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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

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2011 Nissan Leaf - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

  • Class I
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 1500
  • Curt
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 150
  • Custom Fit Hitch

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Nissan Leaf trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • 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
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA, bolts overseas


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 1,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 150 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty



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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.



11396 Curt Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Replaces 11309

Installation Details C11396 Installation instructions
Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
1,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
150 lbs.


Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution



Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

Underbody panel will need to be trimmed before reattaching. Drilling required for installation , Underbody panel(s) and/or fascia must be temporarily loosened or removed. Trimming may be needed to reattach panel or fascia.






Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - C11396

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (43 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

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install went as expected, did it in my driveway, drove on some wooden blocks to get some extra space. Only issue was instructions called for a 19mm socket - but actually needed an 18mm socket - may want to get Curt to correct the documentation. Fortunately I had an 18mm - though they are somewhat uncommon (in US). The reciever is so stubby you barely notice is from the back of the car - but supports my YAK bike rack just fine. I loved the little



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2015 Nissan Leaf

Fits well. Wanted an option for a removable bike rack on my 2015 Nissan Leaf that wouldn’t reduce range from wind drag. A tow hitch makes a vehicle so much more versatile.



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2015 Nissan Leaf

This was the second hitch I purchased from etrailer. The install instructions make it so easy. My model was for a 2015, which hasn't yret been listed, but the 2014 model worked the same



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2013 Nissan Leaf

Today I installed this trailer hitch myself. Very good workmanship. Easy installation. I will soon check how it works. Thank you very much for a good product!



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2017 Nissan Leaf

Everything about this purchase was terrific. Price was great compared with other hitch kits (plus free shipping!) Installation video was excellent, and color instruction sheet was super helpful. It took me about 2 hours to install from start to finish, but I did it with the car on the ground (no lift, jacks, or ramps). The trickiest part was expanding the existing hole in the frame to accommodate the bolt head and washer. The hitch works great and feels incredibly sturdy. I've already used it several times with a Rhode Gear 2 bike rack, and it's stable and quiet. Also, the hitch is barely noticeable on the car when the bike rack is removed. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone wanting to add a hitch to their Nisan Leaf.


Comments
I am still using the trailer hitch, and its still great. Im thinking about getting hitches for my other cars :-
Kevin B - 07/12/2018



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2012 Nissan Leaf

I put this hitch on my 2012 Nissan Leaf. I had to cut a small hole in the frame to complete the job. I used a large drill and a right angle grinder. Other than that, it was an easy install. The hitch works great. It's tucked up under the car and doesn't interfere with anything. I use it with a cargo platform to haul fuel cans (for mowers). I also pull a 4' x 8' utility trailer to carry things that won't fit in a hatchback car.


Comments
Im using this trailer hitch more often than I expected. I would hate to be without it.
Michael C - 04/08/2017



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2012 Nissan Leaf

The hitch went in extremely simply. I was a little concerned about drilling a hole in the frame, but with the right tool was no problem. Also the how-to video was an excellent reference. This was installed on an electric LEAF and I am super stoked to be pulling a small trailer. My hope is to buy more and install them on fellow LEAF owners here in Juneau. Thanks!


Comments
Yes, still happy. I have the only electric car in Juneau with a trailer hitch. I am considering getting a newer car, if I do, Ill buy another hitch from you.
Juneau J - 07/29/2016



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Pontiac Trans Sport Van

Très bien. Mais avec les frais transport et l'échange Canadien reviens plus cher qu'acheter local. English translation: Very good. But with transportation costs and the Canadian exchange back more expensive than buying local.



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The trailer hitch worked fine. I did not love the bike rack, as it always seemed wobbly and I had to use additional bungie cords to secure the bikes. It was definitely not as easy as the Saris Bones bike rack that I have on my other car--that one is awesome. Also, when I went to sell the car, the dealer said that putting a hole in the undercarriage to attach the trailer hitch voided the warranty and caused a huge deduct in what they would offer me for a trade in. I sold the car on Craigslist instead and got my asking price, but this was an annoying thing to find out from the dealer.



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item arrived 6 days ahead of the estimate in pristine condition. TIP: Get help lifting the receiver into place to secure the flange nutes. While lifting the receiver alone I pushed one of the bolts into the frame while lifting the receiver into place, forcing me to fish out both bolts and spacer blocks through the enlarged frame hole. This was profoundly frustrating (like a shape/logic puzzle) but I can't think of how I might have avoided it without extra hands. Installation was otherwise easy enough for an amateur using the etrailer youtube video specific for this item and a 2013 Nissan Leaf. https://www.etrailer.com/tv-install-trailer-hitch-2013-nissan-leaf-c11396.aspx I hope the bike rack I ordered at the same time will also arrive nearly a week early, that would be sweet.



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Bought this hitch to use for a receiver-mounted bike rack. Installation went smoothly for an amateur. The instructions were quite helpful, and the fishwire technique went easier than I thought it would . My only issue was that the trimming information for the underbody panel was inaccurate. The PDF instructions specify a width of 3.63", but in actuality the underbody panel needed to be trimmed to 4" wide to clear the steel plate on the hitch. Also, it would be helpful to provide a reference for the width dimension, so installers could more easily locate side-to-side where they should cut.



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2013 Nissan Leaf

I had the hitch installed at The Hybrid shop and they said it was really simple. Keep in mind that adding a hitch to your LEAF voids the warranty from Nissan. My LEAF is a 2013 and I didn't have any issues so I went ahead and had the hitch installed. I only use the hitch for carrying a pair of bikes and it's worked great for that. I had originally been worried that the hitch would make a whistling noise or something like that but no issues.



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This hitch was just perfect. It's allowed me to add a very nice Kuat bike rack to my car, which has made heading out for a cycling club ride so much nicer. The hitch was easily installed by a local hitch dealer.



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Purchased this for my Leaf so I can transport mtn bikes using a slat type carrier. This hitch is built specifically for the Leaf. This makes installation a breeze...if you have the right tools. I didn't. Despite only owning a drill and some sockets, I was able to get the job done. Took well over an hour, but I completed it successfully. AutoZone will rent a torque wrench, you can enlarge the one hole with a drill but a dremel tool would make it so much easier. Bottom line this is a great hitch for a great price.



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Perfect fit for Nissan Leaf. So easy to install. The hardest part was reattaching the fascia, well, that and drilling the one hole needed, that frame steel is very hard! It has held a bicycle hitch rack and pulled a trailer, solid performance.



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2013 Nissan Leaf

UPS delivered my hitch yesterday around 4:00 PM and by 7:00 PM last night I had it installed on my 2013 Nissan Leaf. I had watched a video that etrailer posted on youtube a couple of times and I had all the tools ready that I needed. During the installation I stopped a couple of times and came in the house and checked the video to make sure what the next step was. The video was very accurate and all the parts fit perfectly. I am very pleased with the quality of the hitch and the ease of installation.



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2016 Nissan Leaf

One year with the hitch on my Leaf and I would not have it any other way. Bike rack to landscaping trailer I can do it all. Curt by far is the highest quality hitch I have used in the last ten years.



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I like it decent price and easy to inst all



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This is the second trailer hitch I have bought from etrailer, and the experience was exactly the same both times - fantastic. These guys are delivering great products at great prices with outstanding service. What more could you want? A big "thanks" to the folks at etrailer. Keep up the great work!



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2015 Nissan Leaf

Amazing that they made a hitch for such a small number of Nissan Leaf's out there. If you own a drill and a few basic wrenches you can install this - super easy. Although I haven't had it in more than a month or two, it seems very well made and likely to last the life of the car. Excellent instructions for installation on Youtube!



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2013 Nissan Leaf

returning customer- really great customer service and top quality products.



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Had to drill holes to get it to fit 2020 leaf



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2013 Nissan Leaf

Installed exactly as described. Seems to be solid and well made. Used it with a bike rack and it worked well.



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Trailer hitch on car works fantastic for holding my bicycle rack as expected. Do be prepared to spend quite a bit of time trimming the underbody shielding if you want it to look nice. Also be sure you get purpose built sharp metal grinding tools in order to grind out the hold in the frame. My rotary tool and bits almost did not cut it. Other than that look forward to installing the other hitch I ordered. Highly recommend doing business with these guys.



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This is the fourth trailer hitch I've ordered and they all install perfectly and work great.


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Ask the Experts about this Curt Trailer Hitch

  • Trailer Hitch Availability for a 2015 Nissan Leaf
    The Curt Class I hitch you referenced, part # C11396, is confirmed as a fit for the 2015 model year Nissan Leaf. This is a light-duty Class I hitch rated for only 150-lbs of tongue weight. This is enough for use with a 2-bike rack or small cargo carrier as long as the total load on the hitch remains within its 150-lb rating. Do please note that this hitch requires drilling and under-body panel trimming for installation on the 2015 model year.There is currently not a no-drilling hitch...
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  • Will a Hitch Receiver Void Warranty on Nissan Leaf?
    I took a look at the Nissan Leaf Warranty Information Booklet and could not find specific information regarding a trailer hitch. These types of details are often left vague, so to be certain you should call your Nissan dealer to find out if Curt hitch # C11396 will void the warranty. Speaking of warranties, should you end up with the Curt hitch, you would need to use stabilizing straps # 18050 in order not to void the warranty of the hitch. They are not difficult to use and I've added...
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  • 2" Hitch for 2015 Nissan Leaf
    I checked the fit guide for your 2015 Nissan Leaf and found only the two hitches that you are referring to. Generally speaking, the cost of hitches are higher as you request a larger size and higher load capacity due to the increased labor and materials cost to produce them. The Curt # C11396 Class-I hitch that fits your Leaf has a 1.25" receiver, 150 pound cargo capacity, and 1500 pound towing capacity, whereas the EcoHitch # 306-X7221 has a 2" receiver with 300 pounds of cargo capacity,...
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  • Tongue Weight Capacity of Hitch Available for 2017 Nissan Leaf
    The only hitch we offer for a 2017 Nissan Leaf is the Curt hitch part # C11396 that you have referenced which has a 150 lb tongue weight capacity. A vehicle as light duty as this is not going to have high enough towing capacities to take advantage of a higher rated hitch.
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  • Hitch Availability for a 2015 Nissan Leaf
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11396 that you are considering has not been confirmed to fit the 2015 Nissan Leaf, although I suspect it will eventually. Because of that I cannot safely recommend it for you as a confirmed fit. If you wanted to buy one and check to see if it would install I attached a link to the right that has our return policy.
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  • Replacement Hitch Hardware for a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Nissan Leaf
    Yes, the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C11396 that you have on your 2013 Nissan Leaf now will also fit your 2014 Nissan Leaf. As you mentioned, the hardware is a one time use product so you will need new hardware and you can aquire that using part # RHK. Once you arrive at the product page for the replacement hardware kit, you will need to enter "Curt" into the manufacturer drop down and "C11396" into the item number box. This will ensure that you receive the exact replacement hardware...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Nissan Leaf
    I checked with Curt and they offer the # C11396 as a confirmed fit for your 2016 Nissan Leaf so it would work well for you. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This rack has a ton of positive reviews from our customers who have tried it. Check out the review video I attached for more info. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported...
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  • Does the Tow Hook of a 2015 Nissan Leaf Need to be Removed to Install Curt Hitch
    The tow hook of the 2015 Nissan Leaf would need to get removed to install the Nissan Leaf part # C11396. Since the hitch basically would attach where the hook goes it would then be able to be used as a tow hook in the case of an emergency. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Towing Capacities of Trailer Hitch for 2016 Nissan Leaf
    The Curt trailer hitch part # C11396 that you referenced has a vertical weight rating of 150 lbs and is rated for towing a trailer that weighs up to 1,500 lbs. I checked with Nissan and they do not recommend towing a trailer with this vehicle. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. The most popular bike rack we carry that has been confirmed to fit this vehicle is the Thule Roadway 2 part # TH912XTR. We asked our demo and install guys to name their...
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  • Where to Take 2017 Nissan Leaf for Curt Hitch Install
    Since Curt hitches are pretty basic installs for qualified mechanics we typically recommend finding a mechanic local to you with a good reputation and letting them install the hitch like the Curt part # C11396 that you mentioned on your 2017 Nissan Leaf.
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  • Recommended Class I Trailer Hitch for 2013 Nissan Leaf
    The Curt Class I Hitch for the 2012 Nissan Leaf, part C11309, is not a fit for the 2013 model year but Curt offers their # C11396 Class I hitch that is a confirmed fit on your Leaf. This hitch installs using included hardware as shown in the linked installation video. If you need a wiring harness you can use Curt # C56227. Always check your owner's manual before towing any trailer with your vehicle.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Nissan Leaf Model S
    Yes, the Curt Hitch part # C11396 will fit your 2013 Nissan Leaf S model as this hitch fits all models of the 2013 Nissan Leaf. If you want to do some light duty towing you will want the following parts: The recommended ball mount for this hitch is # C45520. The recommended pin and clip is # F-4. The recommended 1-7/8" hitch ball is # C40001. The recommended 2" hitch ball is # C40018. You will want to consult the owners manual of your vehicle to determine if there are any...
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  • Compatibility of the Kuat 2.0 Bike Rack Plus Kuat Add-On to Fit a 2013 Nissan Leaf
    I have a solution for you, but the Kuat 2.0 Rack and Add-on cannot be used on your 2013 Nissan Leaf. Your best option would be a 3 bike trunk mounted bike rack. The Yakima HalfBack 3 Bike Rack, # Y02635, would work well on you Nissan Leaf. The Yakima rack can carry 3 bike up to a total weight of 90 lbs. The rack mounts to the back of the Leaf using 4 cam buckle straps and uses foam pads to protect your vehicle's finish. The carrier is lightweight at 20 lbs. The only restriction you...
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  • Is the Curt Trailer Hitch # C11396 Compatible with the 2013 Leaf S Model
    My contact at Curt tells me Curt hitch # C11396 is a fit for all models of the 2013 Nissan Leaf, including the S model. If you want to do some light duty towing you will want the following parts: The recommended ball mount for this hitch is # C45520. The recommended pin and clip is # F-4. The recommended 1-7/8" hitch ball is # C40001. The recommended 2" hitch ball is # C40018. As long as your trailer weight doesn't exceed the rated towing capacity of your Leaf, or the 1500-pounds...
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  • Hitch Size Availability for 2014 Nissan Leaf
    Only higher capacity vehicles like trucks and SUVs will have the larger 2inch hitch size available. For your 2014 Nissan Leaf there are only 1-1/4 inch hitches available like the Curt # C11396 which I attached an install video for.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack for a 2016 Nissan Leaf
    The Curt Class I Trailer Hitch # C11396 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Nissan Leaf. Due to the warranty of the hitch you will need to use a stabilization strap like # 18050 with any non-trailer load which includes a bike rack. Also with a Class I hitch you will be limited to 1-1/4" Class I rated bike racks like # TH9042PRO because this hitch can only support 150lbs of tongue weight. The Helium is a great bike rack for your Leaf, because it is very light weight. You will also only...
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  • Towing Small Heavy Trailer with a Nissan Leaf and Class I Hitch
    A weight distribution system is recommended anytime you tow a trailer that weighs more than 50 percent of the tow vehicle, but it will not allow you to take on more weight than the maximum capacity. They are also incompatible with 1-1/4 inch hitches. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11396 is the only hitch we sell for your vehicle and is rated at 1500 pounds gross trailer weight and 150 pounds tongue weight. The combined weight of the trailer and contents cannot exceed 1500 pounds. You...
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch for 2017 Lexus RX450H, and 2015 Nissan Leaf
    I did a little research and found that the Curt # C13282 hitch is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Lexus RX450H. I have attached an install video for you. I like that the hitch is almost entirely hidden and keeps the back of your Lexus looking sleek. I have two hitches that are a confirmed fit for your 2015 Nissan Leaf. One is a Curt # C11396, 1.25" x 1.25" Class I hitch supporting up to 150 pounds tongue weight. (Check your vehicles limits as well.) The other is an EcoHitch # 306-X7221...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack And Locks For 2014 Nissan Leaf
    On your 2014 Nissan Leaf, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" # C11396 which is a confirmed fit. This hitch will require stabilization strap # 18050 when used with any non-trailer load, like a bike rack. The Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches # S64670 is confirmed to work with this hitch and the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable for Swagman Bike Racks w/ 1-1/4" & Combo Shanks - 7' # S64031 is a great combination...
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  • Will the Hitch Adapter Part # HT5R Fit a Nissan Leaf
    In order to determine if the Hitch Adapter 1-1/4" to 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver part # HT5R will work on your Nissan Leaf you will need to measure from center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of your bumper. This distance will need to be less than 3-5/8" in order for the Hitch Adapter 1-1/4" to 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver to work. When we installed the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C11396 on a 2013 and 2017 Nissan Leaf we found this distance to be 5" which means it will...
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