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etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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  • etrailer
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 6000 lbs GTW
  • 900 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 10000 lbs WD GTW
  • 1000 lbs WD TW
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2016 Ford F-150 - etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Ford F-150's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Ford F-150
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 6,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 10,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 900 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 1,000 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.


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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.



e98871 etrailer.com Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver - 2" - Matte Black Carbide



E98871 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details E98871 Installation instructions
Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
6,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
900 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
10,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
1,000 lbs.



No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

No drilling required for installation , Spare tire will need to be lowered or removed temporarily for hitch installation




Video of etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"


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




Video Transcript for etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford F-150

Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Ford F-150, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the etrailer.com class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number E98871. One of the first things you'll notice about this hitch is that it's mostly hidden behind our rear bumper. This will give us a very factory-like appearance. Now, one of the unique features that this hitch has is in regards to its finish. It has a matte black carbide power coat finish, which is very rust and scratch resistant. You'll have a very good-looking hitch on your vehicle for a very long time.On the side of our receiver, you'll find our industry standard five eights of a diameter inch pinhole to secure your hitch-mounted accessories.

You can pick up a pin and clip on our website separately. On the end of our receiver, you'll find this nice collar that's welded on. It gives us a very nice look, and it also does help improve the strength of the receiver opening. Welded onto the bottom of our receiver are rolled steel safety chain loops. What's nice about these is that they are large enough to accept even a very large safety chain hook like this one without any issues.This hitch features a 900 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 6,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull.

It does support the use of weight distribution, and when you're using that on your trailer, your tongue weight rating increases to 1,000 pounds and your max gross trailer weight rating increases to 10,000 pounds. You want to make sure you do consult with the owner's manual of your F-150, and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. Go by whichever number's less.Now, for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory you may need. You're looking at about 20 and a quarter inches from the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening, and about three inches from the center of the hitch pinhole through most portion of the back bumper. Some of our customers have expressed difficulty in installing this hitch on their vehicle, because they neglected to lower the spare tire.

If you lower the spare tire completely from the vehicle, it is much easier. And we'll show you that now.To begin our install, we've gone ahead and removed our spare tire. We're going to be working on our passenger side frame rail. Our driver's side frame rail is identical with one exception; we don't have this ground wire in place on the driver's side. We'll start by removing this 100 millimeter bolt that holds this ground wire in place.

Now we're going to take the ground wire and swing it up out of the way for the time being. Now I'll point out our attachment points. Put a white mark by them, so you can easily see them. Right above where our ground wire bolted at the end oft he frame rail, we have this large hole here. That's one of them. And forward of it at the bottom hole in the frame, that's our other attachment point.Now, we'll take our pull wire and we'll go through our rear attachment point. We'll route it towards the front of the vehicle where it will come out this access hole here in the frame. Place on one of our locks, stick that inside the frame, and we'll thread on one of our carriage bolts. Stick that inside the frame, and now we'll pull our bolt through a block and through the hole in the frame. Now, we'll take our U-shaped spacer, stick it around our bolt, making sure we don't cover up the threaded weld nut in the frame for our ground wire. Then we'll use some masking tape to secure the block into place to our frame, so it doesn't fall off. We'll let our bolt rest back inside.Now I'll take another pull wire, go through our Ford attachment point, and out the access hole. Place on a block, stick it inside the frame, thread on our carriage bolt, put it inside, pull it through, take another spacer, place it on our wire, over the bolt, on the frame. And we'll secure that to the frame using a couple more pieces of masking tape. With that secure, we'll now push our bolt back into the frame, just leaving our pull wires out. We'll repeat the same process for the other side.Now with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position and feel our pull wires through the corresponding holes. Move our pull wire, being careful not to have the bolt fall inside the frame, and we'll thread on a flange nut. All right, we've got one started. We'll get another one started on the other side, too. Now we can take our ground wire. We'll have this part here facing out. We'll take our new bolt. Going to use a 13 millimeter socket, help run it through a little bit, and we'll thread it into the weld nut in the frame. Get it started, and make sure it's get avoid our flange nut here. Now we can start to tighten all of our hardware.Now we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. Now we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire, and that completes our look at and showing you how to install the etrailer.com class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number E98871, on this 2017 Ford F-150.


Customer Reviews

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - E98871

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (102 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.

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Great hitch , just missing half the har dware 538251



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We have installled several trailer hitches in the past years and all of our customers have been very happy. Very easy to install. Thank you, etrailer.com 538269



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Great packaging, on time delivery, everything was complete. Certainly was not easy to install. I had to fish the bolts and backer plates thru the frame. I guess this was just the nature of the beast. The fishing wires were provided and worked great. Overall not too frustrating, just took time. End result looks great. 538192



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The order was processed quickly and the package arrived in a timely manner. The directions were clear, but it sure helped to watch the video. I installed it myself, but an extra set of hands will sure help. Great product. I am very satisfied. 538276



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I am excited to see how the trailer fits on the truck. Because this is a Christmas gift I have not opened the box just yet. Shipping was quick but the only concern I have was that the box came with big holes ripped open and the box was soaking wet. I am hoping nothing is broken but I know that it would be on UPS and not on etrailers. I will update once it is opened. 538254



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I looked at different hitches for my truck an found that this class III was what I needed. I didn't want anything where I had to drill. After watching the video on the installation I knew I was going to purchase this. All together took me like 45 mins with my 4 year old holding a flashlight for me to see better 538235



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PERFECT FIT!Install was really easy, one suggestion...watch the video first to see how and where to fish the wire pulls.Two people will definitely make the job easier, but I did it by myself with no trouble.The install went without any problems (very untypical for me!)I highly recommend this hitch and etrailer.com! 538183



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Parked the truck near the garage. Dropped the spare tire and one hour later receiver hitch was installed and the spare tire back in place.This item fit exactly. Comes with instructions plus online video. 538271



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2015 Ford F-150


Class III - 2" - C13118. Read and followed instructions. In principle, easy enough (installing on a 2015 F150). I tried for several hours to do it myself. This was a 4wd truck sitting flat on the driveway. SO, I learned several things. 1) Remove completely the spare for abundant wiggle room. It took me longer than it should have to make this decision. Do this right away.2) Using a bit of rope, loosely tie the hitch - allowing for a couple of inches of wiggle room - near its final position. Suspend it from the existing ball hole in the bumper. This helps considerably in supporting the weight.3) Find someone willing to recline beneath the truck in order to fish a bolt thru the a mounting hole. 4) Clearly explain and demonstrate, to the assistant, how to fish a bolt through the hitch mounting holes. 4a) If you've never fished a bolt, practice yourself a number of times before telling someone else how to do it.5) Assuming your assistant has never fished a bolt before, most certainly refrain from shouting expletives when your assistant is having difficulty while fishing the bolt out of the frame and through the first mounting hole. After doing 3 and 4, the process accelerated wonderfully. Once a single bolt goes thru the mounting hole and the nut is substantially started on it, the rope and bolt suspends nearly all the weight, allowing a single person to complete the mounting process fairly easily.A satisfied and mechanically-fulfilled customer,Steve-O 538197



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The hitch receiver is really easy to install thanks to the installation video that etrailer provides. A few setbacks from my end because I used my brother in law instead of my dad to attempt the first time. The instructions that come with the hitch receiver are terrible but etrailer.com really helped sell the item with the video installation. I just bought 2 more items from them not even five minutes ago. If you are hesitating with the purchase contact them, they are great at answering questions and concerns. 538229



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This hitch is great. I bought a boat and needed a hitch ASAP. It arrived within 2 days and after watching an 8 minute youtube video, I was able to install the hitch, in my driveway, in a little over an hour. I loved the ease in which it installed and that it came with everything I needed except wrenches and it fit perfectly. So far I have only used it to pull my boat from Wisconsin to Nebraska with no issues. 538208



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Received me hitch in a timely order. It came with all the hardware to install in order.I installed the hitch last night in about 30 minutes. I would caution that it is a little more difficult than the instructions would indicate.It looks great and I am confident that it will serve the purpose well. 538234



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I purchased the trailer hitch after several hours of research let me to etrailer. It was their clear and quick install videos that actually sold me on the product, it also helps the price was extremely competitive! Upon receipt I had the hitch installed in around 45 minutes with no issues. I’ve used the hitch dozens of times, pulling a homemade Vardo camper around the south east. I began having power issues after towing but couldn’t find the problem.Several visits to the dealer due to a total loss of rear lights left me empty handed until I had a eureka moment. During the install you temporarily disconnect a wire, then reconnect. I realized this was a ground wire, and probably loose -it was. Be sure to properly tighten (locktite) the wire back after installing the hitch.Between the user friendly website, the great instructional videos, the speed of delivery, and the quality of the product I have no other option than to give this product and etrailer 5 Stars. I would defiantly recommend this product. 538270



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It was an adventure. After a problem with UPS refusing to deliver my package I was in touch with etrailer trying to figure out a solution to get this back out to me. I don’t blame etrailer for the delay, but the package was in bad shape I believe. It took roughly 2 weeks or so before I actually got the product delivered. Finally had a chance to install it tonight and it took me about 1.5-2 hours. The video for installation was really helpful, but I had to modify to get spacers in between the metal. It took myself and my brother as we did not lift the truck. Moving your spare tire is almost required and be sure to use the extra bolt they give you for your ground wire. Overall, it was a semi painless process but be extremely careful with your fishwire. I haven’t towed with it yet, but I will soon. Thank you etrailer! 538243



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Be sure to use the lower set of holes on truck frame for mounting the front side of hitch. After mounting to upper set of holes I realized the hitch was not level. The fish wires were destroyed and I played hell getting them were they belonged.Please don't make the same mistake I did. Otherwise the hitch fit perfect and looks great. I couldn't be more satisfied with the product or shipping time. 538238



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Finding the part and ordering was easy. I got the hitch in a timely manner. The fit and finish of the hitch was excellent. I am not a big strong guy in but I am resourceful. I got a couple of straps to hold it up while I bolted it into place by myself and I was able to install it in about an hour. I think it took longer to get set up before hand and then clean up afterwards then it took to install the hitch. And it is tucked up nice and neat and looks fantastic. The instructions were clear and the parts and work perfect. Thank you 538212



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My product was received damaged from the box. It looks like UPS ran this through the ringer. There were many dings and paint was flaked in several areas. The main causes were lack of proper handling and packaging at the company. I want to ask for my money back, put the package didn't even come with a packing slip. If I would have known I would have ordered from some one else. If I knew my hitch was getting here like this then at least the company should have sold the item as a "used hitch". They will probably let me know how "sorry they are" and make sure it will not happen again. Total disappointment :( 538261



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2017 Ford F-150


Great hitch!!! Fast shipping and awesome customer service...... Thanks for your help Kirstin 550927



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2017 Ford F-150


Easy install, I love that the hitch is totally underneath the bumper so I will not catch it with my shins 547932



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2018 Ford F-150


The original hitch was misrouted by UPS (not etrailer.com's fault) and never made it here. etrailer rep Lazer took my call, genuinely cared and expedited a replacement which I received the next day, Great customer service and I'm very pleased with my 2nd purchase from e-trailer. Also, their [on-line] videos are great to help you install. 545840



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2016 Ford F-150


So far, great product! Easy install, I installed by myself. I watched the video and used a strap to hang it from frame while I stuck the bolts in. Maybe it took me 40 minutes including time to gather tools. The staff at etrailler was helpful in finding out for me if the receiver would fit under my aftermarket bumper, thanks! 604694



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Very simple product to install on your own. I would recommend two people as the video shows rather than by yourself. Fits perfect on my 2016 F150. 604567



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Awesome prices and very quick delivery. I found my trailer hitch for half the price as local companies and others online. Keep up the great customer service. 600362



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Recently purchased hitch for 2018 F-150. It was delivered when promised with all hardware included. I mounted the hitch myself in about 45 minutes. Written instructions could be better but the video on the website was amazing and made installation easy. 597036



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2017 Ford F-150


The instructions could be clearer and printed in a larger font. 581875



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Good products. Easy and very helpful to work with. Thanks 538267



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Working well. Was easy to install. 538274



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I have to say this was so easy to install. My son and I did this install in less than 2 hours. I took it to my local Firestone and they torqued the nuts down to spects. Looks great very stealth looking. 538275



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Easy to follow installation instructions. All parts present and marked. 538273



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Easy to install and perfect fit. I’m ha ppy 538272



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After one year this is still an excellent product. No rust or degradation and I use it a lot. I would highly recommend this product and company! 538268



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A 1 , And fast delivery too.If you need a Hitch , this is where you buy it...Thanks ! 538262



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Ford Expedition


We drove "trailer delivery" out of Elkhart IN for years and found it cost effective to set up our own truck(s) 3 over the years. After we quit we got a nice Airstream and have set up 2 F150's and an Expedition to haul it around. Like everyone, we shop on line and found your products to be priced right, that plus your video's save us tons of time. 538263



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Well that was easy. Product was shipped fast and package and hitch were in perfect condition. Read the instructions and watched the online video. Hitch was installed in 30 minutes. Great product and I will buy from etrailer again. Thank you!!! 538264



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Very nice trailer hitch. It is very easy to install. There shipping was very good. 538266



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2016 Ford F-150


Installed on a 2015 Ford F-150, then pulled a 16 foot trailer from Kansas to Los Angeles twice. Couldn't have been happier with the results and performance. 538265



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Fast delivery and easy to install. 538256



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2017 Ford F-150


Only complaint is the rectangle bolt head plates had to be ground down a bit to fit. Their video shows the end is open my 2017 F150 has a circle cut. It looks like when their part is cut they use a press. Just had to take off 1/16th on each to fit through the hole. 538255



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I bought the trailer hitch as a gift for my husband a year ago. It was easy to install and has worked well to haul our tractor trailer and four wheeler trailer! 538258



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The product, price and customer service was outstanding and easy install with the video and pictures. 538257



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very happy with the product and service 538259



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Awesome hitch, and awesome service by etrailer. I installed the hitch by myself, which I WOULD NOT recommend, took a while but I got it. Looks and works great. 538260



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Good price and happy I did it myself instead of spending over $200 to have it mounted professionally. I would definitely suggest getting someone to help you with the installation. It was a bit tricky getting it mounted but the video helped out tremendously. Only negative I had was that when it arrived the hardware bag had broken open and there several parts just rolling around in the box. The box already had cut outs for handles and there were also 4 or 5 more holes in the box from shipping. Could have been real easy to lose some of the bolts, etc. 538246



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Great product fast shipping 538250



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Great product fast shipping 538249



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Easy installation. Took me a little longer because I was by myself but still under 45 minutes. 538252



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h i George, I got the hitch late yesterday and put it on my truck this morning .I think it is a quality product and wasn't too hard to install for a 73 year old man.thanks for the quick delivery. 538253



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Installed it with my 9 year old daughter... went smooth... watched the youtube video as I assembled it. The only issue I had was the box arrived ripped open, but after an email and quick reply I was assured that etrailer would stand behind it. No need though.... it was complete and a perfect fit. Thanks Steve and etrailer! 538247



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Fast shipping, easy to install. Will order from this company again. 538248



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Super quick shipping and had it installed within an hour of delivery. Would have been much easier with a second person. The you tube video also helped me prepare for the installion. Thx 538242


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  • Will etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Fit Aftermarket Bumper on 2016 Ford F-150
  • The etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98871 that you referenced for your 2016 Ford F-150 has only been tested with the OEM bumper on a 2016 F-150 so I would not be able to tell you off-hand if it will work with the Trail FX Rld001ti rear bumper that you ordered. This is the same case with all of the trailer hitches on out site. Attached is a photo of the receiver with this trailer hitch installed on a 2017 F-150 (with an OEM bumper) as well as a diagram showing that from the closest...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Weight Distribution System for 2018 Ford F-150 Towing 6,000 lb Trailer
  • First let's start with a trailer hitch for your 2018 Ford F-150. For that you'd want the etrailer hitch part # E98871 which is a confirmed fit and rated for weight distribution. When used with a WD system you'd have a 10,000 lb trailer weight capacity too. This hitch is also made in the US and has a concealed crosstube. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also...
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