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

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

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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. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number C13144 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C13144

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • CURT
  • 525 lbs 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.


Features:

  • 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 etrailer.com
  • 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
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 525 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13144

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (485 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.

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2016 Subaru Forester

Great looking hitch installed. The videos provided by etrailer and Curt are super helpful. I did run into a snag since I don't have a lift nor a helper to muscle the receiver into position. My solution was to use my motorcycle lift to slowly raise the receiver into position, put a couple nuts on, remove the lift and torque it all down. Perfect!!



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2018 Subaru Forester

This hitch was relatively simple to install. It is helpful to have two people during the actual lifting and bolting of the hitch. A die grinder is a useful tool for enlarging the middle hole in the frame. Also, the heat shield for the muffler can be reinstalled by simply cutting away clearance for two hitch mounting bolts (a template from the manufacturer would be a nice addition to assist with this).


Comments
Great
Daniel - 05/07/2022


- C13144
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2018 Subaru Forester

Hitch arrived quickly and without damage. It fit perfectly to my Subaru and it looks great. Installation was easy once I had all of the tools that I needed. You need to enlarge two holes in your frame in order to fish the hardware through to secure the hitch to your vehicle. It was really easy once I had the proper drill bit - a Step Drill Bit, which ran me about $50. Going to get another one of these hitches for my wife's 2017 Subaru Forester and get more than one use out of the bit purchase and of course to have two vehicles we can attach the bike rack to. I like this style because the crossbar is hidden and I did not have to trim/modify my bumper at all. If doing this at home you will for sure need vehicle ramps for your rear wheels to make the install go smoothly. Very clean look in the end and I am really happy with this purchase.



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2014 Subaru Forester

etrailer was extremely fast at processing and shipping my order. The hitch was installed on a 2014 Subaru Forester and was very easy to install. It fits perfectly snug underneath the vehicle and there is no wasted space. Hitch seems to be well made and very strong with good welds. I'm sure it would pull a trailer much too big for the Forester. You can also use tin snips to cut a notch out of the heat shield in the area where the hitch bolts are and reattach it with 3 screws. So you won't have to discard the heat shield. I did the installation without help and used a couple of cheap jack stands to hold the hitch up in place. I didn't even need to jack the vehicle up. To enlarge the center hole, I used a cheap ($18) step bit from Harbor Freight. It's a little easier and quicker than filing or routing. The only warning I would give is NOT to buy the hitch pin - it is secured only with a weak spring clip and there is no hole for a cotter pin. This is unacceptable and I certainly would not trust it even across the driveway. Do yourself a favor and purchase one at a hardware store and you can secure it with a proper pin or through-hole clip. I also ordered the wiring kit and it was easy to install with good instructions and works great.


Comments
nice done. thank you for sharing
-- comment by: Huide - 12/27/2013

Comments
still going strong. Good hitch, well made. Your request for a review after a year of owning it is the mark of a well-managed company. Thanks!
jd - 11/22/2014


- C13144
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2015 Subaru Forester

I just purchased a 2015 Subaru Forester and needed a hitch for it. To have the dealer install would have been $700 and would have only been the 1 1/4" hitch. I wanted a 2" and have seen good reviews on the Curt hitch. I got confirmation from Curt that this did indeed fit the newest forester and so made the purchase. I thought about doing the install myself, but for $80, the local trailer dealership around here would do the install in an hour and be held liable for any damage done. And since I have no experience with car stuff and did not want to take a chance with doing any sort of damage to the vehicle, I brought it in. It turned out nice. I needed a 4" lift for the ball mount so that my trailer would be nice and level. Also needed to pick up the extended version of it so that it would clear the back bumper of the car. Haven't towed anything yet, but over the next few days, I'll test out the 1500lb towing capacity and see how it works.


Comments
How did your testing go?When you said you would test the capacity, do you mean your trailer is exactly 1500?How heavy is your trailer?
-- comment by: Dan - 08/20/2014


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Subaru

I was originally just looking for a bike rack for my wife's 2014 Subaru Forrester. After viewing the website and watching the instructional video I decided installing a trailer hitch would be the way to go. Living in Missouri I received the hitch the next day. The hitch is top quality and installed with ease. I did decide to fish the bolts through the top inside of the vehicle because I didn't like the idea of enlarging the hole that was an attachment point. Simply pop up the two black buttons on each side to remove the foam, they pop back in when your finished for access. Enlarging the hole shown puts you directly above the center attachment hole. As shown in the pictures I enlarged the hole inside the vehicle and then sealed with butyl tape, Fishing from the top was very easy. I also only removed the minimum amount of heat shield to allow for the bolts and flattened/sandwiched the shield between frame and hitch to eliminate any chance of a rattle. Now I only have to pick out a bicycle rack which I will definitely be ordering from etrailer.com


Comments
Still rock solid. Couldn’t be happier.
Wally - 04/05/2018



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Subaru Forester

(2014 Forester) I haven't used my hitch through the winter, but looking forward to racking up my bikes in a few weeks to head to Ocracoke, NC! This hitch receiver is rock solid. There's a few chips in the paint that I'll try to touch up before heading down to the salty air.



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2017 Subaru Forester

The trailer hitch was delivered timely. My son was able to install it relatively easily. And it has performed perfectly ever since. We are very happy with our Curt trailer hitch and with etrailer's service.


Comments
Hitch is working fine. Thanks for asking.
Tom M - 08/20/2018



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I just installed this hitch on a 2016 Forester. First, the hitch and hardware were all in perfect condition. The instructions were detailed and very helpful. Now that it's installed, it looks great and feels solid. I'm glad I had a nice bit on a my die grinder for the step of widening the two holes, I'm sure a step drill would make easy work of that too. I had never used the fishwire procedure before, but it was very easy and worked great. After plenty of searching, etrailer had the best price for this hitch and followed it up with free and fast shipping, awesome customer service, and most importantly a great product from a great selection. By the way, this is my third hitch from etrailer, the other two are on my WRXs :) Still strong, years long



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It was fairly easy to install fit my vehicle, and I am able to use it to tow my e-bike rack.



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Subaru Forester

I took a star off because the hitch is too narrow and contacts the spare tire well on both sides with no side to side adjustability. It would not sit flush on the frame rails until drawn to the full 110 ft-lbs. Installation took 2.5 hours without enlarging any holes in the frame rails and besides the holes in the heatshields is reversible. I have arthritic hands and worked alone when it was 91 degrees and I stopped multiple times to get tools/refreshments/wash my hands and tools. Knowing what I needed beforehand I doubt it would take more than 1.5 to do it again. The bumper cover/mud flap (green) required 8mm, 10mm, and a small screw driver. The bumper support (blue) used 14mm. The Curt hardware is marked in yellow. The disassembly is straightforward and once the bumper support is removed you can easily place the carriage bolts within the frame rails using the fishwires. I used a section of 2x10, two 2x4 cutoffs, and four 3 inch deck screws to create a balanced platform to raise the hitch into place. Once the nuts are on lower the jack and unscrew from the bottom. Reassembly took maybe twenty minutes. Note: My Forester XT has an aftermarket cat-back exhaust system with mufflers 1/3 the size of the OE units so I was able to complete the install with it in place. The Magnaflows are narrow enough that they don’t block access to any of the heatshield bolts or frame rails.



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It was as advertised. Arrived sooner then expected. Our son is a super tech & installed it in about an hour. The step drill is key and watching install video a few times. U won't be towing anything but have a great bike rack. Now very little lifting & no more taking front wheel off for roof rack.


Comments
Great. Very happy with it.
George - 10/20/2021


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2015 Subaru Forester

First the positive: Product is excellent, everything was there in the box and it fits perfectly under my 2015 Forester. Now the less positive: I read the instructions that came with the hitch receiver and they made little sense to me. Enlarge the middle hole and pass the bolts through there? I didn't make sense, especially to install the bolt/spacer in that hole. Luckily, I watched the video and they say in it to not follow the instructions and use the rear access hole. My question is then: Why not correct the instructions? Also, I didn't like that they enlarge the access hole with pry bars in the video since I wanted to be able to put the plug back in place so here's what I did. I took a reciprocating saw and made four little notch, allowing me to bend two tabs (see pictures). After passing all bolts and spacers, I fold the tabs back and the plug fit perfectly Finally, they don't re-install the heat shield in the video (2016 Forester installation video) but I knew better since I watched other videos for other products. I simply made cuts in mine to fit the bolt holes. In summary, excellent product but some work needs to be done to correct the instructions. Luckily, the site has plenty of videos to help you find the perfect solution. This is why I still give it 5 stars.



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2017 Subaru Forester

Got the hitch for bike mount. I did not like the instructions telling me to widen the holes or to get rid of the heat shields. I modified the heat shields and removed the bumper to put the bolts through the frame. Mufflers had to be removed to install the hitch. Removing the bumper did not take long.



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Materials are high quality. The installation instructions, paper and online, are clear. Really appreciated the installation aid tools, especially the wires to fish the bolts and reinforcements up inside of the car frame. The hitch nested perfectly under our 2018 Forrester, and fit with amazing precision around the spare tire well. I did this by myself and used a floor jack to help lift the hitch into place. This worked nicely so I’m sharing a photo of that. One lesson learned was that you do have to unscrew the bolts from the fishing wire or else they won’t fit through the slots in the rack. I was pleasantly surprised to see how precisely it all fit. The installation is rock solid and is nicely hidden away. I was very happy that this unit didn’t require me to cut through my bumper. Overall it took me about 2 hours, maybe a bit longer, FYI.



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This item was received with a few scuff marks which makes me believe it was previously installed, but other than that the installation was easy and straight forward.



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The hitch seems to work really well on our 2015 Forester. It has only been used to hold a bike rack (it is only a Forester) It installed in under four beer's time and was very easy using the fish wires provided. I used small channel locks to bend the hole out and make access for the bolts. The tricky part was holding the receiver in place while spinning the first two nuts on. A jack stand or strong helper is recommended for sure. The receiver does lower the angle of departure quite a bit.


Comments
Still great. I use it with a two bike carrier and out Is solid.
Curtis S - 08/28/2021


- C13144
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2017 Subaru Forester

Good solid hitch. Paint/coating feels like it should last. Install kit and etrailer Install videos are a time saver! Start to finish was about an hour. I opted to notch and replace the heat shield vs. delete it. Also opted to grind the center frame hole vs. the one close to the suspension as seen in one of the videos. etrailer customer service is great. Will definitely buy from again.



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2015 Subaru Forester

So, I was concerned about the length of the Curt 13144 hitch for my 2015 Subaru Forrester. The pics on etrailer for the 2015 showed a short receiver (tucked in 3-4" under the bumper) and the 2016 pics showed a longer hitch receiver for the same part number, which extended almost even with the end of the bumper. I read some reviews online for this hitch for the Forrester and some people had issues with mounting things with the shorter hitch, so I was concerned about which one I'd be receiving (i wanted the longer one). I don't know if Curt changed the design some time in 2015 or what. I called and brought this up with Angela, she was very helpful and took the time to understand my concerns. I took the chance and ordered it with her, and it was the right part, perfect for the vehicle. Angela stayed with me (via email) through shipping, delivery and even post-purchase, making herself available via phone if I wanted. The customer service at etrailer is excellent! I wish every company could take a lesson from them. Like many others have experienced, the box was torn in 3 places, but it didn't affect the integrity or finish of the part. This hitch is incredibly durable and well constructed. My installation went without a hitch (pun intended!). I followed the Curt video. There are many helpful hints in people's comments that I won't repeat...I used them all, including trimming and keeping my heat shield. A few points. It wasn't clear if I should jack the car up or not. I ended up jacking with a floor jack and set the car on jack stands. It was a very good work height and I'd recommend it to others. My biggest trepidation based on reviews/feedback was dealing with the rubber exhaust hangers, but it was really easy as long as you lubricate them (i.e., WD40). I guess people who struggled didn't lubricate the rubber hangers. I mean, it was SO easy. Took me 1 minute to undo 3 hangers and 1 minute to re-attach at the end of the job. One little thing that might help...when removing the fish wires from the bolts, just pull them taught and start unscrewing. The tension from pulling on it keeps the carriage bolt from spinning and its much faster/easier than trying to hold the bolt and unscrew the fish wires. The only special tool I had to get was a step bit that went to 1 1/8" ($19 @ Harbor Freight). I believe it was a textbook install and from the time I took out my first tool to the time I put my last one away it was just under 2 hours...and I'm not a particularly efficient worker. I like to take my time and double-check things as I go. Your mileage may vary.



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2016 Subaru Forester

Easy install if you have the right tools and have basic knowledge. You do have to drill out one hole so have a drill and bore bit. I use it for a Thule bike rack. And a small trailer. Works great for my 2016 Forester.



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Subaru

We purchased this hitch for our Subaru to haul our bikes. This hitch installed easily and is holding up very well even in our winter salted environment. The finish is like the day it was installed. Solid hitch!



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Subaru

My dad installed this hitch on my Subaru. He said the installation was extremely easy and he used the fishing wires to thread through the bolts.



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Fits perfectly and the wire harness was what I was really worried about and it was crazy easy to install. I feel silly for worrying. If you have basic skills and tools it's easy to install.



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This review is for packaging and shipping I have not installed the hitch yet. I came Home to find the hitch hanging out of the box on my front porch. Upon further review it appears the box does not have enough support by the brackets that attach to the car frame. There was no damage to the hitch except a few scratches but they will be hidden under the car. I completed the installation last night took about 1 1/2 hours went as planned I am just a little slow is all. This is the second one I have done and they both installed as per the directions.



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2015 Subaru Forester

I chose the Curt class II trailer hitch & Curt wiring harness. The videos along with the customer comments and reviews were very helpful making the installation go smoothly. I backed the car up on ramps to get working room. The hardware provided had much larger heads than shown in the video so I enlarged the 4th hole in order to pull the blocks and bolts thru. The rest of the installation went smoothly. The tube cover with American Flag made a nice finish to the installation. Just an FYI, I have see the same tube cover on several other vehicles in the area. It looks good.


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