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Best 2000 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2000 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1999 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1999 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1998 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1998 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1997 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1997 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1996 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1996 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1995 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1995 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1994 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1994 Ford Explorer, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class III, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the Curt, and that's part number 13540, and the second one's going to be our Draw-Tite, and that's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different. We have the round-tube construction here on the Curt that's going to hang just below our bumper, and then on the bottom for the Draw-Tite, you've got the square-tube construction that's just going to hang just below your bumper. Both hitches are going to feature a reinforced collar here at the end, and also a 5/8" hitch pin hole, which is not included, but you can pick one up here at etrailer.com, part number PC3. The Draw-Tite here features an extra hole.



Best 1993 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1993 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1992 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1992 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Best 1991 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 1991 Ford Explorer we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch options available. Our best hitch options are both Class 3, and they feature a 2" by 2" opening. First one's going to be the CURT. That's part number 13540. The second one's going to be our Draw-Tite. That's part number 75096. As you can see, the two are a little bit different.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer we're going to take a look at, and also show you how to install, the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver. It's part number is 75437. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on the vehicle. You'll see we're going to have that round tube that's going to go between those side plates, which go right up and connect to our frame. Here in the middle we've got our two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. Now, this class three hitch, it's going to work out great for just about any type of accessory you might want to put in here. Now, you do notice the factory hitch that we've got here. Now, this is an inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Ford Explorer

Today in our 2003 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Max Frame class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 75132. All right, here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you can see, it's nice and tucked up underneath our factory hitch. Our class III, two-by-two inch receiver opening here gives us a lot more versatility than the standard inch-and-a-quarter factory hitch. Now, even though our factory hitch is retained on the vehicle, you want to make sure you don't use both of these at the same time. You don't want to be towing a trailer with a two-inch class III receiver while using a cargo carrier or a bike rack on the class II factory hitch, because you can overload the vehicle. Now, on the side of our receiver here, you'll notice there's two holes. The larger one is your industry standard five-eighths-of-an-inch diameter hitch-pin hole, and the one to the rear of that is a j-pin stabilization device hole.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2003 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the CURT class three trailer hitch receiver, part number C13550. All right, here's what our hitch looks like installed. Now because the vehicle has a class three hitch on it, we have the ability to tow heavier trailers, use more versatile bike racks out there, and use more types of cargo carriers as well. Now our hitch is tucked up nicely under the factory hitch, and wraps around our spare tire nicely. You'll still be able to lower your spare tire down without a problem. Now even though our factory hitch is retained on the vehicle, you want to make sure you don't use both of these at the same time. You don't want to be towing a trailer with a two inch class three receiver while using a cargo carrier or bike rack on the class two factory hitch, because you can overload the vehicle. This hitch has a 500 pound max tongue weight rating, and a 5,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating.



Best 2013 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2013 Ford Explorer we'll be looking at our best hitch options. We have two hitches here today. The top one here is a CURT class three, part number C13100. This bottom one here is a Draw-Tite class three, part number 76034. Now both of these hitches share the same similar construction, round tubular design for the frame of the hitch. They attach in the exact same manner.



Best 2015 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2015 Ford Explorer we'll be looking at our best hitch options. We have two hitches here today. The top one here is a CURT class three, part number C13100. This bottom one here is a Draw-Tite class three, part number 76034. Now both of these hitches share the same similar construction, round tubular design for the frame of the hitch. They attach in the exact same manner.



Best 2014 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer we'll be looking at our best hitch options. We have two hitches here today. The top one here is a CURT class three, part number C13100. This bottom one here is a Draw-Tite class three, part number 76034. Now both of these hitches share the same similar construction, round tubular design for the frame of the hitch. They attach in the exact same manner.



Best 2011 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2011 Ford Explorer we'll be looking at our best hitch options. We have two hitches here today. The top one here is a CURT class three, part number C13100. This bottom one here is a Draw-Tite class three, part number 76034. Now both of these hitches share the same similar construction, round tubular design for the frame of the hitch. They attach in the exact same manner.



Best 2017 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2017 Ford Explorer we'll be looking at our best hitch options. We have two hitches here today. The top one here is a CURT class three, part number C13100. This bottom one here is a Draw-Tite class three, part number 76034. Now both of these hitches share the same similar construction, round tubular design for the frame of the hitch. They attach in the exact same manner.



Best 2016 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2016 Ford Explorer we'll be looking at our best hitch options. We have two hitches here today. The top one here is a CURT class three, part number C13100. This bottom one here is a Draw-Tite class three, part number 76034. Now both of these hitches share the same similar construction, round tubular design for the frame of the hitch. They attach in the exact same manner.



Best 2012 Ford Explorer Hitch Options

Today on our 2012 Ford Explorer we'll be looking at our best hitch options. We have two hitches here today. The top one here is a CURT class three, part number C13100. This bottom one here is a Draw-Tite class three, part number 76034. Now both of these hitches share the same similar construction, round tubular design for the frame of the hitch. They attach in the exact same manner.





Ford Explorer Trailer Hitch Questions and Answers


  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2017 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 76034 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 Ford Explorer. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. If the ball mount kit does not have the right rise...
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  • Hitch Interfering with the Auto Lift Gate on a 2017 Ford Explorer
  • Installing a hitch, like # 76034, on a 2017 Ford Explorer will still allow you to use your auto lift gate. The hitch will only block some of the sensors that are used in the auto lift system. We have installed hitches on Explorers with this option and found that you will have to sweep your foot on either side of the hitch opening.
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch Make Contact with the Bumper on a 2017 Ford Explorer
  • Since the underside of the bumper fascia on the bottom of the 2017 Ford Explorer can vary slightly in height due to the plastic mounting clips, it is possible for the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C13100, or the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, part # 76034, to touch the lower portion of the bumper fascia on some vehicles. As long as the hitch is not putting pressure on the bumper and warping it, this is nothing to be concerned about. Out of all of the installations that we have done here at etrailer.com...
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  • Will the Hands Free Liftgate Work on a 2016 Ford Explorer after Hitch Install
  • With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # 75710 that you referenced you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with...
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  • Best Draw Tite Hitch for a 2016 Ford Explorer
  • The Draw-Tite Hitch # 76034 is a fit for your vehicle. The other Draw-Tite hitch you mentioned has been discontinued. Your liftgate will still function just fine. You just might have to run your foot under either side of the hitch opening instead. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118540 as it is a confirmed fit as well. I attached install videos for this and the hitch for you to check out. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13100 that you referenced has been confirmed as a fit for all models of the 2016 Ford Explorer so I can guarantee that it will fit your XLT model. The installation will be just like on a 2015 like in the install video that I attached. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Explorer with Foot Activated Liftgate
  • We do carry hitches that will work great for you. With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # 75710 you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900....
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  • Trailer Hitch and Motorcycle Carrier for a 2016 Ford Explorer and 280 Pound Dirt Bike
  • For your 2016 Ford Explorer I recommend Curt trailer hitch # C13100. This is a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver rated for 400 pounds tongue weight and 4,000 pounds gross trailer weight. It will work great with a hitch mounted dirt bike carrier. I have linked a video showing an example installation for you. For a dirt bike carrier I recommend # MT70101 because it is light weight at about 35 pounds, has corrosion resistant aluminum construction, and it is rated up to 400...
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  • Will Hands-Free Liftgate of 2016 Ford Explorer Still Function after Curt Trailer Hitch Install
  • With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # C13100 that you referenced you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one...
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  • Can Replacement Hardware Be Ordered for Curt Hitch for 2016 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, you can order just the install hardware for the hitches we carry. All you need is the part # RHK. On the product page for RHK you will need to enter the part number of the hitch and then select the manufacturer and we will ship you out the correct install hardware. I checked your order notes and it looks like you ordered the Curt hitch part # C13100.
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  • Trailer Hitch For 2016 Ford Explorer that Allow Hands Free Liftgate to Open
  • For your 2016 Ford Explorer the Draw Tite hitch part # 76034 is a confirmed fit. Your liftgate will still function just fine. You just might have to run your foot under either side of the hitch opening instead. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch...
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  • Will Curt Hitch for 2016 Explorer XLT Allow Hands Free Lift Gate to Still Function
  • The Curt hitch part # C13100 that you referenced is confirmed as a fit for your 2016 Ford Explorer and will only slightly interfere with the hands-free liftgate you have. You will have to sweep your feet under the vehicle on either side of the hitch opening to activate the rear door. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Congrats on your new vehicle! Yes, the Curt hitch # C13100 is a confirmed fit for the 2015 Ford Explorer. The best way to double-check if you have a towing package or not, is call your dealership and have them run the VIN number. They can determine exactly what the specifications are on your 2015 Ford Explorer. The wiring harness you need is Curt wiring # 56146KIT (for trucks without the tow package) or Curt custom fit wiring # C56172 (for trucks with the factory tow package)....
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  • Will Curt Hitch Receiver # C13100 Fit Police Interceptor Version of 2014/2015 Ford Explorer
  • The 2014 and 2015 Police Interceptor versions of the Ford Explorer use the same frame structure as consumer models so hitch fits for standard versions also apply to the law enforcement vehicles. I confirmed this with my technical contact at Hidden Hitch. The Curt brand hitch you referenced, part # C13100, is a confirmed fit for both 2014 and 2015 model years of the Explorer. The hitch installs without drilling and includes the required mounting hardware. I have linked for you installation...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The Curt Hitch part # C13100 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the 2015 Explorers. For a similar hitch that I can recommend for you that has been confirmed to fit all models of the 2015 Ford Explorer you would want the Draw-Tite part # 76034. I checked with Draw-Tite and this hitch will work for you. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag. For wiring you would...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • All of the trailer hitches for your 2015 Ford Explorer will have the receiver just below the rear fascia. None of them will have the receiver higher like the OEM hitch. If you decide to go with an aftermarket hitch the most popular option is Curt hitch # C13100. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Currently there are only 2 inch hitches available for the 2015 Ford Explorer. But this isn't a bad thing at all! A 2 inch hitch is more capable and robust than a 1-1/4 inch hitch. If you already have a bunch of 1-1/4 inch accessories you can still use them by using a reducer sleeve, # HT02. For a trailer hitch, the most popular option is # C13100. I have included a link to a video showing how it will install. If you want some 2 inch accessories and plan on doing some towing I recommend...
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  • Exhaust Repositioning Required for Installing Draw-Tite Hitch 76034 on 2015 Ford Explorer
  • The linked installation video for Draw-Tite Hitch # 76034 shows the process for repositioning the exhaust starting at the 3:20 mark. Essentially you will simply remove the bolted-on OEM exhaust hangers and move the rubber isolators from these to the small brackets on the hitch. Those brackets provide the new exhaust mounting point. There's not a lot to it. No drilling is required to install the hitch. If you also need a 4-pole wiring harness you can use T-One Harness # 118540 from Tekonsha. For...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer with Factory Hitch
  • If the factory hitch on your 2015 Ford Explorer comes out through the rear fascia then it can be left on and a hitch like the # 75710 could be installed below it. I contacted the hitch manufacturers we carry and none of them had any fit issues in their system for the 2015 Explorers with factory hitches and the hitches they offer. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for 2015 Ford Explorer
  • For a Curt Class III Hitch for your 2015 Ford Explorer we have the part # C13100 which I attached an install video for. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # C56172. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product...
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  • High Rated Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • The highest rated trailer hitch we offer for the 2015 Ford Explorer is the Curt hitch part # C13100. If you check out the review tab on the product page you will see all of the positive reviews we have for this hitch. There are quite a few. I attached an install video link for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4...
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  • Rust Resistant Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • For your 2015 Ford Explorer I would recommend you go with the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75710. This hitch has an e-coat base plus powder coating to help prevent corrosion. The Curt hitch part # C13100 only has a powder coat finish so it won't fight corrosion quite as well. I attached a help article on rust prevention for you to check out as well. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch...
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  • 2015 Ford Explorer Exhaust Hanger Makes Contact with Trailer Hitch
  • If there is no noise from the contact between the exhaust hanger and the hitch then you don't have to do anything. If there is noise or you just want some more space then there are some things you can do to create more space. I have included a link to a help article that covers the different methods you could employ. If all else fails then a muffler shop would be able to take care of the issue pretty easily since they have the tools and the know-how to work on exhaust systems. I doubt...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Circuit Protected Tail Light w Converter Kit for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • The wiring kit # 56146KIT offers circuit protection by drawing power directly from the battery. It will protect the vehicles electrical system from back feed issues associated with the trailer. This wiring kit provides you with a 4-way flat trailer connection. If you need a 7-way connection I recommend # ETBC7 as it includes everything you need to install an electric trailer brake controller and 7-way connector. If you happen to need a brake controller I recommend the Prodigy P2...
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  • Hitch, Cargo Carrier, and Cargo Bag Recommendation for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • For luggage for 5 people you would need a decent amount of cubic feet so either route you suggested could work. But the big thing will be considering the amount of weight you plan to carry and if the roof of your vehicle has the capacity. For a long distance drive though, I think you would be happier with a hitch option. A hitch option won't cause a reduction of fuel mileage like a roof box and would be less noisy too. If you don't have a hitch yet the Curt part # C13100 has been...
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  • Rubber Isolator on Passenger Side Muffler Clearance for Curt Hitch C13100 on a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Exhaust systems can sometimes come pretty close to trailer hitches once installed as they occupy most of the same areas. Exhaust systems don't hang in the exact same on every vehicle so we have found that in most cases the exhaust contact is not common. When our hitch manufacturers design the hitches they do so with avoiding the exhaust in mind so in most cases the two exist perfectly fine together.
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  • What Is The Puropse of Tow/Haul Button on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • According to the owner's manual, when activated by pressing the button, the Tow/Haul feature improves transmission operation by changing the shift points so that upshifts are delayed to keep the engine operating higher in its power band when the transmission shifts. When the transmission is on OD (overdrive) having the Tow/Haul mode 'on' will provide engine braking in all gears, which is useful for when you're descending hills. I've driven vehicles previously that have had this feature,...
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  • The Best Oil and Transmission Coolers for a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • You do not have to add an oil cooler or supplemental transmission cooler if you do not want to. but Ford might require it to reach the maximum tow rating for your 2014 Ford Explorer. You will want to check the owners manual to determine if those items are required. It would not be a bad idea to add them even if you do not have to. They will help protect and prolong the life of the vehicle motor and transmission. I recommend a combination cooler # D15902 which is both a transmission...
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  • Will Installing a Hitch on a 2014 Ford Explorer Void Warranty
  • When you install an aftermarket part on your vehicle like a trailer hitch in this case, you are protected by the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. This act states, in part, that unless the installation and the part caused a problem then the warranty cannot be voided. I recommend looking it up online. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches For 2014 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The trailer hitches designed to fit your 2014 Explorer are the Draw-Tite Max Frame, part # 76034, and the Curt, part # C13100. Depending on a couple of comparisons you may decide on one or the other. Both are Class lll hitches and have a 2-inch receiver opening. The Curt hitch has a tongue weight capacity of 400-lbs while the Draw-Tite has a 675-Lb Tongue weight capacity. The Draw-Tite has a towing capacity of 5,000-lbs while the Curt can tow 4,000-lbs. Depending on what you are...
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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt # C13100 and Draw-Tite # 76034 trailer hitches for your 2014 Ford Explorer both feature 2 x 2 inch hitch receivers, a Class III rating, and will not require drilling for installation. When used with a weight distribution system, the Curt and Draw-Tite trailer hitches all allow you up to 500 pounds total tongue weight capacity and 5,000 pound gross trailer weight towing capacity. When not using a weight distribution system, the Curt hitch has a 4,000 pound towing capacity with...
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  • Ball Mount Rattles Around A Lot in Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • There isn't a specific ball mount that you have to use with Curt hitch # C13100 for your 2014 Ford Explorer. You will just need one that is designed for a 2 inch hitch receiver and that allows you to tow the trailer level. The issue that you are experiencing is common. It is because the shank of the ball mount has to be smaller than the 2 inch receiver opening. Otherwise it would be difficult to install and remove the ball mount. To eliminate as much of the movement as possible you...
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  • Trailer Hitch Installation for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I'd recommend the Curt Class III hitch you've already looked at, part # C13100. As you can see in the linked installation instructions and the install video I've also linked to, the installation will be pretty simple, with no drilling required. I've also linked you to some hitch install tips. If there was a specific portion of the install you're not understanding, please let me know and I'll do my best to help. If you were planning on towing with your hitch, you might also need the...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I can't speak as to why the factory Ford hitch is installed where it is but as far as aftermarket trailer hitches the manufactures determine the best places to attach a hitch and that is why they install where they do on your 2014 Ford Explorer. I wouldn't say that one height is better than another on a vehicle that is already fairly high off the ground. Its a bigger concern on vehicles low to the ground like mini vans. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • For your 2014 Ford Explorer you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 76034 that is confirmed as a fit and has the highest towing capacities. The brand Hidden Hitch and Draw Tite are actually the same hitches since they are made by the same company. The Hidden Hitch brand was recently discontinued and that is why you don't see any for your vehicle. But the Draw Tite I mentioned would be the exact same hitch and would work great. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport
  • Yes, the hitches we carry like the Curt hitch part number # C13100 have been confirmed to fit all models of the 2014 Ford Explorers so they would fit a Sport model as well. I attached an install video for you to check out as well. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball,...
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  • Recommended Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Replacement Hardware Kit for a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • You can certainly pick up the hardware only for your hitch. You will use the replacement hardware kit for trailer hitches # RHK. Just enter your Hitch # C13100 on the # RHK product page and the hardware that you need for your 2014 Ford Explorer will be shipped promptly. I have attached an installation video as well. If you plan on towing, you'll want to grab a wiring harness and ball mount set-up. For a vehicle without a tow package use wiring harness # C56172 or install # C56278...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2015/2016 Ford Interceptor
  • The 2015 and 2016 Police Interceptor versions of the Ford Explorer use the same frame structure as consumer models so hitch fits for standard versions also apply to the law enforcement vehicles. I confirmed this with my technical contact at Draw Tite. The Draw Tite brand hitch you referenced, part # 75710, is a confirmed fit for both 2015 and 2016 model years of the Explorer. The hitch installs without drilling and includes the required mounting hardware. I have linked for you installation...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch, Weight Distribution System, and Brake Controller 2014 Ford Explorer
  • First let's start with a trailer hitch. The most popular option we carry is the Curt part # C13100. I attached a install video link. For wiring you would want the # C56278 to add a 7-way to your vehicle since you mentioned that your vehicle has the factory tow package. The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup when it is loaded and ready to tow. This figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness Fits for 2014 Ford Explorer
  • All of the 2-inch Class III hitches offered for your 2014 Ford Explorer are indeed bolt-on products that require no drilling or welding for installation. All required installation hardware is included with each one, such as with the Curt # C13100. No fascia trimming is required. An installation video for this hitch on your same model year Explorer is linked for reference along with the written instructions. When you're ready to add a trailer wiring harness you can use part # C56172...
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  • Installation Help With Re-Installing Exhaust With Curt # C13100 Hitch on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • This is going to be a very easy fix and make your rides much quieter! The hangers on the exhaust system were not supposed to be re-installed. The Curt Hitch # C13100 has hanger brackets literally on the hitch that replace your hangers for your 2013 Ford Explorer. In the picture, I have noted the brackets, so it may take a bit of time, but, you can take your OEM hangers out and hook your exhaust to the bracket on the hitch and your annoying clanking noise will disappear!
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  • Trailer Hitch Comparison and Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The Draw-Tite # 75710 has been discontinued and replaced with part # 76034. Due to their very similar design and capacities they are not really that different at all. Curt has only a powder coat finish whereas the Draw-Tite has an e-coat base covered by powder coat. I would recommend the Curt # C13100 as that is what I would buy for your 2013 Ford Explorer. If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts;...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch part # C13100 that has been confirmed as a fit for your 2013 Ford Explorer would be more than capable of towing a 5 by 8 foot cargo trailer. This hitch has a 4,000 lb trailer weight rating and a 400 lb tongue weight rating so it would have more than enough capacity. Since you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or...
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  • Will the Hidden Hitch Class III Trail Hitch Fit a 2014 Ford Explorer XLT
  • According to my technical contact at Draw-Tite this hitch is considered a fit for a 2014 Ford Explorer XLT. My contact further explained that this specific hitch is considered a fit for 2011 through 2014 Ford Explorers all trim levels. This hitch is a Class III hitch, has a 2 inch receiver opening and is rated for a gross trailer weight of 4,000 pounds and a tongue weight of up to 400 pounds. If you will be needing this hitch for towing needs, please take a look at the right hand...
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  • Availability of a Trailer Hitch that is Hidden For a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • All of the trailer hitches we carry for the 2013 Ford Explorer will have the receiver and part of the crosstube visible beneath the rear fascia on the vehicle as you can see in the video I have linked showing installation of Curt hitch # C13100. If you plan on doing some towing with the hitch I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag. And for trailer wiring you can use # C56093.
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  • Does the Carriage Bolt have to be Used to Install Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The carriage bolt for Curt trailer hitch # C13100 is the rearward most attachment point for the hitch on the passenger's side of the 2013 Ford Explorer. The hitch is given its rating based on, among other things, how it attaches to the vehicle. If you did not install all of the hardware then the hitch rating is unknown and not safe for use, even if it is just a bike rack. If there was a problem then hitch warranty would be void because it was not properly installed. You should just...
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  • How to Convert a 4-way to a 7-way on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • Since you have a 4-way trailer connector on your 2013 Ford Explorer you are going to need a Universal Installation Kit forTrailer Brake Controller # ETBC7 to convert the 4-way to a 7-way in order for you to install and use a brake controller. If you are towing a trailer without brakes but has a 7-way connection you could just get a Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole # 37185 to plug the 4-way into the 7-way and all of the trailer light functions would work. I attached installation instructions...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Towing Accessories for 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The hitches available for your Explorer are very similar. Similar weight rating, design and installation procedure. The quality of all the choices would be equivalent. Given this, you can choose the lowest priced choice, the Draw-Tite Class III # 76034 without feeling like you've sacrificed anything. If you're only needing the hitch as an attachment point for a bike rack or a cargo carrier, the hitch is all you'd need. If you were wanting to use the hitch for towing, you'd need the following...
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  • Hitch Recommendation and Install Time for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • You are absolutely right. The installation process for the Curt Hitch part # C13100 and the Draw-Tite Hitch part # 76034 will be virtually identical. The install times were created by each manufacturer, and since Curt is a different company than Draw Tite they approximated the install times differently. I can guarantee one will not be harder or take longer to install than the other. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch, Wiring Harness and Brake Controller for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • I recommend the Curt trailer hitch # C13100 because it is a very durable Class-III receiver hitch and is a bolt-on installation. No welding is needed. The maximum gross trailer weight is 4,000 pounds and will have a maximum tongue weight of 400 pounds. I would go with the ball mount kit # 989900 as it includes everything you need to tow multiple trailers. The wiring harness you will need is # C56093 and the T-connector will plug directly into your existing wiring. I highly recommend...
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