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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number 36523 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 36523

  • Draw-Tite
  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 300 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar and pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 36523

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (103 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

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2015 Subaru Forester

The hitch is advertised as working for 2015 Subaru Forrester and "technically" it fits as in the bolt holes all line up, however, what they don't tell you is the trailer hitch will not clear the bumper (see attached photos). I also have a bike rack that will not clear the bumper either. The hitch and bike rack work perfectly fine on my Ford Focus and Chevy Cavalier (where the trailer hitch extends out to the bumper). Solution is to spend another $xx.xx to buy a hitch extender which according to the information from the manufacturer reduces the towing capability by 50%. Clearly the wrong item for this car. Not a happy camper!


Comments
Hi Chris, Thanks for your feedback! This hitch does sit back far behind the bumper. From the center of the hitch-pin hole to the back of the bumper is 6.75 inches. We do not recommend using hitch extenders as this does decrease your towing capacity by 50 percent. For a hitch ball mount that would work best in this situation, I would recommend the Draw-Tite Drawbar for 1-14 inch Hitches, part 3594 .
-- Etrailer Expert Tyler M - 02/09/2021


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2017 Subaru Forester

Easy to install, with the right tools. Product arrived fine and super fast! Correct item. All hardware needed. I did have to go buy myself a quality Ridgid drill/driver to replace my Harbor Freight drill. I tried to do it with a budget drill and it simply did not have the power or battery life to drill the two holes as needed. But I needed a new drill anyways, so that just expedited that purchase. I simply referred to the etrailer installation video for 2017 Subaru Forester on YouTube. It was super easy and I would say took me between 45-60 mins, taking my time doing it. I did it by removing the muffler as this made it easier for my vehicle. Now my car is ready for the bike carrier that I bought!!



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Hitch was, and still is, a good product. It was easy to install and the instructions were easy to follow. I'm using it for a bike rack and also to tow a small trailer. I've had no problems whatsoever. Hitch has a good finish which is still in good condition after about a year.


Comments
Hitch is still functioning as expected. Quality product!
Jake - 01/22/2021


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2015 Subaru Forester

I installed the trailer wiring and a friend helped install the hitch. Etrailer website is excellent. I got the right items on time and the fit is better than my wife’s dealer installed hitch. Videos on the etrailer site are clear and correct. One caveat, don’t try installing the hitch without at least one other person and having a way to lift the car(we used ramps) is a great help. The only possible way etrailer could be any more helpful is if they could recruit some local shops that would be willing to do the installation. I especially like having my wiring in the passenger compartment when not in use. It keeps it out of the Salt here in the northeast.


Comments
Works great. I like it better than my wife’s factory installed hitch.
Roger - 08/17/2020


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2015 Subaru Forester

If you are purchasing this hitch for a 2015 Subaru Forester, look closely at my photos! Dealing with ETrailer was great (I have purchased from them in the past and will again). Installation instructions were clear. Installation was moderately difficult, due to having to drop exhaust and remove & trim heat shield. My reason for giving only three stars is that the hitch does not stick out far enough from under the bumper. The trailer ball in my photo is 1 7/8”. There is barely enough room to get a trailer attached, and it would be very difficult to not scratch your bumper hooking and unhooking a trailer. My primary reason for purchasing the hitch was for a bike rack. The easiest solution, to make this usable for my needs was to purchase an extension that fits between the receiver hitch and the trailer ball. The manufacturer of the extension warns it is not to be used for towing.


Comments
In order to tow, youll need a longer drawbar. The longest one we offer thats similar to whats shown in your photo is 36053, which measures 9-34 inches measured from the hitch pin hole to the hole where the ball installs. If this is longer than the one you have, it should work well for you.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 04/27/2019


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2018 Subaru Forester

Received the hitch for our 2018 Subaru Forester. It was delivered in perfect condition with all the needed hardware to install it as well. This hitch is spot on to solve our issue of hauling our bicycles to the shore,without trying to put bikes on the roof or into the interior and doing damage to either one. Our hitch was also delivered 2 days earlier than the given delivery date ! Sorry there are no pictures but I am not tech savvy at all ! I will gladly purchase here again.


Comments
After a year of usage....this hitch is STILL in good condition.....paint is still holding up very well considering we live in the northeast and there is a LOT of salt used on our roadways here.
John N - 09/26/2020


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2017 Subaru Forester

Nice hitch when done but the install was more difficult than it should have been. I had first thought of removing the muffler but when I saw the rust on the muffler bolts with a two-year-old car, I decided not to risk that. Dropping the exhaust system went fine. Removing the heat shield was difficult because of the rust on the screws which resulted in bending up the outboard attachments. Fortunately, they did not break and could be bent back. So far, the problems weren't the fault of the hitch. Then I followed the instructions to enlarge the center mounting hole. Sure the piece with the square hole will go through but the bolt won't. Fortunately, I found that out in time. Apparently, the instructions are written for the class I hitch with smaller bolt heads as the 3/4" hole needs to be enlarged to 7/8" to get these bolt heads through. So I followed the method in the video and used the fourth hole, toward the front, that is already 7/8" diameter and only needed a little filing to work. The hitch went on fine but it unnecessarily blocked attaching the inboard muffler hanger. My hanger attachment may have less clearance than most of these cars but this is still inexcusable. The interference is inboard of the large hole on each side of the hitch and having that metal there serves no purpose. Looking at the other hitches sold by etrailer, this is the only one with metal there. It was difficult to file the hitch in those close quarters but with that and a little trim on the hanger, I got things back together. This is the third etrailer hitch that I've installed and definitely the most difficult. If the instructions were correct and the hitch was made right, the install would have been pretty easy, especially on a new car without rust. Inexcusable.



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2017 Subaru Forester

I bought the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, Thule bike rack, and T-One wiring harness. They arrived within a week of ordering. Everything works great. Now I can tow my rowboat or haul our bikes when we go on vacation. Excellent products and service!



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2017 Subaru Forester

Hitch is perfect for my 2017 Subaru Forester. Arrived quickly and the shipping was free !


Comments
It is still working great!
Janet - 10/20/2020


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My son installed the hitch and said it was relatively easy. My use is for my 4 bike bike rack.


Comments
Its been great!
Jeannette O - 07/08/2020


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2016 Subaru Forester

This is the second hitch I have purchased from you people, as with the last one I think the quality was excellent, the instructions were clear and easy to follow, I only had a little difficulty getting the muffler off (not quite as easy as the video shows) after that slight glitch the rest of the went smoothly. I would highly recommend this product and if the need arises I would purchase another one from etrailer again. This one was installed on a 2016 Subaru Forester.



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2017 Subaru Forester

Great hitch / quality for the price! Etrailer's video installation and supplied instructions made installation very easy. Any "weekend warrior" can install with no issues - 2 out of 10 of difficulty stage.



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2014 Subaru Forester

I have installed the hitch but not used it yet. I just wanted to say two things about installing the hitch and the wiring harness. The hitch installation instructions show how to enlarge a hole in the vehicle frame in order to get the mounting plates in, but it misses the fact that the mounting bolt heads are too large to get through the hole as shown. You have to make the holes larger. The Tech Writer should have caught that. The harness connector in the 2014 Forester is not easily found and the instructions give no help. It is up out of reach behind a panel where the tail light assembly is. I was able to pry the panel loose in that area with a screwdriver.


Comments
got the hitch and had a local shop install it . Perfect and looks good. They went a step further and drilled holes in the heat shield where the n mounting bolts are and the fit was perfect. Looks factory. they did not cut the heat shield as shown on the video. Also the the ball mount was not in the box when shipped as I had ordered a bike rack and they were put in the same box. with one phone call the problem was taken care of, thanks E trailer great job
-- comment by: Paul H - 06/30/2015



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2017 Subaru Forester

Hitch arrived in a timely fashion - as others have reported the box was cut but everything was intact. Watched the videos and was able to install on my 2017 Forester without jacking the car up - only assistance required was extra hands from wife to lift hitch in place.



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2016 Subaru Forester

We are using our hitch for the bike rack...here's a pic for you!


Comments
All is good! We will be using it for our bike carrier this weekend. Thanks!
Kim B - 10/23/2017



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Was checking available hitches on various websites. Wanted hitch for a bike rack that wasn't a shin banger when installed or so far under the car it was hard to mount bike rack. etrailer had the best prices but that isn't the thing that sold it. The pictures installed and the how to video to install helped me determine which hitch company,design and ease of install was right for me and my skill set. Great site etrailer!


Comments
One year and hitch is performing well. Holds a 80 lb Thule bike rack and 2 ebikes. Paint is still like new even being coated with winter salt.
William - 02/28/2019



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OOPS; I seemed to have given a review for a different product purchased from a different company. Sorry if I confused you. OK; I bought a hitch and wiring from you; this review is for the hitch. I was satisfied with the price, but NOT the dimensions. I had a professional install it. I would have preferred that the hitch receiver tube was a bit longer. I have to get down on the ground and reach under the car to install the hitch extender with ball. That was the piece I mistakenly reviewed when I should have been reviewing the wiring harness. Incidentally; the wiring harness was fine.



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2015 Subaru Forester

Good hitch, works well, installation was fairly simple. I've pulled a few loaded trailers and use it for a bike rack, no major issues found. Pressed to find something to critique, I'd say there are two possible downsides- it's noisy from the interior and it doesn't come with a plug for the receiver opening. The noise might be solved by a rubber grommet between the rear mounts and the hitch bolt plate, but it really isn't that bad overall. The plug for the opening would just be a nice touch. I don't know why the manufacturers don't just include one with the hitch. Rust isn't generally a good selling point for a product you put your name on.



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2017 Subaru Forester

We received the hitch, harness and ball in excellent condition. The packaging was very good. The hitch is very well made, as expected. The wiring harness fit perfectly. The greatest part about this purchase, though, was the video showing the installation of both the harness and the hitch. It was a great timesaver for me and was accurate in all aspects. I did take a chance on using the 2016 hitch listed for our 2017 Forester. There was one glitch with this. It seems that Subaru modified their muffler hanger a bit on the inboard side of the car. The rubber hanger could not be reinstalled due to clearance issues. I am still looking for a good workaround to correct this. All in all, this has been our second great Etrailer experience.



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Honda Insight

I received my hitch and lighting kit quickly after ordering; using the standard free shipping. I waited until Saturday to do the installation so I would have plenty of time. In general, the products are high quality and easy to install, and I was very pleased with the result. My advice is to use the videos on the web site instead of using the instructions that come with the products. The instruction for the hitch only differed in how to widen two holes on the car frame. The instructions said drill small adjacent holes and file to get a slot wide enough to slip in the spacer bars. The video showed using a hole widening bit; which I had. Also, watching the video gave me a much more clear insight into the installation as opposed to the brief instructions. The instructions packaged with the lighting kit were just wrong for where to locate the car's lighting plug. I removed much more than I needed to looking for the plug just behind the rear driver's side seat. I grabbed my phone and watched the lighting kit installation online and found the plug was in the driver's side rear side panel of the compartment. With that knowledge the wiring installation only took a couple of minutes.



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Every thing went great. From ordering to delivery and installation. The price and quality of the hitch were also very good. I highly recommend them.



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The product arrived quickly, within ~ 1/2 week. The hitch installed as shown by the installation video. The installation video is a great resource that is much better than relying on the printed instructions. Although my installation time was much longer than the published time. The longer time is understandable in that my work area and tools were not as good as facility the specialist in the video had.



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Package delivered in perfect order. Installation was very easy by following the instructions. The "fishing" wires to pull the bolts into position included in the kit made the installation go much easier. It is exactly what I was looking for.


Comments
No issues, glad i purchased it from you and would again when needed
Dennis W - 07/27/2018



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2016 Subaru Forester

I want to thank everyone at etrailer for excellent product and most of all great service I had my local dealership install hitch/wiring harness etc and technician said he was impressed with comprehensive instructions and available videos.. He was able to make a "better looking" cut on the heat shield and was able to route wiring through spare tire well and "hard" mount onto hitch its self with the plug mount provided.. All in all a FIVE star situation Thank you again



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2017 Subaru Forester

Wife has a 2017 subaru forester, picked this up for a good price via etrailer. delivery was prompt, packaging was excellent. Came in a big durable cardboard box, with all required parts. The unit is burly for a class2 hitch. installation was straight forward. Though I am disappointed subaru doesn't make it easier to install the mounting bolts. You have to drill into the frame rails to make 1 on each side big enough for the head of the bolt to fit in. I think Drawtite did a good job to make it as easy as possbile to thread all the bolts. It just caused more pain than I thought it should. I have a CRV, and the unit from drawtite just bolts right on. After larger holes drilled out, the installation went pretty smooth. The muffler mounts need to be removed to install the bolts. If you never had to remove the rubber muffler mounts, you know how fun it is to put them back on. The last one nearest the rear of the car was a PIA. But once done, you can breathe easy.


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    For your 2016 Subaru Forester the best trailer hitch we offer for carrying a bike rack like the Thule TH990XT would be the Draw Tite part # 75876 as long as you still have the 2 inch adapter that came with the bike rack. Otherwise the Class II hitch part # 36523 would be the better option. Whenever available I recommend the 2 inch hitches over the smaller size since they have better capacities and more accessories made for them.
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  • Is Drilling Required for Draw-Tite Class III Hitch but Not Class I Hitch for 2014 Subaru Forester
    I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he explained the Draw-Tite Class I Hitch # 36523 is a newer hitch with different smaller hardware so hole enlargement is unnecessary, whereas The Draw-Tite Class III hitch # 75876, is a bit older and uses larger square spacers which do require attachment hole enlargement.
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  • Comparing the Curt Hitch C12100 and the Draw-Tite Hitch 18050 for a 2017 Subaru Forester
    As you alluded to, it's not so much that the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12100 is not as strong as the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 36523 as it is that Curt is just more conservative which is why they also recommend using the Curt Cam Buckle Stabilizing Strap part # 18050. I am sure you will be happy with either option though. However, if you are using the hitch for a bike rack then you are really going to want to use the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver because the receiver...
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  • Can You Reuse the Fastners When Upgrading to a 2 Inch Hitch on a 2018 Subaru Forester
    The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 76182 will use the same mounting holes as the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 36523. However, you cannot use the same fasteners that you have now as they are different sizes (1/2" vs 7/16") and the fasteners are torque to yield which means they must be discarded after the initial torque. Therefore, you must use the new fasteners that come with the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver when you install it on your 2018 Subaru...
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  • Should Heat Shield be Reinstalled When Installing Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2017 Subaru Forester
    When installing a trailer hitch receiver in a 2017 Subaru Forester the instructions for the hitch will tell you what to do with the heat shield. The Curt hitches # C12100 and # C13144 do not state the heat shield should be reinstalled where the Draw-Tite # 75876 and # 36523 require the heat shield to be modified but remain installed. I've linked videos of each installation for you.
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  • Can Factory Trailer Hitch on 2015 Subaru Forester be Removed to Install a Class II Trailer Hitch
    If the factory hitch on the 2015 Subaru Forester is indeed welded on then you would have to have it professionally removed because it would have to be cut off of the vehicle. And even then, depending on where it was attached to the vehicle you may not be able to install an aftermarket hitch. This is something you would have to have a professional installer take a look at prior to purchasing a hitch. Sometimes, when an OEM hitch is welded on the vehicle, it's a structural component of...
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