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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2"

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2"

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Perfect for heavy-duty applications, this vehicle trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a black powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2" part number DT45515 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - DT45515

  • Class V
  • 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
  • 12000 lbs GTW
  • Draw-Tite
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 1200 lbs TW
  • 14000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 1700 lbs WD TW

Perfect for heavy-duty applications, this vehicle trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a black powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip 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
    • Heavy-duty side brackets and electrical mounting bracket also welded on
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Easy, 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
  • Integrated mounting point lets you attach a bracket for a 4-way or 7-way plug (sold separately)
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
  • Rating: Class V
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 12,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 14,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 1,200 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 1,700 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.



45515 Draw-Tite Class 5 Ultra Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces Reese 45013

Installation Details DT45515 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles



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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class V - 2-1/2" - DT45515

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (18 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for heavy-duty applications, this vehicle trailer hitch receiver is strong, durable and corrosion resistant. Fully welded steel features a black powder coat finish on top of an e-coat base. Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately.

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2003 GMC Yukon XL

Absolutely dwarfs the wimpy stock reciever from my 2003 yukon xl 2500. The wings go about a foot and a half further back into the frame to give much better weight distribution. They even go past the spring shackle and second cross member. I have no doubt this reciever is way overkill for what I'll use it for but I like to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to towing. The only real issues I had was that annoying tab for the light connector is in a really bad spot so I just cut it off and relocated the connector into the bumper (which gm should've just done at the factory). I noticed that the paint chips off very easily. Just from the short 1 hour install, there were about 6 corners that had dime size chunks of paint missing that I had to touch up. The install was fairly easy, even doing it by myself. If you can get a second person to help I suggest doing so. It would've made it much easier to jack it up while balancing it and trying to guide it into position. Like I said though, very easily doable solo with a floor jack. The two weld nuts on the frame from the factory gave me alot of grief trying to put in the new M14 bolts. Somehow they got cross threaded while removing the old reciever. Not really sure how but I had to screw around with that for about 20 minutes. Make sure to clean the inside of the frame rail before installing the locking plates for the carriage bolts. Mine had all sorts of dirt and rocks tucked up in there which were preventing the plate from sitting flush on the frame. My only other gripe is that only two of the new bolts are 10.9 grade. Everything else is only grade 5 steel which made me kind of nervous on a heavy duty hitch like this. I thought about running to the hardware store and swapping everything out for grade 8 but I decided to trust the engineers at draw-tite since they have a pretty good reputation for quality products. I will be pulling a skidloader on a pintle hitch this weekend and inspecting everything after the tow. Will update if any issues arise. All in all, this thing is a beast and I'm glad to have that kind of capability bolted to the back of my truck.



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Product is good. Have used many of these 45515 hitches on 2500 Suburbans/Yukon XLs. Shipping care and customer support leave room for improvement. Hitch arrived without the box, and fairly banged up. My only choices were a "$xx paint credit" or 2+ weeks on the exchange department. $xx is not worth my time to properly repaint the hitch but unable to wait an additional 2+ weeks on an exchange.



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2012 Chevrolet Suburban

I like this thing a lot.

Criticisms:
It is so big that it looks a bit cartoonish. And the 2.5 inch receiver is a little silly, because a two inch unit could realistically do everything this one can. But, there wasn't a 2" version that had the same capacity, so I went with this one.

Things I like: The hitch reaches forward past the rear spring shackle and distributes the tongue load to the areas of the truck frame that can better handle it.

The 2.5" receiver is more versatile because it can fit all the same shanks as the new Fords, and some other trucks that use 2.5" stuff, and can be adapted down to 2" (though I would still rather have a 2" model with the same capacity).

The factory hitch on my '02 Suburban 2500 was junk, and GM really did a bad job making a hitch that would work with the frame of the truck. If you look, at the frame of a 2500 from that year, there is a cross member just behind the spare tire. That cross member ties into the frame with a forward facing tab that catches the same rivets that hold the rear spring shackle. Then the frame is bent abruptly to a slightly smaller cross-section, and tapers back to the back of the truck where the hitch bolts up to it. The factory hitch has very short mounting brackets, and when placed under a tongue load, it goes into torsion concentrating a tremendous amount of stress along its forward edge. If that wasn't bad enough, the cross-member, which is tied into the shackle and stiffens up the frame just forward of the hitch mounts, creates a stress-riser because it doesn't allow the forward portion of the frame to flex and absorb any of the load as the truck travels over bumps. And if all that wasn't enough, the abrupt change in cross-section in the same small, un-reinforced area at the forward edge of the hitch further concentrates the stress there.

This is the reason that GM rates gross towing of the chassis at 12,000lb., but has a ridiculously low tongue weight of 300lb. without a weight distributing hitch. This situation is just stupid: the payload of the truck is about 3,000, and the gross tow weight is 12,000, but my fat buddy shouldn't even be stepping on my hitch to climb into the back of the truck, because his 350 pound body puts it over capacity. It is also the reason that GM put those two stupid, little bolts on the factory hitch to tie it to the bumper, the idea being that by tying into the bumper they could shift the fulcrum of the torsional load back to the very end of the hitch, and reduce the very high leverage that a downward force on the hitch-ball puts on the forward edge of the factory hitch.

It's a case of GM factory junk, and I am sure the new add campaign about how tough their frames are is in response to the horrible reputation they deservedly got from trucks of this era having weak, tweakable frames that couldn't hold tongue weight, or survive a minor incident like backing into something solid with a drop hitch in the receiver.

But this hitch goes a long way towards fixing that bad design. The mounting flanges catch the two rear bolts that the factory hitch uses, and also reach forward of the rear spring-shackle and catch the larger area of the frame. This spreads out the load much better, drastically reduces the amount of leverage that is exerted on the frame by the torsional forces acting on the hitch, relieves the compressive forces that stack up on the bottom of the frame just in front of where the factory hitch mounts, and generally makes a much better show of hooking a trailer to the truck in a way that won't wreck your frame in the real world.

The question with the new hitch is "what's the new tongue weight?" The right answer is that it is still 300lb. without a weight distributing hitch. The manufacturer is very clear that the new hitch shouldn't be considered to increase the tongue weight of the truck. But that said, in a pinch I would probably trust this thing up around 1,000lb. And even though everyone agrees that it shouldn't increase the tongue weight, the factory hitch design was obviously the weak point considering the 3,000lb. payload of the truck and the 12,000lb. gross trailer weight. So I believe that if the truck were evaluated by a qualified engineer and tested appropriately, it probably would have gotten a tongue weight rating close to the 1,200lb. advertised by draw-tight.


Comments
Really well. After putting the thing on, I have just about forgotten it. It has been loaded with something like seven or eight hundred lbs of tongue weight pretty regularly, and everything has been fine. I did well in some re-inforcements to the frame of the truck when I installed it though. My only complaints are very minor. Its a little hard to get smaller safety chains hooked up. The tab that holds the plug sticks out too far I cut it off and put the plug in the bumper. All in all, it has been a really good hitch and I would buy it again.
Michael A - 01/25/2019


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This hitch is an awesome beast! I really like the design. It spreads the load out evenly over the frame. I was on the fence about a class 4 or 5 hitch. I'm glad I decided to go big.



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2000 Chevrolet Suburban

Hitch arrived quickly and undamaged. I did have an issue with missing hardware and etrailer Customer Service was absolutely fantastic at getting me the missing components asap. Installation was very simple, I do recommed someone to help since this hitch is heavy. One important note is make sure you don't have dual exhaust installed because this will hit a rear exit system. I was replacing mine anyways so it wasn't a big deal. I will get more photos and upload once I get my new exhaust ran.



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Unbelievably fast service. Fitment was perfect best service ever


Comments
Still doing great! Best upgrade ever
Michael - 07/11/2021

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The hitch made a big difference in towing and made me feel so much better knowing how much more secure our load we would be hauling would be. The service from etrailer is just amazing. Would definitely recommend and buy from again.



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2005 Chevrolet Avalanche

Finally someone able to deliver. I've tried ordering from three other places, all back ordered. Etrailer delivered, and I finally got it installed.



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2003 Chevrolet Suburban

Fit great. Very happy with it so far. Had a hard time finding a hitch that was heavy duty and fit right on a 2500 suburban. Really like how far down the frame it mounts.



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Very strong!



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Great price great product. Fit perfectly, easy install.



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This is best product I ever bought.



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2001 Chevrolet Suburban

well made easy to install



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Ask the Experts about this Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

  • Do Draw Tite Hitches # 41930 and DT45515 Both Fit 2006 Chevy Suburban
    Both the Draw Tite hitches part number # DT45515 and # 41930 are a confirmed fit for your 2006 Chevy Suburban so either would fit and could easily install without modification.
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  • Will a TorkLift Dual Receiver Super Hitch Fit a 2002 GMC Yukon XL 2500
    The 2002 GMC Yukon XL and the same year Chevy/GMC trucks were built on different platforms. The Yukon XL was built on the GMT830 platform along with the Escalade and Suburban. The trucks were built on the GMT800 or GMT880 platform so that is why the TorkLift hitch will not fit. We do have Draw-Tite hitch # DT45515 that fits 2500 models but will not fit models with EPA canister mounted on passenger side frame rail.
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  • High Capacity Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2004 Chevy Suburban
    Curt, Reese and Draw Tite are all great hitches, so it often comes down to preferences. For some vehicles it may make more sense to go with one brand over the other based on design, but for your 2004 Chevy Suburban 2500 the Curt Hitch part # C15324 would make the most sense as it is a very high capacity hitch a great price. The Draw-Tite # DT45515 has a 2-1/2 inch opening, so it has different attachment availability, but with a lower tongue weight and GTW. The Reese part # 45013 unfortunately...
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  • Availability of Class V Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2001 GMC Yukon XL 2500
    That's odd...when I run your vehicle through our fitguide, I find that Curt does't offer a Class V hitch for your vehicle. I have confirmed that the # C15302 is listed as a fit for the 2500 Sierra/Silverado but not the Yukon. Draw-Tite offers a Class V, part # DT45515 which is what I'd recommend. With a 12K GTW/1200TW or 14K GTW/1700lbTW with weight distribution, it'll have plenty of capacity. This hitch is a confirmed fit unless your vehicle has the EPA canister mounted on the passenger...
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  • Recommended Class V Trailer Hitch for a 2004 Chevy Avalanche 2500
    The only class v trailer hitch option we offer for a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C15324 which has a 2" receiver tube opening. This is a custom fit option with no drilling required. I don't have confirmation of the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver part # DT45515.
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  • Replacement 7-Way Trailer Connector for a 2004 GMC Yukon XL
    We have a direct replacement for the 2004 GMC Yukon XL's factory connector. It's the Reese Replacement 7-Way RV-Style Trailer Connector for Factory Tow Package, part # 85219. It's designed to work with your vehicle and includes the mounting bracket, allowing you to use it with your new Draw-Tite hitch. I've linked to a video review of this Connector below.
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  • 2-Inch Trailer Hitch Fits for 2001 Chevrolet Suburban
    The 2001 and 2003 model years of the Chevrolet Suburban are both part of the same (9th) generation of this vehicle and some hitches do fit both model years, such as Draw-Tite # 41930 which is a Class V hitch rated for 1000-lbs tongue weight (TW). This hitch fits with the OEM bumper and requires drilling. For your 2001 Suburban the highest-rated 2-inch hitch we offer is the Draw-Tite # DT45515 which carries a 1200-lb TW capacity. Note this hitch fits only 2500 model Suburbans only and does...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver and Replacment 7-Way Connector For a 2022 Chevy Suburban 2500
    The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT45515 is specifically designed to fit the 2500(3/4 ton) version of your 2002 Chevrolet Suburban without the EPA canister mounted on passenger side frame rail. The Reese Replacement 7-Way RV-Style Trailer Connector # 85219 will replace the factory 7-way that came on your Suburban. It is compatible with the receiver you are looking at and will bolt the the welded bracket on the receiver. The 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket w/ Mounting Bracket...
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