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Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2"

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Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more. Call 800-298-1624 to order Draw-Tite front receiver hitch part number 65053 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Draw-Tite products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2". Front Receiver Hitch reviews from real customers.
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Draw-Tite Front Receiver Hitch - 65053

  • Front Mount Hitch
  • Draw-Tite
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 lbs Vert Load
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 9000 lbs Line Pull
  • Square Tube

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.


Features:

  • Front-mount hitch provides attachment point for hitch-mounted accessories
    • Winch, spare tire carrier, snowplow, cargo carrier and more
    • No more blindly backing trailer in - just hook it up and drive it forward
  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Easy, bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Sturdy, square-tube design


Specs:

  • Line pull: 9,000 lbs
  • Vertical load: 500 lbs
  • Gross trailer weight: 5,000 lbs
  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Pin hole diameter: 5/8"
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.



etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com 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.




65053 Draw-Tite Front-Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details 65053 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - 2" - 65053

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (147 Customer Reviews)

Easily attach a variety of accessories to the front of your vehicle with this fully welded, corrosion-resistant trailer hitch receiver. Perfect for winches, spare tire carriers and more.

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2018 E350 24f Thor Chateau Class C - This installed very easily even by myself. The directs/video are very straight forward. The grill area can be cut much smaller than directions indicate. I actually angled hitch through modified hole and looks totally factory. Same with the template to modify the plastic air tray, it was a bit off. I started by trimming in smaller bites then mocking up tray to see where it needed further trimming. License plate I maintained both push in tabs. I utilized the one factory slit and with my multi tool created another slip at other end and snapped right into place. over all took about 90mins. but looks totally factory good luck



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The #65053 front trailer hitch fitted perfectly to our 2019 Ford E450 Jayco 31F RV. Thank you for a precision product with the necessary hardware and draw wire to make the installation straight forward. Removing the front grill completely, made it easier to measure and cut out the square hole than is shown in the instruction video. A 2 3/4 inch square opening fits easily behind the flange of the hitch when remounting the grill. Remove retaining screws and plastic retainers to dismantle the front grill. The plastic retainers are removed by lightly knocking out the square centre pins with a suitable punch. See photos. The instruction video shows the removal of one lug on the number plate mounting to relocate it. This is not necessary. Simply separate the grill from the chrome bumper with a screw driver at that point and push the mounting with attached lug between the two.



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I love the hitch! Living in Minnesota with all our lakes it works great for launching my boat. It was really easy to install I did it by my self.


Comments
Product works great it was easy to install and it looks good on the unit. There’s really no more than I can say about it it’s a good product!
Steve - 01/06/2021


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The Draw-Tite Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver was easy to install, the installation video was very helpful. Works great for carrying our ebikes on the Kuat bike carrier, and leaves our van doors in the rear more accessible. Bombproof mount. Also great customer service as always from etrailer.



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2013 Ford Van

Super fast shipping to Alaska. Great install video. Can’t wait to get my camper stuck AGAIN now that I can pull From the front. The shackle is an extra piece I ordered. Not included with hitch.



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2014 Ford Van

I am on the computer ordering the hitch one minute and before I could turn around it was here, magic? Super quick service again. I have ordered a number of items over the last number of years...great service.


Comments
Just like new, no complaints what so ever.
Robert - 08/22/2021


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Installed on a 2018 Forrester Class C motorhome. Works great, simple installation. I mainly use it to hold my flag pole when camping, but it would work great for an extra rack for bikes and such.



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Very easy to install with no help. But beware - the video shows cutting the bumper facia all the way thru, don't do it, only a small portion needs cut out above the line, if done properly it's not noticeable when it's all done (unlike the video). Be sure to read the directions. Also directions say NOT to remove the bumper, not sure why. Once I installed the hitch the bumper went back in with no problem. My splash guard needed a bit more trimming than the directions called for, not sure if it's due to the year model (mine is a 2014), once I did the initial cut and put it back in place I could easily see where more cutting was needed. I did the whole project - alone - in just a few hours. I would definitely recommend this hitch. Draw-tite hitches are well made and - in my experience - always easy to install, not to mention etrailer's great price.


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According to Draw-Tite, the amount of bumper fascia that needs to be trimmed can vary by model year as some use a longer fascia.
-- Etrailer Expert Mike L - 03/13/2019


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It has worked great. I’ve carried a two bike rack and scooter rack, with bikes and a scooter on them, for nearly 10,000 miles.



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2010 Ford Van

The hitch was delivered in a strong cardboard box with handy holes for carrying. Easy install. Works great for my scooter rack. The hardest part of the was trimming the plastic shield. Bumper was easy to remove which gives you more room for the install.


Comments
The hitch has worked out great! I used it again just last week with a cargo carrier. Great addition to my motorhome.
Jeff P - 04/19/2019



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Ford

2016 E450 Minnie Winnie - Perfect fit!! I was disappointed to not find any bolt up front receivers for my 2016 E450. Seems like they only "officially" support E450 up to 2014. But then a Google search led me to this site where customers reported that this fit their newer model E450 cutaways. For a $100 I thought it worth a shot since my local trailer/hitch shop wanted to charge me $650 minimum for a custom front receiver. I read other customers posts which gave me the confidence to go ahead with this purchase and I was very pleased I did. The receiver bolted up perfectly per the instructions. Like other customers I HIGHLY recommend removing the front bumper. It's only four bolts and easily drops down and I was able to do this myself. Tip: Remove the L & R bottom nuts and loosen the L & R top nuts from underneath. Then get out in front and remove the remaining nuts with your hand and lift off the bumper. Easy! It made inserting the bolts into the frame a million times easier. (See photos) The most difficult part was refitting the plastic air pan underneath. I basically just held it up in it's approximate position from the front then, through the bumper opening, used a Sharpie to trace around the receiver frame. Then I used some tin snips to cut out the shape and went back and forth, fitting and trimming until it fit adequately. (See photos) Cutting out the notch in the plastic of the front bumper for the receiver to go through was pretty easy. I held up the bumper in place while I had my son mark the sides of the receiver. Then I just used a dry wall knife to cut out that section. I took a little too much off. You can use my photo as a guide to see how far you'll need to go. Apart from that the installation was really easy. I'm extremely pleased with this product and of course etrailer was awesome. :D



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Front hitch for those times when you need a step for the front windshield or front attachment. . .



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Ford

I installed this trailer hitch receiver on the front of my Ford E-450 motorhome, so I could carry a spare tire. I followed the video installation instructions, and found the installation quite simple. Since I did the installation by myself, I did not remove the bumper as others have done, and used the method shown in the installation video. To hold the receiver up into position, I propped it up on plastic milk crates and 2x4's. I quite easily cut the plastic trim with a sharp utility knife. Do not be intimidated, you CAN install this yourself!



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2012 Ford Van

This is the 2nd front hitch I've installed on an Econoline. One big tip for easier install: spend the extra 5 minutes and take the front bumper completely off. You can place the bolts without using the fish wire. Enlarge 2 existing holes and bolt it up. Either way, it's an easy install.



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Ford

Fitted to a 2014 Ford E250. I fitted it in 1hr 45mins, because the hardest thing to refit was the front bumper. I removed the front bumper completely, (4 nuts)and the splash guard from underneath, drilled the forward hole in the chassis with 1/2" drill bit, fitted your hitch, torqued the nuts to 75lbs. the splash guard wouldn’t go back on even with the notches cut out, so I left that off, had to cut a bit out the under bumper plastic trim to refit the front bumper. Was very easy to fit and I've already used it :)



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Subaru Forester

2018 Ford e450 Super Duty, Forest River Forester Class C - Read all the reviews for Hints to install 1) TOP HINT TAKEN FROM OTHER REVIEWS: I spray painted the back side of the bumper bracket to show me exactly where it was supposed to go once I reinstalled it. Spray painted around Nuts and extra holes on backside of bracket, made locating the reinstallation of bumper much easier. 2) Like most folks, determined that the fairing was not going to be able to be put in the exact same position and ended up using tie straps on the back end to hold in place. 3) Took less than an hour to remove bumper & fairing , install receiver, and reinstall bumper; took another hour to reinstall fairing. 4) The measurements on cutting out hole in plastic bumper were spot on. 5) Had to take out some plastic rivets and small bolts around license plate to take it off, as it was right where I needed to cut out for receiver to pass through. Once I took it off, slid it to the right and reintalled, so I can put on the front license plate.



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Great product, easy installation, great price and customer service from etrailer. A couple of installation notes: rather than totally removing the front bumper like many have mentioned in their comments I followed the mfg’s instructions and used the included “fishing” wire springs to get the bolts and spacers into the frame rails. They worked very well in my opinion. Also, I sprayed the washers, nuts, and bumper mounting flange with white paint before I loosenef the 4 nuts. This was to give me witness marks so I could get the bumper alignment back to its original position. Don’t be surprised if your bumper is not centered perfectly, check before you start. Mine was off by about 1/4”. It’s not a big deal, but it can make the 3”x3” hole you cut in the plastic facia not match perfectly. You may have to trim a bit bigger to get the front of the receiver to pass thru. Like others. I couldn’t get the small screws back into the rear of the trimmed plastic air deflector, so I used zip ties for the 2 rear screws. Lastly, I was able to reuse the plastic front license plate mounting frame by cutting off the drivers side top tab. I then installed it back on the plastic facia by snapping the passenger side plastic tab into the original drivers side small facia slot. This offsets the front plate to the right side by enough to clear the new front receiver, and yet leaves the plate visible. Total install time was about 2.5 hrs.



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2017 Ford E-Series Cutaway

I got the hitch three days after ordering.Installed front hitch on a 2017 Winnebago C class ,which is a ford 450 super duty e series frame. Drilled out front holes on frame and hitch bolted up with no problems.I did take front bumper off which made it easier.



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Front Hitch has been one of the best investments I’ve made on my RV. Had to do minor trimming but fit perfectly. Having the option to place bike rack in the front & dinghy flat tow in the rear has made my glamping excursions more fulfilling. etrailer did a magnificent job with quality on this product. Highly recommend



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Great sturdy product. Easy to mount instructions.works great for my 5 bike rack mount.



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2012 Ford Van

Really straight-forward install. The instructions tell you not to take the bumper off all the way for the e350, but I found it much easier just to take the bumper completely off. It's just much easier to get the bolts/washers in place.



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2015 Jayco Melbourne

This went on nicely. It was about a 2.5 hour job following the 5 or so easy instructions that came with it to mount it on the front of my 2015 Jayco Melbourne 4x4 RV which has an Econoline E-450 van front. The nice tip I picked up on this forum was to take the bumper completely off, which made things a lot easier. It was simple to do and the bumper is pretty light. I cut the fairing underneath as shown, although this was kind of tight getting back in. The other cutout on the bumper was pretty minor and I followed instructions on the measurements and used a sharp utility knife. You should see that on the final closeup of the bumper. Overall really happy with this design and the quick service from etrailer.



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2012 Ford Van

Quality paint job and arrived in new conditioned, no scrapes or issues. Instructions pretty clear and actually one step wasn't necessary do to the bolts fitting thru the small holes in the frame. Very happy with the purchase. Looks great, and all hidden behind and out of sight. That was one of my biggest concerns. Took about 2 1/2 hours to install, but that could have been 1 1/2. I took my time and painted the nuts and washers, greased the chassis points for rust prevention. All in all quite satisfied and would do it again.



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2013 Ford Van

I just received and installed the front hitch on my 2013 Jayco Greyhawk 31SS Ford E450 motor home. Was not hard to install. Finished the install in under an hour and a half. Instructions were good. I felt it was easier to take the bumper off rather than leaving it on but loose. Made it easier to put the bolts through the frame after drilling out the two front holes to a bigger size. Cutting the plastic under the bumper was simple. Relocation of the license plate was also simple. Did not have to cut any tabs. Moved it over and drilled into license plates bottom tabs and zip tied to plastic under bumper.Easy Peasy. etrailer is a great company. Very knowledgeable and will research the information for you. They answer your questions in a timely manner. Will order from them again.



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Easy to install on my 2012 Sunseeker 3010 RV with the E-450 Super Duty chassis. Now my wife can launch the boat without backing down the boat ramp and not to mention keeping the rear end out of the water. BTW-delivery has always been outstanding from eTrailer.


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