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  3. 2 Inch Hitch
  4. Class III
  5. 4000 lbs GTW
  6. Concealed Cross Tube
etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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

Item # e42TR
Our Price: $203.65
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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. Great Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e42TR can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e42TR

  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class III
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 600 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

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.


  • 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
    • Installs using your vehicle's factory hardware
    • Installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer
  • 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
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 600 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • 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.

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer 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 E42TR Installation instructions

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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e42TR

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (53 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.

2013 Subaru Outback Wagon

Perfect fit for the Subaru Outback 2013. The instructions are a bit sparse, but this is the same as the Curt Hitch:so all the videos there work for this as well!
Quick tips:
1) The cut out in the fascia needs to be much deeper than 4.5". We had to unfit and fit the bumper 5 times trying to get it as close as possible - something close to 6". Furthermore, the instructions say it should be off center the center push pin tab, but in fact, it should be dead center!
2) You will need deep sockets (along with socket extension) to get to the bolts on the back. The bolts stick out quite a bit so it's not possible with normal sockets. We couldn't find a 14mm, so we opted for a 9/16th inch instead and that worked like a charm!
3) Plastic trim pry/removal tool is most essential.

Have not used the hitch yet, will post a review when I use it the first time.
Installed on a 2013 Subaru Outback



After a year and a few tows, its been working really well! I cant say how I know, but the emergency chain hooks are really strong Highly recommend this hitch.


I ordered the trailer for my 2011 Subaru Outback and it was straight forward to install and works great. I put the car on some ramps on the back to make it easier to install. The instruction video was perfect and walked me through each step. Thank you for a great product.

Subaru Outback Wagon

This hitch for my Subaru Outback is constructed very well the holes lined up great the paint is perfect everything about wit spit on highly recommend this hitch. My wife and I installed this on June 21 took around 3hours we took our time the directions were perfect we cleaned everything behind the bumper when we took it off the install was very easy and the notching of the bumper I was worried but it ended up being easiest part just took a few extra minutes to make it look perfect. If your looking for a hitch for your Outback get it you won’t be disappointed at all I promise Thank you to etrailer for selling such a great product!


Installation was easier than expected. Just make sure you have a trim tool. Fit like it should.

2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Top quality hitch that was very easy to install. I liked that a video about installing on my specific vehicle was available. My install easy.

2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Exactly as described. Install was very straightforward. I watched the video at least 10 times before starting. It took about 1:45 and I had no issues. The most tedious part was getting all the fasteners reinstalled. I did cut the notch deeper after reading the reviews. Thanks to all for the tips.

2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

The hardest part about installing this hitch was removing the factory 1-1/4” hitch! Bolted up without issue.

Make sure to buy plastic connectors for the bumper cover… all of mine shattered when I removed it!


I haven’t installed it yet, but WOW!!! Etrailer definitely knows how to ship heavy items in boxes… Heavy stapled cardboard box with the hitch pinned in by a stapled cardboard divider. Everything arrived in great condition. I am confident I won’t have any problems getting this hitch installed…


My order was processed promptly and delivered within three days of when I placed it. The hitch is in great shape. Very good service and information from etrailer!

2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hitch came quicker than originally anticipated. It was protected well for shipment. Looks very nice with the matte black paint. Looks like very good quality and all welds look very clean and smooth. Hopefully the installation will go nice and smooth! Videos on etrailer web site are very helpful showing the installation. Thanks etrailer!

2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Shipped quickly and install was relatively easy, took maybe an hour and a half! Pro tip: take pictures of the bolts and plastic fasteners before you start removing the bumper, probably would’ve saved me a little more time putting it all back together. Highly recommend this hitch, and I look forward to many years of utility out of it!


Install was relatively easy, especially with the helpful etrailer videos. Did break a couple of fasteners :-). I found that, using the provided template, the notch for the hitch was a little wider than it absolutely needed to be, and not quite deep enough. But it was still good enough that no one will ever notice and I didn't rework it at all after the first cut. If I were doing it again, I would go maybe 3.5" wide and 4.75" or 5" deep. In any case, just start inside the lines and make it perfect for you.


Great Hitch, easy installation, very happy with then end product.


It was a couple three hours of work, partially because I'm a notoriously bad direction follower. The toughest part was getting all those plastic pop outs back in their holes and a couple of runs at cutting the proper notch from the bottom of the bumper fascia. All in all the completed hitch looks like it belongs there.


Perfect fit
Reasonable price
Everything was exactly as it should be.



perfect fit. still working great


Easy to install!


Just as advertised. Should have done this years ago.

2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

Really nice product, the welds were clean and the flat edges were dressed and smooth. Finish is durable and neatly applied to all surfaces including bolt holes and interior of receiver. Installation took under an hour from start to finish and the fit is perfect. I am highly satisfied and will definitely use etrailer again.


Really like the matte black finish. Seems well made and install was pretty straightforward.

2012 Subaru Outback Wagon

Easy install. Pics in directions pdf helped. With air tools and plastic clip tool this could have been a 30mon install. With hand tools was maybe 1 to 1.5 hours,mostly trying to remove the plastic clips without breaking them.


We ordered this thinking we would not get it in time for Christmas but it arrived in 3 days! Thank you so much for making it happen, we so appreciate it.


Already installed directions were easy to fallow hitch fit perfectly thanks


Overall the install was very easy and straightforward. The holes on the hitch needed to be elongated because one side did not match up on the car. Other then that went smooth. The direction for the cut in the bumper were too cut a 4 by 4 section out. Needs to be about 4 1/2 by 4 to give just a bit more clearness for the bumper. Still install was less than an hour.


Second one purchased. Sold car that had first. An excellent hitch - if hitches can be excellent.


It looks great, very well made, can't wait to install it

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See what our Experts say about this etrailer Trailer Hitch

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    The information I have says the # 306-X7162 has a ground clearance measurement of 10-1/2". The Curt # C13410 has approximately 12" to 12-1/2" of clearance when measured to the bottom of the receiver. I'm not 100% sure how accurate the EcoHitch information is since we haven't measured it ourselves. Based on the installation and where the receiver position any difference in ground clearance appears to be negligible. The main difference between these two hitches is going to be the price....
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  • Recommended Hitch for a 2011 Subaru Outback
    That sounds pretty sketchy. Never heard of a conversion kit with bolts that will make a hitch fit a car it's not designed for. The hitch you were looking at Item # 306-X7267 only fits the 2015 - 2018 Subaru Outback so using different sized bolts isn't going to help when the holes don't line up. If this isn't what you have and would like to send me a part number so I can verify it'll fit you can either email me directly or post it in the comment box below. For a similar style hitch that...
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  • Is There a Receiver Like the etrailer # e42TR With Additional Steel Connecting The Receiver to Tube?
    We do have the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7601 which uses more steel to connect the crossbar to the end of the receiver on your 2017 Subaru Outback. This receiver is also made in the USA and comes with a limited lifetime warranty like the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e42TR.
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  • Recommended Hitch for a 2018 Subaru Outback
    The best hitch for your 2018 Subaru Outback is going to be the etrailer Hitch item # e42TR. This hitch is custom fit and bolts to your Subaru with included hardware. This is a class III hitch with a 2" receiver. It has a 400 lbs maximum tongue weight so you will have plenty of capacity for a bike rack. I really like the etrailer hitch because of its hidden design. The crosstube will install behind the bumper leaving only the 2" receiver visible. This not only looks better but it also helps...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2019 Subaru Outback For Carrying Electric Scooter
    So for a hitch on your 2019 Subaru Outback to carry your electric scooter, what you want is one with as much tongue weight as possible (tongue weight being the most weight the scooter and carrier can weigh when installed in the hitch). Good bumper clearance is also important, as is ground clearance, and the best possible combination for that is the following hitch: - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e42TR The # e42TR hitch fits your '19 Outback and has 600 lbs of tongue weight capacity,...
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  • Installation Difficulty of etrailer Trailer Hitch on 2019 Subaru Outback
    Thanks for the nice words, and on a scale of 1-10, the installation difficulty on your 2019 Subaru Outback is rated a 10 for the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e42TR. This is somewhat subjective, of course, and we have it as a higher rating basically because you have to remove and reinstall the bumper cover and bumper beam, and any time there is a hitch where a bumper removal is required, the difficulty scale is raised. That said, there isn't anything about the install that it requires...
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  • Is the Flint Hill Goods Wheelchair Carrier Compatible w/ a 2017 Subaru Outback?
    Yes, they are if your 2017 Subaru Outback has a 2" hitch installed like item # e42TR. The Flint Hill Goods 30" x 50" Wheelchair Carrier item # FHG77ZR requires your vehicle to have a 2" receiver. It looks like the carrier weighs 80 lbs and your Permobil M3 weighs just below 400 lbs so you'll need a hitch with a tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs. The etrailer Hitch item # e42TR is custom fit for your 2017 Subaru Outback and has a 600 lbs maximum tongue weight. I really like this hitch because...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2019 Subaru Outback with Bike Rack
    There are really two main types of trailer hitches for a 2019 Subaru Outback, visible like the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98847 and hidden like the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e42TR. The visible hitch means you can see the cross tube under the bumper and the hidden means you can't. That said, there is a benefit to the visible as you don't have to pull the bumper off so it's much easier to install. If you're handy, the hidden option is what I recommend since you have...
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  • Parts Needed To Tow a Small Travel Trailer With Electric Brakes Behind a 2014 Subaru Outback
    It appears you have it figured out on your parts. My only alteration on the parts would be using the Curt Easy Mount Bracket # C58000 to attach 7-Way # ETBC7 rather than the Mounting Plate # 18136. This is due to having the hidden cross tube on etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e42TR and the Curt Bracket # C58000 will attach to the end of the receiver to hold the 7-way. Here is the list of parts I recommend with the other bracket. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e42TR T-One Vehicle...
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