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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2013 Ford Explorer, we're going to be installing the Draw-Tite Max-Frame trailer hitch receiver, part number 76034. Here's what our hitch looks like fully installed. This is a class III, so it's going to give us that 2"x2" receiver tube opening. It does have a reinforced collar around the receiver tube giving it added strength and that nice, clean, finished look. The forwardmost hole here is going to be for our pin and clip, and it's going to use a standard 5/8" pin and clip. They're not included, but you can pick one up on our website using part number PC3. The rearward hold here, that's going to be for a J-Pin stabilization device, which is sold separately. It is great if any of your accessories don't have a built-in anti-rattle. As far the safety chain loops, it's going to be a plate style.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford Explorer - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2017 Ford Explorer, we're going to review and install the Draw Tite Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76034. Now our Draw Tite hitch is going to be a great addition to your Ford Explorer, whether for towing or non-towing needs. It does tuck up as close as we can to the bumper here and yes, you can see the cross tube, but it does go up behind the bumper as soon as possible. This does look like a part of the vehicle from the factory. This is our 2 inch opening right here, which allows for a wide variety of accessories for your towing or non-towing needs. It also has a nice rounded finish on this collar here to compliment the look. All right, now one thing unique to our Draw Tite here is that you'll see 2 holes in the side of the hitch.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Ford Explorer - Curt

Today on this 2017 Ford Explorer we're going to review and install the Curt trailer hitch receiver. Part number C13100. You can see the crossbar from behind the hitch but it goes up as soon as possible behind the bumper. So the overall look of it makes it look like it's part of the vehicle or from the factory. This is our 2 by 2 inch opening right here which is great for a wide variety of towing accessories. On the side right here you got your hitch pin hole which is designed to work with 5/8 of an inch in diameter hitch pin or your favorite locking hitch pin.



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.





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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2017 Ford Explorer with Hands Free Lift Gate Sensor
  • Both the Draw-Tite # 76034 and Curt # C13100 trailer hitch receivers that are designed for your 2017 Ford Explorer will allow the hands free lift gate sensor to work. However, you will need to activate it by putting your foot to the side of the hitch receiver opening with both hitches. The sensors will not recognize your foot through the hitch unfortunately. I've linked videos of both hitches being installed for you. If you're going to be towing a trailer with the Explorer and need...
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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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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 4 Bike Rack on 2017 Ford Explorer
  • For your application either tongue weight capacity would be way more than adequate. I would go with the Curt hitch part # C13100 as it has a better price and a shorter listed install time since it would work just as well as the Draw Tite # 76034. My favorite 4-bike rack to recommend is the Thule Vertex Swing part # TH9031XT because it can carry up to 4 bikes and can swing out and away from the rear of the vehicle to give you complete access to the rear cargo area with bikes loaded. The...
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  • Confirmed Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver For 2017 Ford Explorer With Sport Package
  • For your 2017 Ford Explorer with sport package, the Draw-Tite # 75600 is not a fit. For your vehicle you will want the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 76034 which is confirmed to fit 2017 Ford Explorers. I called my contact at Draw-Tite to confirm a fit with the sport model and this is the correct hitch to fit your vehicle. If you will be towing with this hitch, I recommend using the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer...
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  • Does Draw Tite Hitch 76034 Fit Police Interceptor 2017 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, the Draw Tite hitch part # 76034 that you referenced will fit the Police Interceptor models of the 2017 Ford Explorer. We have confirmed this with Draw Tite. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.
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  • Is the Draw-Tite # 76034 Trailer Hitch Compatible with a 2017 Ford Explorer Sport or Limited Edition
  • The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76034 that you referenced will fit all models of the 2017 Ford Explorer so it is compatible with both the Sport and Limited editions. It will not interfere with the powered lift gate, but you will need to kick to the left or right of the hitch receiver to activate it instead of just waving your foot beneath the bumper. I have attached an installation video for you to reference for the install. If you will be using this trailer hitch...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Confirmed to Fit a 2017 Ford Explorer
  • We do have trailer hitch receivers to fit your 2017 Ford Explorer but the Draw-Tite # 75278 will not fit. It's for several different models of GM vans. Instead you'll want to use Draw-Tite # 76034 on your Explorer. I've linked an install video for you. If you're going to be towing a trailer you'll also need a wiring harness. I recommend the Tekonsha 4-way # 118540. You'll also need a ball mount and hitch ball. I've attached a link of our selection of ball mounts for a 2 inch hitch...
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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 # 76034 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 # 76034 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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  • 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 and Brake Controller Recommendation for 2016 Ford Explorer i4 Ecoboost 2.3L
  • First let's start with the hitch. For that the Draw Tite hitch part # 76034 is the correct fit and would be the best option for towing. I attached an install video as well. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118540 which does easily plug into your vehicle's wiring. 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...
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  • Is an Oil Cooler Required for Towing with a 2016 Ford Explorer
  • I do have the items you will need to tow with your 2016 Ford Explorer but we do not offer complete towing packages. Instead, you will need to purchase the items separately. According to the Ford Trailer Towing Guide, the towing package for the 3.5L V6 engine came with a oil cooler, 7-way trailer connector, and a trailer hitch receiver. The towing package for the 2.5L I4 engine came with a 4-way trailer connector and a trailer hitch receiver. For an oil cooler, I recommend using the Derale...
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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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  • Does Draw Tite Hitch 76034 Fit 2016 Ford Explorer and Allow Lift Gate Foot Operation
  • The Draw-Tite Hitch # 76034 is a fit for your vehicle. 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 kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch...
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  • Does Draw Tite Hitch 76034 Fit 2016 Ford Explorer with Tow Package
  • The Draw Tite hitch part # 76034 is a confirmed fit for your 2016 Ford Explorer with the towing package as it fits all models of the 2016 Explorer. If you have a hitch on the vehicle already it will need to be removed. 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...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2016 Ford Explorer With the Foot Activated Gate
  • My contact at Draw-Tite confirmed that their Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # 76034, is compatible with the foot activated gate on your 2016 Ford Explorer. He did mentioned that it will not be as sensitive, and you will need to kick your foot as if you were kicking a football instead of just waving your foot underneath the bumper. If you are needing to add a wiring harness to the rear of your Explorer, I recommend using the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Does the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Part # C13100 Come With Installation Hardware
  • Yes, all of our trailer hitch receivers such as the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13100 come with the necessary hardware needed for installation. This kit comes with the following items: 4 - M12 Hex Bolts 4 - 1/2" Conical Tooth Washers 1 - 1/2" Fishwire Bolt Leader 1 - Hex Flange Nut 1 - Square Hole washer 1 - 1/2" Carriage Bolt 4 - 7/16" Washers 2 - 7/16" Nylock Hex Nuts 2 - 7/16" Hex Bolts The only items you will need to install this hitch on your...
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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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  • 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 # 76034. 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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  • 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 # 76034 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Even without the factory tow package your 2015 Ford Explorer should have a connector under it at the rear. For a 4-way trailer connector use # 118269. Or if you need a 7-way use # 118272. I've attached videos of both being installed. If you happen to need a brake controller I recommend the Prodigy P2 # 90885 that is extremely easy to install and operate. Since your 2015 Ford Explorer does not have a factory tow package you can use the included wiring harness as a hardwire installation. For...
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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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  • 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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  • Trailer Hitch Fits & Replacement Installation Hardware for 2015 Ford Explorer
  • The Draw-Tite 2-inch hitch that fits the 2015 Ford Explorer is part # 76034. Hitches like this are custom-fit products that are intended for specific vehicles. They are not general-purpose products that can be made to fit any vehicle. I did measure the left-to-right mounting hole spacing on this hitch and the center-to-center hole spacing is 49-1/2-inches. Your hitch should have a safety sticker on it that indicates its part number and weight capacities. If they match then you can install...
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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Will Trailer Hitch Fit 2014 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor
  • I called my contact at Draw-Tite and asked about the # 76034 trailer hitch installation on your 2014 Ford Explorer Interceptor. They told me there are no notes about the fit and like us, they have not had a chance to install one on that specific model. You can take a look at the attached installation instructions and then check our the underside of your Explorer and see if there are any obvious issues to be concerned with such as exhaust or added material anywhere. I wish I could...
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  • Recommended Torque Specs for Installing Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13100 on 2014 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13100 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2014 Ford Explorer. When installing the hitch, you will want to torque the M12 hardware to 79 lb-ft and the 1/2 inch hardware to 110 lb-ft. No drilling will be required but note that the exhaust will need to be temporarily lowered during installation. I have attached an installation video on your 2014 Ford Explorer that you can use for reference.
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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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  • 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 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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