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Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
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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1975 - 1994 Ford Van All Full Size models
1995 - 2003 Ford Van All Full Size models, including Superwagon
2004 - 2014 Ford Van E-150
2004 - 2014 Ford Van E-250
2004 - 2014 Ford Van E-350
Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on this 2014 Ford van, we're going to take a look at the best hitch options available. All right, these are our three hitches we have here. First one on top, we have our Ultra Frame from Draw-Tite, part number 41945. Now this is a Class 5 hitch. Next one up is a CURT, part number 14055. This one is a Class 4 hitch.
Down here we have another one from Draw-Tite, part number 75703. This one will be a Class 3 hitch. Let's go ahead and look at the Ultra Frame from Draw-Tite. You notice the receiver assembly here, created from a cast component. This allows it to be a lot stronger and more suitable for every day use, and light industrial applications. Now, the CURT and a Draw-Tite are going to have the same conventional construction as you seen all the time on a regular hitch for the steel square tube on both of them.
They're also all going to be 2" receivers. All right, let's go ahead and cover the weight capacities of our hitch. First off, I'll start off with our heaviest one right here, the Draw-Tite Ultra Frame which is rated for 10,000 pounds of pull weight and 1,500 pounds of tongue weight, which is the weight that pushes down on the hitch. Next up is our CURT, by itself it's going to have 1,000 pound tongue weight capacity and a 10,000 pound pulling capacity. We'll go down to our Draw-Tite here, the 75 Series, 600 pounds of tongue weight and it's 6,000 pounds pull weight. Now, all our capacities do change when you add a weight distribution assembly to that. For instance on our Ultra Frame hitch our pull weight goes up to 12,000 pounds, but you notice that the tongue weight actually goes down to 1,200 pounds.
On our CURT our pull weight goes up to 12,000 pounds and our tongue weight goes up to 1,200 pounds. Our Draw-Tite here at the bottom, this will go up to 1,000 of tongue weight and 10,000 pounds of pulling weight. Let's go ahead and take a look at the safety chain loops. If we look on our Ultra Frame here, this is part of the cast construction right here, and this will accommodate a very large variety of safety hooks. Now, our Draw-Tite here carries the same the same theme with the wide holes on here, but does have a little bit less heavy duty construction to it. Going back to our CURT hitch here, you'll notice it has a regular standard opening for your safety hooks. Installation wise these two, the Ultra Frame from Draw-Tite and our CURT here, they both install the same, actually use the same bolt holes, and no drilling required on these two.
Now, on our Draw-Tite hitch on the bottom here it does have a variety of holes on it, but there are a few years out there that does require drilling. Okay, let's go ahead and take a look at our Draw-Tites. They do have one additional feature on them. They both have the additional hole right here. This is designed for use with our J-Pin stabilization pin. This is great for accessories that do not have their own anti-rattle devices. Comparing that to our CURT hitch here, it doesn't have an additional hole, wasn't designed for that application. However, still if you want anti-rattle devices you'd have to use a one that come with your accessories. Now I'll go ahead and cover our construction of the hitches. Our Draw-Tite was designed to be heavy duty, so it's going to have a really massive square tube right here. It also has a nice engineered bend in it to help match up to the vehicle. If we look at our CURT here it's got the traditional square tubing that goes out to frame rails, however it has an angle built in to it going out to the arms, so it doesn't have a curve like this one does. Okay, now our 75 Series hitch also carries the same angle as our CURT hitch does to match up to the vehicle. It is all these angles and curves built into the hitches help accommodate the spare tire. Our 75 Series Draw-Tite here also has a round tube construction, so you're looking for light duty application and you like the looks of this one, this may be the one for you. Let's go ahead and recap a few things. For weight capacity our Draw-Tite Ultra Frame is going to be at the top of our list. In this case our clearance is going to be the best on our hitch here from CURT. This hitch actually rises about 1" higher than compared to our two Draw-Tite hitches. For general overall towing purchases, probably your best bet is going to be either the CURT or the Draw-Tite. You just have to determine how much weight capacity you need for your trailer. For basic recreational purposes such as very light trailers or accessories like a cargo carrier or a bicycle rack, the 75 Series from Draw-Tite will work great in that application. That will finish it for the best options that are available for our Ford van.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (39 Customer Reviews)Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.
by: Bob S.06/06/2016
I had it installed in about 15 minutes - in my driveway - by myself - with the help of two floor jacks (balances perfectly on the rear bolt holes). I found no need to remove the spare tire. Very easy installation with some options shown in the instructions for various models and years. I watched their installation video before hand, but really, it's about as straight forward as it could be. My work van is a standard wheelbase 2008, E-250 with factory step bumper. This receiver fits perfectly with all the needed hardware included. Nothing to move out of the way - 6 nuts and bolts, with some spacers and washers and that's it!. My van has become too loaded to fit a bike inside anymore. So now I'll have no excuse to not bring a bike along on longer service trips. etrailer: thanks again! 258329
by: James D.07/29/2016
The hitch went in like a charm, did not have to do any drilling on the van all the holes was in the right place. The only thing we had to do was add a 1/8 washer to the middle bolt on both sides. I have installed 5 other hitches from etrailer and this one was the easiest. Done in less than 1 hour and 2 person. 277586
by: Guy M.07/09/2012
This is the 3rd hitch and the 5th time I have ordered from etrailer and have been VERY happy with their service. Prompt delivery and the order right the first time. I installed this hitch on a 1997 E-150 van and was pleased to find that the frame already had all holes needed drilled, even though the instructions said I may need to drill the 2 front holes. All together it took about 45 minutes to get everything bolted up and tightened down. The fit is great, my van has the step bumper, so the receiver sets a little back from the bumper edge, but not enough to make it hard to get to. Just enough to not bang your knees on it. 47280
Excellent experience. Customer service person was very knowledgeable. She found the right part for my van quickly. She asked several questions to make sure I was getting the right pat and also everything else I would need for the install. She shipped the hitch and electrical assembly the same day for next day delivery. As soon as it shipped she sent my tracking number and followed up with me a soon as it arrived to make sure everything was good. My mechanic had no problem with the install - perfect fit. This is my third order with etrailer. I'll ever buy any where else. 318412
by: Martin Roland08/28/2012
Hitch came quickly. The supplied directions weren't very helpful but if you follow the video from etrailer, you can get it on in less than an hour. Put in on a Ford E250 cargo van. Spent most my time deciding if the two odd ball bolts should go in the first hole or the last. I choose the last...closer to the center of van...not nearest the rear. Hitch fits like a glove. Can't wait to mount bike rack. Just ordered it yesterday through etrailer. 53277
by: Handyman Solutions05/01/2012
Product was easy to find on the website, good price, fast delivery and snapped right in. I was just here to find a couple of receiver hitches that will fit Ford E250 vans and the matching wiring harness was recommended on the same page. Much better than my last hack-job trying to wire in trailer lights myself. I am pleased. 38925
by: Joe C09/16/2016
Hitch fit great on a 2005 Ford E-250 Ext. The only issue was the two middle smaller flat spacers did not clear a weld that was next to the hole on the frame. Did not need to drill any holes but the spacer is not 100% flat against the frame. Definitely recommend this hitch. Very solid and looks good. 295324
by: mark g07/22/2016
Arrived with no problems had a couple of scuff mark that I retouched with black paint most likely happen in factory because hitch was packaged well. Install went great make sure you have good drill bit for drilling through frame. All bolts, nuts, and washers and spacer were included. 274887
by: Mike M10/11/2016
The search and order process for the correct receiver hitch was easy and the price acceptable to a tight budget. Installation a breeze on our old trustworthy relic. Now we can pull a small trailer that will enable hauling necessary medical equipment for overnight trips. Thank you. 305421
I got mine in 2 days as I live in MO,it was in good condition and I had it installed in 30-40 min on the ground with a creeper and a rolling jack,have not used as of yet so no comment there. 23319
by: Steve B.07/29/2012
Hitch was shipped right away and arrived promptly. Fit just right and install was easy on our 2003 Ford Econoline Cargo Van. Definitely will be buying from etrailer again! 49690
by: Gary B.05/09/2013
The trailer hitch fit very well.I was lucky the frame was pre-drilled and there is a trailer harness.I am satisfied with the product.Even though it came from Thailand. 79671
by: Cathy S07/31/2012
Received the hitch quickly and it's VERY nice, sturdy, well built, I'm looking forward to having it put on my van. Thanks for the quick shipping. 49948
by: Gary Harper04/05/2012
Excellent price and service, shipped on time! Hitch looks great! I was so pleased that I ordered 2 tire/whl. combos yesterday for my boat trailer. 36195
by: john v09/17/2016
ordering was easy, shipping was free and plenty fast,bolt on was a breeze with good instructions in english ,looks great. 10 out of 10 thanks 295815
Easy to install. The directions that come with the hitch are confusing, but the video make it a lot clearer and the instilation a snap 321091
by: Dan P06/21/2012
Good delivery, price, video of installation. Installation was easy as video instructed and product performed well on initial test. 45029
by: City of Paramount06/08/2015
Great turn around from time order was placed to delivery! As soon as we install the hitches we can provide additional feedback! 201681
by: Jeff W.07/10/2016
Hitch was delivered 4 days after ordering. It took about 30 minutes to install. Fit perfectly with no drilling required. 270187
by: old kevin08/21/2014
Great product and delivery, bolted right up to frame no drilling just had to move the carbon can. Now I can haul again. 147878
by: daniel b04/29/2013
already installed, had it done in 30min. bolted right in just as advertized....thanks. I am a repeat customer......... 78407
by: chris s07/22/2013
shipped right out, got it in 3 days, and it fit right on with the predrilled holes in the frame. this was too easy 90953
by: Bob W04/30/2013
The installation was simple except that I needed additional spacers to compensate for the uneven frame design. 78519
by: Jimmy T.01/26/2014
Delivered on time. Fit the van exactly as it was supposed to. I wouldn't hesitate to order from them again. 114785
great product for the price, delivered on time, extra installation videos sent were nice addition 98599
by: Thomas M.06/22/2012
Went on easy,Works out great. its a professionals product and fits the Vehicle And it look good. 45329
by: pat stanley03/03/2012
super fast delivery , came with everything needed for fast and easy installation. 33045
by: Joe P.06/24/2016
Perfect fit! Easy to install! Couldn't have asked for better help or product! 264573
by: Bill H.05/28/2013
Product showed on time... and it was a breeze to install. Fantastic hitch! 82226
Ordered 2 Hitches, Both were delivered quickly and at a good price. 331570
by: dan l03/28/2016
hitch arrived safe and sound great service and delivery 242109
by: Mark C05/20/2013
15 Minute install very easy perfect fit every happy. 81008
by: Charlies Auto12/23/2011
Top quality product and fast delivery. A+ service 28661
fit like a glove didn't have to do any drilling 79284
by: Nick C05/07/2012
Easy to install, and so far it works we ll! 39665
by: Ken S.11/05/2013
Very happy with it . Easy installation. 106408
by: Dave W.05/09/2013
The hitch fits and works great! 79622
by: Jeff M.07/02/2011
works great, easy installation 18437
Good product easy install 322398
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