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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 # e98858
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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 e98858 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-833-496-1390 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98858

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 5000 lbs GTW
  • etrailer
  • 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   (593 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

Delivery, service and price are excellent. I only gave it a 4 star because when installing the trailer hitch the holes were off by about 1" and took some time to make everything fit.


Comments
I am glad that you got it to work out Jan. Sometimes hitch receiver brackets can be flexed and need some bending back into alignment. There is more about it in this help article:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 11/12/2021
2013 Highlander. Hitch previously installed and removed before I bought the car. Hitch was delivered timely, Fit perfectly, installed myself in 1 hour. No problems. bolt patterns were good.
-- comment by: steve - 07/25/2022


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2008 Toyota Highlander

took me about 2.5 hours start to finish. luckily a neighbor walked by at the moment I needed a little help lifting it and holding it in position to get the first bolts started. The templates for trimming the plastic panels wasn't quite right. The trim panel on the passenger side didn't actually need any cutting and I put it back in place fully intact. Drivers side trim panel did need a narrow cut to accommodate the hitch, but I recommend holding it up and eyeballing it rather than following the provided template that would have you cut a hole in the wrong place and removing more panel coverage than needed. Looks clean and feels strong. be careful not to cross thread the bolts, one of the welded frame nuts that was covered by a rubber gromet was pretty rusty and had to be threaded. As others experienced, I also had to use a clamp/vice to get the holes to all line up, but it wasn't too hard. I like the matte black finish.




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The Trailer Hitch came bent. Apparently, this is a common problem. I contacted etrailer and they recommended I try to straighten it. I looked online and found techniques for this. I could not get it to budge. I took it to my local mechanic and he used a 6 foot long steel bar to get it straight. Not something I have laying around in my shop. Very disappointed with the product. I would have sent it in for a replacement, but it got marred up when I attempted to straighten it.


Comments
This can happen unfortunately. It sounds like that the side brackets were knocked out of alignment which is why the bolt holes are not lining up. This can happen while in transit to our facility or to you. The FAQ on our site, which can be been below, will typically help to install the hitch. We will work with you if it does not.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 10/03/2022


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This hitch is great for my 2011 highlander. This is the first hitch that I've ever installed on any vehicle, and it was a little challenging but very doable. I supported the hitch with a couple of jack stands and loosely attached the bolts closest to the hitch. Then I used a floor jack to gently raise the hitch into position and knocked it into place with a rubber mallet so that I could get most of the other bolts inserted loosely. As expected and forewarned, the last hole on the driver's side was about an inch and a half off, and the middle hole was off enough to be a very tight fit. I ended up using a pry bar against the spare tire to push the hitch into position, after which point it was easy to tighten and torque all the bolts.




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Product arrived as described. All connections lined up perfectly allowing ease of installation.




by:

The hitch was delivered on time and appears to be of excellent quality. The only problem I had was the bolt holes did not line up with the vehicle bolt points. It was off about two inches and I spent most of the installation time trying to pry, bend and stretch the hitch to get the bolts in. I'm sure I lost a year or so off my life from all the stress. This IS NOT A ONE PERSON JOB and should only be attempted by someone who is mechanically handy with lots of tools and patience. I'm fairly sure I'm going to hell from all the curse words I shouted as I struggled with the installation. I used a bottle jack and a two by four to spread the flanges and had to install and remove the hitch several times before I was finally successful. It was exhausting by myself. If a buddy owes you labor then call him first. Good luck with your hitch installation.


Comments
Hitch has worked ok. Hope factory has worked out the fitting problem most everyone has with this product.
Mike - 05/11/2022


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2010 Toyota Highlander

Thank you for reaching out. I do have some feedback regarding the hitch. I had a difficult install due to a few issues from my order.

Firstly, there were no instructions provided. Therefore, I had to rely on videos online. In addition, several of the bolts provided would not thread into the holes of the frame. I was forced to use the original bolts in order to get the hitch installed.

Lastly, the Highlander’s manual calls for a 30A fuse. However, I was provided a 10 amp fuse.


Comments
If you are having troubles threading the bolts into your available bolt holes, it could be that the holes are needing to be cleaned. We recommend using a wiring brush like part # PT25ZR
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-- Etrailer Expert Katrina B - 07/06/2022


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The hitch came to me shipped in the pocket box. During shipping it must have bent the arms in a little. Shawnee in customer service explained that the softer metal was designed to flex while under load and not destroy the car. Shawnee was able to make me feel comfortable with bending the arms a little wider and it fit perfectly. Thank you Shawnee you're amazing.




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I would love to have used the proper hitch. Unfortunately I ordered a hitch for the wrong model year Highlander. So it did not fit. Because I took took long to ask about returning and getting the right hitch no return was offered. I purchased a hitch from another manufacturer because you wouldn’t take this one back




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Overall, the installation directions, ordering and communications, install, and overall experience was great - Thank You!

A few things did not work as well as planned, however. Don't have a lift, like in the videos, but was able to use a floor jack with jack stands no problem. If you don't already sell it, you should consider including a prybar set in your product catalog. I know a flathead screwdriver works, but I've learned the pry bar set has the potential to do the least amount of damage to the underbody panels and clips. Positioning the hitch, just right, before setting some bolts was tricky, even with two people, and we had to pry a little to get it to fit just right. Did not see any prying in the video. One of the frame nuts got stripped and I would encourage users to start fitting the bolts by hand, until they grab the threads, then put out the impact wrench to complete the job. I would also encourage users to hold up the underbody panel, after the hitch is installed, and mark on the panel where to cut. I just followed the video and marked where the guy in the video did, and that was too much. I should have held it up, marked it, then cut it. The tin snips worked perfectly.




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2009 Toyota Highlander

The hitch was deliver on time. It looked very nice. The instructions were clear and concise. However, the installation was difficult because the hitch did not fit properly. The sides were not parallel and I couldn't line up the bolt holes. I had to take the hitch to a local welder to get the sides bent to parallel. I was able to bolt the hitch with the bottom bolts but the side bolt holes did not line up.I will have to ream out the holes in order to install those two bolts. The hitch does look nice on the Highlander.


Comments
It sounds like that the side brackets were knocked out of alignment which is why the bolt holes are not lining up. This can happen while in transit to our facility or to you. We do have a great FAQ that provides ways to move the brackets back into alignment so the hitch can be installed.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 05/24/2022


by:

The receiver hitch bolt pattern was a little narrow was a little narrow for my vehicle. I got it installed but it would have been much simpler had the mounting brackets been 1/2 in further apart.




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Box arrived via UPS and was ripped open at the corner. I was worried that the hardware was missing but eTrailer was smart enough to tape the hardware into the receiver so it was all accounted for. The hitch is sturdy and seems well made. You definitely need two strong people for the install and either use a lift or ramps so you have more room to work. The only issue we encountered was that the middle hole on the driver’s side was a hair off which would have made the bolt go in sideways. With a lot of muscle we were able to get the hitch aligned to insert the bolt. Having to seriously struggle with the middle hole on the driver’s side for about 20 minutes made my rating 4 stars instead of 5. In total it took us about 2 hours to complete and we have some mechanical experience. All in all, the price was good, quality seems good, I would recommend this hitch.


Comments
A year later and the hitch is still holding up nicely! Great for hauling mulch and wood pellets in our utility trailer.
Matteo - 09/17/2020


by:

My friend & I just installed the hitch on my 2013 Highlander and it went well with no issues at all. It took us about an hour. The product seems very well made.




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Hitch was not packed properly to protect it during shipping. Called for Tec help and was giving Curt’s Tec number. Come to find out the hitch was bent 3/4” in on the driver side mount brace is why it would not fit. Your solution was I could return the hitch and once you receive it you would send me another one. Wrong! I trusted you an order from you but you can’t trust me to return a bent product before shipping the replacement?


Comments
I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/30/2022


by:
2008 Toyota Highlander

Purchased this for hauling mtb bikes on the back of our old highlander. Etrailer was recommended by a popular local hitch shop as they had no stock in inventory for our vehicle. Package arrived quickly, the box was a bit beat up, but the hitch was in good condition with no obvious blemishes/issues. Started installation on passenger side and found driver side bolt holes to be off by as much as 1.5". Followed instructions on [etrailer], using a 2x4 and car jack to spread out mounting brackets and after futzing for a bit, fit no problem. Some pointers.. much easier to install with 2 people; measure gaps before starting to force spread mounting brackets so you don't have to check by 'fit test'; only had to cut a small amount out of driver side plastic underbody panel to get back on, passenger side didn't need any; overall plan on 2-3 hours start to finish. Took a star off because of dealing with re-aligning mounting brackets, otherwise looks good and is solid.


Comments
Im glad the help article allowed to you correct the hitch flex. I have linked the article here as well.
-- Etrailer Expert Victoria B - 10/02/2020


by:

Even thought the box it arrived in was mangled by the carrier, the hitch itself was in great condition. No scratches, blemishes or missing parts. Instructions were clear, easy to follow and installation was simple to do even by myself. It has been over a year now and we have not had any issues or problems or complaints. I would not hesitate to buy again if needed.




by:
2013 Toyota Highlander

Great communication and delivered on date as promised. Installed without a problem; but this job might be a challenge for those that are not mechanically inclined due to clamping needed to align holes (also noted by other reviewers). This is my second experience ordering a hitch from etrailer, and both experiences were super. Installation video was very good.




by:

The order came right away and installation went smoothly and looks like a factory install.
Highly recommend.




by:

Great product worked great never had an issue, my only complaint it the hitch did need to be bent a little by a floor jack so the bolt holes lined up properly but it was a very simple install in general.




by:
2013 Toyota Highlander

Works perfectly with our 2013 Highlander, and ETrailer was very easy to work with!




by:

Trailer hitch does not fit properly. The hitch is too tight and needs to be stretched about half an inch to line up the holes.


Comments
Many times a hitch will become flexed in the shipping process. Fortunately though, we have a help article with different tricks and tips on how to straighten out a flexed hitch. I attached the link to that article.
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 08/15/2022


by:

Very nice product !! Easy to install, and it shipped here very quickly !!




by:

So easy to install and it arrived on the very day it was promised to arrive!! It’s a perfect fit for our 2013 Toyota Highlander. Thanks so much, to the fine folks at etrailer.com! I would recommend this site to anyone in need of a trailer hitch receiver.




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2011 Toyota Highlander

The hitch I bought came on time and undamaged even though the box was opened and ripped on 1 corner. It was actually heavier duty than I thought it would be. I liked that they taped the bolts for the hitch inside the receiver.



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