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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 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98857

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


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 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

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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Customer Reviews

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98857

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (543 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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Order came on time. I appreciate the follow-up to my inquiry on why my hitch did not come with hardware. And yes, I found it. Thank you, etrailer!



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2005 Toyota Highlander

Great! Fast shipping! Even came a day earlier than expected! This hitch seems very sturdy and was relatively easy to install. I did it by myself using a few Jack stands to hold it into place then tightened the bolts up. Torqued to [xx] ft lbs per the instructions.



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I ordered this hitch for a 2006 Toyota Highlander. Installed with ease. Fit is perfect. Great item. I have not used it for towing yet but I expect it will work out fine for light loads.



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One of the mounting ears was bent on shipping. I had to pound it back and use some other coaxing to get it mounted. The hitch was in a simple cardboard box, vulnerable during shipping.


Comments
Thank you for your review! I wanted to share an article from our site that has helpful tips and tricks to straightening out a hitch that has become flexed in transit. This is a common problem that fortunately we can help fix. I hope this helps!
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 08/13/2021


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The trailer hitch was bent due to shipping I believe,, it doesn't line up with holes and it took effort and time to bend it up back to the original shape. Customer service didn't reply to my last email so I had to figure it out myself.


Comments
Thank you for your review. Your hitch receiver was a bit flexed. We have help articles that will fix that issue with a little effort. Also, I see that Customer Service replied to you the same day. You may need to check your spam folder.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 07/29/2021


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2006 Ford Edge

This is a really good receiver hitch. I gave it 5 stars primarily due to the build quality, rapid shipping and customer service, which is outstanding. (Initially, I had ordered a Curt version and after waiting over 2 weeks for Curt to supply the order (through no fault of etrailer), I decided to go with the etrailer version and the customer service folks made that order change seamless, even matching the Curt sale price for their unit. Can't beat that ! I would, however, suggest (as so many others have) that the hitch have better exposed edge protection to adequately maintain the finish through the shipping process. (I anticipated the need to additionally purchase a can of high quality touch-up spray epoxy paint, based upon the feedback . . . and I was correct in doing so.) That said, I will continue to shop at etrailer for their good prices and excellent service !



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The website is easy to maneuver and get an order placed. The hitch was here in a few days and in less than a week since i ordered it, it is now installed. My neighbor came to help and had the hitch was installed in about 15 minutes. Everything lined up easily and went together without a problem. It looks much more heavy duty than his vehicle would warrant.



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Website may it very easy to order, arrived in two days, amazing I thought for a big trailer hitch. Simple easy to install. The dealer wanted over $800 to do this, we did it with etrailer.com's help for under $200!!! What a relief to find a company that makes it easy and affordable. Thank you etrailer!!



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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.


Comments
Terrific! Excellent product, and very good price. Happy with this decision a year later.
Bob H - 06/04/2021


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The hitch fit perfectly. Was not difficult to install. I have only used it to tow small trailers and it works fine.



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2005 Toyota Highlander

All the bolts lined up perfectly. Just had to remove the left and right tow hooks before installing the hitch on my 2005 Highlander. The installation video was excellent. The hitch arrived without any damage. Will enjoy using it to carry two ebikes without any problem.



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Initially there was an error either by etrailer or me and the wrong part was sent. etrailer responded immediately, called me at the weekend and determined which was the correct part. I was given a return shipping label for the incorrect part and three days later the correct part arrived. It fitted perfectly and was easy to install.



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2006 Toyota Highlander

It came bent about an inch inward and how do you bend steel like that looked like somebody didn't strap it down in a loose semi truck going through a rocky river bed


Comments
Hello Caleb, It is common for hitches to be bent in shipping. They are designed to flex and bend with the temperature. They can be easily bent back into position using a bench vice or a solid set of stairs.
-- comment by: Clayton O - 07/16/2021


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2006 Toyota Highlander

Pretty easy install. Perfect fit for my 2006 Toyota Highlander.



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2007 Lexus RX 350

Arrived insane fast!Easy to install and fits perfect!!!Im very happy with this purchase.



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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.



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2006 Toyota Highlander

The trailer hitch receiver fit my 2006 Highlander Hybrid perfectly. The welds look solid, the black paint was perfect and the bolts and conical washers are excellent quality.



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2009 Lexus RX 350

Fit my 2009 Lexus RX 350 perfectly. I used a tap to clean the holes and had it installed by myself in less than 30 minutes. Put my Yakima Full Swing rack on and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks etrailer!



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2007 Toyota Highlander

Product was received on good condition a few days after order (really faster than I expected with the free shipping option). Very beefy and looks well-made. Great installation instructions too! The only issue was that one of the mounting arms was at a slight angle compared to the bolt holes in the car frame. It took a few whacks with a sledge hammer to enable the last two bolts to be installed.


Comments
The hitch is working great. No complaints!
Thomas - 03/31/2021


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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.


Comments
Still working great. etrailer is my go to supplier.
Eric - 06/29/2021


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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.



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2005 Lexus RX 330

Outstanding product and value. It is very sturdy and well built. Easy to install and it looks good! It’s nice to receive an online product that is not disappointing in any way. Thank you etrailer.



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Excellent product. Straps have held up perfectly a year after installation. Would highly recommend the 3 bicycle carrier



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2004 Toyota Highlander

I just got the parts. Inspected all. Very good quality. The guys in customer service stay in touch with me every day to update me on the delivery status. Overall EXCELLENT service. I recommend this company 100%. The website is concise, accurate and friendly. Thank you.



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Excellent product, fit well. Install was a little tricky with one person but using a floor jack, a 2x4 and some zip ties to hold it steady, it worked well.


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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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  • 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 # 119147KIT....
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for a 2004 Toyota Highlander
    The best trailer hitch option for a 2004 Toyota Highlander is the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98857. This trailer hitch has a bolt-on fit with no cutting or drilling required. It has a matte finish which blends in well with the vehicle and helps hide scratches. It can also be used with a weight distribution system if needed which is used for towing. That said. you will need wiring if you'll be towing and in which case I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What Size Thread Tap Would Be Needed for Install Hardware of etrailer Hitch e98857
    The etrailer hitch part # e98857 that you referenced comes with bolts that are sized M10-1.25 which we have a tap for with the part # PTW8618.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2006 Toyota Highlander
    For your 2006 Toyota Highlander the best hitch option is the etrailer part # e98857 as this has the best weight capacities, the easiest install and has a matte finish instead of gloss which is a bit more durable and makes it a little less visible. Then for trailer wiring the best option is the # 119190KIT which has the most reliable converter box. This isn't a plug and play option but there are none for your exact vehicle configuration.
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  • Recommended 7-way Connector For 2007 Lexus RX 350
    I have another option for you, but the Curt T-Connector Harness # C55242 you were looking at is designed for select Ford Trucks and will not fir your 2007 Lexus RX 350. To add a 7-way connector to your RX 350 you will need the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118478 to first add a 4-way connector, and the adding the # ETBC7 to make it a 7-way connector. The # ETBC7 will plug into the newly installed 4-way connector and require a few more connections. The blue wire will get run underneath...
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