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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
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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 C12185 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C12185

  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • Visible 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
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • 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.

12185 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details C12185 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12185

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.


I just intented to use the hitch with a bike rack and it serves that purpose well. Installation took longer and was a little more difficult that anticipated. Some parts privided were incorrect for the application on the new Malibu. Contacted Curt directly and we worked through the required parts and they were very good in getting them promptly sent out. It's my second rack from Curt and wouldn't hesitate to buy again if needed. All good!


Excellent rock performs beautifully extremely strong and relatively straightforward to install if you’re familiar with removing the rear bumper etc. I would definitely recommend this product it works great


The trailer hitch and the wiring kit were both excellent quality. The delivery was fast and the instructions and installation videos were very helpful. Don't be afraid to do it yourself. You'll save yourself a bunch of money. Great place to do business.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Excellent piece I very happy with it. I totally recommend this item for a Chevy Malibu. I installed very easy w/the etrailer video on [web]. Thank you.

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Easy to install with great video

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

Nice quality strong construction, but I wish you could manufacture the same hitch with a 2 inch receiver, that would work for more option attachments. Yea I know it's probably regulations. Thanks I would send pictures,but the hitch is in NY and the car is in will have to wait till winter.


Great product and came quick and they have instructions for every specific car which is super helpful! All US employees and great service!!


High quality product as usual with Curt. The instructions we’re actually a bit more complicated than they need to be, on this particular vehicle. However knowing what I know, Everything was there for a clean application. etrailer service and prices we are again top notch.

2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Fits perfect and was easy to install. Included fish wires to pull bolts in place. Hardest part was to get muffler off hanger which took 5 minutes. Very satisfied.

by: 03/15/2022



2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2017 Chevrolet Malibu


Ask the Experts about this CURT Trailer Hitch

  • Can Curt Trailer Hitch Be Modified to Make Receiver More Hidden on Vehicle
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12185 referenced in your question is designed to mount to a vehicle using existing holes in its frame. The hitch cannot be modified in any way so that the receiver is vertical as this is simply not how it was tested and rated. Any modifications to a hitch like this would void the manufacturer's warranty and likely negatively affect its performance and durability. If you can tell me the year, make, and model of your vehicle I will be happy to make a recommendation...
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  • Trailer Hitch that Fits 2018 Chevy Malibu
    The Curt hitch part # C12185 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Chevy Malibu with dual exhaust and would work well. I attached a picture of this hitch installed on a similar Malibu with dual exhaust for you to check out as well.
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  • Is Fishwire Included with Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12185
    Yes, the 7/16 inch fishwire needed for installation is included with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12185. I have attached an image of the hardware that comes with this hitch that you can also take a look at.
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  • Availability of Class II Trailer Hitch for 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Premier
    We do offer two options in a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch for your 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Premier that you can view on the linked page. Both the Draw-Tite # 36652 and the Curt # C12185 are no-drill installations and have similar capacities but Curt rates the installation of their hitch as being a bit less complex than the process required for the Draw-Tite. Both hitches require trimming of fascia components as well as temporary lowering of the exhaust for access to the hitch mounting points,...
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  • Which Curt Hitch Fits 2016 Chevy Malibu
    The Curt hitch part # C12115 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Chevy Malibu only if it's a Limited model. The install video that you referenced (which is attached to this page) would show the install process exactly as it would be on your 2016 model. If you have a non-Limited model you would need the part # C12185 instead. We don't have an install video for this hitch but I did attach install instructions.
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  • Availability of a Trailer Hitch to Fit a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
    I confirmed with my contact at Curt that the Curt Trailer Hitch , # C12185, is confirmed to fit all models of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu even the hybrid model. This hitch has a bolt on design and will not require welding the hitch to the frame of the vehicle. Exhaust will need to be temporarily removed for hitch installation. Heat shield must be modified or trimmed for hitch installation.
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Fits 2019 Buick Regal Sportback
    We do have a hitch for your 2019 Buick Regal Sportback GS but the Curt you mentioned does not fit the GS models. I checked with them just now to confirm this. Draw Tite offers the # 36652 though that fits all models of the 2019 Regal including your GS so it would fit and work well. If you need trailer wiring Tekonsha has an easy to install and very reliable kit with part # 118783 that fits your vehicle.
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  • What Vehicles Does the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver 24965 Fit
    The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 24965 fits the following vehicles: 2011 - 2020 Kia Optima 2011 - 2019 Hyundai Sonata excluding Hybrid 2011 - 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Please note, the hardware is a one time only use product so this will need to be replaced as well using the Replacement Hardware Kit for Trailer Hitches part # RHK. For a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12185 which is the only option that doesn't require...
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  • Complete Towing Setup For A 2020 Chevrolet Malibu
    Yes, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12185 will fit your 2020 Chevrolet Malibu. This hitch has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500lbs and a maximum tongue weight capacity of 350lbs. You'll want to verify with your vehicles owners manual for your vehicle's maximum towing capacity, and compare that rating to the hitch and use the lowest rating between the two. If you're wanting a complete towing setup, you're also going to need wiring, and a ball mount. For wiring, the T-One Vehicle...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit for 2016 Chevy Mailbu Hybrid
    The Curt Trailer Hitch # C12185 is a confirmed fit for all models of 2016 Chevy Malibu, including the hybrid versions. This is a bolt-on hitch that is going to require the use of stabilizing straps # 18050 with all non-trailer accessories such as bike racks and cargo carriers in order to maintain the warranty. I've added a link to a demonstration video for you which shows you how the straps are used.
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  • Recommended Wiring Harness and Installing a Trailer Hitch on 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
    The Curt Class II Receiver Hitch # C12185 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The installation can be performed fairly easily by any local auto shop. No drilling is required, however the heat shield will need to be modified/trimmed and the exhaust will be temporarily lowered. The estimated installation time is around 50 minutes for an experienced mechanic. I have included the written installation instructions that you can reference. Keep in mind...
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  • Adapter for 1-1/4 Inch Receiver to 2 Inch Receiver for Hitch on 2020 Chevy Malibu
    It sounds like you need a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch adapter for the trailer hitch receivers that fit a 2020 Chevy Malibu - the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12185 or Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 36652. We do have an adapter available, the Hitch Adapter 1-1/4" to 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver # HTAD. Just keep in mind the adapter is for accessories like a bike rack or cargo carrier only, and should not be used for towing. I have added a link below to a video review of the adapter for you...
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  • Recommended Ball Mount for Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premier
    The Curt Class II ball mount, part # C45521, is what is recommended with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C12185, on your 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premier. However, to find the correct ball mount for your trailer you should find the rise or drop you need by measuring. I've linked an article to help you with this, plus I've also linked our selection on ball mounts that will fit the Curt hitch receiver. In addition you'll need a trailer wiring harness. The Curt # C56313 fits your...
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  • Hitch Receiver for Towing a Lawn Mower Trailer w/ a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu
    I have a solution for you but there are no class III hitches available for your 2019 Chevrolet Malibu. I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver item # C12185. This is a custom fit, class II hitch, that bolts on with included hardware. It has a towing capacity that exceeds your Malibu's 1,000 lbs towing limit, so it being a class II hitch does not affect its ability to serve your needs. You should always go off of the component with the lowest towing capacity and in this case it will...
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