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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. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98844 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98844

  • etrailer
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 6000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 900 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 8000 lbs WD GTW
  • 900 lbs WD TW

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: 6,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 8,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 900 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 900 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.


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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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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98844

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (592 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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2018 Toyota Highlander

I really like the web site. Being able to watch installation videos, download the installation instructions, and read about past customer's installation experiences really helped me feel comfortable in tackling the job myself. I just received the hitch this morning. My only criticism is the poor shipping container for the hitch. It wasn't strong enough for the hitch and arrived broken and completely open on one side. It looked like the hitch had fallen out of the box at least once and had several scratches on it. It's a hitch! The scratches wouldn't have bothered me except they were deep enough to go to bare metal. That's going to lead to rust. A lot of rust if you don't paint over those areas. Customer service understood my complaint and offered to credit me for a bottle of touchup locally or to send me a bottle. It would be nice to have the hitch better protected for shipping. Or, maybe they could ship a 1/2 ounce bottle of touchup with the hitch?



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This was my first DIY project on my car back in March when everything was shut down. My 12-year-old son and I install this on my 2016 Toyota Highlander and the hardest part was cutting the plastic casing of the car to fit around the hitch face. The hitch itself was a piece of cake to install and I can attest to driving thousands of miles carrying for heavy bikes attached to this with no issues.



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At 81 1/2 years old, I didn’t want to lift even half of the 44 lbs from under the car, so I mounted a 15” board on a dolly which allowed positioning laterally as well as vertically to easily line it up. My daughter (half my age) drove the six bolts home.



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2016 Toyota Highlander

This is a quality product. The installation was very simple and everything lined up. The video on the installation was very helpful and a bit of a surprise. Most companies will not go the extra mile. This just shows you how much etrailer values their customers. Thank You!



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The hitch receiver was very easy to install. Being a perfectionist, I spent more time trimming the underbody plastic covers than installing the receiver itself :). I used a hacksaw to trim the pieces and it was easy to do so and clean up the burrs. I took me a little over an hour to finish the installation, with about 10 minutes of the total time spent figuring out how to drop the spare tire since I had never done it. Good quality and it looks like it will hold up with time.



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2015 Toyota Highlander

This model worked just fine for my 2015 Toyota Highlander. -Online video much more helpful than written instructions included with the package (you could reference 2016 or 2015 videos at etrailer website). -Really helpful to have more than 1 pair of hands when bolting to the frame. I had myself and a small jack to raise the whole thing. - For the trimming of underbody plastic panel, a Dremel saw works really well. I ignored the video instructions and cutout a much smaller piece from the panel (after placing over installed receiver) and it worked just fine. - Overall, installation is straight forward. About 1 1/2hrs for me after getting my tools positioned.


Comments
After a year, the hitch is working well. I am primarily using for hauling bikes and no problems at all.
David - 12/01/2020


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2016 Toyota Highlander

The whole project went together on on my 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited in about 1.5 hours. It was very easy and came out looking great! I used the install video, which was very easy to follow and complete. I appreciated the free shipping and being able to install myself (with the help of my wife). Saved me a TON of money!



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2017 Toyota Highlander

Really solid hitch but still unobtrusive. It barely sticks out from under the bumper so I won't bang my shin on it. Easiest install for a hitch I have done. It bolts into existing holes and the holes either had plugs or bolts already in them so I didn't have to clean the threads. The matte finish works well with the matte plastic on the bumper.



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2019 Toyota Highlander

Fit like a glove on my 2019 Highlander SE. Installed by myself. Just dropped the spare tire, took the hitch out the box and placed the box under my car. Then placed the hitch on top of the box and placed some cornhole bags under the drivers side to raise it up. I then lifted the passenger side up first and got one bolt in, then moved to drivers side and lifted it up to get one bolt in. from there I was able ot get all the bolts in the get them to 86lbs with a torque wrench. You do not need to make any cuts to the passenger side plastic cover as it will go back on with the hitch installed. I did not cut the drivers side pastic piece as much as they did in the installation video. It looked to be a bit much in the video. I was able to make a cut to fit the hitch and still use all the bolts to attach the plastic cover. I uploaded pics of the install. I really like the flat black look as it matches my bumper perfect. I cold have went with them OEM Toyota Hitch but honestly I do not like the hitch poking out the bumper an additional 4 inches as the OEM one does. I think this one looks clean and is a fair price. Toyota wanted 650.00 to install a Curt hitch with a 7 pin harness. I can do that for less than half the price. They also wanted 1200.00 to install factory hitch with 7 pin harness. Thank you etrailer.



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2017 Toyota Highlander

The trailer hitch arrived a day earlier than expected.The box was damaged but the hitch did not have a scratch.The instructions were very clear and to the point. The rear tow hitch on the right rear was replaced on the left rear side due to the welded tab on the trailer hitch.The cutting of the undercarriage plastic was simple. Highly recommended the product. Hector....


Comments
Not a single issue, works great.
Hector - 12/26/2019



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Great item for my new highlander. Easy to install within an Hour. The etrailer installation video makes it so simple to install. I never go wrong with etrailer. Also it's great that this hitch is "Proudly Made in USA". 5 Stars all the way....


Comments
after a year of use.. I have ZERO complaints
Ed - 05/26/2021


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Wow, fantastic customer service. Hitch arrived very well protected in a completely enclosed box, so no shipping scratches. Install for the hitch itself took the 50 minutes that etrailer estimated. I selected this hitch because it was nearly in line with the bumper. Not disappointed. I really like the flat black finish, the hitch almost disappears. Installing the lighting converter was so easy, I assumed I must have been missing something.



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2015 Toyota Highlander

Quality product with easy install especially with the instructional videos on website. Lines up perfectly with frame on my 2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus. Alex with customer service steered me right on this one and I had it in 2 days with free shipping.


Comments
Both durable and affordable. Ive been pulling a 3000lb camper and have had no issues whatsoever. Would highly recommend.
Christopher - 06/02/2021


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Let's say a pandemic sweeps the world and you find yourself thinking, "You know...I'm going to drive to my remote vacation destination that happens to be about 3 U.S. states away, instead of fly!" Then, your wife wants to take the 2015 Highlander instead of the pick-up truck and you think, "How are we going to fit all our stuff in that, plus the entire family, and the animals?". This solution worked out very well. The weekend before vacation, I followed the great video instructions and installed this fairly easily, with a little help from a skateboard "wingman" as you'll see in the picture. (If it helps your decision, I'm a computer nerd by trade, not an auto mechanic, although I'm not afraid to try mechanical stuff.) The bolts and holes lined up perfectly. I highly recommend this hitch receiver. (I'm going to add a review for the rack you see in the picture also.)



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The hitch was easy to put on by me alone although, two people would make it even easier. The wiring was simple and merely plugged in. The only thing to remember is that you need to put the additional fuse in the fuse box. The hitch was delivered promptly and packaged well.



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This hitch is bombproof. After one year it is still super solid. It is low profile and looks great. I’ve pulled several things with it but mostly use it for my bike rack and cargo tray. It was a lot of work to install but the instructions were detailed and accurate for my vehicle. I would definitely buy it again.



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Installation was easy, fit and finish is good. This hitch receiver has been perfect for everything that I have needed it to do, from bike racks to boats.



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2016 Toyota Highlander

Everything was installed as instructed, and we didn't run into any surprises, this hitch didn't interfere with anything and left adequate room for the spare tire. Something else i bought to compliment the receiver hitch was a Item # 118449, T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector, this worked as designed due to the fact my 2016 Highlander didn't come from factory with a tow package, the wiring was not confusing and was a "plug and play" although the video and other illustrations will instruct you to hang the plug out the back door, i dint like that cheesy look so i ran the wire through a drain grommet that is already in the floor on the left side and mounted the 4 prong flat connector to a Mounting Bracket that i attached close to the receiver area for a cleaner more professional look (note the pics was taken prior to the bracket installation) i will update pics later, Item # 18144



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2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Great product. I installed the hitch with the help of my son James. We watched the installation video for my Toyota Highlander and the hitch went on with no problems. Videos show exactly what to do which makes it super simple. The trailer light wire harness was equally simple to install all was plug into factory harness for a clean and simple install. Hitch works great pulling our utility trailer loaded with kayaks. Thanks for making things so easy etrailer.



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Great product. I installed the hitch with the help of my son James. We watched the installation video for my Toyota Highlander and the hitch went on with no problems. Videos show exactly what to do which makes it super simple. The trailer light wire harness was equally simple to install all was plug into factory harness for a clean and simple install. Hitch works great pulling our utility trailer loaded with kayaks. Thanks for making things so easy etrailer.



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After watching an installation video online for this product and following the easy to read instructions that come with the hitch, it was a relative easy install with the right tools even doing it by myself (use a short stool to prop up one end up while you mount the first 3 mounting nuts on the exhaust side).



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2018 Toyota Highlander

Another great hitch Easy to install,can’t wait to try it out on this vehicle I know it will be great just like the other one I have on another vehicle Everything I ordered came really fast with standard shipping Recommend to all people who are looking for anything they need for truck and trailers



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The video instructions were great! The 3 dremel cuts, and the installation worked great, check out the pics!



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It fits perfectly! Looks like it came with the car! The how to videos walked me through it! Took about an hour to install. Well worth the price!



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I brought this into Toyota service for the install. Fit great. Looks great. Will purchase other items from etrailer for sure. Of note, this said not come with lighting wires. Is perfect for my bike rack.


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  • Trailer Hitch for 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus With Full Size Spare Tire on Aluminum Rim
    While we do offer outstanding trailer hitches for your 2019 Toyota Highlander LE Plus, the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch # E98844 will not work because the width of the aluminum rim on your full-size spare is simply too wide to allow this hitch to fit. It is likely that none of the reviews mention this because those that have that rim, which I believe is standard on the LE Plus, have gone a different direction in their choice of trailer hitch, which would be the options from Draw-Tite. Both...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring for 2018 Toyota Highlander
    For your 2018 Toyota Highlander, I recommend the etrailer.com Class III hitch # E98844 which has a nice matte black powder coat that matches the rear trim well. It has a high weight capacity and will work very well for your vehicle. I've attached a photo to assist. If you want a hidden cross tube, then the only option we currently have is the EcoHitch # 306-X7250 which is a nice clean look with a little more ground clearance. Then I recommend the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness...
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  • Installation of etrailer.com Hitch Receiver on 2015 Toyota Highlander
    The etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98844 is a custom fit for your 2015 Toyota Highlander so it is an easy installation with just 6 bolts. There is no drilling required and installation time is estimated at 50 minutes. There is some under panel trimming required for this installation, but there is not trimming of the fascia. This is outlined in the attached photo and included in the installation time. Please also see the attached video installation. If you want to use this...
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  • Will etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98844 Fit 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum
    Yes, the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98844 is confirmed to fit your 2019 Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum. This custom Class III hitch will use existing holes in your Highlander's frame for a completely no-drill installation. It will provide you with a 2 inch receiver opening and it features a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds. I also really like the unique matte black finish on this particular model. I have attached an installation video on the 2018 model Highlander that...
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  • What Hitch Is Recommended For A Toyota Highlander Carrying A Bike Rack
    If your only purpose for the hitch is a bike carrier, I would narrow down your choices to two hitches. The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13200 and etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844. Both are solid options that provide the same 2" of clearance from the top of the receiver to the farthest point of the bumper on your 2014 Toyota Highlander. Both provide a low profile, hidden appearance and so the key difference is for preference for the matte finish of the etrailer hitch or...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch for 2019 Toyota Highlander
    To choose the correct hitch for your Highlander, you'll need to know if you have a hybrid model and if your vehicle has a full sized or a compact spare tire. Then, you'd decide whether you prefer a hitch that's pretty well concealed behind the bumper (except for the receiver opening) or if having the hitch visible from the rear doesn't bother you in the least. Here's a run-down: Let's start with the etrailer branded # e98844. This hitch won't be concealed and will fit hybrid models...
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  • Comparing etrailer and Curt Class III Trailer Hitches for 2018 Toyota Highlander SE
    You have spotted the one and only difference between the etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch # e98844 and the Curt # C13200. Absolutely everything except the finish is identical on these trailer hitches, including how they install and where they sit in relation to the rear bumper on your Highlander SE. I personally like the matte black finish on the etrailer # e98844. It tends to match the aesthetics of the vehicle a little more and is also less prone to visible scratches. I have attached...
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  • Fit of etrailer Brand e98844 Class III Hitch on 2018 Toyota Highlander
    The etrailer brand Class III hitch you referenced, part # e98844 is indeed a confirmed fit for the 2018 Toyota Highlander unless the spare tire is mounted on an aluminum rim which would make the tire wide enough that it would interfere with installing the hitch. If your spare is on an aluminum rim, you'll want to use the Draw-Tite # DT84MR instead. If you'll be towing with the hitch, you'll also need a trailer wiring harness like part # 118449. For a ball mount, use # 2923 and # 19261...
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  • Will etrailer Brand e98844 Hitch for 2018 Toyota Highlander Work on Any Vehicle
    A trailer hitch like the Class III etrailer brand # e98844 hitch is vehicle specific. This hitch in particular works with 2014-2019 Toyota Highlander models. There are some so-called 'universal fit' or 'multi-fit' hitches out there, but they'll typically be much more visible on the vehicle than a vehicle-specific hitch would be and won't be as aesthetically pleasing. Multi-fit hitches aren't inexpensive either, so you really won't save much in the way of money by going that route. If...
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  • Recommended Hitch with 2 Inch Receiver for 2018 Toyota Highlander
    I recommend using the etrailer # e98844 which will give you the 2" receiver you're looking for, so it's ideal for carrying a bike rack or other hitch mounted accessories. This hitch is confirmed as a fit for your 2018 Toyota Highlander. I've gone ahead and linked an installation video of this hitch and our entire selection of bike racks that will fit in 2" receivers in case you don't already have one.
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  • Does Draw Tite and etrailer Hitch Fit 2019 Toyota Highlander with Steel Spare Mounted
    The Draw Tite hitch part # 75896 is a confirmed fit for your 2019 Toyota Highlander and does fit with your steel spare stored underneath it. The etrailer hitch part # E98844 also fits too since your spare is steel. The magnet test you performed proves it is steel since it wouldn't stick to aluminum. The aluminum wheel spare is just too wide which is why they don't fit. I attached install videos for both hitches for you to check out as well.
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  • Toyota Highlander LE Plus 2019 FWD Trailer Hitch
    We have multiple great hitch options that will fit your 2019 Toyota Highlander LE but I recommend our etrailer.com hitch # e98844 that comes in a more durable matte black finish. The cross tube is more visible but the etrailer is designed for higher capacity towing though you really can't tow more than your vehicle allows with either option. Included are video resources and attached customer install images to help inform your decision.
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2019 Toyota Highlander
    For your Highlander I recommend the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part # e98844. This hitch has a really nice matte black finish on it that holds up against the element really well when compared to the others available. It offers a 900 lb. tongue weight rating and a 6000 lb. gross trailer weight rating. You can use weight distribution if you have that need which brings the rating up to 8000 lb of gross trailer weight. This exceeds...
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  • Best 2-Inch Hitch For A 2019 Toyota Highlander
    I recommend the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844 as a solid choice for either towing or carrying accessories like a bike rack. The attractive matte black finish is more scratch-resistant than the glossy finish alternatives and blends in well with the rear undercarriage of your 2019 Toyota Highlander as you can see from the included customer photo. If you're in the market for a hitch mounted bike rack as well, the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack # TS02B is a very popular...
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  • Recommendation for Trailer Hitch with Flush Receiver for 2019 Toyota Highlander
    The etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98844 referenced in your question is almost flush with the rear bumper but the receiver collar will indeed protrude just a tiny bit. If your main concern is a hitch that sits completely flush with the rear bumper on your 2019 Toyota Highlander then your best option is with the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver # 306-X7250. Not only is the receiver flush with the bumper but this particular hitch features a hidden-crosstube design where...
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