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

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

Item # C13186
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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 C13186 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C13186

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • CURT
  • 350 lbs TW
  • 5000 lbs WD GTW
  • 500 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
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 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.

13186 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces 13129

Installation Details C13186 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13186

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (214 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.

2017 Ford Escape

I purchased this hitch receiver for a 2017 Ford Escape. This was the 2nd hitch receiver that I purchased from (the first was eight years earlier for a 2011 Kia Soul), so I knew I could expect a great product with excellent service. The hitch arrived quickly, and installed quickly (except for enlarging the wholes in the frame... thanks, Ford) as shown in the help videos. I bought the hitch receiver to use with my bike rack, and still happy 1 year later.


I had this installed on my Ford Escape to haul my moped around. That's all I used it for, so it works perfect for me. Very happy with my purchase and would highly recommend any of my friends/family to order here.

Ford Escape

Installation was as planned and the hitch works great! Again, the videos helped a lot. For my make and model (2014 Ford Escape) there was a lot of messing around to cut metal from my car and fish bolts through the frame, but the product and accessories had everything I needed.

2018 Ford Escape

The hitch came in bent. Was told to bend it back? Shouldn’t have to bend it back.

Etrailer Expert

Sierra K.


Hitch receiver brackets can sometimes flex so they seem like they will not align with the bolt holes on your vehicle. This is a common occurrence and can be fixed with tips in the attached help article. If you try the steps and cannot align it, Customer Service will be happy to help with further options.



Haven’t used it but maybe a couple of times. Regardless it is still worth having. This is my second hitch that I have bought from etrailer and I will continue to buy from them. Great team and product.


This Hitch is great was a breeze to install with some help from a good friend and there are no complaints here fits just a specified with no issues
I have had this for a year On My 2013 Ford Escape
Use it for taking trash to the Dump, as well as got a nice 5X8 Trailer for hauling my tractor and motorcycles and other things.....Not disappointed



EXCELLENT!! Still loving this hitch, hauling my trailer loaded with everything from A-Z has been well worth the time and effort to install thanks etrailer!!!

Ford Escape

Best made trailer hitch on the market today, I put this trailer hitch on myself with the video on my iPad (easy step by step instructions). Took me a couple of hours to install hitch and wiring harness. Loved how it tucked up under my Ford Escape and all you see is the receiver end of the hitch. Use it today to haul a utility trailer and boat to my favourite fishing holes. Best value for a well built hitch. Thanks e-trailers for the speedy shipping (free by the way) and great product. Have recommended your product to everyone that asked where I got the hitch from. Thanks again. I am sure your product will last longer than this vehicle, and I know I will definitely order your product on my up and coming vehicle purchases.

2013 Ford Escape

I'm very pleased with this product, mostly because it feels really solid. It looks like it could handle any trailer I may decide to pull with it. The product arrived promptly and without any damage.

The installation instructions were adequate and I was able to install the hitch myself, although it took a lot of strength and finesse to fit it into place over the top of the muffler. It would be good to have two people. The wires to fish the bolts into place worked brilliantly. That feature saved lots of time and effort.

I like the look of the hitch under the car, since it is very unobtrusive. My Ford Escape has a feature by which you can trip the sensor to open the rear door by putting your foot underneath the bumper. (Great for when your hands are full). Fortunately, this feature still works, even though the hitch sits directly under the sensor.

Although I may use the hitch to pull a small camper in the future, the main reason I installed it was for a bike carrier rack. I love it. See photos.


So far so good. Installation was a little tough without a lift but manageable. People should be sure to have a helper when it comes to getting the hitch into place. I added some pictures with a ball attachment added. I haven't installed the trailer wiring kit yet but when I do I will write a review about that. Shipping was quick and the price was great. Thanks for your quick service and high quality products.


This worked great. Could not have done it without the helpful videos found on the site. I had to use car ramps which made it a bit more challenging to move the hitch in place but other than that, the installation was easy. One thing I found looking around was to use my impact drill/driver and a rasp bit to grind down the opening to get the bolts in. Speaking of bolts, make sure you thread those on the fish leads. Almost lost one in the frame to being lazy. Don't let that be you. Install took an hour for me with it being a little tricky to get the bolt nuts on and making sure everything was just right.

The pics are after our first road trip. I should have done this a long time ago.


Bought this for my girlfriend's car, was ready to install, but more complicated than I wanted it to be, lol. Took about 90 minutes to install by myself. Love this thing so much I bought one for my son & his girlfriend's jeep, it comes next week. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! If we ever need another hitch, this is where I'm coming back to!


Have installed hitches 30 years ago, what a pain they where. This hitch was simple!!! Enjoyed the ease with this curt hitch. I would recommend these hitches to anyone. I am 65 years old, did have my (35year) help side it in. Other than that I did the work myself in the drive way on ramps

2014 Ford Escape

Fit like a glove. The Youtube videos are very helpful. I watched the installation videos of a few models before I decided on the hidden hitch - C13186.

As an added suggestion, my shop cut the muffler pipe then welded it back - it made the installation much easier.

P.S. Please disregard the double copy of one of the photos. The un-named one could not be removed once I uploaded it.

2015 Ford Escape

Everything I ordered showed up in good condition. Install and videos are spot on. If you are somewhat mechanically inclined you should be able follow along and have success. Definitely need a second hand getting hitch up in place. Oh yeah the items I bought for this install was $6 cheaper than Amazon prime and basically shipped just as fast

2017 Ford Escape

Product fit well, definitely need two person for installation ease but doable solo. Maybe 1.5 hrs solo.
Well built and sturdy!



It has worked great, does what I bought it for. Well worth the price and great solid quality.

2014 Ford Escape

The Curt Trailer Hitch was very easy to install and fit perfect! Would recommend highly. Great packaging and very fast service!

Pontiac Trans Sport Van

Very happy with product, easy installation, quality product, great for DIYers. Daughter using to transport her mountain bikes. Everything they said it was. Would recommend without hesitation. Excellent customer service from Gorge. He was very knowledgeable. Plan to order other products in future.


Very high-quality product. Well written instructions made the installation go very smoothly. I would recommend an extra hand for the final steps of this project.


Timely shipping and good communication. Thanks again. Plan on using for bike rack but got 2 inch because may need larger receiver size in future.


This Receiver fit perfect and very well made.
Its is great to find a company that is so good at what they do.
Integrity and Quality out standing and the install video's the best.
I installed this receiver by myself witch was difficult and awkward.
Video said it will take two people and they were right. I still got it done and turned out perfect, it took me 2 1/2 hours.

2013 Ford Escape

What a wonderful product. It is extremely well made, fits perfectly and looks beautiful. I am so happy I chose the Curt and especially all the support from etrailer.


This was easy to install and has worked very well for us since we've had it!
Well built design, sturdy and rigid! Very pleased with this!!



This product is great! Easy install on our 2016 Ford Escape.


Great product excellent installation videos. Went in almost as easy as the video made it seem. Definitely a little on the heavy side to install alone but managed anyway.


The install was not hard. Just take your time and have a friend who is happy to crawl under the opposite side of the back of your rig. Quality is excellent. Don’t have a photo of the hitch but I have one of it in use you can kinda see the hitch


Ordering was a breeze. It fit perfectly. Great pricing capped off our purchase.


Was easy to install .

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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Escape
    There are basically two different styles of wiring harnesses available for your 2013 Ford Escape that we offer. There is the kind that plug in-line with the factory wiring of your tail lights like the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118566 that you referenced and there are the kind that have to be hard-wired like the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 119179KIT. We currently do not have any connectors that would plug into the OEM connections under your vehicle, you may check with...
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  • Is Heat Shield Trimming Required for Install of Curt Hitch part # C13186 on 2016 Ford Escape
    Yes, to install the Curt hitch part # C13186 on your 2016 Ford Escape will require you to trim part of the heat shield. In the install video I attached you can see how this is done. I also attached a diagram that I took from the instructions that shows where to trim.
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  • Will Curt Hitch part # C13186 Fit a 2014 Ford Escape S
    The Curt hitch part # C13186 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for your 2014 Ford Escape S model as it is a fit for all models of the Escape in your year. The exhaust will not be an issue at all. I attached an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2016 Ford Escape that Allows Hands-Free Liftgate Operation
    The Curt Class III hitch # C13186 as well as all others that fit your 2016 Ford Escape will block the central lift gate sensors, leaving active only the sensors to either side of vehicle near the exhaust pipes. No hitch for your Escape avoids this and we do not have a relocation kit for the sensors. At least one hitch maker is investigating this possibility but no products/kits are available yet. You'll still be able to operate the auto lift gate by triggering one of the side sensors.
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  • Do you Have a Replacement Hardware Kit for Curt Hitch part # C13186?
    We have exactly what you will need. The Curt Replacement Hardware Kit for Trailer Hitches part # RHK will give you all of the hardware you need to get the hitch installed. Below you will find the instructions linked for specifications and a video we did on a 2017 for your reference.
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit For 2016 Ford Escape
    Curt trailer hitch # C13186 will fit both a 2015 and 2016 Ford Escape. The hitch installation does require trimming of a heat shield under the vehicle. No drilling is required but an access hole may need to be enlarged. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you.
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  • Curt Trailer Hitch for 2015 Ford Escape
    I recommend the Curt # C13186. This hitch will give you the hidden look you mentioned while maintaining a 3,500 pound gross towing capacity. You will want to check your owner's manual for the towing capacity of your vehicle. The towing capacity can range from 1,500 - 3,500 pounds depending on your engine size and equipment. This trailer hitch has a Class III rating, a 2 x 2 inch hitch receiver, and a maximum tongue weight of 350 pounds. This hitch sits primarily under the vehicle, so...
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  • Correct Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2018 Ford Escape
    The correct Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2018 Ford Escape is part # C13186. This trailer hitch offers a bolt-on fit without any drilling required. It will work great for towing or hitch mounted accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers. It has a class III rating for greater capacity with 2" receiver tube opening for greater variety of accessories.
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  • How Long Will it Take to Install Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2017 Ford Escape
    Curt notes in the installation instructions that it will take a pro about 40 minutes to install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13186 on your 2017 Ford Escape, but if you're a novice that time will likely double to 80 minutes. If you aren't quite a pro but you've installed trailer hitches before then you can plan on any time in-between that. Attached is a link to the installation instructions as well as an installation video that we took on a '17 Escape like what you have. I have also...
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  • Correct Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2017 Ford Escape
    The correct Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2017 Ford Escape is part # C13186. This actually replaced the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part C13129 which was designed for the previous years.
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  • Installation Instructions for Curt C13186 Hitch on 2019 Ford Escape
    You won't need to do any modifications to the bumper on your 2019 Ford Escape but you are going to be required to do some trimming of the heat shield that protects some electrical components from the exhaust heat coming from the muffler and exhaust pipe. I've attached the installation video of this hitch, which does show you how to complete this task. You'll want to fast forward to around the 2:45 mark of the video to see where it talks about the trimming of the heat shield.
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  • Will The Hands Free Liftgate Sensor Work on a 2018 Ford Escape with the Curt Trailer Hitch C13186
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13186 while installed on your 2018 Ford Escape WILL NOT negate the use of your hands free liftgate sensor. However, it will require that you place your foot on either side of the receiver tube opening in order to activate it which is not much of an issue at all for most. The trailer hitch manufacturers such as Curt have begun to ever so slightly modify the trailer hitch designs in order to work with the hands free liftgate feature because it is such...
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  • Will a Hitch from a 2011 Ford Escape Fit a 2019 Ford Escape?
    I have a great hitch solution for you. Even though it depends 100% on the hitch model you have, none of our hitch manufactures carry a hitch that fits from a 2011 Ford Escape for a 2019 Ford Escape. With that being said, you most likely need a completely new hitch for your 2019 Ford Escape. For that route, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13186. Not only does this hitch provide you with 350 pounds of maximum tongue weight capacity and 3,500...
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  • Are Fishwires Included With Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13186
    According to the installation instructions for the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13186 there are six 7/16" fishwires included to help get the bolts in place to mount the hitch. I've attached a short video below that will walk you through the installation.
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  • Do Hitch Hardware Replacement Kits Also Come With Fish Wire When Applicable
    Yes. When you select a Replacement Hardware Kit # RHK it does come with all of the hardware needed-including the fish wire if those are required to install some of the bolts. It looks like the Curt # C13186 has 3 bolts that require fish-wire so that is included in the # RHK.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For A 2018 Ford Escape
    The Curt # 13650 trailer hitch is designed to fit a 2005 to 2012 Ford Escape, so I do not recommend it for your 2018. With that said, I do have an option that is designed to fit your vehicle. For your 2018 Escape, I recommend going with the Curt # C13186. This is rated up to 3,500 pounds towing and 350 pounds of tongue weight, but you will need to check your owner's manual to check the max towing capacity as it will change depending on how your Escape came equipped. Though no drilling...
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  • Availability of a Replacement Hardware Kit for a Curt Trailer Hitch to Fit a 2017 Ford Escape
    I have a solution for you. The part number you will need is # RHK. This will be a replacement hardware kit for your hitch. Now to order the correct kit, on the product page you will see a box that is titled Hitch Item Number. You will need to type the Curt Hitch # C13186 and select Curt in the Manufacture drop down box. Then just add the kit to your cart. Once you add the item to your cart, you will have to repeat the process one more time for verification and then you will be ready...
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  • Is Curt Hitch Receiver # C13186 From 2013 Ford Escape Compatible With 2017 Ford Escape?
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13186 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Ford Escape. The hardware is only intended for one time use, so I recommend getting new hardware using Replacement Hardware Kit for Trailer Hitches # RHK. You will just enter the hitch number and manufacturer and we will send you the proper hardware.
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  • Parts Needed to Tow Boat Trailer with 2016 Ford Escape
    The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch # C13186 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2016 Ford Escape and has a 3,500 pound towing capacity so the hitch itself is up to the task of pulling an aluminum boat trailer that weighs under 3,000 pounds. You will still need to verify the capacity of the vehicle itself, which you can find listed in your copy of the owner's manual or by contacting a local Ford dealer with your VIN. It looks like this capacity can vary quite a bit depending on if...
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  • Replacement Class III Hitch for 2016 Ford Escape with Class II Factory Hitch
    My contact at Draw-Tite has not yet seen a 2016 Ford Escape with factory-installed Class II hitch so he could not provide much detail about the process of removing it. In some cases a factory hitch can be welded on but this is unlikely on your 2016 Escape. Odds are that the 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch on the car now is a bolt-on aftermarket product like the 2-inch Class III hitch we offer, part # 75782 from Draw-Tite. This hitch will not interfere with rear lift gate sensor operation. Since...
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  • Which Ford Escape Modesl are a Confirmed Fit for the Curt C13186 Hitch
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13186 is a confirmed fit for the Ford Escape on the 2013-2019 models. Outside of this range of years, the # C13186 is not confirmed to fit. I see that you put an 08 Escape in our vehicle fit guide. I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 13650 if you are looking for a hitch for the 08 Escape. I have attached an installation video for your reference.
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  • Replacement Hitch Installation Hardware Kit for Curt C13186 for 2013-2019 Ford Escape
    It sounds like you're looking for the mounting hardware kit for a Curt # C13186 hitch which is a confirmed fit on the 2013 - 2019 Ford Escape. You'll want to use the Replacement Hardware Kit # RHK and in the field on that page where it says "Hitch Item Number" put in the C13186 in order to get the mounting hardware for this hitch.
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  • What Trailer Hitch Receiver will Fit a 2017 Ford Escape S
    The 2017 Ford Escape S has a set of turndown exhaust pipes that are different than the other sub-models. The only Curt hitch that is a confirmed fit for the S edition is indeed part # C13186. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver tube opening. This hitch is made right here in the U.S.A and comes with everything needed for installation. You can see the hitch installed on a similar 2017 Ford Escape which I have attached for you but since it is not an S edition,...
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  • Least Visible Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2018 Ford Escape
    Out of the hitches that fit your 2018 Ford Escape the one that shows the least is the Draw-Tite, part # 75782, although not by a lot. It's designed so that the cross tube is tucked behind the bumper and then the receiver opening is all you see. The opening then sits about 1-3/4 inches recessed from the rear bumper. The other Draw-Tite hitch, part # 75758, shows the complete cross tube so it's the most visible. However, the Curt, part # C13186, also hides the cross tube but the receiver...
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