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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2011 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Curt trailer hitch receiver in a Class 3 with a 2 inch opening, part number C13100. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose a couple accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier.From the center of thehitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 4 1/2 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 16 1/4 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. You'll need to begin by putting a safety strap up to support our exhaust once we remove 3 exhaust hangers. Once we have the safety strap in place, we'll go ahead and use a little spray lubricantand a largepry bar to remove the 3 rubber exhaust hangers from the rear. One at each side that holds each muffler on.



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.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer well be installing Draw Tite hitch, part number 75710. This is what our 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.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Explorer - Curt

Toda on our 2013 For Explorer well install the Curt hitch part number C13100. This is what our 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 four and three-quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 16 and a quarter inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Explorer - Hidden Hitch

Today in our 2012 Ford Explorer well be installing the Draw Tite Hitch part number 75710. This is what our 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 such as a drawbar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15 inches. Now lets go ahead with the installation. First well need to go ahead and lower the exhaust.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today in our 2012 Ford Explorer well be installing the Hidden Hitch part number 87720. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed, next well give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a drawbar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15 inches. Now lets go ahead with the installation. First well need to go ahead and lower the exhaust.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2012 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, part number C13100. First, we'll need to go ahead and lower the exhaust. To do this, we'll go ahead and put a safety strap underneath the exhaust so that after we remove the three rubber isolators securing the exhaust to the exhaust hangers, we can safely lower the exhaust without falling too far. Now with our safety strap in position, we'll go ahead and take some spray lubricant and spray each one of the rubber isolators. Next, we'll go ahead and take a pry bar and remove the rubber isolator from the exhaust. Now with all four exhaust hangers free, we can go ahead and use the safety strap to safely lower the exhaust so that we can gain access to the hardware or the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Explorer - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2011 Ford Explorer, were going to install Hidden Hitch part number 87720. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you when selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost part of the bumper is 3 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15 inches. This will assist you when selecting accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now lets go ahead with the installation.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2011 Ford Explorer, we're going to install the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 75710. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost point of the bumper is 3 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15-1/4 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier. Now, let's go ahead with the installation.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Explorer

Today were working on a 2008 Ford Explorer. Were going to install a Curt Hitch part number 13112. Here are a couple measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost point of the vehicle is 2 inches and for the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 17 3/8inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now lets go ahead with the installation.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2000 Ford Explorer

Today we are working on a 2000 Ford Explorer. We will be installing Hidden Hitch part number 70647. This will also be comparable to Draw-Tite part number 75083. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in ing accessories for your new hitch, such as a bike rack, cargo carrier, or draw bar. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost portion of the bumper it is 3-3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15-3/4 inches. Now let us go ahead with the installation. 0:30



Trailer Hitch Installation - 1996 Ford Explorer

Today we are going to do an install of part number 70647 on a 1996 Ford Explorer. This also applies to part number 75083. The first step to installing our hitch is to remove any tow ropes here on the bottom of the vehicle. Sometimes they can be on the passenger side. In this case we do not have to worry about that. The next thing we can do is go ahead and install our hardware. Which the hardware fits in this hole right here and then on the side of the frame right here. What we will do is hang the hitch from this hardware here first. Then we will go ahead and install the rest. When you are putting up the hitch notice that this edge here is hitting here and on the shackle here. What happens on older vehicles is that the suspension sags a little bit. So what we have to do is raise up the body to raise the suspension so that we have room to fit the hitch into.





Ford Explorer Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers


  • Ball Mount Rattles Around A Lot in Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • There isn't a specific ball mount that you have to use with Curt hitch # C13100 for your 2014 Ford Explorer. You will just need one that is designed for a 2 inch hitch receiver and that allows you to tow the trailer level. The issue that you are experiencing is common. It is because the shank of the ball mount has to be smaller than the 2 inch receiver opening. Otherwise it would be difficult to install and remove the ball mount. To eliminate as much of the movement as possible you...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Currently there are only 2 inch hitches available for the 2015 Ford Explorer. But this isn't a bad thing at all! A 2 inch hitch is more capable and robust than a 1-1/4 inch hitch. If you already have a bunch of 1-1/4 inch accessories you can still use them by using a reducer sleeve, # HT02. For a trailer hitch, the most popular option is # C13100. I have included a link to a video showing how it will install. If you want some 2 inch accessories and plan on doing some towing I recommend...
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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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Circuit Protected Tail Light w Converter Kit for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • The wiring kit # 56146KIT offers circuit protection by drawing power directly from the battery. It will protect the vehicles electrical system from back feed issues associated with the trailer. This wiring kit provides you with a 4-way flat trailer connection. If you need a 7-way connection I recommend # ETBC7 as it includes everything you need to install an electric trailer brake controller and 7-way connector. If you happen to need a brake controller I recommend the Prodigy P2...
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I'd recommend the Curt Class III hitch you've already looked at, part # C13100. As you can see in the linked installation instructions and the install video I've also linked to, the installation will be pretty simple, with no drilling required. I've also linked you to some hitch install tips. If there was a specific portion of the install you're not understanding, please let me know and I'll do my best to help. If you were planning on towing with your hitch, you might also need the...
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  • The Best Oil and Transmission Coolers for a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • You do not have to add an oil cooler or supplemental transmission cooler if you do not want to. but Ford might require it to reach the maximum tow rating for your 2014 Ford Explorer. You will want to check the owners manual to determine if those items are required. It would not be a bad idea to add them even if you do not have to. They will help protect and prolong the life of the vehicle motor and transmission. I recommend a combination cooler # D15902 which is both a transmission...
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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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  • What Does Tow Mode On a 2014 Ford Explorer Do
  • The Curt Class III hitch, part # C13100 would be an excellent choice for your new Explorer. If you look at page 208 in your owner's manual, you'll see the explanation of the Tow Mode. According to the manual, when activated by pressing the button, the feature improves transmission operation by changing the shift points so that upshifts are delayed so the engine operating higher in its power band when the transmission shifts. When the transmission is on OD (overdrive) having the Tow/Haul...
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  • Tow Package Recommendation for a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • There are a few items I would recommend so that you can tow safely with your 2011 Ford Explorer. First let's start with a hitch. For that the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75710 would be an excellent choice. I attached an install video for you to check out. 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. For trailer wiring you will want the Curt Wiring Harness part # C56093. Your Explorer...
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  • Recommended Hitch For 2000 Ford Explorer With 16 Inch Spare Tire
  • For your 2000 Ford Explorer, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class lll Max frame Hitch, part # 75096. Per the attached installation instructions, there is no drilling required for installation, and it will work with the full-size spare tire. The towing weight capacity of this hitch is 5,000 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 500 lbs. Another Class lll hitch that works with the full size spare is the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # 13540. This hitch has a 4,000 lb towing capacity and a tongue...
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  • How to Pick Out the Correct Rise/Drop Ball Mount for a 2009 Ford Explorer towing a Camper Trailer
  • You need to pick out a ball mount for your setup that will allow your trailer to sit as level as possible when towing. In order to determine the correct ball mount rise/drop you will want to check out the FAQ I attached to the right that details this. Having your trailer sit level should help tremendously with any sway or bouncing of the trailer. Since the 2 inch hitch will have a higher capacity I would recommend using it for towing purposes. Suspension enhancements aren't recommended...
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  • Does the Carriage Bolt have to be Used to Install Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The carriage bolt for Curt trailer hitch # C13100 is the rearward most attachment point for the hitch on the passenger's side of the 2013 Ford Explorer. The hitch is given its rating based on, among other things, how it attaches to the vehicle. If you did not install all of the hardware then the hitch rating is unknown and not safe for use, even if it is just a bike rack. If there was a problem then hitch warranty would be void because it was not properly installed. You should just...
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  • Availability of Montana Pivoting Hitch for 2013 Ford Explorer
  • We do offer a number of 2-inch Class III trailer hitches for your 2013 Ford Explorer. All can be seen on the link provided, including the Curt # C13100. We do not currently offer the Montana brand, however we do offer an alternate solution. A hitch install article is included for you. Roll-A-Hitch makes cushioned swiveling ball mounts that allow the ball mount to pivot out of the way when not needed. They offer this item with varying drop: zero drop, 2-inches, 4-inches and 6-inches....
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  • Why Do Hitches have Higher Ratings when Used with Weight Distribution Systems
  • Weight distribution systems are designed to help distribute the tongue weight of the trailer to the front axle of the tow vehicle, in doing so they also can increase the towing capacity of a vehicle. That's the case with the Draw Tite hitch part # 75437 that you referenced. When you use a weight distribution system with this hitch you get higher towing capacities. For more information on weight distribution systems check out the FAQ article I attached. The best way to pick out a weight...
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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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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Ford Explorer 4-Door
  • Yes, I checked with Hidden Hitch and the part # 70647 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2001 Ford Explorer 4-door. I attached installation instructions and an install video for you to check out. For trailer wiring you would want the Curt Wiring Harness part # C55345. For a ball mount, hitch ball, and pin and clip, I would recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, part # 989900. This is a kit which includes 2 ball mounts, a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, and a hitch pin and clip.
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  • Installing a 7-Way Blade-Style Connector on a 2006 Ford Explorer
  • Your 2006 Ford Explorer came with a factory-installed 7-way that uses a round U.S. Car Connector plug at its rear to connect to the vehicle's wiring. We do offer replacement connectors, both of which you reviewed, parts # 20119 from Tow Ready and # HM40975 from Hopkins. Both of these replacement connectors install at the same location and both feature the convenience of including a 4-pole trailer connector in addition to the 7-way for towing flexibility and both of these items include a...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Ford Explorer
  • The biggest difference between the Curt Hitch part # 13540 and the Hidden Hitch part # 70647 that you referenced is the amount of attachment points. The Curt hitch part # 13540 uses 6 total bolts to install on your 2001 Ford Explorer whereas the Hidden Hitch only uses 4. Aside from that the hitches are very similar. To complete your trailering setup you may also be interested in the Tow Ready Wiring Harness part # 118344. For a ball mount, hitch ball, and pin and clip, I would recommend...
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch for a 2003 Ford Explorer 4-Door with Factory 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75096 will only fit 2 door models for the 2003 Ford Explorer. For your 4-door model use Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75132. This hitch will fit under the factory hitch (which is likely welded on so it cannot be removed). I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. To complete your towing set up I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It includes 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. And if you need to add...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring, and Brake Controller for a 2011 Ford Explorer Without OEM Tow Package
  • The Curt trailer hitch # C13100 is the most popular hitch for your 2011 Ford Explorer so you are off to a good start. You mentioned that you already have different ball mounts and likely also have properly sized balls to tow the trailer so I can skip that part. The trailer wiring harness # 56146KIT that you have selected is also a fit but this is a universal kit that requires cutting and splicing into the vehicle tail light wiring. If you want to avoid that then I recommend a T-connector,...
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  • Availability of a Trailer Hitch that is Hidden For a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • All of the trailer hitches we carry for the 2013 Ford Explorer will have the receiver and part of the crosstube visible beneath the rear fascia on the vehicle as you can see in the video I have linked showing installation of Curt hitch # C13100. If you plan on doing some towing with the hitch I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. And for trailer wiring you can use # C56093.
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  • Why Does the Curt Hitch # 13112 Installation Holes not Line Up to my 2006 Ford Explorer
  • We personally have not heard of this, but I spoke to my contact at Curt and he had a couple ideas for what could have been going on. First he thought that maybe you are lining up your hitch to the wrong holes, and this would explain why the second set of installation holes do not line up. Second he thought that maybe you have a very early model 2006 Ford Explorer and you would actually need the Curt hitch part # C13550 and not the # 13112 that you have. The easiest way for you to...
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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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  • Will a Trailer Hitch for a 1992 Ford Explorer Fit a 2004 Ford Explorer
  • No, the Draw-Tite trailer hitches for the 1992 Ford Explorer like # 75083 will not fit a 2004 Ford Explorer. A 2004 Ford Explorer is going to require a specific custom fit hitch. I have included a link to the options for you. The comparable Draw-Tite hitch is # 75132. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. For trailer wiring use # 18252 if you do not have a trailer...
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  • Installation Help With Re-Installing Exhaust With Curt # C13100 Hitch on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • This is going to be a very easy fix and make your rides much quieter! The hangers on the exhaust system were not supposed to be re-installed. The Curt Hitch # C13100 has hanger brackets literally on the hitch that replace your hangers for your 2013 Ford Explorer. In the picture, I have noted the brackets, so it may take a bit of time, but, you can take your OEM hangers out and hook your exhaust to the bracket on the hitch and your annoying clanking noise will disappear!
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  • Does the Spare Tire on a 2000 Ford Explorer have to Be Removed to Install Reese Trailer Hitch 37012
  • You will not have to remove the spare tire if you install Reese trailer hitch # 37012. Removing it to install the hitch will make the installation easier but then you can put the spare tire back into place afterwards. If you have the 16 inch spare tire it will not be an issue but if you have a larger spare tire you will most likely have to stow the spare in another location. If you plan on doing some towing I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts,...
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  • Will a Trailer Hitch for a 1997 Ford Explorer Fit a 2010 Ford Edge
  • The trailer hitches for a 1997 Ford Explorer like # 75096 will not fit a 2010 Ford Edge. That hitch will fit the following vehicles only: 1997 - 2001 Mercury Mountaineer 1991 - 1994 Mazda Navajo 1991 - 2000 Ford Explorer 2 and 4 Door 2001 - 2003 Ford Explorer 2 Door 2001 - 2001 Ford Explorer 4 Door The frame and design differences between the 2 vehicles are too great so they have to have unique hitch designs. For a 2010 Ford Edge I have linked the hitches that will fit. For a...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Max Frame Class III Trailer Hitch Fit on a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Class III Trailer Hitch, # 75132, that you referenced is designed to fit your 2002 Ford Explorer XLT, even if you have an OEM hitch. If you have an OEM hitch, this hitch will simply install beneath the OEM hitch. I have attached the installation instructions for this hitch for you to check out. If you plan on doing any towing with this hitch, you will want a few additional items to complete your towing setup. First, you will need a trailer wiring harness....
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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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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch # C13550 Fit Beneath Factory-Installed Hitch on 2003 Ford Explorer
  • You can install the Curt 2-Inch Class III Trailer Hitch # C13550 beneath the factory-installed hitch. You will not need to remove the bolts from the OEM hitch; you will install the Curt hitch normally. I have provided a link to the installation instructions for this hitch. Also, for this hitch to work on your 2003 Ford Explorer, it will need to be the 4-door model. If it is not, let me know and we can explore other options. It is not recommended to use both trailer hitches at the same...
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  • Installation Tips for Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch 70647 on a 1996 Ford Explorer
  • As you can see in the video I have linked, our installer is using 1/2 inch drive tools to install trailer hitch # 70647 on a 1996 Ford Explorer. It sounds to me like you do need to use a deeper socket or a box end wrench. If you do not have these tools readily available, some auto parts stores will loan out tools so you do not have to go out and purchase them for 1 time use. Make sure the bolts that go through the side of the frame are inserted from the inside of the frame and that the...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2003 Ford Explorer XLS Sport 2-Door that Keeps Full Size Spare
  • I have a hitch that will work on your 2003 Ford Explorer XLS Sport 2 Door and allow you to keep your factory full size spare, but the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13550 will not as it is designed to be used on 4-door model Explorers. The hitch you would want is the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75096. This hitch is confirmed to fit your vehicle and will allow you to reinstall your full sized spare once the hitch is installed. I attached installation instructions for this hitch for you...
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  • Do the Tow Hooks on a 2000 Ford Explorer Need to be Removed to Install a Hitch
  • The Draw-Tite Hitch # 75096 that you referenced will require the removal of the tow hooks on your 2000 Ford Explorer. Basically all of the hitches available for your vehicle will install the same way and would require the removal of tow hooks if your vehicle is equipped with them. If you do not want to be without a tow hook on your vehicle you could get a Hitch Mounted Forged Tow Hook # TR63044 and keep it in your vehicle at all times so that when needed you could install it in your...
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  • Can Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 75096 be Installed at Home on a 2001 Ford Explorer XLT 4-Door
  • I am confident that you could install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch, # 75096, at home in your driveway or garage. If you have the proper tools (listed in the instructions link; a torque wrench is also required) and an assistant, installation should not be very difficult. We rate installation difficulty based on the estimated installation time on a scale of 1 to 10. We have rated this installation a 3 which means it should take at least 30 minutes to install. I have included a link to the...
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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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  • Does the Curt Hitch for the 2005 Ford Explorer Install Below the Factory Hitch
  • This Curt Trailer Hitch # C13550 that you referenced is designed to install under the factory hitch that is on your 2005 Ford Explorer. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following products: Plug-N-Tow Vehicle Wiring Harness # HM11140335 (if you have the tow package) 4-Pole Hardwire Kit # 18252 (if you do not have the tow package, I attached an installation video for this product...
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  • Trailer Hitch and 4-Way to 7-Way Adapter for a 2008 Ford Explorer XLT
  • If you take a look at the installation instructions for hitch, # 70648, which I have linked for you, you will see that it is designed to fit a 2006 to 2009 Ford Explorer that came with a Class II trailer hitch from the factory. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin and clip, and a carrying bag. In order to adapt the 4-Way flat connector on your Explorer to a 7-Way connector, you can use adpater # 37185. I have included...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 75096 Fit a 1998 Ford Explorer with Full Size Spare Tire
  • The Draw-Tite hitch # 75096 will fit with the full size, 16 inch spare tire on a 1998 Ford Explorer. I have included a link to the installation details for you. On 1995 and newer models, you should not have to do any drilling to install the hitch as indicated in the instructions. This hitch has a gross trailer weight capacity of 5,000 pounds and can go as high as 7,500 pounds when used with a weight distribution system. Be sure to consult the vehicle owners manual to determine the towing...
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch 13540 Fit a 1994 Ford Explorer with Full Size Spare Tire
  • On a 1994 Ford Explorer, when installing Curt hitch # 13540, there is some drilling that will need to be done to complete the installation. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. Otherwise, it is a simple bolt on installation. This hitch does allow you to keep the full size spare tire. Removing the spare tire may make installing the hitch easier but you will be able to put it back after installation. If you plan on doing some towing, I reocmmend the...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75096 Fit a 1999 Ford Explorer with Full Size Spare Tire
  • I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite to verify and he stated that trailer hitch # 75096 will fit a 1999 Ford Explorer with a full size, 16 inch spare tire. I have included a link to the installation details for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mount, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, use the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118345. I have included a link to the installation...
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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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  • 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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  • Will Draw-Tite Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch # 36246 Fit 2000 Ford Explorer With a Full Size Spare Tire
  • The Draw-Tite Class II 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 36246, will fit your 2000 Ford Explorer 4WD with the factory OEM full size spare tire. When installing the hitch the spare tire is loosened to allow the hitch to line up with the holes on the frame and it is re-tightened after the hitch is installed. If your vehicle is equipped with tow hooks, they will need to be removed. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Draw-Tite hitch. If you plan on doing some towing...
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  • 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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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendations for a 1999 Ford Explorer Sport with Full Size Factory Spare Tire
  • I have included a link to the trailer hitches that are for the 1999 model. For a hitch that will accommodate a factory full size spare tire, you can use CURT Trailer Hitch, # 13540. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900, which comes will 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, and pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, if the vehicle does not have a tow package, use # 118345....
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch # 13540 Fit a 1999 Ford Explorer with Full Size Spare Tire
  • Yes, the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13540, will fit your 1999 Ford Explorer with a full size spare provided that the full size spare is a factory spare. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view. To complete your towing set up, I recommend etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. For trailer wiring, since your Explorer already has a tow package, if you wanted to convert it to a 4-Way flat, use # 118241. i have included a link to the installation details and a video showing...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 1997 Ford Explorer with 15 Inch Tires and Factory Tow Package
  • Since you have P235/75R15 inch tires on your 1997 Ford Explorer all of the hitches we list will fit. The Hidden Hitch Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 70647 and the Draw-Tite Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 75083 are the same hitch just with a different name on them. The Reese, Hidden Hitch, and Draw-Tite are all manufactured by the same company. I would recommend the Hidden Hitch # 70647 for your 1997 Ford Explorer. It is a simple installation with no drilling required. It has a gross...
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  • Wiring Kit # 118540 and Draw-Tite Hitch # 75710 Installation Instructions for a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • I attached the installation instructions for the Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75710 for you to check out. I also attached the instructions for the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118540, that is the recommended wiring kit for your 2011 Ford Explorer. You may be interested in the following products to complete your towing setup: Ball mount 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop, part # 2923 Hitch ball with 2 inch diameter, part # 19247 Hitch ball with 1-7/8 inch diameter, part...
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  • Does the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75710 Hang Below the Bumper on the 2011 Ford Explorer
  • The Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75710 will hang below the bumper. It will not fit behind the removable plate on the rear bumper like the factory hitches do for your 2011 Ford Explorer. If you plan on doing some towing you may also be interested in the following products to complete your setup: Ball Mount 3/4 inch Rise or 2 inch Drop, part # 2923 Pin and Clip, part # PC3 Hitch Ball with 2 inch Diameter and Medium Shank, part # 19247 Hitch Ball with 1-7/8 inch Diameter and Medium...
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  • What does Exhaust Repositioning Mean on Draw-Tite Hitch # 75710 for a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • On your 2011 Ford Explorer the repositioning of the exhaust means that it will change the location where the exhaust is attached to your vehicle, but it does not put your exhaust in a different position after installation. When installing the Draw-Tite Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 75710 on your vehicle, you will lower the exhaust and remove the factory exhaust hangers from the vehicle. The rubber isolators will be removed from the factory exhaust hangers and reinstalled on the exhaust...
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  • Will the Curt Class lll Trailer Hitch for 2010 Ford Explorer Fit with Factory Hitch and Spare Tire
  • Yes, the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, item # 13112, will fit on your 2010 Ford Explorer, with factory 1-1/4 inch hitch. Since your vehicle is equipped with the factory hitch you cannot use both hitches at the same time, damage to the hitch or vehicle would result. You will reinstall the full size spare tire in the original location, should you find it necessary to remove it, to ease installation of the Curt hitch.
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  • Recommend Class III Hitch To Fit My 2003 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Door With OEM 16 Inch Spare Tire
  • The item you selected, Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75096 is compatible with your 2003 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Door with OEM 16 inch spare tire. This Draw-Tite Hitch # 75096 is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver. To complete your towing setup, you may be interested in the following items: Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2923 1-7/8 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19260 2 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19247 2-5/16 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19287 Wiring, part # 118344 Pin and Clip, part PC3 I...
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  • Draw-Tite Hitch # 75710 Recommendation for a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, this Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 75710, would work on your 2011 Ford Explorer. I attached installation instructions below for you to check out also. You may also be interested in purchasing the following products to complete your towing setup: Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118540 Ball Mount 3/4 inch Rise or 2 inch Drop, part # 2923 Hitch Ball with 2 inch Diameter and Medium Shank, part # 19247 Hitch Ball with 1-7/8 inch Diameter and Medium...
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  • Will Curt Class III Hitch # 13407 Fit A Ford Explorer Sport Trac Without Removing The Spare Tire
  • Yes, the Curt Class III 2 Inch Hitch, part # 13407, will fit your 2001 to 2006 Ford Explorer Sport Trac without removing the spare tire. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Curt hitch. To complete your towing setup you may be interested in the following items: Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2923 Tow Ready 1-7/8 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19260, or Tow Ready 2 Inch Hitch Ball, part # 19247 Hidden Hitch Pin and Clip, part # PC3 Draw-Tite Wiring Harness, part # 18252
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  • Trailer Hitch, Ball Mount, Ball, and Wiring Recommendations for a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • You would not want to modify a trailer hitch to fit a vehicle it was not designed to fit. It is not recommended because it can compromise the structural integrity of the hitch, make the capacity unknown, and it will not be safe to use. We do have many trailer hitches that are designed to fit the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. I have included a link to the available options. I recommend the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # 13407. This hitch has a 5,000 pound capacity and 500 pound tongue...
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  • Can the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch for Ford Explorer be Installed with an OEM 1-1/4 inch Hitch
  • The Curt Class III Custom Fit Trailer Hitch, item # 13112, is designed to fit on your vehicle with the OEM Class II hitch installed. The # 13112 hitch is a bolt on installation that bolts around the existing hitch. You need to make sure not to use both hitches at the same time once you have the Class III hitch installed. The # 13112 hitch can be easily completed by the home mechanic. An extra pair of hands will be helpful when installing the hitch for lifting it into position. No...
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  • Hitch, Wiring and Brake Controller Installation for 1998 Ford Explorer
  • For your 1998 Explorer, I would recommend the Curt Class III Receiver, part # 13540. The Hidden Hitch receiver you were looking at will not work with vehicles with the 16 inch spare tire. This hitch is compatible with weight distribution systems. You will also need a trailer connector, if the vehicle does not already have one. If the Explorer is equipped with the tow package, use part # 118241. If you do not have the tow package, use part # 118345. Due to the size of the camper, I...
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  • Will Valley Trailer Hitch Receiver, # V81680 Fit the Spare Tire on a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport
  • I spoke with my contact at Valley regarding the Valley Trailer Hitch Receiver, # V81680. He stated that it will fit the spare on your 2001 Ford Explorer Sport if it is the factory spare. I have included a link to the installation details below.
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  • Which Class III Trailer Hitches Will Fit Around the 16 Inch Spare Tire on a 2000 Ford Explorer
  • There are a couple of options for Class III trailer hitches that will fit with the 16 inch spare tire on your 2000 Ford Explorer and you will not have to make any modifications to make them fit. I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he stated that the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75096, will fit. This hitch has the same weight capacities as the hitch you have referenced (5,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 500 pounds tongue weight capacity). I have included a link to the installation...
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  • Does the Spare Tire on a 2001 Ford Explorer Have to Be Removed to Install Trailer Hitch # 13540
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13540, for the 2001 Ford Explorer is designed to fit around the factory spare tire. If your 16 inch spare is OEM from the factory or smaller, then you will not have to permanently remove the spare. I have included a link to the installation instructions for this hitch below.
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  • Will Curt Class III Hitch Part 13407 Fit all 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • Curt hitch 13407 will fit all 2001-2006 Ford Explorer SportTrac. You could also use Draw-Tite part # 75112. I've added a link to the instructions for both hitches so you can see how they install.
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  • Is There any Drilling or Spare Tire Complications with Valley Hitch V81680 on a 2000 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, the Valley Class III Trailer Hitch, part # V81680 will fit your 2000 Ford Explorer. There is no drilling required to install the hitch, and it will not interfere with a factory spare tire. I have added a link to the instructions below.
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 75096 for a 2003 Ford Explorer
  • We do have a hardware kit available for the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 75096. You will need part # RHK. On the product page, below the box that says Shipping Special, type in the hitch number (75096), then select Draw-Tite from the manufacturer pull down menu. Finally, click the Add to Cart button and you are done. I have also include the installation instructions for the hitch below.
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  • What is Required to Tow a 1750kg Trailer With a 1999 Ford Explorer
  • If your trailer weighs 1750kg, or around 3900lbs, when it is loaded, the # 70647 hitch would be a good choice for your application, as it is rated for 5000lbs towing capacity. However, if you already have a trailer hitch installed from the factory on your 1999 Ford Explorer, I would recommend checking the capacity. If the capacity rating on the factory hitch was high enough, at 4000 or 5000lbs, you could just use the hitch you already have installed. You will also need to wire the...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch for a 1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
  • The trailer hitch that fits your vehicle is the Hidden Hitch Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver # 70647. This hitch requires no drilling. For your specific vehicle I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch Receiver # 70647. I have included a video that shows this product being installed on a 1996 Ford Explorer. For wiring I also suggest the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector # 118345 if you do not have a tow package. If you do...
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  • Hitch Installation with Over Size 16 Inch Spare Tire On a 1999 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Door
  • The Hidden Hitch Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch, item # 70647, will not fit with a 16 inch wheel and tire combination installed under the vehicle. You could move the spare tire into the inside of the vehicle. A better option would be to use the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch, item # 75096, which will work with a factory spare tire on vehicles equipped with 16 inch wheel and tire combinations. If you have added 16 inch wheels and tires then I cannot recommend any hitch,...
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  • Fit of Class III Hitch on 1998 Ford Explorer with Full Size Spare Tire
  • The instructions and product description are stating that the round tube style receiver hitches from Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch will not fit on Explorers made in 1998 and later with a full size, 16 inch spare tire. You can install the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch, item # 75096, with the full size spare. You may have to lower the spare to install these hitches, but it will be repositioned after the install is complete. If you do not have the 16 inch full size spare...
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch for a 2006 Ford Explorer
  • Actually, most of the hitches we offer for a 2006 Ford Explorer are designed to mount below a factory hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening. I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Class III Round Tube Trailer Hitch, item # 70648, because it will do exactly as mentioned above.
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