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
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • 400 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 4000 lbs WD GTW
  • 400 lbs WD TW
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. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number E98845 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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etrailer Trailer Hitch - E98845

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.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with 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
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-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: 4,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 400 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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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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E98845 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details E98845 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2009 - 2019 Dodge Journey




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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 Dodge Journey

Speaker 1: Today in this 2017 Dodge Journey, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the e-trailer.com class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number E98845. Here's what the hitch looks like installed.What's great about this hitch is that we have plenty of clearance around the receiver, so it makes this a great hitch to use with bike racks and cargo carriers. We don't have to worry about any interference with the rear fascia, and we run much less of a risk of scratching it as we're installing our accessory.Now this hitch fits nicely around our spare tire, so we can still use our spare tire if needed, without having any interference from the hitch.Compared to some other options out there, this hitch also doesn't require any cutting or trimming of the rear fascia in order for it to fit. Makes your install a little bit easier.This hitch also features a very unique finish compared to other hitches out there. It has a carbide matte black powder coat finish, which is very durable, and highly scratch resistant. So as we're installing accessories into our receiver, we don't have to worry about scratching it.

Same with hooking on safety chain cables to it. Also, this finish will be very corrosion resistant, so we don't have to worry about our hitch rusting for a very long time.Now even though this hitch has somewhat small openings for the safety chain hooks, even if you have a large one like this, you can still easily clip on and clip off. So it is very easy to use.On the side of our receiver, you'll find our industry standard 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure your hitch mounted accessories with a pin and clip. We have a pin and clip available for you separately on our website.On the end of our receiver, you find this collar that's welded on. Not only does this give us a nice finished look, but it also does help reinforce the strength of the receiver opening.This hitch features a 400 pound make tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down.

And a 4000 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 with your trailer, one thing to keep in mind, the numbers don't change. They stay the same. As always, you want to make sure you consult with the owners manual of your Journey, and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. Go by whichever number's less.Many of our customers have found this hitch to be a great addition to their vehicle. It allows them to take all their gear with them, such as with their bike racks and cargo carriers, as they go on their journey.Now we'll give you some measurements to help you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as eight ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

You're looking at about 13 inches from the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening, and about four inches from the center of the hitch pin hole through most part of the back bumper.Now that we've covered some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, we're going to take a strap to go underneath our exhaust to help support the weight so it doesn't get damaged as we lower it.On the passenger side of the vehicle, clipped to the muffler, we have a ground strap. We need to remove this, just by pulling it off. We can just set it to the side like that.Now this is one of our exhaust hangers. We have one on each side of the muffler at the back. We're gonna spray some lubricant on it to make it slide off a little bit easier.Now we use a pry bar to pry off our exhaust hangers.Now we'll do the same on the other muffler on the drivers side of the vehicle.On the drivers side frame rail, on the inside edge, we have this wiring harness that's clipped to the frame rail.

We're going to unclip it to give ourselves a little more clearance here, so it doesn't get pinched by our hitch. To do that, you can use a trim handle tool, or a flat head screwdriver. There we go. For the time being, I'm gonna pull it up and over our exhaust hanger here, just to give ourselves extra room.Now we'll point out where our hardware is gonna go on our frame rail. We're looking at the passenger side, the driver side's just a mirror image of this. We have these two round holes here, on our frame rail. Then we have this round or oval hole in our bumper beam.We'll start by doing our ones in the frame rail first. We'll take a pull wire and go through the hole that's closest to the front of the vehicle. And then it'll come out the back of our frame rail.Now we'll take one of our small, square spacer blocks, place it on the pull wire, and we'll stick that inside the frame rail. We'll thread on one of our carriage bolts now. Stick that in the frame rail. And we'll pull it through the hole. And we can remove our pull wire. We'll take our pull wire and go through the hole closest to the rear, and we'll repeat the same process.Now we'll take our pull wire and go to the oval hole in the bumper beam, and out the side of it. Now we'll place on one of our large blocks. Threat on our carriage bolt, place those inside the bumper beam, and we'll pull the bolt through. Remove our pull wire, and we'll repeat the same process on the other side of the vehicle.Now where our rear carriage bolt goes through the bumper beam, the bumper beam's not completely level. That's where this wedge spacer comes into place. This will get sandwiched between our bumper beam and the hitch to level it out. Now the angle is different on this. I found that if you install it with the writing on it facing up towards the bumper beam, it will make it the most level.Now to make it easier on yourself, you can take some tape and use the tape to hold it in place. You don't have to fight it as you're raising the hitch into position. We want the fatter part of the wedge to face towards the rear of the vehicle.Now with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position and we'll secure it into place with a flange nut. Once we have one started on each side, it'll help hold up our hitch, and we won't have to worry so much about holding up on it.Now we'll get the rest of our hardware started.Now we'll tighten down all of our hardware.Now we'll torque all of our hardware to the the mount specified instructions.With our hitch now in place, we can now take our wiring back down and clip it into place where it won't get pinched. And we can raise our exhaust back up now.Here with our hangers back on, we'll be sure to clip our ground strap back to the exhaust.With our exhaust back in place, we can now remove our strap that we used to support the weight.And that completes our look at and showing you how to install the e-trailer.com class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number E98845 on this 2017 Dodge Journey.


Customer Reviews

etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - E98845

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (150 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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Easy installation. Video was very helpf ul. 639862



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It was delivered on time, easy to install, looks good. Going through the steps to find the right product for my vehicle was easy and it was the correct one. Very happy with the product and the price I paid. 609166



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Prompt shipping!Easy install 536019



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Great item and shipoing waa fast 536014



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Fit well, good instruction included. Took about 1.5 hours to install along with the hitch, with an extra set of hands to lift/lower the exhaust. Overall pleased with the product and service from e trailer. 536122



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the hitch was relatively easy to install. the pre-engineering utilizing existing holes in frame worked perfectly 536007



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Dodge Journey

The hitch was delivered one day early and in good condition. I installed it in approx. two hours. T he manufacturers video was very helpful and right on . The wiring harness works well but was difficult to install due to limited ways to run the wires . The Journey is very tight with no easy openings to run wires. 536012



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Dodge Journey

Looks and feels really sturdy, the 6x bolts are also bigger than they appear in the photos, definitely inspired confidence. Install video was spot on as well.. had it in place in about an hour and a half. Quite happy with the purchase, the timeliness of delivery (thank you etrailer!), and the ease of installation.Three items of note to help with the install: first, only lowering the 4x muffler hangers as shown in the video on this product's page made for a tight squeeze. If you watch the videos for the other class III hitches for the Journey, they show removing 2 more hangers farther up the exhaust systems as well, and using a support strap. Recommend doing all 6 hangers If you have a lift/pit available, using drive on ramps in the garage (like I did) made it impossible to get all the way back to those additional two... but if you can do all 6 it will be much less of a tight fit, especially when trying to torque down that bolt closest to the front!Second, make sure you use the instruction sheet linked off the product page here; it's newer than the one that comes with the hardware kit by around a year. Biggest difference I saw was that the sheet that came with the pack said torque all nuts/bolts to 75 ft/lbs and the online (newer) one said 110 ft/lbs... I went with the higher number.Finally, the receiver does sit a bit low as it's designed to go below the bumper... height difference is VERY noticeable next to my Dodge Dakota 4x4 with receiver just under the Dakota's bumper. Plan for a 2"+ rise ball mount depending on the trailer you're towing to keep things level.. 536098



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The hitch arrived directly to my home packaged well and in a good condition. The included directions and the on line examples of installation that were specific to my make and model took all of the guess work out of the installation. From start to finish I had installed my new hitch in well under an hour and have used the hitch weekly for more than a year with out any problems. I will continue to use your services for any of my future automotive related accessory needs. 536013



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I found etrailer online after having issues with a local branch of a nationwide company that I had used for hitch installs in the past. Their service was now terrible and after 3 trips to their facility trying to get the right hitch and someone to install it for me I decided to do it myself. Ordered hitch and lighting kit on Saturday afternoon from a very friendly etrailer representative and received everything on Tuesday with free shipping. The Youtube videos made installation on my vehicle easy and with one other person helping had everything finished in a couple hours in my garage. Gave trailer a test pull and everything worked great. I will use etrailer again in the future. 536027



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delivery was very fast 654190



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Overall, a great product. Shipping was fast, pricing for good. Fits as described. The wiring kit I had ordered however, was not as easily installed. The directions do not properly describe how to route the wiring from the driver side to the passenger side. I have a lift, and all the necessary tools and it took longer to get the vehicle wired, than to mount the receiver. The photos on the directions are small and poor quality. 651707



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Seems to be very well-built, was very easy to install! 637768



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2018 Dodge Journey

Cam edit very quickly Only complaint instructions are blurry unreadable 606557



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I’m holding back on 5 stars. Kit is easy enough if your experience level is there. With 30+ years of Automotive work I really had no issues. My only reason for not giving this 5 stars is the kit should include one additional item. 3m and others make great little sticky back attachments for zip ties, this kit should have at least 8-10 to properly attach the wiring. Just to many areas that my Dodge Journey lacked good attachment points. Etrailer, Pricing, shipping and informative videos are great 5 stars there 604239



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2017 Dodge Journey

Easy install, No issues at all. Once again etrailer makes it easy with accurate descriptions, easy to follow info and videos. Thanks 603980



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Great Service, Great Product! Delivered as promised. These people are professionals! 602055



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Received, as always a pleasure to be your customer. 600239



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2016 Dodge Journey

I purchased this item on a Sunday, and had it in my hand by Wednesday. The instructions and hardware provided were spot on, and I had it installed in 30 minutes with no issues. Great product! 584776



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What a great experience!! Timing was awesome on shipping. The hitch fit perfectly. 571158



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Very pleased with this company.Fast shi pping. 569450



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Dodge Journey

Everything needed was included in box. Product was as described with nice fit and finish. Installation was a breeze as well. Very happy with my purchase from etrailer. Installed on Dodge Journey and will be using for bike carrier. 551817



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2010 Dodge Journey

Great service product was easy to install with the video info shipment was very fast here in 2 days I have ordered from etrailer before and will continue to do so in the future 544271



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Good product and easy installation 536003



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Great service and timely delivery , when typing my email I hit a wrong key , called etrailer to correct and they were very helpful .they went over my order with me and saved me money by substituting the one I order which, was out of stock with a better less costly one . I used etrailer in the past and will continue to do so. Happy customer 536002



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Good price. Easy install. 536005



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Does everything I expected, it pulls my camper all the way to the campground and back. 536004



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Quality hitch. Easy instal. Great customer service. 536008



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Very sturdy and well packed. It fits perfect!!! Delivery and shipping is cheap and fast. 536006



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Still doing what its supposed to do. No complaints. It was a great purchase. 536010



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2016 Dodge Journey

Second hitch I bought from etrailer and will continue doing business with them. Ordered on Sunday and at my door on Wednesday with standard shipping in southern wisconsin. It's going on our 2016 journey to pull our popup camper. I hope to post a pic this weekend after I install. 536009



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2015 Dodge Journey

After one year of having the Tekonsha custom fit vehicle wiring installed on my 2012 Dodge Journey I have nothing but praise for it. First, it was easy to install, it only took about 20 minutes to install. Running the wires took the longest time, about 15 minutes. The connections to the tail lights took all of about 2 minutes. A piece of cake. 536011



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Very easy install. A prybar for the exhaust mounts one 3/4" ratchet and a torque wrench. One hour of work saved about $300 over a dealer install and I know it was done right. Nice quality too. It came with grade 8 bolts and is solid as a tank. 536015



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Great product very easy to install 536016



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Very easy to install, just wish there was a way NOT to take off muffler brackets 536018



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Great install video! 536017



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Great price, product and fast shipping 536021



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product went on with ease 536020



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Great product, install was easy. Video was available on website....money saver for those that are mechanically inclined. Fast and easy transaction. Shipping as promised. Will be ordering more product within a week. 536022



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Very nice fit. Installation time is not that accurate unless you have access to a full vehicle lift. If you have to work off of a concrete floor with only floor jacks better add some time to installation. 536026



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This hitch receiver worked very nicely on my 2014 R/T AWD. Everything bolted up nicely and the instructions and video from etrailer.com made it very clear before hand what to expect from the installation. Packaging was secure and finish on the receiver was very nice. 536028



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Watch the video. They work perfect and are spot on! 536024



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Hitch went on without a hitch. Ordering was easy,and shipping was fast. 536023



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Fantastic directions. Step by step for my specific vehicle. Made sure to tell me the tricks of how to put it on before I figured it out the hard way. I would suggest reading though all the directions twice before starting just so you are better prepared. Actually looking forward to putting on another hitch sometime soon. 536025



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Speedy shipping, excellent product, very satisfied! 536032



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Both items I ordered arrived in excellent time. The installation videos were extremely helpful. Thank you 536033



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These folks provided outstanding support and advice on purchasing my trailer hitch. I highly recommend them 536031



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Great, fast delivery. 2nd one we have purchased from etrailer. For another vehicle 536030



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Hitch fit perfectly and looks great. I was worried about fishing bolts thur frame..but with the included wire fishing lead it was easy. Bolts fell in place.As always etrailer was bets price and service 536029



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The products order where delivered right on time and in good shape. I am very happy with the service and products ordered. A great company to due business with... 536034


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  • Parts Needed to Tow Trailer with 2012 Dodge Journey
  • I looked up the towing capacity of your 2012 Dodge Journey 4 cylinder and it has a 1,000 lb towing capacity. If your trailer weighs less than 1,000 lbs you could install a hitch like the etrailer.com hitch part # e98845 to tow it. For trailer wiring you'd then want the part # 118536 which is a confirmed fit. If you wanted to do 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...
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  • Trailer Hitch That Fits 2017 Dodge Journey SXT AWD
  • We have a trailer hitch that will fit your 2017 Dodge Journey SXT AWD, but the etrailer trailer hitch # e98845 will NOT fit your '17 Journey SXT models with AWD. The tech note you referenced states, "Hitch does not fit SXT models with AWD." For a trailer hitch that does fit a 2017 Dodge Journey SXT with AWD the only confirmed fit is the Draw-Tite # 76225 which is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver. This hitch is a complete bolt-on installation so no drilling in your Journey's frame...
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  • Is Fishwire Included to Install etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Dodge Journey
  • Yes, 2 fishwire are included to help install the 1/2" bolts for the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch # E98845 on your 2016 Dodge Journey. Attached is a sample installation video and the written instructions for you to check out. If you let me know what you will be using the trailer hitch for I can make additional recommendations if necessary.
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  • Trailer Hitch Availability for 2017 Dodge Journey SXT
  • For your 2017 Dodge Journey we have a few options available. We have a 2 inch hitch part # e98845 which would work well which is our etrailer.com brand or for a similar setup we have the Draw Tite part # 75648. We have an install video for this hitch that I attached for you to check out as well.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Dodge Journey AWD
  • Your 2017 Dodge Journey is one of the vehicles for which two types of hitch are made, both a smaller 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch and a 2-inch Class III. In such cases we always recommend the 2-inch option since it will be compatible with more hitch-mount accessories and because it will offer a higher weight rating without much more additional cost. The Class III hitch I recommend for your Journey AWD is the etrailer # e98845 because it will offer easier installation than others and because...
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  • Ground Clearance After Installing Trailer Hitch on 2009 Dodge Journey
  • Installing a trailer hitch on just about any vehicle will reduce its ground clearance, especially when the hitch installs below the bumper cover. Some hitches are designed to provide a more hidden appearance for cosmetic reasons and this type may offer more ground clearance. The linked video details the available hitches for your Journey and how they differ. Actual ground clearance depends on several factors including passenger count, cargo weight in the vehicle and wheel/tire size and...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Fits 2015 Dodge Journey SXT AWD
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76225 is a confirmed fit for the 2015 Dodge Journey SXT AWD. It is the only trailer hitch we carry from any of our manufacturers that currently is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. I reached out to my contact at Draw-Tite to confirm the fit.
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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches for 2015 Dodge Journey
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch # C13201 and etrailer.com Trailer Hitch # E98845 are essentially the same but with a different finish; the Curt hitch has a gloss black powder coat finish and the etrailer hitch has a matte black powder coat finish, and some people do prefer one finish to the other. Both of these trailer hitches will fit your 2015 Dodge Journey and will install the same way, without requiring any drilling. Additionally, both have a 4,000 lb towing capacity, 400 lb tongue weight...
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