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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2000 GMC Safari-

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

(23 reviews)

Code:   87516



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Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 2000 GMC Safari-

This durable, fully welded GMC Safari- 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 GMC Safari-
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • includes all hardware needed for installation
    • Complete installation instructions are included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-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: 7,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 750 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 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.

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 GMC Safari

Today we are going to install part number 87516 from Hidden Hitch, and we are going to install this on a 2005 GMC Safari van. Next we are going to go ahead and show you where the hitch mounts up onto the frame. All right, what happens is that the hitch will mount up to the bottom of the frame here, and this bracket right here gets removed, and the hitch replaces that bracket. We are looking at the passengers side here, and it is going to be identical on both sides. We will take these two bolts off, and then this one, and this one. All right, on the install on the hitch, it is actually going to use this bolt hole right here, and it is going to be corroded up pretty easy, so you are probably going to have to paint it out and run a tap through it to get all the dirt and corrosion that has been in there the last few years.

Next what we are going to do is install the hitch. We can go ahead and install the hitch using the bolts at the bottom part of the bumper right here. That is the easiest thing to get to, to hang the hitch. Then, after that, we can move the hitch around as needed to get the rest of the bolts in. You want to put the bolts with the threads pointing out the back of the vehicle, on the bottom bolts. And they lock with the flat washer, lock washer and nut on the other side. Now we will go ahead and start attaching bolts to the frame. Do the bolt in the middle and it actually holds everything else in place for you. Next we will do our hardware here. On some models, there might be a gap here, and there is a supplied block if you need it. But in this case, the hitch is sitting right up against it, so we will just go ahead and put our bolts and hardware right through there. Once you have got all the bolts started, you can go ahead and snug them all down.

Once you have got all the bolts snugged down, check the hitch and bumper. Check the bumper for distortion and loosen the hitch and bumper, if necessary, to fix. In this case, we do not have to do anything, so we can go ahead and torque down the bolts, as specified. All right, and that finishes our install of part number 87516 from Hidden Hitch.

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Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87516

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (23 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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by: C. Sheldon01/09/2014

So far it looks great! Took about an hour to install and it fits like a glove. I placed my order, received a confirmation and in a few short days had my equipment delivered to my house. It can't get easier than that. Thanks e-trailer! 112363


Working like a charm! I was hesitant to install a hitch on my van because of weight issues but it all worked out. Best decision Ive made for the van and for the business. Thanks!

C. S - 01/09/2015


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by: JIM C12/01/2014

Easy install. fit right up with no modifications required. Took just under an hour start to finish including wiring harness. Supports full sized spare with out having to relocate it. Lives to its name hidden hitch. 162866

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by: Vincent Riccioni11/14/2014

The hitch came in a few days I was amazed.It came fully in tact with all parts.The install process was perfect.The hitch fit perfect with no problems.I tried to buy this hitch for the last 6 months because it is the only one you can use the full size spare tire in place.other hitchs you have to store in the van.This is the best of all hitchs. Thank you 160855

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by: action steve08/10/2012

Great product, easy installation. One thing I would change, the hitch has the electrical connector brackets built-in, which I thought was great, but I used the 7 pin and flat 4 connector. I had to turn the connector on its side because the hitch wouldn't let the flat four part clear. 51223

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by: Donovan B02/27/2014

I was hesitant to order a hitch offline for fear it wouldn't fit. After I finally talked myself into it I was pleasantly surprised. The hitch arrived 3 days later and only took 20 minutes to install. Great hitch. Heavy duty and sits tight under the van. I'd order again. 117899

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by: Rob D11/14/2014

An hour to install, the great installation video was a great help. Fits like a glove. A great product at the right price. A pleasure doing business with etrailer. 160977

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by: Leslie R.12/10/2013

Took a long time to get this but it was worth the wait. Very heavy duity and well made. Fit perfectly. 109756


Does this hitch replace the inside bumper guards?

comment by: John C - 04/07/2014


You will remove two bumper brackets, that connect the bumper to the frame. The new hitch will take their place so when all is done, there are still connection points between the bumper and frame ends. Check the instructions link for more on part # 87516
Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Patrick B - 4/9/2014

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by: Scott s.05/26/2011

I had to use a port-a-power to bend the hitch about 4 inches at one end of the hitch before I could put any bolts in the frame. 15479

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by: Mark03/06/2014

Hidden Hitch installed perfectly on my 2004 Astro. Great directions though schematic was rather small. Fine workmanship! 119632

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by: Glenn W.07/24/2015

Great hitch which was shipped promptly and arrived well packaged and in perfect condition. I would buy from them again. 214054

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by: Hardwire05/01/2012

Very simple install. Very clear instructions and nice video online. Printed instructions probably needs a little work. 38998

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by: Mark W.03/27/2015

Prompt service and Item was just as advertised. Would use them again! Price was great too! 181121

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by: Bruce Banning03/27/2015

Nice trailer hitch. Exactly as advertised. Fitment was perfect. Very happy--- good job, BB 181085

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by: Karl01/20/2014

It seems like a good quality hitch. All the holes matched up, and it was easy to install. 114295

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by: Bruce Banning03/30/2015

Excellent unit, Very heavy duty and fit perfectly. Well pleased. BB in Western PA 181412

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by: Todd Farschon03/29/2014

Very satisfied with this product. Used it twice already. Easy to install. 122773

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by: Jim Sheppard03/08/2011

Product was an easy install, highly recommended... great! Thank you! 8816

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by: John Pritiskutch05/11/2015

All bolt holes lined up! Wonderful! Just like in the movies! 191862

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by: okie dokie05/17/2015

nice fit, extra long bracket for strong connection 193898

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by: adam02/22/2011

very pleased with the quality and shipping was fast 7653

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by: Dennis S02/12/2012

it fit really good had no troble installing it . 31676

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by: greg parkes03/08/2012

fit perfectly! Delivery very very fast. 33292

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by: Scott H06/02/2015

Simply one word. OUTSTANDING! 200022


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  • What do the Two Sets of Hitch Weight Capacities Mean, Weight Carry and Weight Distributing
  • The Hidden Hitch 87516 will fit your 2001 GMC Safari. The different weight ratings are provided in the event that a weight distribution system is needed. The hitch, when used with a standard ball mount and ball, has a 5,000 pound gross towing weight with a tongue capacity of 500 pounds. This is called the weight carrying capacity as the hitch is bearing all of the load by itself. A weight distribution system goes into the hitch and uses a set of spring bars to apply tension and spread...
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  • Locks Available for the Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier # M2200-01-02 on a 1999 GMC Safari
  • The Carpod Walled Cargo Carrier with Lockable Lid and Cargo Bag # M2200-01-02 will work with the Master Lock Covered Solid Body Padlock # 141T. If you are looking for a hitch lock, I would recommend the Trailer Hitch Receiver Lock # 7683. I have included a video of the hitch lock for you to check out. Both locks are sold separately from the cargo carrier. You will need a 2 inch receiver to carry this cargo carrier on your 1999 GMC Safari. If you do not have a receiver, I recommend the...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit on 2004 Chevrolet Astro Van with Full-Size Spare Tire
  • The Curt Class III hitch # C13035 will very likely have interference with a full-size spare, but we do offer both 1-1/4-inch Class II and other 2-inch Class III hitches that do not have this fit issue. The included link will show you three choices in a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch. If you prefer a 2-inch Class III that does NOT cause spare tire interference you can use either Draw-Tite # 75122 or Hidden Hitch # 87516. An install video on an Astro van is linked for reference.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2004 Chevy Astro Cargo Van
  • I did some research on 37042 that you referenced and its a Reese trailer hitch that worked with the Chevy Astro Extended Body 1990-2005. It's currently obsolete now. The Hidden-Hitch # 60841 you also have referenced will only fit 2006-2010 Mazda 5's so I wouldn't recommend this for your 2004 Chevy Astro Van. The most popular hitch we currently offer for your 2004 Astro Cargo Van is the Hidden-Hitch # 87516. It's a Class-III hitch and has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and tongue...
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  • Will Installation of Hitch be the Same on 2002 Chevrolet Astro Van and 1994 Chevrolet Astro Van
  • The installation of the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 87516, on the 2002 Chevrolet Astro Van will be very similar to what is shown in our video for the 1994 Chevrolet Astro Van and the 2001 GMC Safari. I have attached these videos for you.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2003 Chevy Astro Van
  • The biggest difference between the Hidden Hitch part # 87516 and the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75122 is the capacities for either hitch. The Hidden Hitch part # 87516 has a higher capacity of 500 lbs tongue weight and 5,000 lbs trailer weight whereas the Draw Tite has only 350 lbs tongue weight and 3,500 lbs total trailer weight. Either hitch would work well for you as long as the one you pick has enough capacity for what you plan to tow/carry. I would go with the higher capacity though...
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  • Trailer Hitch fir a 2002 Chevy Astro AWD with Full-Size Spare Tire and Aftermarket Sway Bar
  • Hidden Hitch trailer hitch # 87516 will fit with the full size spare tire on your 2002 Chevy Astro. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver rated for maximum gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs, maximum when used with weight distribution: 7,500 lbs. Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs, maximum when used with weight distribution: 750 lbs. I have linked a video and the instructions so you can determine if there will be fit issues with the rear axle sway bar you already have installed. I...
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  • Maximum Tongue Weight for 87516 for 1995 GMC Safari
  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87516, has a maximum weight carrying towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and maximum tongue weight of 500 pounds. If you utilize a weight distribution system, the maximums are increased to 7,500 pounds total weight and 750 pounds tongue weight. Keep in mind, you can only safely tow as much as the lowest rated component of the system can handle.
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  • Will The Hidden Hitch # 87516 Fit 2000 GMC Safari w/ OEM Spare Tire
  • From the information I found, the Hidden Hitch # 87516 will fit the 2000 GMC Safari standard chassis w/ the OEM spare tire size mounted underneath the van. I also contacted our representative at Hidden Hitch and he confirmed that the # 87516 hitch will fit your 2000 Safari, as long as the tire size is the OEM size. Only on older vans from 1985 to 1994 was there an issue where the spare tire would not fit in the factory location with the hitch installed. You will be able to keep the...
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  • Best Way to Carry a Mobility Scooter with a 2005 Honda CR-V
  • You would not want to use an adapter to go from the 1-1/4 inch hitch to a 2 inch receiver. Doing so reduces the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch by 50 percent. The other issue is that the tongue weight capacity of your 2005 Honda CR-V is only 150 pounds. So the combined weight of the carrier and the mobility scooter cannot exceed that 150 pound limit. The safest solution and the one that will put the least stress on the vehicle, is to tow the scooter on a small trailer...
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  • Will the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Fit with Spare Tire On a 2000 Chevy Astro with Standard Chassis
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch, item # 87516, will fit the standard chassis Chevrolet Astro as well as the extended Chassis. I spoke with my contact at Hidden Hitch and on the 2000 model Astro with a standard chassis the spare tire will fit under the vehicle with the hitch installed. Only on older vans from 1985 to 1994 was there an issue where the spare tire would not fit in the factory location. All this is predicated on the assumption that the spare tire on your van is...
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  • Will Hidden Hitch Class III Hitch # 87516 Fit with Full Size 16-Inch Spare Tire on 2003 Chevy Astro
  • Yes, the Hidden Hitch Class III hitch # 87516 will still allow you to store your full-size 16-inch spare tire under the vehicle after hitch installation. I have linked several hitch install articles as well as a video to illustrate the process of mounting this hitch. It comes with all required hardware. If you need a 4-pole wiring harness you can use # C55411 from Curt. The recommended ball mount is part # 2923 and with it you can use hitch ball # 63845 if you need a 2-inch ball,...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2000 Chevrolet Astro Van with a Standard Wheel Base
  • We have several trailer hitches that are considered a fit for your 2000 Chevrolet Astro Van. For this vehicle I would recommend a Class III trailer hitch to allow for greater diversity for hitch mounted accessories. The Curt # 13035 that you referenced is a great option, and is more economical for the Class III options. This hitch is rated for towing up to 4000 pounds and up to 400 pounds of tongue weight. Please note that if you have a full size spare tire this may interfere with the...
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  • Can a 2011 Hyundai Elantra Tow a Pop Up Camper
  • Depends on the weight of the pop up camper. If the camper weighs less than the capacity of the hitch you have installed on your 2011 Hyundai Elantra as well as the towing capacities listed in your vehicle owners manual you would be fine. The recommended ball mount is part # 3594, for a 2 inch ball part # 19258, for a 1-7/8 inch ball # 19256. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118473.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 1995 Chevy Astro Van
  • For your 1995 Chevy Astro Van let's first start with a hitch. The most popular option we carry that has been confirmed to fit your vehicle is the Hidden Hitch part # 87516. Since you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball...
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  • Recommendation for Parts Needed to Tow a 4,500 Pound Trailer with a 2000 GMC Safari Van
  • First, it is possible for your 2000 GMC Safari to tow the 4,500 pound trailer. You will need to make sure you have a hitch that is capable of this much weight and also check the owners manual to determine the specific capabilities of your van. If you need a hitch, I recommend the Hidden Hitch, # 87516. When using weight distribution, this hitch has a capacity of 7,500 pounds and 750 pounds of tongue weight. Again, you will need to check the owners manual to stay within the vehicle limits....
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  • Class III Hitch and Scooter Carrier Recommendation for a Honda CRV
  • There are Class III hitches with 2 inch openings available for Honda CRV's. Without knowing what year CRV you have it would be hard for me to recommend one though. If you have a 1997-2001 you could use part # 13314 2012-2014, part # 75742 2007-2011, part # 87440 2002-2006, part # 75690 Then for a scooter carrier I would recommend the MaxxTow 30x50 Wheelchair Carrier # MT70106. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. Some of the year ranges of the CRV have pretty...
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  • 4-Way Mounting Bracket Recommendation for a Hidden Hitch 87516
  • For a way to secure a 4-way harness to the Hidden Hitch part # 87516 that you referenced you would want the # 18140 and # 18144 which is a very popular, no-drill option. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
5,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
500 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
7,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
750 lbs.

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 87516 Installation instructions 87516 Installation Instructions
No drilling required

Tech Tip
No drilling required for installation , Will fit with full size spare tire stowed under vehicle

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Most Popular Ball Mount:
Hidden Hitch 2923

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19260

2" hitch ball - 63845

2-5/16" hitch ball - 63847

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