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Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.
Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.
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2012 - 2012 Ford Focus Hatchback
2013 - 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback - excluding ST
2015 - 2016 Ford Focus Hatchback - S and SE
2015 - 2016 Ford Focus Hatchback - Titanium
2012 - 2016 Ford Focus Sedan
Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"
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Today we'll be looking at the best hitch options on the 2016 Ford Focus. Now we have two hitches here today. The top we have a Draw-Tite class one 1-1/4" receiver, part number 24872. On the bottom we have a CURT class one 1-1/4" receiver, part number C11158. Now both of these hitches will work on either the sedan or the hatchback models. If you have an ST model, that will require a different hitch.
Now both of these hitches support a 200 pound max tongue weight rating and a 2,000 pound max trailer weight rating. Obviously you'll want to consult with the owner's manual of your Ford Focus in figure out what the vehicle's actually rated to tow and not exceed that; otherwise, you risk causing damage to your vehicle. Now our Draw-Tite hitch here utilizes to factory weld nuts to install here on the vertical side of it. There's no drilling required there at all. This horizontal side, there is a hole that's already in the frame that you fish-wire a carriage bolt and a spacer plate into to secure through. No drilling required for the Draw-Tite hitch at all.
No modification required of the vehicle. Just need to trim the heat shields for the exhaust a little bit or bend them out of the way and it install right up there real easily. The CURT hitch has those same two factory weld nut holes, but the first hole here towards the rear of the receiver is a hole that needs to be drilled out. Then you use a carriage bolt and a spacer. The CURT is the only hitch we have here today that you're required to drill one hole on either side. Past that, there's no other modification needed besides either trimming the heat shield or bending it slightly out of the way. Both of our hitches here have a round tubular safety chain loop construction here so they'll be real easy to hook our safety chains or any straps to that we wanted need for a bike rack or a cargo carrier, anything like that.
Both of our hitches have the standard 1/2" diameter hitch pinhole here to secure either a hitch pin or a locking device to make sure our ball mount or our bike rack or cargo carrier won't go anywhere. Now both of our hitches here have a rectangular construction in the frame. You won't be able to see any of the frame on this. It's tucked up here real nicely underneath our vehicle. We'll show you that here in a few moments. Now this CURT hitch does require the use of a stabilization strap if you're using it for a non-trailer application such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier.
We have those available separately on our website if you would like to purchase one. Now for my personal pick if I was going to be choosing one of these hitches to put on my Ford Focus, I would be going for the Draw-Tite myself just because of the fact that you don't have to drill any additional holes in the vehicle and it does not require the use of a stabilization strap if you're using it for a bike rack or a cargo carrier. With that said, we have a Draw-Tite hitch installed on our Ford Focus here today and we'll show you what it looks like. As you can see, like I said earlier, the entire body of the hitch is hidden behind our rear bumper cover here. The only thing sticking out is the actual 1-1/4" receiver itself. The CURT hitch will look very similar to it. The only real difference being between the Draw-Tite that we have here and the CURT is that the pinhole will be a little bit more recessed and the face of the 1-1/4" receiver will be back a little bit further too as well. That completes our look at the best hitch options for the Ford Focus.
Average Customer Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (131 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Ed R06/23/2013
Shipping container had a hole where hitch receiver broke through, but no mechanical damage to product. Shipping tape residue on hitch, had to remove with lighter fluid. Some paint imperfections, so I touched up the product with black gloss rustoleum since its being installed under the vehicle. Installation instructions were outstanding. All installation materials were provided. The product fit my Ford Focus Hatchback perfectly, all the dimensions were correct. In summary, a great hitch if sloppily packaged. Recommend. 85640
by: Gregg W07/26/2016
This is my third hitch purchase from Etrailer, and they always have the best price. I do not like driving a pickup so I use a small 4x8 utility trailer behind my cars when I need to haul something big. I prefer a hitch that is as close to hidden as possible, and this one comes close - don't think they could have done much better given the muffler in the way. I also prefer a hitch that bolts only to the frame rails, and this one did just that. Took under an hour for the hitch install and another hour plus for the wiring install. Plenty of room to work under my 2015 focus hatchback for install of this hitch. Everything bolted up as designed, and there were no surprises. I did not cut the heat shield for the hitch install because I didn't want to leave it hanging - I will check the bolts a few times a year to make sure they don't back out. I found installing the carriage bolts first to be easiest, then installing the 4 other bolts. Torqued everything to specs and it looks great. I included several pics to show how much of the hitch shows and how far it sticks out from different angles (my primary concern before purchase). Always great communication from Etrailer and great instructional videos. A+ service and support! 276452
by: Sean N.08/09/2013
Great service, quick delivery! It was very easy to install having never (ever) looked underneath my car before. The only trick was wiggling the bolts through the hole with the pull wire, and having to borrow a torque wrench. I'm so excited by how good it looks. Vacation with bikes here I come! 94166
by: Tim T.04/24/2015
!!Warning!! The hitch receiver will not take a Yakima bike rack or anything that is too long for the receiver! My one Glaring gripe with this hitch is the back stop inside the hitch receiver. It will NOT take my Yakima hitch because the male hitch portion is to long and hits the back stop so NOW I have to figure out a way to take the back stop out. I wish I'd seen something on this before purchasing. I would have purchased a different hitch or gotten something else completely. A real disappointment after I got it installed and tried to attach the bike rack to go for a ride. :-( Otherwise Installed relatively easily, watch the install video if you need help it goes over everything. Definitely recommend a second set of hands when lifting into place and setting the bolts into place. I used a Dremel to send off the edge of the to upper mounting bolts so I wasn't sanding off parts of my undercarriage making it more susceptible to rust to get them to fit into the holes worked like a charm. 187957
by: Tara C.10/06/2015
Shipping was extremely fast. I debated paying someone to install it for me and then decided to ask a friend to help instead. When the friend was busy the day we were supposed to work on it, I decided to try installing it myself. The video was very helpful. I used a set of jack stands as my "extra hands" to hold the hitch in place while I screwed in the bolts. It took me less than an hour to install. As some of the other reviewers did, I also skipped the trimming of the heat shield. I didn't quite understand why this was needed in the first place. Hopefully I don't regret it down the road. 229312
by: Mark L10/24/2012
As expected, the hitch is top quality. Installatio is a bit more involved on a 2013 Focus hatchback. First, I did not cut the heat shield away, it would have left it hanging loose. Second, the bolts do not fit through the frame slots without grinding a flat on them. Third, the lighting kit requires 12 volts to work. Routing a wire to the battery is a big pain. There is a rear fuse box which has unused 12 volt fuse positions. A fuse pigtail is the answer and should be provided with the kit. 58026
by: Peter C01/09/2013
This trailer hitch was very easy to install, the video on the website was really good. I installed it while it was snowing! :) One thing I would like to mention is the fishing of the bolt and and the nut with a square hole inside the frame can be tricky. The bolt didn't fit through the hole in the frame and I had to pop it through with a screw driver and hammer BEFORE I bolted the hitch on. I also reverse fished a wire through the frame and then attached the wire to the supplied threaded fish wire and pulled the threaded fish wire back back through. - Hope this helps - Great hitch!!!!! 62643
by: evan parker07/16/2014
the hitch is really nice. it came when tracking said it would and works great. i am really happy with it. it's on my 2014 ford focus. no drilling, just a little work with my file and it installed quite easily. thanks! 141528
Just as advertised, installed easily by one person laying on my garage floor. Hand file, 2 sockets, tin snips, no holes to drill. 2nd hitch I've purchased here with no problems and good installation instructions (2014 Focus hatchback). I'd say this installation could be done by any novice, your teenager could put this one on for you, takes maybe 1hr alone. You could say it went on without a hitch...yeah I went there all by myself, don't tell my wife. 193456
by: BUD R.05/12/2015
Very fast shipment. The hitch was very easy to install. I'm 87 years old and I installed it without any assistance. The picture shows my 2014 Ford Focus with a TRILIFT T1020LT: Ultra- Lite, scooter lift, and a PRIDE Go-Go Ultra X 3-Wheel Scooter Model # SC40X,on the lift.Total weight on the hitch is 149 lbs. 192274
by: LeRoy K05/12/2014
I finally finished my winter project on my Goldwing and completed the hitch install on our Ford Focus. This week I was able to load the Wing onto my new ACE trailer and take it for a small initial run to verify how it holds the bike and road. You'll be glad to hear that it works great. I'm quite happy with my decision to purchase the folding trailer. When I parked at a shopping center during the test run, a guy came over and wanted to know where I got that cool trailer. I gave him your web site and high praise. He said he's been looking for a small trailer to pull his bike. So, I included a photo of my Wing on the trailer connected to the car ready for the test run. 130039
by: Asa E.10/11/2013
Excellent fit where it attached to the car. I had a shop modify the regular Focus Hatchback hitch for my Focus ST. Customer service and communication from eTrailer is the BEST I have ever seen. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation. 103478
Everything about this purchase was excellent. Easy to order, quick to deliver, and product as described. I wI'll definitely purchase additional products from etrailer!! 216750
by: Trent H12/28/2015
This is a great hitch that fits well on my 2015 Ford Focus SE Hatchback. It did require that I file the frame a little bit to get 2 of the screws in correctly (as shown on the video) and was a bit difficult to install without elevating the car. It probably took about 2 hours. This is a Class 1 hitch, so it WILL NOT WORK WITH SOME 1.25" YAKIMA PRODUCTS! Be sure to check the compatibility of the product that you will be using it with (i.e. make sure it is Class 1 compatible and not Class 2). I am using this hitch with the Kuat Sherpa 2 platform bike rack and it is working great. It is extremely sturdy and after mounting the hitch receiver, it is extremely easy to use with the rack. The whole kit was missing 2 washers, which was annoying, but not a deal breaker. 234451
by: Bob D05/30/2015
Hitch arrived in 3 days, box had 67 cardboard staples in the top, bottom and sides, a bit over done. The hitch was installed on 2014 Ford Focus sedan. It took this 68 year old guy laying on by garage floor about 2 hours, by following your video directions and comments from other buyers. I ground down one edge of the bolts that must be fished through holesin the side of the frame rail. The holes in hitch could have matched better with the holes in the car frame where the bolt must be fished through. I am happy with this hitch, the second I have purchased from etrailer, the bike rack I purchased from you last year fits this hitch very snuggly which is great. Hitch looks good on the car, not real visible, not cutting of the car bumper fasia required. 198889
by: Mike S.07/15/2015
Very impressed with how the Draw-Tite hitch fit to my Ford Focus. I watched the installation video and installed the hitch in my driveway in about 1 hour. The tolerances in the hitch matched the holes in my frame perfectly. 212035
Happy New Years!! Well I just mounted the trailer hitch to my 2015 Ford Focus SE. I installed by myself in 45 min. (I have never installed one before.) o dos watch your visions about 10 times first. I must say it fits perfect!! No cutting just a little filing of the holes the bolts go through. I have attached a few photos. Thank you again for all your help! 287198
by: Brian D06/18/2014
The hitch bolted up to my 2014 Ford Focus SE sedan with little problems. All the holes lined up as they should. The carriage bolts that attach through the car frame needed to be ground on the side of the head to get the bolt to fit into the elongated hole on the frame...I did not want to modify the car frame for the bolt to fit. I also had a problem with one of the four bolts that hold the exhaust hanger and hitch the car. Upon tightening the hardware to torque specifications, I broke a bolt. I do not feel that the blame should be put on the hitch manufacturer of etrailer. All in all it was a good experience and awesome customer service. I do and will recommend etrailer to others and will be using this website for future purchases. 136415
by: Robert WC11/15/2015
Being a retired welder I can appreciate attention to detail and good welding. Great hitch receiver. Fast shipping. Bravo 232014
by: Scott Rowe08/15/2011
Product was great, installation was a little tricky for one part but was due to my inexperience. It was pretty easy once I figured out how to use the fishing wire properly. Unfortunately I missed the video Fish Wire Demonstration on the bottom which would have helped me tremendously. Definitely watch it! Also, bolt head was a tiny bit big for hole so had to bang on it lightly with a hammer to get it thru beginning hole, no big deal though. Again, I've never done anything like this so didn't know how to use the fishing wire properly and instructions didn't say as they just assume you know. Once I figured that part out it was easy. Hope this info helps someone. Don't be afraid to tackle this on your own - it's not hard. 21923
by: Mike W.08/16/2016
Very good quality on the hitch. Product came with all associated hardware needed and was packaged well. Shipping was exceptionally fast which was great. It installed easily and works great. George J. handled my order and was a pleasure to work with. 284133
Followed instructions to the "T" and it was a piece of cake. Video by etrailer was also very helpful. It took me about 1 hour in my garage, including tool search, set up, and bolting everything together. I didn't use a jack nor jack stands. I had my teenage son help me hold it in place. I had to file down a little bit on the large holes on the undercarriage and fish the carriage bolt through. The driver side fished through without any problems. The passenger side was a little more stubborn and it took a couple of tries to fish the bolt through. Installed on Saturday, 05/28/2016, 2013 Ford Focus SE, will be used to haul our bicycle rack. 252713
Product arrived promptly without issues. Local mechanic was able to install the hitch in under an hour, installation costing me $50. Note that, for owners of 2013 Ford Focus SE sedan, some of the mounting holes had to be widened, so it could be a pain for do-it-yourselfers. With the good prices at eTrailer and a reasonable installation from my local mechanic, I got a trailer hitch for about the same price as it would have cost to have UHaul do the whole thing. That said, I am happy that I ordered from etrailer and was able to give the work to a local business. The hitch itself is solid. It's a good product. 185089
Order my product, received my product as I was told, product was what I order and worked perfect...Easy install and allows me to pull my small trailer with a riding mower between my properties using my 2015 Ford Focus 263410
by: chuck b.11/26/2014
Everything fit, fairly easy bolt on install for 2012 Focus hatchback. Like other reviewers, I did have to grind off a portion of two bolt heads to get it into the frame's access hole. Once I did that, fishing it through was way easier than I expected. Hand file or grinder will work. Snug up the bottom four bolts first and then fish through the side bolts. Then go back and torque everything to spec. I didn't cut away the heat shield, b/c I'm lazy. I figure since the muffler mount is bolted on top of it, it wouldn't hurt to bolt the hitch on top of it. Seems pretty solid, but it is just day one. 162533
by: Jimmy Mac11/01/2012
The hitch came super fast and I installed it today. Install time says about 45 minutes. That's about what it took me. Nice fit but I had to ground off a little of the carriage bolt. No fault of the hitch. The hole in the frame was not large enough. The wiring took my about 3½ hours, start to finish. I ran the wire inside the car and had trouble finding a place to exit the firewall so I exited the floor under the clutch, through a grommet and up the firewall to the battery. Works and tows real nice. When the time comes to get another hitch and wiring, I will get it from e-trailer. 58618
by: Jeff H.10/25/2016
I just got my Class I hitch for a 2015 Ford Focus today from UPS. Dang fast order and excellent packaging. Easy to follow directions. I took my time during the install, i.e. putting it up and down a couple of times. Really easy and all holes lined up. Nifty "tool" provided for getting the top bolt and washer in the hole, otherwise I think I would have taken out my welder. I also ordered the trailer connection kit. Man, that took no time at all. I am very happy with this product. Oh yeah, one more thing. No job is complete unless you leave a DNA sample behind. I did. 313307
Driver side access hole on hitch did line up with auto hole. Left hitch down about 1/4 inch to install fished bolt. Then tightened all bolts. Passenger side access hole in auto to small for bolt head. Ground down bolt head slightly and went in. Don't know why the instructions say to trim heat shield. Didn't want to cut on my new wheels. Installed with out cutting shield fine. Tip on fish wire, have used them many times. Insert at small hole and pull out large hole then attach hardware. Over all went together in less then an hour and looks good 24134
Product seems well made, but found a few paint scratches on product out of the box. Painted those with cold galvanizing paint to limit rusting. These areas were not in an area that shows. Fits well, seems to be sturdy. Installation was pretty easy. Only one hiccough- carriage bolts would not go thru frame opening without 1/16" being filed off one side of bolt heads. Corrosion concern with ordinary cadmium plated washers against aluminum muffler bracket. (Original bolts and washers were aluminized steel.) Would recommend this product for any DIYer. 107889
by: Captain Tom03/01/2016
Nothing but great as for a review for the team at etrailer. There was a slight problem with the delivery, but it was quickly resolved by their team and I had everything delivered far sooner than I had expected. The installation was a snap and I was impressed with the system they provided to fish the bolts thru the frame. My first thought was "yea, sure" when I saw what was in the package, "this ain't going to work". I was wrong, it worked like a charm. I have designed tooling for the Air force. and this deserves an award for it's simplicity. 239066
by: Rob Deal03/10/2015
For some reason there is a stopper inside the hitch and it prevented me from using the Reese hitch I bought at Lowes because it would not allow the hoes to line up. I had to drill this tab out that was located under the weight rating sticker. I am guessing it was there to make you order their brand hitch that is more shallow but whatever the reason it was not that hard to drill out. Overall it was fairly easy to put on. You have to grind one bolt flat to fit it through the frame but that was easy enough. 177749
Normally I do not take the time to write a review on a product, but I was so pleased with the customer service and the direction video that its just the right thing to do. I have a 2013 focus hatchback the installation process took around an hour and a half. The carriage bolt head was too big for the hole so I grounded it down no problem. Other reviews said the same thing so it seemed pretty normal. Other than that the whole process was smooth. Fishing wire was not that bad if you have two people. 100036
This installed relatively easily and works great on my 2012 Ford Focus Titanium. However I encountered a significant issue when it came time to thread the bolt through the car frame; the bolt head was too big to fit through the frame! I can't believe the company made this oversight. I had to borrow a grinder and grind down the edges of the bolts in order to fit it through. It was an easy solution, but not convenient since I don't own a grinder and it shouldn't have been an issue in the first place!! 81981
by: Dave G.03/25/2014
I don't normally do reviews in general. I however would like to thank etrailer and the staff. I found the product to exactly what was represented. I also found the installation instructions to be right on the money. Great job guys and gals at etrailer. I can't wait to start pulling things with my little ford focus. ie "small boat and 4x8 trailer. p.s. the fitment of the product was perfect including the wiring for the trailer lighting. !!!!! thank you Etrailer.com Dave G. 122179
by: Len G.10/25/2012
Pretty straight forward install. As others have stated, be sure to grind the carriage bolts on two sides to fit through the feed hole. Otherwise, they won't go. I found it easier to push the carriage bolt "backward" first- away from the intended position, then pull it with the fish wire. Kind of difficult to hold the tow bar up while making the bolts, try to get a helper for this. Very good fit, no drilling or cutting needed. Looks pretty solid to me. Enjoy 58140
This is a great hitch that was delivered quickly with all the parts and good instructions. It's a little tricky fishing the carriage bolts into the frame for one of the connections on each side, but it comes with the fishing wire and just takes a little patience. I probably won't bother to add the electric since I just use the hitch for my bike rack and cargo carrier. So easy enough for non-mechanical homeowner to install without need to lift the car. 103037
Great product! I received the hitch and followed the online instructions and completed the installation in less than an hour. Everything fit perfectly. The only very minor problem is that the instructions show the upper bolts being pulled through the end of the frame with the guide wire, but the 2013 Focus has closed end caps on the frame. I had to improvise and pull the bolts through another hole-but it worked. I wish everything you get fit this perfectly! 189269
photos of install 287197
I recently installed the Draw-Tite hitch and I am very pleased with this product. First, I was very pleased with etrailer's customer service. I found it very professional and they expedited my shipment without me asking or charging for it. The installation pretty much went as instructed. I did have to use a file on the opening where the carriage bolt goes into in order to pull it through with the fish wire. 70173
Make sure to watch the YouTube video for installation instructions!! The clip makes the process very clear. Using this for a bike rack. Awesome to have a little extra carrying capacity on my hatchback. 264547
by: Gary P11/16/2014
The trailer hitch for my 2014 Ford Focus, the Draw-Tite Sportframe, came quickly. The product bolted on easily after filing the access hole to fish the bolt through. It took about 30 minutes to install. The instructions and online videos made the entire job easier. Etrailer.com offers great support through online videos and instructions. I couldn't be happier about my purchase. 161164
by: Steven W.03/18/2012
The hitch installed with no problems on my 2012 Ford Focus. Everything lined up and all of the required parts were included. The customer service from etrailer.com was excellent. 34263
Perfect small car hitch to tow an auxiliary waste water tank to the dump station on campgrounds, eliminating the need to unhook RV each time. This one is on a 2013 Ford Focus SE. 268369
by: Zach j08/06/2016
It arrived on time in a very sturdy box. The setup was simple and quick, in only one hour I had it installed on my ford focus. It was made out of heavy gage steel, and will last a lifetime. I suggest everyone to use this site because it's great quality and a reasonable price, they also have video instructions which is extremely helpful. Thanks e trailer for a awesome product 280514
by: Jaime ch.07/06/2016
The product is just as described . I have one suggestion though. I installed the unit by myself using jacks . You are going to have to make the whole slightly bigger like instructed but after that I would insert the side bolts first and use them to support the hitch before bolting on the last four bolts which replaced the factory ones. Other then that a great product!!! 268733
by: Glenn L.08/20/2014
Good product, but the video installation make it look easier than the installation really is, and seems be missing some important details. The written instructions seem to be the same, "kinda vague", and not written and diagramed all that well, Although eventually you can figure it out. All in all it appears to be a quality hitch, and should fulfill your needs. 147804
by: Mike S07/25/2014
Delivery was quick and the mechanic who did the install says it installed easily - direct bolt on as described. He was the one who suggested I go online to get the hitch because I could get one for a better price than his supplier. I think I saved about $100. The website was easy to negotiate and get what I was looking for. Good all-around experience. 142840
by: Mike M07/03/2016
Mounting wasn't the easiest. Once on it worked great. 3000 mile trip later and I'm happy. I will also use it to pull my kayak trailer. 267873
Easy install overall. I had to grind the heads of the carriage bolts down to make them pass thru the opening of the frame. Also had to grind (or you can cut with a bandsaw or hacksaw) the piece the carriage bolt passes thru to get it to pass into the frame. Would be nice if these pieces came pre-ground/pre-cut to the right size. 179234
Installation was straight forward with very clear directions, although torque specs for the 4 mounting bolts would have been helpful. Installed sol in approximately 49 minutes in my driveway using hand tools but I would recommend a helper as there are multiple plates to line up as your supporting the exhaust and the hitch 183140
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