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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 C13381 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch - C13381

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Curt
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 525 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
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Installation instructions included
    • Uses existing hardware from your vehicle
  • 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
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 525 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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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" - C13381

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (228 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.

- C13381
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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

So far so good. Install was slightly harder than shown due to the bumper bar. However, once you line it up properly it's fairly easy to get it installed. I would strongly recommend 2 people to install as the hitch is hard to set in place. I ended up using 2 jacks and moved the bumper bar lined up so we could put in the default 16mm bolt / washer in. My wife didn't complain and said it was barely noticeable so I think we have a winner. Hopefully it doesn't drag and hit anything but we live in a major city so hopefully that isn't an issue. Fits my rack nicely and we're excited to hit the local trails.



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Hitch is solid and works great on my 2019 VW Tiguan! It does appear to sit a little low to fit around the rear fender, but I have not scraped the pavement with it backing out of my driveway. I had it installed from my local service gas station. I use it all the time to carry up to 4 bikes around with no issues.



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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

If you can change a tire, you can install this hitch. No need to cut the rear valance which I did not want to do. Bought this for my bike rack and it works great. Just have to turn off the rear back up collision avoidance when your bike is on the rack. If you need a decent departure angle this is not the hitch for you.


Comments
Works great for a bike rack mount! I use this every week to transport my bike to the park. No rattling or anything like that noticed and the receiver still looks good, not rusted or anything after a year.
Tony C - 07/28/2020


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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Just what I needed. Not going to be hauling a trailer with it but excellent for cargo rack. Definitely did take note during the install video where he said to have a helping hand. Bench pressing this bad boy while trying to thread a screw was a B! Get someone to help definitely.


Comments
It’s been a year and still great. Hooked a trailer up to it to just move it down the road with no issues. Mostly use it for bike and cargo rack. Highly recommend this hitch.
Seth - 08/23/2020


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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

Perfect fit! Perfect directions. Bottom line if you watch the video and follow step by step instructions then your golden. If you have the Tiguan with no factory hardware I advise you to watch the video where they show you how to fun the fish wire setup. (Super easy)



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I installed this trailer hitch by myself in a little over an hour. Undercoating needed scraping and took awhile. The fit was perfect, solid and did not require a cutout for the receiver. I use this hitch to trailer my bicycles and it works great. I do suggest you pick up a locking pin, when ordering, to secure your load. Really a quality hitch and can recommend it as a nice hitch to have for your light towing/carrying needs.



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Volkswagen Tiguan

This hitch was installed on a 2021 VW Tiguan SEL R-line. It was necessary to fish the bolts thru the frame. Impossible to fish the rear most bolts. I did a reverse fish with a piece of copper wire and then pulled the fish wire with the bolt and block attached. This was not an easy/ nor quick job even for 2 people = 2 1/2 hours. No way this could be done in 30 minutes by a homeowner. Once completed it is a good looking hitch and should work well with my bike rack.



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Installation was very straightforward and didn't take very long. I choose this model to avoid having to modify the plastic bumper cover. The one downside is the hitch sits low and will drag crossing deep narrow dips (reason for four stars.) So the choice is cut your bumper to have the hitch sit higher or have the occasional drag with this design. I'm happy with this choice.



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Hitch fits well and is extremely easy to install. I've used it to pull trailers over 5000 miles in the last year as well as used it to mount various carriers, all without any trouble.



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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

It is the best for my 2018 Tiguan. This is easy to do. I did not have to raise the vehicle. I did have help holding the hitch in position while I secured the bolts. I am using this for a bicycle rack, this it does without interference of the body. The hitch has a quality paint finish. The shipping was very fast. I Thank Greg S. for the super service. I got the hitch in time for vacation.



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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

I like the hitch a lot but it took me more than 30 minutes to put it in! I did it by myself in a little over an hour. I used a little 2 ton bottle jack to hold it in place and get it around into the right position. The directions provided were clear - it's quite straightforward. Once the bracket is in close to the right place, if it's quite tight like mine was, I recommend you use a mallet or something to bump the brackets so the mounting holes are centered as much as possible. That will help make replacing the bolts easier. Then, to replace those bolts, put one hand on the bumper (the metal tube - not the plastic bumper cover) and move the bumper up and down and in and out. around so the bolt threads nicely. You can reach the that bumper easily in the center of the car under the license plate. Move that around until your bolt is threaded nicely, then you should be good to go. I got one of the back ones started but left it quite loose. Then I worked around and got them all in loose, then simply tightened them up and moved the exhaust back up. It looks great. There's no cutting of the bumper cover, which is good. I was concerned about it being really low but I'm not sure it goes much below the muffler and I don't think it's the "low point" of the undercarriage.



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The hitch is doing very well. The paint is holding well and has survived a New England winter of snow, salt, and sand beating it day after day. I've been using the trailer hitch for my Thule bicycle rack. The hitch works perfectly for this. I looked into getting a small Airstream trailer, but the weight limit of the hitch would not support anything that heavy. That's OK, but it just means I have to be aware of what I can and can't do with the hitch. Overall, I'm very satisfied and would highly recommend it. Thank you, etrailer!


Comments
Excellent! It is serving me and my bicycle very well.I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a hitch for their Tiguan.
Richard I - 09/27/2020


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2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

Shipped out quick, great instructions, easy to install and I love that I didn’t need to cut my bumper or anything to get it to fit like some of the other hitch receivers. The instructional video on the website was super helpful as well.



- C13381
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

The hitch receiver fits my 2018 VW Tiguan R Line after I did some mods, I also prefer the 2" receiver on this hitch to the 1 1/4" receiver that VW offers. The installation was not easy because they said that CURT did not test it on 2018 R Line Tiguan package. I had to lower a little bit the exhaust after installation because it was a little interference with the exhaust pipe, but after that incovinient was solved, every thing just fit good, I´m very happy to use my THULE rack on it. The receiver looks great on my Tiguan R Line, check it out the pictures.



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Works as advertised, only use it to haul a bike rack.



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No issues with installation. Instructions were pretty straight forward so no trouble installing it with the wife. Installed it in the garage with rear wheels on a ramp for better clearance.. I drive a 2019 Tiguan SEL R-line so the design of the hitch is what works for the model.



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Volkswagen Tiguan

The VW dealership wanted $400+ for their hitch and an additional $300+ to install on our new Tiguan. This product was about 1/5th the cost and took about 20 minutes to install! Another 5 star product from etrailer!


Comments
This hitch works as expected. We recommend it.
Craig S - 05/02/2021


- C13381
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INSTALLATION TIPS After a bad experience with a trailer hitch from that trailer rental company that rattled for years on my previous leased vehicle, I found this hitch for HUNDREDS less than what I paid at from them. Since the installation is categorized as "Easy" by etrailer.com, I decided to go for it. Most of the steps were easy. Some were not. Here are my tips... As shown in my photo, I used the following tools/items: 1) a socket wrench w/13mm socket and 5/8" socket (my set was missing 16mm, and 5/8" is an exact match). A crescent wrench will not fit! 2) goggles -- You will be under the car looking straight up. Little pieces of nasty stuff are bound to fall on your face. Protect your eyes! 3) flathead screwdriver (or chisel) to peel away the extra-thick spots of under-sealant to get the hitch to fit. 4) yoga mat -- you know... they're comfy 5) step risers -- or something else to raise the hitch into position while you bolt it in. NOTE: you can also use a significant other for this "step" (pun intended), but make sure you have a solid relationship and have had a good day together so far. There may be cursing and frustration during the install. Don't let it follow you into the house, or even worse... the bedroom. 6) wireless speakers -- not necessary but fun 7) an adult beverage -- see #6 above Again, most of it went smoothly. The biggest issue was getting the hitch into position and then getting the bolts back into place. The step risers were critical since I did the install completely alone. Even then, it took a lot of work to shave a little bit of the excess weather coating from the frame to get it to fit (I'm talking about the excessive clumps because it is otherwise a perfect fit). My arms were dead at the end of the install simply because I hadn't used some of my arm muscles in that way for such an extended period of time. My tip there is this... After you order the hitch, it will take some time for it to be delivered and for you to find some free time to install it. Do daily, EASY workouts with some lightweight dumbbells during that time. You know... dance around with them for 10 minutes. Anyway, this is an AWESOME hitch! Install truly is easy with the right tools so if you're able-bodied and are wondering if you can do it yourself, YOU CAN!


Comments
The product is still fantastic, but I have noticed that it has hit the ground pretty solidly a few times when Ive driven from a steep driveway onto the road. This is, of course, not any kind of design issue with the hitch, but its something to keep in mind. One of the times while I was backing onto a road from a steep driveway at admittedly too fast a speed, the hitch really dug into the asphalt and seriously jolted the car. And yes, Im talking about the hitch itself bottoming out without anything attached to the hitch.
Mr K - 06/10/2020


- C13381
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Finally had our hitch nstalled today! We showed the mechanic your video of installation and he had it installed within 1/2 hour!! Great video! Very pleased with the promptness for the delivery and ease of installation! Our Volkswagen dealer wanted $900 for hitch and installation... we did it for under $300!! Thank you!!!! Finally have a bike rack!!! Yeah!



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This Curt hitch from etrailer is great. I bought it for my SUV to carry bikes, this hitch works perfectly. What I like about it is the precise fit and easy installation. I really appreciate the custom fit for my vehicle.



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Thanks to Derek, I purchased the Curt Trailer Hitch with the plug and play wiring. The hutch installed in less than thirty minutes but the harness took a bit longer: All in all, it looks great and at a great price saving substantial dollars over a VW hitch. I’d use etrailer every time and recommend them highly.


Comments
We use the trqailer several times a month and the hitch is super easy to install slide in the reciever...I often use just one hand to complete the install. It is a must for everyone who think they could use trailer...sooner or later you will.
Morgan H - 01/12/2021


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The hitch is great! It arrived quickly after I ordered it. The installation is straight forward, however, you will need a helper or some jack stands to hold the hitch in place for the installation. I installed this on my wife's 2018 VW Tiguan and it took about a half-hour. I chose the Curt brand because did does not require cutting the bumper trim. Yes, it sits lower than the other brands' model, but the loss of ground clearance is very minimal and unlikely to ever be an issue. She plans on using it with a hitch receiver bike rack.



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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Easy installation very solid hitch. We are excited to be able to use it to pull our Ganoe. We will need to purchase the light kit.



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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Easy to install. It took me a little bit longer to install it than 30 min. After removing factory bolts brackets inside frame had a little tension and misaligned with openings in frame. Hitch openings are perfectly aligned with openings in frame. Once bolts were guided the installation went smooth. Great product. It will be used for bike rack.



- C13381
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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

We bought this hitch to use a carrier basket for when we go on vacation. It installed in about 20 minutes with no modification needed. It’s a very well-made excellent product I highly recommend it!


Comments
Great product!! Still wonderful!!
Marteka E - 06/08/2019


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch

  • Ground Clearance Under Curt C13381 Installed on 2019 VW Tiguan
    When installed on a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan, the underside of the Curt Class III hitch # C13381 is approximately 9-1/4 inches above the ground. For a bit more ground clearance, take a look at the Draw-Tite Class III hitch, part # 76192. When installed, the underside of the receiver tube will be about 12-3/4 inches off the ground. This extra ground clearance is gained because the Draw-Tite hitch requires that the rear bumper fascia be trimmed so that the receiver tube sits tight against the...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan With No Bumper or Fascia Trimming
    There is one hitch that fits your 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan which does not require any type of trimming of the bumper or the plastic fascia, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13381, which is why I recommend it for your Tiguan. This hitch installs very simply by removing factory bolts from underneath the vehicle, raising the hitch up and into place, and reinstalling the bolts. It is about as easy as it gets to install a trailer hitch, as you can see by the linked video of the hitch being...
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  • Solution for Installing Hitch on 2021 Tiguan R-Line AWD that is Missing Weldnuts in Frame
    That's really odd that your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan didn't come with bolts and weld nuts already present on the frame that you'd use to install the Curt hitch # C13381 but we do have a way to help. What you are going to need to do is get a bolt leader like the part # 80101-1 with a carriage bolt, carriage bolt block, and nut to route the bolt and hardware through the frame and out of the hole with the hitch in place. From underside pictures of your vehicle you do have enough frame hole access...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit for 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
    We do carry a hitch that is a fit for your 2018 VW Tiguan R-Line, though it is not from Curt, it is the Draw-Tite # 76192, which is a Class III 2" hitch. In terms of modification there will be some trimming required of the fascia as you can see in the accompanying cut out of the instructions (these instructions are also linked for you to check out).
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  • Trailer Wiring Installation for 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan
    I wasn't able to locate any instructions for the VW 5NN055203A wiring harness you purchased. I'd recommend taking the simpler and considerably more inexpensive route by using an aftermarket wiring harness like # C56403 which plugs inline at the connection between the vehicle's taillight wiring harness and the taillight assemblies. The harness gets is switching information from these connections but draws its power for the trailer lights directly from the vehicle battery via the fused...
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch Fit a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line Model
    Yes, the 1-1/4" # C12177 and 2" # C12177 Curt trailer hitches will fit your 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line model. In previous year R-Lines we have had customers say that they needed to adjust the exhaust hangers a little to keep the exhaust from rubbing against the trailer hitch and causing extra noise, but that is easily accomplished and you may not actually have to do that. Attached is an installation video of the 2" version, part # C12177, on a 2019 Tiguan for you to follow. I recommend...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
    For your 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan the trailer hitch I recommend for you is the Curt hitch part # C13381. The reason I recommend it is because it has a 2 inch hitch opening which is the size that has the best capacities and most accessories made for it and because it has a concealed crosstube which means it will be less visible when installed. Check out the picture I attached to see what I mean. For trailer wiring you'd then want the Curt kit part # C56403 which installs by plugging inline...
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  • Does the Curt C13381 Include Mounting Bolts for a 2021 VW Tiguan
    This is actually something that we have run into with the 2021 VW Tiguan. Curt is aware of this and is updating their hitches to come with hardware. That being said, the new instructions I found utilize 7/16-14 x 1 1/2 Grade 8 carriage bolts to attach the # C13381 to your vehicle. They do have a few odd parts for this installation, so you could purchase our Hitch Hardware Kit # RHK and we will get everything put together and shipped out for you.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
    The best trailer hitch option we have for your 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan is the Curt Class III hitch part # C13381 as it has the best towing capacities, installs easily, and has only the hitch opening visible below the rear bumper so it's the most concealed. I attached an install video for this as well as a picture of it installed too. For trailer wiring you'd then want the easy to install and very reliable 4-way part # C56403. This installs by plugging in line with the taillight connectors...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line
    I would be happy to help! For your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR as it is confirmed to fit all models of your Tiguan. This hitch has a hidden crosstube meaning that once installed only the receiver itself will be visible, and the 2" receiver gives you the most options when it comes to accessories like a bike rack, cargo carrier, or ball mount. If you are planning on towing a trailer with your Tiguan you will need...
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  • 2021 Volkswagen Hitch Receiver Compatibility, Hardware Comes With Hitch Receiver
    Yes there is a hardware kit for this receiver. The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan does not include the bolts, Volkswagen changed the design. As a result, Curt is now including hardware with the new Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III, part # C13381.
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  • Will the Curt Hitch for a 2021 VW Tiguan Fit the R-Line Model
    Yes, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13381 which is a fit for a 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan will work on R-Line models.
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