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Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Cruze by Chevrolet

Curt Trailer Hitch

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Code:   C11282

Retail:$254.86

Price:$139.32


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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 2012 Cruze by Chevrolet

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Chevrolet Cruze trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Chevrolet Cruze
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar sold separately - pin and clip included
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt.


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11282 Curt Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver



Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.

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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Cruze - Curt
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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Cruze - Curt

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Cruze - Curt

Today on our 2012 Chevy Cruze we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, part number C11282. Next we'll give you a couple measurements to assist you selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 6 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 11 inches. This will assist you selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. To begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out the attachment points. We'll have a total of 4 attachment points, 2 on each side. These attachment points are pre-drilled holes in the frame by the manufacturer.

To secure a hitch, each one of the attachment points will get a 7/16ths carriage bolt and block, along with a 7/16ths flange nut to secure the hitch. Now to get our hardware in the frame, we'll use the supplied 7/16ths bolt leaders, by feeding the bolt leader through the attachment point and out the access hole, forward of the frame, sliding on the block and thread on the carriage bolt. Feed them both into the frame and pull them into position. Once we've finished installing the rear attachment point, we'll then leave the bolt leader on the carriage bolt and repeat the same process on the opposite side. Now with all our hardware in the frame, we're ready to put our hitch in place. Then we'll bring the passenger side up to the frame, feeding the pull wire through the forward attachment point and being careful not to push the rear hardware into the frame as we put our hitch in place.

Then we'll install the rear attachment point flange nut. Next we'll move the bolt leader for our forward attachment point and install the second flange nut, here on the passenger side. Now with our passenger side installed finger-tight, we'll repeat the same process on the driver's side. With all our hardware installed, we can now go ahead and tighten it down. Next we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch secured and torqued to specifications, we're ready to hit the road. That does it for the install for the Curt Hitch, part number C11282, on our 2012 Chevy Cruze.

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Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - C11282

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating5.0 out of 5 stars   (19 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John09/26/2013


Nice product. Fits like a glove with the install time around 15 minutes.Excellent service from etrailer. 101585






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Berney L.04/24/2014


I purchased the C11282 hitch receiver, hitch bar, and wiring kit that all was perfectly matched to the '14 Chevy Cruze. I already installed the package after watching with the concise on-line video instructions. Great product, instructions, easy installation, and rapid standard shipping. I considered purchasing the hitch package from a local brick and mortar store but decided on etrailer.com to insure all the parts were matched for my car. 127204






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David B08/11/2014


Wow! I received the trailer hitch the day after I ordered it. I watched the video on installation. I thought there was no way it could be that easy. My 6 year old daughter and I installed the hitch onto my 2013 Chevy Cruise. I timed it and it took 8:32. In less that ten minutes I drove it off my wheel ramps. Amazing. 145860






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kevin Temple08/09/2013


Quick shipping and well packaged. Great instructions with awesome video available online. Installed in 10 minutes! 94243






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Corey03/10/2013


Took me 10 minutes to install on my 2011 Cruze Eco. I didn't even need to jack the car up. The cross member is completely hidden by the bumper. It's a very stealth design. Super fast shipping, had it in 2 days. I highly recommend etrailer and Curt hitches. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. 69869






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Seth V03/16/2014


This product was very easy to insall. It took about 30mins to fully install. You will want an extra person to help you. One persons to hold the receiver in place and one person screwing the nuts on the bolt. I recommend this hitch, you can hardly see it under my cruze. 120858






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Trevor12/26/2013


Great product at a great price. They even upgraded me to express shipping which was a nice touch. Install was easy and straight forward. I installed the hitch by myself in less than 30 minutes and it would've been less with a second set of hands. 111152






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chuck M07/11/2013


Received the hitch faster than expected, was packed well. The instructions and videos on the web site were clear and easy to understand. Installation only took 30 minutes. I would highly recommend them!!!! 88949






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Michael04/13/2013


This is the 2nd hitch I have purchased from e-trailer.com. Like the first, this one fit my vehicle perfectly and appears to be of great quality. I highly recommend both this hitch and etrailer.com. 75799






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Meg04/29/2014


Product worked great, it was very easy to install. The only thing i wish i knew was that i needed a hitch extender in order to fit a bike rack. Very satisfied. 128113






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sanchez09/25/2013


Service was amazing what i wanted is what i got. would definitely recommend etrailer to anyone, very satisfied with my Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver. 101509






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Raymond02/04/2013


Very easy to install and looks great on my Chevy Cruze. Took less than 30 minutes to install by myself. 64986






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Barry S07/26/2013


Very easy to use and install, especially the video that was available made it very easy to understand 91681






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: scott01/14/2013


Great product. It took my 25 minutes to install and it functions like it is suppose to. Love it 62953






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: henry walkowicz06/30/2014


Built will nice, got it fast and was easy to install. Will order again when I need a hitch 138415






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chuck S.05/24/2014


Installation was a snap. Now I'm set to tow my small boat and get fishing! 132271






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Denny J.06/12/2013


it took just 21 minutes to install the hitch. almost no effert. Thanks. 84247






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: George08/12/2014


The hitch was easy to install. Online video was very helpful. 146434






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Josh S.06/11/2014


The hitch fit perfectly and was very easy to install. 135155




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Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - C11282Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?


  • Can a 1-1/4 to 2 Inch Hitch Adapter be Used with Curt Trailer Hitch C11282 on a 2012 Chevy Cruze
  • As you have mentioned, the Curt trailer hitch # C11282 (and other brands) for the 2012 Chevy Cruze have 1-1/4 inch receivers. Because of this, to use a 2 inch accessory, you will need to use a hitch adapter, # HTAD. However, this will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. The Curt hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 200 pounds, by using the adapter, it is reduced to 100 pounds. This means that the combined weight of the bike rack and bikes cannot exceed 100...
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  • Compatibility of Curt Class I Receiver # C11282 on 2012 Chevy Cruze with RS Package
  • According to Curt Manufacturing, the # C11282 is compatible with all models of the Chevy Cruze, including those equipped with the RS package. If you will be using the hitch for a bike rack or a cargo carrier, keep in mind that the warranty requirements of the hitch require that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 is required. The Draw-Tite hitch, part # 24882 has no such requirement, which is why I would recommend it over the Curt model. I have linked you to installation instructions...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze
  • For the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, the CURT Trailer Hitch, # C11282, is verified to fit. If you will be carrying bikes with this hitch on your Cruze, the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Carrier, # TH9028, is a popular 2 bike rack option. If you will be towing with your Cruze, I have listed some items you may need to complete your Class 1 towing setup. 1-7/8 inch hitch ball, # 19256, or 2 inch hitch ball, #19258 Trailer Wiring Harness, # 118058 etrailer.com Ball Mount Bag, # ETBMB DeadBolt Hitch...
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  • 2 Inch Diameter Ball Recommendation for Curt Trailer Hitch C11282 On a 2012 Chevy Cruze
  • The ball mount that comes with Curt trailer hitch # C11282 for the 2012 Chevy Cruze has a ball hole diameter of 3/4 inches. For a 2 inch ball use # 19258.
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  • Bike Rack Clearance Provided by Curt Class I Receiver # C11282 Installed on 2013 Chevy Cruze
  • According to my contact at Curt Manufacturing, the distance from the rear-most hitch attachment point to the hitch pin hole in the receiver is 5-1/2 inches. We have not yet completed an installation of that hitch on a 2013 Cruze, but with this measurement, we can determine if your bike rack will clear your bumper. If you find the rear most hitch attachment hole in the frame of your Cruze, and measure rearward 5-1/2 inches, you can see where the hitch pin hole will sit in relation...
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  • Advisability On Using Extensions With a Tow Bar
  • Although it would seem like an ideal way to carry the items you wish to carry, I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster and they told me that they strongly advise against adding additional extenders to the hitch. Adding the reducer on your receiver does not reduce the towing capacity, but the double receiver does. Normally, adding extensions to your receiver reduces the towing capacity by 50%. Adding an additional extension would certainly reduce the towing capacity by another 50%. With that...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2014 Buick Verano Turbo
  • There is a hitch available for your 2013 Buick Verano Turbo, check out the Curt Hitch part # C11282. I attached an install video for you to check out. With this hitch you can install a Class I rated hitch mounted bike rack, but you will also need to use a stabilizer strap like part # 18050. I attached a review video for you to check out for this product. The most popular hitch bike rack with other Verano owners is the Thule Doubletrack Bike Rack part # TH990XT. I attached a review...
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  • Will the Thule Raceway Part # TH9002 Fit a 2011 Chevy Cruze
  • According to our friends at Thule, the Raceway 3 Bike Rack, part # TH9002 is a fit for your 2011 Cruze. The attachment hooks on the Raceway are completely coated in soft plastic, and if adjusted and installed correctly will not further scratch the finish on your vehicle. For ease and speed of installation and removal, the Raceway is the best trunk-mounted bike rack we offer. When installing the rack, Thule specifically states that the bottom mounting hooks need to attach to the metal...
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  • Will the Thule Helium Aero Fit a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Chevy Cruze
  • When we did a test fit of the Curt trailer hitch # C11282 we measured 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the rear bumper. I have linked a video showing the installation for you. On the Thule Helium Aero, # TH9042, it measures 14-3/8 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright mast, 11-1/4 inches to the lever that allows the rack to tilt, and 4-1/2 inches to the anti-rattle knob. Because the rear bumper curves up above the hitch, there will...
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  • Will Magna-Flow Aftermarket Exhaust Tips Affect Hitch Fit on 2012 Chevrolet Cruze
  • I do not see any fits for Magna-Flow complete aftermarket exhaust systems offered for your 2012 Chevrolet Cruze so I presume you are referring only to exhaust tips rather than a complete aftermarket exhaust system. The installation of any of the hitch receivers offered for your vehicle should be unaffected by the exhaust tips installed on your Cruze. Many vehicles require for hitch installation temporary lowering of the exhaust to provide better access to the hitch connection points...
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  • Hitch Installation on 2013 Chevrolet Cruze and Use of Hitch-Mount Bike Rack
  • Three hitches are offered for your 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, including the Curt # C11282 that you referenced. All are light-duty 1-1/4-inch Class I types that can carry up to 2 bikes (no matter what the bike rack's capacity is). All will install in an essentially identical manner since they all will use the same mounting points on your Cruze's frame. The link provided will show you all three. Two of these, the Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch models, are both made by the same company, Cequent Performance...
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  • Options for Carrying 4 Bikes on a 2014 Chevy Cruze
  • The difference in the shipping weight for the Hidden Hitch part # 60299 and the Curt Hitch part # C11282 that is also a confirmed fit for your 2014 Chevy Cruze is due to the different side bracket plate designs. The Curt hitch has much larger brackets attached to the cross tubes with more material and that is why it weighs about 10 lbs more. All the hitches available for your vehicle are Class I hitches. These hitches are limited to only carrying 2 bikes due to the limited weight capacity...
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  • Is Bumper or Fascia Trimming Required to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Chevy Cruze
  • To install Curt trailer hitch # C11282, you will not need to make any modifications to the bumper or rear fascia. You will need to temporarily lower the exhaust by simply removing the affected area off of its hangers while supporting the pipes with a strap. And there is a heat shield that has to be modified as well but it is under the vehicle and not visible. Once installed the receiver will be below the rear fascia. I have included a link to a video showing installation of the hitch...
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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes on a 2012 Chevy Cruze
  • Yakima bike racks that fit 1-1/4 inch receivers do not fit most Class I trailer hitches. Since all of the hitches for the 2012 Chevy Cruze are Class I hitches, you will want to look at some other racks that are Class I compatible. However, on a Class I trailer hitch, both bike rack manufacturers and hitch manufacturers agree that the most bikes you can carry safely on a Class I trailer hitch is 2. To carry 2 additional bikes you would need to add a roof rack to the vehicle. With the...
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Chevrolet Cruze Accessories




Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
2,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
200 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions C11282 Installation instructions C11282 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation,Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation,Heat shield must be modified or trimmed for hitch installation,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Recommended Ball Mount:
Curt Manufacturing recommends:
Curt Manufacturing C45522
C45522


1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256


2" hitch ball - 19258

If you have any questions you can contact our customer service department.

Info for this part was:


Edited by:
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Photos by:
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Expert Research:
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Written by:
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Expert Research:
Michael H

Video by:
Joshua S

Test Fit:
Nicholas E

Expert Research:
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Video Edited:
Mike H

Video Edited:
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