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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.
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2011 - 2017 Ford Explorer All Models
Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we'll be installing the Draw-Tite class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 75710. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. The only thing we really have exposed is the receiver tube, which is almost flush with the rear bumper, so we have nice easy access to the 5/8 pre-drilled pinhole on both sides and our chain hold down. The only other thing that we really have exposed is the round crosstube that connects the two side brackets to the frame. We have 400 pounds of tongue weight capacity and 4,000 pounds of towing capacity, unless we add a weight distribution hitch; then we have up to 500 pounds of tongue weight with 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4".
From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 15". This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead and install the hitch. Now to begin the install of our hitch we need to lower the exhaust. Before I remove the rubber isolators from the metal hangers to lower the exhaust we're going to put a safety strap underneath to help hold the weight of the exhaust so we can safely lower it. Now with my safety strap in place we'll go ahead and use a spray lubricant to spray on the rubber isolators to make it easier to remove from the metal hanger.
We have a total of three isolators we need to remove, one just above each muffler and one just forward of the rear axle. Now to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger you can use a pry bar, pliers, or if you have an exhaust hanger removal tool. Now once we have the rubber isolators removed we'll go ahead and use our safety strap to safely lower the exhaust. Now once we have the mufflers down and out of the way we need to remove the rear exhaust hangers. We have one on each side and there are two fasteners for each. Now, as we remove the hangers and hardware we're going to go ahead and set them aside, but make sure we hang on to them, as we'll need to reuse the rubber isolators with the hitch.
Now we need to remove the rubber isolators from the hanger. Just hit it with a little spray lubricant. Then I can take my pliers, slide it off, and we're going to take the hanger and set it aside as it will not be reinstalled, and reuse the rubber isolator. Now here on the hitch is a built-in attachment point for securing the rubber isolator. We have our bolt that will go into place. We'll slide on the rubber isolator, and then a flat washer and a lock nut.
Once it's in place we can go ahead and tighten it down. Now be careful not to overtighten because we don't want to smash the isolator. Now that lock nut's pretty tough. You may need to put something here into the hitch to help hold the carriage bolt in place. As you can see, we've got it nice and tight, but not too tight to smash the isolator. Now with this side down we'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side. Now with our hitch ready we're going to move back to the vehicle. Here on the passenger side frame rail there's a pre-drilled hole or oval hole in the frame. This is going to become the rear attachment point for the new hitch and we're going to use a 1/2" carriage bolt and block in the frame. We'll use the 1/2" bolt leader to get them in position. We're going to use a reverse pull method, so we'll slide on the block and thread on the carriage bolt. I'll feed them both in the frame first and then pull the carriage bolt back down over the block to create the attachment point. Then once we have our hitch in place we can install the conical tooth washer and nut to secure the carriage bolt. Now our other four attachment points we're going to reuse the manufacturer's weld nuts in the frame where we removed the exhaust hanger, installing the new 12mm bolt and 1/2" conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch as it goes through the hitch and into the weld nut. We're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. We'll install each fastener finger tight until we have them all in place. Here on the passenger side we'll take the bolt leader from our carriage bolt and feed it through the attachment point first. Then we'll take the hitch up to the frame. Then we can go ahead and thread our bolt into the weld nut and it will hold the hitch in place. Now with the two bolts in place reach remove the pull wire and install the conical tooth washer and nut. Quick tech tip: if we put the conical tooth washer on putting some side pressure, it will help hold the carriage bolt in place so we don't push it back up into the frame while we install the nut. Once the nut's installed we'll then go ahead and move over to the driver side and install the two bolt. Now with all our hardware in place we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Next we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Just like that our hitch is installed. Next we'll go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Now once our exhaust is back in place we can go ahead and remove the safety strap. Just like that we've completed the install of our Draw-Tite class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 75710, on our 2015 Ford Explorer. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (59 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: Dave P09/26/2011
I bought a new 2011 Ford Explorer, I need to pull a small utility trailer. I bought this hitch from etrailer, this was so easy to install. It took about an hour to install by myself. Reading the directions, they were very easy to understand. The tips were very helpful too, soap was a very helpful tip to get the rubber isolators off the exhaust. I lowered the exhaust in the three places, and it fit perfectly. One thing I needed to do that was a pain was to do as they said, I should have tightened the bolts to # 6, 7, and 8 before I raised the hitch onto the car. I thought it only needed to be in place before installing. Make sure to put on the rubber isolators onto #6, 7, and 8 and tighten the set up before raising the hitch onto the car (it was a pain to tighten while hitch was up on the car. The hitch looks great, it is not ugly and works great. See attached pics. 24664
by: Dave A.03/12/2012
Enclosed are completed installation pictures of Thule hitch on our Ford Explorer 2011. Installation took approximately 1.5 hours. 33585
by: John S.06/29/2013
Installed by one person (me) onto a 2011 Explorer Limited. Fit is great, and installation, even with just one person, took about an hour (I have an electric impact wrench which makes it go MUCH faster than with a standard ratchet). Just back your Explorer up onto wheel ramps, and you're good to go. This leaves your floor jack as a handy exhaust support. To hoist the hitch into place, I used the mufflers to support the hitch while I started the bolts into the weld nuts in the frame. You're going to need 18 and 19 mm sockets, and a pry bar or very large screw driver to perform this install. BTW, shipping time was reasonable and eTrailer's post-sale customer service was exceptional. 86711
by: Edward S.03/31/2011
Pictures of the hitch on my new 2011 Ford Explorer! 10823
by: Glenn Sain11/26/2014
Bought a new Ford Explorer 2015, the dealer wanted to charge me over $500 to put a new hitch and wire harness on. I went to U-Haul, they wanted almost $400. I ordered a hitch here, and wire harness. Cost was just over $200 with shipping (expedited). I put the tow bar and wire harness on in less than an hour. I will most definitely come back here and buy more items for hauling bikes, etc. Good product, highly recommend, easy to install. 162485
by: Ray B.06/26/2016
The hitch for my 2016 Ford Explorer was exactly as pictured. The installation video and written instructions made this an easy job. It took about an hour to complete and went just as I was told it would. I watched the video first and it made the job so much easier to understand. No drilling or modifications to the vehicle at all. Just bolt it on! Excellent product. 265266
by: farmer john06/29/2012
Been in auto buisnes 40 plus yrs retired needed hitch for 2012 explorer. Every.one was miss informed and had crazy pricees .Iknew what iwanted and what i i should pay.Everything was as described and service was the best. 46218
by: Steve S.02/11/2014
We attached this hitch to a 2013 Ford Interceptor SUV for use with hitch-mounted bicycle racks. It bolted on perfectly and works great. 116233
Awesome product looks great 104900
by: Draw Tite Hitch08/02/2012
Rather than write a product review, which is very good, I want to write a report on the excellent level of service received from etrailer. Great upfront information, tracking data, and especially the follow up. I have never received the level of complete service on a vehicle accessory plus details installation instruction that were easy to follow. I received the hitch yesterday and installed in by myself in under one hour. As I need additional accessories I will rely on etrailer. Thanks. Your service is what service should be. William R. Smith Mt. Home, AR 50260
by: Dennis T.09/26/2014
The installation information was perfect. It took less time to install than expected, and the quality seems terrific. 153153
by: charlie r04/02/2016
Very satisfied with this product. Received it in 2 days and installed it in a little more than an hour. The keys to me were spray lube on the rubber muffler hangers allowed me to remove w my hands and a breaker bar to remove the bolts holding the hanging brackets. The videos were helpful but made me wish for a lift and an impact wrench. My only criticism is that the cable ties were too short as another customer stated. It is mounted and I pulled a trailer today, everything is fine. Just an aside, the local Ford dealer quoted $1500 - $1800 for factory parts and $300 - $350 for after market install, I did it for much less. Very satisfied. 242782
Hitch was a little delayed getting out because it was back ordered, but etrailer did a great job communicating the delay. Opening the hitch, the first thing I noticed was the welds where just sloppy. Clearly either done quickly, or done by someone that had no idea what they where doing. Secondly the installation process was simple enough, however the spacer provided was incorrectly stamped, and the bolt would not fit through the hole. Had to file down the sides to get the bolt to fit. Overall the quality of this product is second rate for sure. No issue with etrailer, just not a quality product. 85610
by: Marlene Ordway02/29/2012
I initially ordered the wrong hitch and contact etrailer by email immediately to address the issue. I had nothing but excellent service. The correct hitch was ordered and the incorrect hitch was removed. I received the ordered items promptly. I am completely happy with the service I received. I have yet to put the part on at this time. Thank you for such great service. I look forward to installing and using the hitch. I will highly recommend etrailer to my friends and family. 32803
After placing my order online got several emails to confirm my order and it arrived in 3 days.Just like in the video, product was very simple to install took about 45 mins. Cant say enough about how well of an operation the guys at etrailer run. Would recommend to anyone!! Thanks again 100208
Ordered hitch and wiring on Sunday. The order was shipped fast and installed by me in less than an hour before the next weekend. Searching for the hitch and wiring harness was made easy by the etrailer website. The videos were spot-on in making the install easy. 83828
by: Charles m06/10/2016
Very easy product to install. Good instructions. Comes with all hardware needed. I also bought the plug and play T connector for the lights. Took 30 seconds to install that. I had my 8 year old daughter help me put it on the explorer. It took us about 2 hours with hand tools. Requires 18 mm to remove factory bolts and a 19 mm to install new bolts. Also need and 11\16 for the exhause carriage bolts. We had fun installing the hitch together. 259771
by: Don Hardy12/02/2014
Watch the quick youtube instalation video because this thing is VERY easy to install once you've seen how. Big bolts mean you'll probably need a set of 1/2" wrenches, and a second set of hands helps when it comes to actually lifting the hitch into place. I'm a welder, and I can attest that this hitch is very well built and very strong. And as important, it looks good once it's mounted. A++ 162907
by: John JKKRT02/14/2016
Very Happy with Service and Product. Installation was easy, directions adequate, could of used a little more detail as some additional thinking and common sense needed to figure out best way. Installation was under 30 minutes, but I am just that good. I had a lift and air tools that most people would not. I personally would have changed exhaust hanger design but what you have will work. 237780
by: Bob P03/28/2012
Removing the muffler from the rubber mounts was not easy. I tried soapy water for a long time then went to silicone. Forget the soapy water...go silicone. This is definitely a job done much more easily with two people. But, once in place and secure it looks great and works great. I would definitely recommend over paying close to $500 for the Ford installed version. 35293
Hitch installation was very easy and instructions were clear and precise.iI was done in about a hour main purpose for Hitch was for a rack to carry more on long trips because cargo space in our Explorer is limited when you carry more people,overall my opinion a very high quality product so far and we're very satisfied with it 268285
by: Josh L02/07/2016
Easy install looks great on my Explorer can't wait to use it for the first time. Great product !!!! 237188
by: Travis L04/05/2016
I received this product within 3 days of hitting the submit button to place my order. According to the website, it should take about 45 minutes. It took me about an hour to do it by myself. The hitch looks great and is barely visible. I highly recommend this website and their products. 243035
by: Scott A05/16/2013
Veru friendly people and helpful. My trailer hitch and wiring kit arrived very fast and went on exactly as the demo video showed. Perfect fit and easy install. Great People to do business with and will continue to use and recommend with out a doubt ! You guys at Etrailer are GREAT ! 80480
Hitch went on very easily. Directions were outstanding. Only difficulty was getting a 18mm socket to get the production bolts loose. Once I had that it took less than 1 hour to install including the plug in wiring harness. Great product and service!! 226711
by: Jim B04/29/2012
Nice company to do business with. The hitch was receive in less than a week. It took less than 45 minutes to get it installed. The wiring kit was very easy to install. I even got a follow up email from this company to make sure that everything was OK. 38775
by: Paul K.11/03/2012
The hitch looks great, installed easily. What makes it all better is the great customer service provided by etrailer! Great communication, super fst shipping, post-sale follow-up and perfect instructions! I wish all retailers were this good! 58796
by: Sean S06/17/2013
Very easy to install. It took 30 minute s. 84974
by: Aaron R10/01/2015
Ordering the products was easy from the website and it was nice to have the tracking as well. I am very happy with the installation videos of both the hitch and the electrical kit - it made installing the products much easier. 228748
by: David Hughes03/28/2012
I do not know that I have ever received such excellent service. The procuct was top of the line and your delivery service was exceptional. I was more than pleased, I was impressed. I would recommend etrailer.com overall. 35335
by: Jeremy Harding01/14/2012
Very easy to install, just follow the instructions as they are laid out in order. You will have no problems at all. I only wish that they made an aftermarket hitch that installed behind the removable bumper cover insert. 29692
I choose etrailer for the name brand qualities that use - drawtite is well known and when I received it, it did not dissapoint. Other than price, the installation videos sealed the deal. 36392
Product came as described, but the installation was not as easy as website proclaims. Did require some extra help as the holes did not line up. But overall product is better than expected. 145640
Just installed the hitch this morning in about 50 minutes after watching the installation video. No concerns thus far. The product looks to be solid with good support from Etrailer. 250312
by: vladimir v05/16/2012
arrived as promissed, easy install, two guys and a lift..about 45 inutes, in your garage it will be a bit longer...definetly watch the install video before you start.. 40667
by: John E.08/18/2015
If you watch the video it just don't get any easier than that. All the bolt holes lined up perfectly. Good job and a great product at a reasonable price. 220205
Excellent product. Fit exactly how the instruction video explained. Installed in about 15 Minutes. Look no further than Etrailer for you towing needs. 252152
by: Neill K06/27/2015
Just like it was supposed to be ! Straight forward instillation, everything fit, completed the job by my self in less than time than advertised . 207825
I was extremely happy with the service I received & the trailor hitch I purchased the sevice was good & shipped part in timely manner.good job 176043
Quality hitch! Easy to install and a perfect fit. I used a hydraulic floor jack for lowering and raising the exhaust system. Worked great! 99366
by: Justin G.07/03/2016
This hitch receiver is amazing. Easy to install and can handle my pop up camper and my utility trailer with ease. 267719
by: Cindy W02/25/2015
Received order today! Very prompt delivery. Have not had a chance to open, but will be working on it soon. 176092
by: Mark K.05/25/2012
Documentation was excellent. Product received free of defects. Installation was easy. 41661
by: Brent B.04/22/2012
Solid, well built. Installed alone in about 50-60 minutes without any major problems. 38044
by: Brent B.04/15/2012
Good Product, Good Price, and Great Service from etrailer every step of the way. 37246
by: Bill S05/01/2012
Easy to install and fit perfectly. Great product with fast delivery. Thank you 39040
by: Don H.10/31/2012
Quick delivery and easy install with help from video on etrailer's website. 58444
by: Dennis B06/10/2012
Couldn't be more satisfied with the products ordered thru this website. 43530
After watching the install video, it went it pretty slick. 268446
Well made quality product that installs on vehicle nicely. 62690
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