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EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from EcoHitch. EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 306-X7216 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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EcoHitch Trailer Hitch - 306-X7216

  • EcoHitch
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Hidden cross tube provides a clean, from-the-factory look
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no drilling or welding required
  • Sturdy, lightweight alloy construction
    • Alloy is made of recycled materials and combines aluminum, steel, and stainless steel
  • Black powder coat finish offers superior rust protection
  • Meets SAE J684 towing safety regulations
  • Made in the USA


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
    • Not rated for weight distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Hidden Cross Tube for a Clean, Factory Look

The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is designed to be as inconspicuous as possible. The hitch's cross tube bolts onto your vehicle's frame, behind your rear bumper. No drilling or welding is required. Once the hitch is installed, only the receiver will be visible beneath your bumper. This means that your vehicle can maintain its stylish, from-the-factory look, and you won't have to do any major modifications to its body or frame.

Eco-Friendly Material

With a combination of aerospace-grade aluminum, steel, and stainless steel, each EcoHitch is made of a strong metal alloy that will withstand the test of time. The lightweight alloy is composed of recycled materials. Traditional steel hitch manufacturing can use coal or oil, which can contribute to harmful gas emissions. The EcoHitch's recycled materials limit the carbon footprint during manufacturing, so you get a sturdy trailer hitch while also helping the environment.

Rigorous Strength Testing Ensures Durability

This EcoHitch trailer hitch is tested for durability and sturdiness. Using Finite Elemental Analysis (FEA), individual points of stress on the hitch can be detected and remedied. Designers can accurately test the hitch to ensure that it will meet or exceed SAE J684 standards. The EcoHitch Hidden trailer hitch is carefully researched and strength tested for a durable, high-quality hitch that can resist damage while on the road.

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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Installation Details 306-X7216 Installation instructions

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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Subaru Forester

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at the eco hitch custom fit class three hidden trailer hitch receiver, part number 306-X7216. So here's what our hitch is going to look like. Now the really nice thing about this hitch is the fact that we're not going to have any cross tube that's going to be visible. All we're going to see is that receiver tube right below our bumper.Our hitch is going to be a class three hitch, which means it's going to give us that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening and have a lot of different accessories that are going to be available for it. It's going to have that reinforced collar giving it added strength and has an overall nice finished look to it. Now we're going to mount all of our accessories to this pin hole here.

And it's going to accept a standard 5/8 pin and clip. Now these are not included in the kit, but you can pick them up on our website using part number PC3.Our safety chain connection points are going to be a plate style. They're going to be welded on either side and have tabs that come out to the side. And the loops on the side are going to be large enough to accept most size hooks. We're not going to have any trouble getting them on or off.

And they are just slightly off set from the hitch pin hole, so we're not going to have to worry about any kind of interference with the hitch pin or locking device. The hitch itself is going to be made of an alloy construction. It's going to be part aluminum, steel and stainless steel. So it's going to be nice and durable but at the same time it's going to be lightweight. Now it's also going to have a nice black powder coat finish, which is going to hold up against rust and corrosion extremely well.As far as weight capacity goes, our hitch is going to feature a 350 pound tongue weight.

Along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. Now I do want to mention you always want to check your Forester's owners manual to make sure that you don't exceed the manufacturers recommended weight.Like to give you a few measurements and that's going to help you when deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as 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, it's going to be right about three and a half inches. Now from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, that's going to be right about 15 and a half inches. So now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin our installation, we're going to have to lower our exhaust.

Now there's going to be three points where we're going to have to lower the exhaust at the hangers. So if we come right to the rear differential, just right in front of that towards the front of the car, we're going to have one rubber isolator. We can just slide that off. And if we go back towards the muffler, towards the back on the inside, we're going to have one. And then on the outside towards the front of the muffler, we're going to have another hanger up top.Now before you lower the exhaust, you want to make sure that it's support sou don't cause any damage. So I'm going to take this strap and I'm going to find a secure point to attach it to, to the vehicle, so that it'll support I underneath once I start lowering it down. I'm just going to take some spray lubricant and I'm going to spray the rubber isolator and the hanger. Then you can take whatever you have available pry bar or rather large screw driver and you're just going to want to slide that rubber isolator off. Now we can move back and start working on the ones on the muffler.Now this one on the outside top is going to be rather hard to get a pry bar in there to get anything on it. But if you have a pair of gloves or if you're not worried about getting that lubricant on your hands. You can just reach up and you're going to pull on that rubber hanger. It may take a little bit of force but you should be able to slide it off. Then we're just going to lower our exhaust slowly until we have enough room to work with, but making sure that it doesn't go too low and cause any damage. It gives us a lot more room in here to work with.So over here on the passenger side. We're going to have to lower our heat shield down. Now there's going to be four bolts holding it in place. I'm going to be using a 10 millimeter socket to take them out. We can pull our heat shield out and for now we're going to set it aside and it will be trimmed later. So if we come to each side of our frame rail, we're going to have several rubber plugs that are in place. We're going to be working with the very rear one and the forward one right before the axle. We're going to take a flat head screwdriver and go ahead and pop those plugs out. And we'll do this for both sides.Now per the instructions, they're going to want us to enlarge the center hole, so that we can fit our hardware through but we're actually going to be coming back to the forward hole and enlarging that. Because our hardware almost fits through it right now. So we're going to be using either a file or anything you can to just basically enlarge this hole. Now I'm going to be using a drill with a de burning bit to file that hole out and you just want to periodically take your hardware and check after you've been filing because you don't want to file too much. Just enough to get your hardware in place.Now we can come back and grab our space block. We're going to make sure that it fits through the frame rail as well as the bolt. Now it's never a good idea to leave exposed metal on your car because it's just going to open up doors for any kind of rust and corrosion to start building up. So I'm going to take a little bit of spray paint, I'm going to spray the inside of where I filed and hopefully it'll protect it a little bit. Now that we have this side done, we're going to go ahead and repeat that on the other side as well.Now I already went out and marked out the area that we're going to have to trim on our fascia here for our hitch to get in place. I just put some electrical tape going around the edges to help protect it. We're going to go two and a half inches up and it's going to be three and a quarter inches wide on center. You an use whatever you have available to cut it whether it be a sharp utility knife, some tin snips or whatever you have. But I'm going to be using a dremel tool because I think I can get a cleaner cut that way. If we need to we can come back and clean up the edges as well.Now I also marked out the spot on our heat shield. Now there's no exact measurement of where we need to cut. But if you come to right where the right symbol is and where we have that one mounting point, just right past that you're going to have a little ledge where it's going to be bumped up a little bit. And you're basically just want to cut that section out right there. Now for this I am going to be using a pair of tin snips. I'm just going to go take my time, make sure I have gloves on so I don't cut myself on the sharp metal and cut that section out.So with our heat shield trimmed, we can go ahead and put it back in place. Now when we reinstall it though, we're not going to be replacing the bolts that are going into the frame. We're only going to be replacing the two that are on the outside. So we need to start to get our hardware in place. Now this is going to be a little bit different than the instructions because we already started to enlarge this hole rather than what the instructions say because we did find it a lot easier to do it this way. So we're going to take our half inch bolt lead and we're going to come to the very rear hole. And we're going to take the coiled end and we're going to feed it in and our main goal is to come out the enlarged hole towards the front.You may have to reach in just be extremely careful not to cut your finger since we just got done filing that. Okay so now you wanna make sure you leave the tail still out of the frame. You don't want to push that all the way through. Now on the coiled end we're going to take one of those spacer blocks. We're going to slide it over the coiled end, then we're going to take one of our star washers, slide that over the coiled end. Then we're going to take one of our half inch bolts and thread it in place. Now to make it a little bit easier on ourselves, we're going to go in the frame one piece at a time, so they don't get locked up. We're going to push the block in. Then we can push our washer and bolt in. We're going to pull on our pull wire until all of our hardware is going to drop down through the frame.Now I do want to mention too, you want to be extremely careful when you're pulling your pull wire off of the bolt because they do only provide you with one. So you don't want to damage it because we're going to have to do the same process for the rest of our hardware. The hardware for our forward hole is going to be the same but it's going to be a slightly different method of how we get it in. We're going to take our space block and slide it over the coiled end. Followed by that star washer and then again we're going to thread that bolt on. This time we're going to feed the bolt in first followed by the rest of our hardware into the frame.Then we're going to pull it straight back down through the frame. Now we're going to repeat this for the other side. Now if we come to the back of our bumper, we're going to have two push pins on the bottom of our fascia here that are held on to some support tabs. Now we're going to need to remove them. So we can go ahead and grab a flathead screwdriver and there's going to be some indentions around the side. You're going to take your flathead screwdriver, you're going to pop out the center section of the push pin first, which will take some of the tension off and unlock it. Then we can go underneath the outer section and pull the rest of it out. And we'll do the same thing on the other side.So here are those metal tabs that I was talking about. Now since we have enough room we're going to slightly pull on our fascia. You're going to want to grab a pair of pliers or whatever you have available and we're going to bend that tab towards the front of our vehicle. So that we have room to where out hitch can get in here. Now you just want to be careful because they are metal but they're kind of thin, so you don't want to bend them too much to where it's going to cause a crease and break. And we're going to do that for both sides.Before we put our hitch up, I'd like to go over the hardware that's going to secure it in place because it will be a little bit difficult once we have it up there. Each bolt that's in our frame rail is going to get two flat washers and that's going to be followed by a lock washer and then finally we're going to secure it with a nut. Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch into place. And when you do, you kind want to pull away on the fascia so you can get your hitch behind it. Just going to pull gently on the plastic. Then when you line up your bolts, you want to be careful not to push it back in the frame. Put our washers in place, lock washer. Then finally secure it with the nut.Now if you're having trouble getting the nut started, one thing that'll help is if you actually push on the washer. It'll keep it from spinning until you can get it snugged up. And then that star washer that we installed earlier will keep it from spinning. You're going to want to make sure that your hitch is nice and centered in the cut and it's not off to one side or the other if you did have to cut a little bit larger. Ours looks pretty good, so we're going to come back and snug up all the hardware.I'm going to be using a 3/4 inch socket and I'm going to snug up all the hardware in the frame. So I'm going to come back with that same 3/4 inch socket and a torque wrench and I'm going to torque all my hardware down. And we're going to find that specification in our instructions. Just want to make sure you do that for all the remaining hardware. With our hitch torqued down, we can bend those tabs back. Just want to be careful when you're bending them back because again it is thin. You don't want to cause too much of a crease and break the metal. Just want to get it pretty close to where it's going to line up. Then we can bend the other side back and reinstall the push pins.Now with the push pins when we put them back in, you want to make sure that center section is still sticking out. You're going to push the outer section in first. You may have to push in on that metal tab a little bit to get it lined up. Once you get the outer section in, just going to push in on the center section and lock it down. We'll replace the other one too. We can go ahead and put our exhaust back up. It's going to take a little bit more spray lubricant, spray it on the hanger and the rubber isolator making it that much easier to slide back in place. We can just lift up, slide the isolator back on. We can remove the strap and that'll finish up the installation.And that'll finish up your look at the eco hitch hidden trailer hitch receiver part number 306-X7216 on our 2018 Subaru Forester.

Customer Reviews

EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 306-X7216

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (11 Customer Reviews)

This custom-fit trailer hitch with a hidden cross tube installs behind your vehicle's rear bumper, leaving only the receiver visible beneath it. Aluminum and steel alloy construction is durable and eco-friendly. Powder coat finish resists rust.

- 306-X7216
2018 Subaru Forester

Wow, wow, wow Everything fit perfectly, instruction video was the best. The hitch is stout and well built. It is square with slotted holes that allowed proper alignment. I also installed a trailer wiring harness. The hitch is completely concealed by the bumper cover. Only the receiver is visible. 455248

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2017 Subaru Forester

I have purchased 3 of these hitches, 2010 & 2017 Forester & 2010 Crosstrek. The hitch is extremely sturdy, easy to install and looks great on our Subaru's! I love that the majority of the hitch is hidden under or behind the bumper, only the receiver shows. On the 2017 Forester we did have to cut part of the bumper but it's under the car and you can't see it. My only complaint with this hitch is that all 3 of them have a lot of surface rust after just a year. We live in VT so there is salt but for the price they should stand up to rust better. Otherwise, etrailer was great, the hitch was delivered quickly and packaged extremely well! I would definitely order from here again. 529667

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2016 Subaru Forester

The hitch once installed is exactly what I wanted. I decided to installed it myself on 2016 Subaru Forester. The written instructions were adequate and the video made it easier. Two people are definitely required. The whole process took about 3 to 3-1/2 hours. The most difficult part was the removal and reinstallation of the mufflers and cutting the hole in the plastic fascia faring. The mufflers required a 14mm deep socket that I didn't have so I had to use a couple of 14mm box end wrenches which took a long time. Cutting an opening for the hitch in the facia was challenging because it was hard to judge where the center was located. Watch the video it really helped. 463676

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Awesome service! Best installation videos! Lightning speed shipping! Placed a 2nd order immediately received the 1st order, etrailer, the best service and informative for anyone not sure what to choose! Thumbs up for you guys!- Ivan Er from Singapore. 425296

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2017 Subaru Forester

This has been the best DIY experience so far, and I'm hardly super handy! Like many of us, would usually prefer the mechanic, who knows the best do it (some extra $$ is worth the piece of mind), but this time it was different. I've done plenty of research on this and the preparation was key. Ours was a 2017 Subaru Forester - I knew I didn't want to go with the OEM hitch (1.25 inch receiver) from the dealer & neither did I like the exposed crossbar with the Curt/Drawtite hitches, which is what the local hitch shops would offer. Read plenty on subaru forums, reviews on etrailer and decided to go with the Eco hitch (completely hidden) and DIY route. And boy, isn't etrailer an amazing website/resource for this stuff! I called them before ordering to make sure they had the item in stock, ordered Sunday, arrived Wednesday... installed next Sunday! Their detailed installation videos and product reviews were spot on.. I watched the video a few times (which was great & even better than the instruction manual), made notes, gathered all the tools including the sockets ahead of time & had a very good friend help out (who also had majority of the tools). Its definitely a 2-man job. You could probably pull it off doing yourself if you have the time & the right planning with holding the hitch etc. I won't go too much into the installation process (plenty of videos for that), but we went the bumper removal route - took us ~3 hours. I also installed the tekonsha wiring harness in that time (excellent installation video again on etrailer but I ended up buying on amazon as I wanted to bundle with other orders). The only difficulty was holding the hitch in place while putting the washers/nuts on. Couldn't get one bolt/nut torqued all the way down, as the bolt was rotating too. Got the local uhaul guy to fix it, who quickly removed it, tried a different washer & it worked. Again very satisfied with etrailer and the whole experience! Yet to actually test it out with the trailer/bike rack but looks solid & clean, and just satisfied with the installation process. 419751

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This hitch was exactly what i was looking for. It tucks up out of the way so you do not lose any ground clearance. I plan to purchase another for my new car! 649269

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Subaru Forester

I bought the hidden hitch for my Subaru Forester with the intention of having a family member install it, well this did not work out. My nearly legally blind husband decided he could tackle the job if I read the instructions, well this did not work out (I knew it wouldn't), just imagine him feeling and trying to install a hitch it was almost comical. In any case, I had to finish the installation myself everything lined up perfectly. I used a couple of jacks to raise the auto higher. I love this hitch and use it mainly for my bicycle. My point in telling this story is that if a 61-year-old woman can install it with just the online video and written instructions then anyone can. 608307

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Easy, clean install, works as it should, looks factory, but bigger hitch. Surface rust started very very quickly. Outside of that, nice product. 566652

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Love it and it has worked out great. 541106

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2015 Subaru Forester

The package arrived damaged and missing several of the small attachment parts. A quick call to etrailer and replacement parts were shipped immediately. The installation on my 2015 Subaru Forester went smoothly and the hitch looks great. The installation video showed exactly how to install it on my vehicle. 495241

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2016 Subaru Forester

Quick turn around from purchase to delivery. The instalation went smoothly thanks to the instructions in the package. 460808


Ask the Experts about this EcoHitch Trailer Hitch

  • How to Tell if Aftermarket Trailer Hitch Fits OEM Cutout of Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Subaru Forester
    If you check out the attached photos of the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216 and the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76182 you can see that they sit in relatively the same place. I went out to the warehouse and found that the from the center of the hitch pin hole on both hitches measured very similar in regards to where the rearmost mounting hole location is on the mounting brackets. In the installation video for the EcoHitch you can see that from the center...
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  • Total Weight of EcoHitch and Draw Tite Hitch for 2016 Subaru Forester
    The total weight of the EcoHitch part # 306-X7216 that you referenced is 53 lbs. The total weight of the Draw Tite hitch part # 76182 you also mentioned is 35 lbs. I know you didn't ask for this, but I can't help but also feel compelled to you that the towing capacity for each is 3,500 lbs total trailer weight... The Draw Tite has a 525 lb tongue weight capacity and the Ecohitch has a 350 lb capacity. So the Draw Tite is lighter, rated higher, and costs less. It would be my...
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  • Best Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester
    Apart from the EcoHitch 2-inch hitch model # 306-X7216 that you referenced, which is pricier due to its fabrication from recycled materials, all of the other 2-inch hitch options for your 2018 Forester share similar weight capacities and similar more-friendly prices. I definitely recommend a 2-inch Class III option. Of those, I recommend the etrailer model # e98839. This hitch is USA-made and it offers easy no-drill installation using included hardware. The linked video will show you...
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  • Tightening The Bolts on the EcoHitch # 306-X7216 on a 2017 Subaru Forester
    The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7216 will be slightly different than the Draw-Tite # 76182 you mentioned. I've attached a photo of the torque specs from the EcoHitch you mentioned. The attached video along with these specs will help. I will email the installation manual to you as well.
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  • EcoHitch Confirmed to Fit a 2017 Subaru Forester
    I spoke to my contact at EcoHitch about the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 306-X7216 for your 2017 Subaru Forester and they informed me that the hitch will work with models that do not have the center knockout panel. Therefore, yes this hitch will work well for you. You will not be required to use a support strap for the EcoHitch or your Thule bike rack but one like the Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap part # 18050 can be used if additional support is needed. Basically,...
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  • Recommended Class III Hitch for 2018 Subaru Forester for Hitch Cargo Carrier and Bike Rack
    For your 2018 Forester we do have both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III hitches from several makers. We always recommend the larger and higher weight capacity Class III hitch when the option exists because this size offers broader compatibility with hitch accessories and does not cost much more than the Class II models. Installation on your Forester will be pretty much identical regardless of hitch class or brand so you might as well get the most for your money. The hitch I recommend...
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  • Will EcoHitch Trailer Hitch # 306-X7216 Fit A 2017 Subaru Forester XT
    The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216 will work great on your 2017 Forester. This is a Class lll hitch and it has a 2-inch receiver opening. If you need trailer wiring I recommend the T-One Wiring Harness # 118467. I have attached a link to an installation video you can check out. If you plan on doing 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...
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  • Lightweight Easy to Load Bike Rack Recommendations for 2018 Subaru Forester
    The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH12G that you referenced is a really great bike rack. It's lighter weight like you want at 32 lbs, is a platform style rack which means it's very easy to load and unload, and also only touches the bikes at the tires which protects delicate frame materials or paints. If you have an aftermarket hitch installed on your 2018 Subaru Forester like the EcoHitch part # 306-X7216 that you referenced this rack would be a perfect solution for you. If your hitch is the...
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  • Trailer Hitches for 2018 Subaru Forester
    There are quite a few and it can be rather confusing. For starters I recommend getting a Class III trailer hitch on your 2018 Subaru Forester. A Class III hitch has a higher weight capacity and is the larger 2 inch receiver. There are more accessory options, like bike racks and cargo carriers, that fit the 2 inch as opposed to the smaller 1-1/4 inch size. Of the Class III hitches for you there are basically two designs; a visible cross tube with the reciever coming directly from...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2015 Subaru Forester with Best Hitch to Bumper Clearance
    I checked all of the hitches we carry for your 2015 Subaru Forester and there are two that have the hitch opening as close to the bumper as possible. One is the Curt hitch part # C13144 which has it's hitch pin 4 inches from the bumper and the other is the EcoHitch part # 306-X7216 which has the same dimension. Since the Curt requires a stabilizer strap like part # 18050 when carrying a non-supported accessory like a bike rack the EcoHitch is the route I would recommend for you.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2018 Subaru Forester Compatible with Thule T2 Classic Rack
    For your 2018 Subaru Forester, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13144 which will give you a measurement of 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper. This will allow the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044 to fit and give you 1/2 inch of clearance to the closest part of the rack when folded up to the vehicle. If you want slightly more clearance, you can use the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7216...
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  • Weight of Draw-Tite # 76182 and EcoHitch # 306-X7216 for 2018 Subaru Forester
    The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76182 weighs right at 35 pounds. The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch # 306-X7216 is just a tad heavier at 37.5 pounds. Both hitches are confirmed to fit your 2018 Subaru Forester and feature a similar hidden design where only the receiver is visible behind the vehicle. Between the two options I recommend going with the Draw-Tite # 76182 because it features a higher tongue weight capacity of 525 pounds (compared to 350 on the EcoHitch)...
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  • Installation Video to Help Install Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch 76182 on a 2017 Subaru Forester
    They may actually be referring to the video for the EcoHitch # 306-X7216 that also fits the 2017 Subaru Forester because the installation is very similar to Draw-Tite hitch # 76182. I have linked a video for the EcoHitch for you which will help with installation of the Draw-Tite hitch though you would want to use it as a guide only while following the Draw-Tite instructions. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one...
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  • Will Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13144 For 2014 Subaru Forester Also Fit the 2012 Model
    When it comes to a Class III hitch for a 2012 Subaru Forester, we offer Curt # 13147, Eco HItch part # 306-X7216, and Draw-Tite # 75650. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, # C13144, is designed for the 2014 which is a different generation of the Forester so it will not work for the 2012 model.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Forester
    The best trailer hitch for your 2018 Subaru Forester is the Draw Tite Hitch part # 76182 because it's a 2 inch hitch which means you get the best capacities and there is more accessories available for that size and also because this hitch has a concealed crosstube which means it will be less visible than most other hitches. The EcoHitch # 306-X7216 is very similar to this but costs quite a bit more so the Draw Tite is the way to go.
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