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Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for Bike Rack and Towing With 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum

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I need a hitch for my 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum. This has to be able to handle my bikes on my bike rack and I also need it for towing trailers. Please give me whatever I need for a complete towing setup since the my vehicle doesn't have wiring or anything else. Thanks for the help.

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For your 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum, I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76320. This is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver. Although this hitch is very similar to the Curt hitch # CU78FR, it has a 900 lb maximum tongue weight which is much higher than the Curt at 600 lbs, giving you an advantage when towing or carrying your bikes. It also has a maximum gross trailer weight of 6,000 lbs and a concealed cross tube to help maintain the factory look.

Since you will be towing you will also need a wiring harness. The most reliable option is the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness # 118599. This plugs into existing wiring on your vehicle and provides you with a 4-way connection at the back of your vehicle to power your trailer's signal lights.

In order to complete your setup you will also need a ball mount. Check out the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. This kit has two ball mounts, one with a 3/4" rise or 2" drop and the other with a 2-3/4" rise or 4" drop. It also comes with a 1-7/8" and 2" ball, as well as a ball mount bag to store everything in.

I have attached some review and installation videos for your reference.

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