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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 13147 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch - 13147

  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 400 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, bolts overseas


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • 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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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13147

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (366 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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The processing of disconnecting the exhaust pins from the rubber disks was more challenging than in the video. Perhaps I needed a special tool to do it. I used a small crowbar or a long screwdriver depending on access and leverage points. One thing to make it easier is to spray lubricant into both of the pins that go into the rubber disks. I did the job on the ground using jack stands to hold the rear of the car up. Having a floor jack to raise the exhaust back in place allowed me to subtlety raise and lower the exhaust as necessary to align the rubber disks in line with the pins for reconnection. As always, wear goggles when working under the car because I got a lot of sand/dirt fall down as I was working the pins and rubber disks. The hitch looks better than I expected.



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2012 Subaru Forester

Trailer hitch for my 2012 Subaru Forester had a good price and is very good quality. It fit perfect and looks good. Service and instruction video were great. I have bought 2 hitches for my cars and am pleased with both of them.


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Been using this hitch for over a year. Couldnt be happier. Use it mainly for mounting a bike rack.
David - 05/11/2020


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I picked this trailer hitch out because it was the absolute cheapest one. It arrived today less than a week after I ordered it. I was able to track the package online which was helpful. The hitch was a great fit. I installed it in my 2012 Subaru Forrester. I felt a little overwhelmed reading the instructions. I read them a couple of times, and watched The etrailer video And I was able to do it relatively painlessly. I am very pleased with the purchase, the product, the service.



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2010 Subaru Forester

There’s a reason this Curt hitch is a top recomendation for your Subaru Forester, easy to install and strong as all get out. Low profile It doesn’t stick out past the bumper, and only weighs 30lbs. Fit and finish are excellent perfect for towing or a bike rack. etrailer videos take all the guesswork away from the project. Thanks again for the free shipping and phone support!



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2012 Subaru Forester

Toughest part of install was disconnecting the rubber exhaust hangers. Hitch was easy to install once exhaust was dropped down. Hitch looks great installed, it fits nice and tight under bumper cover. This hitch will be used to carry a bike rack and occasional utility trailer tow. Exhaust hangers are much easier to reinstall then to remove. Soap solution and grease help a lot. I also blessed with a 2 post lift to put the car up in air makes doing this type of work 100% easier.



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Trailer hitch arrived within 3 days of ordering. The install video was spot on and made the install very easy.



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Installation was tricky. I used deep throat clamps to hold the rack in place to set drill holes EXACTLY. One trick I used is, once you feed the bolts into position put masking tape around the upper threads. This will prevent accidently tapping the screws up and into the cavity when you raise the hitch into position. As for fit, frankly, there was no need to trim the fascia on my 2017 Sierra. the entire unit could easily have been 2" higher. I wish the receiver portion was higher off the ground. Otherwise it works as expected.



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Due to Subaru's design, this was a more difficult trailer hitch install than I've previously dealt with. The instructions provided by etrailer were easy to follow and everything fit perfectly. Would recommend.



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WOW !!!! Fast delivery !!!! It had taken me a full two hours...I stopped to take pics at nearly every step..I even used the box it came in to lay on while I installed....I'm so happy with all the money I saved ordering through etrailer.com and installing myself. Thank you very much for such a pleasant experience.


Comments
What do you call those orange step blocks to lift the car? Thanks.
-- comment by: John D - 08/21/2013

Those are typically called drive-on car ramps. They can be made of steel, recycled plastics or there are some home-made ones using 2x10s. Though I would stick with the manufactured ones.

-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 8/22/2013


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This was exactly what I needed. This high quality hitch was very easy to install. Instructions were pretty easy to follow. The YouTube installation video was a lot easier to follow. Now I can move up to 4 mountain bikes on this bike rack with confidence to any place I want to go. Thanks etrailer.com!!!


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Awesome!!!!! This product is of the highest quality. Install was a snap. And it works with all kinds of bike racks.
Ruben H - 05/09/2015



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2013 Subaru Forester

Ladies - you can do it! 2013 Forester - Installed by a woman. Package arrived in excellent condition; all parts present. I used the "remove the spare tire trays" method. The side trays are easy to pop out and put back in. I think it was a better option than drilling/grinding from below. I used a 17/32 bit and a small round file. Install was not difficult but for putting the isolators back on. Make sure the rubber isolator is on the long bar of the exhaust hangar as you hang the exhaust back up. :) You'll be glad you did. A few choice words and tenacity got them to behave. All in all, time was close to 60 minute install. I didn't need to lift the car up. MacGuyver'd hitch supports with cinder blocks and split wood until I could get the bolts on. Torqued to [see instructions] per instructions. I get my bike rack in this Thursday. Excited to try out my new hitch! Thanks etrailer. You are a great company! And thank you to all who shared their experiences. You helped out immensely!



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Easy to install with the right tools. Did not need to jack up the car. Toughest part of job was getting the rubber muffler gaskets off so we could drop the entire muffler ensembly to install the hitch.



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I ordered and installed this hitch last month (Aug 2011). I was very satisfied with customer service that took my telephone order and with the fast shipping. I installed the hitch myself and read most of the prior reviews to get hints on installation. I think that the instructional video doesn't make it clear that besides the 2 rubber "doughnuts" supporting each muffler there is an additional doughnut hanger just forward of where the single exhaust pipe forms the "Y" to the dual mufflers. If you don't remove this one you will not be able to lower the mufflers low enough to install the hitch. I think this is why a couple of people had to remove their mufflers to install the hitch. Taking advice of previous reviewer, I also removed the foam storage trays that are on both sides of the spare tire and removed the round pieces of tape covering access holes which allowed me to drill from inside the vehicle. I installed the unit myself. Had the cars rear tires on low ramps. Used a small floor jack at the "Y" to lower the exhaust and kept the jack there to support exhaust. Laying on cardboard I used a second floor jack support and raised the hitch into place and pumped only a few strokes with my right foot as I used my hands to level/balance and position the hitch and started the nuts on the bolts. It took about an hour & 15 minutes to complete the install. A friend was supposed to help me with the job but by the time he got here I was done. I also bought the S64670 Swagman XTC-2 bike carrier and S64029 locking anti-rattle hitch pin. Very satisfied with both.



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Great, bought the hitch for the Forester to get the 2” receiver. Fit like a glove. No issues. Much easier to remove mufflers on my application rather than drop rear exhaust as a unit.



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2009 Subaru Forester

I'm not the most mechanically minded person, but I found the installation process of this to be simple and straightforward. The only challenges I had in installation were fitting the drill up in there to drill the holes bigger (even after lowering the exhaust), and getting the holes in the hitch to line up with the bolts without pushing the bolts through! Definitely required a helping set of hands to raise it up and bolt it on. It's a sturdy product. I plan on using it primarily for a cargo carrier for deer hunting purposes, but I'm sure I'll try to find other things to use it for as well!



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2012 Subaru Forester

Easy installation, great product as described. With our 4-cyl 2012 Subaru Forester, installation is tricky but very doable because of the required temporary removal of the exhaust piping. I have had this hitch for about one year for towing a 4x8 trailer, generally for yard work and light construction debris to the dump. For my first time every installing a hitch, it took about 3-4 hours once everything was back together. I plan to use this until the the car dies!


Comments
Another year gone by, hitch works great. The trailer itself has seen better days!
Drew M - 05/26/2020


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Great value for the money, this hitch has great build quality and was easy to install. Though I haven't done any real towing, I have used my bike rack in this hitch and it works great. For installation, it definitely helps to have a friend help to drop the exhaust and to lift the hitch onto the bolts. The only gripe I has nothing to do with the hitch itself, but with the install. Do NOT underestimate the difficulty of dropping the exhaust, especially on well-driven cars. It took 2.5 hours to completely install the hitch (with a friend) and it took 1.5-2 hours just to drop the exhaust. Though, after the exhaust was on the ground, it was smooth-sailing and everything buttoned back up with ease.



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2010 Subaru Forester

Good metal and solid build. Easy Fitting and very easy to mount when you watch any of the videos. Well made product in the USA.



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Love it. I have had it for a year and have used it for a bike rack. It was easy to install and is in good condition!



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2011 Toyota RAV4

This receiver is great. Even somebody like me with minimal tools and experience can figure it out. Because my exhaust bolts are extremely rusty, I opted to not remove the exhaust, and instead lowered it as far as I could get it. This made it considerable harder nearly every step of the way because it meant I was working around two large cylinders, but I did get it installed eventually. I also managed to do this without another person to help hold the receiver in place while bolting. This was the one time that having the exhaust there was helpful because it held it up on one end while I held the other. Overall this is a great product. Though I have not put it to the true test, I am confident that it will stand up to the task. *Seperate testimonial to E-trailer's AMAZING customer service: I ended up losing one of the rectangle steel plates inside the frame after putting it in. I emailed them and they promptly sent not 1, but 4 new ones out to me for no charge! Thanks a ton.



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Great videos and instruction, easy install, took about an hour... recommend cutting the bolt/hardware notch right or left not front to back like i did, it will make the process easier. Looks clean and sets higher then the exhaust so no clearance issues. And for those who are not in a garage the shipping box is great to lay on



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Easy to install! Video on the confirmation page was very helpful as well!


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Great!
Kellin - 05/09/2021


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No problems with this hitch to date. It is sturdy and fit perfectly. I use it for my recumbent trike rack.


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It has worked out great. I have no problems with this item.
Marty C - 12/02/2020


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etrailer IS GREAT, Curt Hitch was fine. The Installation not so easy. Had to cut the frame rail to install brackets for mounting hardware to hold on hitch. The direction show a u channel frame and the car had a boxed frame. Should have been noted in the installation time and set up difficulty .



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Shopping for a trailer hitch receiver can get expensive but I was able to find a cost effective hitch receiver that exceeded my expectations. I was able to buy a much heavier class hitch while keeping to my budget. 2 years and well over 10,000 miles towing my RV and I'm still impressed.


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch

  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2009 Subaru Forester for Carrying 4 Bike Rack
    Yes, the Curt hitch part # 13147 that you referenced is a Class III hitch that can have a 4-bike rack installed in it. The rack will have to be designed for a 2 inch trailer hitch. That being said I believe I have a better solution for your 2009 Subaru Forester since the Curt requires you to use a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 when carrying a non-supported load like a bike rack. Instead I would recommend the Draw Tite Class III hitch part # 75650 that has also been confirmed...
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  • Fit Curt Class III Receiver Part # 13147 for a 2011 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Class III hitch you referred to, part # 13147 is a fit for all models of the 2009-2013 Forester. It will indeed fit your 2011 model. However, be aware that Curt's warranty stipulates that a reinforcing strap like part # 18050 must be used on any non trailer load like a bike rack or cargo carrier. Some find the strap difficult to use, and if your Forester has the spoiler atop the rear hatch, the strap might damage it. For this reason, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class III hitch,...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendations for a 2011 Subaru Forester
    Absolutely. However, just because the trailer hitch is rated for 400/4,000 pounds does not mean that the vehicle is. You still have to go by whatever is rated lower: the hitch or the vehicle. The Curt trailer hitch # 13147 has been constructed and tested for the capacity stated, in this case 400 pounds tongue weight and 4,000 pounds gross trailer weight. Despite these capacities, if you are going to use the hitch for a bike rack or cargo carrier Curt recommends the use of a stabilization...
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  • Curt vs. Draw-Tite Hitch for a 2009 Subaru Forester XT
    Either the Curt Hitch # 13147 or the Draw-Tite Hitch # 75650 would work very well for you. The main difference between the two is the tube design like you noticed. There is not an advantage to having a round tube over a square tube hitch or vice versa. Some people just prefer the look of one over the other. Check out the picture I attached that shows both hitches installed on a vehicle so you can see which look you prefer. When determining the towing capacity of a setup you must always...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch For 2011 Subaru Forester
    The # 76227 Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver is only confirmed to fit the 2013 - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon and 2010 - 2012 Subaru Outback Wagon excluding Sport. The best Class III trailer hitch for your 2011 Subaru Forester is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13147. I recommend this hitch because it allows a higher towing weight capacity than all the other hitch options for this vehicle. This Class III hitch allows a maximum gross trailer weight rating of up to 4,000 lbs...
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  • Do Draw-Tite and Curt Hitch Receivers Require Stabilizing Straps to Satisfy Warranty Requirements
    Curt Class I and II along with some of Curt's Class III hitch receivers such as # 13147 do require a stabilizing strap # 18050 to satisfy Curt warranty requirements. The strap is to be used with any non-trailer loads such as bike racks and cargo carriers. It is designed to significantly reduce bouncing of any hitch mounted accessories. Check out the attached review video of the strap installed on both a platform rack and hanging bike carrier. The comparable Draw-Tite Hitch Part # 75650...
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  • Hitch Spacers For Curt Trailer Hitch # 13147
    The square hole spacer blocks for your Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Class III # 13147 are within the tolerances as you referenced. They are simply used to keep the bolt from rotating so you can torque the flange nut to specifications. I've attached the installation details to assist with the installation and heat shield modification.
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2009 Subaru Forester to Tow a Small Yard Waste Trailer
    Whether you are towing a trailer or carrying a bike rack the trailer hitch used will be the same. For your 2009 Subaru Forester I recommend Curt hitch # 13147. This is a Class III hitch with a 2 inch receiver so it is great for towing. I checked the owner's manual for a 2009 Forester and if the trailer does not have brakes then the capacity the vehicle can tow is 1,000 pounds. With brakes the capacity is 2,400 pounds. Check your owner's manual to verify. Since you plan on doing some...
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  • Exhaust Will Not Lower on 2009 Subaru Forester to Install Curt Trailer Hitch
    So even after releasing the exhaust from all those mounts it still stayed in place? It must really be unwilling to move? Have you tried a gentle pull downward on the rear of the exhaust system? It could be bound up at a pipe connection somewhere and just needs a little persuasion. Also, make sure that you are releasing the exhaust from the hangers on both the passenger's and driver's side. There should just be 3 that you have to release it from. It did go pretty smooth when we installed...
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  • Do I Need to Remove the Exhaust on My 2011 Subaru Forrester to Install Curt Hitch # 13147
    You may only need to lower the exhaust system on your 2011 Subaru Forester to install this Curt Hitch, part # 13147. The mechanic maybe did not realize that you only had to lower it temporarily, and he thought you had to remove the whole system. Or maybe he did not realize that if you unhook the four rear exhaust hangers the exhaust will drop enough to allow you to install the hitch. The exhaust will have to be supported at this point to prevent any damage from being done to the exhaust. I...
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  • Rear Fascia Trimming on a 2009 Subara Forester
    The 2009 Subaru Forester will not need to have the rear fascia trimmed or cut in order to install a hitch. The hitches designed for your vehicle sit just under the rear fascia. Some vehicles will need to have the rear fascia trimmed in order to install a hitch, but not in this case.
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  • Does the Fishwire Tool Come with Trailer Hitch # 13147, Will the Holes Rust on 2009 Subaru Forester
    The fishwire tool does come with Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13147, for the 2009 Subaru Forester. Corrosion and rust is a possibility and one way to help prevent it from happening is to give the holes a shot of spray paint like you mention. I have included a link to the installation instructions for reference.
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit for Curt Trailer Hitch 13147 for a 2012 Subaru Forester
    You certainly can order just the hardware to install Curt trailer hitch # 13147 on your 2012 Subaru Forester. You will need # RHK and just enter the hitch number and choose the Curt as the manufacturer where indicated. Once the order is placed our warehouse team will assemble the proper kit to send to you. I have included a link to the installation instructions for the hitch and a video showing a typical installation as well for you.
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  • What Class of Hitch Should I Use To Tow Motorcycle Trailer With 2013 Subaru Forester
    I recommend going with a Class III hitch like the Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13147, for your 2013 Subaru Forester. A Class III not only offers you the highest towing capacity available for your Forester but it is also more versatile when it comes to the availability of hitch mounted accessories since it provides a 2 inch receiver opening. Since you plan on doing some towing I have included an article that covers the steps to choosing the correct ball mount for your set-up....
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  • Does the 2009 Subaru Forester Hitch Fit the 2010 Subaru Forester
    Yes, this hitch # 13147 does fit both the 2009 and 2010 Subaru Foresters. It is actually confirmed as a fit for the 2009-2013 Subaru Foresters all models. This hitch is a Class III hitch that has a 2 inch receiver opening that is rated for up to 4,000 pounds trailer weight and 400 pounds of tongue weight. Please make sure that you check the towing capacity of your Subaru and make sure that you abide by the lowest rated component of the systems. Per the Curt warranty all non-trailer...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2010 Subaru Forester and Yakima HoldUp Bike Carrier
    Yes, the Yakima HoldUp bike carrier # Y02443-2 is compatible with the Curt trailer hitch # 13147 for a 2010 Subaru Forester. However, Curt does say that you need to use stabilization strap # 18050 when using this hitch for a bike carrier. Since the carrier isn't really designed for that I recommend going with Draw-Tite, # 75650. It does not require a strap.
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  • Installing Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13147 on 2012 Subaru Forester
    Although I do not have specific recommendations for installers in your area, when it comes to installing the Curt Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13147, on your 2012 Subaru Forester this is fairly simple so any local mechanic should be up for the job. I have attached a video to give you an idea of what the install entails.
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  • Trailer Wiring and 4-Way Mounting Brackets for a 2011 Subaru Forester
    You can certainly route trailer wiring however you would like provided that you can find a grommet or other exit source in the bottom of the cargo area through which to route the 4-Way. You will also need to seal it up with silicone once you have the wire routed to keep out exhaust fumes and moisture. I recommend the T-One Wiring Harness, # 118467. I have included a link to the installation details for you. If you look at the product page, you will see a diagram and picture under the...
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  • What Size Hitch Pin is Required for Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch # 13147 on 2010 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 13147, for your 2010 Subaru Forester, will use a hitch pin size of 5/8-inch. It will use the Pin and Clip, part # PC3. If you need a ball mount for the # 13147 hitch it will use the Draw-Tite Ball Mount, part # 2923. The Class I and Class II hitches that have a 1-1/4 inch hitch opening will use a hitch pin size of 1/2-inch, and the Class III and higher hitches with the 2-inch hitch openings use a hitch pin size of 5/8-inch.
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  • Will Curt Class III Hitch # 13147 Fit a 2015 Subaru Forester
    The Subaru Forester underwent a change of generation after the 2013 model year and your 2015 Forester is now part of this vehicle's 4th generation. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13147 that you referenced fits model years 2009 through 2013, but will not fit the 2015 Forester. However, for this new vehicle we do have a confirmed hitch fit, one that is also a 2-inch Class III design. The hitch for your 2015 is Curt # C13144, which actually offers higher tongue weight and towing capacity....
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring, and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Forester
    We have everything you will need to tow a tent trailer like what you are looking at with your 2010 Subaru Forester. First let's start with a hitch. Since 2 inch hitches have higher capacities and have more hitch accessories made for them I would recommend the Curt # 13147 for your vehicle. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you would need to start with a 4-way like the part # 118467 that is a confirmed fit. Install video attached for this...
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  • What Supports the Exhaust Once Hanging when Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Subaru Forester
    It looks like our installer attached the support strap to something in the vicinity of the anti-sway bar. It doesn't really matter what it is attached to as long as it is a solid structure that won't be damaged when supporting the weight of the exhaust. The strap is supporting the exhaust once it is lowered. It isn't hanging just resting on the support strap. This would not put undue stress on the exhaust manifold. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2010 Subaru Forester
    A trailer hitch from a 2015 Subaru Forester will not fit a 2010 Subaru Forester. There was a change in the frame from 2013 to 2014 model years. For your 2010 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 13147. If you will be towing with this receiver, I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118467. This custom-fit T-One connector plugs into your Subaru Forester's wiring harness, which is located...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Subaru Forester
    For your 2012 Subaru Forester with a Curt hitch part # 13147 installed the Thule T2 part # TH9044 is an excellent option and one of the nicest racks around. This rack uses wheel only mounts so that the rack doesn't touch anything other than the tires when loaded and can fold up when not in use. This rack also has a perfect rating from our customers who have used and reviewed it. I attached a review video for this rack that shows it being demoed in a similar 2011 Subaru Forester. If...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2007 Subaru Forester
    All of the available hitches for the 2007 Subaru Forester have 1-1/4 inch receivers but the good news is that they are Class II hitches which will allow you more options for bike racks because they have a higher weight capacity than Class I hitches. Swinging bike racks are good for access to the rear of the vehicle, but we also have numerous tilting bike racks that allow access to the rear of the vehicle. Take a look at the Saris Glide EX, # SA774. This is a 4 bike rack that tilts out...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2013 Subaru Forester that Doesn't Require Stabilizer Strap
    For your 2013 Subaru Forester I'd actually recommend the Draw Tite hitch part # 75650 over the Curt you mentioned as it does not require the use of the stabilizer strap when carrying a non-supported load like a bike rack. Curt seems a bit overly cautious with the strap recommendation, especially with a 2 inch hitch like the # 13147, but we have to recommend you follow their guidelines with their hitches otherwise the warranty will be voided. To answer your other question we have not personally...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch w/ 2 Inch Receiver For Carrying Bike Rack on 2009 Subaru Forester
    The Curt Class III hitch you referenced, part # 13147 is indeed a fit for your 2009 Subaru Forester. However, I'd recommend the Hidden Hitch model, part # 87493. I make this recommendation because the warranty requirements of the Curt hitch state that a stabilizing strap like part # 18050 must be used on all non-trailer loads in order to preserve your warranty coverage. The strap isn't compatible will all vehicles, so I'll typically recommend the Hidden Hitch or the Draw-Tite brand which...
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  • How to Protect Trailer Wiring on a 2011 Subaru Forester from Winter Weather
    If the dealer does not have the exact part, you may be able to take the grommet with you to a hardware store where you may find something that will work in its place. I could not find an aftermarket grommet. It may be that the vehicle is still fairly new and that part is not yet available. Another option is to provide some protection for the wiring. For the actual wires, you can use a wire loom, # 39035. I would would go ahead and wrap the wiring in electrical tape for added protection. ...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Ball Mount, Hitch Ball, and Wiring Recommendation for a 2010 Subaru Forester
    For your 2010 Subaru Forester, I recommend a 2 inch trailer hitch, like the Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13147, that you have referenced. The advantages of a 2 inch, Class III hitch are, as you have pointed out, greater weight capacity, more options for accessories, and you will be able to use weight distribution if you wanted. I have included a link to the installation details and a video installation below. You will also want to check your owners manual for your vehicle towing capacities. The...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Subaru Forester
    There is a Curt Class III hitch available for your 2014 Subaru Forester, but the part # 13147 would not work for you as it is for older model Foresters. You would want the Curt Hitch part # C13144. For trailer wiring you would want the Curt Harness part # C56040. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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