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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 13534 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch - 13534

  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 5000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 750 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: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 750 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from CURT.



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" - 13534

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (524 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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I really like the look and quality of the hitch. I'm giving the review 4 stars for 2 reasons. The first has to do with the hitch itself. When I received it and started to install I put on the passenger side first and went over to the driver's side and it hitch was very much misaligned to the holes on the frame, the furthest being nearly 5 inches off. I called etrailer and they sent another. The second showed up and was a little bit better. When I emailed, the etrailer customer support sent me some instructions on how to stretch the thing. I used a 2-ton jack and a 2x4 to stretch it and after a few tries I got it on. the less than 1-hour install, all told, took probably about 3 to 4 hours. Based on that experience I probably would have rated it lower. The second bit is etrailer's customer support is excellent. When I called I was treated very well on the phone. Their email responses were timely and well written. My only complaint is I probably would have benefited from a disclaimer about stretching the thing and getting the .pdf instructions on stretching on the first email. Overall my experience has been very good and that's mostly because etrailer has very very good customer service. That right there makes me very happy with my experience even though it took longer than expected.


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One year on and the hitch is working exactly as expected. Ive had zero issues and it still cosmetically looks great. Still would recommend.
Derek - 04/27/2020


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2008 Toyota Highlander

Shipping was fast and updates were on point. I installed myself (which etrailer probably won't endorse) using a jackstand. I didn't have the alignment problem others had. It took me about an hour and a half. I will be ordering for my other SUV.



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2011 Toyota Highlander

OK, expect this to arrive bent and in need of adjustment. That's not a criticism, just expect this and then you can perform a straightening step prior to installation and save needless frustration. My box arrived with damage from UPS, contents were fine but the hitch clearly was dropped on it's end. It was obviously bent beyond the point where installation would have been possible without adjusting the hitch frame ahead of time. See picture. A worrier, I called etrailer and the helpful associate walked me through the simple process to bend things back into shape. She talked me through it, send a detailed email explanation, and sent me a nice PDF instructions with pictures showing the techniques involved. To get the arms parallel took literally a minute. Then I was ready to install. Process was smooth and very straightforward. I have a 2001 Highlander and was concerned about the step to remove and install underbody trim pieces. Well, I have a base model, so those parts didn't exist so I could commence installation directly. Videos were incredibly helpful here just to understand the process. Get a friend to help with installation OR some jack stands to assist with supporting the hitch during install. Also, have some clamps ready to make final "adjustments" to align the mounting holes. You'll need to do this even if your frame arrives in perfect condition out of the box. Took about an hour to complete.


Comments
I have linked the help article you mentioned on correcting hitch flex for reference.
-- Etrailer Expert Victoria B - 08/07/2019


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2012 Toyota Highlander

Installed on a 2012 highlander. Super easy as i was able to install it by myself. TIP: lower the spare tire that sits under the trunk to the ground, use tire to rest the hitch on while you install. Once completed, reel up the spare back into position.



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Toyota Highlander

Nice finish, looks good on the Highlander. One problem bolt holes didn't line up on drivers side. We had to spread the hitch frame. We used a bottle jack and a 4x4. Other than that ok. Wiring harness fit very well easy install.


Comments
Good product finish holding up well.
Ken K - 04/20/2020


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2010 Toyota Highlander

Just installed it. Very easy, even for someone who does not have much experience like me. Actually the most difficult part was to remove the old bolts. My wrench was too short so I used a metal tube to extend it to get a larger torque. You do need another person to help you. The only issue was, the provided washer is a little too large for the deepest bolt on the driver side. Will order a bike rack to see how this hitch actually work.



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Shipment arrived one day after expected but less than a week which I thought was very good. The box was reinforced and survived the UPS trip without damage to the product but could have been packaged a little better. Product quality, instructions and design of product was excellent. I will use etrailer again!



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2016 Honda Pilot

Nice product and great price at etrailer. Install was about 20 minutes. Hardest part on our 2016 Pilot was removing the plastic cut out in the bumper where the hitch sits. Once that was done my wife lifted up 1 side and I lifted the other while getting the bolts on.


Comments
Still great after 1 year. Good purchase.
Huntabsarokee - 08/17/2018



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2012 Toyota Highlander

Great product, arrived quickly and as described. Very easy to install. A lot easier then I anticipated. Highly recommend both - "Curt" as a manufacturer and "etrailer" as a vendor.



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2013 Toyota Highlander

I have purchased items from etrailer.com many times. They always have the best prices and selection of available products to choose from. I highly recommend etrailer.com!



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2012 Toyota Highlander

Installed on my 2012 Highlander and my experience just like many others indicated the holes did not align on the driver side. It took me more than two hour and at the end the wife said why can't you use the car jack. So, that's it. The car jack will take care the issue. You would use the car jack between the spare tire and the other end of the hitch, push it out until the holes line up and you can insert the bolts. And as others mentioned with a small custom cut on the driver side cover panel, you can re-installed it. The passenger side panel can go back in without any modifications.



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2013 Toyota Highlander

I have a 2013 Highlander Limited. I decided to buy and install a hitch myself as opposed to going to the Toyota dealer in an effort to save some money. The price on this hitch was right (on sale) so I went for it. Shipping was fast and the hitch arrived in good shape with all the parts and an instruction sheet. I rented a torque wrench from the hardware store ($10 / day) and bought the right size sockets and an extension (be sure to buy a socket to remove the existing tow hooks ... I could not get mine off without using the torque wrench).  As reflected in many of these reviews, installation was very difficult. The video makes it appear that you can just bolt this hitch on, but not in my particular case. The 3 bolt holes did not line up on the driver's side, (even with the passenger side bolts loosely on). They were off by at least half an inch. Ultimately I was able to get all the bolts on, but really had to work at it. Based on feedback in this forum, I purchased a 6" C clamp and used a couple 2x4's and a pry bar to spread the hitch wide enough to get the driver's side bolts in. This was a two person job (one person pushing down the pry bar down with all their might and another working the bolts in). On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate installation difficulty at a '10' (extremely difficult). Other than that, the hitch is really nice and very heavy duty. Overall I think it's a good hitch for the money, but you need to be really handy and up for the potential installation challenges. Time for an ice cold beer!



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2012 Toyota Highlander

Excellent product , got it on time , easy installation , take me 60 minutes to install. Thank you all, keep working this way !! I will recommend etrailer .



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Delivery was on time and exactly what I was expecting. Instructions were clear and mounting holes lined up nicely. With the help of a friend to lift into place, installation was quite easy. Wiring was slick and easy as well. I’ve been using the hitch for over a year hauling a pop-up camper and a large utility trailer. Everything has been working great and I’m quite satisfied.



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2009 Toyota Highlander

Product was as described. Installed the trailer in about 30-40 minutes on a 2009 Highlander. It took a second set of hands (it's very difficult if you don't have help). Like other users described, the holes were slightly off or misaligned but we were still able to install it in the following way. We place the passenger side on first, which slips over the muffler end. I placed two bolts on to hold it but didn't tighten to far to have some play. Then I wedged a piece of would (2x4 and a 1X4) piece in the tire underneath and used it to create extra leverage as my helper pull as well. We were able to get one screw in and repeated this for the other two screws. It wasn't that hard but it took some effort. Since it was only slightly misaligned (like 1/4" to 1/2") out of alignment, this worked well. If it was more, I would have bent the frame before installing it to get it closer. For the 2009 highlander, you don't need to cut the passenger side cover that is removed. It goes back in easily. The drive side has to be cut, but the template takes away more material than is necessary. I used the instructions to start but just sat under the car and eyeballed the cuts for the driver side. It took a little longer but not much and had to trim multiple times to get it right. Not sure if it matters but the covers protect against debris/salt/moisture so figured I would want them as tight as possible but it's probably not a big deal. It looks good. Wish it didn't stick out as far (about an 1") but this is needed since it has to clear the tire. No issues yet. Good price. Instructions were clear. Would definitely recommend having a torque wrench to get the bolts tight.



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2013 Toyota Highlander

Review after installation; haven't used the trailer hitch yet, so I can't comment on the quality of the product. It does appear to be very well made. Hitch arrived quickly. Item was reasonably protected in the shipping box, and arrived undamaged. Installation instructions were clear and easy to follow, although the directions for cutting the plastic trim pieces to accommodate the hitch were not clear. I ended up trimming, checking, retrimming, etc. a few times to get it right.



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2012 Toyota Highlander

Frustrating install. Picture is of the passenger side attached and all three holes on the driver side were about 1" short of where then needed to be. Stretched it with a jack and a pick axe with rubber bands wrapped around the metal hitch to keep the axe handle from sliding out. Then hand installed the three driver side bolts and after much trial & error got the four passenger side bolts in place before torquing everything up. One trick is to get the bolts started without a washer if at first it won't reach the threads in the frame. Tighten the bolt thus bending the hitch, then back out and add the washer. I don't think it's a shipping issue, though my box was open at the bottom when it arrived. I think it's a manufacturing issue. Had it lined up the first time it would have been 5 stars.



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When I got word from etrailer that the supply chain disruption was going to create a lengthy delay, I contacted them to explain the urgency of my situation and they put extra effort to making the delivery happen just in the nick of time. Excellent customer service!



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I was worried about fitment as several reviews for this hitch mention using a high-lift Jack or a sledge to bend the hitch arms enough for hole alignment. It did take a bit of persuasion, but my slight wife and I did it with just a pry bar. Start with driver side rear most hole, then do all of the passenger side finger tight, then finish the last two bolts on the driver side by pulling the bracket toward the outside. Easy to do. The passenger side underbody panel didn't require any adjustment, though the instructions recommend it for maintenance access. Trimming the panel on the driver's side can be minimized a bit under what they suggest. I also used a plug bracket and cut a hole in the bumper shield so that the plug is always available and looks professional. I highly recommend Curt and buying here at etrailer.



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Quick backyard install. Fit perfect, watched some install videos before I tackled the job. Tow a couple of boats with it and all good. Finish looks like it's still new. Impressed with price, install time (2hrs) & quality of product. You can't miss with this product


Comments
I see some had alignment issue but, for my 2009 Highlander Hybrid it wasnt a n issue. Had to wiggle it a round a bit but for the most part, for anyone who knows how to hold a wrench, you can do it. Defenitely helpful if youve got a 2nd. hand to help as it is a bit ackward to get started.
jim - 03/22/2020



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The product itself is quite solid. When I went to install the hitch, the holes in the hitch didn't line up well with the holes on the car. The only way that I got it to work was to use my jack between the spare tire and the hitch to force it into place. Seems like it shouldn't be that difficult. I've installed other hitches and they attached much easier.



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This is my third receiver ordered from etrailer. As well as a few small accessories here and there. I have always been satisfied with their service. This receiver’s primary use is for the installation of a hitch mount bike rack. We actually ordered two hitch receivers at around the same time. This Curt for the Toyota and a Draw Tight for the Honda (I had actually meant to order a Curt for the Honda as well, but mistakenly added the wrong item to the cart and didn’t realize it until it arrived - not worth the hassle returning such a heavy item). The build quality and finish on the Curt is definitely superior. Better welds, heftier in general, no sharp edges or burrs, even better paint. The receiver arrived incredibly well packed, but because of how heavy these are they do get a little banged up in transit. A big, heavy, oddly shaped hunk of metal is going to damage it’s cardboard a bit on the way to your house, this is normal. Because it was so well packed, the receiver was not damaged. Installation was pretty easy and straight forward. I did the install unassisted. Due to the clearance under this vehicle, a lift was not required. The installation did require me to bend one of the wing flanges of the receiver a bit (~1cm) to get the proper fit. This was a simple matter, bolt down the left side first, bend/flex to fit, bolt down right side. Make any adjustments, then firmly secure all bolts to the proper torque. If I had to do it again, due to the weight of the receiver, I would engage a helper just hold the other end up level. Instead of discarding the vehicle’s undercarriage shroud, I cut it to fit, then replaced it after the receiver was installed. I will definitely buy Curt receivers again in the future and definitely from etrailer.



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Very easy to install. Took me and my son less than an hour.



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Tuffy Tire installed our new hitch today! I was very pleasantly satisfied to find a mechanic that would install the hitch. I was a little apprehensive when I saw the shipping box was damaged. But all the product was intact and undamaged. Attached the finished product! I am looking forward to hauling our bikes to the trails of Florida.



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The hitch arrived ahead of schedule. Well packaged. Was able to attach hitch with no issues. Will be making use of hitch in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the great service. Would highly recommend etrailer.com


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    Sometimes hitches can get slightly bent during shipping and this can be fixed by bending the hitch back into place as long as the hitch only has a slight bend to it. If the # 13534 wasn't lining up I can almost guarantee that is what happened. Some people will use open steps for leverage, vices and even car jacks to apply controlled force to bend the hitch back. You will want to look for flaking paint and physical stress marks on the hitch before and after you attempt to bend the hitch...
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  • Hardware Torque Specs For Curt Class III 13534 Trailer Hitch Installed on 2012 Toyota Highlander
    Over time, the hitch manufacturers can change the torque specifications of the install hardware which is why we don't publish the torque specs. If you go to page # 2 of the installation instructions, step # 5 gives the correct torque spec. If you don't have the installation instructions handy, I've linked you to a .pdf copy. You can also see an install video by clicking the other provided link.
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  • Torque Specs for Hex Bolts to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13534 on a Toyota Highlander
    The torque specs for the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13534 (that fits a 2008 - 2013 Toyota Highlander) can be found as step 5 on the second page of the attached installation instructions. Sometimes manufacturers might swap hardware out so that the hitch is compatible with a newer vehicle which changes the torque specs. This is why I am referencing the linked instructions instead of just posting the torque specs because there is a potential for change years down the road.
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