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

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

Code:   87417



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

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.

87417 Hidden Hitch Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

87417 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 87417 Installation instructions
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):
800 lbs.

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87417 Installation instructions

No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

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


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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control for a 2002 Ford Explorer and 2003 Ranger Bass Boat and Trailer
  • First, you will need to make sure that the trailer hitch on your 2002 Ford Explorer is rated for use with weight distribution/sway control. There should be a sticker on the hitch itself or the information could be in the owners manual if the hitch is from the factory. If the hitch is not rated for weight distribution you will need to install one that is like # 70647 for a 2-door Explorer or # 87417 for a 4-door Explorer. For weight distribution and sway control you will need to know...
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  • Can a Trailer Hitch Adapter Be Used to Carry 2 inch Cargo Carrier oa a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer
  • There are two good recommendations for you but I would not recommend using a hitch adapter to carry a 2 inch shank cargo carrier in a 1-1/4 inch hitch. The reason is that the adapter reduces the hitch tongue weight capacity by 50 percent, and you would need to be very careful not to overload the hitch and vehicle frame, causing damage. The reduction in capacity is due to the extra torque that is applied when placing the weight farther away from the rear of the vehicle. The first recommendation...
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  • 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,...
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch Options for 2004 Ford Explorer with 1-1/4-Inch OEM Hitch
  • All three of the 2-inch Class III hitches we offer for your 2004 Ford Explorer can be seen on the linked page and all three are as you noted intended for use along with the OEM 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch that came on the vehicle from the factory. We do not offer any Class III or Class IV hitches that actually replace the factory hitch. The highest rated hitch options are the Hidden Hitch # 87417 and the Draw-Tite # 75132, both of which are rated for 500-lbs tongue weight (TW) and 5000-lbs...
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  • Is There A Class 4 Trailer Hitch Available For 2002 Mercury Mountaineer
  • We do not offer a Class lV hitch for your 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, but we do have a couple of hitches that would possibly work for you. The first hitch I recommend is the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 87417. the trailer has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs, unless weight distribution is used. Then the maximum towing capacity jumps to 8000 lbs. The other hitch we offer is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75132. This hitch has the same weight capacities as the Hidden Hitch....
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  • Trailer Hitch and Cargo Carrier Recommendation for Motorized Scooter on a 2002 Ford Explorer
  • In order to carry a hitch mounted cargo carrier for a motorized scooter, I recommend a class III trailer hitch. If your 2002 Ford Explorer is a 2-Door, you can use Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 70647. For a 4-Door model, use # 87417. Each of these has a tongue weight capacity of 500 pounds. This higher tongue weight capacity is recommended for carrying a motorized scooter on a cargo carrier. For carriers, we have several options. You will want something that has a ramp to make loading/unloading...
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch to be Used with a Weight Distribution System on a 2004 Ford Explorer
  • I'm sorry, but weight distribution is not compatible with Class II hitches. Class II hitches have a smaller, 1-1/4" hitch opening and lower weight capacities that the Class III and higher hitches with a 2" opening. Weight distribution shanks are only made for hitches with a 2" opening, because only these hitches have the ability to increase weight capacity with use of weight distribution. To answer your question, no, there is not a 350 Mini weight distribution system made for any Class...
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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...
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  • 2 inch Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Ford Explorer for Carrying Scooter Carrier
  • I am terribly sorry you got such bad advice on the use of a hitch adapter on your 2002 Ford Explorer. Hitch extenders just aren't great solutions for carrying scooter carriers since they add quite a bit of movement and leverage on the hitch. What you will need is a 2 inch hitch that can install on your vehicle that will handle the weight of your carrier. If you have a 4 door Explorer you will want the part # 70647 or if you have a 2 door you would want the # 87417. Both of these hitches...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2004 Ford Explorer to Tow 5,100 Pound Trailer
  • The most popular trailer hitch for your 2004 Ford Explorer is # C13550. When used with weight distribution it is rated for 600 pounds tongue weight and 6,000 pounds gross trailer weight. You will also need to check the vehicle owner's manual to determine its capacity. Whichever is the lower, the hitch or the vehicle, is the rating you need to go by. If you need to add a trailer wiring harness you can hardwire in # 18252 to add a 4-Way flat.
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