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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"

Item # e43ZR
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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. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e43ZR can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e43ZR

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 525 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
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer
  • 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
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 525 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.


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 E43ZR Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e43ZR

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (10 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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Volkswagen Tiguan

Installation was not as directed. Had to remove a plastic air damn from the rear bumper to access the holes needed. This had 5 torx screws and 2 10mm bolt. Then the fish wire does not have enough clearance to pull through if done before you place the hitch for the rear 2 bolts. I places the front two bolts and then raised the hitch. Then fished the two rear bolts through while using a car jack to hold the hitch in place. Also the clearance in general was extremely tight. Had to scrap all the weather proofing off the frame in the rear area to get this to fit. Which required me to raise and lower the hitch with a car jack multiple times. Maybe re visit the fitment for newer Tiguan models?



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Volkswagen Tiguan

Hitch was exactly as described, super easy to install on 2020 VW Tiguan. High quality materials. One helpful tip if installing it by yourself, use a small hydraulic jack to hold the muffler in place when dropping it down to install the hitch. Also, use the jack to help lift the hitch into place as lining up the frame holes might be a bit problematic otherwise. Installed in a half hour, no sweat.



by:
Volkswagen Tiguan

Exactly what I was looking for. I installed it on a 2020 Tiguan S. Installation was a little more challenging than I expected because the mounting points slid upwards internally in my car as soon as I undid them initially. This prevented me from inserting the bolts as well. I used a screwdriver to leverage these internal points down and pin the hitch in place at first. I was then able to install the two rear-facing bolts. I was then also able to install one of the two front facing bolts. The last bolt was a challenge (front, passenger side). I ultimately jacked by car up on this part of the hitch and finally got the last bolt installed. …. All together, took me around .75-1hr to install. Biggest complication was my car’s internal mounting points seeming to slide upwards internally as soon as I took them all out at first. I did have the help of one person to get the hitch lifted up over the exhaust - but I got the rest done by myself. Overall, this hassle and $150 was still way better than paying >$500 for my dealer to do it. Would recommend.



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Excellent website and customer service. It was easy to find my vehicle’s hitch components and understand the installation instructions.

Desiree and George, customer service, kept me informed took good care of me.

I’ll definitely return to etrailer in the future.



by:
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Fit like a glove and not OJ'S



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Awesome



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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan



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2022 Volkswagen Tiguan



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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan


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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Trailer Hitch



  • Will Hitch Installed on 2022 Tiguan SEL Affect Hand-Free Liftgate Operation
    The liftgate will still work, just not in the area under the center of the bumper. When installed on your 2022 # e43ZR WV Tiguan, the trailer brand Class III will partially affect the sensors for the hands-free liftgate feature, but only in the center in the bumper. The sensors will work to the left and right of the hitch receiver tube as shown in the provided photo. You can take a look at the installation instructions by clicking the provided link.
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  • Is Cutting Required for Installing the etrailer Hitch # e43ZR on a 2022 Volkswagen Tiiguan?
    While we do have a photo of the etrailer Hitch # e43ZR on a Volkswagen Tiguan, we only have that photo of a 2018 model. We unfortunately do not have a photo specifically on a 2022 model. I went ahead and attached 2 photos of the hitch installed to this answer. As far as cutting, I am pleased to say that the hitch does not require any cutting whatsoever on your 2022 model. The installation is super easy and can be done in about 30 minutes. I also attached a photo of the full step-by-step...
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  • Availability of Photos for the etrailer # e43ZR on a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
    I sure can add a photo of the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR installed on a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan! If you check out the photo on this page it shows you exactly what this hitch will look like once installed on your vehicle. I have also attached an installation video of this trailer hitch on the '18 Tiguan that you can reference for the install. If you let me know what you will be using the trailer hitch for I can make additional recommendations if need be.
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  • Does etrailer Trailer Hitch # e43ZR Receiver Fit 2018 VW Tiguan With 3rd Row Seating
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR will fit a 2018 VW Tiguan with 3rd row seating. The only note about fitment with this hitch is that it only fits U.S. market vehicles (which simply means if you purchased your Tiguan in the U.S. this hitch will fit).
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  • Will the etrailer Hitch for a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Work With Hands Free Liftgate
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e43ZR which is a fit for a 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan will still allow for use of the hands free liftgate feature. That said, you will be limited to areas beside the receiver tube.
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  • Recommended Vehicle Wiring Harness For 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR you were looking at for your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan does NOT include a vehicle wiring harness. For a compatible vehicle wiring harness I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118811 as in our experience the Tekonsha harnesses hold up better over time, and have an overall more durable construction. Lastly to complete your towing setup you will need a ball mount so I have included a link to a helpful article...
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  • Will The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver Fit A 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SE?
    It sure will! The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR you were looking at is confirmed to fit all models of the 2018-2021 Volkswagen Tiguan so it will fit perfectly on your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 7 Passenger. This hitch has a 525lb tongue weight rating and 3500lb trailer weight rating making it a very versatile hitch good for carrying a bike rack or cargo carrier, or for using a ball mount to tow a trailer. If you are planning on towing with your Tiguan you will also need a vehicle...
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  • Will the e43ZR Fit a 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Edition?
    Yes! I confirmed with Curt that the # e43ZR will fit a 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE model. Not only does the hitch provide your vehicle with 525 pounds of maximum tongue weight and 3,500 pounds of gross towing weight, it also is made here in the U.S.A. For a great locking hitch pin for the hitch, that is the # e98882. If you need trailer wiring for the hitch, you need the Tekonsha T-One - 4-Way # 118811. With this harness, your trailer will have basic tail light, running light, and turn signal...
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  • 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Trailer Hitch Recommendation
    We do - I recommend going with the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR for your 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan because this has a matte black finish that does a great job at blending in with the black trim on newer vehicles plus it holds up better against the elements when compared to a standard glossy black finish. This is compatible with all styles of the 2022 Tiguan but it's also important to note that you might have to play around with where you need to kick your foot if you have the hands-free...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch To Use RockyMounts BackStage On 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2", Item # e43ZR is the best choice for your 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan. It is a confirmed fit for all models of the 2019 Tiguan and will absolutely work with the RockyMounts BackStage 2 Bike Platform Rack part # RKY10002 while folded up, folded down, or swung out. There will be plenty of clearance in all of these three position while installed on your Volkswagen Tiguan with the etrailer # e43ZR Hitch.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2018 Tiguan with R-Line Package
    Your 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line the etrailer trailer hitch part # e43ZR is a confirmed fit and will work well. For trailer wiring you'd then want the Curt kit part # C56403 which is a confirmed custom fit. This would allow you to use your hitch for towing trailers as well as give you a connection point for lights if you decide to use a cargo carrier down the road as these tend to block the factory lights. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount...
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  • Class III Trailer Hitch Fits for Canadian Version of 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
    The fit of a custom trailer hitch like the etrailer # e43ZR, which is made for the 2018 VW Tiguan, will be based on the version sold in the U.S. We do note this in our fit information that appears on the this item's page. In the case of your Tiguan this hitch is a confirmed fit for both U.S. and Canada versions since both are for North America. The frame attachment points on both versions are usually the same even though other trim parts could differ. I also contacted Curt, maker of...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan with 3 Rows of Seats
    The etrailer trailer hitch # e43ZR is listed as a fit for all styles of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan so that would include models with a 3rd row of seats. We have yet to have customers state whether or not the models they have include the 3rd row of seats but all of the reviews thus far have been positive. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend 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 a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line
    We have just what you need. I recommend using the etrailer hitch # e43ZR which is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver with a concealed cross tube design to give your 2019 VW Tiguan R-Line a clean, factory installed hitch look. It looks like your Tiguan has a towing capacity of 1500-lbs, so as long as your loaded trailer is under that weight, you'll also be able to tow the trailer; you'll want to confirm this capacity with your owner's manual. If you're going to be towing a trailer, you'll...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver Interfere With Auto Lift Gate Sensor On 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan
    You are correct that the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR is a confirmed fit for your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan. I reached out to Draw-Tite directly and my contact mentioned that they have not heard of any issues from customers who installed the Draw-Tite # e43ZR. With the hitch installed you may have to move your foot to either side of the receiver to find the sweet spot and get your liftgate to work and just remember where that location is, but after doing it a few times it will...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring that Fits 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan
    We have an etrailer hitch that is a confirmed fit for your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan with the part # e43ZR which is also mostly hidden. Then for trailer wiring you'd want the Tekonsha kit part # 118811 and you'd be set. This is the easiest to install and most reliable option for your vehicle. 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 a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line
    I would be happy to help! For your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium R-Line I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR as it is confirmed to fit all models of your Tiguan. This hitch has a hidden crosstube meaning that once installed only the receiver itself will be visible, and the 2" receiver gives you the most options when it comes to accessories like a bike rack, cargo carrier, or ball mount. If you are planning on towing a trailer with your Tiguan you will need a vehicle...
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  • Is The Curt T-Connector Compatible With A 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan
    The Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C56403 is a custom fit wiring harness that will plug into the connector for your tail light wiring with one end of the T-Connector and the other directly into your tail lights. This design will prevent you from having to splice into any of your vehicle's wires to install. You will have to run a power wire from the control module directly to your battery along with the included in-line fuse holder to protect...
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  • Installing a Trailer Hitch Receiver on a 2022 VW Tiguan Without Factory Weld Nuts In the Frame
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR comes with carriage bolts, fishwire, square hole spacers and flange nuts that are needed to install a receiver on your 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan that does not have the factory weld nuts and bolts. You will be able to fish the carriage bolts and spacers into the frame so that you can attach the receiver. The matte black powder coating on our receiver gives a cleaner look as you don't have a shinny receiver on the back of your Tiguan. This will better...
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  • Will The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver Fit the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE?
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR is confirmed to fit your 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan SE. It does fit all trim models of your Tiguan and will not require any drilling or modification to be installed. I recommend installing the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118811 when you install the receiver. It will be easier to route the 4-way out the vehicle and around the hitch while you already have the vehicle positioned to install the receiver. I recommend using the Mounting...
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  • Will the etrailer Hitch # e43ZR Fit My 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan?
    Yes! The etrailer Hitch - 2" # e43ZR is confirmed to fit all trim models of your 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan (including your SE model). If you plan on towing a small utility trailer on your vehicle, I recommend a ball mount/ball like the ones included in the Curt Towing Starter Kit # C45534. Not only does this kit include a hitch cover, but it also includes a locking hitch pin that will work with the etrailer hitch. In addition to the kit, I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole...
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  • Does Trailer Hitch For 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Require Stabilizing Strap For Bike Rack
    With previous Curt hitches - mostly ones with 1-1/4 inch receivers - they would often either recommend the use or require the use of Stabilizing Strap # 18050 to maintain the warranty. They have gone to just recommending it on fewer hitches recently, and it is neither required or recommended with the Curt hitch that fits your 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan: - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13381 You can still use the strap if you like, and it would generally hook onto the top of your hatch from...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan
    The etrailer Class III hitch part # e43ZR is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and would be a great option. It has a 3,500 lb trailer towing capacity as well. For a ball mount you'd want the part # 36051, hitch ball # 19258 for a 2 inch ball or part # 19256 for 1-7/8 inch ball. For trailer wiring you'd then want the part # 119190KIT which is a confirmed fit.
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  • What Hitch Receiver and Bike Rack do You Recommend for My 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan?
    Thanks for your kind words about etrailer.com! I have a great solution for you. If you are looking for a great bike rack for bikes that weigh a total of 85 pounds (not 85 pounds individually), the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # HR1000Z is a great choice as long as none of your two bikes exceed 50 pounds individually. However, there is a potential problem with bumper clearance of the Sport Rider when used with the # e43ZR. Even though we do...
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