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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the Ford Explorer, 2004

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

Code:   87417



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - Ford Explorer, 2004

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


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Ford Explorer
  • 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
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 8,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 800 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87417                                             Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?

  • Will the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87417 Fit Around the Full Size Spare on a 2002 Ford Explorer
  • Yes. The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87417, is designed to fit around the spare tire, and fit below the factory installed hitch (if you have one). If you do have a factory hitch as well, make sure you do not use both hitches at the same time because you could overload the vehicle and cause damage. I have included a link to the installation details for the hidden Hitch below.
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2003 Ford Explorer 4 Door
  • We do have trailer hitch options that will fit underneath the OEM hitch. None of the available trailer hitches replace the factory hitch. The most popular option is Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75132. This is a Class III trailer hitch rated for 500 pounds tongue weight and 5,000 pounds gross trailer weight. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit, # 989900, which comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a
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  • Can a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer Carry a 350 lb Scooter Using an Adapter on a 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • In order to carry a scooter on your 2002 Mercury Mountaineer your vehicle will need a new 2 inch trailer hitch. My research shows that your vehicle has the tongue capacity to carry the scooter and carrier, however, this is only if you do not use the adapter. When an adapter is used it cuts your tongue weight capacity in half. In order to determine your tongue weight, please consult either your vehicle owners manual or your local dealership. Carrying a hefty scooter like yours, plus the we
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Ford Explorer Accessories

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

Tongue Weight (TW):
500 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
8,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87417 Installation instructions 87417 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation, Hitch is designed to fit beneath the OEM hitch

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
Hidden Hitch 18252

Hidden Hitch HM11140335
With Tow Package Use:HM11140335

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 2923

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260

2" hitch ball - 63845

2-5/16" hitch ball - 19287

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