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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number C45FR can be ordered online at or call 1-636-306-4830 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C45FR

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 2000 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 300 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight : 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight : 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At 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.

13449 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details C45FR Installation instructions

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - C45FR

Average Customer Rating:  3.8 out of 5 stars   (25 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


The hitch install went smoothly and it’s been great! I put it on my 2018 Model 3 LR AWD. I was very worried about ground clearance, but it’s been fine so far. I’ve had a 1UP rack on the car since installing the hitch three or four months ago. I’ve only had one occasion at the bottom of a particularly steep hill where I heard it scrape. I try to be cautious, though, of steep dips in the road. I would happily purchase the hitch again. The install was a little tricky with body panels, but nowhere near as hard as I expected. Using painters tape to be safe was a good tip.


This trailer hitch is extremely well-built. I especially like the fact that it was made in America I hate stuff made in China because China killed over 700,000 Americans.
The installation was done by an auto body shop in the job was perfectly done.

My trailer hitch is working out very well on my Tesla model three. When I go down the driveway, it’s scrapes the street because it’s very low on the rear bumper. It took a body shop to have it professionally installed because you have to takeoff all the plastic that covers the metal parts underneath the smooth bumper. Not an easy chore unless you’re a body shop.
Daniel - 10/10/2022


Holes did not line up correctly. Took a lot of filing and effort to install. Also video did not represent reality.

The hitch is flexing on you Stephen. you could have just torqued it back.
-- Etrailer Expert David B - 09/13/2022


Bought for our Tesla Model 3 and it works great. I had it professionally installed but there are [online] videos showing how to install it on your Tesla. Good product.


Installed on Tesla for bike rack. Works very well


Fitted all good my 2019 model 3, all holes lined up.

Taking the bumper off is quite easy with etrailer video, no issue there.
This hitch model requires to attach the aluminium shock absorber on the hitch before bolting the assembly to the car.
Using glue to hold the nylon washers on place makes it way easier.
Once the hitch is on, the bumper does not need extra trim to fit, the hitch hatch is big enough.
Was thinking it would be very easy but putting that bumper back on is way more finicky and took me a long time to get right.
Starting with lining up the under part and doing the bolts was a good first step. After that, you can clip the middle part and work your way out towards the sides.
Don’t forget to reconnect the sensor harness!
Definitely the best value out there, I trimmed the hatch to accommodate the permanent hitch and close off that big opening.


Perfect fit for the 2020 Tesla Model 3 (as promised by etrailer).
Easy installation, sturdy, and barely visible.

Very happy, will buy from etrailer again.


I think the product itself is good, but in my case I regret it. My underground garage is steep and the clearance is too low. I have to exit with an angle, otherwise the hitch hits the concrete. But I don't think the hitch design is in cause here, it's just what it is given the low clearance of the Tesla.


The hitch went together OK, but not great. I think that it was designed for older model 3s which I thought was limited to the cutting instructions for the undertray (the newer model 3 has a removable panel which you can take off and the hitch fits fine). However, it appears that there is an alignment pin for the black trim/body color facia line that hits the hitch. I ended up needing to trim the plastic and even then that joint hits the hitch hard enough that I almost couldn't get the bumper high enough and there is a larger body gap than prior.

2020 Tesla Model 3

So far so good. I installed the hitch a few days ago. It was a pain, but doable. I've installed a few hitches over the years, this one may have been the most complex, but that's mostly due to the car, not the specific hitch, they're all kind of a pain to install on the Model 3. The biggest issue is reinstalling the bumper plastic, it takes a lot of patience to get everything to snap back in, it is a very tight fit. It helps to bolt the black panels under the car into place and work the bumper back into place from there. The hitch itself if very sturdy, I don't plan to tow, just use to attach bike/cargo carriers. There is no sensor interference from the hitch itself, but expect to hear backup beeps when a bike rack is installed. With the bike rack on, I also see red arcs coming from the back of the car on the Model 3 screen, does not seem to mess with autopilot, car still "sees" cars approaching from the rear.

2019 Tesla Model 3

The hitch installation was fairly straightforward. My 2019 SR+ required no drilling and only some eyeballing to get installed properly. Cutting the underbelly was the only irreversible modification I made to the car. This hitch does not have the removable reciever, which seems a bit stronger to me. Just add a Tekonsha no cut wiring kit and a 6 inch drop ball mount and the car tows great.

2020 Tesla Model 3

I had this professionally installed on my Tesla 3 by my local body shop (Mainline of Santa Maria) for $300. Perfect fit and looks great.

Still perfect!
Daniel - 09/02/2021


I got this hitch thinking it was the one that you can easily remove and add the hitch. Paid someone to install it and noticed after, (my fault). This hitch touches the floor on steep drive ways and fast forward one year, it caused the clips on my bumper to break so there’s a bigger gap than usual now on my rear bumper


The reason I chose to award two stars to this product is because once installed it performs very well. The reason it does not warrant a higher rating is because the installation and the accompanying instructions are PITIFUL! My car is a 2018 Tesla Model 3. Removing the bumper cover, bottom cover, taillight assemblies, bumper and bumper mounting plates was quite involved, but there were no major surprises. Installing the bumper, too went fairly well. Then the s__t started hitting the fan. None of the factory pieces would line up. I and a friend who had a lift to make things easier, spent more than two hours trying to get the car back together to no avail.

It was just two days before I was scheduled to take a long trip and obviously needed the car to be back together. I was starting to fear that the only way I would have use of the car again was to remove the hitch and go back to stock. I tried calling Curt and couldn't get through to anyone. Their website allowed for email contact only with no indication of how long it would take for a response. I tried calling etrailer three times and each time got a recording saying their hold time was 25 minutes. So, we spent another three hours with a Dremel tool and several other otherwise unnecessary tools making new holes and forcing things to line up and go back together. I came to the conclusion that the problems were all a result of the hitch thickness being greater than the thickness of the factory mounting plates, causing several misalignments.

The bottom line is I will never buy another Curt product and unless etrailer reads this and does something to make it right I will not buy from them again either. There is no reason why they should not maintain better after-sale customer service, not to mention doing a better job of vetting the products they sell. Since doing the installation I've been on the Tesla Forum and found several other Model 3 owners who have had similar issues with the same hitch. These problems should have alerted etrailer and had them work with Curt to get them resolved.

2019 Tesla Model 3

The hitch installation was fairly straightforward. My 2019 SR+ required no drilling and only some eyeballing to get installed properly. Cutting the underbelly was the only irreversible modification I made to the car. This hitch does not have the removable reciever, which seems a bit stronger to me. Just add a Tekonsha no cut wiring kit and a 6 inch drop ball mount and the car tows great.

2018 Tesla Model 3

Poor instructions. Missed torx screws. Check [online videos] for better step by step bumper removal. However the hitch does not fit correctly. You’ll need to install it in the highest position, then grind some plastic off the bumper for The corner to fit correctly. Attractive price but not worth the headaches.

2019 Tesla Model 3

Like others have stated, putting the rear bumper back on is a major pain. It does not align correctly due to the hitch bracket being so thick. The hole that needs cut is much bigger than what's on the template due to the chain hooks. Other than that, it's a solid construction and appears to be well-made. I wish the fitment was better


Fairly easy to install, fitment is good. The washers provided are a little too thick and fitting the rear bumper was difficult. When I get spare time I'd remove the thick nylon washers and use a thinner stainless washers.

2019 Tesla Model 3

The product itself appears extremely well built and feels extremely solid. However, fitment during installation was not perfect and required a bit of tightening back and forth on each side to get the hitch over the bolts from the vehicle, which was an unwelcome surprise. In the end, the install took a bit longer than it should have due to the slight fitment issue, but once installed it is a perfect solution to adding practicality to our Tesla.


Does the job! 1 year later...still can load my bikes up and go long distances!




2019 Tesla Model 3



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  • Best Value Trailer Hitch for 2019 Tesla Model 3 to Carry Bike Rack
    The Curt 2-inch trailer hitch part # C45FR is a fit for your 2019 Tesla Model 3 and is by far the best value hitch option out there. It's a new fit at this time (April 2020) so we don't have much feedback on it or an install video. I did attach an install instructions link that is very detailed and will walk you through the process of the install as well. You will have to cut a small hole in the lower fascia panel for the hitch opening to fit through which I attached a picture of.
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    The correct Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2020 Tesla Model 3 is part # C45FR. I checked with Curt to confirm this for you. It looks like the side plates have been redesigned to better accommodate the new model so you won't have any issues with this hitch. It has the 2" receiver tube opening so you'll have a larger selection of bike racks and cargo carriers to choose from. I have attached a list with some options below such as the Kuat Transfer V2 Bike Platform Rack part # KU74FR which...
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    For your 2022 Toyota Highlander, you will not have to remove the bumper when installing the Curt Trailer Hitch # C45FR. However, the lower fascia will have to be trimmed, but that is the extent of modification that is required. If you need some wiring, I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # TK99FR. This kit is super simple to install, and will plug into your factory wiring with no cutting or splicing required.
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    We do indeed offer a hitch for the 2020 Tesla Model 3. I'd recommend the etrailer brand # e33ZR hitch. You can reach our Customer Service folks at 800-298-8924, or order the hitch online using the linked product description page.
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