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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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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 C13280 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C13280

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 5000 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 500 lbs TW
  • 8000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 800 lbs WD TW

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: 5,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 8,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 500 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 800 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.

13280 CURT Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details C13280 Installation instructions

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13280

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (289 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.


This is a good product at a fair price. It fit correctly and will provide me with an excellent trailer receiver for my use. I am pleased that the sales person on the phone was able to find the correct product and know that it would fit my vehicle. I was disappointed that it came in a simple carboard box that was seriously damaged by the heavy metal during shipping. The product functions correctly because it is made well but I think better packaging and more pictures in the attached instructions would be helpful Overall it is a very good product that I am grateful to have!

2001 Dodge Dakota

The hitch arrived a day early and I was able to install it myself with my 1/2" impact and floor jack in about 45 minutes, this time includes answering 2 phone calls. The box was semi damaged and I was thankful that the hardware was wrapped seperately and securely taped into the receiver. Fits my truck perfectly. I do wish it might have had a bracket for the plug. No Big Deal.

You can order a bracket like item # 18144
Mounting Bracket 4-Pole Flat
. If you want a no-drill option you can add bracket item # 18136
No-Drill Mount Bracket, Long
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 01/13/2022

2002 Dodge Dakota

Nice quality hitch, installed myself because I had a frustrating experience with my local trailer place in the recent past and the only trouble I had was getting 20-year old rusty bolts out of my truck once I got them out then the new hitch/ hardware looked great


Having installed another brand receiver on an SUV a few years ago that involved broken weld nuts, bumper and interior panel removal, grinding for clearance and a tap, I was prepared for a battle.
This time, twenty minutes and a quarter of a beer in, installation complete. Felt like I cheated.

1998 Dodge Dakota

Excellent experience! Hitch on 98 Dakota bent down a little just from Lowe's to my house when I first got trailer and mower. Went online, found this company, ordered and received in 5 days. 2 of those days were the weekend, and 1 was President's Day. The install was much easier than I thought. I removed the two existing bolts while waiting for UPS. I also set up a block and couple small boards to rest the thing on one side. When it came, I had everything ready to go, and it took about 20 minutes do put on, and tighten down. I didn't have a torque wrench, so I used the red Loctite, and get them very tight with an 18" breaker bar. It was all in all a great deal. Shipped fast, went on easy and seems like it is more solid than the truck I bolted it to. :) The main problem was the height of hitch ball, and this seems to have completely solved that problem. The tools I used, basic ratchet, deep 11/16 and deep 3/4, reg 3/4. 18" breaker bar.


Product looks good and seems to be good quality. Perfect match for my 2003 dodge dakota. Install took about 15-20 minutes, one person can do it but having an extra set of hands helps. Can’t express enough how pleased I am with, I put my order in around 6pm on a Wednesday (paid for 3 day shipping) and it arrived around noon on Friday. Great company, will use again if I need another. Highly recommend!


works great, never had any issues with function. will say that one of the bolts sheered off on installation. replaced all 4 woth grade 8 hardware and no issues. recommend it.


Everything was what they described as in the part and hardware . Very easy to install no drilling or grinding. Even a dog could do it LOL thanks for the great hitch and will recommend this great hitch . Thank you etrailer

2003 Dodge Dakota

The box arrived quite beat up, but the receiver was in fine shape. I noted some chipped/scratched paint, but nothing was bent or damaged. Before bolting it up I sprayed the problem paint areas with a little quick-dry polyurethane to prevent rust from cropping up. Bolted up perfectly! There was some open space between the plates for the second horizontal bolt, but after torquing it to 70 lbs, everything snugged up and was tight. It fits nice and close under the bumper which is good because the Dakota is not that high to begin with. Very happy with the purchase.

Great! Still rock solid, luckily in southern California we dont deal with road salt. Its a little dusty, but the parts are still great
Erik - 07/13/2018


Quality of product was good but I expected fitment to be better. I had to use a grinder to remove a small 1/4" of steel from the frame to get the side frame bolts to line up and then needed a step bit to further drill out the existing bolts on the frame. They were at least a half inch off.

It sounds like that the side brackets were knocked out of alignment which can happen while in transit to our facility or to you. We do have a FAQ that can assist with moving the side brackets of the hitch back into alignment.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 12/29/2021


Perfect fit! Installed by myself without assistance. Receiver is slightly recessed from the bumper face but accessible and functional.


Good design and a perfect fit when it came to the installation.


Very pleased with the receiver hitch easy install overall pleased with etrailer this is the second item I've ordered from this company quick delivery

2001 Dodge Dakota

The hitch is very heavy duty and was an easy install following the instructions in the video on their website. The hardest part of the install is removing the two existing bolts. Once that was done, the hitch matched up perfectly with the existing bolt slots on the truck frame.


Good quality American made will outlast the truck.

2015 Dodge Dakota

Product arrived quickly and although the box was damaged, the hitch was fine. Bolted right on my 2002 Dodge Dakota as promised. The videos on the web site were a great help! It took me about 15 mins. to install with the help of a couple of jack stands. Looks great. Thank you!

2001 Dodge Dakota

The hitch came 2 days before I was expecting it which worked out great for me. All the holes lined up perfectly and using the vid on your site made it easy to figure just how to install it. Took less than an hour for me. Now I just have to get the old hitch ball off the truck bumper.

1999 Dodge Dakota

Excellent fit, no installation problems at all, I've done it by myself using some straps in 35 to 40 minutes.
Great product!!!!

Dodge Dakota

Good product. Great value! Fits 00-01 D akota.

1999 Dodge Dakota

Upper bolt holes on hitch didn't line up as well as they should have

It sounds like you experienced a flexed hitch which occurs commonly. Here is a help article about it:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/06/2021

1994 Dodge Dakota

he mechanic that installed my new hitch was very impressed with the craftsmanship and quality!. The installation went smooth and I am pleased with results
See attachment. Thanks for everything


I could not be any happier with this product or with etrailer. This installation was very easy from beginning to finish. The price was very reasonable and I look forward to do business with etrailer in the near future.

1996 Dodge Dakota

Installed without a hitch... (insert rimshot)
made and arrived a day early.

2001 Dodge Dakota

Selecting the hitch for my Dakota was easy and the installation video was excellent. The hitch fit like a glove and went on with ease.
The wiring harness for the trailer snapped into place in less than 5 minutes. I'm ready to pull!

They are performing splendedly!
-- comment by: Jeb - 04/09/2014

2000 Dodge Dakota

Great hitch, looks good and fit great.

Hitch is great. Wiring kit was also easy to install. Best upgrade I’ve done for my truck.
Jeremy - 10/27/2021
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Ask the Experts about this CURT Trailer Hitch

  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab
    The Curt Hitch part # C13280 has been confirmed to fit all models of the 2001 Dodge Dakota so it would work well on your quad cab model. The install video I attached shows the hitch being installed on a quad cab model just like yours. It would be a pretty simple install.
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  • How to Tell if a Vehicle has a Tow Package or Not
    A tow package for a vehicle is usually a frame mounted trailer hitch and trailer wiring on a vehicle like your 2002 Dodge Dakota. If you have those two things you could pretty easily assume you have the tow package. Or, you can take the VIN of your vehicle to a Dodge dealer and they will be able to tell you. If you do not have a hitch the # C13280 that you referenced would be a great option.
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  • Grade Of Mounting Bolts In Hardware For Curt Hitch C13280
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13280 for 1987 - 2004 Dodge Dakota includes grade 8 hardware bolts. It is a 2" receiver with a concealed cross tube so the only portion of the hitch that is visible once installed is the receiver portion. I have attached an installation video for your reference.
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  • Installation of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2002 Dodge Dakota
    All of the trailer hitch receivers we sell, including the Curt # C13280 you asked about, should be torqued to spec based on the install details. I've linked an install video and the install details for you as well.
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  • Will the Curt Hitch Part # C13280 Fit a 2004 Dodge Dakota Sport EXT
    Yes, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13280 is a confirmed fit for your 2004 Dodge Dakota Sport with the extended cab. This hitch is a custom fit that installs using pre drilled holes on the frame rail. It has a class III rating with a 2" receiver tube opening. I have attached a sample install video for you as well.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 1991 Dodge Roadtrek Class B Motorhome
    We do have some hitch fits for your 1991 Dodge Roadtrek, but the # C13280 hitch you'd looked at is a fit for the 1987-2004 Dodge Dakota and wouldn't work for you. I'd recommend the Draw-Tite # 75140 which will be a fit as long as your Dodge Roadtrek has the standard factory bumper and not the step bumper. If you do have the step bumper, it'll need to be removed and replaced with a standard factory bumper.
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  • Curt Or Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver For a 2001 Dodge Dakota?
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13280 and Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75073 are very similar in their design. Both receivers will attach to the same points on your 2001 Dodge Dakota. There are some slight differences in the construction with the Curt having more curved brackets that attach to the side of the frame. The Curt # C13280 has a tongue weight capacity of 500lbs and 5,000lbs trailer capacity. With a weight distribution hitch the capacity increases to 800lbs...
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  • Replacement Hardware for Curt C13280 Trailer Hitch
    We do have a full replacement hardware kit for your Curt Trailer Hitch # C13280 with the part # RHK. Once on this product page you will simply select "Curt" on the manufacturer drop-down menu and type in the part number "C13280" in the text box and we will send out the correct hardware. Individual parts or partial kits aren't available so your only other option would be to source the needed components locally. You will need to make sure though that they are the same exact size and grade...
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  • Difference Between the Curt Hitch # C13145 and # C13280 for a 2001 Dodge Dakota
    The hitch opening will be in the exact same spot between the Curt Hitch # C13145 and Curt Hitch # C13280. The only difference between these hitches is that the # C13280 is a square tube hitch whereas the # C13145 is a round tube hitch. Either hitch will work with your factory spare, if you check out the install video I attached for the # C13280 you will see that a full sized spare is still able to be installed with the hitch.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2003 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab
    For the 2003 Dodge Dakota, there are specific trailer hitches that will fit all models INCLUDING the quad cab. Take a look at Curt hitch # C13145. The instructions I have linked do specify that it fits 2 door and 4 door models. I also recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For trailer wiring, if needed, use # 118329. I have included a link to the installation details for the wiring as well.
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  • Recommended Hitch For A 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab
    We have several hitch receivers available for your 2001 Dodge Dakota. All of which are compatible with regular, club, and quad cab models. I recommend using the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13280 as this is a custom fit hitch specifically designed for your truck. It is a CLASS III hitch capable of towing a trailer up to 5,000 lbs. You will also need a wiring harness in order to activate your trailer's light circuit such as the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer...
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  • Towing Capacity of 2000 Dodge Dakota Sport
    I looked up your 2000 Dodge Dakota Sport and it looks to have a towing capacity of between 6,100 to 6,700 lbs so as long as your trailer would weigh less than that when loaded you'd be totally fine. If you are in need of a trailer hitch I'd recommend the USA made Curt hitch part # C13280 as it has great towing capacities and the shortest listed install time. Plus it's the best looking since only the hitch opening hangs down below the rear bumper. I attached an install video for this hitch...
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  • Tow Dolly for 2001 Dodge Dakota to Tow 1941 Chevy Coupe
    For a vehicle as old as your 1941 Chevy Coupe it would be easiest to use a tow dolly like the # DM9713045 I'd say as there isn't a base plate kit that fits and the lighting solutions will be difficult as well due to the older wiring and lighting of the vehicle. Your truck would have the capacity needed and your Chevy would not need to be licensed to be flat towed.
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for Trailer Hitch Receivers
    The Curt Trailer Hitch # C13280 for your 2002 Dodge Dakota simply needs the Replacement Hardware Kit for Trailer Hitches # RHK. This part number requires you select the manufacturer and enter the hitch number, but we will make sure you get every piece of hardware needed to install your trailer hitch receiver.
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  • How to Tell if a 2008 Range Rover Sport is Equipped with Trailer Wiring
    I took a look at the picture you included with your question. I wasn't able to verify if the vehicle has wiring. It is very likely that there is wiring included since it's equipped with the factory hitch, but this isn't a certainty. Factory tow packages are specific to each vehicle, and some can include wiring while others do not. The only way to be certain is to contact your local Land Rover dealer with your VIN and ask for confirmation of whether or not the vehicle comes pre-wired. If...
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  • Recommended Wiring Harness for 2013 Infiniti FX35
    The Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C56281 is unfortunately not a fit for your 2013 Infinity FX35. You must have a carry over model because the FX35 was changed when they added horsepower to create the FX37. The correct wiring harness I recommend for you will be the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C56074 which is compatible with the 2012 FX35 and the 2013 FX37 models as well as some others. I've...
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  • Does Curt Trailer hitch # C13280 Install the Same on a 2002 Dodge Dakota as Shown In the Video
    Yes, though there may be some cosmetic difference in what you see in the video for the 1999 Dodge Dakota, installation on your 2002 Dakota Quad Cab will be the same. I have included a link to the video and to the installation instructions for you to view. To complete your towing set up, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900. For trailer wiring, use # 118329, if the truck does not have a tow package. If the truck does have a tow package and you want to convert it to a 4-Way,...
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  • Availability of Hitch for a 2001 Dodge Dakota with Dual Exhaust
    We have several hitches that are confirmed fits for your 2001 Dodge Dakota. I spoke to my contact at Curt and he said whether the hitches will fit with your after market dual exhaust depends whether the pipes come straight out behind the truck or whether they are are angled. If they are angled you should not have a problem. Also the hitches will not fit if you have the factory or aftermarket fascia, or roll pan or tube bumper. I have included a helpful link to those hitches. A popular...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport
    For your 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2 inch # C13280. This is a square tube design that will easily bolt on to your truck. It has a nice gloss black powder coat finish over a protective base coat for superior rust resistance. There is not a similar hitch to the Curt # 13229 available in style or in the number of bolts to install. It is not compatible with your model year. If you will be using this hitch receiver for...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2000 Dodge Dakota
    No, the Curt trailer hitch # 13229 will not fit your 2000 Dodge Dakota but we do have other trailer hitches that will fit such as # C13280. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not have the right rise or drop to tow...
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  • Trimming Involved to Install Draw Tite Hitch on 2019 Toyota Highlander
    To install the Draw Tite hitch part # DT84MR on your 2019 Toyota Highlander you do need to trim the areas you mentioned. The exhaust flap and the fascia tabs. I attached pictures that show the areas that get trimmed. Also the tow hooks do not get reinstalled after installing this hitch. I'd recommend checking your lease agreement but like you said these modifications would be out of plain sight so it would not be obvious. The safety chain loops of the hitch could be used in place of tow...
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  • Does Trailer Hitch From 2006 Dodge Dakota Fit 2017 Nissan NV200
    Trailer hitches are vehicle-specific fits so a hitch from a 2006 Dodge Dakota would not fit a 2017 Nissan NV200 van. For a '17 NV200 I recommend the Draw-Tite # 75898, which is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver that bolts on; it will not require any drilling into your van's frame to install. For wiring which will give you a 4-way connector and allow you to power your trailer's lights you need Wiring Harness # 118597. I also recommend checking out Ball Mount Kit # 989900, which is...
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  • Determining if Curt 2" Bumper Mount Hitch Will Fit 2001 Dodge Dakota
    The Curt 2" Trailer Hitch # E-3S that you referenced is more of a universal application so you will just want to check the existing bolt holes on your Dodge Dakota's step bumper to see if they match the mounting holes on this hitch. If the holes on your truck are spaced apart by 8-3/4 inches (on center) then the hitch will work perfectly as a simple bolt-on application. If you find that the holes don't match up then the hitch can still be installed but you will need to drill some new...
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  • Determining Towing Capacity for 1999 Dodge Dakota
    I wasn't able to track down an online version of the owner's manual for your 1999 Dodge Dakota so unfortunately I can't verify its towing capacity. To accurately determine this number I recommend flipping to the towing section of your manual or even contacting a local Dodge dealer with your VIN. I will say though that if the hitch on your Dakota lists a 2,000 pound towing capacity this is the limit you will need to follow even if the truck itself is capable of pulling more. To tow a heavier...
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