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

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 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 II - 1-1/4" part number C12097 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C12097

  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • No Cross Tube
  • 350 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 II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 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.

12097 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces 12254

Installation Details C12097 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12097

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (38 Customer Reviews)

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

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

Very easy to install on 2015 VW Tiguan.


Along with the hitch I ordered a bike strap and torque wrench, all arrived sooner than scheduled and exactly as s described on the web site - great customer service!

The hitch was an extremely simple installation, about 10 minutes. Need to torque the bolts to 45lbs so don’t forget a torque wrench. The hitch is well concealed and blends with the car.


Couldn't have gone on any easier!

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

Excellent products. The only problem was that I ordered a pin and clip for a class 3, but ordered a class 2 hitch and draw bar. My fault, but I would thing that my mistake would have been noticed and perhaps brought to my attention. Again, the only problem was MY fault. I would definitely purchase from etrailer again.

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

Last year I spent probably $200 to buy and install a hitch through UHaul. The location wasn't convenient but thought it was really my only option. Within 6 months I had to have the hitch removed because it was banging so much...turns out they installed the wrong size and banging against the muffler. Rather than having to deal with UHaul again, I found this hitch online and it looked really easy to install. On this site it was almost half of retail price and arrived quickly. It was super easy to install...10 minutes max. Couldn't be happier!

Thank you for reaching out. It is still working great...used it all last summer for bike rack and will put that back on once the weather improves .
Betsy W - 04/21/2016

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

Found out about etrailer from their YouTube video on how to install a hitch on my Tiguan. Wonderful video and great product. Super easy for a novice, about 30 minutes and I was done. If you have an extension for your socket, that will make the job easier.

No issues after a year of use! thanks for a great product and wonderful find
Brant P - 06/12/2018


All is good. It attached perfectly, my mechanic is an excellent job putting the wiring in. I have pulled my boat many times and it is exactly what I expected. VW wants a $1000 installed for their hitch and wiring. Must used magic Great for my hitch mounted bike rack too. Use it a lot for that. thank you.


Purchased for use with a 1up bike rack, the hitch installed in minutes and has worked great! Seems heavy duty for the the size,and still looks new after a year of weekly abuse. I would suggest a 2" opening over the 1.25" if hauling more than 1bike even though the weight capacity is the same with this particular hitch.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

Quality built hitch easy to put on works great

Volkswagen Tiguan

Purchased a whole kit for my VW Tiguan, and let me say with the directions/video from etrailer, installation was by far the easiest thing. They don't miss a step in the instructions and are very detailed in what you need to do. I HIGHLY recommend etrailer for all your trailer needs. You don't even have to be handy, just have the tools and follow along. A+++


Installation was a breeze!
Thanks etrailer!
online video sold me on your product & process. I’ve already recommended you to my son who’s looking for a hitch.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Love that I was able to install myself. Took an entire 25 minutes or so. Using hitch on my 2017 Tiguan for a 1UP USA bike rack.


Easy install and no issues a year later. A good purchase! Don't waste your money paying someone else to install a hitch - just do it yourself :)

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

Good fit and better price than the VW version. Install was just bolting to the rear bumper after cutting an access hole to the bottom surface of the vinyl bumper cover.


Receiver was well made and fit the existing mounting holes on the car frame perfectly. Installation took less than ten minutes and required only a sharp knife to trim the fascia and a socket wrench.


as always, the etrailer hitch was easy to install and works great. Very happy with this purchase.


Easy to install and perfect fit for the vehicle

Still perfect after a year of use.
Ed L - 10/20/2017


Very easy to install on the VW Tiguan. Solid construction.
Might have to buy the 2" version for greater compatibility and I'll buy this brand.

2016 Volkswagen Tiguan

This hitch was super easy to find (the website is grand) ....fits my car perfect easy to install! I installed it myself - 66 yr old woman!!! It allows me to take my bike everywhere!


Team members have it all covered with excellent customer services.


Delivered quickly. Quality product. Customer service during order was professional and efficient.

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Great product. Easy installation. Love it.


Very easy to install on our 2014 VW Tig uan!


Very easy to in stall and no problems p erfect.


Just excellent, fit perfect

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See what our Experts say about this CURT Trailer Hitch

  • Can Over-Trimmed Appearance Panel be Repaired After Hitch Installation
    Oopses can happen. It's happened to me before so no worries! If you still have the piece that you trimmed away what I recommend is to use a product called JB Weld available at auto parts stores to affix it back on the available sides. JB Weld is a strong product and works with a variety of materials so the panel on the vehicle will not be an issue. If you do not still have the piece you can likely find a similar piece of plastic and use that instead. Or at the very least wrap up that electrical...
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  • Dimensions of Trailer Hitch Receiver for Volkswagen Tiguan
    I can give you the dimensions of the Curt hitch for the Volkswagen Tiguan, part # C12097, but I can't guarantee whether or not it'll fit your vehicle. All of the products we carry are designed specifically for vehicles manufactured for the North American market. There are two sets of mounting holes and they're not even with one another. Center on center the holes closest to the rear of the vehicle with the hitch installed are about 3-1/8 inches apart and the ones towards the front are...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan SE
    The Curt Hitch part # C12097 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit all models of the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan so it should work well with your SE model. All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt. For that you will want the part # 18050. I attached a video that details how it would work.
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  • Is the Curt Stabilizing Strap # 18050 Required With Curt Class II Hitch # C12097
    The Curt Class II trailer hitch receiver offered for your 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan, part # C12097, does require when using non-trailer loads such as a bike or cargo carrier that you use their stabilizing strap # 18050. This strap is intended to help support the downward force on the hitch (tongue weight) with all such non-wheeled loads and also to help reduce some of the inevitable random motion of the accessory in use. This is particularly important with a large platform bike carrier. Curt...
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  • Weight of Curt C12097 and Draw-Tite 24916 Hitches for 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage
    The Curt # C12097 you'd looked at isn't a fit for the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage, so it wouldn't work for you but we do offer hitch fits. The Curt # C11394 weighs just under 20 lbs, and the Draw-Tite # 24916 weighs one pound less, at just under 19 lbs. If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick the Curt. In my opinion, Curt does a little bit better job on their powder coat finish which will offer slightly better protection in the long run. Also, many folks find that the round tube design...
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  • Bracket to Mount Factory Trailer Connector to a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan with Aftermarket Hitch
    First if you are needing a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver then you will need to look at the Class III options for your 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan. Curt hitch # C12097 is a Class II with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. Class III options include Curt hitch # C13133 or Draw-Tite hitch # 75658. I have linked installation videos for both hitches for you. If the factory wiring is a 4-Way flat connector then 1 non-invasive option is the Curt Easy Mount system # C58001. It attaches to the hitch receiver and...
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  • Recommended Hitch for 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan That Does Not Require Stabilizing Strap 18050
    Many Curt brand hitches do carry the warranty requirement to use a strap like # 18050 when any non-wheeled load is installed in the hitch, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. This applies both to their 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch # C12097 and their 2-inch Class III hitch # C13133. The strap can be positioned at the top of the rear hatch, or on other vehicles to one of the raised roof side rails or roof rack crossbars. Since use of the strap can be a nuisance for some folks I suggest choosing...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch for 2002 Subaru Outback Sedan
    We offer a Curt # C12270 or a Draw-Tite # 36284 Class II receiver hitch for your 2002 Subaru Outback Sedan. Both hitches would install in the same manner, with a couple of slight differences. Both hitches have the same 3000 lb towing capacity (limited to the 2000 lb towing capacity of the vehicle) but the Curt has a 350 lb tongue weight capacity while the Draw-Tite has a 300 lb tongue weight capacity. The crossbar of the Curt routes under the exhaust pipe while that of the Draw-Tite...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
    There are several differences amongst the various hitch classes but the important factor is that the hitch is rated high enough for what you need it for. The hitch tongue weight and gross trailer weight capacity will need to exceed the trailer tongue weight and gross weight. Class I and II trailer hitches have 1-1/4 inch receiver openings whereas a Class III hitch will have a 2 inch receiver opening. Class I hitches usually top out at 200 pounds tongue weight capacity and 2,000 pounds...
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