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

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

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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 etrailer.com or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e42TR

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • etrailer
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 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.


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
    • 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


Specs:

  • 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.


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

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Video Transcript for etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback we're gonna be showing you how to install the etrailer trailer hitch receiver. But before we get into that why don't we just take a minute, check this out and make sure it's gonna be the right one for you. Putting a trailer hitch on an Outback, makes sense. You know, it looks right at home and that honestly holds true for just about anything you put on here accessory wise, from roof boxes to bike racks to you know if you're hooked up to a trailer and so on. And so if it we're me, I'd want a hitch that would be able to do just about anything you throw at it.

And this one here is gonna allow you to do just that. And that's really in part, due to the clearances that it's gonna give us. So where the hitch is gonna be positioned as well as some of the capacities and what it's gonna be able to handle. This is gonna be a class three hitch that has a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. Super common size, ton of different things are gonna work with it.

And it's gonna use your standard five eights pin and clip. A pin and clip doesn't come with it. Not really a big deal though. If you need one you can grab it here at etrailer. A lot of times if you end up picking up a new accessory, one will come with it.

So, just look out for that. These safety chain openings are gonna be a loop style and give us more than enough space to use pretty much any size hook that our trailer might have on it. The hitch is gonna have some good weight capacities and matter of fact, it's right on par with all the other class three hitches available. With that said, it's gonna have a 600 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. That's the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch and you'll be able to use just about any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you'd want to, for example.

As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes that's gonna be 4,000 pounds or the amount of weight that is pulling on the hitch, that's the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. I do always like to suggest, it's never a bad idea just to grab your Subaru's owner's manual. That way you can check in there and make sure that your Outback can pull that much weight safely. I did talk about the good clearance that the hitch gives us and what I mean by that is it sits up a little tighter against the bumper compared to some of the other ones which it gets it higher off the ground as well as the receiver tube opening coming out pretty much flush with our bumper, maybe even just a little bit past it, honestly. So a lot of folding accessories and things like that are gonna work out a little bit better, but to be on the safe side we'll take a couple of measurements and kind of go from there. So on the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, it's gonna be about 15 inches. So if you plan on pulling a trailer around, chances are pretty good, a lot of you can use a ball mount that has a slight rise in it. For example, this one here, this is what our neighbors could use. It has a one inch rise. And we'll set it just about just about where it needs to be. So that's always an option. And if you go from the center of our hitch-pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper that looks like it's gonna be about two inches and you can use that to figure out exactly if those folding accessories can be stored upright without hitting the back bumper. And with that amount of clearance area you really shouldn't have to worry about running into any issues as far as that goes. Compared to some of the other hitches available because there are quite a few. Personally I would go with something like this one that is less visible like this one here. Being that you can only see the receiver tube opening I think it looks a little bit better than some of the other ones that are completely visible and hang down. I particularly like this one because of the finish, it's a matte black finish and I feel like it matches our bumper plastic good and kind of puts off the most factory look. But that's just my opinion, you know, there's ones that are glossy and semi-gloss and everything else so you can always grab whatever one you think looks the best if that's what you're going for. In terms of the installation, the fascia does have to come off but honestly don't really let that scare you away. You know, Subaru makes it pretty easy and even compared to the other ones where you don't have to take the fascia off, with those it's almost more work to get underneath there and drill and do all that kind of thing as opposed to just getting this popped off and you have a ton of space to work and it's it's really accessible. So, not a huge difference there. But like I said, Subaru makes it easy. Couple fasteners, all pretty easy to get to. This pops out of the way and it kind of just bolts up so really shouldn't run into too many issues but id you'd like to see how that's done, feel free to follow along. We'll go ahead, pull into the garage and put it all together now. To begin our installation, we're gonna be here at the back of our Subaru and we're gonna have to remove our fascia. So to start with that we'll first get our taillights out. So there's gonna be a plastic cover here with a couple of fasteners that we need to pop out. Here's those fasteners. So it's a Phillips head screw but these are plastic and you just take your screwdriver just very lightly turn it until you get the center of it to kind of release. And then once it does you can take a flat head and just kind of pull that out. The same thing for this one. And I wanna mention from this point on, anything we do to one side of your car, we're gonna do to the other side as well cause it'll be set up the same way. But to get this plastic piece off you can take your flat head and just very carefully kind of pry in behind it here. And it don't take much effort so don't get too carried away there. This will pop off, you can get that out of the way. Then that will expose two fasteners actually holding our taillight in. So you can use the Phillips or a 10 millimeter socket and work a little bit better. We'll get them removed. We should be able to grab our light, carefully kinda work it and pull it back and then we're going to disconnect it. So in our case, looks like we have this connector here squeeze in on the tab, pull it out and then these bulbs are just quarter turns. So rotate about a quarter turn, they'll pop out and we can move our light out of the way. Now just below where our taillight was, we're gonna have this cap and we can pry that out. So very carefully, take a screwdriver, just pry that open. And that will expose another fastener. Again you can use a 10 or a Phillip screwdriver to pull that out. Now if you move to your rear wheel well liner along this edge there's gonna be several fasteners. One will be up here in the corner and you can take a small flat head and you push in on the center of it and then you can carefully pry behind the head of it, 'til that pops out and we can set it up for reinstall later. You just take the base, push it all the way forward. Then when we gotta put this in just push that in and click that down. So, that's how that one works. If you move along down here we're gonna have several more. I've noticed in the past these Subarus are all kind of set up a little different. In our case, we have mud flaps here, some don't. Regardless, pretty much any fastener you see along through here you're gonna have to take out just from my experience. So with ours though, it looks like we'll have three Phillips head screws. Go ahead and get them out. Underneath the vehicle, there's another push pin fastener here and we'll just pry that one out. And then if we kind of move our mud flap down I don't think I'm gonna take the mud flap off completely but if we kind of separate it from the fascia we should be good. There will be another push pin there and with these, sometimes they just get so much dirt and junk built up inside of there it makes 'em kind of kind of tough to get out. So if that's the case, sometimes switching to a trim tool like this helps out, gives you a little more leverage there to to pry that out. And right in front of that, you're gonna have another push pin. And if you work your way to the center of our vehicle we'll have three more push pin fasteners. So to deal with these, same technique to get 'em out. Now with some extra hands, you can get our fascia removed. I did put some painters tape along the seams here just so we don't scratch anything. And if you want, I've noticed in the past if you spray soapy water in between the seam sometimes it helps kinda lubricate it. I didn't do that today but it is something you can do. But you wanna start at the corner and just start to kind work it free. And these Subarus come apart really easy, for the most part. Then once you get up to here, that one came right off. I did spray this area down cause it's a little bit tighter but sometimes what you'll have to do is take a tool and kind of just very lightly kind of pry up on that while you're pulling out. That seems to happen occasionally But work it about the same, may or may not have wiring. It looks like in our case over on the driver's side there is a connector we need to undo. Here's that connector, just push down on the center of it and pull outward and that'll separate it. And then with our fascia now free, we can set it off to the side somewhere out of the way. Fascia out of the way now, we can take off this little foam piece on our bumper beam, get that out of the way. And then that'll allows us to have access to the four nuts securing each side of our bumper beam. So here's our bolts, like I said, we're gonna have four, one in each corner. So 14 millimeter socket can take these off. And for the top two, if you use a long extension you can actually run it through the bumper beam. Once that final one is off, I already got the ones on the other side removed, you can get our bumper beam out of the way. Something that I do wanna mention, ours doesn't have it, but some of these will have almost like a small tab that comes out and kind of protrudes past the bulkhead here. If that's your situation you can take a hammer and just kind of tap it flat. That way when we put our hitch and everything back on that little tab won't interfere with it. But like I said, ours doesn't have it so we don't need to worry about it. And with that all sorted I can get ready to get everything back on. So how this is gonna work, you can lay your hitch flat and the bumper beam will go on top of it. The holes in the bumper beam are gonna line up at the holes in the hitch. Then we can grab this hole assembly like this and slide it back into place. Now grab an extra set of hands here and this will just slide right back on, get it lined up. We're just gonna take that original hardware that we removed and get these all started hand tight. With all the hardware in place and hand tight we come back with our 14 millimeter and snug everything down. I do this, I kind of like to make an X pattern just to kind of draw everything in evenly. And at this point we need to come back with the torque wrench and tighten down all the hardware to the amount specified in our instructions. From there I went ahead just put our foam piece back on and now we can move over to our fascia where we can work on that, get it trimmed, and start to reinstall it, To trim our bumper, there's a diagram in the instructions that you can follow. I drew that out. Make sure you don't have nothing behind here of importance, you know. And this is pretty thin plastic. I'm gonna use a dribble tool just to kinda speed things up but you could probably use a utility knife and score it and cut it out or a pair of snips, whatever you got. But with that said, I'll go ahead and get this trimmed out. With this trimmed out we can get our bumper put back on. So don't forget to plug your electrical connector back in over there and carefully just slide this back into position and re-secure it the opposite way that we removed it. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the etrailer.com trailer hitch receiver on our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon..

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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (12 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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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




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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!




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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.




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The YouTube installation video for the trailer hitch was extremely helpful. I am 77 years old and just had a total knee replacement eight weeks ago and yet I install the trailer hitch by myself in about an hour and a h half. I needed the hitch for my new E bikes carrier. The product is great




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solid and easy enough to install. the instructions were folded and hidden in the hitch (so look there) otherwise they are also online.




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I always buy my hitches from etrailer. Friendly staff, very knowledgable, good quality and at a fair price. What more do you want? A+++ rating




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Product was perfect but instructions weren’t very good




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




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Very fast delivery




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Perfect fit. Very useful. easy to insta ll.




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Very well made, haven't put it on yet but already have trust in the construction. Can't wait for burning man yeee haw!




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


Easy install with video instructions on '17 Outback! I did this myself in about two hours, taking my time. A helper would have been really beneficial at times. As others noted, I opted to not hammer up the bumper clip bracket so I could re-use it. I filed off a corner of the bracket, but may not have needed to. Then I simply cut around the flanges of the hitch (took a few test fits to get it right). Take your time and cut less than you think - you can always cut more, but you can't put it back! I kept the foam pad in (some throw it out), the bumper gets pushed out by the thickness of the receiver plate, and it took a little finagling to get the bumper cover back on, but worth it in the end.

etrailer shipping and packing was great!


Comments
Still very pleased after one year of use!
J - 06/18/2022


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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


The hitch is awesome and bolted up perfectly to my 2014 Outback. Took me 3 hours to install it solo. The second video on the product page is very helpful. I watched it about 5 times before starting. I also recommend buying a bag of new push fasteners in advance of starting the installation. The cut out in the bumper cover to clear the hitch ended up being 3 5/8" wide x 5 1/4" deep, and dead center on the center mounting tab hole. That less than 1/4" gap all around. Check the fit over the receiver and the bottom push fasteners before completely re-installing the bumper cover. Awesome product!




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


Arrived quick and despite the 10/10 rating for install was actually pretty straight forward to bolt on. It was a little scary to have to remove the bumper cover but following the video I got this done in about 1 hour. Very nice looking hitch with the cross bar totally hidden and the receiver tucked in there. Would recommend to any Subaru owner, over the factory hitch.




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


Absolutely the way to go for a 2019 Outback. Easy no drill installation with no loss of clearance. etrailer's installation videos are great and is why I bought this hitch from them. You will need a DEEPWELL 14mm socket as shown in the video as a standard depth socket will not work.




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


Quick shipping! That was a pleasant change from my previous ordering experience a month or so ago….This hitch arrived in a mangled box from UPS but the hitch was ok and the 2” plug wasn’t even lost. Install was moderately difficult. My son is a former master tech for Subaru so he gave me a couple of pointers along the way. Final product looks great on 2018 Outback touring model. Beautiful powder coat finish.




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


I am very pleased with the quality and performance of this hitch. My etrailer experience was excellent regarding customer service and quick delivery. They answered my questions and helped me find the right hitch model for my car and needs. Thank you for the follow up. That’s what I call customer care and great service.


Comments
Great! This hitch is very reliable and easy to use
Mollie - 11/03/2022


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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


Perfect fit on a 2019 Subaru Outback Premium. Install took about an hour, would have been shorter if the bumper trim had popped back in like it was supposed to, but nothing to do with the hitch. Been a year and still going strong, seems like it will last the life of the car.




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


The hitch and service i received from etrailer is exceptional. The hitch was easy to install in the driveway by myself and has met all my needs. The etrailer team did a great job of shipping this on time and making sure to provide instructions on installation. I would recommend this hitch and etrailer to anyone


Comments
Great. I’ve towed with it, and it regularly holds the weight of my spare tire and mountain bikes. Easily one of the best purchases I’ve made for my vehicle
Sean - 10/05/2022


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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


Once again etrailer outdid themselves! I was a little intimidated removing the trim on my 2019 Subaru Outback, but following the video and instructions it went super smoothly. I just took my time and before I knew it, I was cleaning up.

I really like the concealed look of this hitch and I sacrifice no clearance. The no-drill option made installation quick and easy. You are cutting the underside of your bumper trim. They recommend tin snips but a dremel-like rotor tool worked so much better.

I am so pleased with how this came out!




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


I installed this on my 2018 Outback Touring. The [online] video was a HUGE help. I'm so grateful for that. It took about 3 hours. My biggest challenge was re-mounting the rear fascia. Getting all of the parts tucked where they needed to be and making the old fasteners work again were the main obstacles. I could probably do it again in 2 hours or less now that I've done it once.




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


Install video was helpful and the hitch receiver lined-up perfectly (2016 Subaru Outback). Fast and free delivery made the process even better!




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


I installed this hitch and it went without a hitch. The product is very attractive and extremely well made. Installation was easy especially after watching the video. I highly recommend this hitch and don't be afraid to remove the rear bumper cover, it's really not bad at all.




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Review from a similar Trailer Hitch 13410 in Trailer Hitch


The hitch receiver is great. Fairly easy to install, took a few hours. Saw a suggestion to put the rear wheels on small ramps for easier access, that ended up being great advice. As many other reviewers noted, I could NOT get the bumper foam back in behind the bumper cover. I couldn't believe the tolerances were that tight, but I just couldn't get the bumper cover back on with the foam still attached.



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