html?vehicleid=201861718
$150
3500 / 500
Not rated for WD hitch.
Concealed cross tube
Single hitch pin


4. Draw Tite brand: https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Toyota/Sienna/2018/75237.html?vehicleid=201843987
$130
4500/675
WD 5000/675
Visible cross tube
Double hitch pin

5. Draw Tite brand: https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Toyota/Sienna/2018/76112.html?vehicleid=201850718
$150
3500/525
WD 3500/525
Concealed cross tube
Double hitch pin

I think it's basically a choice between #4 and #5 for me, with the trade-off being a concealed cross tube and lower weight rating vs a visible cross tube with higher weight rating. I don't currently have any plans to tow anything at or above the weight limit, but I'm a fan of having an extra margin of safety, so the higher weight rating would be comforting if nothing else.

Are there other hitches I should consider?
 

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I ended up buying the last one in thebliat....the concealed cross bar WD compatible hitch. That and a lot of wiring and brake controller related stuff.

Now I just need to find something to tow. ?
 
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