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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

Item # 31038
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Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more. 1-636-306-4830 to order CURT front receiver hitch part number 31038 or order online at Free expert support on all CURT products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2". Front Receiver Hitch reviews from real customers.
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CURT Front Receiver Hitch - 31038

  • Front Mount Hitch
  • CURT
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 lbs Vert Load
  • 9000 lbs Line Pull
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Square Tube

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.


  • Front-mount hitch provides attachment point for hitch-mounted accessories
    • Winch, spare tire carrier, snowplow, cargo carrier and more
    • No more blindly backing trailer in - just hook it up and drive it forward
  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over steel resists corrosion
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Assembled in USA


  • Line pull: 9,000 lbs
  • Vertical load: 500 lbs
  • Gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

31038 Curt Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details 31038 Installation instructions

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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 31038

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (45 Customer Reviews)

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.


The delivery was excellent. All four packages arrived early. Curt instructions were not clear for my f150. The third bolt spreader was too short but I got it tighten down. The only thing Curt needs to tell you is to insert something in the front hole of eye. It keeps the spreader in line while installing the hitch.

2000 Ford F-150

Installed this hitch on my 2000 Ford F150 4x4. It fit perfectly. No facia needed to be removed and no frame drilling was necessary. I simply removed the tow hooks and skid plate and bolted up the hitch and reinstalled the tow hooks. I notched the edges of the skid plate to clear the hitch frame (small angle grinder worked fine for this) and reinstalled the skid plate. Installation was simple and straight forward. The attached pictures may be a little dark but I attempted to show the hitch tucked up against the factory facia.

I have had this for about a year and have used it numerous times. It works great. Wish I would have installed it years ago.
Daniel C - 02/16/2021


Product fit as it should. Was very easy to install, I did not need to modify anything, just bolt it on!. It fit my winch just fine, looks as though any winch receiver mount will fit just fine. Very sturdy, good welds, solid design. Only downside is that it does decrease your approach angle (if you are a off road guy)... but not by much. was very helpful with my questions, and their answers were accurate.

Still mounted, not rusted, looks brand new still. Only used it a few times and it did its job just fine.
Steve - 10/25/2018

2001 Ford F-150

I mounted this to the front of my 2001 F-150 and it fit and works great. I use it to haul my 2 ebikes around when I pull my travel trailer.

2001 Ford Expedition

I think this hitch is top notch and the instalation kit made the install really easy like
I dont have any actual use data for this review. I purched a HF 12K winch i wanted to use occasionally on the front of my 2001 Expedition but the HF mount was such that the setup required an 8" extension to clear the Expedition big front bumper assembly. I deemed "that" array as too weak and wobbly to support the 80pound winch. I'm 100% sure the CURT receiver is more than adequate for the task, its the extension I have questions about.

2001 Ford F-150

Fit perfectly, easy to install. The fish wire is brilliant! Very stout receiver, good welds and paint. No modifications required on my 2001 F-150 4x4 crew cab. Bought it to move my camper around and for a winch when I am off road.


Good sales person, Answered my questions with confidence Hitch went on easy to the front. Shipping not on time by 5 days. No fault etrailer.

2000 Ford F-150

You could improve your communications on shipping. No one knew how it was shipped or when it would be here until it was on the truck delivery yesterday.

Just fine
James - 06/26/2022


Tha product is easy to install with the directions . This was my third truck to put a front hitch on and all worked well.

2003 Ford F-150

So far, I'm very pleased with both the buying process and the product...and I have high expectations, as this looks like a high quality product. First off, delivery was promised for Friday and it arrived on Thursday...nice to have a day early! So, when the rain let up for a couple of hours today, I figured I'd see if I could do it before going into work. I followed the instructions included, using my socket sets and a torque wrench. On my '03 F-150 4wd Crew Cab, I removed the little (worthless) plastic skirt, and then used a metric socket to remove the tow loops. The fish wire is perfect to place the new bolts & lock plate in the frame (just rearward of where the tow loops mount). I use medium strength (blue) threadlocker on my motorcycle, so put some on the six mounting bolts for good measure. I used a motorcycle floor jack to raise the Curt receiver, threaded the nuts onto the new bolts, and re-mounted the tow loops with the stock bolts -- I made the fasteners finger-tight, so all would self-align easily. As I said, the Ford stock bolts are metric, but the bolts provided with the Curt receiver are SAE, so you'll need that socket set, too (normal for a Ford). Anyway, once all was snug, I tightened them to 45 ft-lbs (new Curt bolts) and 70 ft-lbs (larger tow loop mounting bolts). All done in about an hour, with plenty of time to clean tools, shower & head off to the salt mine. All-in-all, it went pretty easily. I'm looking forward to using this new receiver to help me move the RV & horse trailers I often move about, as well as an easier-to-use front tow hook when I off-road, etc. Thanks, etrailer, for the great service and very competitive price! p.s. If this allows, I'll post pics later.

1999 Ford F-150

Hitch works great but required some cutting of plastic bumper trim to install.. had to cut out around the tow rings on 99 f150. If you don't have tow rings or hooks already installed, you will need to buy mounting clips. Much cheaper to go to junkyard and get.


Super easy to install


It fit perfectly and is easy to install. The only down side is that is very low and drags on any raised or lowered ground. Easy to push boats or trailers around with it on the front of the truck.


This was the easiest purchase i have ever made. Customer service was top shelf. Product fit right in place no problem at all. Looks
just like photo on net. Installing was a breeze. Fit was perfect, also made in the usa, even better! This will make using my winch and other items very ez.

this product works and performs above my expectations I have put it through some real tests I used it for when seeing many cars out during a snowstorm also my friends out of mud and moving trailers around it works very well its built very well and it installed as easy as they had shown. I have no complaints with this from receiver hitch it is awesome I would recommend it and have to my friends.
Dewayne S - 01/27/2015


The front hitch was everything I was expecting. The order process was easy and quick. The hitch showed up in just a few days and was ready for installation. It was obviously well made and solid. The instructions were straight forward and easy to follow. It took me (alone) about 45 minutes to install the hitch behind my pull hooks. And some of that time was spent trying to get the screws and bolts out of the old 2003 truck. I used a small floor jack to lift it up and wiggle into place. Worked very well. Even the bottom skirt fit back on nicely. Obviously on the front, this doesn't get a long haul evaluation. But it has been great around the yard with my short yard trailer. The front hitch does reduce your front end angle of climb some (it will dig in), but not real bad.


Great hitch, fast shipping, easy installation. On my truck I did have to notch a steel protective plate so the hitch would fit. Not a big deal. I'd definitely order from etrailer again!

Im still satisfied, thanks!
Scott O - 01/21/2019


Before purchasing this item I read some of the reviews about it. One reviewer said it only took him 30 minutes to install. Being handy, mechanically inclined, I was hoping I would be one of those. Well it took me about 2 hours but that was because of multiple things....1) I was doing it by myself, a little hard to handle by yourself, 2) I thought I had to remove the lower 1 1/2" aero trim, you don't but I started to, 3) I have only used a fish once before in my life, after I did the 1st bolt I figured out how to do the 2nd one easier/quicker.

It really shouldn't take you 2 hours, you are only talking about 6 bolts, maybe an hour on average. I suggest reading ALL the directions BEFORE starting, having someone to help you, unpack the parts taped to the front of the hitch before installing and also, feed the fish wire "backwards" so to speak....feed it in the hole the bolt will go thru first then out the end of the box frame, much easier than the other way.

It was truly easy and I could probably do another one in 30 minutes's not hard. If you need a front receiver hitch I would recommend this one if it fits your vehicle.


Etrailer shipped to me in less than a week (In a really big box).

I bought this hitch to maneuver my travel trailer into camping spots more easily. I installed the hitch yesterday. It fit perfectly. I removed the trim piece on the front end of my pickup but later found out I didn't have to. Took me about a half hour to finish. The fish wire is really cool.

It sits about four inches lower than the rear hitch so I got another ball mount to use on the front that's the right height. This is going to make 'backing' so easy!

2001 Ford F-150

This started when I had to buy a new/used truck last fall and it needed to have some upgrade improvements in the towing package wiring system that I require, because I have learned to be very particular and solve a lot of problems before they develop. If you will check my purchases from your company you will see that the first purchase was for some electronic items that I determined years ago were wise on a prime mover (towing vehicle). Trailers are notorious for being piles of problems in the wiring department and the best move I could make was to install circuit breakers in the system, and not on each trailer but on my vehicle. No one is allowed to attach any trailer plug on my truck except in the breaker box. NO EXCEPTIONS. This prevents the trailer from blowing the fuses in the truck. All connections are made with solder on connections. Nothing clamp on as they will work loose and corrode thus not working. My truck presently has three trailer connectors a Round Pin 7 pin, a Round Pin 6 Pin and a 4 pin. All connect through the Circuit Breaker Box. This box is not water proof but is water resistant so the circuits are well protected from reasonable weather. I have my eye on a Trailer Brake in your line and I was pleased when I read the instructions and learned that there should be and was a line installed at the factory for the Brake and one for the Auxillary power to the 6 and 7 pin plugs and so simple to tap into either with solder connections or using the adapter listed. For me the equipment and the instructions make the job so easy to accomplish that it just is not necessary to go to some (Professional).

My hitch arrrived yesterday evening along with the instructions and the rain. Sorry I am 70 and do not roll around on the ground in the rain so the front end hitch is not installed yet. Having read the instructions and previously looked at the frame I feel confident that the 30-60 minutes install time will be very close to right, even for an old dude. This hitch will be used to move a Boy Scout trailer into and out of some tight places when going camping with our Troop. The lock is a lock which you have to have.

Your company:The customer service has been exceptional and I have been kept advised of the status of my orders in a timely manner. I would say this is a 5 star company.

Keep up the good work.


This front mounted hitch has been an extreme help on the farm. especially when it came to my daughter who is not good at backing up equipment.

2002 Ford F-150

Fit great, easy to install, took about 40 minutes. I used 2 small jacks to lift the hitch in place. If you don't have jacks, get a helper. Fish wire included was great


Trailer hitch is perfect for moving hitchable items around the property. Works great with my winch also. Very stout and installation was a breeze. I also remember I received it very quickly. Love it, use it all the time. Great company that I would recommend highly!

2002 Ford F-150

Fit great on my 2002 5.4L F150. Works even better. It didn't look like the bolts were long enough to put both the hitch mechanism and the towing loops, but that was ok for my situation.


Excellent Fit, easy to install, took 15 min to put in

2000 Ford F-150

Nice hitch, good welds, excellent coating. All hardware was there.

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