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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 800-298-8924 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
  • Assembled in the USA


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



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13147 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

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




Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Subaru Forester - Curt

Today on our 2012 Subaru Forester, we're going to review an install, the CURT class 3 two inch receiver tube hitch, part number 13147. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. As you can see, we've got the nice, stylish, round cross tube design. It's a fully welded construction, with a really nice black powder coated finish to prevent rust and corrosion. On the other side of our receiver tube is our chain hold down, and then pre drilled all the way through the receiver tube is our 5/8ths pin hole. This is a class three 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube, and is capable of up to 400 pounds of tongue weight with a 4,000 pound tow capacity. Next, I'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 4 1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 15 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. Now to begin our install, we need to lower the exhaust. Before we lower the exhaust, we're going to put a safety strap underneath it to help control the weight of the exhaust once we remove the rubber isolators and metal hanger. Now, we've got a total of 5 rubber isolators to remove.

Two, one on each side of our mufflers, and one just forward of our rear axle. To remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger, we're going to spray each one with a spray lubricant and then use a pry bar or pliers to remove it. Keep in mind both sides are the same here, so each process we do on one side, we're going to repeat identically on the opposite side. With all four muffler hangers removed, we'll go ahead and do the one here at the rear axle, and then we can use our safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. With the exhaust down and out of the way, we can go ahead and point out attachment points. We're going to have two attachment points on each side for a total of four.

These attachment points have rubber plugs covering up pre drilled holes in the frame. Using a screwdriver, we just pull the plugs out of the way. The hardware provided for securing our hitch is going to be a half inch carriage bolt and block. To get the hardware into the frame, we'll use the half inch bolt leader that's supplied with our install kit. Keep in mind our attachment points and hardware are identical on each side, so each process we do here to the driver side, will get repeated identically on the passenger side. To drill out the rear attachment point, we're going to use a 17/32 drill bit as per the instructions.

Once we have it drilled out, we can also take our carriage bolt and make sure it'll go nice and easily. Now, we need to open up the access hole and forward attachment point. To do that, you could use a hand file, but we're going to use a round file on a drill. Once you have it honed out, you want to make sure both your carriage bolt and block will fit through the access hole. To get our hardware into the frame, we're going to start with the rear attachment point. We'll take our bolt leader, go into the attachment point and out the access hole. Once we have access to the bolt leader coming out the access hole, we'll slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. Well then feed our block and bolt into the frame separately using the pull wire to pull them into place. Once it's in place, I'll go ahead and remove the bolt leader. Now, for our forward attachment point, we're going to use the reverse pull method. We'll take the bolt leader, slide the block on and then thread on the carriage bolt. We're going to feed the carriage bolt into the frame first, followed by the block, and then pull them back over the access hole to create the attachment point. To help get our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back into the frame, we're going to go ahead and leave that bolt leader attached. Go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. We're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. Bring the hitch in above the exhaust and take our pull wire, feed it through our forward attachment point, and then bring the hitch up to the frame. Once we have it in position, we'll go ahead and install our flange nut, and it'll help support the weight. With the flange nut there in the rear holding the weight of the hitch, we'll go ahead and remove our pull wire and install our forward flange nut. With our hardware installed finger tight, we'll go ahead and run it down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated instructions. With out hitch tightened down to torque specifications, we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. We'll install our rubber isolators back in place. We'll go ahead and remove our safety strap, and we're ready to hit the road. That'll do it for the review and install of the CURT class three 2 inch receiving tube hitch, part number 13147 on our 2012 Subaru Forester. .


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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13147

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (307 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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It's a great hitch. I use it all the time to pull a trailer. 671294



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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! 563796



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Hitch was fine except for the top of the receiver part which was badly scratched. Of all the places, this is the one place that would show the most. I touched it up with some liquid plastic available from hardware stores used to coat handles on hand tools in order to keep it looking good. This hitch was very easy to install. I would offer some suggestions on making the installation easier; put ramps under the rear tires and drive up on them, lifting the rear. Pull the cover off the rear loading area where the spare is. On each side are taped over holes. Pull the tape and you are looking straight down to the plugs that will be pulled to install the mounting hardware. It's easier to install the bolts from this side than laying on your back getting drill filings down your collar or in your eyes. Use a velcro strap to support the exhaust system. It's very light, maybe 20 pounds to support. Get a second person to start the nuts once you have the hitch held up there. My wife came in very handy for that task. From start to finish took me 60 minutes and that included putting away all the tools. Scale of 1 to 10 on difficulty, I rate it a 4 only because I needed someone to start the nuts. Otherwise, a 3. 11518



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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. 22786


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

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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.

-- Patrick B - 8/22/2013


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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. 24031



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2010 Subaru Forester

Great product and was fairly easy for me to install in my garage . I am a trained mechanic with all OT of tools so if your not familiar with using a die grinder and are using a file it could take awhile to enlarge the holes to fit the spacers and bolts in. Also the directions said to "enlarge the the front holes(holes closest to the front do the car, things can get mixed up when your on your back looking at things upside down and reversed), but you need to enlarge them to fit the head do the bolts as your guide(bolts are about 1/32 larger than the spacers). I had to climb back out and grab my grinder again to enlarge the holes some more to fit the bolts through, also it took me a little while to get the spacer on the fish wire back out, almost lost it in the frame rail. After that fairly easy if you follow the directions with the fishwire. Be carefully to not pushes the bolt back up into the frame rail when you slide the hitch on them the bolts have a little aligning to do when putting the hitch up. I'd recommend a second set of hands. 143702



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The product works great and the videos made for easy installation. 756884



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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. 728792



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Etrailer is the best company to get any type of hitch products in the market outstanding customer service and always have what I need. They are my number one go to for these types of products always! 719274



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Nice quality product, exactly what I wanted, and the installation video was very helpful, made the installation a breeze. 706811



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Subaru Forester

Curt hitch was pretty easy to install. Online videos were a great help. I use the hitch to pull a utility trailer behind my Forester. Great alternative to a truck. I like that is easily fit on the car with no modifications. 700167



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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! 691649



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Excellent 690800



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Great product!! 676825



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Worked great until about 8 months in. All the nuts were loose and one had fallen off. Have to find a new but to replace now 671284



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Fit great . just trying to figure how to stop bike rack from moving around in hitch. 666774



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I am very pleased with etrailer.com. The website was clear and easy to use. After placing my order, the product was received more quickly than I thought possible. I still have to do the install, but everything looks perfect. Thanks. 664644



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.etrailer, best products, best prices, best service, very pleased! Bob 663332



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We had it installed by the local Midas dealer. It went up without a hitch. We've used it several times and it has given us no problems. Decent value, reliable as a door hinge. Yes, I'd re-order from this company again. 653788



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Product was shipped fast, everything was in great condition, installation was quick, the video of how to install is worth watching, made the job much easier. Very please and would buy from etrailer again 650700



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Great on my Forester 647106



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I have purchased a couple of hitches, service is friendly and speedy. My car was very new and the specs hadn't been released to produce the hitch yet. etrailer kept me posted with timing and production. Very happy and I saved a bunch of money too! 646837



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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! 644624



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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. 640683



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Hitch work great! Thanks 639230


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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Does the 2009 Subaru Forester Hitch Fit the 2010 Subaru Forester
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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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  • 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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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144 For 2014 Subaru Forester Also Fit the 2012 Model
    When it comes to a Class III hitch for a 2012 Subaru Forester, we offer Curt # 13147, Eco HItch part # 306-X7216, and Draw-Tite # 75650. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13144, is designed for the 2014 which is a different generation of the Forester so it will not work for the 2012 model.
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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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  • 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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    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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    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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  • Parts Needed to Tow Trailer with 2013 Subaru Forester
    You are going to need a trailer hitch installed on your 2013 Subaru Forester first to tow a pop up camper. The best option is the 2 inch hitch from Curt part # 13147 which has a 2 inch opening and more than enough capacity. It installs mainly by just bolting to the frame at the rear of the vehicle but I also attached a link to an install video for you to check out as well. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118467. From there...
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    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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  • Replacement Hardware Recommendation for a Hitch for a 2013 Subaru Forester
    Yes, since the hitches that are confirmed to fit the 2011 Subaru Forester also fit the 2013 models the hitch you have should easily fit on your 2013 model with the correct install kit. You will need the part # RHK. On the product page you will need to enter the part number for the hitch you have and the select the hitch manufacturer from the drop down menu and we will ship you out the correct hardware.
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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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  • 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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    Of the options we offer for your Forester, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class III hitch, # 75650. The hitch crossbar and receiver opening would be fully visible under the rear bumper fascia as shown in the photo I've provided. The hitches we offer for your 2011 Subaru Forester would mount to the underside of the frame members. We don't offer a hitch that would install behind the bumper fascia and allow the receiver tube to pass through. If you click the provided link, you can see the...
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    You have listed all of the items you need for your 2010 Forester. The trailer hitch # 13147 is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2-inch receiver opening. Per Curt, any non-trailer load like bike carriers, or cargo carriers must be supported by stabilizing straps like part # 18050. The Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness # C56040 is an easy installation by plugging into your Subaru wiring harness behind the trim panel in the rear cargo area. The Curt Ball Mount # C45036 may work...
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