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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. Great 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 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.


  • 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


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

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (84 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.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

The hitch receiver for my son's 2021 VW Tiguan was easy to order, especially with lots of accompanying photos and an installation video. It arrived earlier than expected giving us a little extra time for install prior to the holiday weekend. The 2021 Tiguan had the 4 bolts already in place, so we only needed to clean off the outside of the frame rails with a putty knife so that the snug fit of the receiver ends would slide over the rails. We installed without raising the car, lowering the exhaust system, but found that once we were able to push the receiver up roughly into place and turned one bolt on each side in a few turns, that placing a floor jack under the receiver and slowly providing a little support made it easier to get all the mounting holes perfectly aligned, and socket wrenching the bolts was easy. The whole installation from unboxing to putting away tools took less than an hour...which is acceptable for us first-timers! The only area for improvement is that the shipping box was punctured from the inside in several places...not enough to damage fit and function of the hitch receiver, but there is cosmetic damage on mounting end tips, which are out of view anyway.


I wanna give 5 stars, but my order was late, and my hitch was damaged in transit.

After some makeshift bending, we got it to fit in my 2021 VW Tiguan.

My Thule bike rack fits fine with the 2” adapter. Rack feels solid and was able to use the existing bolts; no fish wire needed.

Instructions video was clear and actually accurate.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Great value! But 2018 Tiguan had bolts, NOT welded studs, they thread into some movable piece inside frame (bumper?) Almost wasn't able to put bolts back in initially, as something moved inside, put front bolt back in & pulled it fwd until I could put rear back in tight. Then remove & install just front bolts fairly tight & rotate hitch up and install rear bolts. On & off 3 times, but I did it myself on garage floor. Box was literally destroyed due to poor packing, was hanging out of box & finish scratched in several places. Will have to paint so it doesn't rust right away. GEEZ! Learn how to pack!


Great product and overall the easiest experience! Everything is set-up so well for customers - it was so easy figuring out the best fit product for my car, finding information on the product page, tracking my order/delivery and installing. The hitch receiver shipped same day and arrived in 3-4 days. I referred back to the install video as needed but everything was pretty straightforward and fit perfect on my 2020 Tiguan. I feel really good about the quality of the receiver and trust it will be perfect for what we need - mostly just a bike rack. I love the way the bar is hidden underneath the bumper and the receiver is actually inset a few inches vs sticking out past my bumper (the picture makes it look like it sticks out but it doesn’t). I will 100% be shopping on etrailer for future purchases.


Been using this to carry a bike rack for a year now. Everything delivered and worked as expected, no issues so far!

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

Seems well built. Watched install video. Needed another person to assist with installation. Using a floor jack helped a lot.


This hitch has a challenging series of steps to get the bolts and backing plate into the frame of the car and into each mounting hole with these fishing wires. Not an easy task, but doable if you have patience.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan

Went on fairly easy. The installation video saved a lot of time.

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

First the packing was beaten up, but the hitch was ok. Installed it last night.The install went well. It took 2 hours by my self on the floor.


Product fits well. I love the videos showing how to install.


Fit was perfect. Watching video made install a breeze. However the tongue height is only about 11-12”.


Fast delivery. Easy installation. No co mplaints.


Came with hardware for installation. Great product and so much cheaper than the dealership.


Looks like they dropped the box off a moving truck. Receiver is scratched up hope all the parts are with it..

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Jenny N.


Oh I am sorry that it arrived this way. I will have our Customer Service team reach out. I recommend touching up the hitch with a rust resistant paint.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Solid, well made hitch. Easy to install with included hardware and instructions.


Excellent for the value. Left 2 plastic pins out to not have to notch trim on 2022. You can't even notice unless you are under the car.Have purchased 3 hitches from this company.

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

Perfect fit for my 2023 Tiguan, easy install just like the video.






Great service! Great product!

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

Great product and great service


Great and very easy to install with the instructions. High quality

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

Hitch came in damaged box and paint missing from metal


Hitch arrived quickly and installed quickly. Installation video was accurate. Per the video, be sure to heed the advice to scrape off the undercoating/putty around the rear holes. That 16th of an inch on each side makes a huge difference.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan

The hitch fits as expected and works well. I'm very disappointed in the shipping though. The box was heavily damaged and there were chips in the seal coat of the hitch where it busted through. I needed it quickly though, and didn't have time to wait on a replacement (customer service offered to reimburse for touch up paint). I've used etrailer a few times over the years and wish this was a one time issue, but 2/3 of my hitches have had this problem now.

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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR you're looking at will absolutely fit your 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan. This hitch has a max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs, a max tongue weight of 525 lbs, and is made in the USA.
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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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  • Do I Need Anything Else to Mount a Bike Rack on a 2023 VW Tiguan SE Other Than a Hitch?
    If you are just using the etrailer Hitch item # e43ZR for a bike rack you will not need anything else for your 2023 Tiguan SE. This hitch has a 525 lbs tongue weight capacity which is more than enough to handle any bike rack and bike/s combo on the market.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver For a 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan R Blackline Without Trimming
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR is the receiver I recommend for your 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan R Blackline. This will require removal of a lower fascia trim but there is no trimming required for the installation. I have linked an installation video below which allows you to see everything required for installation.
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  • Is Fascia Cutting Needed to Install etrailer Trailer Hitch on 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan
    Nope, there is no type of fascia/bumper cutting or trimming needed to install the etrailer hitch on your 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan. The correct part number for your car is the following: - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR
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  • 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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  • Can 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan etrailer Trailer Hitch Carry a Motorcycle
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR for your 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan has a max tongue weight of 525 lbs so as long as your carrier and motorcycle don't exceed this weight rating (or that of your vehicle if your vehicle is lower) then you'll be just fine! For example, the etrailer Motorcycle Carrier w/ Ramp # e98873 weighs in at 58 lbs so the hitch itself would be able to handle up to a 467 lb motorcycle.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • What Hitch Receiver and Bike Rack do You Recommend for My 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan?
    Thanks for your kind words about! 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 Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - Tilting # C18085 is a great choice as long as none of your two bikes exceed 45 pounds individually. As with all hitch receivers, I recommend confirming with your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure your 2018 Tiguan can handle...
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  • Recommended Hitch for a 2023 VW Tiguan SE
    Yes, the etrailer Hitch item # e43ZR is custom fit and will definitely work with your 2023 Tiguan SE. This hitch fits all models of the 2023 Tiguan. I really like this hitch because of its matte black finish. It tends to blend in better beneath vehicles over comparable hitches that have a glossy finish. If you are planning on towing you will also need a ball mount kit item # C45534.
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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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  • Curt vs. etrailer Trailer Hitch For 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan
    Only one difference exists between the Curt and etrailer trailer hitches for your 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan, which is the finish. The etrailer hitch has a matte black finish, while the Curt hitch has a glossy black finish, so you can choose which you prefer. The hitches that fit your '24 Tiguan are the following part numbers: - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13381 - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e43ZR The matte black finish does hide those inevitable small scuffs a bit better than the...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hidden Trailer Hitch that Fits 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan
    Yes we do have the mostly hidden etrailer hitch part # e43ZR as a fit for your 2024 Volkswagen Tiguan. This has great towing capacities and an easier install as well.
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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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