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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

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 350 lbs TW
  • 5000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 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.


  • 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.

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" - e98866

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (326 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.


The product was shipped and delivered in great time, arrived undamaged, all parts were provided.
The video was very helpful before installation. I watched it several times and made step-by-step notes.
Installation went as described. The wire bolt pulls are a great idea that worked well.


Great product! Every time I need a hitch, I buy from Etrailer. The instructional video was great!


Everything fits nice thanks for the assistance Kim, this is why I keep coming back to etrailer .
Parts fit

Working out great
Tom - 04/24/2022


etrailer are the best. it's been a year since i purchased the kit and since then absolutely no issue. working just fine. strongly recommend it.


Great hitch. Solid. Works well. I’ve hauled with it without concern.

2019 Ford Escape

Very good quality. Shipment was fast. I received reply to my questions in less than 24h. By following the video the product was easy to install.


So far, I like it! It's heavier than what we thought and I haven't put it on my car yet but hubby has and he's really liking how easy it was to get on my car! It is so much easier for me to get bike on it and lockdown!! I look forward to being able to get the bike on by myself and go riding!
The only drawback is I drive a Ford Escape, when the bikes are on, you can't let the back hatch open. The Escape's hatch goes lower so even with the tilt, the hatch hits the bike. It's not a deal breaker, my hubby is a very smart man so he'll figure out something to use that can protect the car hatch and bike for the occasional 'Ooops" !


The box that this came in was trashed. The hitch receiver was scratched and had the matte paint removed in places. I was able to spray paint it black again before installing. etrailer should pack their boxes a bit better so this won't happen. Otherwise I'm happy with the hitch and would purchase from them again.


Thanks for the opportunity the write a review.
I ordered a hitch a year ago to move and never reciever it. The company told me it UPS said it was delivered and there was nothing they could do. So after spending upwards of xxx dollars and getting ZERO support. I would absolutely NOT recommend this page. It's likely a good way to lose money.


Shipping was fast and on time. Was easy to put on my Ford Escape. The only hard part was putting it on in the heat here in Arizona 110°. Came with all the parts. (had to buy one bolt due to the threading on the bolt was damaged, but no big deal.) This trailer can also be bought through other stores like [retainer] and such but recommend buying directly from etrailer it was the best price and service with etrailer. I have looked at many other hitches and glad I went with this one, it looks nice on my car.


Trailer came bent. Sent an email with pictures. Somebody responded asking for pictures. Sent another email with pictures and never heard back.

If you can give us another try, I have sent your information to our customer service team so that they will reach out to you soon. In the mean time, if your hitch is slightly flexed from the whole shipping process, you may be able to bend it back by using one of our tips from this help article that I have linked.
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 09/21/2022


Second etrailer hitch purchased and installed. Very professional experience. Thanks


Just follow the directions and it fits. It helps to have two people when installing. It’s a hitch, it works like it should.

Chevrolet Colorado

This works absolutely wonderful for my car. I am big into mountain biking and needed it to bring my bikes around. My family recently took a trip to Colorado (we’re from Minnesota) and the receiver worked great the whole way to bring our 3 bikes along with us. I would highly recommend if you need a hitch receiver for your car.

2018 Ford Escape

Am extremely impressed and pleased with this product, the installation video, and speedy service!

2018 Ford Escape

I would highly suggest having someone install this if you don't have a lift. You need to stretch the suspension to get the muffler low enough to get the hitch in place. I was able to struggle through by using a Jack and jacking up the driver side. The other issue I had was that 9 of the 10 holes loned up perfectly but one of the muffler hanger bolts (front driver side) was about an 1/8 inch off... fortunately my dremel and a small grinding bit was able to elongate the hole enough. So as you can see it was a bit of a struggle. That is why the low review. Once the rack was in place and all bolted in it has a nice appearance and seems sturdy enough. But I haven't had a chance to use it yet.


It was easy to install (according to my neighbor) and has worked perfectly without any problems. Main use is for a hitch bike rack.

2016 Ford Escape

Fit perfect on 2016 Ford Escape. A cheep air-grinder with carbide file enlarged the carriage holes quickly per instruction. No problems at all installing other than getting the torque to spec on the nuts. You do need a big wrench.


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.

Ford Escape

Excellent hitch! Very well made. Took some time getting it on the Ford Escape but once on it has been nothing but perfect.

2013 Ford Escape

This product meet my expectations. Everything was packaged well with no damage during shipping. Watching the YouTube video in advance really made it easy to install. My brother and I had it under my 2013 escape se in under an hour. It fit perfectly with no issues with install. I highly recommend this hitch for all escape owners. I will definitely be shopping with etrailer in the future. Thanks for selling great products.


It was fairly easy to install and worked well..

2018 Ford Escape

Think this is the 4th hitch I've purchased from etrailer always fast shipping and complete. Pretty simple installation watching the install video helped.
Fits fantastic, thank you


I am using this hitch receiver to carry bicycles. I did not want to strap something to the rear hatch. I was very pleased with the ease of installation. I was most impressed with the special devices used to fish bolts through the inside of the frame. I do not need them anymore, but I hung one up in my garage as a reminder of how ingenious they were.


Missing the bolts and everything to hook up the hitch and box was opened and torn will update once I hear back if I do

I see that we sent you the hardware that you were missing. Do you have any comments about the hitch or install?
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/17/2022

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  • Hitch e98886 Not Wide Enough For 2014 Ford Escape
    Thank you for your purchase of the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866 for your 2014 Ford Escape. The issue you are seeing with the hitch not appearing wide enough is called "flexing" and can be an unfortunate byproduct of the what happens during the shipping process. What happens is the mounting brackets get bent inward a bit during shipping, and while it doesn't affect the integrity of the hitch, it can make it seem like the hitch doesn't fit. So you will need to bend the brackets...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ford Escape SE
    For your 2018 Ford Escape SE I recommend the Class III Trailer Hitch # E98866 because of its hidden crosstube design that allows for a clean factory appearance because only the receiver itself is visible (see attached image) and unique matte black finish that gives it a rugged look that better matches the vehicle's exterior. This particular hitch is also made right here in the USA. This custom hitch will use existing holes in the Escape's frame for a no-drill installation...
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  • Can Heat Shield Be Re-Installed on 2018 Ford Escape After Installing Hitch E98866
    Installation of hitch # E98866 does require you to trim the heat shield at the points that contact the frame rails and to then re-install it after trimming it. This step is required for many hitches on many vehicles and there is no risk of heat-related damage to the vehicle or the hitch. This trimming is detailed in step 2 of the linked installation instructions and the pertinent diagram is linked for you.
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  • Where Does etrailer Hitch E98866 Bolt Onto a 2016 Ford Escape
    If you take a look at the instructions I have linked for etrailer hitch # E98866 for the 2016 Ford Escape you will see that the hitch also uses the holes that support the muffler. That is probably why you do not see all of the holes required for installation.
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  • Will Hands Free Lift Gate of 2014 Ford Escape Work with Hitch # E98866 Installed
    The hands-free liftgate of your 2014 Ford Escape will still function with the hitch part # E98866 installed. You will have to kick your foot to either side of the hitch opening though.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2019 Ford Escape
    The trailer hitch I highly recommend for your 2019 Ford Escape is the Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98866 because it has a concealed crosstube and is a complete bolt-on installation that will not require drilling into your '19 Escape's frame to install. This Class III, 2" trailer hitch is almost entirely hidden behind your bumper, as you can see by the accompanying photo. This hitch has a black powder coat finish to protect it from corrosion and also has a 3,500 lb towing capacity...
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  • Help Determining Cost to Have Shop Install Hitch on 2013 Ford Escape
    The install time/cost for installing a hitch on a 2013 Ford Escape depends on which hitch you end up going with. For example the concealed crosstube hitch # e98866 is listed as taking about 1.5 hours for an average Joe to install and about half that for a mechanic. The more visible # 75758 would probably only take about 1/2 an hour for a mechanic. Some shops will have a minimum 1 shop hour rate for all jobs so what you'd want to do is call around and ask what the shop rate is and use that...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ford Escape
    The Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98866 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2018 Ford Escape. It features a 2 inch receiver opening. I am not sure what you are referring to with a 3/4 inch receiver, as this is not a standard hitch receiver size. If you are wanting a 1-1/4 inch receiver for your Ford Escape instead, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class II # 36524. This is also confirmed to fit your vehicle and has a tongue weight capacity of 300 pounds and...
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  • Does etrailer Trailer Hitch for 2019 Ford Escape Allow Hands Free Lift Gate
    The Draw Tite part # e98866 is a fit for your 2019 Ford Escape Titanium with the foot activated lift gate. We've found that the lift gate function still works but you'll need to kick your foot to either side of the hitch opening instead. I attached an install video link for this for you to check out as well. If you were looking for trailer wiring as well the best option is the easy to install and very reliable part # 118802 which I attached an install video for as well.
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  • Trailer Hitch For A 2014 Ford Escape That Will Allow The Use Of Hands Free Liftgate Sensor
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866 will limit the hands-free liftgate sensor to either side of the vehicle near the exhaust pipes. The trailer hitch has a bolt-on installation with no welding required. It has a matte black powder coat finish which is over a protective base coat that offers a superior rust resistance. The etrailer hitch has an extra coating of rust resistant paint which will give it better rust protection then the other hitches confirmed to fit your vehicle....
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  • Does Trailer Hitch for 2014 Ford Escape Come with Trailer Wiring
    The etrailer hitch part # e98866 that you referenced does not come with trailer wiring so you would need to order that separately. The reason for this is not everyone who buys a hitch does so for towing. Might be just for a bike rack. So for a trailer wiring kit that fits your vehicle I'd recommend the Tekonsha kit part # 118566 which installs easily and has the most reliable converter box.
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  • Replacement Hardware For etrailer Hitch For A 2016 Ford Escape
    When replacing the hardware for the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866 for your 2016 Ford Escape you will need the Replacement Hardware Kit # RHK. When you bring the page up you will see a box that will ask for the hitch item number, you will insert e98866 and then add it to cart. This will give you all the replacement hardware needed to install the etrailer hitch onto your 2016 Ford Escape. I linked an installation video below of the etrailer hitch being installed onto a 2017 Ford...
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  • Best Hitch and Wiring for a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium
    I've got a great solution for you! For the hitch use etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part # e98866 . It covers you right up to your weight ratings of the Escape. It also has a matte black finish as compared to the high gloss on the others which will blend in better with your vehicle. For wiring use the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118566 this is custom fit for your Escape and requires...
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  • Does the etrailer Hitch E98866 Come With Mounting Hardware
    Yes. The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98866 does come with everything you would need to install it, from the mounting hardware down to detailed, step by step instructions. If you've got some basic hand tools, you can likely install this yourself by following along with the installation video I've linked to this answer. If you'd rather not, you should be able to have any local auto repair shop install this for a fee. If you're going to be towing with this hitch you'll also need trailer...
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  • Hitch and Trailer Wiring Recommendations for my 2018 Ford Escape Titanium without Tow Package
    For your 2018 Ford EscapeTitanium without the tow package the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # C56320 is the way to go. It is custom fit for your application and requires no cutting or splicing of your factory wiring harness. The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98866 is an excellent choice in hitches. It is also custom fit and designed specifically for your Escape. I have linked installation videos on both of these to check out.
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  • Can Muffler be Removed Without Removing Draw-Tite Hitch 75758 on 2018 Ford Escape
    The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75758 does install with the hitch and it's brackets directly below the muffler on your 2018 Ford Escape, so the hitch would need to be removed in order to replace the muffler on this vehicle. We do have options for hitches that would not require the muffler to be removed, as they install with the brackets above the muffler; what you can use are either of the following: - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866 - Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver...
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  • Will the Curt and etrailer Hitches for 2019 Ford Escape Allow Hands Free Liftgate Functioning
    I can confirm that both the etrailer # e98866 and Curt # C13186 hitches are both confirmed on all models of the 2019 Ford Escape including the Titanium and I do recommend going with the etrailer branded hitch # e98866 because of the durable powder coating that's used. This powder coating helps prolong the life of the hitch and reduce scratches that might otherwise rust. In most cases the Hands-free Liftgate sensors will be limited to either side of vehicle near exhaust pipes, but it will...
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  • Does Installing Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2018 Ford Escape Require Car to be Elevated
    It is not a requirement to have your 2018 Ford Escape elevated in order to install the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866. It can help but it is certainly not required; most people do not elevate their vehicles during the installation of a hitch. I have added a link to a video install of this hitch on a 2018 Escape, as well as the directions, which should also be helpful. Additionally, if you are looking to do some towing with your Escape and do not have the factory tow package...
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  • Parts Recommended to Tow a Jet Ski Trailer with a 2013 Ford Escape
    You're going to need to add a trailer hitch and a wiring harness to the 2013 Ford Escape to tow that trailer. Of the available hitches I like the hitch, part # E98866, because of the concealed crosstube and matte black finish. Both make the hitch less obvious. Then the Tekonsha wiring harness, part # 118566, has the highest amp draw rating and also a higher quality converter so you shouldn't have to worry about it going bad. I've linked install videos for both items. In...
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  • Towing Capacity and Parts Needed to Tow Trailer with 2017 Ford Escape
    Based on my research your 2017 Ford Escape with the 2.0L engine has a towing weight capacity of 3,500 pounds if it's equipped with the Class II factory tow package or 2,000 pounds if it's not. If you are unsure if you have the tow package I recommend contacting your local Ford dealer with the vehicle's VIN and they should be able to tell you this. It's also a good idea to verify the towing capacity in your copy of the owner's manual or ask the dealer this as well. In order to pull even...
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness for 2018 Ford Escape
    I recommend part # C56320 for trailer wiring on your 2018 Ford Escape. It has a higher amp draw than the other option. It plugs in behind each tail light and then there's a wire that needs to be connected to the Escape's battery. Everything you need for the instal is included. I've actually linked a video from when we installed it. I've also linked the video of us installing the htich, part # E98866, in a 2017 Escape. The process is the same with your 2018.
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring and Ball Mount Recommendation for 2019 Ford Escape
    We have everything you'll need to tow your pop up with your 2019 Ford Escape. You need a hitch like the Class III # e98866 which is a confirmed fit for your vehicle, has plenty of towing capacity, and is mostly hidden as well. You will need trailer wiring as well to activate the blinkers, turn signals, and running lights of your vehicle as well which we offer that as # 118802. I attached install videos for both of these on similar Ford Escapes. Since you wanted to do some towing you might...
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  • Does the Curt C13900 Fit a 2019 Ford Escape SEL?
    I spoke to Curt, and the multi fit # C13900 will fit your 2019 Ford Escape. However, this will require drilling and may or may not need trimming of a heat shield or fascia to fully install. That being said, we do also have customer fit options available. The # e98866 will not require drilling for the install. I also included an install video we have of this hitch on a 2019 Escape for you to take a look at.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Wiring for Towing Trailer With 2017 Ford Escape Titanium
    There won't be an issue installing a hitch and wiring on your 2017 Ford Escape Titanium. As long as the trailer does not exceed the capacity of the hitch or your vehicle you will be fine. For a hitch I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866. This hitch features a matte black powder coat finish which provides more of an OEM look. It has a maximum gross trailer weight of 3,500 lbs and tongue weight of 350 lbs. For the most reliable wiring harness, I recommend the T-One...
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