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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. Great Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98866 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98866

  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class III
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 350 lbs TW
  • 5000 lbs WD GTW
  • 500 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
  • Sturdy, square-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: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 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.

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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" - e98866

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (416 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.

2016 Ford Escape

Great hitch receiver, fairly simple install. Definitely need two people. I watched the install video before starting and that was really helpful

2018 Ford Escape

This is a very high-quality product. I’m very glad I bought it. I had it installed this morning and everything went smoothly.
My new bike rack fit perfectly with it. I would highly recommend using this company as they were very communicative with me during my selection of the product and shipping etc. they truly have wonderful customer service.


Very happy with my order. It took a bit of know-how to install, but the instructions were plenty clear. Works great.


It was the wrong hitch kit. Didn’t fit my vehicle. I didn’t make an effort to have it replaced.


Great product, install was a challenge for me being alone because of the weight and laying under the car. Instructions were great and the quantity of the hitch and fasteners was excellent. e
trailer has been my go to for hitches, I've three and if I need another one I'll buy it here.


This hitch is great. It's constructed well and appears to made of heavy duty steel. Also it was easy enough with the kit supplied for my wife and I to install it on our vehicle. And did I mention it was priced reasonable.


Great product, way cheaper price than the garages will charge you for same product, will always buy from etrailer


Well made. Heavy duty. Looked up the installation video and it was clear and easy to follow. Haven't installed yet. Planning to soon.

2016 Ford Escape

Installation was a breeze. The supplied hardware worked great and it looks great. It's going to hold the bike rack without any problems.


Construction, fit and finish are excell ent.



Working excellent.


Straight forward installation, fit well.

2019 Ford Escape

Had it for a year now, I love it, I use it all the time for attaching my MTB rack to my 2019 ford escape.

2017 Ford Escape

You guys have a quality product! Instructions are easy to understand and my daughter and I installed it in a couple of hours. I made a couple of mistakes which made it longer. If I need anything else I will definitely use your company. Thank you.


The hitch was a perfect fit and looks totally factory. Works fine.


I did by myself which wasn't easy. I recommend 2 people.

2017 Ford Escape

Haven’t installed yet but looks straight forward. My only complaint so far is I had to touch up spots on the hitch with paint as it poked through the box in 3 places. Not your fault it happened in shipping I’m sure. But I would suggest putting extra cardboard in the places that have potential to poke through the box.


Excellent product, promptly shipped. Clear and concise installation instructions. Still working well after a year of service.


Works great on my 2019 Ford Escape. Install was easy, but a car lift is a must.

2018 Ford Escape

Although the instructions were a bit fuzzy, the receiver fit very well, seems to be very beefy, and the installation went okay, although it did take over 2 hours.


Hitch is exactly as advertised. Installation was smooth. Nice product.


I purchased the Class III hitch and harness for my 2017 Ford Escape. First thing I noticed was the quality of the product. I love supporting American businesses that take pride in their product. I watched the online installation videos that were very helpful. I installed the hitch and harness without issue. You will need an extra set of hands though, installation is a bit awkward for one person.


Works great . Easy to install instructions simple to Reed.

2013 Ford Escape

It's a nice trailer hitch.Decent price.It installs pretty easy.I installed it on my 2013 Ford escape.A couple suggestions though,have a buddy help lift it into place and just remove the muffler, after you remove the exhaust hangers it's just two more bolts to slide the exhaust pipe out then you have all the room you need.


did get the receiver on date that i was told.
box had holes in it that were the size of a softball , not the fault of etrailer. little paint missing.
i was happy they put the wiring in bigger box, so it did not fall out.
i think it was my 3 hitch off them.
one thing i figured out, put hitch on escape ,put the front in first and rolled it up in.
40-45 mins done,once i thought to roll it in.
wiring little bit longer,but all done.


Kate was excellent through the whole process and straightening out my order and it came a day early. I couldn’t be more happier. Thank you.
All ready for Saturday’s install.

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