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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Q5 by Audi

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87603



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2012 Q5 by Audi

This durable, fully welded Audi Q5 trailer hitch receiver features a powder coat finish over an e-coat base to ensure superior corrosion resistance.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Audi Q5
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 450 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

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Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2 - 87603

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating5.0 out of 5 stars   (11 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ben F02/26/2011

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Excellent product. I rate the overall from ordering, packaging, delivery, and estimate for installation excellent. I installed this product in about 90 minutes but stopped to check the directions several times. If I had to do it again I would do it in less than half that time. Tools: Torque Wrench Short screwdriver to take out the fascia screw in the wheel wells Flash light Hardest part was putting in the U Bolts. Make sure the hitch is tight against the bracket and the holes are lined up well. 7949

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Danny M.06/18/2011

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Ordered on a Sunday night, was scheduled for shipping Monday Morning before I was awake! Great service! Took about 90 minutes to install, there were a few areas that took some puzzling out that extended it out from the 45 indicated in the product description. 1. Removing the Fascia, undo the screws indicated by the instructions. Right near the exhaust pipe is where the fascia connects to the bumper there is a plastic tab holding it in. Using a screwdriver to depress the tab and simultaneously pulling the fascia, it will come off fairly easily. 2. Since I have parking sensors, the wires and sensors are connected to the fascia. The sensors come out pretty easily, undo the plastic hooks and it should come out. The wires are held in place with plastic clips attached to metal. You have to unclip the plastic from the metal and it should come out. I was able to do it by hand without a screwdriver but my helper used a screw driver to separate it pretty easily. 3. The forward bolt and block is meant to snake through the center. Fish the wire from the bottom center hole and out through the access hole as indicated in the instructions. Insert block into the hole then the bolt. Proceed to fish the bolt to the location. 4. The final ubolts are pretty straight forward as long as there is no separation between the car and hitch. Slide them into both holes and slowly extract and invert through the hole. I pushed the bolt through starting from the bottom since I was paranoid about dropping it into the car frame. Very straight forward, seems more than adequate for hauling bikes as I didn't wire the assembly to the car. I have the same car as Ben F and his review and photos encouraged me to add this to my car. Thanks everyone!17239

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Lon R.07/08/2013

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I rate this as a one banged up knuckle out of four for installation toughness. Im not the handiest guy around, but after watching the etrailer installation video a couple of times and studying the instructions, I was able to get this done in 90 minutes with no lift or jacks. The trick to not accidentally dropping the u-bolts into the frame while installing them is to put one of the bolts on the end and thread the other end through. No worries. This is a very solid piece and well built. Im only using it for a hitch-mounted bike rack, but I have no worries that I could tow up to the maximum weight my vehicle allows. 88308

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Josh Z - Southern New Jersey10/05/2012

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hitch came in with some minor scratches, I think UPS did them no favors, as the box was pretty beat up, but all pieces were securely taped and bagged, so everything got here. followed up with a personal note to make sure I received it, and sent some helpful links to videos on installation. Although the instructions were confusing to read, I watched the videos on this site, as well as read some of the feedback, and it went pretty smoothly. Took me about 2 hours, as I was worried about breaking something, but everything fit the way it should, and the hitch looks great - very satisfied, and great customer service. Thanks!!!!. 56415

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KC05/07/2012

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I installed the hitch this weekend and it was much easier than expected. It did take just over 2 1/2 hours. The hardest part was figuring out how to properly remove the rear bumper of my Audi Q5. Once that was done, you just look at the picture in the included instructions and that is about it. The trickiest part was using the fishwire to thread the part through. Be careful or you will lose the screw and metal brace in the tube near the sway bar. Other than that, it was straight forward.39648

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan I.12/26/2010

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Great product! staff did an outstanding job organizing the sale and shipment of the trailer hitch - timely, efficient and economical! Although the installation instructions were easy to follow, the installation was tricky and required two people. The product is very good and I would recommend it to others!4618

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Melissa S.03/21/2014

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Had the dealer install but as always, products from eTrailer are what they advertise. Upgraded shipping, so got the next day. Order items frequently and have never been disappointed.121527

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken B.12/01/2012

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The quality of the hitch is excellent. The instructions should be expanded to provide more detail. Despite limited guidance the hitch was easy to install. 60404

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill F.08/07/2012

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Ordered Sunday nite.....installed by Tues nite! Great Product, Great Service, Great Price......its a triple play!50877

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jon P.06/19/2012

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WOW!!! Everything fit, all the parts were there and NO drilling! The installation would have been easier had I used a creeper and raised the vehicle higher but it still was a snap. Delivery was sooner than expected, great service. Jon P.44817

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chad H.06/04/2012

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quick shipping, easy install...the directions were a little confusing though. now to the challenging part: installing the wiring...42611

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  • Comparison Between Curt Trailer Hitch # C13057 and Hidden Hitch # 87603 for a 2010 Audi Q5
  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87603, for the 2010 Audi Q5, when installed will have the same appearance as the Curt hitch, # C13057. The receiver will be visible on either hitch along with some of the cross tubing. However, I would not say that it is obtrusive or looks bad. In terms of quality, hitch 87603 complies with safety specifications and requirements for connecting devices and towing systems of the state of New York, V.E.S.C. Regulation V-5 and SAE J684 which are the standards hit
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  • What Is The Ground Clearance Of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87606 on 2011 Audi Q5
  • I contacted our representative at Hidden Hitch about the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87603, the ground clearance on your 2011 Audi Q5. The representative at Hidden Hitch informed me that they do not have specific measurements on ground clearance as it can vary from different models of each vehicle. He did inform me that the hitch sits about 1 inch away from the bumper fascia, so what you can do is measure from the bottom edge of the bumper down 3 inches. This measurement will give you
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  • What Trailer Hitch Receivers are Available for the 2014 Audi Q5
  • As you noted we do offer several Class III hitches for the 2013 model year; these can be seen on the link provided. I am pleased to advise that my contact at Draw-Tite confirmed for me that their 2-inch hitch # 75708 will also fit the 2014 model year of the Q5. I have linked an installation video as well as the written installation instructions for this item. Drilling is not required for installation but the exhaust must be lowered and lower fascia removed temporarily. If your Q5 has a backu
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  • Ball Mount Recommendation for a 2014 Audi Q5 with Factory Trailer Hitch
  • I prefer the S8 myself. On your 2014 Audi Q5 it is likely going to come with a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. This means that it is a Class III or IV trailer hitch and you can use any ball mount you want. You will want one that has the proper rise or drop needed to tow the trailer level. I have included a link to our help article that shows how to measure to get a ball mount with the right rise or drop. I have also included a link to our fixed ball mount main page. Another option is to go wit
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Audi Q5 Accessories

Complete Towing Package

2012 Audi Q5

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" $216.95 Ball Mount Kit for 2" Hitches - 7,500 lbs $63.00

Retail: $366.71

Package Price:$279.95

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
4,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
450 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87603 Installation instructions 87603 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Lower fascia will need to be temporarily removed for hitch installation. Models with back-up camera may require fascia trimming for the hitch receiver tube.No drilling required for installation, Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation, Use only an approved T-One connector or see dealer for trailer towing wiring harness installation information

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