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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

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Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" part number C11498 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C11498

  • Class I
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 2000 lbs GTW
  • No Cross Tube
  • CURT
  • 200 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


  • 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
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA, bolts overseas


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 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.

11498 Curt Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details C11498 Installation instructions

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - C11498

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

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BMW 5 series

BMW 528xi. I was referred to etrailer by a friend, I Recieved everything on time as ordered. Wiring harness even came with an extra voltage tester! The wiring harness install had the highest difficulty level out of the install but took less then an hour. More then plenty wire was delivered in the package. I really like the wire splice connectors supplied in the kit made everything so easy!!! The curt hitch install was super easy and with the aid of a jack to hold it in place, was completed in an hour. Total installation was 3 hours. Can't wait to tow my motorcycle!!!

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Honda Pilot

recommend you change the instructions to state that you must have a right angle drill. I used it to drill a pilot hole and then drilled the larger hole from inside the spare tire compartment. I do not think you could do this with a regular drill. The space is too tight.

Thanks for adding the pics. So other than right angle drill, it was pretty easy? Four holes, and mount. Did you need to remove bumper or touch exhaust? Thanks for your reply.
-- comment by: Eric - 01/25/2014

You will not need to remove or move the bumper or exhaust. You may want to have a second set of hands to help hold and position the hitch for marking your holes. You do want to make sure it is level. Once you mark your holes, the install is pretty easy from there. You can even drill pilot holes from the outside with a small bit once you have made your marks. Then you can go inside the trunk to open them up to 17/32. This will minimize time under the car. Just be mindful of what is behind where you are drilling.

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 2/4/2014

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2009 BMW 5 Series

2009 bmw 528i. you almost can't see the trailer hitch below the bumper. I've NEVER seen a Beemer pulling a trailer............. Electrical hookup was just as the instructions said. BMW has the battery in the right side of the trunk so power hookup was easy. I put the pig-tail down in the spare tire well when not in use. Feel free to use whatever pics you see fit. Great product and install videos.

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I had it installed by a mechanic. It works well to haul my boat around bicycle rack,.thanks!

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Awesome , easy installation on my e60 bmw , thanks etrailer

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Things to consider: The hitch was on sale, so very good price. Cheapest in North America. Well build and strong, but the BMW metal feels too weak, so don't expect to tow a camper. Use for bike rack or haul trailer only. I followed the instructions to mount and that was a big mistake. I should have used my brain instead. I should have marked the two bumper holes, drill and mount the hitch tight and after that mark the 2 spare tire holes, drill and tighten the back.

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2007 BMW 5 Series

I'm happy to leave very positive feedback on my interaction with eTrailer. It has been absolutely fantastic, and special recognition to your customer service representative, Heidi (?), who helped with the missing parts on an emergency basis. Very, very thankful that I had gone through this purchase with you and will definitely be coming back in the future. Thank you again for helping me out when I was in a bind. I do appreciate it very very much.

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2004 BMW 5 Series

I ordered this trailer hitch and the "sport wing" bike rack. Delivery was very fast. I installed the hitch with no problems? We have full suspension bikes and this bike rack should work well.

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2007 BMW 5 Series

The product is thick heavy and sturdy. Seems like it will work perfectly for my vehicle. Have not installed it yet. Four stars for quick shipping and what seems to be a top notch product.

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2008 BMW 535xi

Great service! Product came promptly and mechanic installed onto my Bmw 535xi. I would recommend etrailer based on their product knowledge and friendly staff.

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2004 BMW 5 Series

Hitch fit my 2004 bmw 530i great. See the Etrailer how to video, it explains the installations very well.

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2006 BMW 5 Series

Product arrived on date promised, well packed and looking like pics, will use it to attach a bicycle rack, thanks for the great costumer service.

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Will use the receiver for a bicycle rack, like the low profile.

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Ask the Experts about this CURT Trailer Hitch

  • Will a Trailer Hitch Fit on a 2009 BMW 523i Built in Germany
    I spoke with my contact at Curt about trailer hitch # 11498. He stated that as long as the 2009 BMW 532i was built for use in the United States market, then the hitch will fit. If it was intended for use in Europe then the hitch is not recommended as the European market has different standards then the U.S. and DOT regulations. I have included a link to the installation details below.
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  • Can a 2006 BMW 530xi Tow a Motorcycle on a Trailer with a Class I Trailer Hitch
    The Curt Trailer Hitch, # 11498, for the 2006 BMW 5 series sedan is rated at 2,000 pounds gross trailer weight and 200 pounds tongue weight. The combined weight of the trailer and Harley cannot exceed 2,000 pounds. A lot of larger Harleys can be quite heavy on their own, with several models over 1,000 pounds. However, if you find the right trailer and stay under the weight capacity limits of the hitch, you will be able to tow the bike and trailer and the hitch will be able to handle it....
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  • Hitch for BMW 535i That Is Hidden
    The Curt Class I trailer hitch (part 11498) should work great for you. I have a hitch that is similar to this and all you will see coming out from under your back bumper is the receiver opening. Note: you will need to do some fascia trimming and remove the spare tire to install this.
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  • What is Fascia Trimming with the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver for my 2007 BMW 5 Series?
    Yes, this will work on your 2007 BMW 5 Series. This Curt Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar, part #11498, requires some fascia trimming. A bumper consists of the metal frame and fascia on top of it. Fascia is the outside shell of your bumper. You will only need to trim a bit of the underside of the bumper fascia, and once the hitch is installed, you will not even be able to tell. Before cutting the fascia, you would mark where you plan to cut prior to actually cutting. Using a...
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  • Which Curt Hitch Fits a BMW 530xi Sedan
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said part # 11498 is the part that would fit your 530xi Sedan.
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  • Curt Class I Hitch Part # 11498 for 2008 BMW 535I
    Per the instructions provided by Curt, no fascia trimming is required for installation of this particular hitch. I confirmed this by phone with one of my contacts in Curt Tech Services, as well. Four holes will need to be drilled for installation, and you will want to make sure to caulk around the bolt holes in the trunk pan after installation to prevent exhaust fumes and water from entering the vehicle. I will include a link to the installation instructions below.
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  • What Are Stabilizing Straps For On The Curt Trailer Hitch, # 11498, Fitting A 2005 BMW 5 Series
    On the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 11498, for the 2005 BMW 5 Series, the stabilizing straps they are talking about are the Curt Bike Rack Strap with Cambuckle, # 18050. Most trailer hitches will mount to the frame of the vehicle, which will give the support needed when using a hitch bike rack or hitch cargo carrier. The only way the trailer hitch can attach to the 2005 BMW 5 Series is by attaching to the underside of the trunk area, which does not give as much support as attaching to a frame....
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  • Will the Curt Hitch C11498 for a 2006 BMW 530i Sit Behind Panel On Aero Rear Bumper
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C11498 which is the only option available for a 2006 BMW 530i will install beneath the rear bumper as you can see in the attached install photo. Therefore, it will not sit behind the removable rear bumper panel on your 530i with Aero Package. I am not aware of a trailer hitch offered for the 530i that would sit behind this panel but the receiver tube is actually still hidden pretty well so this should not be too much of a concern.
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  • What Is the Correct Trailer Hitch for a 2009 BMW 550i with Sport Package
    I looked up your order and was able to confirm that you do indeed have the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C11498. I then checked with Curt and see that they have this hitch listed as the correct fit for your 2009 BMW 550i. Therefore, I do not think that you have the wrong hitch installed. If there was then chances are there would have been extensive modifications needed in order to make it work. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver is a custom fit for the 5 series sedans. In regards to...
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  • Curt Hitch Compatibility with 2010 BMW 535ix with M Sport Package
    For your 2010 BMW 535ix with M sport package I reached out to my contact at Curt and he confirmed # C11498 is a fit for all trim packages and models of the 535xi for that year. He didn't have exclusions for the M Sport Package, so he said to his knowledge it would fit without modification.
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit For 2011 BMW 535i Sedan
    For you 2011 BMW 535i Sedan, you will want the Curt Class I Receiver Hitch # C11381. This trailer hitch has a 1-1/4 inch receiver, a maximum tongue weight of 200 pounds, and a maximum gross trailer weight of 2,000 pounds. This hitch does require drilling for installation. I have linked the installation instructions for you. All non-trailer loads, such as bike rack and cargo carries, need to be supported with stabilizing straps, # 18050. The trailer hitch you referenced, # C11498 is...
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation on a 2007 BMW 5 Series with a Plastic Bottom Guide Under the Car
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and he stated that to install trailer hitch # 11498 on your 2007 BMW 5 series, you would need to cut or trim that bottom guide as needed to get the hitch in the proper position. If you can move it temporarily and then put it back in place with little or no modification, that is also permissible. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If you plan on doing some towing, the hitch comes with a ball mount, hitch pin and clip. For a...
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  • Is Stabilizer Strap Needed with Curt Hitch C11498
    Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like a bike rack with the hitch part # C11498 that you referenced. It is sold separately. I attached a review video for you to check for the strap as well.
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  • Fit of Curt Class I Receiver Hitch # C11498 on 2006 BMW M5 Sedan
    According to my Curt Manufacturing representative, their Class I receiver part # C11498 is a fit for all models of the 2006 BMW 5 Series Sedans, including the M5. If you are planning on using the rack for a hitch mounted accessory like a bike rack, be aware that Curt warranty requirements state that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 must be used for all non-trailer loads. I have linked you to the installation instructions for the Curt # C11498, as well as a video showing how that...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit for 2007 BMW 5 Series
    We do have a trailer hitch receiver that fits a 2007 BMW 5 Series, so long as it is the 530i sedan. The correct hitch is the following: - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11498 I have added a link to a video install and the instructions for you to check out as well.
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  • Curt Hitch Recommendation for a 2008 BMW 528i
    As long as your 2008 BMW 528i is a sedan the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11498 would be the correct hitch for you. To see what it would take to install this hitch on your vehicle check out the picture I attached that shows the installation instructions. If you have a wagon you would want a Curt hitch # C11194.
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  • Is a Trailer Hitch Available For a BMW 535xi Sports Wagon
    I have the Curt Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch # 11194 that will fit a 2008 to 2010 BMW 535xi Wagon, AWD Sport Series. This hitch has a 200 lb. tongue weight capacity. The rear air dam does have to be permanently removed when installing this hitch. I do not have a listing for a BMW 535xti sport wagon. When using this hitch for non-trailer loads, like a bike rack, you will have to use a stabilizing strap to help support the load. The manufacturer (Curt) requires the use of the Curt Stabilizing...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2008 BMW 535xi Wagon
    I do have an option for you, however the Curt Class I Receiver Hitch # C11498 referenced in your question is only confirmed to fit the sedan model of your 2008 BMW 535xi. For your 535xi Wagon, you will instead want the Curt Class I Receiver Hitch # C11194. This Class I hitch is confirmed to fit your vehicle and will use existing holes in its frame for a no-drill installation. It will provide you with a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening and it has a 200 pound tongue weight capacity and 2,000...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2009 BMW 535i xDrive
    The Curt trailer hitch # C11498 is listed as a fit for all sedan models of the 2009 BMW 5-series so that would include your 535xi with xDrive. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation of this hitch for you. If you want to use the hitch for an accessory such as a bike rack or cargo carrier then you have to make sure the accessory is rated for use with a Class I trailer hitch. Also, with a bike rack, you are limited to 2 bikes maximum on a Class I hitch. For a compatible...
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  • Availability of Hitch For 2006 BMW 5 Series for 3 Bike Rack
    The only available hitch for the 2006 BMW 5 Series is the # C11498 Curt Class I Receiver Hitch. Unfortunately this is not a confirmed fit for your wagon, only the sedan. Regardless of that fact, the Class I hitch would have been limited to 2 bikes and you need to carry 3. Since there is not an available hitch I recommend using a trunk bike rack. The # SA803 Saris Bones EX 3 Bike Rack is a confirmed fit for your 2006 BMW 5 Series Wagon. It has anti-sway cradles with ratcheting straps that...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2010 BMW 535xi
    The Curt Hitch part # C11194 has been confirmed to fit your 2010 BMW 535xi wagon so I would recommend it for you. The # C11498 that you referenced is confirmed to fit the sedan models and the # C11194 is for wagon models. You may be interested in the following products to complete your towing setup: Trailer Wiring Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Tail Light # C59496 Hitch Ball # 19256 or Hitch Ball # 19258
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  • Is Curt Stabilizer Strap 18050 Required for Class I Hitch Bike Rack on 2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI
    Some light-duty Class I hitches such as the Curt # C11498, and the # C11000 that fits your 2013 Volkswagen Golf (as long as it is not the R model), do require use of a stabilizing strap like # 18050 or a similar item on non-trailer loads in order to retain your warranty coverage. Not all Class I hitches have this requirement. Draw-Tite hitch # 24825 can be used without a support strap. You are certainly free to use an alternate strap, such as a ratcheting tie down like # EM34423 or a similar...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2010 BMW 5 Series Sedan
    There is one trailer hitch that is a confirmed fit for your 2010 BMW 5 Series sedan. The Curt Class I trailer hitch, part # C11498 should work great for you. This is a bolt-on installation. Some underbody panels or fascia must be temporarily loosened or removed during installation. We don't have any removable trailer hitches for your BMW 5 Series. To see what it would take to install this hitch on your vehicle check out the picture I've attached that shows the installation instructions. If...
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  • Will the BMW 5 Series Wagon Hitch Fit the BMW 5 Series Sedan
    For the 2008 BMW 5 Series Sedan the only hitch we have available is the Curt Class I Hitch, item # C114983. This is a 1-1/4 inch receiver hitch with 2,000 lbs towing capacity and 200 lbs tongue weight capacity which is the same as the hitch for the wagon that you referred to. The Curt Class I Hitch, item # C11194, hitch is designed for the 2008 BMW 5 Series Wagon and will not fit the Sedan models. At this time our suppliers do not offer a 2 inch receiver hitch for the 2008 BMW 5 Series. If...
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