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2012 ford Transit Connect Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III - 2"

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

(25 reviews)

Code:   87570



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2012 ford Transit Connect - Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

This durable, fully welded ford Transit Connect 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 Transit Connect
  • 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: 3,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 400 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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87570 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 87570 Installation instructions
Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
3,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
350 lbs.

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

Tongue Weight (TW):
400 lbs.

No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

No drilling required for installation , Only use a ball mount with 3/4" rise and 2" drop that are 8-1/2" long for this vehicle

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Customer Reviews

Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 87570

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (25 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: no name04/08/2013

2011 Ford Transit Connect

Completed installation of the Hidden Hitch 87570 for 2011 Ford Transit Connect. Installation for one person in the drive way was difficult, however a little innovation solved the problem. After the spare tire was lowered a 2x2 was cut to size to fit into the 2" hitch opening, after which it was cut to length of about 28". The small cable hub that is inserted through the spare tire rim was mounted onto the 2x2, then inserted into the hitch 2" opening of the hitch, and the spare tire cable was attached to the hub. The the hitch was raised (like raising a spare tire) using the lug wrench crank. Lifted evenly and was manageable to align the hitch to the frames welded nuts. The fit was very close and tight and does take some wiggling to get into place, but fit very nice. The best part of the hitch installation for me was the fact the muffler did not have to be removed for the hitch to be installed. The only problem with the hitch I received was all cosmetic. The paint or powder coating was in terrible shape. The paint had blisters and was flaking off. Even cut my fingers 3 different times removing it from the box on cracked flaked paint. The blisters were mush like pins or splinters going into my fingers. VERY POOR PAINT FINISH! I am sure those areas are gong to rust very quickly. PLEASE SEE PICTURES ATTACHED OF THE EXTENSIVE PAINT BLISTERING ON THE HIDDEN HITCH. 74967

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by: Chris C.01/26/2015

2013 Ford Transit Connect

Excellent hitch. Installed easily per instructions, looks good. My only concern is that it sticks out from the bumper on my 2013 Ford Transit Connect about 4 inches. I think all hitches for this model would be the same fit due to the vehicle. Quick shipping and prompt emails from E-trailer. Great service. 171259

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by: Tom H.08/11/2013

2013 Ford Transit Connect

Easy to install by myself on my 2013 Ford Transit Connect (with the help of ramps and logs). The fit was spot on. 94438

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by: Gene N08/28/2012

2012 Ford Transit Connect

I received my Hidden Hitch for my new 2012 Ford Transit Connect from etrailer in a timely fashion. I had it installed in about 30 minutes. It's much easier for one person by backing the vehicle onto standard car ramps for easy access. I used a rubber bungee cord to hold up one side while I started the bolts in the other side. Everything fit perfectly as advertised. It actually took longer to lower the spare tire then raise it back in position when finished than it did to attach the hitch. I have another Hidden Hitch product on another car so I knew the quality would be excellent. I am EXTREMELY PLEASED with etrailer and the service I received. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone needing a hitch or any of their other fine products. Thank You for providing such excellent service. Gene in Kentucky. (Pictures attached). 53341

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by: Hawaii Truck Upfitters09/18/2014

easy installation, and well manufactured at a great price! 151956


I actually installed the hitch for a customer. I do not own the vehicle it was for. As for the customer I have not heard any complaints or concerns and they should be happy with the product. Thank you for your follow up and inquiry.

Hawaii T - 09/28/2015


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by: david03/27/2015

The hitch slipped right in the first time, nothing needed to be adjusted or forced. Nice. 181176

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by: no name04/03/2013

This took 10 minutes to install! 74070

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by: Rick and Ann 63 ys old09/10/2013

We bought this receiver for a cargo carrier for retirement traveling. We backed onto double 2x6's to get more room. We put the hitch on jack stands. But I was not strong enough to lift it. We then put a 2x2 through the hole and zip tied to the spare tire cable and Ann winched and I guided the hitch up and bolted it on. We love the hitch because the square hole is out far enough we can pin the carrier on and safety chain on without reaching under the van. Also good spot to hook for a snow bank winch out. 99241

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by: Steve K06/01/2014

Received in good order. Have not used it yet....but everything seems OK. Product is great. Easy to install. Am happy to report that representative named Mark M ...led me to the correct item that fits my vehicle ..... and I am satisfied with the choice. Speaking with someone who totally understands what you are seeking and is able to assist you the first time around...makes purchasing easier and a satisfying experience. Thank you so much for your help.... Steve S 133578

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by: Tim I.04/12/2016

Nice sturdy hitch - fits our 2013 Transit Connect just fine, though the spare tire presses against the right side, but should not be a problem - it's really tight in there but that's more an issue of the van than the hitch - the instructions were helpful especially dealing with the two wire bundles - please note that you'll need an 18mm socket for the bolts - I'm using it to hold a Yakima bike rack and I'm sure it's strong enough for that 243935

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by: Rich05/06/2015

Item arrived in good condition and installed reasonably easily. Removing/re-installing the spare tire took longer than installing the hitch. Watch the alignment of the hitch before tightening down the bolts. The spare rubs against the hitch a little bit, but it doesn't look like that will cause any issues. 190913

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by: Bob spr.07/06/2012

I've purchased several times from e-trailer , I like value for my money . I'm extremely happy with all aspects of this and past purchases. I would highly recommend to friends . Thank you e-trailer ! 46977

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by: Bill G.11/27/2013

The box arrived promptly and the hitch looks good, but it arrived chipped in a couple of places. I hope they aren't visible. 108674

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by: Bill L.08/03/2012

Very simple installation. You'll need a helper, or a jackstand, if you do this on the ground in your driveway like I did. 50426

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by: Jim S.08/25/2014

The hitch was a perfect fit, and easy to install. I ordered it on Monday, got it Tuesday. Great service. Great product. 148436

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by: Mark03/26/2014

shipping was very very fast the installation went well and talk about the same amount of time as they say 30 minutes 122355

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by: Taylor11/19/2012

Shipped in timely manner. Installation was a snap approx 20 min. No need to lower exhaust.Sure it will tow well . 59745

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by: Jerry11/16/2015

Excellent product and service. Easy installation, straight forward with minimum tools. Takes about 15-20 min. 232057

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by: Dave H01/19/2012

Very heavy duty hitch for such a small vehicle. Lightning fast shipping. A++++++++++ 29909

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by: R Johns06/03/2011

Great product, was very easy to install! looks great! Thanks! 16035

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by: nigel05/02/2011

so far so good. easy install. quick shi pment 12701

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by: D. Rose12/08/2014

Great product and lightning speed deliv ery! 163745

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by: GaryL23006/13/2014

Great product went in as directed... 135467

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by: Joe06/12/2012

GREAT product! Thank you so much! 43820

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by: Jeff03/15/2012

Great Fit Fast Shipping. 33930


Ask the Experts about this Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch

  • Why the Hidden Hitch, part # 87570, for a 2010 Ford Transit Connect is a Class III Hitch
  • When a trailer hitch is designed for a certain vehicle they are testing where it can be attached on the vehicle to offer the best towing and tongue weight capacity. In the case of your 2010 Ford Transit Connect, where the hitch attaches to the vehicle would allow it to have the higher Class III rating. It does not mean that you are able to tow 3,500 lbs, that is decided by the vehicles manufacturer. Since your owners manual says no towing capacity, they are referring to other parts on the...
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  • Does Exhaust Need to Be Lowered To Install HIdden Hitch # 87570 on 2010 Ford Transit
  • The instructions do not specify that you have to lower the exhaust to install the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87570, on your 2010 Ford Transit. However, on other brand hitches for your vehicle, it is recommended to lower the exhaust. You can lower the exhaust by applying some WD-40 to the rubber hanger mount and slide the hanger off (see video link). Lowering the exhaust will provide more room to tighten bolts and and fit a torque wrench to torque down bolts to specifications. The...
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  • Can a Trailer Hitch be Installed on a 2012 Ford Transit Connect with Wheelchair Lift
  • My first question is where is the wheelchair lift mounted? Because it could use the same mounting area/locations as a trailer hitch would. It might be a moot point though because with a trailer hitch installed, such as # 87570, the receiver will be directly below the rear fascia, with the cross tube also taking up some space in that general area, and that would interfere with the lift. Take a look at the diagram that shows what I mean. What I recommend is to install a roof rack on top...
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