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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2012 Town and Country by Chrysler

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87451

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Price:$168.95


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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2012 Town and Country by Chrysler

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

Features:

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


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com 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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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Chrysler Town and Country

Today on this 2012 Chrysler Town and Country were going to install a hidden hitch part #: 87451. This will be comparable to the draw type hitch part #: 75579. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. from the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost point of the bumper is 6 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 11 and inches. Now lets go ahead with the installation.

Before we can install our hitch, well first need to lower the vehicle exhaust. Were going to remove the rear two most hangers and the easiest way to do this is just to remove the fasteners that hold them to the frame. With our exhaust lowered down we need to go ahead and remove the fasteners that are already in the frame. Here on the driver side we will remove the 3 rearmost fasteners. On the passenger side we will just be removing the two rearmost fasteners.

Well be reusing this hardware so you want to hang on to each one of them. With all of our fasteners removed its good time to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch in place while you install your fasteners. Quick tech tip is to feed the passenger side up over the exhaust and then put the driver side up into position. Well install each one of our fasteners finger tight until we get them all in position. With all of our fasteners in place well go ahead and tighten them down.

With all of our fasteners tightened down well go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Alright, with all of our fasteners torqued to specifications we can now go ahead and put in the AC line protector. With that done we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. And with our exhaust reinstalled that completes the installation of our hidden hitch part #: 87451 on our 2012 Chrysler Town and Country.




Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87451

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.9 out of 5 stars   (171 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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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Patrick M08/05/2014


So easy, a kid could do it! My 10 year old son and I installed this Hidden Hitch Receiver on our 2014 Town and Country in about an hour, helping him earn a scouting badge. It was a breeze, went just as the instructions and video said, and looks great. The receiver clears the underside of the bumper by about 1/16", so there was no trimming required. Tip: Even once you loosen the exhaust system to get at the passenger side bolts, it's still a tight fit around the rear muffler to reach the bolts. Be prepared to pull it out of the way. This installation went really well because our van is new. The last time we did this was on an 8 year old van. Needless to say, the bolts were rusted solid. No amount of heat or soaking seemed to help. One even sheared off. Lesson learned: Don't wait too long to install the hitch or you'll be paying someone else to finish the job. 144625






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Carlo F04/07/2014


Took about an hour w/ my son... definitely not a 1 person job. The installation was difficult for us only because we didn't have the correct extensions to reach some of the bolts. Other than that, it really was a simple task... remove the 2 exhaust hangers (2 bolts); remove the 5 bolts; install included cover for one of the AC lines; fit the exhaust-side of the hitch first & get the two bolts threaded; then lift the other side & get the other 3 bolts threaded; torque down all the bolts; reinstall the exhaust hanger bolts; finally, marvel at the completed work. 124058






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan K.07/29/2013


Great hitch. I installed one on a Ford Windstar in 2003 and now put one one on a 2012 VW/ Chrysler Routan. Please add the following to your instructions for 2012 model years: Step 1, Remove passenger side rear wheel to gain access to the bolt that is located in the frame that cannot be reached from under the vehicle due to the exhaust resonator. Place jack stands under the frame of the vehicle to prevent injury while the rear wheel is off during hitch installation. DO NOT RELY ON THE JACK TO SUPPORT THE VEHICLE WHILE THE WHEEL IS OFF DURING HITCH INSTALLATION. Step 2, Remove the exhaust hanger bolt now accessible from the passenger side wheel opening. Remove the forward bolt required to mount the hitch by pulling down on the exhaust pipe while accessing the bolt through the wheel opening. Remove the rear bolt from access under the car. (Reverse this procedure when re-installing bolts to attach the hitch.) Sorry, I was in a hurry and did not take any pictures. The wheel on/off step made the job take about 45 minutes, but then I am 70 years old and did not have a young wrench/socket chaser to help. Will do the wiring harness next. 92281






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Derek L.08/11/2011


I had just recently had somebody run into my truck that I was going to use to pull a trailer for our family vacation. It seemed that our vacation was ruined as I called around to rent a truck and it was very expensive to rent 1 with a tow hitch. I went online on a Wednesday night to etrailers.com to try and get a tow hitch package for our van. I then called them just to make sure I would get what I wanted in time. I talked to a ver nice lady in sales named Katie H. She told me that she would try to get the shipment out that evening for delivery on Friday. Everything made it, and our family's vacation was saved. With the great video they have to install everything, it was very simple to install everything from the hitch assembly to the wiring. Thanks to etrailer.com! I will be doing more business with them in the near future. It is nice to see that there are still good people to deal with. 21657






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Austin05/19/2014


Vehicle: 2010 VW Routan The hitch receiver itself seems really well put together. I got it to support a bike rack, so I have zero worries about this thing not being strong enough. As far as install, it was really straight forward and easy. Especially with a friend. Especially if that friend has an air wrench. Although I do have a recommendation: don't install this outside when it is pouring rain! I can speak from experience now (the roof drainage system empties right where your face will be, haha)! I believe this particular hitch receiver must have been designed specifically for the Caravan or Town&Country (FYI, The Routan is a Caravan/T&C with a VW Snout and trunk), because it pushes up on the rear fascia quite a bit, and if left installed, will definitely ruin that piece of the van eventually. I plan on leaving it installed, but visually, you can tell that it is bending the plastic up. 131254






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mitch M.01/15/2013


I was thrilled to receive the package in a reasonable time with free shipping. I found myself victim of my own poor foresight however. In order to comfortably install the hitch, I used a few jack stands while already parked on an incline. I can only speculate that having the vehicle so uneven caused the frame and the body to shift after removing the bolts. I managed to realign the frame and body by feeding a screwdriver through the hitch, frame and body weld nuts(in that order)while beginning the second of the larger bolts with the other hand. Also, I found it necessary to remove all three exhaust hangers to get enough clearance for this "DIY" procedure. Other than that, my torque wrench only goes to about 85 ft/lb accurately (but I'm confident it will hold.) Thank you etrailer.com for a great product and instructional videos. 63138






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dieseljoe03/06/2010


Great Hitch, Installation OK First of all eTrailer got this hitch to ne within 3 days, that was very impressive!!! Trailer hitch installation was not as fast as they say, it took me about 1 hour or so. I have a 2010 Grand Caravan and 4 out of the 5 bolts where no problem, the last one was a bit tricky. I was a heavy equipment mechanic for 10 years to give you an idea of my skill. The hitch is very well hidden, but to get a ball mount in and out is a bit difficult, but not horrible. Quaility of the hitch is very nice. I had a Hidden Hitch on my 3/4 ton truck for over 10 years w/o any problems, and I towed a 28 foot travel trailer allot with it. Bottom line, great hitch, installation a bit tougher than expected, but not horrible. I would suggest someone who is not mechanically inclined to have someone install it. 2781






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jay Love09/06/2011


I recieved my Hidden Hitch, receiver, ball, and wiring package from etrailer.com in days from my order. The enclosed instructions were good, but I did check out the etrailer.com installation videos online. I installed the hitch and wiring, by myself, on a Saturday afternoon. For my Grand Caravan, I had to drop 3 (under rear, at rear axle, near middle of car) exhaust hangers to lower exhaust enough to easily install the hitch. The torque settings for the hitch bolts are included in the enclosed instructions - no guessing, so you can pull your toys with confidence. This is the second hitch I have ordered from etrailer.com (got new car) - both came with great instructions. I recommend etrailer.com to all my friends because their products are easy to install and save you money!!! Thank you etrailer.com 23608






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jeremy K06/17/2011


We ordered this for a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and I highly recommend it. From the time I ordered this product, I received great communication from etrailer. I ordered my items on on Monday and needed it for a trip the following weekend. I received an email that the items would ship within 7 days which worried me as I was shipping it ground and would need time to install it. A day or so later I received an email that said it shipped and when I tracked the package, it said it would be delivered on Monday (plenty of time). To my surprise it was actually delivered on Friday which was perfect as I could install it on the weekend. This items was easy to install, especially if you watch the videos on etrailer. I am very excited to use this new trailer hitch and happy purchased it from etrailer. 17194






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Harold Dudley04/26/2012


the hidden hitch was an easy install, no trouble at all. the wiring on the other hand was a little more complicated due to the fact that the green wire from the drivers side to the passenger side was about 10 inches to short (could not get enough wire up to plug the rear tail lights in, passenger side tail lights), I tried everything I knew how to do as far a running the wire from one side to the other and the only thing I could do was to splice the line and add some wire (about 10 inches). after than I ran the black wire to the battery (plenty long enough here) installed the fuse and checked out the system and it works great. the trailer lights worked as they should. all in all it was an easy job but add a little more green wire to the wiring kit. thanks Harold Dudley 38526






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob M.11/11/2011


I ordered a Hidden Hitch trailer hitch (fourth one) from these guys late one Saturday morning. The package arrived on Tuesday! Lightening fast service, good video help support on the website, and friendly representatives who email-confirm every step of the ordering/shipping process: what's not to like? My whole family orders from etrailer and all of us strongly recommend it. Regarding the product, the trailer hitch is great...very discrete and well-hidden, but the recommended wire harness was more troublesome installing in a Dodge Caravan '08 than the previous three I installed on other vehicles. Installation tip for '08 Caravan: be sure to have a breaker bar with a 10" socket extention to remove the existing bolts (this hitch uses the bolts already on the car). 26853






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ralph S04/03/2012


Although the installation did not go as fast as demonstrated in the video, it was a fairly simple one. I did not have a vehicle lift to use so I relied on a floor jack and jack stands. I am very please with the quality of the hitch and look forward to using it many for years. The ball mount seems of good quality and I like that the interchangeable ball and case was included with it. I also bought the American Flag hitch cover but it does not fit my van. The bumper is too close to the receiver and the cover is too large to work. I was especially please with the customer service. I was notified when the order was received, processed, and shipped. I was even notified that it had been delivered. More companies should give this kind of service!!! 35994






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rodney H08/30/2013


Box was destroyed when delivered, had a few sizable chips in the powder coating. Installation was a breeze, exactly as the video showed. Fit is good. No problems. 97688





Comments

Still attached to the van. Works great

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve N.04/10/2011


The hitch arrived in a reasonable amount of time for the standard shipping. I have two negatives, however. I used the factory wiring harness as my vehicle was still under waranty and had the dealer install the hitch. The first negative is that there isn't a place to install the light plug on the hitch so it is not installed very solidly. The second, isn't really about the hitch, it is about the American flag that I purchased to go in the receiver when I am not pulling anything. I will not fit in my vehicle as the receiver is too far back the flag hits before going in. The price was competitive and the dealer didn't hit me too hard for the hitch installation. 11445






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom S.08/09/2012


Going in I knew I would have to have someone install it. Because of the weight and size of the hitch, the mech needed a bit of help,to position the hitch and start the bolts, and, due to the need to string the power wire under chassis, it had to be done on a lift. Installation of the hitch went quick. The wiring took a little longer and was not as easy to string between driver and pass sides as the video portrayed. The total job took about 2-1/2 hrs (unpack to out the door) Next time I am sure it would be a bit, but not much, quicker. The packaging was a beat up when the shipment arrived, however everything was OK inside the box. 51142






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob O.10/15/2013


The installation went well on my 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. The most difficult part was figuring out how to get to the bolt above the exhaust. Part of the instructions states to lower the exhaust, but it still doesn't move quite enough to make it easy. I eventually figured out that you have to get to it from the rear of the vehicle while holding the exhaust down. I was able to install the hitch in about an hour by myself. It was useful to have a hydraulic jack to hold the passenger side of the hitch up while I started the bolts on the driver side. 103873






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John G.12/03/2012


Installed on a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country (stow and go). Delivery was fast and everything fitted perfectly. If you are installing it without lifting the vehicle it is kind of difficult because of the muffler. The muffler brace by the passenger rear wheel is easy to get to but the 2nd brace in is impossibile to reach without lifting the vehicle. I took off the first brace and then had to pry the muffler out of my way while I removed the hitch mounting bolt and then again when I installed the hitch. I would highly recommend the product. 60498






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave K11/21/2011


The video instructions on line and the written instructions provided with the kit were great. Package arrived promptly and in good condition. The only issue of slight concern is with the wiring harness -- the green wire that extends across to the passenger side tail light is BARELY long enough. One to two more feet would be nice to be able to route the wire without having to find the absolute shortest route. There's a bit more tension on the green wire around corners than what I prefer. I could cut and splice it longer I guess. 27260






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike - Melbourne FL03/29/2013


From the start, the purchase and delivery was so easy, free and fast. I really liked the new shipment tracking method provided using a physical map of product current location with the actual status. The detailed videos to install the hitch helped so very much and made my installation very, very easy. I did have a little trouble with the passenger's side muffler being in the way but got it done by the great installation video!! Thanks " eTrailer" for a tremendous product and the very detailed installation videos! 73262






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom R11/24/2012


I wrote yesterday in my problem that I'm so big I could not get under my van. This morning I took it to the local shop. I told him what I wanted and even told him how to do it. (He was inpressed that I knew). took him from the time I got there till I was leaving was 40min. Took time to pay him. He had no problems with the whole thing. (I'll do the wire later with the help of my son. He's small). The thing that sold me on this hitch was the video. Thank you for all your concern and productets. No Pictures 59987






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Aaron Z.03/23/2011


Fairly easy to install and looks nice...works great. NOTE: Before re-installing the exhaust bolts, make sure there's some room between the muffler and the hitch, otherwise it will make a horrid sound when you start the engine as the muffler vibrates against the newly installed hitch, and then you'll have to shut off the engine, look around underneath the rear of the vehicle, and then realize that you need to loosen the exhaust bolts and hold the muffler off to the side a little while re-tightening them. :) 10203






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Donna G.06/19/2011


I found the etrailer site just by accident when trying to get a trailer hitch and a carrier for my husband's scooter. My lucky day for sure. Item was just what I wanted, price was great and no tax and no shipping an added bonus. Delivery was very quick and ordering a breeze. I would recommend your site to anyone. I am happy with the products but rubber coverings on the holes cut for handles are about useless as I have to keep reapplying them. No biggee and I still find doing business with etrailers a plus. 17280






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jesse O.05/12/2014


Installation went fairly smoothly, mainly because of etrailer's great instructional video (Search YouTube for "etrailer hitch 2013 town and country"). However, if you don't have access to a lift, installation could be much more difficult and time-consuming. I installed the trailer hitch receiver by myself and used wood blocks to lift it into position. Also, mine did not come with instructions (referenced in the YouTube video) which - I'm assuming - would have the torque specifications for the bolts. 130094






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob L.04/29/2012


At first I was very concerned, as the package was extremely damaged in shipment by UPS; however, once we opened the box, we found no damage to the hitch or the wiring harness. It's a little harder to install laying on your back under the car, compared to having the car on a lift, but everything lined up perfectly and the instructional video was right on. I didn't realize that Chrysler had gone metric, so it helped to have checked that ahead of time and found out what metric sockets were needed. 38747






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rich L10/14/2011


The Hidden Hitch 87451 was a snap to put in. The product is great. The instructions and video were excellent. Installation took 30 minutes using car ramps. I installed it on a brand new 2011 Town and Country. I highly recommend remove three exhaust hangers instead of two for ease of installation. Making installation even easier. Shipping was fast although packaging is poor. Not made for UPS ground employees throwing it around. Would highly recommend this product and etrailer. Thanks again 25599






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Wayne S.07/28/2011


I couldn't be more pleased. Ordered on Monday afternoon, everything was on my doorstep Wednesday when I got home from work. Installed with no problems Wednesday evening. I am a heavy Internet shopper and this experience was one of the best I have had. Great price, super fast shipping, everything I ordered was in the package, good install instructions. This install was HIdden Hitch 2" Class III on a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country. 20432






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian M.04/11/2011


Was a little skeptical at first putting a trailor hitch on our van and what it would look like. We purchased the Hidden Hitch trailer hoped for the best. Box showed up and we installed it the same day. Incredibly easy to install and it took less than one hour. Hitch is barelt noticable works great for what we need (cargo tote and bike rack). Would recommend this product to anyone looking for an easy to install trailer hitch. 11511






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Peter H.06/03/2011


Very well made and relatively easy to install. Couple of the bolts on the car were difficult to remove. The wiring harness was a perfect fit. Running the wire to the battery was a pain when you have to lay under the car.Realy would be better done on a lift. Delivery was fast. Excellent tracking. The packaging was not great and the box was burst in three location. No real damage other than some scuffing of the paint job. 16049






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gary Calvert06/07/2012


The hitch arrived yesterday and took about 20 minutes to install. It was an exact match to the car and the bolt holes which was perfect. Everything was in the box that I ordered. While I have not actually used the hitch yet because I have not installed the wiring, the great instructions and perfect fit were very impressive. I have found the future site for my trailer part purchases: Etrailer! Thanks for a great start. 43133






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Todd G07/17/2011


This is the second trailer hitch that I have put on a vehicle and this is definitely a two man job because of how heavy it was and the fact the muffler was right there. Even with the removal of the two bolts holding the muffler up, one person had to hold the trailer hitch up and the other person had to bolt it up while holding the muffler out of the way. Other than that, it was a simple and easy job. 19581






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JD05/23/2011


I was very pleased with the hitch and wiring harness. The hitch was easy to install along with the wiring harness. etrailer.com was awesome in the product lookup, cost and installation instructions. They even upgraded my shipping at no cost. From the day of order to arriving in my driveway was 3 days. I am very happy with the entire experience. I would suggest them to anyone. 15153






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: tom r11/23/2012


I recevied my hitch and i reviewed the vidio how to put it on. thought it would be a snap???? Got all my tools together and the hitch. crawld under the van. Not enough room without rasiening the van so I'll try again. mybe find some one with a auto left. So far everything else is ok got th hitch about when I thought it would be here. I'll let you know later how it goes. 59967






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dustin04/15/2014


The product is exactly what I wanted, and fit my '14 Grand Caravan perfectly. Even the directions called out the correct socket sizes for my vehicle. Customer service was outstanding! They shipped my order right away, and even upgraded my (already free) shipping. Couldn't be happier. I just finished placing a follow-up order, and will definitely be a returning customer. 125264






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken Voegtlin06/08/2012


I received my hitch on Thursday, June 7th and installed it today. It took about 1and 1/2 hours to install. No Problems except that to torque the right rear big bolt i had to remove the right rear tire. Everything went ok in the installation and i am quite happy with the instructions and the way it went on. Thanks and i will recommend your products to everyone. Ken 43300






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jason M.07/22/2011


The video showed exactly how the hitch is installed, and when I did mine there were no suprises. Instructions were great, and it gave me good peace of mind to know that there is a tech support number I could call if I needed it. I saved $300 installing the hitch and harness myself instead of paying a local shop to do it, and it was well worth it. I highly recommend etrailer! 19854






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Cheryl P.04/26/2012


We recived the Hidden Hitch in the time you stated. My husband and friend installed it, and the wireing. My husband was very happy, it went on just as easy as you showed. The U.P.S. driver that delivered the hitch said thay had ordered things from etrailer before and were always satified. That statement made us feel more at ease. Again thank you. George and Cheryl P. 38471






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark Z03/19/2011


Product arrived extremely quickly after ordering. Everything fit as expected, online video was very thorough and so I had no surprises during the install. I only wish I had an extra set of hands and a lift to make maneuvering the hitch easier. I used a combination of floor jack and wood blocks to get the hitch into position, then I bolted everything together. Thanks! 9836






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: mshaffer08/15/2011


Everything about the product 87451 was excellent. Free shipping for a large item made me even more happy I purchased it from you. The last thing I was impressed with was the fact you took the time to make a video to help people through the install. I had a general idea what I was getting into before I started. Thanks for everything I hope to do more business soon. 21914






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Shawn04/22/2012


Installation was a breeze, especially withe the online videos. I have but one comment to make, however. I was able to install this by myself with the use of a floor jack and jack stands, but it should be noted that on the 2012 Chrysler Town and Country, you need to remove 3 exhaust hangers to provide the access to the passenger side body bolts. AWESOME Product. 37994






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian H.10/04/2012


I ordered the Hidden Hitch class III receiver hitch for my 2010 Town and Country and also the Thule 5-bike rack. The video for the hitch installation was absolutely priceless and installing the hitch literally took less than one hour. E-trailer upgraded my shipping at no charge and have been excellent to deal with. Truly a great experience! 56276






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Derek L03/06/2014


the trailer hitch receiver arrived way ahead of the delivery date stated,which was a very pleasant surprise,the installation instructions said it would take about 30 min,it was installed in 15 min. i am so very pleased with this product that i will recommend it to everyone that i know who needs one.......excellent product highly recommended. 119731






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: FN59.10/29/2012


2011 Chrysler Town & Country Hidden Hitch. Ordered the product on Monday, got it on Wednesday (free shipping). Installed it on Sunday in less than 30 minutes. Tight fit but great installation (highly recommend two people for this installation). Video on YouTube is very helpful. Thanks for your excellent product and outstanding service. 58271






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John R.05/05/2013


Very easy to install I haven't towed anything yet, but it seems very Ridgid and I expect it will work just fine. However I am a little concerned with how close to the bumper and paint the 2" opening is I'd guess less than a 1/4" clearance. I will be looking around for some sort of protector to prevent paint chipping and/ or scratches. 79070






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron Baker06/12/2014


My brother installed the hitch in less than half an hour. I haven't used it yet but am totally confident that it will be as good as advertised. I plan on pulling my trailer to Florida this fall. I still need to get the wiring harness but will purchase one locally. Thanks for an outstanding product and fast delivery to Ohio! 135341






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Carl J.07/20/2012


Great product. Fit nicely. As other comments said, the exhaust just needed to be loosened to slide unit into place. Have someone around to help maneuver the unit and put it into place. My dad used a jack to hold it up while I slid it into place and bolted it. My new 2012 Grand Caravan looks great. Now I'm ready to go fishing! 48602






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tony P02/18/2014


The hidden Hitch was stated as being a custom fit and it was. No trimming of the facia of the van and fit like a glove. It cost a few dollars more but you get what you pay for. E-Trailer has videos you can watch them install the same hitch you are going to by. E-Trailer is the best. 116856






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Trailer Hitch12/14/2010


Hitch just arrived! The hitch I ordered for our new VW Routan just arrived, and in tiime for Christmas. Since the box was somewhat beat up, we opened it to check on the contents and all appears to be in good condition. Thank you for the excellent price and speedy delivery. 4085






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan S.05/21/2012


The product install videos are what convinced me to do it myself and SAVED ME over $350.00 from the price the dealer was quoting me. These videos are excellent and I had no trouble at all with the installation by carefully following the advice given on your online videos. 41113






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tommy S07/02/2013


I was pleased with my order, it took about an hour to install by myself, the instructional video makes it look easier than it was (maybe the type of car that I have) but all the bolt holes lined up, the hitch is well made, heavy construction, would order from them again 87054






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jamie n10/04/2014


This is the third hidden hitch I have purchased. Consistently great products. I have never had a problem with any of them. Easy install. Took about 40 min or so doing it alone. Fit like a glove. Strong work and kudos to the etrailer team. You guys are simply the best. 154444




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  • Comparing Class III Trailer Hitches for a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country
  • On some vehicles that the CURT Trailer Hitch, # 13364, is designed for, there can be some components that require the cutout in order for the hitch to fit and/or to manipulate the heat shield behind it. Even though there is a cutout, it does not change the capacity of the hitch which is 400 pounds tongue weigh, 4,000 pounds gross trailer weight. I have included a link to the installation details and a video showing a typical installation. The difference between the CURT hitch and the...
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  • Actual Towing Capacity of 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan without Tow Package
  • From what I have read online, the 3600 lb towing capacity is listed as the max for vehicles that have been properly equipped. What Dodge means by properly equipped is not entirely clear. It could simply mean that it has been equipped with a hitch and wiring, or it could mean that the vehicle has a transmission cooler, special gearing, heavy duty transmission, etc. What a tow package consists of varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacture, and can even vary across their product line. Your...
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  • Differences Between the Class III Hitches For the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • There are three Class III hitches available for the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan. The Hidden Hitch Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 87451, the Draw-Tite Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 75579, and the Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 13364. The Hidden Hitch and the Draw-Tite are the same hitch made by Reese, just different part numbers. All three of the hitches are a square tube design and will install in the same location on the vehicle. So they will all look the same on the rear of your...
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  • Class III, 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country
  • Out of the 3 available Class III, 2 inch trailer hitches we carry for a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country, I recommend going with the most popular option for that vehicle which is the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87451. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video showing a typical installation on a 2010 model. On the 2010 model, we measured from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the distance required to clear the rear bumper on the vehicle. It was approximately...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country
  • I can certainly help you out with trailer hitch and bike rack selection. For a trailer hitch, you have several options but basically you can get a Class II or Class III hitch. I recommend a Class III trailer hitch because they have higher capacity and use a 2 inch receiver opening instead of the lower capacity Class II hitches that use only a 1-1/4 inch opening. This larger size will offer more options for bike racks and will be stronger. I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, #...
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  • Distance from hitch Pin Hole Center to Ball Hole Center on Ball Mount # AMSC10
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Cushioned Ball Mount, # AMSC10, to measure. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the ball hole measures 11-1/2 inches. I have included a link to our FAQ article on choosing the correct ball mount for you to view. The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87451, is the most popular model for a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video showing a typical installation for you to view....
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  • Bike Rack Clearance for Hidden Hitch Class III Receiver Part # 87451 on 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • The Yakima Big Horn measures 11-1/8 inches from the hitch pin hole to the upright portion of the rack. The hitch you referenced, the Hidden Hitch Class III, part # 87451 offers the same 7 inch clearance as the 2010 model shown in the video. You will have plenty of clearance for your Yakima Big Horn to clear the bumper. To see the install instructions for the # 87451, click on the provided link. I have also provided a link to the install video.
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  • Trailer Hitch, 7-Way Trailer Wiring Harness and Brake Controller for 2012 Chrysler Town and Country
  • First, lets start with a trailer hitch. The most popular hitch for your 2012 Chrysler T and C is Hidden Hitch model # 87451. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. I have linked a video showing a typical installation for you. Since you plan on doing some towing I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK4EL. It comes with a ball mount, interchangeable ball set, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. For trailer wiring, in order to add a 7-Way you must...
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  • Comparing Length of Curt and Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitches for a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • On the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87451 when we installed it on a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan it measured 6-1/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper. We then installed Curt trailer hitch # 13364 on the exact same van and it measured 4 inches from the hitch pin hole to the back of the bumper. So the Curt hitch on this vehicle does come out a little further. For either of these hitches the recommended ball mount is # 2753 and it measures 9 inches from...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Finish Coating is Most Durable for a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country
  • Curt produces their hitch, part # 13364 with a baked-on powder coat. Of all the finishes, I think the Curt is the most durable. However, the Curt powder coat finish is very glossy compared to the others. Some people prefer the dull finish because it attracts less attention. If this is a concern of yours, I would go with the Draw-Tite, part # 75579. It will hold almost as well as the Curt without being so glossy. My grandfather-in-law just had the Curt hitch installed on his 2010 Town...
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  • Do You have Installation Instructions for Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver 87451
  • Just about all of our hitches have a link on the product page to the instructions for that hitch. I have added a link to them below. I have also added a link to a video fo this hitch being installed on a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan.
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  • Trailer Hitch, Accessories, and Wiring for a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • You can install a trailer hitch on a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan. We have several possible hitch options, see link. The most popular hitch option is # 87451. I have included links to the instructions and a video showing a typical installation. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # EBMK4. It comes with a ball mount, interchangeable ball set, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. You will also need to install trailer wiring on the van, # 118552. I have linked a video and instructions...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Ball Mount, Hitch Ball, and Wiring Recommendations for a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • There are actually 7 trailer hitches available for your 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. I have included a link below to all of them. No stabilizer bar is required. Adding a trailer hitch to your vehicle should not void the vehicles warranty, however, you will need to check with the dealer to be sure. But there is a law that states unless the aftermarket accessory is the direct cause of a malfunction, the dealer cannot deny warranty coverage. None of the hitches require any modification of...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country
  • First, if you need a trailer hitch, I recommend the Hidden Hitch # 87451. This is a Class III trailer hitch that will afford you many bike rack options. I have linked the instructions and I have linked a video showing a typical installation for you. For a bike rack, if access to the rear hatch is important to you, I recommend the Thule Vertex swinging rack, # TH9031. It will hold 4 bikes like you need but has the added bonus of being able to swing out to the side of the van to allow...
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  • Distance from Center of Hitch Pin Hole to Nearest Edge of Support Plate on Ball Mount # 2793
  • If your 2010 Chrysler Town and Country has Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87451, with a 2 inch receiver opening, you will be able to use other ball mounts. But if you have # 90169, you can only use the one that comes with it. On the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, # 2793, the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the support plate is 4 inches. If that is not enough clearance, you could try the Curt Ball Mount, # D-28. This will give you a 4 inch rise and measures 8-1/4 inches from...
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  • Does Fascia of 2012 Town and Country Need to be Trimmed to Install Curt Trailer Hitch # 13364
  • I spoke to my contact at CURT who said some minor trimming of the fascia is required for the hitch installation on your 2012 Town and Country, otherwise the receiver will impinge on the bumper cover. The area that needs to be trimmed is 2-3/4 inch wide by 1/2 inch tall. I have included a diagram of the area that needs to be trimmed as well as a link to installation details. The Hidden Hitch # 87451 is a Class III trailer hitch that will not require trimming. I have linked the...
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  • Ball Mount for Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87451 for 2008-2010 Chrysler Vans and 2009-2010 VW Vans
  • The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87451, fits several models and years of vehicles and I can tell you that on the 2008 to 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, you would need more than 5-3/4 inches to clear the rear bumper. This measurement will be same on the 2008 to 2010 Chrysler Town and Country and the 2009 to 2010 VW Routan since they share the same platform as the Grand Caravan (Chrysler RT platform). If the rise on your ball mount comes up at an angle, there is a chance that it could fit....
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  • Will Swagman XTC4 Hitch Bike Rack # S64665 Fit on 2008 Chrysler Town and Country Van
  • To determine if you will have clearance for the Swagman XTC4 Bike Rack # S64665 on your 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, you will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole, to the edge of the rear bumper. When the Swagman XTC4 is folded-up at 90 degrees, there is 3 inches of clearance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the bike rack. If the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper is less than 3 inches, you will be able to fold...
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  • Do these Hitch Part Numbers 87451 or 75579 Fit The 2008 Chrysler Town and Country with Stow And Go
  • Yes, both of the hitches you selected, part numbers 84751 and 75579 will fit all models of the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country including those models with Stow and Go Seating. You will need to check the instructions before installing as there a few small items to consider. If you have rear air you will need to be careful not to damage the ac lines which will be very close and if you have mud flaps you may need to trim some of the plastic underneath (not visible) to allow the hitch to contact...
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  • Tips for Cleaning Weld Nuts and Removing Bolts for a 2010 Dodge Caravan Trailer Hitch Installation
  • The first thing I would recommend before installing Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87451, on your 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan is to clean out the weld nuts on the vehicle. You can use some WD-40 and a wire brush like # DW00254. I have included a link to a video showing how our installers clean out weld nuts. What this will do is clean out any dirt and corrosion from the threads so the bolts can install correctly. It also means that there will not be anything to bind the bolts which should...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country
  • The best and safest way to carry 4 bikes all on one rack is to install a Class III trailer hitch on your 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, # 87451, and use a hitch mounted bike rack. There are different types of hitch mount bike racks. The most versatile as far as the types of bikes they can carry without the use of an adapter are platform style racks or racks that hold the bikes at the wheels. Our most popular 4-bike platform rack is the Swagman XTC4, # S64665. I have included a link...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack for Electric Bike and 2011 Chrysler Town & Country/2009 VW Tiguan
  • Both the T2, # TH916XTR and Saris Cycle-On, # SA4024, have a 60 pound per bike capacity. That leaves little wiggle room before you would go over the capacity. Some mud on the tires or added accessories to the bike could push it over 60 pounds. If you do think this will be an issue then I would go with the T2 because the way that it tilts and folds is much easier compared to the Cycle-On. The T2 has a lever for these feature whereas the Cycle-On has pins. Using pins can be difficult...
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  • Trailer Harness Wiring for a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • For a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan you would use part # 118552. This harness connects to the bulb connectors at the back of the tail light fixtures, and then a single wire is run to the battery to supply power to the trailer lights. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you..
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  • Will the Rage PowerSport Swing-Away Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier Fit a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • The Rage PowerSport carrier, # SC500-AL105, is designed to fit 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. Measure the receiver opening on your trailer hitch to determine if it is a 1-1/4 or 2 inch. If you need a 2 inch trailer hitch, the most popular option is # 87451. I have linked instructions and a video for you. You will also need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle. If that distance is less than 10-1/4 inches and you...
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  • Ball Mount, Trailer Hitch, and Trailer Wiring Recommendations for 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • The Hidden Hitch Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar, # 90169, requires the drawbar be used in the rise position. Another option would be to go with a different hitch and draw bar. I recommend going with a higher capacity hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. With a 2 inch opening, you will have more gross trailer weight capacity, more tongue weight capacity, and more options for accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers, and you will be able to use a drawbar in the drop...
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  • Will Thule Apex Swinging Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Clear the Bumper on a 2012 Volkswagen Routan
  • The only way you would be able to get the Thule Apex, # TH9027, to clear the bumper on your Routan would be to use a hitch extender like # HE06 which will provide 7 inches more clearance. However, using an extender will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent. The Class III Hidden Hitch trailer hitch, # 87451, has a tongue weight capacity of 400 pounds. By using the extender that would be cut to 200 pounds. The combined weight of the bike rack (about 50 pounds...
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  • Will Roadmaster Rollaway Trailer Hitch Protector Fit my Chrysler Town and Country 2 Inch Hitch
  • The Roadmaster Rollaway Trailer Hitch Protector is a universal fit item. It is designed to fit most 2 x 2 inch Class III and up hitches. We carry three different 2 inch hitches for your 2009 Chrysler Town and Country. They are Hidden Hitch part # 87451, Draw-Tite part # 75579, and Curt part # 13364. I got one of the Roadmaster RM-050 from the warehouse and tested on those 3 hitches and it fit all of them. If you have one of those 3 hitches, it will fit fine. If you do not have one...
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  • Using Same Hitch on Two Different Vehicles
  • The design of the rear of the two vehicles you mentioned is different enough that the same hitch would not fit both vehicles. The overwhelming majority of trailer hitches are vehicle specific, they are designed to fit only one particular vehicle. For a 2011 Caravan, I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class III receiver, part # 87451. For a 2011 Dodge Journey, the Curt Class III, part # 13335 would be my recommendation. If you look at the linked instructions for both hitches, you can see...
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  • Recommended Options for Carrying Three or Four Bikes on 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • To see the various trunk mount bike racks that are a confirmed fit for your 2011 Grand Caravan, click the provided link. Of the various racks, I would recommend the Thule Raceway 3-bike model, part # TH9002. The ratcheting cables used to attach the rack to the vehicle are what differentiates the Raceway from other models. The 4 ratcheting cables are much easier to use than the complicated and difficult to use buckles and straps typically used on trunk bike racks. Because they are so...
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country Carrying a Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack
  • When folded up the Kuat NV2 Bike Rack part # N101 you referenced measures 7-1/16 inches from the center of the hitch pin to the nearest upright portion of the rack, while that would give you a little less than an inch of clearance if you got the Hidden Hitch # 87451 I think you would be better of getting the Curt Hitch # 13364 since it will have about 3 inches of clearance with that hitch. I attached an install video and installation instructions for you to check out also.
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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87451Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?



Chrysler Town and Country Accessories




Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
4,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
400 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
5,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
500lbs.


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87451 Installation instructions 87451 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation,An extra long drawbar is recommended such as the one suggested,Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118534
118534

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 80228
80228


1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260


2" hitch ball - 63845


2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847


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