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Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2000 Ford Windstar

Curt Trailer Hitch

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2000 Ford Windstar

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Ford Windstar's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Ford Windstar
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 6,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 600 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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Video of Curt 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 - 2000 Ford Windstar

Today we are going to install part number 13085 from Curt, and we are going to install this on a 2000 Ford Windstar van. I will show you where the hitch bolts up to the frame. It is going to use this existing hole right here. We are looking at the drivers side frame rail. And there are two more holes up in the frame which will be drilled out for the hitch. And it is going to be identical on both sides of the vehicle. First off, we are going to start by installing the hardware into the frame. What is going to happen is, we are going to run this fish wire into the end of the frame rail and out this existing hole here. We pull our hardware from outside back in, and then back out the bottom. It is kind of on the short side, so be careful that you do not pull your wire all the way through. That is it. We will do the same thing now on the passengers side.

At this point, we can go ahead and install the hitch onto the vehicle just using the two bolts just installed. At this point, go ahead and get the bolts finger tight, and then center the hitch on the frame the way you want it. You have got plenty of movement with the bolt hole in the frame. You can move it left and right or front to rear, as needed. Generally I like to try to get the cutout in the hitch to match the hole in the frame. And once you have it centered the way you want it, then go ahead and snug down the first two bolts. And once you have the hitch mounted up into place, what is going to happen now is that the hitch is going to be used as a template to drill out the two remaining holes in the frame.

We will go ahead and mark the holes using a pilot bit, a 1/4-inch bit, and then we will follow up with a 1/2-inch bit. OK, now we will follow it up with our 1/2-inch bit. Now we can go ahead and start fish wiring our hardware back in - the same process as before. We will run our bolt leader in, out to this side access hole, install the lock, thread in our bolt, and pull it on through. Now sometimes it might be a little bit easier if you have a problem running the bolt through, just maybe take the hitch down and run the holes up to 9/16, just one size over. That will give you a little bit of extra room to pull the bolt through, too. All right, now we will go over to the drivers side and do the same thing again.

We have got all our hardware installed. Let us go ahead and tighten down the nuts. Once you have the bolts all snugged down, then you can go ahead and torque the bolts down, as specified in the instructions. With that, that finishes our install of part number 13085 from Curt.

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2 - 13085

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.8 out of 5 stars   (13 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: REH08/19/2013

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Fits fine but the bolts would not (fish) thru the hole in the frame, the heads on the bolts were to big. Had to use a bigger hole further up the frame and add a short piece of wire to the included fish wire since it would not reach.95830

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jessica07/08/2013

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this was an easy to install product for my husband! he didnt know what fishwire was and it was still a snap(once he found out what it was for). Shipping was extremely FAST which was helpful and although he didnt use the customer service they seem readily available. Communication emails from this company were great every step of the way which provided a great experience! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!88169

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jimmy S.07/19/2012

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All needed products and parts were included and easily identified. The wire for threading the pieces worked unbeliveably well. Hitch will be used to transport wheelchair for my son-in-law who is totally disabled. Thanks for a good product and a great video of the instalation process.48547

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Richard Burnham Jr.05/01/2011

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Loved this product it was easy to install they provided the wire to feed the bolts through the frame. The hitch lined up perfectly with the factory holes and the other holes were easy to drill because they predrilled the holes for you on the hitch. I pulled my boat the same day I installed the hitch and all together only took about half an hour could be done in less time if you had a lift. The costumer service was astounding they not only got my order quickly processed but they up graded my shipping for free and I got my order the next day. I love the product and I love this company I would recommend it to all my friends and family it is definitely safe and reliable. Thank you and all of your employees 12635

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Denis Christianson02/07/2012

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Excellent fit and finish. Straight forward installation.31275

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: cuong nguyen09/24/2012

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It good and fast shipping good prices fit excellen easy to install .55622

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Kevin K.08/09/2012

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Easy install. Make sure you have a good 1/2 inch drill bit on hand. It will make the job so much easier. I suggest buying a new one for this install.51062

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Robert V07/09/2012

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Fit perfectly on my 2001 Windstar. Video was very helpful. But a relatively easy install.47249

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John M.04/30/2012

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A great product! Very well built and extremely easy to install.38867

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: GINGER03/11/2012

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The trailer hitch was very well constructed, which is very important to us. We will be using the hitch to pull a drag car to the local race tracks.33528

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Scott02/27/2012

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great product. easy to install. awesome website!!!32636

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Miguel Hdez07/25/2011

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Great quality product. everything was great from ordering to delivery the best people and great service20224

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve L.05/26/2011

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I agree with Richard Burnham Jr. post on 5/1/11. Easy to install. Took about an hour, which includes gathering tools and cleaning up afterwards. Shipping was free and fast.15497

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  • Which Trailer Hitch for a 2003 Ford Windstar
  • The Curt hitch does have a glossier finish if that is something you are concerned with. If you think you need the extra 500 pound capacity, you may want to use the Curt. Keep in mind, the hitches may be rated for more that your Windstar is capable of. If the Windstar has less towing capacity, that is the number you must go by. A lot of our customers are pretty brand loyal. If Hidden Hitch has worked for you in the past, you would know what to expect of them so part # 87507 may be the one you
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4 inch
  • Yes, what you will need to do is search for RHK and that will take you to the replacement hardware kit page. Next, you will select add to cart, at the next page you will be prompted to enter your part number of 36189 and enter Draw-Tite as the manufacturer of your hitch and you will be ready to order the correct hardware kit for your hitch. I attached a direct link to the RHK also.
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  • How Much Ground Clearance On a 2002 Ford Windstar with Curt Trailer Hitch # 13085 Installed
  • I can tell you how to measure to determine how much ground clearance you will have with the Curt hitch # 13085 installed on your 2002 Ford Windstar. First, take a look at the installation instructions I have linked for you to see the installation location on the van. If you measure from the bottom of the frame at the rear most attachment point down 6-3/8 inches, that will be where the bottom of the receiver will be. When parked on level ground, measure up from the ground to this point to det
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  • Will Curt Class III Hitch for 1999 Ford Windstar Work to Carry a Scooter Chair and Carrier 375 lbs
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13085 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 1999 Ford Windstar and has a tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs so it should carry your chair and carrier setup that weight 375 lbs well. You will need to check the tongue weight rating of your vehicle to determine that your vehicle has the capacity to do this. In determining the overall towing capacity of a setup you must go with the lowest rated component as the overall capacity. Check out the installatio
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 1999 Ford Windstar Behind a Motor Home or to Tow a Trailer with a Windstar
  • Do you need to tow the vehicle BEHIND the motor home or do you need to tow the trailer behind the vehicle? Each of these situations requires different items. If you need to tow the 1999 Ford Windstar BEHIND a motor home then you will need base plates, a tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. For base plates I recommend # 493-1. These base plates provide a secure attachment point for the tow bar. For a compatible tow bar a good option is the Falcon 2, # RM-520. I have
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  • Recommended Transmission Cooler and Weight Distribution for Towing Pop-Up With 2003 Ford Windstar
  • Adding a transmission cooler is an excellent way to protect and prolong the life of your transmission for little cost. A transmission cooler is not a vehicle specific item. Since a transmission cannot be over cooled, we recommend choosing the largest and most efficient cooler that will fit in the available space. Since the ideal spot to mount a cooler is directly behind the grille in front of the radiator and AC condenser, you will need to measure that area to determine how much room you have av
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  • How to Determine How Much Cargo Weight a 2002 Ford Windstar Can Safely Carry
  • The gross vehicle weight rating of your 2002 Ford Windstar is 5,483 lbs. That means that if you subtract the curb weight of your Windstar from the 5,483 then you would know how much cargo you can carry inside your van. If you are unsure of your curb weight you could go to a weigh station and determine exactly what your vehicle weighs to get an exact amount of cargo weight your vehicle can handle.
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Ford Windstar Accessories

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

Tongue Weight (TW):
400 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
6,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 13085 Installation instructions 13085 Installation Instructions

Tech Tip
Drilling required for installation

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