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

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87603



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

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

Confirmed to fit your 2012 Audi Q5


  • 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:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

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

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by: Danny M.06/18/2011

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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by: Ben F02/26/2011

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

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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by: Lon R.07/08/2013

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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by: KC05/07/2012

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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by: Susan F.06/29/2014

I called Audi about having a trailer hitch put on my car for a bike rack and the price they quoted was exorbitant. I was pleased to find the website, which was nicely organized and that pointed me to the appropriate hitch for my vehicle. The hitch arrived promptly and I had it installed at a local garage. I am pleased as can be with the experience I had with 138227

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by: Dan I.12/26/2010

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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by: Jon P.06/19/2012

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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by: Melissa S.03/21/2014

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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by: bruno02/07/2015

I'm very please with the hitch. The quality was great and assembly was easy. It took us a bit more than an hour to install it. Customer service was also top nutch. 172820

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by: Ken B.12/01/2012

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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by: Chad H.06/04/2012

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

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by: Bill F.08/07/2012

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

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by: Scott D07/15/2014

As advertised. My local car repair shop installed without difficulty. Thanks. 141345


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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, # C13136. 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...
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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...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2012 Audi Q5
  • The most popular hitch for your 2012 Audi Q5 is the Hidden Hitch, # 87603. I recommend going with it or Draw-Tite hitch # 75708. They share the same design and instructions which I have linked for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. You will need to add trailer wiring if you are towing a trailer. Use Curt trailer wiring harness # 56200 with install kit...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Audi Q5
  • We have three trailer hitches that will fit your 2014 Audi Q5 and all of them are Class III hitches with a 2 inch receiver. I have linked them below and attached a link to our trailer hitch fit guide for your Q5 for you to check out. The Curt Trailer Hitch, # C13136, has the highest towing and tongue weight capacities, 5,000 lbs towing and 750 lbs tongue weight, but you will be limited to the maximum towing capacity of your Q5. The towing capacity should be listed in your owners manual....
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  • Trailer Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendations for a 2013 Audi Q5
  • As far as adding more carrying capacity to a vehicle there are several options. You could add a trailer hitch and use a carrier like you have suggested. You could add a roof rack and cargo basket or box. Or you could use a cargo bag on the roof. If it were me, I would add the trailer hitch and use the carrier because a trailer hitch has a lot of versatility. You could tow if you needed, use the carrier, add a bike rack or other accessory. The Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87603 is...
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  • How Similar is the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75708 to the Hidden Hitch # 87603
  • This Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87603, and the Draw-Tite Hitch, part # 75708, are so similar that they share the same installation instructions as well as the same recommended ball mount, pin and clip. I have attached instructions for you to check out. The recommended ball mount is the Ball Mount 3/4 inch Rise or 2 inch Drop, part # 2923. The recommended pin and clip is the Pin and Clip, part # PC3. The recommended wiring is the Curt Wiring for the 2010 Audi Q5, part #...
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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...
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  • Trunk-Mount Bike Rack Fits for 2015 Audi Q5 SUV with Powered Rear Hatch
  • The Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 trunk-mount bike rack # HRF2 is not a confirmed fit for your new 2015 Audi Q5. But I can offer you a better option for your new car! Since you have a brand new vehicle I suggest you instead go the route of the hitch-mount bike rack. This offers you several advantages. First, the weight of the rack and bikes will not be borne by the car's shiny new sheet metal, but instead by its frame - its strongest part. This way your paint finish will be untouched...
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  • Bike Rack Options for 2013 Audi Q5
  • I spoke with my contact at Thule, who tells me that they do not recommend using a trunk mounted bike rack on an Audi Q5, as there is not a strong enough place to attach the top hooks holding the rack to the vehicle. Attaching the racks directly to the glass of the hatch or plastic covering the hatch can damage the vehicle. Hollywood Racks offers a 2 bike rack, their Over-the-Top, part # HRF2 that would work great on your vehicle. Its unique design splits the weight between the vehicle...
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  • Compatibility of Aftermarket Trailer Hitches on 2014 Audi Q5 TDI w/ Audi Side Assist Feature
  • I spoke with both of our hitch manufactures that offer hitches for the 2014 Audi Q5, Cequent Performance Products, the manufacturer of the Hidden Hitch # 87603 and the Draw-Tite # 75708 tells me that both hitches are compatible with the TDI model Q5. He went on to tell me that they have no information and have received no reports about the hitch interfering with the Side Assist feature. The same applies for any settings in the vehicle computer that would need changing. I received identical...
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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...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Audi Q5
  • We have hitches available that will fit your 2013 Audi Q5, but the Curt Hitch # 13218 you referenced is not a confirmed fit for your vehicle and I would not recommend it for you. Check out the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87603. This hitch is confirmed to fit your vehicle and should work well for you. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: etrailer Ball Mounts # 989900 Curt Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # C56200KIT (instructions and install...
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Audi Q5
  • The spoiler on the 2013 Audi Q5 will prohibit the installation of most trunk mount bike racks, including the Thule Gateway, # TH9007XT, but there is a trunk mount option. We have one bike rack that will fit even with the spoiler and it is the Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top rack, # HRF2. This rack has an extra arm at the top that moves the straps up and over the spoiler so it will not interfere with or get damaged by the straps of a trunk mount bike rack. I have linked a video showing how...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations That Will Allow Access to Rear Cargo on an Audi Q5
  • We do have options for you to carry bikes on your Audi Q5 allowing access to the rear door, however, Thule does not list any of their trunk mounted bike racks as a fit for your vehicle. There is not a safe location to mount the top straps to support the weight of the bike rack. Instead, I would recommend adding a trailer hitch and a hitch mounted bike rack. For a trailer hitch, I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, # 87603, and some of our most popular bike racks...
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  • The Best Trailer Hitch, Bike Rack, and Roof Rack Recommendations for a 2014 Audi Q5
  • To carry 4 bikes on your 2014 Audi Q5 you have 2 options. The first option is to use a trunk mount bike rack to carry 3 of the bikes and then install a roof rack to carry the fourth bike. For a trunk mount rack you will need the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2-3. This rack has an additional upper arm piece that moves the top straps up and over that spoiler so no weight is put on it (since the spoiler is not meant to support weight). I have included a link to a video that...
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  • Hitch Mounted 4 Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Audi Q5
  • As long as you have a hitch on your vehicle like the Hidden Hitch part # 87603 the most popular bike rack we carry with other owners of 2011 Audi Q5s is the Thule Apex 4 Bike Carrier # TH9025. This is a very nice rack loaded with features including anti-sway cradles, tilting mast, locking anti-rattle hitch pin and locking cable. I think this would be an excellent choice for you to carry 4 bikes on your vehicle. Check out the demo video I attached for this rack as well. If you plan on...
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  • Will the Thule Vertex Swinging Bike Rack Fit a 2012 Audi Q5 with Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
  • With Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87603 installed on your 2012 Audi Q5 you should be able to install the Thule Vertex swinging rack, # TH9031XT. On the rack, it measures 8-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the foot of the rack. Since you are measuring 6 inches there should be plenty of clearance. The distance to the back of the upright bar is even further, 14 inches, so I know that part of the rack will fit. I have included some links on the rack for you. If you will...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Audi Q5 That Doesnt Require Stabilizer Strap
  • Curt does require the use of a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 when carrying a non-supported load like a bike rack on your 2015 Audi Q5 if you were to use their hitch part # C13136. Failure to use this strap will void the warranty of the hitch. An easier solution for you might be the Hidden Hitch part # 87603 that you also referenced as it does not have the same requirement. This hitch has been confirmed to fit your vehicle as well and would work great. I attached a help video...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2015 Audi Q5 For Carrying Dirt and Street Bike on Hitch Mounted Carrier
  • Of the three hitches available for your Q5, I'd recommend the Hidden Hitch # 87603. The hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 450 lbs, so the weight of your dirt bike and the 50 lb weight of the bike carrier would come in well under the 450 lb tongue weight capacity of the hitch. You'll want to check your owner's manual to see if a maximum tongue weight capacity is mentioned. If the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle is lower than that of the hitch, you'll need to abide by the lower...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Audi Q5
  • Yes, the Hidden Hitch part # 87603 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Audi Q5 so it would work well for you. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount...
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  • Recommended 4 Bike Rack and Cargo Box for 2009 Audi Q5
  • If your Audi Q5 has a roof rack with crossbars that measure 4 inches or less in diameter that can be adjusted so that they are 25-7/8, 27-7/8, or 29-7/8 inches apart, the SportRack Vista XL Cargo Box, part # SR7018 would work well for you. The Vista XL is a sturdy box that is bargain priced. The box will offer some water resistance, but we recommend any items placed in it be placed in plastic to provide additional protection. If your Q5 is not equipped with crossbars, they can be...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 Audi Q5 that Would Allow a Kuat Sherpa to Fold Up
  • All of the hitches that we carry that are confirmed to fit your 2010 Audi Q5 will have nearly exactly the same location and would have the same distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the furthest point out on the rear bumper. We had a chance to install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75708 (which is the same as the Hidden Hitch part # 87603 except it includes a ball mount) on a 2011 Audi Q5 and found that it had a distance of 7 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2016 Audi Q5
  • Yes! Like you said, dealer options can be expensive so an aftermarket trailer hitch is a much better value. For a trailer hitch you can use Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87603. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch...
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  • Differences in Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite Trailer Hitches for 2010 Audi Q5
  • Other than the sticker with the brand name on it, the Draw-Tite # 75708 and Hidden Hitch # 87603 are identical. They are manufactured by the same company, Cequent Performance Products, they have the same weight capacity and would install in the exact same manner. My contact in the engineering department at Cequent Performance Product tells me that they don't have any reports of the fascia needing to be trimmed, whether or not the vehicle is equipped with the rear-view camera. To complete...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Audi Q5
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87603 and Draw Tite Hitch part # 75708 are the exact same hitch as they are both made by the same parent company, Cequent. Either would work great. My contact in the engineering department at Cequent Performance Product tells me that they don't have any reports of the fascia needing to be trimmed, whether or not the vehicle is equipped with the rear-view camera. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. To complete your towing set-up, you'll...
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  • Does Hidden Hitch Fit 2012 Audi Q5
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # 87603 is confirmed to fit your 2012 Audi Q5. This hitch has a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver that will accept a variety of hitch accessories. If you are thinking of doing some towing, I recommend the Ball Mount Kit for 2 Inch Hitches # 989900. This kit will provide you with 2 ball mounts, 2 trailer hitch balls, and a pin and clip. If you need a wiring harness, you can use the Tow Ready Upgraded Heavy Duty Modulite...
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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
No drilling required

Tech Tip
Models with back-up camera may require fascia trimming for the hitch receiver tube. No drilling required for installation , Underbody panel(s) and/or fascia must be temporarily loosened or removed , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
wiring 119190KIT

wiring 41155
With Tow Package Use:41155

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 2923

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260

2" hitch ball - 63845

2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847

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