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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 36524 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 36524

  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Draw-Tite
  • 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
  • Stylish, round-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" - 36524

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (96 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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The good, the bad, and the ugly. The good is that I have used the hitch a few times and it is solid. No problems with loosening up or rattling. It arrived when expected. Hitch is at a good price and I would definitely buy it again or another to suit a different vehicle. I bought a 5' x 8' cargo trailer. This combo is sweet. Yes, that is a 2013 Ford Escape. Watch your load weight and all is good to go. The bad is that I can't use my foot to trigger the hatch to close no matter where I put my foot. Installation was done by an auto shop. The young man in photo learned a valuable lesson from this install. Watch the ENTIRE video on how to install. I played it from my phone for him, but he stopped watching midway through...lost bolts due to pulling the wire too hard. That made a 30 minute install into a 5 man, 2 hour install. Not kidding! The ugly is with the shipping. The box was DISTROYED. My brand new hitch was scrapped up, sticking out on both ends, and if the hardware wasn't tapped like crazy to the center of the hitch, I wouldn't have been able to mount it. Well, that's it in a nutshell.


Comments
As good as ever. Solid.
Kathryn B - 07/03/2021


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Hitch shipped quickly. Followed video instructions and honestly the only way it could have been easier to install is if etrailer had hand delivered it and installed it for me. Also purchased wiring kit and video was just as easy to follow. Total time to install was about 3 hours including wiring! Time would have been shortened if I had a helper to assist. Using this for a small trailer.



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2018 Ford Escape

I got the hitch for a 2018 Escape S to haul a trailer and use a bike carrier. It is visible and hangs down lower than other models, but I didn't need to lower the muffler to install it. It fit perfectly, all the holes lined up and I pulled the bolts through with ease. I didn't want to loose the bolts after removing the pull wires so I fabricated a flat plastic clip to keep them in place. This is my 2nd hitch from Etrailer and I recommend them to everyone.



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2016 Ford Escape

I have a 2016 Ford Escape and ordered this hitch for my vehicle. It fit on my vehicle perfectly. The product came quickly and was protectively wrapped. My mechanic put this on the car easily. I am very pleased with the hitch, I use it to haul a cargo rack when the family and I go on little trips. It allows to have more room in the vehicle. We are very satisfied with the product and would buy from etrailer.com again for a trailer hitch for other vehicles. They were very friendly and fast and easy to order from. Thank you!



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This hitch came so well wrapped I was totally impressed .. because it’s heavy but I love it .. Had pep boys install it .. it’s on my car and leaving tomorrow With my bike attached to it .. super pumped !!!! Ps my hubby checked out all hitch & reviews .. he did and excellent job .. going to enjoy it for a long time



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2016 Ford Escape

Perfect fit. This receiver was a fairly simple install for what I would describe as a very poorly designed vehicle rear undercarriage by Ford. I had to use a dremel grinding bit to make the access openings slightly larger to fit the hardware through but other than that, no alterations to the vehicle were neccessary like some other manufacturer's require. Great product and shipped quickly.



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This is a solid hitch and has pulled my utility trailer and boat without any problems. The installation wasn’t too difficult and the video definitely made it easier. Take your time and be sure to keep a finger on the bolt as you remove the pull wire and put the nut on at least a couple of threads so it won’t fall back inside the frame. I did the job by myself and used a floor jack to lift the hitch into position but another pair of hands would help. It took me around an hour to complete the job.



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The hitch was easy to install and works great for my needs. I primarily use the hitch for to attach a bike rack so I can carry 2 bikes on the rear of my car while the car is attached to a tow dolly towed behind my RV. Very pleased with the hitch.



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2017 Ford Escape

The hitch cam very quickly. Quality was excellent and my son and I installed it in about 45 minuites.



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Perfect fit. I also lost a bolt during the install due to a missing part; they replaced the bolt in no time at all. Excellent customer service.



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Receiver hitch went in really well Did not have to force or pull anything off to get it on



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Easy to install, arrived on time, great little hitch!



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Installation was easy and completed in 20-30 minutes. Great fit and finish.



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2016 Ford Escape

Very easy to install using the etrailer video. I did it myself with the Escape on the ground, no jacks. I just put several blocks of wood to hold up one end. Have not had a single problem with it in a year.


Comments
Still very happy after year.
Mark - 05/22/2019



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The trailer hitch looks good. It took a local mechanic less than an hour to install. It allows me to pull a small trailer (approximately 1,000 LBS.) with loads weighing up to 1,500 LBS., which takes care of most of my hauling needs.


Comments
Fine - no problems
Bobby T - 02/19/2018



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2013 Ford Escape

I ordered the receiver for my wife's 2013 ford escape because the description said it wouldn't interfere with the hands free lift gate sensors like I heard on some of the other units. Well my wife and I couldn't be more happier. No issues whatsoever! I installed it by myself per the installation video and it took less than 30 minutes. Great product and service.


Comments
A year later and still no issues!
Damian - 11/22/2017



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Great fit works works great



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2017 Ford Escape

Great instructions and assembly aids for what I considered a bit of a tricky installation. The hitch works flawlessly, and as far as I can tell doesn't interfere at all with the back-up sensors. I am completely satisfied.


Comments
The hitch has met my expectations, without exception, from day one.
Michael G - 03/22/2019



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Fit perfect,two person install ,way to go.



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After receiving my 2nd hitch due to shipping and damage issues I was finally able to install it on my vehicle. I was excited to install this hitch because it didn't require the removal or lowering of the exhaust. That being said, it still wasn't super easy to install. I planned on it taking me about 30 to 45 minutes but instead it took me an hour and a half. As others have referenced, there is very little clearance when installing this hitch. You absolutely need a 2nd set of hands to help with the install. Additionally, the forward passenger side bolt is almost impossible to reach. I was very scared the bolt was going to fall back into the frame once I removed the guide wire while trying to screw on the nut. Additionally, there is so little clearance on that bolt that it's impossible to torque down. The only wrenches small enough to get back to the nut are crescent or combination wrenches. I had to guesstimate how much to tighten it by comparing the amount of threads visible on the other 3 torqued nuts to determine proper torquing. I did save some time not having to drop the exhaust like I have on previous installs. Overall the installation took longer than expected.



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Loved the hitch I bought..was easy to install never had an issue..only issue we did have wasn’t with the hitch but our vehicle..we blew a head gasket looking to order another one for the new suv now..



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Ford Escape

This was purchased solely to hold a bike rack, not to tow. That said, the hitch was very easy to install on my Ford Escape and works great.



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Great product. Installation was pretty painless. No cutting, drilling, or tweaking of the vehicle frame. I did have to grind the heads on the bolts but that was quick and easy. Get a helper if you can, but I was able to it all by myself, with the help of some jack stands. All in all, about 3 hours of leisurely uninterrupted work. As others have said, Install the electrical kit first. Also makes it way easier.



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2018 Ford Escape

I installed this hitch on my 2018 Ford Escape. It fit perfectly - all the holes lined up with the frame holes and it cleared the muffler and twin tailpipes with ease. Fishing the bolts through the frame was much easier than I thought thanks to the special wires included with the hitch. I did this installation alone and without a lift, just laying on the garage floor. Even with those handicaps it only took an hour. The hardest part was lifting the hitch into place. I used some 2x4s to prop the hitch up and hold it in its proper position. Installing the bolts and nuts was then an easy matter. eTrailer.com shipped extremely fast. I like their website because they have the Installation Instructions available to download. You can read them over and see what you are getting into before you buy. I also like the photos of the hitch installed on the vehicle. You can see the finished appearance.



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2017 Ford Escape

High quality product. I've had it a year, hauled bikes, pulled trailers, and never had an issue. This is my second receiver hitch through etrailer.com. Their service is great and products are strong. Highly recommend.


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    Curt requires the use of a stabilization strap when using non trailer loads on their trailer hitches to maintain the warranty on the trailer hitch. You are correct when you say that the weight of the Thule Vertex rack and the weight of your bikes are well under the weight capacity of the hitch, however, Curt feels that a stabilization strap is required when carrying hitch mounted accessories on their trailer hitches. The stabilization strap not only takes some of the weight and stress...
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    Yes the hands-free lift device will still work after you install the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 36524 in your 2018 Ford Escape. If you take a look at the accompanying photo you can see that you will need to kick your feet to the sides of the hitch as opposed to the center but the hands-free liftgate will still work for you just fine. For wiring which will give you a 4-way connector and allow you to power your trailer's lights you need Wiring Harness # C56320. The ball mount you need for...
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    On your 2017 Ford Escape you can best remove the hardware from your frame by basically reverse installing the hitch. This would include using the fish wire to keep track of your bolts to ensure they don't remain in the frame. If you were to lose a bolt in the frame you would basically use the same access hole used for installation to attempt to pull the loose hardware out the frame using whatever materials you have access to for assistance. I've attached a video as well as the installation...
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