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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 e98858 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98858

  • etrailer
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 5000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 750 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.


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: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 750 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" - e98858

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (441 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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2012 Toyota Highlander

The etrailer hitch was a snap to install on our 2012 Highlander. I had installed another brand on our 2008 Highlander and the drivers side panel was not aligned when it was welded (what a pain). In contrast, the etrailer model e98858, went it in perfectly. One person operation in a bout an hour. Was using it the next day to haul 4 bikes on our Hollywood SportRack 4 all purchased from etrailer. The receiver works great! The flat black powder coat finish looks amazing in person. Photo's on the website do not do it justice. Thanks again etrailer, you're the best and I will continue to recommend you! 621752


Comments
Used it to tie a 10x12 trailer 1,400 miles. No problems at all. The hitch functioned properly and the wiring harness trailer add in worked perfectly. etrailer is a great outfit with great products, prices, and customer service!
trucke - 04/12/2020

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Easy to install 734274



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Great product. Great customer service. Original product that I ordered was not in stock but they found a replacement and sent it out right away. Quick responses and great to work with. I will be back in the future. 533764



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2009 Toyota Highlander

Looks like a good rugged hitch and as always Etrailer is top-notch.Gave the hitch 3 stars because as stated in many reviews the mounting holes do not line-up on the driver's side so you need to use a large c-clamp or lever to expand the mounting plate. A royal pain in the neck, and also you may need to drop the spare tire to do it. Problem could probably be remedied if,before shipping, the hitch was fitted to a jig and tweaked to make sure all the bolt holes would line-up when mounted. 736100


Comments
Because of the mild steel the trailer hitchs mounting arms are made from, even if the hitch was lined up on a jig before it left our warehouse there is still a possibility that the arm could be flexed in shipment. The drivers side mounting arm of this hitch is rather long, making it a likely culprit of flexing. While it is a pain to have to correct the hitch flex, the mild steel is necessary so that the hitch can stand up to being mounted under a vehicle. It sounds like you have corrected the flex in your hitch, but I have also linked a help article with some helpful hints on correcting flex.
-- Victoria B - 01/10/2020

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2008 Toyota Highlander

I bought the hitch and wiring for my 2008 Highlander Hybrid. The wiring was a little bit difficult because of the design of the vehicle -not the parts from etrailer. The connections were easy to find and the wiring worked perfectly. The only caveat is that the Highlander uses low profile mini-fuses and the ones that came with the kit were standard size (You have to insert a 10A fuse in the Highlander fuse box -it apparently isn't included by Toyota even if you have the tow package). It cost me $5.00 to get a packet of fuses so it was no big deal. The hitch went in flawlessly with what I would consider minimal effort. I was impressed by the quality of the hitch.Great product, great value. 530466



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Saweet!! Installed like a dream!!! Everything in the instruction were accurate and well thought out. Was able to install in my driveway in about two hours. Would have gone much faster if I had a lift. Great stuff. 531674



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2009 Toyota Highlander

The hitch arrive in good time. Nice sturdy build quality. All mounting hardware was in the package. Harness adapter was easy to install. Only cons was the hitch had to be clamped in place to align the bolt holes. And the 10amp fuse that was supposed to be included was not in the harness box 609811



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Ford Edge

This one took a while compared to other reviewers who said it was quick. Some thoughts:- This is heavy. Another person or jack stands are required.- I attached the passengers side first, which I now read might be a mistake. The first driver-side bolt lined up no problem, but I had to pry like crazy using the spare tire as leverage to get the other 2 driver side bolts lined up.- Getting the bolts on the factory tow hooks off was a bear as well, but not unmanageable. A 3/8" socket set can barely pull this feat off.- Cutting the passenger side shield is not required at all. The driver side shield needed a long slit toward the front of the truck and I cut the back edge to hook it around the hitch. Overall:This is a good price and a good hitch. It took me a lot longer than other reviewers on this site, since I had no help and broke up the work around dinner, putting kids to bed, etc. 531140



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I had similar issues as most with pitch between the passenger side attachment points on the hitch frame and the drivers side attachment points- about 1" off. I used some 2x4's and a tire jack to spread the hitch assembly out (after lifting it up, fitting it up and confirming it would not install, and then dropping it back to the floor for "adjustment"). If your up for that, it's any easy install. If you are expecting to install out of the box without modification , it won't happen. A few jackstands and 2x4's are essential if you are installing by yourself. 532443



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Toyota Highlander

The most taxing thing about installing this hitch was working in the morning sun. If I’d have backed the Highlander into the shade of the garage and swept the floor first, it would have been more comfortable. I didn’t even have to jack up the wife’s Toyota!Just to make sure the welded-in nuts on the Toyota were clear of obstructions, I ran one of the bolts fully into each hole before putting the hitch in place. That helped me understand how to access the nut on the right side that was partially blocked by brake lines. The video said I’d need someone to hold up one end while I bolted up the other, but I just used a couple of jack stands to hold the hitch about two inches below the installed height. Every bolt hole lined up perfectly, and I was done more quickly than I anticipated. I’ve only used the hitch twice so far, and both times for a light load – my new side-by-side ATV on a small, open trailer. Hardly a challenge, but performance was perfect. I also purchased a wiring package, which was equally easy to install. I elected to put the control unit on the firewall rather than on the left side of the driver’s area, just because there appeared to be a larger unobstructed area, where the double-sided tape would easily stick. I hesitated for a minute or so because the instructions for locating the plug in the left rear of the vehicle were somewhat ambiguous, and I needed to remove more bits from the floor than the photos and diagrams seemed to indicate. Still, every connection worked effortlessly, and where it counted (i.e., where the fuse should be installed) the instructions were clear. 530971



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2010 Toyota Highlander

I installed this hitch on a 2010 Toyota Highlander. I was able to install it by myself in about 2 hours taking my time. I used a jack stand to hold up one side while starting the bolts on the other side. If you watch the Trailer Hitch Installation video you won't have any problem. The bolt holes lined up perfectly. Just make sure you start a bolt on one side and then alternate bolts on each side. Get them all started before tightening them. I had to trim the driver's side panel in order to put it back on. The passenger side went on without any trimming. I felt as this hitch was truly a custom fit for my vehicle. I would highly recommend this hitch! 531776



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2011 Toyota Highlander

Holes didn't line up to well. After a few scraped knuckles and finally breaking out the porta-power I got done. Seems quite solid though. It will only be used to pull boat and small trailers. 659467


Comments
When a trailer hitch is constructed, softer steel is used in the side plates as opposed to the harder steel used in the crossbar and receiver tube. This allows the hitch to flex along with the vehicle to a certain degree. This flexibility can also allow the hitch to get slightly bent out of position during shipping and handling, which prevents the holes in the hitch mounting flange to not match up with the holes in the vehicles frame. The good news is that its very easy to fix this if you know a few tricks as shown in the linked article.
-- Mike L - 06/19/2019

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2013 Toyota Highlander

Just complete installation of the hitch on a 2013 Highlander. Total time to install was four hours. For ease of installation, I would suggest you drop the spare tire, have a bottle Jack and a large C clamp available. I installed the passenger side first with just a snug fit on the four bolts. The driver side required the C clamp and a small piece of wood to line up the remaining three bolt holes. All seven bolts were then torque to specifications. After installation, you'll end up with a hitch up against the bottom of the bumper extending out just enough to secure whatever you decide to use it for. I have a bicycle rack and cargo carrier with an (recommend) offset shank. The offset shank minimizes ground contact going in and out of driveways. 533777



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Pontiac Trans Sport Van

Bought this hitch to use with a trailer mount bike rack. Was concerned with packaging as the box had several holes/tears due to product shifting during transport... could use better packaging. Fortunately there was no damage. Installation was not difficult but takes a bit more time than the video and instructions recommend. I have not used the hitch yet but overall it looks nice, and seems durable. Would probably give a 5* other than the fact i think they can improve on packaging. Also discrepancies in install video. 533787



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Ford Transit Connect

Shipping was fast and the hitch appears to be heavy duty and durable. I have not installed it yet so i cannot comment on the fitment and ease of installation. My complain is about how etrailer packs and ships the hitch. It was literally inside a box without any form of padding or cusion to prevent it from flopping inside the box. I bet that alot of the complains from customers having issues with bent and scratched hitches is because of poor packaging. Dont expect UPS to baby this box because it is not their job plus its is very heavy. When i received the box, there were holes and tears all over becaue the hitch was flopping during transit. When i openned the hitch to do an inspection, sure enough i saw significant scratches and some damage to the finish especially on the flanges. The scratches on the main receiver tube is the one that upsets me as it is the one visible from the outside e once installed. Please etrailer, a good styro padding or cushion would have been very helpful. Im a little disappointed about the scratches, i ordered a brand new item, i expect it to look new. 579835



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Perfect fit, took about an hour to install. Good instructions. Very Happy. Thank You. 825435



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Fit perfect Thank you Very Satisfied 821327



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2008 Toyota Highlander

It was on time came in when they said only one thing was found I had no hardware and couldn't have it installed so im having to wait for hardware to be shipped before i can use my wheel chair ramp otherwise all is well 820154



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I installed this by myself on my 2012 Toyota highlander. Install was easy, placed the hitch on my chest slid under the vehicle and bolted it up. I use it for my MTB bike rack and it has worked great. 818967



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Great hitch and easy to install. Thank you! 810061



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It worked just as it was supposed to, what more would you want? 808868



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Arrived quickly and was a super simple installation! 807591



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I am very happy with the trailer hitch. We have been using it with a bike rack and it is nice and solid. 807405



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The hitch is install -haven’t had the chance to use it yet but all seems good-surprised at how quickly it was delivered 806895



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2013 Toyota Highlander

Great response on order. Delivered in 2 days. Quality hitch made for specific car and fits perfectly. Easy install with hand tools but heavy so 2 person job to attach without lift to hold weight. Couldn't be happier! 805769


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  • Difference Between the etrailer.com Hitch 98858 and Curt Hitch 13534 For Toyota Highlander
    The differences between the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver part # E98858 and Curt Hitch part # 13534 for 2008 - 2013 Toyota Highlander is the powder coat. They both install the same, have the same weight rating of 750 lb tongue weight the only difference is the etrailer.com hitch is a matte black powder coat for a more rugged look and the Curt has a glossy black powder coat. The Curt Support straps are not required for Class III hitches, they were required for Class I hitches that...
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  • Differences Between the etrailer.com Hitch Part # E98858 and Curt Hitch part # 13534
    The only difference between the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver part # E98858 and the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 13534 which are both fits for your 2008 Toyota Highlander is that the Curt hitch will require the use of the Support Strap part # 18050 for all non-towing applications whereas the etrailer.com will not. For the exception of the support strap they are identical. I have attached as install video on the Curt trailer hitch for you as well but the install process will...
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  • Will 2010 Toyota Highlander 19" Spare Tires Block etrailer.com Hitch Installation
    The etrailer.com hitch part # e98858 is a confirmed fit that allows you to keep your full sized 19" spare. The Toyota Highlanders that we have had here for hitch installation, including several model years from 2009 on up, have all had full-size spare tires mounted underneath the rear of the vehicle. We have seen some model hitches that would not work but the etrailer.com will work fine with the 19" spare. Included are a couple of installation videos as well to provide additional...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for Bike Rack on a 2013 Toyota Highlander
    I recommend using the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98858 for a bike rack on your 2013 Toyota Highlander. This is rated as the same difficulty as pretty much all of the other hitches that fit your Highlander and the biggest benefit to this hitch is the matte black finish that not only looks great but it also hides dings and scratches from road debris a lot better than the classic glossy finish of the other hitches. This will take a professional about 45 minutes and a novice about...
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  • Will etrailer Brand e98858 Class III Receiver Hitch fit a 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    The etrailer brand # e98858 Class III hitch is indeed a fit for all models of the 2013 Toyota Highlander. There aren't any fit exclusions. According to the installation instructions which I've linked for you, the passenger and driver's side underbody panels can either be left off after installation or trimmed to fit according to the instructions and photos I provided. I've also linked to an installation video for an identical hitch. If you'll be towing with the hitch, you'll also need...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring for 2008 Toyota Highlander (All Models)
    The trailer hitch I recommend for a 2008 Toyota Highlander (All Models) is the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98858 which is a direct bolt-on fit and it has a nice matte finish which will help it better blend in with the vehicle. It has plenty of capacity for a small trailer. In regards to trailer wiring, the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # C56217 is completely plug-in so that's what I recommend. The etrailer Ball Mount Kit...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Hitch for 2009 Toyota Highlander Where Holes Don't Line Up
    Looks like the hitch # e98858 you ordered was bent in shipping. This is unfortunately more common than we'd prefer but what you can do is bend the flange out to so that the holes line up. As long as there's no creasing or paint flaking the integrity of the hitch will be fine.
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  • Does the Tekonsha T-One # 118449 Need to be Used for 2012 Toyota Highlander Without Front Converter
    I'm glad that you like the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98858 and Curt Class III Ball Mount Kit # C45036 that you purchased for your 2012 Toyota Highlander. When it comes to the Curt T-Connector # 56042 that you purchased, you can verify whether your Highlander is equipped with the tow package by contacting your local Toyota dealer with your VIN but the picture you sent in indicates that you don't have the tow package for your Highlander. If you find that your Highlander...
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  • 2013 Toyota Limited Highlander 7-Way and Trailer Hitch Recommendation
    You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118449. Now if your trailer does not have brakes all you would need is the part # 37185 as an adapter to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. If you do have trailer brakes you would need the # ETBC7 instead of the # 37185 and a brake controller. This kit comes with everything needed to wire up the 7-way and install a brake controller. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake...
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  • Bike Rack for 2013 Toyota Highlander That Allows Rear Hatch Access
    The Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 3 Bike Rack # HRF2-3 is a confirmed fit on your 2013 Toyota Highlander and it works well on many similar vehicles that have a roofline spoiler. These spoilers are not meant to bear any weight or pressure and so that straps of most trunk-mount bike racks which would contact the spoiler would be an issue. This rack poses no such concern thanks to its unique arched design that prevent strap-to-spoiler contact. However, any trunk-mount type bike rack brings...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Motorcycle Carrier for a 2010 Toyota Highlander
    The carrier I recommend is the MaxxTow, part # MT70101, because it's aluminum making it lighter than other steel carriers. This makes it easier to mount into a trailer hitch and also takes up less of the vehicle's available tongue weight as well. This carrier is also equipped with a 41 inch long ramp to make it easier to load the bike. The hitch I recommend for your 2010 Toyota Highlander is the etrailer.com Class III, part # E98858. It's similar to the Curt, part # 13534, that's...
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  • Can Vehicle Trunk Be Opened While Trunk-Mount Bike Rack is Installed
    There are hitch-type bike racks that enable you to keep access to a vehicle's rear cargo area or trunk but unfortunately all trunk-mount bike racks, including the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 # HRF2, prevent opening the trunk/hatch while the rack is installed. They also prevent use of a rear wiper if one is present on the vehicle. If your Highlander has a 2-inch hitch such as # e98858 you can use a 2-bike wheel-mount rack like the tilt-away Kuat Transfer # TS02G or the frame-mount...
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