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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Item # 13138
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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Great Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 13138 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - 13138

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • CURT
  • 400 lbs TW
  • 6000 lbs WD GTW
  • 600 lbs WD TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • 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 protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA, bolts overseas


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 6,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 600 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

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

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13138

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (346 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


Great hitch, great price and easy to install. The hitch went on a 2003 Ford Ranger XLT extended cab. It did not interfere with the factory spare at all. "It's like it was designed to fit my vehicle!"


Easy to install. I removed the rear bolts, bolted the hitch in place, drilled the front holes and bolted them. One tip. Install the wiring harness first. The receiver is 15 inches to the top of the square. The whole job took an hour. Great product!


The Curt 13138 fits my '97 Ranger perfectly. The 3 toughest parts with the install were 1. Loosening the bumper bracket bolts, 23 years of rust will make that tough 2. Cordless batteries were dead and the wife had knocked a hatchet onto the extension cords. So I soaked the bumper bolts with PB _and rust penetrant and fixed the extension cord in the half hour while the batteries charged. 3. I was working solo, so trying to balance, align and hold up the hitch while trying to get the first hitch bolt installed was not possible until I supported the hitch with a bucket. It really was a simple install and if I went out prepared would have taken 30 minutes. Even with drilling the 2 holes.
It looks good, tows my trailer, works with my bicycle and canoe carriers.

Perfect fit, easy to order, arrived quickly, great price.

2 photos- bucket supporting hitch for solo install and nice new clean hitch on my filthy truck.


This Curt Hitch receiver is absolutely amazing!! Nothing beats the quality of USA made hitch receivers!! I’d recommend this to anyone, it fit my 2005 ford ranger like a charm! We installed it in less than 20 minutes, just needed a helping hand to hold it while I got the bolts seated. 10/10 very happy with my purchase. Thanks etrailer!!!


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We have had a CURT for many years and purchased this one for a new truck. They look good, are easy to install, work very well and have maintained their quality over the years. Highly recommended.

2008 Ford Ranger

ordering was easy.. free shipping . arrived sooner that I expected. good videos showing how to put the trailer hitch on. I got it on within an hour.. all hardware came with the hitch. Had to lower the spare tire first. My wife helped hold the hitch up on one side for me to install.. Pretty simple..

2010 Ford Ranger

Solid piece of hardware
Well thought
Am not exactly a pin ball wizard but got er done in OK time
Ford ranger 1997 bolts came out easily....remove & discard bolt clips
Only remove two bolts...but loosen all 4 so clips can be popped out
Buy a good 1/2 " drill bit ahead of time
Wear real eye u want hot metal filings in your eye?
Forgot to order the pin
Excellent customer service and follow through
Wish I had done this 10 yrs ago

1999 Ford Ranger

Once I got bumper bolts removed, took about 30 minutes, with a help of friend holding one side, to mount and secure. Lowering spare really facilitates mounting. No drilling required, excellent fit with easy to follow instructions. Will use to pull my ski boat and pop up camper. Looks extremely sturdy. Like distance from ground to receiver. Highly recommend product, ordering easy and delivery and packing was excellent.

Great, still living up to my initial review.
Arthur - 07/01/2019

2004 Ford Ranger

Took less than an hour to install on my 2004 ford ranger edge. The full size spare still fit though I took it out for the install as it needed some air...

2003 Mazda B Series Pickup

Installing the hitch receiver was fairly easy and straight forward. Everything lined up and with the help of a couple of clamps I was able to do the job by myself. If I need another hitch receiver for another vehicle I will have no hesitation on ordering another hitch receiver.

2001 Ford Ranger

The hitch was very easy to install, took about 30 min. It fits perfectly to my 2001 Ford Ranger. The tow bar is very sturdy and is very well made! The delivery was fast, I ordered it on a Monday, and it arrived on Friday.
I would most DEFINETLY recommend this to anyone who is considering this for a tow bar.

Everything has been working great! They have been holding up very well to the tests of winter and summer. Thanks for asking.
Mt.Man - 05/14/2018

2002 Ford Ranger

First off, the install took just 15-20 minutes. The product fitment for bolt up was flawless and it has a good powder coated finish. Your install videos were great as they prepared me as to what I needed before the hitch arrived (like an 18mm deep wall impact socket). Thanks for posting those!

Biggest drawback is that it makes it pretty much impossible to lower the spare tire without having to remove the receiver. Not something that I will be looking forward to when and if I get a flat. I'm going to chock that up to me running the next size up from stock tires? They aren't much bigger but maybe that's how close the fitment is to the stock size?

James, thank you for your review. Since you mention that your spare tire is not stock size, I recommend that you relocate your spare tire before use to prevent any damage.
-- Etrailer Expert Laura E - 07/19/2017

2002 Ford Ranger

I'm distinctly a DIYer, 74, and arthritic. Except for one minor issue, it only took me 50 minutes to install. That issue was that the spare MUST be lowered if you have a full-sized spare on a step-bumper vehicle.

The product is VERY nicely made and fit perfectly. I'd recommend it to anyone.

1998 Ford Ranger

Easy install, other than having to drill two 1/2" holes in the truck frame. Nice quality hitch. I have a 1998 Ranger 4X4 so the tires are at the larger end of the OEM tire range (P235/75R15). My spare tire did fit in the well once the hitch was in place, however the tire is shifted a little bit forward due to interference with the hitch's square receiver tube. My spare is suspended on a crank-up cable mechanism, so placement is not critical. It's fine though, very secure.

I like the way this hitch is mostly hidden from view once installed. Very clean look.


It's a robust product with a good finish.
only problem (hitch) was my vehicle (2001 Ford Ranger, Edge 6'bed) frame/bumper attachment had clips that couldn't be removed until the other bolts were backed out to provide clearance to slide the retainer out.

I am happy with and the many purchases I have made over the years.


I've had this hitch for a year now, and it's still as great as it was on day one. It tucks up behind the bumper nicely to keep a nice clean appearance, and the powder coating has help up nicely. No complaints from me. Installation was easy, removing the hitch the previous owner put on was the hardest part.

1997 Ford Ranger

Fit perfectly. Got the curt for my 97 ford ranger to pull my 5×12 trailer. Its always great to have a good quality hitch. No more using my bumper to pull, always made me nervous using the bumper. Very happy. Thanks etrailer.


After owning and using for a year, I can confidently say it is amazing. If you're wondering about fitment it is design to go around the spare tire in its stock placement. It bolts directly to the frame using existing mounts for the rear bumper and factory hitch. The kit came with all neccessary hardware. Great product that will last me many more years of use


This is my second hitch I’ve bought from etrailer. Both times the hitch showed up on time or sooner, and installation was easy due in large part to the excellent videos on the site. This is always going to be my “go to” site for any trailer needs.

2003 Ford Ranger

I received my hitch in 2 days and found it was just as described.... very heavy duty, manufactured at a high level and high quality paint. I installed the hitch on my 2003 Ford Ranger in much less time than anticipated. The hitch was as specified and fit perfectly .. no need to drill holes either. Very pleased with the product and ease of installation.

2015 Ford Ranger

I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT, and the instillation was fairly simple. No drilling addition holes for my model, and the only problem I really had was loosening the existing bolts on the truck. Had to use liquid wrench, but they were loose within 15 minutes. The videos on this site and the Curt site are a great help for visualizing what you need to do. I would definitely buy from ETrailer again.

1995 Ford Ranger

Ordered this for our old 95 Ranger camping truck. 100% satisfied with as always! Great customer service, blazing fast shipping,highest quality products and simple instructions that my 8 year old and his dog can follow. Less than an hour for the three of us to install

1995 Ford Ranger

My hitch arrived several days ahead of the estimated time. It came securely packaged with all the hardware I needed. Most other places I looked to purchase from couldn't ship for at least 45 days, these guys shipped it right out. I removed my spare tire, although I wouldn't have to and got to work. Took about a half hour to install. Great experience, I will continue to use etrailer for my trailer and hauling needs.


Excellent product and a very easy installation. It took about 20 minutes to install. No drilling and a perfect fit! Great video tutorial on youtube!

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  • Can Curt Trailer Hitch # 13138 Be Installed and Fit Around the Spare Tire on a 1994 Ford Ranger
    You will be able to install the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13138, on your 1994 Ford Ranger and still keep the factory spare tire in position under the truck bed. After installing the hitch, you will need a 19 millimeter, open-ended wrench to remove the spare tire as the hitch will interfere with the normal spare tire removal method. What this essentially means is that you cannot use an enclosed wrench, like a socket or tire iron. You will still be able to remove and reinstall the spare, you...
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  • Is there Drilling Required to Install Curt Hitch 13138 on a 1998 Mazda B Series
    Some of the vehicles this hitch will fit require drilling and some will not. This hitch uses 4 bolts. On all trucks at least 2 of the holes are present and on some trucks all 4 are present. At the most you would have to drill two 1/2 inch holes, but you can use the hitch as a template to assist the process. I spoke with one of my contacts at one of our hitch manufacturers an it appears the 2nd pair of holes started appearing in 2002, so you will most likely have to drill. I have added...
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  • Will Bumper Bracket Bolts Need to Be Removed to Install Curt Hitch 13138 on a 2001 Ford Ranger
    If you have a step bumper you will need to remove the rearmost bumper bracket bolts and J-nuts to install this Curt Hitch # 13138. To get a better idea of what installation of this hitch will be like check out the installation instructions and video I attached for you.
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  • Weight Capacities of the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # 13138 for a 2000 Mazda B Series Pickup
    I checked with Curt and they list this hitch # 13138 as having 4,000 lb trailer weight capacity with a 400 lb tongue weight capacity without weight distribution, and with weight distribution 6,000 lb total trailer weight with a 600 lb tongue weight. I attached an FAQ article on weight distributions systems for you to check out also.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2003 Ford Ranger
    I have a solution for you, but there are no bumper mounted hitches confirmed to fit your 2003 Ford Ranger. Instead we have a frame mounted option that would work even better at a pretty price. For that you will want the Curt Hitch part # 13138. Now to pick a ball mount for this hitch that will let you tow your trailer level you will want to check out the link I attached to the right that details how to pick out the rise/drop ball mount.
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  • How Much Torque is Required to Install the Curt Hitch # 13138 Hardware
    If you check out the installation instructions link I attached to the right you will see the recommended torque specs listed in the last step for the Curt hitch part # 13138.
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  • USA Made Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2005 Ford Ranger 4x4
    Curt trailer hitches are made in the USA so for a Curt hitch for your 2005 Ford Ranger you would want the part # 13138. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Distance Between Mounting Holes On Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver 13138
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138 you were looking at measures 30-3/4" between the two furthest back mounting holes center to center, 31" between the two closer mounting holes center to center, and 5-3/4" between the holes vertically as shown in the included diagram. From the mounting flange to the top of the receiver tube measures 5-1/2". The # 13138 is a custom fit for the 1983-2012 Ford Ranger and 1994-2010 Mazda B Series Pickups, so as long as your vehicle is one of these...
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  • Would Trailer Hitch for 2001 Mazda B3000 Truck Also Fit 1996 Model
    The hitches we carry for the 1996 Mazda B3000 like the Curt # 13138 fit models from 1994 to 2010 so yes a hitch from a 2001 would also fit a 1996 model.
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  • Is There Frame Drilling Required to Install Curt Hitch on 1996 Ford Ranger
    When installing the Curt hitch part # 13138 on your 1996 Ford Ranger you would need to drill two holes in the frame to complete the install. On some trucks the holes are already drilled though. Looking at your picture it looks like you do not have the holes drilled already.
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  • Will Curt 13138 Trailer Hitch Fit on 2004 Ford Ranger FX4 with 245/75R16 Spare Tire
    I'm not 100% sure what size tire came on your 2006 Ford Ranger but if the 245/75R16 spare you have is the stock tire then you won't have any problems with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138 installed. We did have a customer send in a picture where the Curt receiver was really close to their tire but they had bumper up in size which is where the problem came from. Attached is an installation video of this on a 2006 Ranger that you can check out.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2004 Ford Ranger with Full Size Spare and Stepside Bed
    For your 2004 Ford Ranger with a full size spare and stepside bed, I recommend the Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # 13138. This is a Class III trailer hitch that will provide a 2 inch receiver opening with a 400 pound tongue weight capacity and a 4,000 pound towing weight limit. It is confirmed to fit with a full size spare and there will be no issues with the stepside bed. I have attached an image that shows the hitch installed around a full size spare tire. I have attached...
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  • Is Drilling/Spare Tire Relocation Required to Install Curt Trailer Hitch 13138 on 2000 Ford Ranger
    The spare tire should not be an issue for Curt trailer hitch # 13138 for your 2000 Ford Ranger. The instructions, linked for reference below, state that relocation of the tire bracket is not required. Provided that the spare tire is a stock size then I do not anticipate there being an issue. Regarding any drilling it would appear that some trucks that take this hitch already have the required mounting holes on the frame. Others do not. On models that do not two 1/2 inch holes will need...
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  • Is Drilling Required When Installing a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 1997 Ford Ranger
    When installing the Curt Front Mount Hitch, # 13138 on a 1997 Ford Ranger, you will need to enlarge some access holes but you will not be drilling any new holes. Please note that this hitch will not fit models that have a front cross-member (interferes with installation) or 2 wheel drive models built in Canada. I have included a link to the installation details for you. We also have the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch, # 65017. I have included a link to the installation details for this hitch...
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  • Do 1996 and 1998 Ford Rangers Share Common Class II and Class III Trailer Hitch Fits
    Hitch fits for the 1996 and 1998 Ford Ranger are the same as long as the 1996 Ranger is NOT the GT version. For the GT version of the 1996 Ranger we have no hitch fits. I have linked two pages for you that show all available Class II and Class III hitches for both model years. Please note that you cannot re-use the hitch installation hardware when you re-install the hitch. The hardware for hitches is intended for a single use only and it must be replaced with a new hardware kit in order...
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  • What Vehicles Does Curt Class III 13138 Hitch Fit
    I'd be happy to help with that. The Curt Class III hitch, part # 13138 is a fit for the following vehicles: • 1994 - 2010 Mazda B Series Pickup • 1983 - 2012 Ford Ranger • 1986 - 1989 Ford Ranger excluding GT Replacement Hardware is available using part # RHK. Use the provided link, and on the # RHK product page, you'd type in '13138' in the provided field and choose 'Curt' from the drop down menu.
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  • Does the Curt Hitch Interfere with my Spare tire on my 1999 Ford Ranger?
    No the curt is a great fit. Your spare tire will fit right back in its original position after installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III part # 13138 . I have included a photo of it installed for you to reference hoe it fit with the spare. If you plan on pulling a trailer and don't have wiring yet the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118325 is designed to work with your Ranger and doesn't require you to cut or splice any of your...
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  • Removal Of A Hitch Receiver
    While getting the bolts into the frame is one thing, getting them out is a bit trickier. Obviously, its going to be the same process you did to get them installed but just in reverse. You may need to make the hole bigger if it's giving you trouble. You can get the bolts at your local hardware store or you can just go to item # RHK and type in the hitch number and manufacturer to get the right kit. For example, if you had the Curt Round Tube Class III hitch # 13138 on your 2001 Mazda B4000...
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  • Capacity of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2002 Ford Ranger
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138 that fits your 2002 Ford Ranger has a 4,000 lb towing and 400 lb tongue weight capacity. So as long as you are beneath those figures, such as with a 3,900 lb trailer, you can tow with it safely. I have added a link to a video review and the installation instructions for you to check out as well of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138. To complete your towing set up, if you do not have a 4-flat wiring harness, the correct fit for your 2002 Ranger...
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  • Recommended Class III Trailer Hitch for 1993 Ford Ranger with Full Size Spare
    For your 1993 Ford Ranger XLT, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138. This Class III hitch is confirmed to fit your truck and will fit along with the full size spare tire under the vehicle. The hitch has a towing weight capacity of 4,000 pounds and a tongue weight capacity of 400 pounds. Just note that some drilling will be required during installation. I have attached the written installation instructions and a video on the 1999 Ford Ranger that you can use for reference. If...
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  • Replacement Hardware to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver
    For replacement hardware to install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138 into a Ford Ranger or Mazda Pickup you'll need to use part # RHK. On the product page for # RHK just select Curt and enter the model number when ordering so you get the exact hardware for the hitch.
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  • 2003 Ford Ranger FX4 Trailer Hitch Compatibility with P235/70R16 Spare Tire
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 13138 for your 2003 Ford Ranger FX4 will allow the 235/70-16 spare tire to fit. Other styles for this truck like the Draw-Tite Max-Frame # 75082 will not allow for that spare tire fit.
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  • Comparing the Curt Round Hitch 13138 and Curt Square Hitch 13019 for a 1992 Ford Ranger
    The difference between the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch part # 13019 and the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch part # 13138 is strictly aesthetics. The square tube option is a bit more cost effective and it matches the body lines on your 1992 Ford Ranger so this is what I recommend. I have attached a photo of each so you can compare them side by side.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2004 Ford Ranger Edge
    It is difficult to identify what hitch fits just by looking at the holes in the frame. However, I can tell you that the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138 is confirmed to fit your 2004 Ford Ranger Edge. This is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver. It has a maximum gross trailer weight of 4,000 lbs and tongue weight of 400 lbs. If you would prefer the look of a square tube then the # 13019 also fits your Ford Ranger Edge. I have attached an installation video for your reference.
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