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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 13581 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch - 13581

  • 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
  • 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: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty



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13581 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver



13581 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 13581 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2007 - 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander




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 - 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

Today on this 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander, we are going to install part number 13581 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on the vehicle. Next we will give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground on this particular vehicle is going to be 13 inches, and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be 2 inches. Now we will go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed on the vehicle. 0:22

The first step is to go ahead and lower the exhaust. There are three exhaust hangers that we need to remove. We will spray them down with some lubricant and then we can go ahead and remove them. There is one behind the bumper and two behind the muffler. We just use a pry bar to remove the rubber hanger. Then do the same thing with the remaining two. Before we disconnect the last hanger, we will go ahead and put a strap onto the exhaust to help hold it up and then we can lower it as we need. Now we can show you where the hitch is going to mount up to the frame of the vehicle. These three holes here, they are threaded and since they have been out in the elements for a while, we are going to have to clean them out. Also, on the passenger side, the hitch uses this tow hook. Okay, we will spray it down with some lubricant first, and we will take a hitch bolt and run it in and out a few times to help clean it out. Now the older the vehicle is, the more trouble this is going to be, so you may have to use a tube brush. 1:09

Now we can go ahead and put the hitch up into position. Now how the hitch is going to attach to the tow loop is going to be like this. It is going to use a square block, and a 1/2 inch bolt. It is going to sit like this in the tow loop and then our hitch will fit on this side of the tow loop, and we use that to support the hitch while we put the rest of the fasteners in place. You will need an extra set of hands to help put the hitch up. Alright now we are going to install the hardware. Now sometimes these holes will not line up perfectly, but you can actually take the hitch and flex it back and forth to move it into the position you need. Now if you notice, in this situation, the bolts are not lining up front to rear. We are just taking a screwdriver and since the hitch is still loose, we can move it around as we need to. At this point we have all of our hardware loosely installed. Lets go ahead and snug all of the bolts down. We applied a little bit of lubricant to help ease reinstallation of the rubber hanger. And with that, we are already finished with our install, and there you have it for part number 13581 from Curt.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13581

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (28 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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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

the hitch arrived quickly and with my dad's help we got it installed very quickly. Less that two hours. Fits like a glove. Excellent hitch. Easy to install. 310158



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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

eTrailer shipped fast and provided great communication throughout the order. The instructions provided were good, but also suggest watching the video as well. It provides some tips to make this easier. Like most, we had to use a pry bar to align the holes on 1 side. Also, we could not get a torque wrench on the Hex Flange nut on tow loop. One note for us amateurs; Conical washers have the ridge side facing the frame. This should be obvious based on the design, but for those of us who follow instructions it would have been nice to have this noted in the instruction page or video. 40090



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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

Bought this hitch receiver for our '09 Mitsubishi Outlander to pull our boat. The hitch receiver came with everything needed to mount it. A heads up for others installing - the frame mounted nuts on the vehicle were very corroded and didn't allow the bolts included with the kit to thread in. We ended up needing to run a tap of the same size/thread through them before installing, after that the install was a breeze! 254473



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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

The hitch looks very well made - I was a welder for a number of years, and am impressed with the quality, and feel the price was excellent. I found your company via Google search (how else anymore?) and your web site made it very fast and easy to locate the correct hitch. I'll definitely recommend etrailer to others. 583260



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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

Easy ordering process customized to your vehicle. Prompt delivery. Perfect fit. Excellent follow up by customer support. Recommended to all. 370545



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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

Something was wrong with the unit I received. I'm not sure if it was bent during shipping, or there was a manufacturing defect, but this was a nightmare to install on my 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander. Everything looked fine until I tried to bolt it on. The passenger side was off by about 2.5" from the bolt holes, and the drivers side off by about 0.75". Both sides were too narrow, so it wasn't an alignment issue. I had already dropped my exhaust at this point, and had cleaned up the bolt threads, so I struggled through the install, and after about 6 hours I got it installed. To get it installed, I put the middle hitch bolt in, and then jammed my scissor jack between the spare tire and the passenger side of the hitch. I cranked the hitch apart with the jack, and then used another scissor jack to push up on it. After a bunch of tweaking and cranking the hitch apart, this got the bolt holes almost aligned. From there, I used a pry bar to align it on the last axis and I could just get one bolt in without a washer. That allowed me to get another bolt in without a washer. At that point, I could remove the first bolt and put it back in with the washer installed. I repeated this with the middle bolt and put the washer on and then finally get the last bolt in. One side done... I did the same thing with 2x jacks on the other end, and finally got it installed. Aligning the bolt holes took about 5 hours instead of the 15 minutes I expected. It looks fine now that its installed. I called etrailer about it, so they can check their stock. Hopefully my issue were just a one off, and it's not a bad batch, so other people don't have to struggle the same way! 714580



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Product fits perfectly and looks like it belongs there. I recommend this over the OEM one as it costs less and is rated higher. The hardest part of installation was getting the bolts to go into the undercarriage as dirt and grime builds up in the bolt holes. Clean up the holes and oil the bolt threads up a bit before installing the hitch and everything should go smoothly. 660515



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Fit as expected, instructions were very good. Installation was fairly simple and only basic knowledge is necessary 608426



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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

great product, very easy to install 574732



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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

I installed it in about an hour. I was pleased and surprised how easy it was. Great!!! 559755



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Super easy installation. All holes lined up first go. 548016



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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

The hitch bolted on easily. Service was prompt and fantastic!! 546096



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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander

Works great on my Mitsubishi outlander to pull our popup. 521837



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Perfect Fit Bolt holes lined up took like 30 minutes 500520



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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

etrailer.com is the best! Had the hitch in 3 days with free shipping. Bolted on my 07 Outlander in 20 mins. No need to pry or twist to make anything fit. Videos online are a huge plus to assess the project and get everything ready. Oh...and the best price and quickest delivery was just an added bonus. Box was torn, which is unfortunately common with an item like this, but all the hardware was taped well to the hitch so nothing gets lost. That's why I am a repeat customer. They don't disappoint. 490739



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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

Easy, plug into the videos, worth a million words and its just plug and chug. No issues at any point along the way from order, install and use. 145069



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Still waiting for decent weather to install this hitch. Item arrived poking out of the huge carton, but with no damage. The installation videos from etrailer will be a great help, as visualization is a good part of preparation. 124168



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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

Description of prduct accurate and instillation video very helpful. Needed to do everything mentioned in video. The hitch matched perfectly to the pre-set holes in the vehicle. Bike rack was better than I expected. Very sturdy. 87661



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Could not have been easier,This install was so well thought out that it took longer to lower the rubber exhaust hangers than to bolt the hitch on.The wiring was equally simple.............Thanks 53514



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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

Perfect Fit! Never thought we'd find anything close to being called a hitch for our 2007 Outlander. Goes on with a little work, but hang in there it is worth it. This saved us money because now we can use the same bicycle rack from our RV and switch over to the car. What a great hitch. Great quality too. Etrailer.com shipped out right away and we received super fast. Thank so much! 39017



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Good fit. I would recommend dropping the spare tire just to give yourself extra room to work and after I dropped the spare it was easier to line up the bolts. Would recommend this hitch. 34707


Comments

Are you still able to freely remove the spare tire once the hitch is installed?

-- comment by: J O - 09/14/2014

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Comments

Yes the Spare tire is still accessible.

-- comment by: wingnut - 09/18/2014

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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

Easy install - hardest part was getting the rubber exhaust hanger loose. 28778



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2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

Item's fit was on the money. Quality was excellent. 28185



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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

Got the hitch today. Installed in about 30 min not a problem!!! Holes all lined up and it was simple DONE! This was excellent will buy through this site again!!!! Thanks 27268



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Product was just as described. Some minor modifications that I needed to do consisted of adjusting the factory tow hook slightly. This involved using a rubber mallet and hitting the tow hook to the left and the mount to the right. Other than that, no issues. A useful tip for releasing the exhaust mounts is to removed passenger side rear wheel and use plummer's wrench and twist off the mounts. 18944



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Hitch installation Good hitch. As mentioned before it really requires some persuasion for installation but even with my little experience I succeeded. Be sure to have proper meric tools 17 and 19. Just check the right angle between surfaces and correct them before installation. 3996



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Great product - Excellent Service Good communication and it arrived when they promised. I was at first concerned as it appeared the shipping company tweaked the hitch a bit and it didnt appear to fit. I called and they gave me both assurance and instructions on how to fix it. It took a couple of tries but we got it lined up and bolted on perfectly. I would definatly use this compan again and recommend it to all. Thank You! 3716



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Bolts right on. Nice hitch. Requires some persuasion for installation as most hitches do. For the most part it bolts right on nicely. You'll have to drop the exhaust but it drops easily if you follow instructions. Two people make installation easier. 3415


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  • Does Draw-Tite or Curt Trailer Hitch have Better Ground Clearance on a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • When we installed Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75555 on a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander it was maybe a hair tighter to the bumper than Curt hitch # 13581 so as far as positioning they are about identical. I would give the edge to Draw-Tite. One of the biggest differences between these 2 hitches is that with Curt hitch # 13581 Curt requires the use of stabilization strap # 18050 if using the hitch for anything other than a trailer (such as a bike rack or cargo carrier) per their warranty requirements....
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  • Hitch And Wiring Recommendation For 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
  • When choosing a trailer hitch for your 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT, you will see that all three available hitches have the same weight and towing capacity. The difference is the looks of the hitch. The Curt Hitch, part # 13581, has the safety chain hooks at the bottom of the receiver and the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 75555 has the safety chain attachments at the top of the receiver opening. Since the Curt hitch has a welded plate that the tow hook attaches to versus a tube block...
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  • What is the Difference Between CURT Trailer Hitch # C13079 and # 13581, 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Basically, the trailer hitches you are looking at fit 2 different vehicles. The CURT Trailer Hitch, # 13581, is designed to fit NON-Sport models of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander. If you have a Sport model, you would need CURT Trailer Hitch, # C13079. The vehicles have different mounting points and dimensions so they require different hitches. I have included a link to the installation details for both hitches for you to view. With either hitch, I recommend etrailer Ball Mount...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • We can offer you several choices in a 2-inch Class III hitch including the Curt # 13581 that you referenced. Click on the link provided to see all available hitches for your 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander. All hitches for your Outlander install without drilling and include the required mounting hardware. I linked an installation video for the Curt hitch but all will install in essentially the same way.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Hitch Bolts that Don't Want to Thread Into Weld Nuts of Vehicle
  • Dirty or corroded weld nuts on vehicle frames that prevent hitch bolts from threading are actually pretty common. Especially on vehicles that have seen a few winters. There are a couple ways you can clean out the threads so that the bolts will thread. If you check out the links I attached below you can see how this can be accomplished.
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  • Lowering Exhaust to Install Hitch on 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • All three of the hitches offered for your 2008 Outlander would require that the exhaust be lowered to provide access to the attachment points in the frame. Our installers routinely use a ratchet strap to provide support to the exhaust once it is removed from the exhaust hangers. The purpose of the strap is to control the descent of the exhaust so it does not fall too rapidly and damage something. The exhaust hangers are very easy to remove, simply spray the metal hanger that passes through...
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  • Troubleshooting Vibration/Buzz at Idle After Trailer Hitch Install
  • It sounds like your exhaust may be rattling against the hitch when at idle. This is a fairly common problem that can be fixed pretty easily. Basically you will have to reposition the exhaust so that it is further away from the hitch and will no longer contact it at idle. I attached a help article and video for you to check out that will detail how to fix the problem.
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  • How Many Bikes Will Fit a Class III Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Both the Curt trailer hitch # 13581 and Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 75555 for the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander have the same capacities and basically install the same way with very similar designs. The main difference between them is that Curt does recommend the use of stabilization strap # 18050 when using any non-trailer accessory like a bike rack or cargo carrier. Draw-Tite does not have this recommendation or requirement. For either of these hitches they can handle up to 5 bikes. If you...
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  • Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device for Curt Hitch 13581 on a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander GT
  • An anti-rattle hitch lock that uses a regular hex-head bolt should fit your Curt trailer hitch # 13581. Take a look at # SR25219. The head will be approximately 3/4 inches wide so measuring from the center of the hitch pin that would be 3/8 of an inch. If you have 3/8 of an inch from the center of the pin hole to the bar on your hitch then this lock would work. Another option is to use a regular hitch lock such as # 5201 and a stand-alone anti-rattle device like # BX88224.
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  • How to Pick Out a Ball Mount for a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • In order to pick out the correct rise/drop ball mount you want to pick one that will allow your trailer to be towed as level as possible. Since trailer heights can vary quite a bit there isn't a certain ball mount that I can guarantee would work for you. You will need to check out the FAQ article I attached to the right to see exactly how to pick out the correct ball mount.
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  • Brake Controller Installation Kit & 7-Way Mounting Bracket for 2010 Mitsibushi Outlander V6
  • When we installed Curt hitch # 13581 on a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander the hitch pin hole in the receiver was only 2-inches forward of the rear bumper so you will probably be better off with the short no-drill bracket # 18140. This will clamp onto your hitch tube with the included ring clamp. The 7-way bracket included in the # ETBC7 kit will in turn screw on to the no-drill bracket. You will have plenty of space behind the rear of the 7-way to clear your hitch cross tube.
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  • Curt Trailer Hitch for 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • The correct Curt Class III Trailer Hitch for your 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is the part # 13581. This hitch is confirmed to fit your vehicle and will use existing holes in its frame for a no-drill installation. It features a 4,000 pound towing weight capacity, a 400 pound tongue weight limit, and is made right here in the USA. I have attached an install video on an earlier model Outlander that you can use for reference along with the written instructions manual. The Curt Class III...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mounted Folding Cargo Carrier Recommendation for a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • We have actually installed the CURT Trailer Hitch, # 13581, on a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander. When installed, our team of installers measured the distance from the hitch pin hole center to the rear edge of the bumper to be approximately 2 inches (see video). When folded up, the CURT Cargo Carrier, # C18153, measures 9 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest edge of the carrier. That would leave about 1 inch of clearance between the vehicle and carrier when folded. I...
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