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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 13538 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch - 13538

  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 350 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
  • Sturdy, square-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: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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13538 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details 13538 Installation instructions

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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 - 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

Today we will be working on a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe. We will be installing Curt hitch part number 13538. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you when ing accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost point of the bumper is 5-1/2 inches. And from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 13-3/4 inches. This will assist you with ing accessories such as a draw bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now let us go ahead with the installation. 0:32

First I would like to point out our fastening points. There are two weld nuts here in the frame. There are an identical two on the passenger side as well. Before we put our hitch into place, what I want to do is spray each of the weld nuts with a little spray lubricant. Then I am going to take a nylon tube brush, this is a 1/2 inch nylon tube brush part number 814092, and I am going to use it to clean out the threads of those weld nuts because over time they will become corroded and fill up with dirt and debris. So now that we have our threads cleaned out, we can go ahead and test fit our hardware. It threads in nicely so we know our weld nuts are cleaned out thoroughly which makes for a much easier installation of our new hitch. 1:23

That completes the two weld nuts on the driver side. I am going to go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. At this time, it may be necessary to get an extra set of hands to help you put the hitch in place. Now that we have all of our fasteners in finger tight, I am going to go ahead and run them down. OK, now that we have our fasteners started on the driver side, I am going to go ahead and repeat the same process on the passenger side. OK, now that we have all of our fasteners tightened down, we are going to go ahead and torque to specifications. Now that we have all of our fasteners torqued to specifications, that completes the installation of Curt hitch part number 13538.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13538

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (38 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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No issues with the product. It has been installed for approx a year. No signs of rust. I recommend this product along with e trailer. The hitch arrived without the hardware inside the tube. With a call and short discussion, the fasteners arrived in a few days. I feel e trailer values their customers with the service I have received. 553680


Comments
still very satisfied with the hitch.
Craig L - 08/15/2019

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Shipping was slower than expected, but order arrived well-packed and in excellent condition. I ordered the wrong harness (my fault), but the hitch installed easily per the clear video instructions (great tip to clean out the frame threads!). 679697



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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

Great trailer hitch,easy to install and fast delivery. 670740



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The only improvement I would recommend would be to include a M10X1.25 tap to chase the threads on the car or truck. Using the method in the video with a pipe brush and cleaner did not work for me. I was able to use a hoist and tripod jacks to make it a really easy job. 669614



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Installation went very smooth. The hitch was tailor made for the vehicle. Everything I expected. 656558



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Hitch was delivered very rapidly. Good quality!! 608689



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Great product. Bolted right up took maybe 15 minutes after watching the tutorials they had. 604979



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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

slight paint chipping from shipping. otherwise good looking parts. 584321



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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Thanks for following up. Yes it was delivered around lunch time. I will install on Friday and leave a great review! I did want to ask about the Plug-N-Tow (R) Vehicle Wiring Harness with Powered Converter and 4 Pole Trailer Connector I completely for got to include this in my order. I had it selected at one point, but must have cleared the cart. Any chance I can get this with the complimentary shipping as well? 575516


Comments
The wiring harness part you need for the 2007 Hyundai Santa fe is Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118415.
-- Heather A - 10/19/2018

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

This trailer hitch is as great now as when I purchased it, I expected it to be a great hitch and it did not dissapoint it was a very good price shipping was fast as well. If you are thinking of buying from here go ahead you won't be dissapointed. 539358



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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

This trailer hitch is as great now as when I purchased it, I expected it to be a great hitch and it did not dissapoint it was a very good price shipping was fast as well. If you are thinking of buying from here go ahead you won't be dissapointed. 539353



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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Very impressed with the quality and the price and also how fast It got deliver thanks guys 522648



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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

The product fit great. Installation was pretty easy after I was able to clean out the threaded holes in the frame with the correct tap. The holes, because this was a 2009 vehicle, were full of dirt and other road grime. I used the correct tap and cleaned the threads and the bolts started easily 504212



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Thanks the part was just right and now i own my first trailer! 503694



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Fit perfectly, if the car was rust free probably would have been finished in about an hour. Properly packaged and received in perfect condition relatively quickly. 483352



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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Exactly what was described, fit perfect, easy to install and fast shipping! Thank you!! 446576



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Got here fast bolted on good have not towed boat yet sure it will do fine. 405285



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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Fantastic price, quick delivery! What a deal! etrailer.com provided the only way I could afford to have a trailer hitch on my 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe. Thanks, etrailer.com! 397640


Comments
Still working perfectly after 1 year. No problems at all! Thanks!
Tracy K - 06/25/2018

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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

It is very good xelent product I had being using it since I bough it pulling my 900lb boat and to take my bikes to the park no complaints very happy with it thanks 324505


Comments
Exelent
Walter - 12/13/2017

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We received our Trailer Hitch promptly, even sooner than expected! It seems to be very good quality. We attached the hitch last night and it was fairly easy. The videos helped the process a lot. Thank you! 313664



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easy to install and sturdy 300953



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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Great product, very easy to install 286166



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2007 Hyundai Santa Fe

Whenever possible I try to buy a product made in the USA. This hitch costs a few dollars more than many imports. It is well worth the extra cost. Solidly built and easy to install. An installation tip. My 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe had a shipping tie down hook installed on the passenger side which must be removed prior to installation of the hitch. The bolt securing the hook is hidden by the muffler. Also, kudos to etrailer. The carton in which the hitch was shipped took a serious beating. A brush I ordered along with the hitch was missing. Although it was probably the responsibility of the shipping company, Etrailer promptly replaced the brush. Excellent customer service. 259976



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2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Let me start out and say, it was easy to install and wire up, but that's just me.... and Hyundai.... I don't plan on towing anything over 1200 lbs. 50-100 miles one way, I don't drive fast.. I don't like the transitions between parts (weld), made it hard to use my torque wrench, had to be there. The wiring was long enough, but wish the control box (?) was closer to the wheel well end. 209037



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Worked just as advertised. Easy to install, fit and finish is nice. 176464


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch

  • Hitch for 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe That Wont Interfere w/ Full-Sized Spare Tire
    All the hitches offered for your vehicle will interfere with the spare to a small degree, but the spare tire will still fit. I spoke with my contacts at Curt Manufacturing, as well as Cequent Performance Products, who manufacture Draw-Tite brand hitches. I was told that the Draw-Tite # 75471 and the Curt # 13538 are all compatible with 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe models equipped with the spare tire. Although the hitch will prevent the spare from dropping straight down, the solution is very...
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  • How to Clean Weld Nuts to Install a Trailer Hitch
    I will be happy to help. Dirty/corroded weld nuts can be a pain but with enough elbow grease, wire brushes, and WD40 anything is possible. I have included a few links on hitch installation tips, cleaning weld nuts, and a video on cleaning weld nuts for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch with Most Ground Clearance for a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
    When we installed the various trailer hitches available for the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe we found that the Curt hitch # 13538 was slightly higher than the Draw-Tite model # 75471. The Curt hitch measured 13-3/4 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver opening. The Draw-Tite was 13 inches. To the bottom of the receiver on the Curt hitch it will be approximately 2-1/4 inches less than 13-3/4 inches so approximately 11-1/2 inches. I have linked a video showing installation for you. If...
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  • Is Curt Trailer Hitch # 13538 Supposed to Hit Bottom of Bumper on a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe
    I believe something is amiss either with the hitch or the attachment points on your 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited. When we installed Curt trailer hitch # 13538 on a 2009 Santa Fe, see video, we did not have this problem. The bumper remained in its normal position. If the vehicle had ever been hit or otherwise had something occur that moved the fascia position that could have affected the fit. Also, if the hitch had flexed in the shipping process at all then that could affect the fit...
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  • Bolt Holes are Too Small for Trailer Hitch Installation on a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe
    What you are most likely experiencing is weld nuts on the vehicle that are packed with corrosion and/or road grime. This happens on any vehicle that has seen at least 1 winter. What you will need to do is clean out the weld nuts so the bolts can be threaded in freely. We have some helpful links that I have included that will help you clean out the weld nuts. You will need some spray lubricant like WD-40, a wire brush like # DW00254, and some patience. I have included a link to a video...
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  • Curt Class III Hitch Part # 13538 for 2008 Sante Fe
    When installed on a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, the Curt Class III Hitch part # 13538 would look much the same as the Hidden Hitch model for that vehicle. The center of the cross tube section would be mostly concealed by the rear fascia, with the receiver and the end portions of the cross tube that curve around the dual exhausts being visible. The installation instructions do not mention the necessity of removing the spare tire, although removing it temporarily during installation can...
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  • Hitch for 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe to Allow Use of Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack
    The Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack # S64670 that you referenced offers the versatility to work with either a 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch size hitch receiver. As it happens, all of the hitches we offer for your car are the sturdier 2-inch Class III variety and this is a good thing as it means the rack will not overload the hitch's capacity. As all three available hitches have the same capacity, I suggest the lowest-price unit from Curt, part # 13538. I have linked you to the written instructions...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and 4-Bike Rack for 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Hi there! To mount a 4-bike rack on your 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe I recommend the Curt # 13538 trailer hitch; this is a 2" hitch that will easily allow you to use a 4-bike rack. As for a bike rack, because you are carrying children's bikes that have smaller wheelbases, the best option is going to be a hanging rack. I highly recommend the Swagman Trailhead # S63380 which has a shank that will give you 3" of rise for additional ground clearance and is long enough to clear the distance from...
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