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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2013 Ford Explorer

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

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Code:   87720

Retail:$244.65

Price:$166.95


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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2013 Ford Explorer

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

Features:

  • 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 etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 4,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 450 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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Video of Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.

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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Explorer - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer well be installing hidden hitch, part number 87720. This is what out hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is three and three-quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

Now lets go ahead with installation. First before we can install the hitch well need to lower the exhaust. Well remove the three rearmost rubber isolators from the metal hangers of the exhaust. To lower the exhaust well first put a safety strap underneath the exhaust so that once we remove the hangers we can safely lower the exhaust without damaging anything further up the line near the engine. Well spray each isolator and then use a pry bar to remove it.

Now we can safely go ahead and use the safety strap to lower the exhaust. Next well need to remove the metal exhaust hangers from the frame rail by removing the two fasteners on each side. Then once we have the hangers removed well remove the rubber isolators from the hanger, sitting the hanger aside as it will not be reinstalled. Well repeat the same process on the opposite side. Next well go ahead and point out the attachment points.

Well have a total of five attachment points, two on the drivers side which will be the weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer and three on the passenger side. Again two weld nuts built in by the manufacturer and a third will be a carriage bolt and block that well install into the frame through the access hole being the rear attachment point here on the passenger side. Keep in mind that the two weld nuts are the same on both sides so each process we do here to the passenger side will get repeated identically on the drivers side. The hardware for our rear attachment point on the passenger side will be a carriage bolt and block along with a conical tooth washer and nut to secure the hitch. Pulling our parts into position well be using the half inch bolt leader provided with our install kit.

Well go ahead and take the pull wire, slide the block onto the pull wire and then thread on our carriage bolt. Then well feed the carriage bolt up into the frame followed by the block. Once you have the carriage bolt and block up into the frame well pull them back to the access hole that we just fed them through creating our rear attachment point. Next to secure the isolators to the hitch well use a seven sixteenths bolt, flat washer, and lock nut. Well feed the bolt through the hitch, slide on the hanger, then our flat washer, and then secure it with the lock nut. Well go ahead and repeat the same process on the opposite side. Now were ready to go ahead and install the hitch. To secure the hitch to the vehicle at the weld nut attachment points well use the new 12 millimeter bolt and conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch. At this point its a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch in place while you install your fasteners. As you bring the passenger side up into position well take the bolt leader, feed it through the attachment point, and then secure the hitch with the 12 millimeter bolts to the weld nuts in the frame. With all of our hardware in place we can now go ahead and tighten them down. Next well go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch secured and torqued to specifications we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Thatll complete the install of the hidden hitch, part number 87720, on our 2013 Ford Explorer.




Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87720

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (20 Customer Reviews)

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


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ratingratingratingratingrating by: D.Parker10/24/2013


Awesome product looks great 104900





Comments

Its been a year already? Wow!!! I have been using this product every week. It is one of the best purchases I made for my vehicle. I absolutely love the look and style it has, I cant even tell its under my truck. Highly recommend this product, and the install didnt take long and fact it was a breeze.

D.Parker - 10/24/2014

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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Edward S.03/31/2011


Pictures of the hitch on my new 2011 Ford Explorer! 10823






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Es06/23/2013


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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Matt A.06/21/2011


The Hidden Hitch is great. Easy installation. Clean concealed look. Exactly as described. 17602






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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert09/16/2013


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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: DanW06/08/2013


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






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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy S.09/27/2012


The Hidden Hitch trailer hitch receiver and vehicle wiring harness I ordered for my 2013 Ford Explorer arrived fast and installed quickly. I am very impressed with both purchases and will certainly purchase from you again. 55989






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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Chris08/11/2014


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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gordon09/10/2013


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






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ratingratingratingratingrating 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






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dennis B06/10/2012


Couldn't be more satisfied with the products ordered thru this website. 43530






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Don J07/01/2014


Easy installation. Video was very helpf ul. 138466






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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Matt A.06/21/2011


Excellent! 17603




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Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch
Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87720Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?


  • Should I Use Loctite When Installing Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87720 on 2011 Ford Explorer
  • Using LocTite is not required when installing the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87720 on your 2011 Ford Explorer, but it would not be a bad idea to use some. I would recommend using Loctite Blue Stick Threadlocker, part # LT37643, which you would apply to the threads of the bolts. You will want to make sure to use a torque wrench and torque down all bolts as specified in the instructions. With a few basic tools you will be able to install the hitch in your driveway. Drilling is not required...
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  • 5-Way Trailer Wiring and Hitch Recommendation for a 2012 Ford Explorer
  • If you do not have a 4-way present at the rear of your 2012 Ford Explorer I would recommend you get a Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118540. This is a very simple install, I attached installation instructions and a installation video for you to check out as well. Once you have a 4-way you will be able to install a Adapter 4 Pole to 5 Pole Wiring Adapter # 47515. This will basically just plug right in to your 4-way and then will give you the fifth circuit that you could...
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  • Will the Hidden Hitch Class III Trail Hitch # 87720 Fit a 2014 Ford Explorer XLT
  • According to my technical contact at Hidden Hitch this hitch is considered a fit for a 2014 Ford Explorer XLT. My contact further explained that this specific hitch is considered a fit for 2011 through 2014 Ford Explorers all trim levels. This hitch is a Class III hitch, has a 2 inch receiver opening and is rated for a gross trailer weight of 4,000 pounds and a tongue weight of up to 400 pounds. If you will be needing this hitch for towing needs, please take a look at the right...
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  • Differences/Similarities in Hitches Offered for 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
  • The Draw-Tite # 75710 and Hidden Hitch # 87720 are both manufactured by Cequent Performance Products, and are identical for all intents and purposes. The Curt # C13100 hitch is almost identical in appearance, would install in the same manner, and has the exact same weight capacity. All three of the hitches are protected by the same limited lifetime warranty. As far as quality and durability goes, I have no preference between Draw-Tite/Hidden Hitch and the Curt. The Curt hitch does use...
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  • How to Convert a 4-way to a 7-way on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • Since you have a 4-way trailer connector on your 2013 Ford Explorer you are going to need a Universal Installation Kit forTrailer Brake Controller # ETBC7 to convert the 4-way to a 7-way in order for you to install and use a brake controller. If you are towing a trailer without brakes but has a 7-way connection you could just get a Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole # 37185 to plug the 4-way into the 7-way and all of the trailer light functions would work. I attached installation instructions...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer XLT
  • I have a solution for you, but the Curt Hitch part # C13100 that you referenced has not been confirmed to fit the 2015 Explorers yet, (although I am sure it will eventually) so I cannot safely recommend it for you. For a similar hitch that I can recommend for you that has been confirmed to fit all models of the 2015 Ford Explorer you would want the Hidden Hitch part # 87720. I checked with Hidden Hitch and this hitch will work for you. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball...
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  • Does the Exhaust have to be Repositioned to Install a Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, 2011 Ford Explorer
  • The statement Exhaust repositioning required, sounds worse than what will actually occur. If you look at the instructions for the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87720, you will see that the modification does not involve rerouting pipes or moving the muffler. It is just a small change with the hangers on both sides.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • For your 2015 Ford Explorer you would want the Hidden Hitch part # 87720. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 119147KIT. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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  • OEM Style Trailer Hitch for 2011 Ford Explorer
  • The hitches we offer for your Explorer, the Curt Class III, part # C13100 and the Draw-Tite # 75710 and the Hidden Hitch # 87720 would all have the receiver tube sitting below the rear bumper fascia as shown in the photos I provided for you. We don't offer an OEM style hitch for your Explorer, you would need to see a Ford dealer about that.
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Expert Answers about Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87720Do you have a question about this Trailer Hitch?



Ford Explorer Accessories




Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
4,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
400 lbs.


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

Tongue Weight (TW):
500lbs.


Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87720 Installation instructions 87720 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
If tow hooks are present, they will be removed permanently for installation.No drilling required for installation,Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation,Exhaust repositioning required,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time



Hidden Hitch 118540
With Tow Package Use:118540

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