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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 e98838 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98838

  • 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
  • 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: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 525 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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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98838

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (475 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.


Pretty happy with the product and the build quality. Love the matte black finish. I was able to install this by my self (took me around 90 mins). With the car up on jack stands, I used my floor jack to support one site of the hitch receiver while I got the flange nutes started on the other side.

Would recommend that etrailer provide slightly longer 1/2" carriage bolts. With the round hole spacer that goes between the frame and the hitch receiver it can be a little tricky to get the flange nut started.


We bought the Trailer hitch for a bike rack and it has really come in handy. Trailer hitch is quality made and the customer service was great.



Working great, really comes in handy when transporting our bikes to a trail. Would recommend to everyone.


This is my second purchase from etrailer & both experiences have been excellent. I ordered this hitch on the morning of New Year’s Eve, knowing full well that it would not be shipped until after the holidays. Much to my surprise, I received an email a few hours later stating that my order had shipped. The order arrived quickly, the installation was every bit as easy as the video makes it look & fit was spot on. I did not have to lower the exhaust & actually installed it by myself, using a series of blocks to lift it into place a little at a time. All total a little over one hour to install.


ordered hitch assembly in the morning and later that same day it shipped out to destination! setting on my porch 2 days from ship date (crazy).you pay [online] XX.00 for overnight shipping and dont recive it that f a s t.....moving on to the fabrication of the hitch it is superb,along with powercoating it is sure to last longer then the car.And now the instillation, "CAKE" It practically put itself together.THE END.



hitch is as the day installed


This is a heavy duty hitch that was very easy to install. The video instructions were very helpful. I used a rat tail file to quickly enlarge the holes and the fish wires made it easy to pull the bolts and plates into place. The hitch fit nicely around the muffler without the need to detatch the muffler. I had not problems at all with the installation and it only took about an hour.



Great. It is only used to hold a hitch mount bike rack and it is solid so far.


The customer service and speedy shipping from etrailer was fantastic!

The hitch was easy to install and the video online makes the process very easy to follow. It probably took me about 1.5 hrs - I did it solo. Recommend having a hand when actually attaching the the hitch bc it is heavy. I used a dremel to make the bolt holes larger. The fish hook method was super convenient. They provide the “fish hooks”. I did not have to take off my muffler on my 2015 Subaru Crosstrek. Very happy with this decision because Uhaul hitch& install was way more $$$ than etrailer. 10/10 recommend

2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek

etrailer made it easy, and this hitch works and looks great on the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. The installation video definitely helped to save me some time.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Installation was not as easy as the instructions would indicate. The hardware was too large to fish through the access hole so I had to elongate the hole in the frame. Also it is very difficult to torque the 7/16 nuts down because of the angled steel of the hitch beneath them. It would have been great if they had engineered an access hole to put a socket though the hitch to get at the bolt. Other than those two things, it all went well. The job took less than an hour and a half. I consider myself pretty experienced mechanically and had all the tools I needed already. It was nice to have instructions that were written by a native English speaker.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek

At one year the hitch is doing great! I use it for a bike rack, not towing. Working well!


Great hitch, excellent quality and finish, easy to install, fast shipping from etrailer. I am a big fan!

2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Installation followed the video provided on the website very well...was a breeze knowing the right tools to use



I use this mainly for a hitch mounted Hammock stand behind my Subaru Crosstrek...been an awesome addition and have worked out well.

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Your hitch does NOT JUST A BOLT ON!!!…I have to pay $xxx to have it installed!!!… more than the hitch price …three different garage could not install because the holes had to be enlarged and adjusted…will not buy from you again…VERY MISLEADING ADS…

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Recently received my trailer hitch from etrailer. The install was a breeze especially with the helpful online videos for guidance. I did have to expand the frame hole slightly but only took about 10 minutes for that part. I’d say total instal time was less then an hour. So far I have only used to totes some bikes around but big trip coming up end of July with more gear. Very satisfied. Thanks etrailer.



The trailer hitch after a year is still going strong! We use it often and are very satisfied with this product.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Fair packaging, box was damaged, but no damage to hitch. Seemed good quality, had it installed instead of doing myself due to car having work done on it at time. Will see how it holds up now to use and NY winters.



No complaints

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Easy enough to install as long as you have another pair of hands available. Don't know how you would fasten the bolts otherwise. I got under the car and held it in place and my wife tightened the bolts. The "fishing method" that is on this video (take a look at it if you haven't already) works perfectly, though. Very quick installation even for me who is a practicing attorney and not a car mechanic.


Great product, easy to install if you have a sawzall or grinder for getting the starter bolts in the frame. It took me 30 min on my first install. A friend had the same vehicle and we knocked it out in just over 15


Hitch was very easy to install, maybe an hour and a half, fishing the bolts worked flawlessly once you got the wire through the second hole. Great service thanks again. Oh and this was installed on a Suburu 2015 crosstek.





Looks good! Came quickly! Would recomme nd!


Super easy installation, was able to install it solo by following the installation video. Looks great on the vehicle and works great too.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek

Quick delivery. Feels strong. A second set of hands would have been really helpful, but I had to manage with just the one set. Dropped at my door today. Installed on my car today. Ready to rock.


Solid hitch. Easy install

2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Shipped right away and arrived on time. The instructional video was spot on and the hitch went on quickly. Looks great on the car and plenty of room left between the back window and the mountain bike.


Trailer hitch came with easy to follow instructions and I was able to do it by myself. I was able to install within 30 minutes and that was taking my time. It does help to have the right set of tools(which I do) but I can’t imagine if you need to take it to a shop that they would take long to install it either.

2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Love my new hitch! Service was great! It arrived right on time. Thank you etrailer.

Subaru XV Crosstrek

Very solid and fit my Crosstrek perfect ly

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