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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the Dodge Grand Caravan, 2004

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87717

Retail:$255.47

Price:$173.95


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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - Dodge Grand Caravan, 2004

This durable, fully welded Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 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 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: 3,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 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 - 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan we're going to install the Hidden Hitch, part number 87717. Before begin our installation, here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to outer most edge of the bumper is 3-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 12-3/4 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. Now let's go ahead with the installation.

Our first step will be removing the rear most bumper bracket frame fastener. After we have these removed we're now ready to go ahead and install the middle and forward hardware for our forward and middle attachments points. The easiest way to get this hardware into position is by using the pull wire provided with our install kit going through the attachment point and out the end of the bumper. There is a plastic flap that will need to be pushed out of the way in order to get the pull wire through and then the hardware back up into the frame. As you're putting the hardware into the frame, slide the block in past the plastic flap and then push the bOlt through.

You can then go ahead and pull it into position. Now we've got the forward attachment point here on the driver's side done and we'll repeat the same process for the other three attachment points that need the hardware put into the frame. Now with all our hardware in the frame, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch in place as you install your fastener. I recommend to install them finger tight until you have them all in place. Alright, with all our fasteners in place we'll go ahead and tighten them down.

With all six fasteners tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque the specifications as indicated in the instructions. And that will complete our install of the Hidden Hitch, part number 87717 on our 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan.


Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87717

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.7 out of 5 stars   (108 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: Dennis W.10/04/2012

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Your delivery was on time and packaging was excellent protecting the parts. Everything was great looking as I now expect from eTrailer. I am very pleased with the finished install as shown in the photos attached. 56283






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: kevin j08/29/2012

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Form fit and function was great. Very fast delivery. All holes aligned. Installation took some frame hole filing to enlarge holes for access. The most time is taken because the existing frame bolts don't come out, they twist off (minnesota salt and rust) so redrilling and adding tapped blocks was required. My only reservation is that the 'hidden' part means the receiver is welded on the BOTTOM of the cross tube, or underneath it. The cross tube then is up high, hidden, and no plastic cutting of the bumper trim. One down side is the structural connection between the two tubes is not as strong as I would like, but works fine for a small (max 2000 lbs) enclosed trailer. The other down side is that the reciever is very low to the ground. An offset/up drawbar works fine to level the trailer, but the receiver tube drags easily on driveways with vertical curve or slope, snow and rocks, with or without the trailer behind.. If the reciever tube was straight off the back of the crosstube, both of these issues would be resolved, but of course the car plastic trim would need to be cut. Overall, if you want a 'hidden hitch' with no plastic mods this was great and as advertised. Buy it. If doing again, I would get one with a higher receiver tube and cut out the plastic of the bumper trim. Plenty of room on my vehicle to do that, and the aesthetics is not critical on a 13 year old minivan. 53417






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Liz Lee Media04/28/2012

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We ordered the hidden hitch for "Goldy," our 2001 Chrysler Town and Country Conversion (the extended roof with wood interior, mood lighting video, video game and audio inputs and outputs galore, TV, DVD etc.) minivan. We ordered the hitch and it was here in a couple days! My Father-In-Law and I put it on together. We only had basic cheap hand tools and a pair of metal car ramps. From backing "Goldy" up onto the ramps to pulling her back down complete was just over two hours, and that included a lunch break in between--thanks to the excellent videos that ETrailer.com have. The only part that gave us a little trouble was fishing the plates and bolts to the rear holes. In my opinion, the fish cables should have been four to six inches longer. They worked, but it was a little trying. Everything else was SIMPLE, fast and pretty easy. We DID remove the rear bumper to try to see better, but it was not necessary, as it only half-way helped. We will order from ETrailer.com again and again in the future for all of our towing needs. Next up--the wiring harness. We'll probably order it on Monday (today is Saturday) and have it arrive and installed way way before the weekend. Liz Lee Media 38694






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim H.07/10/2010

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Couldn't ask for better I am very pleased with this hitch - it really is hidden on my 2000 Grand Caravan, and it is easy to reach the receiver and pin hole. I found the video showing the installation to be invaluable. My only caveat is that the instructions said nothing about the fact that I had to drill the forward most bolt hole on both sides for this Class III hitch, but I would not have had that problem with the Class II. I probably still would have purchased the Class III, but some might not, so it would help to be up front about it. I don't think this is an issue with later models, as the third hole is factory installed. Also, I found the "20 minutes" of estimated installation time to be a bit optimistic. Perhaps a pro could do it that quickly on a lift, but I think an hour or 90 minutes might be more realistic for the average guy. Still, that is REALLY quick and very easy. The wire bolt puller/fish tape they give you worked like a charm for me. I would also advise getting or borrowing a calibrated torque wrench to ensure you have the required torque. That is called out in the written instructions, but not on the video, and it is an important precaution to take. Overall, I am very happy with this hitch and would recommend it to anyone. 3224






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg F.05/09/2009

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Excellent hitch I just installed the hitch today. I ordered the hitch on the phone and received it 2 days later. The hitch is very good quality and everything was just as advertised. It took me about 3 hours from start to finish but most of the time was preparing to mount the hitch. I did not have any access point on the frame, so I had to enlarge one of the oval holes on each side by filing them, (a small grinding wheel on a drill would be much better). Then I could not get the existing bumper bolts out with a hand socket,(it takes an 18mm metric). I had to borrow an impact wrench from a neighbor and keep spraying PB Blaster on the bolts and running them in and out until I finally was able to remove them. Once I had everything ready it took less than 30 minutes to insert the bolts, lift up the hitch and attach it to the van. The hitch fit perfectly with all of the holes lining up and looks really good on the van. The only thing that shows is the receiver. I would highly recommend this hitch 1830






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kevin B.05/10/2011

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Hitch installed on a Plymouth Voyager. 13149






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark B.08/20/2009

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Good unit-needs more hardware My '00 Grand Voyager had the rearmost bolts (to be reused) rusted. PB blaster and heat did not prevent me from busting the weld nuts. Getting a shop to cut of wiht a torque wasn't a problem. But I had to wait for the plant to send me 2 more bolts, nuts, plates, washers to fish into place. Since any van that will use this hitch will likely have the same problem ('96-'04 vans), kit should come with 6 sets of fasteners. But the instructions are great, fish lines worked perfectly. Customer service put me in direct contact with the plant, and they helped me quickly. Don't be afraid of drilling holes. Just get the hitch in place in the existing holes, use a center punch, drill 1/4" starter, then finish with 1/2". Use sharp drill bits and wear gloves and goggles. 2278






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Roy06/22/2012

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The hitch arrived very quickly. The most difficult part of the project was removing one of the bolts attaching the bumper. I sprayed a penetrant days prior and when I used my pneumatic wrench the bolt turned a quarter turn and stopped. I used my map gas torch to heat the nut and little by little the bolt came out. I had to reheat the nut a few times and used the pneumatic wrench each time. When I reinstalled the bolts I applied an antiseize compound and the bolts went in very easy. I agree with one of the reviews about the length of the snake it could be a little longer. Also, I purchased 4 lock washers too bad it doesn't come with the kit. Otherwise a great product. I would advise if using the hitch for cargo or bike carrier, purchase the J pin. 45312






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Al04/02/2014

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The hitch fit my Chrysler T&C well. Plenty of clearance for the spare tire and the socket is just below the bumper and flush with the rear of the bumper. Perfect fit. You'd have to lie on the ground to see anything more than the receiver of the hitch; everything else is hidden. The only difficulty installing was the plastic parts of the bumper that partially cover the space where the carriage bolts are to be inserted. I used a step bit to enlarge two round holes in the frame to get them in and that mod made it a breeze to insert the bolts. The holes lined up just as they should. I managed to mount the pos REESE hitch from the auto parts store on my Dodge pickup so nothing was wasted. If I need another hitch I go the e-trailer first. 123392






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steven D.07/18/2012

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The hidden trailer hitch receiver I purchased arrived just in time to install before my trip! However I feel it would have been helpful information to know that the vehicle frame mounting holes needed to drilled out larger. The instructions show that they recommend using a file! That would take all day not to mention the limited acces under the vehicle to get full motion. I recommend using a clyinder shaped grinding stone bit for your power drill. It made short work of the task and additional room for full motion was not needed. I was fortunate to have this bit in my shop supplies. Maybe you could include one of these in the installation kit in the future? The product itself was very satisfactory. Thank you. 48396






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don Y.09/11/2012

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I just had my Hidden Hitch installed on my 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. It fit perfect and looks great. 54287






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Doug S.01/21/2014

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Good product. This hitch receiver fit right up to my 2003 Dodge Caravan. E-trailer shipped this product super fast (and I didn't opt for expedited shipping)! Just an extra install tip . . . Since there are 4 snake wires provided, I recommend leaving these threaded to the each bolt until just before the nut is to be threaded on to the bolt. That way, if the bolts do get pushed back up into the vehicle frame, they can be easily retrieved again. The snake wires do not need to be unthreaded, they can be just yanked off with a little bit of circle action as the wire is pulled. As is mentioned in the video, a second body will make the lifting, holding, and securing the hitch much easier. 114325






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don V.07/23/2012

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etrailer.com is ......Excellent !! ... Would highly recommend. Everything arrived quickly and fit. Installed on a 2007 Chrysler T&C. The only Problems that I experienced were that the bumper mounting bolts required a breaker bar and some liquid wrench to get them removed. Also when fishing the mounting bolts through the vehicles frame channel, it has a hard plastic piece blocking the channel that the bolts must go through. I had to bend this out of the way, but the space to do this is extremely limited. It was real nice having the 4 wires to help with this task. The wheel mount Swagman XC worked great for two TREK Navigator bikes...very happy with this product so far. 49020






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris M.10/24/2011

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I have used Hidden Hitch products in the past with great success and this unit is no exception. Quality build, quality finish and as usual from eTrailer, super shipping speeds. Only challenging thing with this hitch is fishing the bolts through the frame as you may need to grind out the openings in order to get the bolts inside the frame rails. A drill with a extra hard grinding stone makes quick work of enlarging the holes. Fishing the bolts through is quite easy due to the included 'fishing wires' and the wiring harness (05 Chrysler Town n Country) was quite simply, the easiest wiring package I've ever encountered. 26034






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rob06/12/2009

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Looks Great! Fishing Looks great on 2001 T&C Lx. Had some difficulty fishing the bolts back through because of some hard plastic flaps at the end of the frame. They are not rubber like the installation video states. On the right side, I was able to bend the plastic flap back and pull the bolts(2) through. On the left side there was less room to work. I was able to push the bolts through the hard plastic flap at the bottom gap. All this is by feel also. Using it for cargo and bike racks mostly. Product shipped promptly and arrived in box with directions in great shape. Happy with product and etrailer. 1977






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Hector S04/02/2011

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The hitch was a little bit tight on one of the bolts at the muffler side of the van, other than that it fit perfectly. very good quality. It took me about 3 hrs to install though. I had problems removing the bolts from the van as they were a bit rusted, also it took me a while to fish the bolts through the little spaces; the video on the website was very usefull for the installation. I did not have to drill additional holes. I have a voyager model 2002. Im planning to use the hitch for bicycle transportation. Im very satisfied with the overall experience. 10963






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jerry King08/13/2012

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One of the things that sold me on your product was the excellent video on installation of the hitch. In the video the excellent design of the hitch, including the ease of installation, was obvious. It did not take me long to do the installation myself, even without raising the minivan above its normal height. Now your follow-up communication adds to the demonstration of the high calibre of excellence in which your company is operated. Thank you for caring enough to provide good old fashioned American excellence. Jerry King 51524






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill S.04/13/2011

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Bought a universal type fit hitch for town and country mini van.Saved a bundle,and bottomed out hitch on most crowned roads.New I should have spent the money for custom fit to begin with.I ordered and installed hidden hitch.Easy install,proper fit,clearance for spare tire and exhaust .If you have any doubts about install ,I believe e-trailer has all the support you need to do a safe and proper install on your vehicle.Free shipping a plus.Don t be a cheapskate like I and buy a hitch twice.Get the custom fit model for your vehicle. 11640






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kevin GGGGG11/19/2008

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Great Hitch...Fast shipping,,, READ ALL DIRECTIONS FIRST!!!!! I'm a guy.......... who reads the directions.... Well, read them ALL and watch the installation video. Then put your hitch on. Spray rusted bolts prior to removing and wear eye protectors! Love the hitch,,, really performed GREAT. Wiring harness was a breeze... I took a little extra time and really hid all the wires. Also installed Airshocks for the rear... very wise thing to do, would not have made the trip to the cabin with the quads otherwise!!!!! 1430






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gene10/11/2011

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Had very little trouble installing hitch, drilled two holes for the forward bolts, the bolt fisher wire is GREAT. When I got to the wiring on the right side. I ran a rod down from the top hole for the wires to the bottom past the insulation, etc, then taped the wire to the rod and pulled it up, had no trouble with the left side, no wires are showing, any where in the installion. neat job. Think I did a great job for a 85 year old. No speed records here. 25436






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John P07/17/2011

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This is my review, I have to say that wire where you thead bolt is good idea, however I did have some difficultly with the middle bolt hole, I had to take a piece of steel same thickness as the hitch, overlay to coommadate the thread hole that is in the frame of van. Straddled metal piece from 1st hole to middle threaded hole and bolted to the middle threaded hole to van frame. This solved my problem ran bolts in all 6 holes. Sinerely John P 19546






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim H08/21/2012

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I ordered the hidden hitch and wiring harness kits on Thursday and they were at my door on Monday with notices from etrailer staff every step of the way. In fact, I ordered at 11:30 and by 2:30 it was shipped. I do quite a bit of online shopping but have to say this is the best experience I have ever had. Etrailer sets the bar pretty high. Oh, and the hitch and harness were installed by Monday evening with only a modest amount of hassle. 52516






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: B04/30/2010

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Great-looking, unseen hitch. Very happy with the prompt delivery from etrailer, and the hitch arrived in perfect condition (no scratches in the paint). Since we have salty roads in the winter, I put a coat of Eastwood's Rust Encapsulator and a coat of Rustoleum enamel on it, just to keep it rust-free. Installation was a breeze. Like the way this hitch looks, with very little of the hitch bracket/tube visible from the back. 2984






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris M.08/12/2011

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I just finished installing this in my 06 Caravan by myself. The hardest part was fishing the wire through the frame, especially the bolts towards the front of the car. Just be careful when threading the front holes because the wire is just barely long enough to reach. A second pair of hands is great but is not needed. Just be careful to hold it so it doesn't fall on your face when trying to screw it in. 21669






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bubba08/01/2007

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Awesome hitch A+ You can't find a better hitch for you minivan than this one. It carries more weight than the van can tow and it looks great. The only part of the hitch you see is the reciever tube. The cross bar is hidden by the bumper which was a must for me. Fairly easy to install, but my old bolts broke off because they were rusty. Etrailer.com prices are unbeatable on hitch. Very happy 325






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bruce B.03/15/2013

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Product delivery was very fast. Installation was very quick and simple after watching the online installation videos. My vehicle was missing a couple of factory bolts but we managed to get replacements from a junked vehicle. I haven't towed anything yet but I am getting my utility trailer this weekend. Etrailer is definitely the best way to go. It couldn't get any better than this. 70997






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Max H.11/20/2013

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Customer Service was very pleasant, shipping was fast,and because I am unable to do this type of work any longer, I called on my mechanic. Since he has installed this same hitch many times before, he had the job completed in 30 minutes. The hitch is very sturdy and will have no reservations carrying a lift and electric wheelchair. I would recommend this hitch. Sorry, no pics. 107944






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steven Sanchez08/03/2012

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Very happy with trailer hitch. The hitch took about 2 hours to install, on my 2000 Chrysler Town and Country. The mounting bolts securing the front holes of the hitch to the frame required me to grind the carriage bolts in order to fish them through the frame holes. The hitch sits hidden under the chassis and the spare tire fit nicely. Thanks for the great product !!! 50437






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott W.07/13/2014

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We are very satisfied with our purchase. The install was straightforward and all of the necessary parts were included in the kit. Form, fit & function were as advertised, and the hitch worked great in practical application. All of the customer representatives involved went well above my expectation in servicing the order. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. 141126






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: D Foster09/13/2011

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The hitch itself is great quality and I received it amazingly quickly. However, I ordered one for a 99 Town and Country minivan that was supposed to just bolt on and the product I received was "bolt-on" for 2001 and later. So I had to drill and tap new holes, "which is always fun", he said sarcastically. Still, it works great and I am having fun pulling my boat. 23884






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gato07/31/2011

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Great service from etrailer. The hitch was on my front porch quicker than the local parts store could have gotten it for me -- and the price was a few bucks better. The Hidden Hitch is not quite as well finished as some other brands I have used -- there are some weld splatters and some thin spots in the paint -- but it fits well enough and should work just fine. 20637






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: KHogan06/10/2009

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Saved my Caravan Great product very easy to instal and looked fantastic. The best part is my wife was rear ended and the hitch took most of the damage (saved about $3000.00 in repair cost).Though the hitch didn't survive, my van did and I have ordered the exact one to replace it.. Thank you Hidden hitch.. I would recommend this hitch to any one looking for one. 1969






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Al R.06/22/2011

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Trailer hitch is good. The install didn't go as easy as hoped. Two of the holes fit on our 99 Dodge Grand Caravan but the third (toward the front of the vehicle) was no where close to an access hole. It was easier just to remove the bumper to do this installation and we did that almost immediately once looking at it. Plan to use it for bike carrier mostly. 17627






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Brian Brooks08/27/2012

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Took a little longer to install this product because I dropped the bolts. One on each side when installing. After retrieving them instal went smooth. Also wanted to mention did this myself, lifted one side up started the bolts then other side, then tightened them all up. Thank you would recommend this product to all caravan owners. 53258






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Paul D08/30/2011

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I placed my order one evening, and by mid-day the next day I had an email saying it had shipped! Wow! The hitch was very easy to install after watching the video. Don't even bother with the printed instructions - watch the video! I had the hitch mounted in 60 minutes, and I worked slowly and stopped frequently to watch the video. 23177






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: William H.09/28/2012

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The shipping speed was incredible. I am going to use it to mount an electric wheel chair carrier and was amazed that I ordered it on Sunday, andit was shipped the same day. It arrived on Thursday and I am thrilled that I can use it so quickly. THANKS ET P.S. Wish I could enclose a pic but the hitch is now being mounted. 56052






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve H.04/03/2012

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The unit was easy to install with the videos. The only problem I encountered was removing the two bolts from the frame witch were rusted from the northern Illinois winters. But with the videos I knew what I was getting into before I started. Once I had the bolts out it went together just as the video showed. Thanks, Steve 36001






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: RyanK.07/13/2012

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The construction of the product is good. The installion of it is a joke. Being an HVAC service technician and having mechanical experiance.You have to ream out openings in the frame and snake a rectangular washer and carriage bolt through the frame to attach the item. I would recommend finding a hitch that installs easier. 47825






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Roger C.12/11/2010

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First time buyer This is the first time I have ever bought a trailer hitch, I usually make my own. The unit came within 3 or four days of my order, easy to install, but I did have to make two hole's in the frame larger. The whole job took about 20 min's. Price was right on target. Great job etrailer and thanks Roger 3993






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kevin C.09/11/2011

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The hitch arrived quickly and as promised in perfect condition with all of the parts and accessories necessary to install it. The video showed me all of the steps I needed to take. I was able to do it myself without any problems at all! Thanks for a great product with great service at a great price. 23730






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ernest04/22/2014

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The trailer hitch that I bought for my Dodge Caravan 2002 fits very well to my car. I had the problem with installation. The instruction given on the website was very good but to fish one of four screws through the narrow hole took me much longer time than I expected. But finally I succeeded. 126713






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike S.07/05/2011

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Great hitch. Install took me 45 minutes. Mostly to get the old bolts off. Used a long 2 feet plus socket wrench to remove. I sprayed them with liquid wrench for 3 nights/days while I was waiting for shipment. Move steadly and it sholdn't snap. Rust was equivalent to 8 winters in michigan salt. 18519






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Spencer J.06/21/2012

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I have not yet used my hitch to tow or carry cargo. Ordering, Delivery, and Installation were all excellent. It was pretty easy to install and looks really good. It is hidden very well under the van and fit perfectly with the pre-drilled holes. Appears to be of very durable construction. 45157






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom O.04/18/2011

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Between the excellent engineering and the video installation advice, this was the easiest hitch and light installation. I have camped and towed my whole life with cars as well as motorcycles. This was the easiest install ever. I am thinking about putting hitches on all of my vehicles. 11925






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Colin M09/22/2012

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Excellent hitch! Fast shipping and (fairly) easy installation. Installation was hindered by some kind of obstruction in the frame rails (2002 Chrysler Town & Country). Took about 1 1/2 hour to install, would have been much less without problem. 55518






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nathan R.05/07/2012

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After a little work and a phone call the hitch went in very easily. I called for some clarification on the installation and was promptly answered. Great service from beginning to the final installation. I would definitely recommend etrailer.com! 39650






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave07/19/2011

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Looks great on my 2005 dodge caravan. I didn't think I could do it myself. I was thinking about taking it to an auto shop and have them install it. But, when i watched the installation video, it gave me the confidence to do it myself. Thanks 19709






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike C.06/20/2012

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I installed this hitch on my wife's 2005 Caravan in an hour and a half (including the wiring harness). It sure helped to watch the video before I started the job. The shipping was fast, the price was great, all around good experience. 44885






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim09/13/2011

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I purchased a trailer hitch from e trailer for a 2003 caravan. The shipping was very fast and service was excellent and hitch was a perfect fit. Thank you e trailer and I recommend you and will buy from you again. Thank you Jim 23896






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tim L.05/01/2012

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Very fast shipping and the trailer hitch is high quality and was easy to install after watching the video provided from etrailer. The Hidden hitch trailer hitch is very well built and I would definetely recommend this product 39020




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  • What Trailer Hitch Will Fit On A 2007 Grand Caravan With Stow-N-GO Seating
  • You will need the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87719, which will work on the 2007 Dodge Caravan with Stow-N-GO seating. It is a Class III hitch and has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. with a tongue weight of 350 lbs. On the 2007 Dodge Caravan with Stow-N-GO seating the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87717, that you have referenced will not work. Also needed is a Draw-Tite Ball Mount, # 2923, a Pin and Clip, # PC3, and a hitch ball. The hitch ball you need will depends on the size...
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  • Difference Between Hidden Hitch # 87717 and Draw-Tite # 75119 for 2005 Dodge Caravan
  • Although both hitches are for a 2005 Caravan without Stow-N-Go seating, the # 87717 will not fit vehicles equipped with the rear stabilizer bar. The Draw-Tite # 75119 will fit stabilizer bar equipped vehicles. If you do not have the stabilizer bar, either hitch would work great for you. The crossbar of the # 75119 is constructed of tubular steel pipe, which many people find more visually appealing than the square tube of the # 87717. Both hitches have the same weight capacity, but...
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  • Compatibility and Safety of Trunk Mount Bike Racks for a 2003 Chrysler Voyager
  • A trunk mount rack is the most economical way to go but if the issue with the rear glass is still a concern then I would recommend going with a trailer hitch and hitch mount bike rack. We have numerous options for hitches, but I recommend going with a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver. This hitch will be stronger with a higher weight capacity than a Class I or II trailer hitch. I recommend Hidden Hitch # 87717. I have included a link to the installation instructions below. With...
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  • Can Trailer Hitch # 87717 be Installed Around the Spare Tire on a 2004 Chrysler Town and Country
  • You will NOT have to remove the spare tire on your 2004 Chrysler Town and Country to install the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 87717. This hitch fits around the spare tire. I have included a picture linked below that shows an excellent shot of what the hitch looks like from underneath the van. Also, I have included a link to the instructions and a video installation on a similar vehicle.
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  • Class III Hitch for 2005 Chrysler Town and Country with Stow and Go Seats
  • We have a hitch for that vehicle. For the 2005 Chrysler Town and Country with the stow and go seats, I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch, part # 87719. We have a video showing the installation of this hitch, I will provide a link to the video below.
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  • Recommend Timbren Suspension Enhancement for 2002 Chrysler Town and Country
  • The item you selected, Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement # TDVR05096, will help prevent sag on 2002 Chrysler Town and Country. The Timbren systems are designed to reduce sag on vehicles that are towing or carrying loads but it will not totally eliminate it. However, you will want to check the tongue weight capacity of your hitch and your vehicle as stated in the vehicle owners manual. It sounds like the hitch may be overloaded or the scooter is sitting too far out away from the vehicle....
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  • Recommend Hitch and Accessories Needed To Tow Camper With My 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Yes, to tow a camper I would recommend using a Class III trailer hitch, like the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, pat # 87717. The Class III hitch is the highest rated hitch available for the 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan and will fit models with the Stow-N-Go seats. To complete your towing setup you will need the following items: Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2753 2 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19247 Tow Ready Vehicle Wiring, part # 118300 Pin and Clip, part # PC3 The Tow Ready 2 Inch Hitch...
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  • How to Use Bike Rack while Towing a Utility Trailer with a 2003 Dodge Caravan
  • Attaching part # 87717 to your utility trailer would not be a safe way to go. Small utility trailers are not designed to have any weight mounted like that. However we do have a few options for you to accomplish what you are wanting to do. The first would be the Swagman XP Towing Bike Rack, part # S64955. This will allow you to carry three bikes and it will clamp around the ball mount you use for your trailer. This would be the safest and strongest method to use. Remember, the weight...
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  • Will the Thule # TH9002 Bike Rack Work on a 1999 Dodge Caravan ES
  • I checked with Thule and for the 1999 Dodge Caravan ES only 2 bike racks are recommended for these vehicles because the vehicle cannot support the weight of 3 bikes and the carrier on the rear hatch. If a two bike carrier would be an option, the Thule Raceway 2 Bike Carrier, # TH9001XT, would be an excellent choice. I recently had the chance to install this rack on a vehicle and it is the easiest to install and remove trunk mount rack that I have used. For this reason, this is the rack...
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  • Is a Class II Trailer Hitch Strong Enough to Carry a 4 Bike Rack on a 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager
  • Whether or not the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 36296, is strong enough for the bike rack and bikes depends on several factors. First, you will need to make sure that the bike rack is compatible with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. If the rack is designed for 2 inch receivers, you will need to go with # 87717 or # 75119, or get a compatible bike rack. Next is the tongue weight capacity of the hitch compared to the tongue weight of the load on the hitch which would be the weight of the bike rack...
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  • How to Carry a 300 Pound Mobility Scooter with a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • For your 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan you are going to need a Class III trailer hitch, like # 87717. This is a 2 inch hitch that has a 350 pound tongue weight capacity. However, all of the carriers weight 85 pounds or more so if you add the weight of the carrier to the 300 pound chair you would be exceeding that capacity. The safest option would be to use the hitch to tow a small trailer, # UWT1. This trailer was designed for motorized chairs/scooters and will offer easy loading/unloading...
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  • Correct Hitch Class for 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • There are Class I, II and III hitches available for the 2004 Dodge Caravan. Hidden Hitch offers a Class III part # 87717, and Draw-Tite offers a Class I part # 24702 or a Class II part # 36296. Regardless of which hitch is used, the Grand Caravan is limited to a maximum of 2000 lb towing / 200 lb tongue weight. Although the Class III hitch is rated for 3500 lb towing and 350 lb of tongue weight, the manufacturers maximum tow ratings should not be exceeded. I typically recommend choosing...
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  • What Wiring Parts are Needed to Install Tow Package Wiring on a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager
  • The 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager has a T-One Vehicle wiring harness, part # 118334, that allows you to plug into the connection points located behind the vehicle tail lights and converter is included. This harness requires no splicing or taping. A 4 pole flat adapter is included. The whole part is plug and play making install very simple. I have included a link to the part and the instructions below.
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch 87717 and Wiring Harness 118376 Fit on a 2003 Chrysler Voyager
  • Yes. Both the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87717, and the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector, # 118376, are designed to fit on your 2003 Chrysler Voyager. I have included install videos and installation instructions for both products below. You might also be interested in adding Ball Mount, # 2753, and a hitch ball, # 63845 (2 inch), or # 63847 (2-5/16 inch), to complete your towing package. I also recommend a locking hitch pin like the Trailer Hitch Receiver...
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  • Why Will the Hidden Hitch # 87717 Not Fit on a 2003 Dodge Caravan with a Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • According to my technical contact at Hidden Hitch the # 87717 is not considered compatible with a 2003 Dodge Caravan models that have Stow and Go seating or vehicles that have a rear stabilizer bar. This hitch requires 3 mounting locations, and most likely the forward most mounting hole would interfere with the vehicle stabilizer bar. However the Draw-Tite # 36296, is a more compact hitch and only requires 2 mounting bolt locations. If you do have the Stow and Go seating or a vehicle...
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  • How to Carry 4 Bikes on a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country
  • We do not offer a 4 bike trunk mount rack. Four bikes would but an extreme amount of stress on the connection points on the vehicle. There are companies that make a 4 bike trunk mount but I would advise against them for safety. To carry 4 bikes the safest option is to use a trailer hitch and hitch mount bike rack. For a hitch, if the van has Stow-N-Go seats, the most popular option is # 87719. Without Stow-N-Go seats use # 87717. I have linked instructions and videos for both hitches...
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  • Installation of Hidden Hitch Class III Receiver Part # 87717 on 1998 Plymouth Voyager
  • For the 1998 Plymouth Voyager, two 1/2 inch holes will need to be drilled in the bottom side of the frame member on each side of the vehicle. This is not terribly difficult, you can remove the two rear bumper bolts as indicated in the instructions, use the bolt leader to fish the rearward bolts into place, and loosely bolt the hitch into place. You would then use the holes in the hitch as a template for drilling the additional four holes. It is usually best not to drill the holes in...
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  • Suggested Items for Towing with a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • To tow with your Caravan, you will need a hitch, ball mount, trailer ball, pin and clip or hitch lock, and a wiring harness. I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III Receiver Hitch, part # 87717. The standard ballmount we typically recommend is part # 2923, but I would recommend you measure the height of the trailer coupler to determine the proper rise/drop of ball mount needed. You will need a 2 inch trailer ball, part # 19247. To secure your ball mount into the receiver, a hitch...
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  • Can Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87717 Fit 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager and 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • If you have the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87717 on your 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager, you will be happy to know that it does fit your 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan as well, providing your Dodge does NOT have the stow and go seating. If your Dodge DOES have the stow and go seating then the Curt Trailer Hitch # 13389 is the correct hitch for your minivan. Hitches can be swapped out between vehicles, however, the attachment hardware is not meant to be reused under any circumstances. Replacement...
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  • Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for Transporting a Wheel Chair with a 2003 Dodge Caravan
  • I checked with Yakima and yes, the Yakima SuperJoe Pro 2 Bike Rack # Y02629 is a confirmed fit for your 2003 Dodge Caravan. However, this bike rack was not designed for carrying wheelchairs and because of that I can not safely recommend you attempt to do so. I believe the safest option for you would be to install a hitch on your vehicle and then put a cargo carrier on the hitch and then secure the wheel chair to the cargo carrier. For a hitch, I would recommend you get a Hidden Hitch...
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  • Does Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87717 Fit a 2002 or 2006 Dodge Caravan
  • Yes, the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87717, will fit both a 2006 Dodge Caravan and a 2002 Dodge Caravan. I have included a link to the installation instructions and links to 2 videos showing typical installations.
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  • Trailer Hitch, Sway Control, Wiring, and Accessories for a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country
  • For your 2006 Chrysler Town and Country, the first thing to look at is to make sure your trailer hitch is rated for use with a weight distribution system. If not, I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87717, which is a Class III, 2 inch hitch rated at 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight, 5,000 with weight distribution. I have included a link to the instructions and an installation video below. Once you are certain you have the right hitch, we can look at weight distribution. Weight...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country with Stow and Go Seats
  • There are several trailer hitches that will fit your 2005 Chrysler Town and Country with stow and go seats. I have included a link to them for you. The most popular hitch is Draw-Tite, # 75305. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing a typical installation on a 2005 Town and Country. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # EBMK4, which comes with a ball mount, interchangeable...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2007 Dodge Caravan Short Wheelbase without Stow and Go Seats
  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24702 does fit the 2007 Dodge Caravan without Stow and Go seats. It also fits the Grand Caravan without Stow and Go seats. This is a Class I trailer hitch so it has a low capacity of 200 pounds tongue weight and 2,000 pounds gross trailer weight. It also has a 1-1/4 inch receiver. Class I trailer hitches are also limited to carrying 2 bikes at most on a compatible rack and you must use Class I compatible accessories if you are using the hitch for something other...
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  • Brake Controller, Wiring and Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • The first thing wiring related you need for the towing setup of your 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan is a 4-way. This is the trailer wiring that controls the turn signal functions of your trailer. For that you would want the Curt Wiring Harness part # C55376. This installs easily by plugging in line with your vehicle taillights. Next you need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that it will match your trailer's connector and so you can install and use a brake controller. For that you need the...
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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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  • Will a Trailer Hitch from a 1986 Dodge Caravan Fit a 2002 Dodge Caravan
  • The hitches for the 1986 Dodge Caravan, see link, will not fit a 2002 Dodge Caravan. The 2002 Dodge Caravan requires a completely different hitch design. I have linked these hitches as well. The most popular option is Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87717. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing a typical installation. If you plan on doing some towing the recommended ball mount is # 2753 and you can use pin and clip # PC3. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use...
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  • Fitting an Accessory with a 2 Shank in a 1-1/4 Receiver Hitch
  • We offer a hitch adapter that will adapt a 1-1/4 receiver to a 2 inch, part # HTAD. Keep in mind that using an adapter will lower the tongue weight capacity of your hitch by 50 percent. For instance, if your current hitch has a 350 lb tongue weight capacity, using an adapter will lower the capacity to 175 lbs. This will mean that the hitch accessory (bike rack or cargo carrier) plus what ever is carried on it can weigh no more than 175 lbs. This is caused by the additional leverage...
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  • Is Drilling Required to Install Hidden Hitch Part # 87717 on 1998 Plymouth Voyager
  • Installing the Hidden Hitch Class III Receiver Hitch, part # 87717 on a 1998 model Voyager would require drilling 2 half inch holes on each frame member, for a total of 4. To view the installation instructions, click on the provided link. To complete your towing system, you might also need the following: Trailer Wiring Harness, part # 118334 Ball Mount, part # 2753 1-7/8 inch trailer ball, part # 19260 2 inch trailer ball, part # 19247 Pin and Clip, part # PC3
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  • Can Reese Multi-Fit Trailer Hitch 37042 Be Turned Upside Down on a 2007 Dodge Caravan
  • The Reese multi-fit trailer hitch 37042 was not meant to be installed with the receiver part turned upside down. The way the hitch was designed and the support gusset and safety chain loops are all positioned appropriately for the receiver in its intended lower position. Using it any other way will make the capacity unknown and potentially unsafe for use. The best solution will be a custom fit trailer hitch for your 2007 Dodge Caravan. If the van does NOT have Stow-N-Go seats then use...
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Dodge Grand Caravan Accessories




Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
3,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
350 lbs.


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

Tongue Weight (TW):
500lbs.


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87717 Installation instructions 87717 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Hitch will not work on models with a rear stabilizer bar.No drilling required for installation,,,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 118300
118300

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 2753
2753


1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260


2" hitch ball - 63845


2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847


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