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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 e98857 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98857

  • etrailer
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 350 lbs TW
  • 4000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 400 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.


  • 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 GTW when used with weight distribution: 4,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 400 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

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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" - e98857

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (474 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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2005 Toyota Highlander

Received my hitch a day or two earlier than promised so that was a great start. The hitch lined-up perfectly with the holes on my 2005 Toyota Highlander, therefore, installing the 6 bolts was simple. Installation of the wiring harness was just as simple. Watch the video of the installation which is very easy to follow and installing the wiring harness is no problem. I routed the harness plug through a rubber knock-out located at the lower left side of my vehicle. This method required that I cut the wire, pass it through a slit in the rubber knock-out, and then solder and tape the wires back together again. Replace the rubber knock-out to keep water from coming into the vehicle and your are ready to go. This method makes a cleaner job b/c the wire and plug hang right next to the hitch, eliminating the necessity of draping the wire and plug under the rear hatch door. Overall, a pleasant experience! Great product + great service = A great looking job and a happy customer!!! 531119

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2013 Toyota Highlander

The etrailer hitch receiver was very easy to install on my 2007 Highlander Hybrid, especially after watching the etrailer installation video. My husband and I removed the existing tie-downs, removed the plugs from the undercarriage, then used a wire brush to remove road gunk that accumulated on the surface over 13 years. The bolt holes were very clean and accepted the bolts easily. The receiver itself is quite heavy and in need of propping, but still easily installed by two 60-plus-year-olds lying under the vehicle in about 30 minutes. Honestly, the most time-consuming part of the whole thing was finding the correct socket - 17mm for the new bolts. 941884

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Perfect fit on the car and a better than average delivery time. No complaints or issues with the customer service or the product purchased. I'd recommend you to anybody. 934311

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This is a well made trailer hitch. It fit perfect and the shipping was super fast! 920708

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Dodge Ram Pickup

Third hitch I have bought . They all fit perfectly two Highlander's and one Ram Promaster great quality! 911387

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2006 Lexus RX 330

Exellent - - - no other comment. 908082

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Good fit 899197

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Easy to install and fit the vehicle perfectly Very please 867246

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Well engineered. Great fit. Quality all around. I'd buy again!! 862077

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Great hitch, easy install, looks good, feels good 858517

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2008 Lexus RX 400h

Easy to install, heavy duty.this is my 2nd one from etrailer. now I need to find a reduce from 2" to1-1/4" for my bike rack. 830113

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Receiver install was easier than expected. Fit perfectly 830042

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2007 Lexus RX 400h

Fit perfectly, installation was not dif ficult. 824829

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2006 Toyota Highlander

Perfect fit and easy install. Comes with all the required hardware (6 bolts and washers). Speedy delivery too. 824315

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2005 Toyota Highlander

Overall my experience was excellent. The videos helped me fit the hitch and wiring. The job was done in less than an hour. I recommend looking at videos and keeping them close especially during wiring. Not difficult but get details right first time to avoid going back! One caveat with this. I wish it was in bold letters that hitch pin does not come with the three mounted ball. I put the whole thing together and because I did not buy the hitch pin( thought it came with three ball mount) I could not use the hitch straightaway. You would think they should add small amount of money to ball mount and throw in hitch pin in the box!!!! 820948

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2006 Toyota Highlander

Perfect 819141

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The only concern I have with my order is that when I installed the rack to the hitch it was not stable. When I drive the rack seem to move around without the bikes even on the rack. I have to figure out if i need another part to secure the rack. Overall I am happy with the product and the price it was sold for. 822065

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fantastic. Delivered and connected it to my vehicle fast and easily. 817586

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I was able to install the hitch easily and rather quickly with no problems. 808622

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Excellent experience with etrailer. It was simple to order the right product, had it shipped directly to my mechanic who installed it for $100, and have enjoyed the benefits of the hitch many times in the last year. Very pleased with the product and buying experience. 807524

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2005 Toyota Highlander

Replacement trailer hitch for one which had seen too many seasons of winter weather where road salt had attacked the old hitch. New hitch was a perfect fit and included the correct fasteners. In less than 30 minutes I had the old hitch off and the new hitch in place with the fasteners torqued to spec. Shipment of new hitch was well packaged, fast and arrived a day earlier than expected which was a pleasant surprise. The informational videos and instructions are very helpful when tackling new projects for trailers & related equipment. 804383

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Easy to install 791701

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2009 Lexus RX 350

etrailer had the exact information I needed on how to order and get the product(s) I needed. Very easy to find, understand, order and receive. Everything went great 789567

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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Trailer Hitch

  • Best Hitch for 2007 Lexus RX 350
    The three hitch options for your 2007 Lexus RX 350 - etrailer # e98857, Curt # 13530 and Draw-Tite # 75153 - all share identical capacities and will install in the same way. All include the mounting hardware. From these choices my preference is the etrailer model # E98857 you referenced. I like this one because it is USA-made and has a subtle matte finish powder coat rather than a high gloss finish, so it will not distract as much from the car's own appearance. Please check out the photo...
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  • Will etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2006 Toyota Highlander Fit the Hybrid Model
    Our fit guide splits up the hitches for your 2006 Toyota Highlander into two categories: those that are confirmed to fit the Hybrid model and those that aren't. The etrailer.com hitch, part # E98857, fits both the Hybrids and non-Hybrids so it shows up under both categories which can be kind of confusing sometimes. Rest assured, it does fit your Hybrid Highlander. If you're going to be towing with your Highlander you also need a wiring harness. Part # 118248 fits if you have the tow...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for 2005 Toyota Highlander
    Adding a transmission cooler to a vehicle that is going to be towing is a really great idea. Especially if the vehicle wasn't equipped with any type of tow package. Often times the factory transmission cooler is barely adequate when not towing so when you are towing a cooler will do an excellent job prolonging the life of it. The Derale part # D13501 would be a really solid option that's confirmed to fit. Also the etrailer hitch part # e98857 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Cargo Large Cargo Carrier for a 2005 Lexus RX 330
    In order to use a cargo carrier on a 2005 Lexus RX 330 you'd need to start with a trailer hitch, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98857 is what I recommend. In comparison to the other options, this one has a matte finish which better blends in with the vehicle. The 60x22 etrailer Cargo Carrier part # e98991 would then work well for this setup. The inside dimensions are 58-3/16" long x 20-1/2" wide so that is what you'd need to use to determine fit of your storage containers.
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  • Can The Spare Tire Still Be Accessed After Installing The Etrailer Hitch On A 2007 Lexus RX 400H
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" Item # e98857 on your 2007 Lexus RX 400h does still allow the spare tire to be removed. It may require the front edge to drop first as you lower it. This allows enough room for the back edge to be pushed forward enough to pass the cross tube of the hitch. If you plan on towing at all I recommend the Upgraded Circuit Protected ModuLite with 4-Pole Flat, Hardwire Kit, and Circuit Tester Item # 119179KIT....
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  • Will Etrailer.com Class III Hitch # E98857 Fit 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    Yes, the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98857 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your Hybrid model of the 2007 Toyota Highlander. This custom Class III hitch will use existing holes in the vehicle's frame for a no-drill installation and all the needed hardware is included. It will provide you with a 2 inch receiver opening and it has a 3,500 pound towing limit and a 350 pound tongue weight capacity. I also recommend checking your copy of the owner's manual for the capacities...
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  • Does etrailer.com Hitch # e98857 Fit 2007 Toyota Highlander with Full Size Spare
    The etrailer.com hitch part # e98857 that you referenced is compatible with the 2007 Toyota Highlander non-hybrid that you have and will not interfere with the full size spare you have either.
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a Trailer with Brakes 2005 Toyota Highlander
    You have made some excellent choices. The Trailer Hitch Receiver part # E98857, Vehicle Wiring Harness part # 118248, 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat Adapter part # ETBC7, and the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195 are all confirmed fits for your 2005 Toyota Highlander. I would not change any of these parts as they are top of the line options for you and very popular at that. In regards to installation, I have attached three videos for you on similar vehicles and products....
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  • Comparing Curt and etrailer Hitches for a 2006 Toyota Highlander
    The only difference between the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 13530 and the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98857 for a 2006 Toyota Highlander is finish. The Curt hitch has a shiny finish and the etrailer hitch has a matte finish which sometimes blends in better with the vehicle. They can both be used with a weight distribution system.
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  • Hitch Receiver for 2005 Toyota Highlander Compatibility with Weight Distribution System
    Unfortunately I can't identify that hitch on your 2005 Toyota Highlander. It doesn't look like any we currently carry for your vehicle. We have two options that are WD system compatible and one that isn't, so I can't confirm that you will have that capability although it does look sturdy. The only confident recommendation I can make since we can't ID that hitch is to replace it with # e98857 which is rated for WD use. If you choose to add a weight distribution system, our current...
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  • Can 2005 Toyota Highlander Hitch Be Reused for 2018 Toyota Highlander?
    The Toyota Highlander has through two generation changes between your 2005 and your 2018 and some facelifts which means your old hitch is not compatible with your new vehicle. You can really see how much has changed (for the better!) when you compare a 2005 Toyota Highlander hitch like the etrailer # e98857 with the newer 2018 Toyota Highlander hitch like the Draw-Tite # 75896. The hitches for the older models needed to noticeably angle forward and maneuver around the exhaust. It also...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2007 Toyota Highlander for Rhino-Rack T-Load Hitch Mounted Load Assist
    We do have the exact trailer hitch receiver you need for your 2007 Toyota Highlander so you can install the Rhino-Rack T-Load Hitch Mounted Load Assist and Support Bar for 2" Hitches # RTL002. The correct hitch for your '07 Highlander for the Load Assist is the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98857. This is a Class III 2" hitch that will allow you to easily mount the Rhino-Rack T-Load. The T-Load does come with everything you need in order to use it, though in order to lock it...
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