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Best 2013 Nissan Rogue Hitch Options

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Best 2013 Nissan Rogue Hitch Options


Today, on our 2013 Nissan Rogue, we're going to be looking at the Hidden Hitch class 3, part number 87663; the Draw-Tite class 3, part number 75902; the Curt class 2, part number 36542; and the Curt class 3, part number C13204. Now, at first glance, all of our Nissan hitches that we have here are going to look the same. We've got very subtle differences in the hitches that we're going to point out to you to really help out in deciding which one's going to work the best. Our Hidden Hitch and our Draw-Tite, they're essentially the same hitch. Something that they do have that you're not going to see with your Curts is going to be the dual-pin setup here on the side. What that does, is the rear hole of the hole closest to the front of the vehicle takes a standard 5/8-inch pin, just like your other class 3 Curt here, but they've got that second hole right there on the front.

That's what really stands apart from the Curt. This is going to allow you to use that J-pin stabilization device. Another standout that we see here, is going to be our class 2 Curt hitch. The class 2 Curt is a little smaller profile. It's going to look a little smaller on the rear of the vehicle. It's actually the one that we've got installed on the Rogue there today.

This is going to allow us to still haul our bike racks; it still gives us good towing capacity, but it's not so big and bulky on the rear of the car. The fourth one that we've got here at the bottom . This is going to be our Curt class 3. This one really has some standout features to it or standout advantages. One's going to be ...

With the Rogues, we tend to run into an issue to where the hitch is tucked underneath the rear of the vehicle quite a ways. Some bike racks, some cargo carriers, they just don't want to work properly with it. This is going to give us the pin hole location furthest to the rear of the vehicle, so this hitch is going to give us the most opportunity for those items to work. From the rear of the bumper to the center of the hitch pin hole, it's only 5 inches. The same is going to be said for our class 2 here, 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, whereas with our Draw-Tite and with our Hidden Hitch, we've got 5-3/4 of an inch, so those holes are going to be further underneath the rear of the vehicle by 3/4 of an inch. Another standout feature about the Curt that can be important if you plan on towing, if you're going to have that camper or some kind of trailer behind you, the tongue weight rating on this is actually 525 pounds.

For the other two class 3s that we have, it's 350, and our class 2 is 300. Now, as far as gross trailer weight rating, 3,500, 3,500, 3,500, and 3,500. The advantage that we have is going to be just in that tongue weight. Aesthetically, on the vehicle, we're not going to see a big difference between our hitches. The way they're designed, just this lower section, just the receiver tube, is all that's going to be exposed below our bumper. The little plate that we have here on top, it's going to rest snugly right up against the bottom of that bumper, leaving our actual main tubes hidden from sight. You can see on the end of the class 2 Curt, Draw-Tite, and Hidden Hitch, they've got opened ends. Our Curt has an opened end as well, but it's a much smaller diameter hole. That might prevent some of that dirt, debris, and stuff from getting in there causing corrosion down the road. Now, the class 2 option that we have here available, it's going to be slightly different, like our Hidden Hitch, Draw-Tite, and the Curt, they're going to have the 5/8 pin hole diameter. The class 2 uses a 1/2-inch pin hole, so 1/2-inch accessories and things like that are what we're going to want to use. Also, the pricing differences with your 1-1/4 versus your 2 inches, it's not that much different. If you want the most adaptable and most commonly used hitches out there, the 2 inches are probably going to be your preference. If you already have a bike rack at home that fits only an inch and a quarter hitch, well, that's going to be your guy. There's no sense in buying another bike rack to fit a different hitch when there's one that's available here that can do a great job. Don't overlook it if you like a nice, clean-looking hitch and you've already got some accessories to fit it, but if you're new into it, you're just getting going, the 2-inch options here, it's going to give you a little more versatility. As far as safety chain connection points go, these are going to be exactly the same. The same diameter bar, the same width on them. One thing we're going to notice a slight, slight difference is, is with our inch and a quarter tube being a little bit smaller by, well, about 3/4 of an inch, that's going to open these up just a little bit, but really no usable difference. Now, the differences we'll notice as far as how it looks on the car, you see we talked about how nice and tucked up it is, how we don't see our main cross-tube here, but we talked about how this pin hole's in a little bit different location. On our Draw-Tite and our Hidden Hitch, it'll move from this location 3/4 of an inch farther back under the vehicle, so it'll be about in this area, which can make it a little more of a challenge to get the bike racks and stuff like that fit on here properly. Now, the two Curts, well, there's the inch and a quarter or the 2-inch, to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening here, it's 13-1/2 inches. On the Draw-Tite and the Hidden Hitch to that opening, it's 14 inches. Now, that could be slight variations in the tape measures we use and stuff like that . They're going to be pretty close here, but there will be a 1/2-inch difference. That's not really a big deal. It's going to still give us good ground clearance there at the back. The main, the key thing that we want to focus on is the 3/4 of an inch that we gain here moving that back just slightly. Now that we've had a look at the 4 most popular hitches available for our Nissan Rogue, we hope this will help you make an informed buying decision. If not, don't forget our team of experts will be standing by to answer any questions you might have.

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