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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 # e98857
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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 e98857 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98857

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 350 lbs TW
  • 4000 lbs WD GTW
  • 400 lbs WD 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 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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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98857

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (696 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.


For an open box item, youd think it was brand new! Came with all the hardware and I installed it in about 10-15 minutes. Torque specs were included with directions as well. A great purchase, Im very happy. Thank you!



Its been perfect and flawless!


I was disappointed that the hitch came slightly bent. I had to use a bottle jack to widen the bolt holes by 1/2-3/4'' in order to bolt the hitch to my car. otherwise it works fine for my 2005 Toyota highlander.

Etrailer Expert

Jenny N.


It sounds like that your hitch receiver was a bit flexed. We see this happen from time to time with hitches in general. You found a solution that worked for you and we offer a FAQ with similar suggestions.


This hitch went on exactly as shown in the video specifically for my car. I’ve been using it with absolutely no trouble and it’s hardly noticeable. The eTrailer team and the receiver far exceeded my expectations! I’d had reservations about lower fuel economy, appearance, difficulty and expense. However my brother’s great experience with eTrailers for one of his vehicles encouraged me and I’m very glad I did. My experience was great as well. My fuel economy has decreased less than one percent, the appearance is unobtrusive and the price was very reasonable. As to the difficulty, my wonderful brother put it on using two floor jacks and made it look easy. He said it was exactly right for my car’s bolt spacing.



To update: after a year of occasional use, I’m still so pleased with this hitch’s utility and appearance! Thanks again!

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Carole That's great to hear! We're glad that you're happy with your # e98857 etrailer brand hitch...


Positive aspects of the purchase for etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2".

Lower product price for a higher quality product made in the U.S.A.
etrailer's web site was abundant with information for folks that prefer to " Do It Yourself ".
Product shipping was absolutely free and arrived earlier than the projected delivery date.



This product continues to serve me well with no end in sight!

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Craig We're happy to hear that the etrailer # e98857 hitch is working well for you!


Worked great to tow a Uhaul 4’x8’ trailer with my compact SUV — great service and quality from etrailer. Had it installed by my mechanic to ensure the additional electrical wiring was done properly (ordered that separately).


If anyone has a doubt about etrailer and has to read more than 1 or 2 reviews are wasting their time because from my experience with doing business with etrailer you would be a fool to go elsewhere. They stand by their products & are willing to go the extra mile for their customers. And these days a company with that kind of service is next to impossible to find in a world of greedy companies who take advantage of consumers to make more profits. Thank You etrailer for doing business the honest way & thank you George for the follow up. I won't shop anywhere else.


Easy installation. It is built tuff enough that it will definitely out last the car.


Worked perfectly for my sons 2005 highlander! Best price I found as well!

2006 Lexus RX 400h

Absolutely loved buying through Fast delivery excellent directions. Especially loved the [video] instructions specific for my car. Thanks so much for making the installation of our tow hitch assembly so easy.



After a year, the hitch is still working fine for pulling our large trailer. And it looks great too!


Very well constructed. Design is well thought out and it looks pleasing after install. I was able to get it installed on my Lexus in about 40 minutes. The receiver was thoughtfully packed to avoid scratches in shipment.



By installing this hitch, I was able to utilize my Lexus to make dump runs and trips to the building center, etc, without having to use my big truck. It was a very easy install even for an old man with a bad back!

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Shawn We're glad to hear the hitch is working well for you!

2008 Lexus RX 350

Easily installed. Removed the 2 tow brackets and pulled a rubber plug from the third bolt hole and it bolted right in. Took 5 minutes with impact and second guy. It goes around the exhaust bracket and fits nicely


Product is excellent and works well! Super easy install. Packaging was meh, and the hitch was falling out of the cardboard box when it arrived; it received a few scuffs. Customer service is excellent and missing tracking was promptly sorted and product delivered after a case was opened with UPS.

Etrailer Expert

Katrina B.


Yeah, unfortunately that is common with the packaging for hitches because of their weight. You can cover those scuffs with some rust-oleum type of paint. I have a link for your reference.


The trailer hitch was for my wife’s Lexus car. I have to say that it was the easiest hitch that I have ever installed on any of my other cars. I did it by myself and was done in lest than an hour.



Best and easiest hitch I have ever installed on all my other vehicles .


Fast, easy installation! Works flawless ly.



Fantastic. We use this hitch all the time! We attached a trailer with camping gear, for a family of 5 coolers, backpacks, fishing poles, an ATV, etc. with a week’s worth of supplies. It hauls everything flawlessly. We have used it to hook up trailers full of wood &amp tools. We have never had any issues with this hitch and would highly recommend it.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Dm We're glad to hear that the etrailer # e98857 hitch is continuing to work well for you!


I've had this trailor hitch for near a year now and it's been such a blessing. Arrived quick enough, went on with a little bit of elbow grease but now I'm hauling things everywhere. Just drove 450 miles through the mountains, hauling a couch, piano, and an old desk and still not a single issue with the hitch.

2008 Lexus RX 350

Installed it myself with no help. And I’m mechanically a dodo so if you’re hesitant to install it yourself, don’t be. I used my toddler’s chair to let the muffler portion of the hitch rest so it’s elevated while I screw (sounds dirty I know) on the drivers side of my 2008 Lexus RX350. You just gotta make sure you have the right tools. Watching the video really helped. Don’t forget to torque each bolt to XXlbs/ft. Only “issue” was when it was delivered, part of the hitch went through the box and it chipped some paint off. I was given back $15 credit to buy a touch up rust protection paint on [online].


Shipping was fast. Projected arrival time was Monday but my hitch arrived on the Friday before that Monday.
I put it on the car with the help of my son and it was a breeze. It actually took longer to watch the 'how to install' video than it did to install it. The installed hitch looks great and it is very well made.

2007 Lexus RX 350

Simple installation!


The hitch works well. My mechanic had quite a time getting the last few bolts into my 2004 Lexus 330 SUV but all is well now.


A perfect fit which looks like original equipment and easily installed.





This is an excellently finished product! I was very surprised at the quality for the price. When shipped, they pack the hardware inside the hitch’s receiver tube so don’t be alarmed if you don’t see it right away. Smart!

2007 Toyota Highlander

Solid as a rock . took me 15 min to install definitely good product I had to bend a little on the right conner.but after that it all fit like a glove.


Arrived quickly and bolted right on. Excellent quality and a great price.


We have purchased two trailer hitches from etrailer and we have been very happy with the product and the service. We’ve also told several other people who are also satisfied customers. If you have questions, you can always call them or email them. The customer service is excellent!

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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  • What Vehicles Does etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver e98857 Fit
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98857 fits the following: 2004 - 2005 Toyota Highlander 2006 - 2007 Toyota Highlander excluding Hybrid 2006 - 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2004 - 2006 Lexus RX 330 2007 - 2009 Lexus RX 350 2006 - 2008 Lexus RX 400h I've attached a few installation videos to this as well in case the person you sell it to has one of these vehicles.
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  • Does Hitch # e98857 Fit 2007 Toyota Highlander with Full Size Spare
    The 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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  • 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.
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  • Will Class III Hitch # E98857 Fit 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    Yes, the 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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  • Tongue Weight Capacity of etrailer Trailer Hitch For 2007 Toyota Highlander
    I don't know the weight of the platform and scooter, so I can't definitively say yes or no to your question; what I can tell you is that the relevant weight you are looking for is the tongue weight, and the tongue weight capacity is 350 lbs for the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98857. So what that means is just that the most the scooter and carrier/platform can weigh (in total) is 350 lbs to use the # e98857. This is the highest tongue weight capacity for a hitch on an '07 Highlander.
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  • What Does etrailer Hitch for 2004 Lexus RX 330 Weigh
    The etrailer hitch part # e98857 that you referenced weighs 39 lbs.
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  • Can Hitch from 2007 Lexus RX 350 Also Fit 2004 RS 330
    The etrailer hitch part # e98857 fits a 2004 Lexus RX 330 as well as a 2007 Lexus RX 350. You might check to make sure the 2004 model is a 330. If so, your hitch would transfer.
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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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  • Does Tow Package Affect Install on etrailer Trailer Hitch on 2005 Toyota Highlander
    The factory tow package won't affect the install of the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98857 on your 2005 Toyota Highlander. I believe what you are talking about are tie-down brackets, which are on some models of Highlander. You'll just remove those and it won't have any impact at all on the hitch or the install.
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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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  • Install Video that Can be Used for 2007 Toyota Avalon for Trailer Wiring
    I did find the install video you are looking for and I attached it to this page but it is an older harness that's not still around which is why it's hard to find. You can use it as a guide though for the current harnesses we carry like the # HM48925.
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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 For A 2006 Lexus RX 330
    Out of the three hitches that are confirmed for your 2006 Lexus RX 330 The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2 inch # e98857 is best because it has an extra coating of rust resistant paint on it making the paint coat to last longer in the elements. The hitch is also made in the USA. The trailer hitch has a bolt-on installation with no welding required, and has a matte black powder coat finish that is over a protective base coat that offers...
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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 60x19 Curt Cargo Carrier part # C18100 would then work well for this setup. The inside dimensions are 60-3/16" long x 19-3/8" wide x 2-15/16" tall so that is what you'd need to use to determine fit of your storage...
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  • Recommended Towing Package For A 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    When it comes to installing a trailer hitch on your 2006 Toyota Highlander The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2 inch # e98857 is 100% confirmed to fit your vehicle. The trailer hitch has a matte black powder coat finish that is over a protective base coat that offers a superior rust resistance. The hitch has a bolt-on installation that requires no welding. The Curt Powered Tail Light Converter with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # C59236...
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  • Will 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 # C59236. This isn't a plug and play option but there are none for your exact vehicle configuration.
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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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  • 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 you...
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  • Recommended Class III Trailer Hitch for a 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    The class III trailer hitch I recommend for your 2007 Toyota Highlander is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 13530 because it sits behind the bumper a bit more therefore has a more hidden look and it will fit the Hybrid model. In regards to maximum towing capacity, this will be 2,000 lbs if you don't have the towing package or 3,500 lbs if you do have the towing package. In order to complete your towing setup, you will need a trailer wiring harness for which I recommend the Curt Powered...
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  • How To Add a 5-Way Trailer Connector to a 2016 Toyota Highlander
    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13394 is an excellent option for a 2016 Toyota Highlander (All Models) and what I recommend using due to the hidden crosstube design. In regards to the trailer wiring, there are only 4-way options so if you need a 5-way you'll have to obtain the 4-way and use an adapter. I recommend the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # C56217 and the Curt Trailer Connector Adapter part # C57187. Please note, 5-ways...
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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 # DT65MR. The hitches for the older models needed to noticeably angle forward and maneuver around the exhaust. It also...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch Receiver and Ball Mount To Eliminate Rattle For a 2007 Toyota Highlander
    I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98857 for your 2007 Toyota Highlander. This receiver has a solid steel construction with precision, robotic welding to eliminate the chance of rattle when going over bumps. It uses a matte black finish to give it a factory appearance and it is made in the USA. When using a Solid-Tow Adjustable 2-Ball Mount w Stainless Balls # DTSTBM6400-2S removes any play from the receiver to the hitch ball to prevent rattle. It is constructed of Solid...
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