Draw-Tite vs Eco-Hitch for 2018 Subaru Outback

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Hi, I have been looking for a Class 3, 2, concealed cross tube trailer Hitch for Outback 2018 3.6R and has been able to narrow down my options to EcoHitch # 306-X7266 and Draw-Tite # 76227 I want to be able fit Thule T2 Classic bike Rack #TH9044 on the hitch and have enough room for bumper clearance when folded up. Through Q and A forum I understand that the Thule T2 only has 4-1/2 inches from hitch pin hole to nearest part of rack when folded. And I believe that, for past two years, EcoHitch has 2-1/2inch of clearance from the hitch pin hole to the furthest edge of the bumper and therefore Thule T2 should fit and fold up easily without hitting the bumper on vehicle. Please correct me there if I am wrong. Now the main question is, what is the distance from hitch pin hole to the furthest edge of the bumper for Draw-Tite # 76227 on Outback 2018 ?? and will it be enough to fit T2 and able to fold it up without hitting the bumper on Outback ?? For the price, strength, durability and the weight capacity, I would certainly prefer Draw-Tile 76227, as long as it is the fit for Thule T2 and be able to fold up. Your expert opinion will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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All 2-inch hitches we offer for your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon appear on the page I linked for you and these of course include the Draw-Tite # 76227 and the Eco-Hitch # 306-X7266, both of which require a MUCH more involved installation process than other options we offer. Both require removal of the rear bumper so that the hitch mounting plates can go in between the bumper and the rest of the vehicle. This is shown in the linked photo.

To be perfectly honest with you, if I were making your same hitch decision I would skip the Eco-Hitch. Its price is substantially higher and its rated tongue weight capacity of 350-lbs is substantially lower than many of the other hitches made for your car. Between the Draw-Tite # 76227 and the Eco-Hitch # 306-X7266 I would absolutely choose the Draw-Tite for its lower price and higher weight rating. It is certainly nice to have a hitch made of partially recycled materials, but perhaps only to a point. Do note that these two hitches share essentially identical designs and dimensions.

I went to our warehouse and measured both hitches. The Draw-Tite # 76227 actually provides 1-1/4-inches MORE clearance measured from the hitch pin hole so it is a great choice for use with the Thule T2 # TH9044.

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