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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the Dodge Dakota, 2001

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

(21 reviews)

Code:   87554



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - Dodge Dakota, 2001

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


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Dodge Dakota
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • includes all hardware needed for installation
    • Complete installation instructions are 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: 5,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 7,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 750 lbs
  • 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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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2001 Dodge Dakota Pickup

Today on this 2001 Dodge Dakota pick up truck, we are going to install part number 87554 from Hidden Hitch. This also applies to part number 75073 from Draw-Tite. Okay we will go ahead and first show you where the hitch mounts up onto the vehicle. It is going to mount up onto the frame itself in two different places. It is going to mount on the bottom of the frame using this bolt hole here and the hole where this existing bolt is. And the existing bolt is going to be removed and replaced by the hitch hardware. Also it is going to mount up onto the inside of the frame where another existing factory bolt is going to be replaced by the hitch hardware also. All right, we will go ahead and take this bottom bolt out here.

It is also a good idea on these bolts here to spray them down with a lubricant before you try to take them off. We did this earlier today and sprayed them down so it would soak in. It really helps loosen the bolt up. And do the bolt on the side. Now go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver side. Okay, we can go ahead and place the blocks for the hardware inside the frame. There is two different blocks. There is one with an offset hole and one with the hole in the center. The offset is going to go on the end of the frame. And then this one with the center hole is going to go right there. We can go ahead and our bolts in. Then go ahead and repeat the same steps back over on the driver side. At this point we can go ahead and lift the hitch into position.

And remember that the tabs, the vertical tabs that are on the hitch, are going to go up on the inside of the frame. We are going to get the tabs in there first and then work the bolts into the hitch. We will go ahead, when you get one side started, just put a nut on there to hold it up so you can work the other side in also, while it is held up if your are doing it by yourself. Once we get all of the bolts started, we will go ahead and put our hardware on. We are just going to use a hard washer, the block one, and then the lock washer, and then the nut. All right, next we will go ahead and install our hardware for our vertical tabs that go inside the frame. It is going to use the 7/ 16 bolt and then a small flat washer. That is going to go from the outside in. This is why you leave your hitch loose so you can work it around to get to the bolts on the inside. And then we put on our conical tooth washer and nut. Again we are going to repeat the same process on the driver side. We can go ahead and make the nuts finger tight and then go ahead and torque them down as specified in the instructions. Okay, with the bolts torqued down, that finishes our install part number 87554 from Hidden Hitch.

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Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87554

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (21 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: Shawn M.05/09/2013

Installation was easy, bolted right up. Shipping was fast, however, packaging could be better, package was all torn up, paint was chipped, and scratched up, had to touch it up to prevent rust. The loop where the safety chain connects was welded off center. Other than that seems pretty good. I haven't towed any thing yet. 79643


Hitch is working great a year later, towed my trailer several times, even towed a vehicle, great product, highly recommended.

Shawn M - 05/09/2014


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by: joe08/30/2011

Installation could not have been easier for my 97 Dakota. I did see in the instructions that other year models would require more time. One of the reasons I went with this hitch is that it was advertised as being powder coated. I hope this hitch will not flake paint and rust as some other hitches I have owned. I did have to "touch up" a few spots from shipping. It had torn through the box, but was packaged so all the mounting hardware was still fasened securely to the hitch. I admit I'm a little "OCD", so the "splatter" on the welds, and the decals on "crooked" does bugg me somewhat. Shipping was fast, and price was very good, as always. Thanks etrailer. 23195

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by: Justin R04/22/2012

Shipped very fast, packaged very well.. watched video on a 2000 dakota to see installation and when i looked under my truck it was slightly different watched video on a 2001 dakota and that was what mine looked like, 2000 was a split year. this site has been very helpful and this hitch bolted on in minutes very easy. also got wiring kit and same thing very simple to install. overall very satisfied.. 38034

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by: Young B.03/23/2011

Really like this hitch. Fit perfactly. Installed in less than 30 min. No drilling or welding on my 2004 Dakota. Excellent company to work with. Arrived much sooner than expected with no additional shipping cost. I will buy from them again. 10181

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by: Justin D.06/04/2010

Very nice hitch The hitch arrived quickly and was easy to install. It's a custom fit that bolts right up to the truck with no fabrication needed. It also compliments the modern look of my truck. It's not a bulky looking hitch. 3095

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by: Dave T09/11/2008

very easy to install this is a very well designed product easy to install,fits like a glove.believe me if I can install this hitch anyone can.I wish everything I ordered and installed went as easy as this,trust me. 1281

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by: Greg J05/05/2011

This was easy to install. I love it. The hardest part was getting the old bolts out. Once that was done it only took 10 minutes to install. It was a perfect fit for my 2000 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. 12974

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by: Rene P.03/28/2013

Very happy with this trailer hitch. Shipped very quickly to my door and the installation was pretty easy. I will definitely be ordering from this company if I need anything else in the future. 73102

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by: Rene P.03/28/2013

Very happy with this trailer hitch. Shipped very quickly to my door and the installation was pretty easy. I will definitely be ordering from this company if I need anything else in the future. 73101

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by: Woody S.06/08/2011

I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota and this hitch was a direct bolt-on with no modifications! Fits and looks nice! Also got a great deal on this hitch (free shipping day)!!! Thanks again, etrailer!!! 16467

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by: MIke B.05/26/2012

Product was exactly as described and fit was perfect on my 2004 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. Having the installation video online was a great. Price was fantastic, so overall I'm very pleased! 41768

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by: R. K.08/19/2012

Hitch is well made with a good finish. The mounting plate for the wiring connector made for secure mounting. Installation was easy and fast. 52268

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by: Bob L.09/17/2012

Couldn't have been easier. Did the job all by myself in less than 1 hour. Looks great and now I"m ready to haul it away! 54974

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by: John D05/13/2011

Easy and quick intall. e trailer had my order to me quickly, faster than I thought it would arrive. 13762

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by: Brian S.11/18/2007

Fit like a glove Installed this in less than 20 minutes. Perfect fit and looks great. Thanks! 486

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by: Clint k11/01/2008

Great product Super easy to install, took maybe 30 minutes from start to finish 1401

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by: Zach H.06/01/2011

This install was a piece of cake. 6 bolts and you're done, and it looks good. 15904

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by: Neal01/21/2008

Excellent hitch Fit perfectly. Installation was a breeze. 579

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by: Charles R05/11/2012

Trailer hitch delivered in good condition on time. 40124

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by: Lee M06/05/2012

Easily installed this by myself, great product 42833

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by: Lee M.06/11/2012

Had this hitch installed in 30 minutes 43605


Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

  • Will the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Install on a 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab With Spare Tire
  • You can install the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # C13145, on your 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab without having to relocate the spare tire as long as it is a factory size spare tire and not aftermarket. This hitch does not require any drilling for installation either. The installation instructions that I have attached mention drilling some bolt holes on the underside of the frame, but that is only for older generation models, not for your truck. You should have all bolt holes pre-drilled...
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  • Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for a 2002 Dodge Dakota 4-Cylinder
  • This Hidden Hitch # 87554 that you referenced will work on all model Dodge Dakotas from 1995-2004 so it should work on your 2002 Dodge Dakota with a 4-cylinder. The best way to determine the towing capacity of your vehicle is to check the owners manual of your vehicle and it will tell you. For wiring you would want Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118329. I attached an installation video for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Troubleshooting a Narrow Fit Between Frame Rails on a Trailer Hitch for 1999 Dodge Dakota
  • The trailer hitch, # 87554, is manufactured to have a little tolerance to help ease installation. When all of the bolts are tightened to the proper specifications (see instructions linked below), the hitch will pull in and be seated properly against the frame of your 1999 Dodge Dakota. I have included a link to the installation instructions for this hitch below and an install video in case you need them.
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  • Will the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch # 87554 Fit on a 1995 Dodge Dakota
  • Yes, the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, # 87554, will fit your 1995 Dodge Dakota as long as it does not have the optional rear spoiler or a roll pan bumper. This hitch was designed to fit the Dodge Dakota years 1995 to 2004. If you plan on doing some towing, you will also want to pick up a wiring harness. The wiring harness that I recommend for your truck is the Tow Ready T-One Harness, # 118329. This harness will simply plug into your tail light assemblies and does not require...
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Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
5,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
500 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
7,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
750 lbs.

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87554 Installation instructions 87554 Installation Instructions
No drilling required

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation , Will not fit with optional rear spoiler , Will not fit models with roll pan bumper

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
wiring 118329

wiring 118381
With Tow Package Use:118381

Most Popular Ball Mount:
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Info for this part was:

Test Fit:
Joe V

Video Edited:
Zack K

Video Edited:
Andrew K

Written by:
Lindsey S

Expert Research:
Michael H

Expert Research:
Jameson C

Expert Research:
John H

Updated by:
Laura H

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