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

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

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  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 400 lbs TW
  • 6000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 600 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. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Curt. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 13138 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Curt Trailer Hitch - 13138

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
  • Assembled in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 6,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 600 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com 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.



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This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1994 - 2010 Mazda B Series Pickup

1983 - 2012 Ford Ranger

1986 - 1989 Ford Ranger excluding GT




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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Ranger - Curt

All right, today on this 2006 Ford Ranger, we're going to review and install the Curt Class III 2 inch receiver hitch, part number 13138. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed in our truck. At first glance, you notice that it sits just below the bumper here and all you see is the receiver and just part of the cross tube right here. This is our 2 inch receiver opening right here, has a nice symmetrical rounded collar around the end for reinforcement. As we look back on our receiver tube right here, it uses a 5/8ths of an inch hitch pin or your favorite locking pin. Our receiver tube goes into a round stock here in the body of our hitch. You can see it will curve up and into the frame of the vehicle. All our hardware to install the hitch is provided.

We're going to use the preexisting holes in the frame, so there's no drilling required. It will handle a tongue weight, which is the weight that pushes down on the hitch, of 400 pounds and it will have a pull weight of 4,000 pounds. Now when you add a weight distribution assembly to the hitch, you can get a tow weight of 6,000 of pulling and 600 pounds of tongue weight. You'll also want to double check your owner's manual if your Ranger can hold that kind of loads. This truck comes with a variety of different configurations, so you definitely want to double check that. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier.

From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 16 inches and from the center of our hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 3 1/4 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed in the truck. First step in our install is to get the vehicle ready. To do that, we need to remove this piece of hardware here, this bolt and also this J nut right here. To help us do that, we're going to loosen up this bolt as well, but not remove it, so our bumper will still be attached to the vehicle. We'll be using an 18 millimeter socket to remove the hardware.

To remove the nut, we'll push down on the tab that's on the other side here but it's above this bracket. We'll pull that to the side, but just pull down on this tab, on this half of it and you can work it out. Now we'll go ahead and tighten down this bolt. We'll repeat these same steps on the passenger side as well. Now we can go ahead and install our hardware for our hitch. We're going to take this block here and a carriage bolt.

We'll install it in this preexisting hole right here. Now all this hardware does come with the hitch. That was our driver's side, one more time on the passenger side. All right, with an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put our hitch up into place. We'll go ahead and take the hole going toward the front of the vehicle, the small one, and line it up with the bolt that we installed. We also have to slide it over this bolt right here to help line it up. We'll put it into place and we'll install the flange nut. We'll do this on both sides of the truck. Now we're going to leave our hardware loose just to hold our hitch up for now. We'll go ahead and install our hardware in this section here where this previous bolt was installed. Same bolt, same block, drop it through and we'll install the same flange nut on the other side. Again, we're just going to leave it loose for now. With this hardware installed, our hitch will be held by the front bolts. We actually need to add a spacer between the hitch and the frame right here, so we'll go ahead and loosen up our hardware and install one more block in between. This way it's a little bit easier than wrestling with the hitch and the block all at the same time. One more time on the driver's side. Now we'll go ahead and tighten down the hardware using a 3/4 inch socket. Now we'll go ahead and torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. That will finish it for the Curt Class III 2 inch receiver hitch, part number 13138 on this 2006 Ford Ranger.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13138

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (178 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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Fast shipping, good product and easy installation. Good price, what more could you ask for. 667859



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1999 Ford Ranger

Once I got bumper bolts removed, took about 30 minutes, with a help of friend holding one side, to mount and secure. Lowering spare really facilitates mounting. No drilling required, excellent fit with easy to follow instructions. Will use to pull my ski boat and pop up camper. Looks extremely sturdy. Like distance from ground to receiver. Highly recommend product, ordering easy and delivery and packing was excellent. 529090


Comments

Great, still living up to my initial review.

Arthur - 07/01/2019

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Shopping on etrailer.com is the best. Easy to find what you need with all the information needed to make the right choice. The installation videos are very helpful along with the instructions. 254519



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1994 Mazda b4000

This is a really well built piece. I love the look of the curved hitch rather than the square frame. It was super easy to install with diagrams that made it obvious what to do. The hardware supplied was high quality and was exactly the amount needed (don't loose anything). I installed it on my 1994 Mazda B4000 in about 45 minutes using an impact gun to get the 23 year old factory hardware removed, then again to get the new hardware to about 30 ftlbs, a hand drill and 1/2" drill bit to drill 2 holes in the frame (the hitch is used as a template), and then a torque wrench to torque to spec. Overall, great product with great instructions. 431000



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1999 Ford Ranger

It was delivered quickly and it installed easy as it said it would. Easiest hitch and wiring harness I have ever put on. 59114


Comments

It has worked great, No problems

Dan M - 05/11/2014

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1996 Ford Ranger

The hitch was exactly as described and was shipped promptly. The installation was just as described --- loosen bumper bolts and drill two holes. I installed this on a 1996 Ranger and I appreciate the fact that you can leave the spare tire mounted under the truck. I would recommend etrailer to anyone looking for an economical hitch. 132584


Comments

Does your 96 ranger have the bolt and fold down system to attach the spare tire to the truck? I have a 95 and want to know if it will fit with my spare tire. Thanks

-- comment by: Robert - 07/21/2014

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Comments

Yes my truck has the fold down spare tire rack and the hitch does not interfere with it. The only difference is that you need to use an open end wrench to unscrew the bolt that holds the spare tire rack in place.

-- comment by: Tom N - 07/24/2014

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No problems. Easy installation.

Tom N - 05/28/2015

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2001 Ford Ranger

The hitch was very easy to install, took about 30 min. It fits perfectly to my 2001 Ford Ranger. The tow bar is very sturdy and is very well made! The delivery was fast, I ordered it on a Monday, and it arrived on Friday. I would most DEFINETLY recommend this to anyone who is considering this for a tow bar. 379988


Comments

Everything has been working great! They have been holding up very well to the tests of winter and summer. Thanks for asking.

Mt.Man - 05/14/2018

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2003 Ford Ranger

I received my hitch in 2 days and found it was just as described.... very heavy duty, manufactured at a high level and high quality paint. I installed the hitch on my 2003 Ford Ranger in much less time than anticipated. The hitch was as specified and fit perfectly .. no need to drill holes either. Very pleased with the product and ease of installation. 428232



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2010 Ford Ranger

Solid piece of hardware Well thought out Am not exactly a pin ball wizard but got er done in OK time Ford ranger 1997 bolts came out easily....remove & discard bolt clips Only remove two bolts...but loosen all 4 so clips can be popped out Buy a good 1/2 " drill bit ahead of time Wear real eye protection...do u want hot metal filings in your eye? Forgot to order the pin Excellent customer service and follow through Wish I had done this 10 yrs ago 369146



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2002 Ford Ranger

First off, the install took just 15-20 minutes. The product fitment for bolt up was flawless and it has a good powder coated finish. Your install videos were great as they prepared me as to what I needed before the hitch arrived (like an 18mm deep wall impact socket). Thanks for posting those! Biggest drawback is that it makes it pretty much impossible to lower the spare tire without having to remove the receiver. Not something that I will be looking forward to when and if I get a flat. I'm going to chock that up to me running the next size up from stock tires? They aren't much bigger but maybe that's how close the fitment is to the stock size? 407642


Comments

James, thank you for your review. Since you mention that your spare tire is not stock size, I recommend that you relocate your spare tire before use to prevent any damage.

-- Laura E - 07/19/2017

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Every Thing I Hoped for and more , I already knew Curt towing products were good Quality, however the installation and etrailers film on installing was excellent and made it a very quick and easy install . Thank You, I would highly recommend you Company and will continue to us your Products, Thanks Again. Would rate it a 5 Star 702789



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Installing this on my Ranger was a breeze. So far I've only used it to mount a bike rack, but I'll be towing a small trailer soon. 700399



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Easy installation. Took longer to remove old rusted hitch. Didn't even have to remove spare tire to install. 699969



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2006 Ford Ranger

Great workhorse of a product. I use it on my 06 ford ranger v6 3.0L engine to Tow my toy Santana 21 sailboat (1700lbs) Or a fiberglass travel trailer 16'(1430lbs) 693726



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Unfortunately never installed 675447



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Use all the time. Great product. 674853



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Hitch arrived when when the very helpful customer service girl said it would and fit perfectly. 669299



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Ford Ranger

The hitch fit my Ford Ranger pickup correctly, only took about 30 minutes to install. The quality of the hitch is superior to the (factory installed) bumper hitch materials 644884



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2001 Ford Ranger

Installed this hitch on my 2001 Ford Ranger XLT. It Installed as per the directions and video put out by "etrailer.com". Took me about 1 hour to get it installed after I found my jack stands, (used to hold up the bumper after I unbolted it). I installed this by myself with no help from anyone and I'm 70 years old, so you young "bucks" out there should have no trouble getting this hitch installed and in half the time it took me. If you are doing this alone jack stands make the installation a lot easier. 641278



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Great product, easy to install. Full size spare tire fits with no modifications. 635963



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2007 Ford Ranger

Very nice, heavy constructed tube designed. Custom fit ,Xtreamly easy to install ( heavy ) 2 person around 20 minutes. Recommended. 633895



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This trailer hitch has been everything I expected. It was easy to install and has been able to pull any size load I have needed. 629471



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Great product,fit well very easy. Work very good. But sold vehicle for a newer truck. 616691



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2004 Ford Ranger

The hitch fit and finish was excellent. I have a 2004 ranger single cab short flareside bed. I preferred the rounded hitch over the square tube since I had a flareside bed. I always buy curt products and have never been disappointed. While etrailer might not be the cheapest by a few bucks if you ever have a problem they will make it right. 605478



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Absolutely great product. I watched the install video and had it installed in 20-30 minutes. I am very impressed and will do business with you again. 604817



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2005 Ford Ranger

Well designed. Bolts on a 2005 Ranger were 18mm.... The only socket I didn't have was an 18mm.... Took me 3 hours, an hour to put hitch on, and 2 hours to find an 18mm socket that wouldn't break.... Pretty straight forward installation, and I can use a full size spare also! 600306



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2006 Ford Ranger

I can't believe how easy it was to install this hitch. Very heavy duty, fit perfectly. The greatest challenge was getting the spare tire out from under. It hadn't been moved in 13 years and I had forgotten about the hole above the license plate to lower it. Took about 30 minutes to install but would have been quicker with 2 people. Can't wait to give it a try. As a side note, hats off to Ford for coating the bumper bolts. They came off with no problem. 599983



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Very easy to install ( Paid someone $40.00 ) took him about 30 min to put it on. I've only had a chance to use it 3 times to pull my 1971 Starcraft pop up camper & it works great. About time to get another one for my other truck. 598760



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2005 Mazda B Series Pickup

Perfect fit no holes to drill took about 30 minutes to install.2005 B3000 Mazda. Neal 598406



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1997 Ford Ranger

Fit perfectly. Got the curt for my 97 ford ranger to pull my 5×12 trailer. Its always great to have a good quality hitch. No more using my bumper to pull, always made me nervous using the bumper. Very happy. Thanks etrailer. 594895



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2003 Ford Ranger

Super fast service. Installed easily in less than an hour. And half the price from the local auto store. 591642



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2001 Ford Ranger

the products I purchased were exactly as I expected and appear to be of good quality Fit as it should. 587882



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2002 Ford Ranger

Great product. Fits purfect. Didn't have to drill anything 579062



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2004 Ford Ranger

Still very pleased with the hitch for my 2004 Ford Ranger. One of the best buys I've made for my truck. I instantly added value to the truck. A friend couldn't believe it went on so easily without any problems. He was quoted over 2 times my total cost by a local/national company. 576379



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Sweet as product and company. Built well, looks great. Very happy with it. I will shop at etrailer again. So far great shopping experience. 570478



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2002 Ford Ranger

Great Product and Price. Fast Shipping. Super Easy to install. Love the round tube design much better than the square tubing. Thanks. 562949



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1999 Ford Ranger

I am extremely pleased with my hitch and the experience of dealing with etrailer. I received the hitch a day early and in good shape. The installation on my '99 Ford Ranger went very smoothly, especially since the forward mounting holes were already drilled. From start to finish took about 35 minutes. Enclosed instructions were very clear (I also watched the etrailer installation video before starting the job). If I'm in need of another hitch in the future, I would not hesitate to order from them again. 554050



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1998 Ford Ranger

Easy install, other than having to drill two 1/2" holes in the truck frame. Nice quality hitch. I have a 1998 Ranger 4X4 so the tires are at the larger end of the OEM tire range (P235/75R15). My spare tire did fit in the well once the hitch was in place, however the tire is shifted a little bit forward due to interference with the hitch's square receiver tube. My spare is suspended on a crank-up cable mechanism, so placement is not critical. It's fine though, very secure. I like the way this hitch is mostly hidden from view once installed. Very clean look. 547315



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2001 Ford Edge

This is my second trailer hitch from e-trailer. This one was for my 2001 Ford Ranger. The hitch arrived in a couple of days and I noticed that the packaging is a lot improved over the hitch I ordered a couple of years ago for my Ford Edge. The instructions were good and the videos are real helpful. It took me 30 minutes to install the hitch myself but, as noted in the video, it is a little tricky to hold the hitch and start the nuts onto the bolts with one person. The customer service is excellent, prices are good, and the products ship quickly for free. I'd recommend e-trailer to anyone. 547165



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1999 Ford Ranger

Went on very easy 539666



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2007 Ford Ranger

Perfect fit, easy to install, sturdy, nice finish. Used for kayak carrier and light trailer. 539662



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Hitch still doing a great job. Have had no problems with it in a year of ownership. Still looks good on truck. If needed, I would purchase this hitch again. 526875



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1999 Ford Ranger

Wow what can I say but Great product, Great customer service and all at a Great price and free shipping ! Thank you 526702



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Installation was easy as advertised. SLIGHT interference with the full sized spare but not enough to cause worry. I did have to drop the spare to do the install but it sucked right back up in position when done. Looks good, works good. 525488



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1999 Ford Ranger

easy install great price, makes trailer hauling much easier than using the bumper 524680



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2000 Ford Ranger

easily installed, works perfect. Thanks 524341



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2002 Ford Ranger

Bolted right in, no drilling required for my model. Tight and secure. Did it in my driveway in less then 20 minutes 514353



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1993 Ford Ranger

Fast Shipping / easy to install (had to drill 2 holes in frame) / spare tire is easy to remove (clears hitch). 508497


Comments

No problems No rust

Roy - 05/14/2019

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2004 Ford Ranger

Very good came in right amount of time. Easy to install. Do recommend 498417



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2003 Ford Ranger

Good heavy duty quality product and fit like a glove. Took 10 minutes to install with a impact wrench. 497606


Comments

All is what I expected out of the products and service provided. Keep up the good work! Thank you!

Thomas - 04/19/2019

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  • Is Drilling Required When Installing a Front Mount Trailer Hitch on a 1997 Ford Ranger
  • When installing the Curt Front Mount Hitch, # 13138 on a 1997 Ford Ranger, you will need to enlarge some access holes but you will not be drilling any new holes. Please note that this hitch will not fit models that have a front cross-member (interferes with installation) or 2 wheel drive models built in Canada. I have included a link to the installation details for you. We also have the Draw-Tite Front Mount Hitch, # 65017. I have included a link to the installation details for this...
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  • Is the Curt Hitch # 13138 for 1998 Ford Ranger Compatible with Spare Tire
  • Your full sized factory spare that you have on your 1998 Ford Ranger will be just fine where it currently is stored when you install the Curt Hitch part # 13138. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would want # 118325. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in 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...
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  • Will the Curt Hitch # 13138 Fit on a 2008 Ford Ranger with a Standard Spare Tire
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch # 13138 will fit on your 2008 Ford Ranger with a full sized standard spare tire mounted on the bottom of your truck. This hitch is specifically made to accommodate the spare tire carried under 2008 Ford Rangers and our customers have not had issues installing this hitch on their trucks with spare tires mounted. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend the etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin and clip and a storage...
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  • Can Curt Trailer Hitch # 13138 Be Installed and Fit Around the Spare Tire on a 1994 Ford Ranger
  • You will be able to install the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13138, on your 1994 Ford Ranger and still keep the factory spare tire in position under the truck bed. After installing the hitch, you will need a 19 millimeter, open-ended wrench to remove the spare tire as the hitch will interfere with the normal spare tire removal method. What this essentially means is that you cannot use an enclosed wrench, like a socket or tire iron. You will still be able to remove and reinstall the spare, you...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 1998 Ford Ranger
  • For a trailer hitch for your 1998 Ford Ranger you would want the Curt Hitch part # 13138 as it is a Class III hitch confirmed to fit your vehicle that is the most popular with our customers. This is a round tube hitch with plenty of capacity that would work well for you. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop...
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  • How Much Torque is Required to Install the Curt Hitch # 13138 Hardware
  • If you check out the installation instructions link I attached to the right you will see the recommended torque specs listed in the last step for the Curt hitch part # 13138.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2002 Ford Ranger Edge Flareside
  • Yes, we spoke with our contact at Curt and he stated that trailer hitch # 13138 does fit the 2002 Ford Ranger Edge flare side. I have included a link to the installation details for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900, which comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For wiring use Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118344. I have included a link to the installation details for the wiring as well.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 1998 Mazda B Series Truck
  • The hitch that is on your 2007 Honda Accord is not compatible with your 1998 Mazda B Series Pickup. You would need to get a hitch that is custom fit for your Mazda truck. For that I would recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch # 13138. Check out the install video I attached for this hitch as well. For trailer wiring I would recommend the Tow Ready Harness # 118325. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip,...
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  • Is a Hitch Necessary for a 1995 Ford Ranger With Bumper That has Hitch Ball Holes?
  • If your brother's 1995 Ford Ranger has a bumper with integrated hitch ball holes, then you may not need a hitch, depending on the weight of the camper and the towing capacity of the Ranger using the bumper hitch ball. If his Ranger did have the ability to pull your pop-up camper, you would only need a hitch ball with the same diameter as the coupler on your camper, and the shank diameter that fits the hitch ball hole on your brother's Ranger. For example, the Draw-Tite # 19260 is a 1-7/8"...
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch # 13138 Fit a 2002 Ford Ranger Edge Flare Side
  • I spoke with my contact at Curt and he stated that trailer hitch # 13138 does fit the 2002 Ford Ranger Edge flare side. I have included a link to the installation details for you. If you plan on doing some towing, I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit, # 989900, which comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For wiring use Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118344. I have included a link to the isntallation details for the wiring as well.
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  • Replacement Hardware to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver
  • For replacement hardware to install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13138 into a Ford Ranger or Mazda Pickup you'll need to use part # RHK. On the product page for # RHK just select Curt and enter the model number when ordering so you get the exact hardware for the hitch.
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