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 C13386 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Hitch - C13386

  • Curt
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 400 lbs TW
  • 5000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 lbs WD TW

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 GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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.



13386 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces C13100



C13386 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C13386 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer




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 Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford Explorer

Today, in our 2017 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Kurt 00:00:06 class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number C13386. So, here's what our hitch is going to look like once we have it installed. And it's going to sit just below the bumper, but mainly what we're going to see sticking out is the receiver tube. It's a class three hitch, which means it's going to give us a lot of different options. We're going to mount up our accessories since it has that two inch by two inch opening. The way we're gonna mount all of our accessories, this is a hitch pin hole here on the side.

It is going to accept a standard five ace pin and clip. Now, these aren't included in the kit, but you can find them here at etrailer.com along with locking devices to keep our accessories secure. The safety chain connection points can be a plate style welded to the bottom, and as you can see, we'll have plenty of room to get most sized hooks on or off.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to have a 400 pound tongue weight, which is the maximum downward force of the receiver tube along with a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull, including the trailer and everything we have loaded on it. Now, our hitch is rated for use with weight distribution systems, which is going to be a separate component mounted on your trailer, but that's going to bump the tongue weight up to 500 pounds and the gross trailer weight up to 5,000 pounds. Now, with all those numbers in mind, you always want to double check your Ford's owner's manual and never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.I'd like to give you a few measurements, and that's going to help you whenever you're looking for accessories for your new hitch, like a ball mount, a bike rack, or even a cargo carrier.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is going to be right about four and a half inches. The measurement is going to come in handy when you're looking at folding accessories to make sure you have enough clearance, and that they're not going to come in contact with the rear bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening is right about 16 and three quarter inches. That measurement is going to come in handy when you're looking at a ball mount to make sure you find the appropriate rise or drop to match your trailer.So, now that we've seen what the hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin installation, we're going to come underneath our Explorer.

We're going to need to lower our exhaust down so we can have some room to work, but we want to make sure that it's supported before we lower it down. So, I'm going to be using a support strap. Just going to hook it to a solid point somewhere on the frame or any solid point you can find. Then, we can tighten it up, so we can make sure that it will be supported once we loosen everything up.Now, right above the exhaust tip we'll have a rubber hanger. You're going to want to go ahead and spray that down with some spray lubricant.

It's going to make it a lot easier to slide it off of the actual hanger itself. You just use a pry bar, and we're going to pry on the hanger until we can get it to slide completely off. And once you have that one removed, we'll remove the other side as well.If you need a little more room than that, we can move right where our exhaust lies at, and we'll have another hanger. And then for the isolators that we're directly attached to our muffler, we're going to want to pull these off of the hanger itself. May be a little difficult just because there's nothing really to pull against, but if you spray them down with some lubricant, it should come off a little bit easier. We're going to remove both of these.Now, directly above the muffler where the rubber isolators we're attached to, we're going to have this hanger rod. It's going to be attached to the bottom of the frame using these two bolts. I'm going to grab an 18 millimeter socket, and I'm going to pull those bolts out. We'll pull the hanger off, and this is not going to get installed. We'll go ahead and pull the other hanger off the other side, and that side may have a tow hook on it, which will have an extra bolt on the inside of the frame.On the driver's side, we're going to have two mounting points. It's going to be the two weld nuts on the bottom where our tow hook and exhaust hanger we're bolted to the bottom of the frame.On the passenger side, we're going to have three points. We're still going to use the two weld nuts, but if we move towards the back of the bumper, we're going to have another large hole. We'll start by taking our pole wire with the coiled end. We'll grab a square hole spacer block, slide it over the coiled end of our wire. Then, we'll take a carriage bolt, and we're going to thread it onto the end.Then, one piece at a time, we'll thread our carriage bolt into the frame. Then, we'll take our spacer block, push him in as well. Then, we're going to pull down until the bolt comes out the hole, dropping down, and we'll leave our pull wire attached.On the side of our hitch here you'll notice that we're going to have this tab. This tab is going to be so that we can remount our exhaust hangers. So, we're going to take one of the long bolts and a flat washer. We'll grab our exhaust hanger. We're going to put the bolt through. We'll go through our tab, then we'll put another flat washer and a lock nut. And we'll put these on there hand tight for now, and we'll do the same thing with the other hanger on the other side.You want to come back with an 11/16 socket and wrench and snug them up just a little bit to where that washer and nut are tight against the hitch, but you're still able to move the hangar and rotate it. And we'll tighten up the other side as well.Now, with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch up. And on the passenger side, remember to feed your pull wire in to that hole at the very back of the hitch. Line up our hitch with the holes in the frame. We'll take one of our bolts and a conical tooth washer, making sure those teeth are facing up towards the hitch, and we're going to loosely secure one bolt on each side just so the hitch will support itself, and we'll get the rest of the hardware in place.Then, we're going to remove our pull wire. We're going to have a half inch flange nut that's going to secure the bolt down. Whenever you're tightening it up, just want to be careful not to push the bolt back into the frame whenever you're getting it started. I'm going to come back with a 19 millimeter socket and snug up all my hardware. Now, for the half inch, you can either use a 19 or a three quarter inch socket to snug it up.I want to come back with a torque wrench, and I'm going to torque all my hardware down to the specified amount in the instructions. Now, we can get ready to lift our exhaust back up. So, I'm going to spray a little bit of spray lubricant in the rubber isolator and on the hanger. We can just lift our exhaust. You want to make sure that the hanger's rotated down. And we'll just slide the isolator back onto the hanger. And we'll repeat that for any remaining hangars we have. Then, we can pull the exhaust support strap out, and that'll finish up your install.That'll finish up your look at the Curt class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number C13386 on our 2017 Ford Explorer.


Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C13386

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (18 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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2017 Ford Explorer

I installed it on a 2017 Ford Explorer Limited. The installation was easy. I didn’t need to lift the vehicle and it took about 45 minutes with two people. It came to me with a number of chips around the front of the receiver tube, which is why I gave it four stars. I haven’t towed anything with it yet. 494075



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Best hitch we’ve bought! Everything lined up exactly! No guessing, easy install! Wish i would have used this site the last 2 hitches we bought from auto part stores 512268



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2017 Ford Explorer

Awesome low profile hitch. It looks great on my Ford Explorer! The installation was super easy. I got it installed in about 30 minutes. The only issue I ran into was removing the exhaust brackets from the factory. They were pretty tough to remove. Had to use a cheater bar to get them off. Other than that, the install was super easy. Everything fit perfectly! The install video was dead on. Watched it a couple of times and knew exactly what to do. Again, awesome hitch! 529553



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I received my new hitch and wiring harness quickly and without issue. The instructions were all clearly written. I would rate my mechanic abilities as moderate and I was able to complete the installation by myself during a Sunday afternoon in my driveway. I had some issues getting some of the old bolts out of the exhaust hangers due to some mild corrosion but nothing some PB Blaster could not solve. I was able to get all the new bolts secured and torqued down to spec easily and then re-hang the exhaust. I was able to pick up my new boat (about 1500lbs) and tow it home without issue. Part of the hitch was scratch and some of the paint chipped off during shipping but it wasn't enough damage for me to be concerned with it. I also have not finalized where I am going to put the trailer harness plug so that's just zip tied on at the moment. 547792



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2015 Ford Explorer

I have a 2015 Ford Explorer and bought Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver from etrailer.com on a Thursday afternoon. I paid a little extra to have it arrive by no later than Tuesday. The hitch showed up on Monday evening around 6:00. It took me about 35 minutes to put on. Super easy, and it fit perfectly. The instructions and online videos from the etrailer.com website where very informative and took any reservations about installing it myself out of the picture. The young lady Chris from etrailer was very helpful and told me exactly what I needed. I definitely would recommend etrailer.com and this product to others. Nice Job. I was impressed. 556487



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Easy installation and great price. 729228



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Quick shipping; extremely easy to install borh the hitch and the electrical connector; both within a half hour installation with two people 699157



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2015 Ford Explorer

Delivered on time, installed in less than an hour by myself on my 2015 explorer. Video was so helpful to install! 695949



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great 692794



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Hi George, The hitch has been great, along with your Customer Service team! Love it. Chris w. 681075



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2012 Ford Explorer

This was a perfect fit for my 2012 Explorer. It looks and functions great and the price cannot be beat! eTrailer is a great company; you can tell this by the organization and details on their website. Tracking the package in transit is a breeze and items arrive on time. The hitch is solid. The moment you take it out of the box, you’ll know you got a great part. I was able to install it myself, though it would have certainly been better to have someone help hold it in position just to get a bolt started on each side. In any case, it does not take long to install. All hardware was included and directions are minimal and straightforward. You’ll need some WD-40 to get the exhaust off its hangers, a strap to support the exhaust while it’s lowered, a socket set, and a torque wrench to tighten the bolts to specs. I did not have a torque wrench that went all the way up to the required torque value, so I ended up purchasing one at the local box store. If you don’t like acquiring tools, you could always ask a neighbor or maybe rent one from the local auto parts store. In any case, with the new wrench, as well as the 4-pole wiring harness and magnetic trailer lights (also purchased from etrailer), I still came out way ahead of what it would have cost to put on a hitch at the dealer. In essence, the $450 bike rack that goes in the hitch receiver and the quality torque wrench ($80) serve as “free” gifts to the family/myself for the DYI installation. Finally, some might want a Ford OEM hitch setup but the curved design of this particular custom hitch looks great. Happy hauling! 660092



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2018 Ford Explorer

Excellent ++++++ I received my new hitch for my 2018 Ford Explorer. I You Tubed the install from etrailer, and I literally could have sat back and watch it install itself. What a breeze. The ONLY difficulty I had was lining up the blocks to raise the car up a bit to make the install easier. This is my second hitch from etrailer. Needless to say, I'm 100% satisfied. Great product, fast delivery. Thanks 611129



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Very easy installation, took less than 1 hr to complete 597617



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Great product youtube video made it a breeze to install took less than 2 hours 597300



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Easy to install fit perfect 594538



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2018 Ford Explorer

Got the hitch in a timely manner and was easy to install. That being said I was missing the HEX Flange nut. I had to go out and buy one similar to what was suppose to have been provided. 568510



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2018 Ford Explorer

From when I place the order (Curt Trailer Hitch 13386) to when I received it at home I was kept updated. I am very please with the products and prices of etrailer.com. I will always look at etrailer.com, for my truck and suv needs first. Thanks, Jorge DLR 551542



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2015 Ford Explorer

The service was great, she was very helpful and spoke English,Hahahaha. Sometimes that’s a big deal. Would recommend them to all my friends!! 521111


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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2017 Ford Explorer with Hands Free Lift Gate Sensor
  • Both the Draw-Tite # 76034 and Curt # C13386 trailer hitch receivers that are designed for your 2017 Ford Explorer will allow the hands free lift gate sensor to work. However, you will need to activate it by putting your foot to the side of the hitch receiver opening with both hitches. The sensors will not recognize your foot through the hitch unfortunately. I've linked videos of both hitches being installed for you. If you're going to be towing a trailer with the Explorer and need...
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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches for 2018 Ford Explorer
  • The Draw-Tite Class III # 76034, the etrailer.com # e98867, and the Curt # C13386 trailer hitches that are available for your 2018 Ford Explorer all feature an extremely similar design and will mount using the same existing holes on the vehicle's frame. The primary difference between the three models are their weight capacities, which is why I recommend the Draw-Tite # 76034. It features the highest towing capacity of 4,500 pounds and tongue weight limit of 675 pounds, indicating a...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt hitch part # C13386 is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Ford Explorer and would be the correct fit. I attached an install picture for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring you'd want the part # C56172 which I attached an install video for as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a...
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  • Do Trailer Hitches for 2018 Ford Explorer Affect Hands Free Liftgate Operation
  • The Draw-Tite # 76034, Curt # C13386 and etrailer.com # e98867 trailer hitch receivers that are designed for your 2018 Ford Explorer will allow the hands free lift gate sensor to work. However, you will need to activate it by putting your foot to the side of the hitch receiver opening with both hitches. The sensors will not recognize your foot through the hitch unfortunately. You would not need to relocate any sensors either. I've linked videos of both hitches being installed for you....
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Custom Fit for 2018 Ford Explorer
  • We do not carry any Tyger products so I can't determine what the issue is with their product. I can tell you that there wasn't any redesign as the Draw-Tite # 76034 as well as the Curt # C13386 and the etrailer # e98867 are all confirmed to fit 2011-2019 models. I've attached a couple installation videos to assist.
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  • Hitch Height of Curt Trailer Hitch for 2013 Ford Explorer for Picking Out Ball Mount
  • When we installed the Curt hitch part # C13386 on a 2013 Ford Explorer like yours we found the distance from the top of the hitch opening down to the ground to be 16-1/4 inches. So since your trailer has a distance from the bottom of the coupler lip to the ground when level of 14-1/2 inches you'd want a drop of 1-3/4 inches. The closest we have to that is a 2 inch drop like the Draw Tite ball mount part # 2923 which would work well. For a 2 inch ball you'd want the part # 63845...
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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches For 2014 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The trailer hitches designed to fit your 2014 Explorer are the Draw-Tite Max Frame, part # 76034, and the Curt, part # C13386, and etrailer.com # E98867. Depending on a couple of comparisons you may decide on one or the other. Both are Class lll hitches and have a 2 inch receiver opening. The Curt hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs while the Draw-Tite has a 675 Lb tongue weight capacity. The Draw-Tite has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs while the Curt can tow 4,000 lbs....
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  • Comparing Curt Trailer Hitches for a 2017 Ford Explorer
  • There is a very subtle difference between Curt hitches # C13386 and the now discontinued C13100; the orientation of the exhaust hanger brackets attached to the side flanges of the hitches. On hitch C13386 they are at a lower angle than on C13100. This allows the newer hitch, # C13386, to also fit the 2018 Ford Explorer. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13386 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for all models of the 2016 Ford Explorer so I can guarantee that it will fit your XLT model. The installation will be just like on a 2015 like in the install video that I attached. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13386 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Explorers. For a similar hitch that I can recommend for you that has been confirmed to fit all models of the 2015 Ford Explorer you would want the Draw-Tite part # 76034. I checked with Draw-Tite and this hitch will work for you. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For wiring you would...
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  • Comparing Curt Trailer Hitches for a 2017 Ford Explorer
  • Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13386 replaced C13100 due to a slight design change between the 2017 and 2018 Ford Explorer models. Curt trailer hitch # C13386 is supposed to rest just below the rear fascia on your 2017 Ford Explorer meaning that it would not make contact with that plastic piece you mentioned. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise...
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  • Curt Hitch Receiver For Police Interceptor Version of 2014/2015 Ford Explorer
  • The 2014 and 2015 Police Interceptor versions of the Ford Explorer use the same frame structure as consumer models so hitch fits for standard versions also apply to the law enforcement vehicles. I confirmed this with my technical contact at Hidden Hitch. The Curt brand hitch you referenced, part # C13386, is a confirmed fit for both 2014 and 2015 model years of the Explorer. The hitch installs without drilling and includes the required mounting hardware. I have linked for you installation...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendations for 4 Beach Cruisers on a 2016 Ford Explorer
  • Beach cruiser bikes are generally heavier than other bikes and could have fenders. Because of these features I recommend a platform style bike rack that holds the bikes at the frames. For a 4-bike platform style rack you will need to have a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver. If you do not already have one I recommend # C13386. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a bike rack a popular option that I recommend is the Sport Rider # HR1400Z. This...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport
  • Yes, the hitches we carry like the Curt hitch part number # C13386 have been confirmed to fit all models of the 2014 Ford Explorers so they would fit a Sport model as well. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball,...
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  • OEM Style Trailer Hitch for 2011 Ford Explorer
  • The hitches we offer for your Explorer, the Curt Class III, part # C13386 and the Draw-Tite # 76034 both have the receiver tube sitting below the rear bumper fascia as shown in the photos I provided for you. We don't offer an OEM style hitch for your Explorer. You would need to see a Ford dealer about that.
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  • Can Replacement Hardware Be Ordered for Curt Hitch for 2016 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, you can order just the install hardware for the hitches we carry. All you need is the part # RHK. On the product page for RHK you will need to enter the part number of the hitch and then select the manufacturer and we will ship you out the correct install hardware. I checked your order notes and it looks like you ordered the Curt hitch part # C13386.
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  • Why is a Trailer Hitch for a 2013 Ford Explorer Rated Higher than the Vehicle
  • Trailer hitches have their own rating as you have stated and that is the rating for the hitch only. Whichever capacity is lower, the hitch or the vehicle, is the capacity you need to go by. In this case if your 2013 Ford Explorer is rated for 2,000 pounds gross trailer weight that is what you are limited to even though hitch # C13386 is rated for more. As you can see in the Ford towing guide you mentioned there are some models of the 2013 Ford Explorer that can tow more than 2,000 pounds...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch, Weight Distribution System, and Brake Controller 2014 Ford Explorer
  • First let's start with a trailer hitch. The most popular option we carry is the Curt part # C13386. I attached a install video link. For wiring you would want the # C56278 to add a 7-way to your vehicle since you mentioned that your vehicle has the factory tow package. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear...
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  • Compatibility of Thule Raceway Pro 3-Bike Rack TH9002PRO on 2015 Ford Explorer with Rear Spoiler
  • The roofline spoiler on your 2014 Ford Explorer is new on this series and you are indeed wise to be concerned about bike rack fits with this cosmetic feature. The Thule Raceway PRO # TH9002PRO 3-bike trunk-mount rack uses four nylon-coated cables for attachment; two of these go up over the spoiler to attach to the roof rack. While the spoiler will not really bear the weight of the carrier and bikes, it will surely have pressure put on it. We do offer a specialized carrier from Hollywood...
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  • Will Hands-Free Liftgate of 2016 Ford Explorer Still Function after Curt Trailer Hitch Install
  • With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # C13386 that you referenced you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one...
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  • Installation Help With Re-Installing Exhaust With Curt # C13386 Hitch on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • This is going to be a very easy fix and make your rides much quieter! The hangers on the exhaust system were not supposed to be re-installed. The Curt Hitch # C13386 has hanger brackets literally on the hitch that replace your hangers for your 2013 Ford Explorer. In the picture, I have noted the brackets, so it may take a bit of time, but you can take your OEM hangers out and hook your exhaust to the bracket on the hitch and your annoying clanking noise will disappear!
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  • Does the Carriage Bolt have to be Used to Install Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The carriage bolt for Curt trailer hitch # C13386 is the rearward most attachment point for the hitch on the passenger's side of the 2013 Ford Explorer. The hitch is given its rating based on, among other things, how it attaches to the vehicle. If you did not install all of the hardware then the hitch rating is unknown and not safe for use, even if it is just a bike rack. If there was a problem then hitch warranty would be void because it was not properly installed. You should just...
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  • Will Rear Bumper Cover on 2017 Ford Explorer Need to be Modified for Trailer Hitch Installation
  • No modification of the rear bumper is needed when installing the Curt # C13386 or Draw-Tite # 76034 hitch receiver on your 2017 Ford Explorer. Both trailer hitch receiver options will sit below the rear bumper so they will be visible at all times as you can see in the attached installation videos. Out of both trailer hitches I recommend the Draw-Tite over the Curt since it has a higher tongue weight rating of 675 lbs and a higher gross trailer weight rating of 4,500 lbs. If you...
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I recommend the Curt Class III hitch you've already looked at, part # C13386. As you can see in the linked installation instructions and the install video I've also linked to, the installation will be pretty simple, with no drilling required. I've also linked you to some hitch install tips. If there was a specific portion of the install you're not understanding, please let me know and I'll do my best to help. If you were planning on towing with your hitch, you might also need the...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch C13100 that you used on your previous model Ford Explorers is actually only a fit for the Explorers up through the 2017 model year. It does look like the 2018 Ford Explorer received a facelift that requires an entirely new trailer hitch model. For your vehicle, I recommend the Curt Class III Round Tube Receiver Hitch # C13386. This Class III hitch is confirmed to fit the 2018 Explorer and will use existing holes in its frame for a no-drill installation....
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring, and Brake Controller for a 2011 Ford Explorer Without OEM Tow Package
  • The Curt trailer hitch # C13386 is the most popular hitch for your 2011 Ford Explorer so you are off to a good start. You mentioned that you already have different ball mounts and likely also have properly sized balls to tow the trailer so I can skip that part. The trailer wiring harness # C59236 that you have selected is also a fit but this is a universal kit that requires cutting and splicing into the vehicle tail light wiring. If you want to avoid that then I recommend a T-connector,...
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  • Ball Mount Rattles Around A Lot in Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • There isn't a specific ball mount that you have to use with Curt hitch # C13386 for your 2014 Ford Explorer. You will just need one that is designed for a 2 inch hitch receiver and that allows you to tow the trailer level. The issue that you are experiencing is common. It is because the shank of the ball mount has to be smaller than the 2 inch receiver opening. Otherwise it would be difficult to install and remove the ball mount. To eliminate as much of the movement as possible you...
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  • Recommended Trailing Hitch and Wiring for a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • In order for you to double-check if you have an existing towing package or not, is to have your local Ford dealer run your VIN. You can also look on your vehicle to see if there happens to be a tow package. Sometimes they are difficult to see because of being hidden. Our most popular trailer hitch for your 2011 Ford Explorer is the Curt # C13386. It is a Class-III hitch and has a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds. It's a bolt on application so no drilling is required. On that note,...
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  • 2015 Ford Explorer Exhaust Hanger Makes Contact with Trailer Hitch
  • If there is no noise from the contact between the exhaust hanger and the hitch then you don't have to do anything. If there is noise or you just want some more space then there are some things you can do to create more space. I have included a link to a help article that covers the different methods you could employ. If all else fails then a muffler shop would be able to take care of the issue pretty easily since they have the tools and the know-how to work on exhaust systems. I doubt...
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  • Will Installing a Hitch on a 2014 Ford Explorer Void Warranty
  • When you install an aftermarket part on your vehicle like a trailer hitch in this case, you are protected by the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. This act states, in part, that unless the installation and the part caused a problem then the warranty cannot be voided. I recommend looking it up online. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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