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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the and installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76034. It's nicely tucked up against the lower side of the fascia here to where except for a little bit of the crosstube down here it's pretty well hidden. This hitch is going to give us good clearance for all of our accessories away from the rear of the vehicle. It also doesn't come so far out to where it protrudes past the rear of the vehicle. It features the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening with a nice reinforcement collar that's welded on here. It's also got the two pinholes over here, the standard 5/8" hitch pinhole that's going to be used to secure all your class three accessories.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today in our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at and we're also going to show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. This offers the 2"x2" opening. It's part number is 76034. As you can see, you're just going to have a little bit of the cross tube visible here. It comes over safety chain connection points sort of plate style down here. They're nice and open, you shouldn't have any problems getting your chains connected. We've got a receiver tube opening here, it's just inset off the outside edge of the bumper up here, so you're not going to have to worry about bumping into it.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom Fit class 3 trailer hitch receiver. Offering the 2-inch by 2-inch opening, its part number is 76034. Now, here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, we've got a semi-hidden cross tube. It's going to come down. You see that round tube that comes out from underneath the rear facia there, it comes over.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Curved 2 Inch Trailer Hitch Receiver Class 3. Part number C13100. This is what our Curved Class 3 hitch looks like once it's installed in the back of our 2016 Explorer. As you can see, very minimal hangs down at all. The two inch receiver is actually almost flush with the bumper, so we're not going to loose much ground clearance back here at all. Real clean installation. The only part you really see hanging down is the two inch receiver here and just a little bit of the round, black tubular powder-coated frame so it actually looks very factory.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on this 2007 Ford Explorer, we're going to show you the Curt Class III Two Inch Receiver Hitch. Part number 13112. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on our Explorer. You notice right off the bat, this hitch section installed just below the factory hitch in the bumper structure here. One thing to know is that when you have this in place, do not use this one anymore. This is designed to replace it, so don't put a trailer here and a bike rack here. The back of your vehicle is not rated for that kind of load. This is our two inch opening right here.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we'll be installing CURT class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number C13100. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Very easily accessible. Here is our receiver tube. It's our 2" by 2" square tube design. Our pre-drilled pinholes, that's for our 5/8 pin, and then our chain hold down.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Ford Explorer - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we'll be installing Hidden Hitch class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number 87720. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. The only thing we really have exposed is the receiver tube, which is almost flush with the rear bumper, so we have nice easy access to the 5/8 pre-drilled pinhole on both sides and our chain hold down. The only other thing that we really have exposed is the round crosstube that connects the two side brackets to the frame. We have 400 pounds of tongue weight capacity and 4,000 pounds of towing capacity, unless we add a weight distribution hitch; then we have up to 500 pounds of tongue weight with 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4".



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer - Hidden Hitch

Today on this 2014 Ford Explorer, we're going to show you part number 87720. This is the Hidden Hitch Class 3, 2 inch receiver hitch. We'll go ahead and take a quick look at our hitch when it's installed on our vehicle. First off, it has a nice rounded collar that goes all the way around the 2 inch opening here and then it uses a 5/8ths hitch pin hole right here. Below the receiver are two large safety chain loops and then the body of our hitch is a round tube construction. All right now, you can see how the hitch also kind of disappears behind the bumper, but then it comes up and over the exhaust. Our hitch will attach up to the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're going to be installing the CURT trailer hitch receiver, part number 13112. Now here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now you will notice when installing the new receiver you will not be removing the old 1-1/4" receiver that's already installed on this vehicle. The new receiver will actually go down below. Now you'll also notice here that there's a 4-flat wiring plug and bracket already installed on this vehicle. We're going to need to remove that bracket for now so we can install the new hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're going to be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13100. Now, 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 some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 3-1/2 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 16 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now before we begin our installation, we're going to go ahead and install a safety strap to help support the exhaust. Next, we'll point out the three rubber exhaust hangers that we'll need to remove.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 1994 Ford Explorer - Hidden Hitch

Today on a 1994 Ford Explorer, we're going to install part number 70647 from Hidden Hitch. All right. This is what the hitch looks like installed on the vehicle. Next I'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as balm out, bicycle rack or cargo carrier. Top of the receiver opening, down to the ground will be about sixteen and a half inches. And from the center of the hitch pin hold to the edge of the bumper will be about two and three quarter inches. Now go ahead and I'll show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we do is go ahead and show you where the hitch mounts up to the frame.



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 - 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 - 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 - 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


  • Best Draw Tite Hitch for a 2016 Ford Explorer
  • The Draw-Tite Hitch # 76034 is a fit for your vehicle. The other Draw-Tite hitch you mentioned has been discontinued. Your liftgate will still function just fine. You just might have to run your foot under either side of the hitch opening instead. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118540 as it is a confirmed fit as well. I attached install videos for this and the hitch for you to check out. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount...
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  • Will the Hands Free Liftgate Work on a 2016 Ford Explorer after Hitch Install
  • With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # 75710 that you referenced you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13100 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for all models of the 2016 Ford Explorer so I can guarantee that it will fit your XLT model. The installation will be just like on a 2015 like in the install video that I attached. If 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...
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  • Will Hands-Free Liftgate of 2016 Ford Explorer Still Function after Curt Trailer Hitch Install
  • With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # C13100 that you referenced you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer with Foot Activated Liftgate
  • We do carry hitches that will work great for you. With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # 75710 you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900....
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  • Trailer Hitch For 2016 Ford Explorer that Allow Hands Free Liftgate to Open
  • For your 2016 Ford Explorer the Draw Tite hitch part # 76034 is a confirmed fit. Your liftgate will still function just fine. You just might have to run your foot under either side of the hitch opening instead. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If 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...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Motorcycle Carrier for a 2016 Ford Explorer and 280 Pound Dirt Bike
  • For your 2016 Ford Explorer I recommend Curt trailer hitch # C13100. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver rated for 400 pounds tongue weight and 4,000 pounds gross trailer weight. It will work great with a hitch mounted dirt bike carrier. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a dirt bike carrier I recommend # MT70101 because it is light weight at about 35 pounds, has corrosion resistant aluminum construction, and it is rated up to 400...
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  • Can Replacement Hardware Be Ordered for Curt Hitch for 2016 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, you can order just the install hardware for the hitches we carry. All you need is the part # RHK. On the product page for RHK you will need to enter the part number of the hitch and then select the manufacturer and we will ship you out the correct install hardware. I checked your order notes and it looks like you ordered the Curt hitch part # C13100.
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  • Will Curt Hitch for 2016 Explorer XLT Allow Hands Free Lift Gate to Still Function
  • The Curt hitch part # C13100 that you referenced is confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Ford Explorer and will only slightly interfere with the hands-free liftgate you have. You will have to sweep your feet under the vehicle on either side of the hitch opening to activate the rear door. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Congrats on your new vehicle! Yes, the Curt hitch # C13100 is a confirmed fit for the 2015 Ford Explorer. The best way to double-check if you have a towing package or not, is call your dealership and have them run the VIN number. They can determine exactly what the specifications are on your 2015 Ford Explorer. The wiring harness you need is Curt wiring # 56146KIT (for trucks without the tow package) or Curt custom fit wiring # C56172 (for trucks with the factory tow package)....
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13100 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Explorers. 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 Draw-Tite part # 76034. I checked with Draw-Tite and this hitch will work for you. 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 wiring you would...
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  • Will Curt Hitch Receiver # C13100 Fit Police Interceptor Version of 2014/2015 Ford Explorer
  • The 2014 and 2015 Police Interceptor versions of the Ford Explorer use the same frame structure as consumer models so hitch fits for standard versions also apply to the law enforcement vehicles. I confirmed this with my technical contact at Hidden Hitch. The Curt brand hitch you referenced, part # C13100, is a confirmed fit for both 2014 and 2015 model years of the Explorer. The hitch installs without drilling and includes the required mounting hardware. I have linked for you installation...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • All of the trailer hitches for your 2015 Ford Explorer will have the receiver just below the rear fascia. None of them will have the receiver higher like the OEM hitch. If you decide to go with an aftermarket hitch the most popular option is Curt hitch # C13100. If you plan on doing 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...
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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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  • High Rated Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • The highest rated trailer hitch we offer for the 2015 Ford Explorer is the Curt hitch part # C13100. If you check out the review tab on the product page you will see all of the positive reviews we have for this hitch. There are quite a few. I attached an install video link for you to check out as well. If 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...
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  • Rust Resistant Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • For your 2015 Ford Explorer I would recommend you go with the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75710. This hitch has an e-coat base plus powder coating to help prevent corrosion. The Curt hitch part # C13100 only has a powder coat finish so it won't fight corrosion quite as well. I attached a help article on rust prevention for you to check out as well. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer with Factory Hitch
  • If the factory hitch on your 2015 Ford Explorer comes out through the rear fascia then it can be left on and a hitch like the # 75710 could be installed below it. I contacted the hitch manufacturers we carry and none of them had any fit issues in their system for the 2015 Explorers with factory hitches and the hitches they offer. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount...
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  • 2015 Ford Explorer Exhaust Hanger Makes Contact with Trailer Hitch
  • If there is no noise from the contact between the exhaust hanger and the hitch then you don't have to do anything. If there is noise or you just want some more space then there are some things you can do to create more space. I have included a link to a help article that covers the different methods you could employ. If all else fails then a muffler shop would be able to take care of the issue pretty easily since they have the tools and the know-how to work on exhaust systems. I doubt...
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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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  • Hitch, Cargo Carrier, and Cargo Bag Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • For luggage for 5 people you would need a decent amount of cubic feet so either route you suggested could work. But the big thing will be considering the amount of weight you plan to carry and if the roof of your vehicle has the capacity. For a long distance drive though, I think you would be happier with a hitch option. A hitch option won't cause a reduction of fuel mileage like a roof box and would be less noisy too. If you don't have a hitch yet the Curt part # C13100 has been...
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  • Rubber Isolator on Passenger Side Muffler Clearance for Curt Hitch C13100 on a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Exhaust systems can sometimes come pretty close to trailer hitches once installed as they occupy most of the same areas. Exhaust systems don't hang in the exact same on every vehicle so we have found that in most cases the exhaust contact is not common. When our hitch manufacturers design the hitches they do so with avoiding the exhaust in mind so in most cases the two exist perfectly fine together.
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  • What Is The Puropse of Tow/Haul Button on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • According to the owner's manual, when activated by pressing the button, the Tow/Haul feature improves transmission operation by changing the shift points so that upshifts are delayed to keep the engine operating higher in its power band when the transmission shifts. When the transmission is on OD (overdrive) having the Tow/Haul mode 'on' will provide engine braking in all gears, which is useful for when you're descending hills. I've driven vehicles previously that have had this feature,...
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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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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt # C13100 and Draw-Tite # 76034 trailer hitches for your 2014 Ford Explorer both feature 2 x 2 inch hitch receivers, a Class III rating, and will not require drilling for installation. When used with a weight distribution system, the Curt and Draw-Tite trailer hitches all allow you up to 500 pounds total tongue weight capacity and 5,000 pound gross trailer weight towing capacity. When not using a weight distribution system, the Curt hitch has a 4,000 pound towing capacity with...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • For your 2014 Ford Explorer you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 76034 that is confirmed as a fit and has the highest towing capacities. The brand Hidden Hitch and Draw Tite are actually the same hitches since they are made by the same company. The Hidden Hitch brand was recently discontinued and that is why you don't see any for your vehicle. But the Draw Tite I mentioned would be the exact same hitch and would work great. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested...
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  • Will Installing a Hitch on a 2014 Ford Explorer Void Warranty
  • When you install an aftermarket part on your vehicle like a trailer hitch in this case, you are protected by the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. This act states, in part, that unless the installation and the part caused a problem then the warranty cannot be voided. I recommend looking it up online. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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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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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015/2016 Ford Interceptor
  • The 2015 and 2016 Police Interceptor versions of the Ford Explorer use the same frame structure as consumer models so hitch fits for standard versions also apply to the law enforcement vehicles. I confirmed this with my technical contact at Draw Tite. The Draw Tite brand hitch you referenced, part # 75710, is a confirmed fit for both 2015 and 2016 model years of the Explorer. The hitch installs without drilling and includes the required mounting hardware. I have linked for you installation...
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  • 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 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I can't speak as to why the factory Ford hitch is installed where it is but as far as aftermarket trailer hitches the manufactures determine the best places to attach a hitch and that is why they install where they do on your 2014 Ford Explorer. I wouldn't say that one height is better than another on a vehicle that is already fairly high off the ground. Its a bigger concern on vehicles low to the ground like mini vans. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport
  • Yes, the hitches we carry like the Curt hitch part number # C13100 have been confirmed to fit all models of the 2014 Ford Explorers so they would fit a Sport model as well. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If 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,...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness Fits for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • All of the 2-inch Class III hitches offered for your 2014 Ford Explorer are indeed bolt-on products that require no drilling or welding for installation. All required installation hardware is included with each one, such as with the Curt # C13100. No fascia trimming is required. An installation video for this hitch on your same model year Explorer is linked for reference along with the written instructions. When you're ready to add a trailer wiring harness you can use part # C56172...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch, Weight Distribution System, and Brake Controller 2014 Ford Explorer
  • First let's start with a trailer hitch. The most popular option we carry is the Curt part # C13100. I attached a install video link. For wiring you would want the # 118272 to add a 7-way to your vehicle since you mentioned that your vehicle has the factory tow package. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear...
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  • Differences/Similarities in Hitches Offered for 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
  • The Draw-Tite # 75710 and the Curt # C13100 hitch is almost identical in appearance, will install in the same manner, and has the exact same weight capacity. Both 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 and Curt Hitch. The Curt hitch does use a base coat under powder coating. Curt's powder coat is typically a bit more shiny, but that's the only discernible difference. In my opinion,...
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  • Trailer Hitch Comparison and Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The Draw-Tite # 75710 has been discontinued and replaced with part # 76034. Due to their very similar design and capacities they are not really that different at all. Curt has only a powder coat finish whereas the Draw-Tite has an e-coat base covered by powder coat. I would recommend the Curt # C13100 as that is what I would buy for your 2013 Ford Explorer. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts;...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch part # C13100 that has been confirmed as a fit for your 2013 Ford Explorer would be more than capable of towing a 5 by 8 foot cargo trailer. This hitch has a 4,000 lb trailer weight rating and a 400 lb tongue weight rating so it would have more than enough capacity. 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...
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  • Will the Hidden Hitch Class III Trail Hitch Fit a 2014 Ford Explorer XLT
  • According to my technical contact at Draw-Tite 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 hand...
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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 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. The part numbers...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Towing Accessories for 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The hitches available for your Explorer are very similar. Similar weight rating, design and installation procedure. The quality of all the choices would be equivalent. Given this, you can choose the lowest priced choice, the Curt Class III # C13100 without feeling like you've sacrificed anything. If you're only needing the hitch as an attachment point for a bike rack or a cargo carrier, the hitch is all you'd need. If you were wanting to use the hitch for towing, you'd need the following...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch, Wiring Harness and Brake Controller for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • I recommend the Curt trailer hitch # C13100 because it is a very durable Class-III receiver hitch and is a bolt-on installation. No welding is needed. The maximum gross trailer weight is 4,000 pounds and will have a maximum tongue weight of 400 pounds. I would go with the ball mount kit # 989900 as it includes everything you need to tow multiple trailers. The wiring harness you will need is # C56093 and the T-connector will plug directly into your existing wiring. I highly recommend...
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  • Hitch Recommendation and Install Time for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • You are absolutely right. The installation process for the Curt Hitch part # C13100 and the Draw-Tite Hitch part # 76034 will be virtually identical. The install times were created by each manufacturer, and since Curt is a different company than Draw Tite they approximated the install times differently. I can guarantee one will not be harder or take longer to install than the other. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes...
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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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  • 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 # 76034 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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  • Should I Use Loctite When Installing Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87720 on 2011 Ford Explorer
  • Using LocTite is not required when installing the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75710 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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  • 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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  • 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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