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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 13217 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - 13217

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4000 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • 400 lbs TW
  • 5000 lbs WD GTW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 lbs WD TW

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA, bolts overseas


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 400 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

13217 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

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Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13217

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (14 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.

1995 Volkswagen Eurovan

Super thick 1/4" side plates make for a sturdy product. Bolted right up- even all the bolt holes lined up correctly.I could wish it was a little closer to the rear bumper/higher up for more ground clearance as there is a cut out for a hitch on mine already.

2003 Volkswagen Eurovan

Very good quality. Installed easily but the directions were a little slim. I had trouble figuring which bolts/nuts required which torque pressure. I had to use a hydraulic jack to raise the bumper to align the holes. I am very satisfied. It seems to be a fine product.

It is working very well. Easy to install and very sturdy. I would recommend this product. Pulling back the heat shield was easier than I anticipated.
Gary F - 07/09/2021

1999 Volkswagen Eurovan

Installation went fairly smoothly. Be prepared for the bumper fasteners to be very rusty. May be wise to spray with rust penetrating product periodically before installation.

Hitch itself is of quality. Big, thick welds and a nice paint finish. This is my first Curt product, and I am impressed. The fasteners provided are also great with the classy, thick copy cad plating, although there is one exception...

The "handle nut". I have had problems with similar captured nuts like these before that are used in critical areas. This one was no different. The nut stripped before I was even close to the torque spec provided in the instructions. A chain is as strong as its weakest link, and this nut is weak.

A quick call to Curt had a new one in the mail for me in a couple of minutes. I sincerely hope they take my advice and reconsider their source for this piece. Surely, this nut shares its origins with the novel coronavirus.

Can't wait to tow with TDi power!

Still installed. No rust visible despite a tough winter.
Jack T - 04/03/2021

1997 Volkswagen Eurovan

Product is exactly what I wanted, no missing parts. Website was easy to use and order tracking was VERY in depth.


Solid! Definitely well manufactured. My dad and I had it out of the box and installed in less than an hour. Very happy with the price and quality of the product. Thank you!!

2001 Volkswagen Eurovan

Fit very well. Only trouble was getting bumper bolts out then hitch went in great. I'm not a mechanic but I made it

Jim - 10/25/2018

2002 Volkswagen Eurovan

We are an independent repair shop specializing in Audi/Volkswagen; we order hitches from here for our customers on a regular basis.
This hitch and all others we have installed have been great.

Installation is always smooth with minimal modification and the product is good quality.

We have not had a single unhappy customer after installing a hitch from


2000 Volkswagen Eurovan

Went on easy. Pulled a uhaul across the states two days after putting it on. For Eurovans, you should know that you have to pull back the heat shield to get the nut on the handle in place. A little tricky but very doable.

1999 Volkswagen Eurovan

Hitch is well made, nicely finished, fits easily into place. I'm very happy with it, and with the price and service etrailer has. Sorry no pic of the install - we're busy loading up for a 3 month trip in our Eurovan!

2003 Volkswagen Eurovan

Great price for the product I was looking for. Good recommendations for compatible accessories.


Product arrived in good condition box was pretty torn up open on one end


the hitch was sent on the same day and everything was perfect!




fast delivery, nice product !


See what our Experts say about this CURT Trailer Hitch

  • Handle Nut Installation for Curt Trailer Hitch # 13217 on a 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan
    I spoke with my contact at Curt about the installation of Trailer Hitch, # 13217, on a 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan. He stated that the only way to get the handle nut into position is to remove the heat shield. Once the handle nut is in position and the hitch is installed you should be able to re-install the shield.
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  • Will CURT Trailer Hitch # 13217 Fit an RV Based on a 2003 Volkswagen Eurovan Chassis
    I spoke with my contact at CURT. Trailer Hitch, # 13217 is unique in that it comes in 3 pieces. Once the frame brackets are attached to the main body, the distance between the 2 brackets is 29-5/8 inches. The brackets are 9-1/4 inches tall overall. I have included a link to the installation details for this hitch.
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  • Can the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13217 be Used to Carry a 360 lb Bike
    If the weight of the carrier plus the weight of your motorcycle weighs 360 lbs then the 400 lb tongue weight rating of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13217 will be sufficient for your application. If your bike alone weighs 360 lbs then that might be an issue. All of our motorcycle carriers weigh over 40 lbs so that would cause you to exceed the weight capacity of this trailer hitch. If you could possibly find a carrier that keeps you from exceeding the weight capacity of the trailer...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2001 Volkswagen Eurovan for Bike Rack
    For your 2001 Volkswagen Eurovan the Curt hitch part # 13217 is a confirmed fit and would work well. It does not have any restrictions on the spare tire mount either. This will give you a 2 inch hitch for your bike rack that will work well.
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  • Ground Clearance of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver #13217 for VW Eurovan
    Unfortunately we don't have a video on the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13217 mounted. I reached out to my tech contact at Curt and they said from the mounting bolt holes of the frame to the lowest part of the hitch is 8-1/2 inches. So, if you measure 8-1/2 inches down from the center of that mounting hole on your VW Eurovan, you will be able to determine your ground clearance.
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  • Accessing Spare Tire on 1995 Volkswagen Eurovan With Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver
    I do see your issue and I have a few options that come to mind for overcoming this on your 1995 VW Eurovan. First the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13217 does have a unique design in that the cross tube is bolted to the brackets and can be removed. You would be able to remove the 6 bolts that retain the cross tube and that will give you access to the lifting point and would allow you to use the lug wrench to raise and lower the spare tire. Second if you do not wish to have to remove...
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  • Are Curt Hitches Legal For Use in Europe
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and he said that the Class III Trailer Hitch # 13217 referenced in your question, along with all of their trailer hitches, are tested and rated to SAE J684 standards. This is recognized and accepted by many European countries but there are some that do not. Basically if the country where you reside recognizes these standards then the hitch will be perfectly legal to use. I simply recommend checking with local authorities to see if the SAE J684 standards...
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  • Does Curt Hitch # 13217 Fit 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan without Modifications to fit Spare
    The Curt hitch part # 13217 that you referenced does fit your 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan and while it is pretty close to the rear spare under the vehicle there are no install notes that mention needing to make any modifications to allow the spare to fit without issue. As long as your spare isn't larger than the factory size you'd be fine.
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  • Which Vehicle Will DaLan Class III Hitch # 13217 Fit
    Thanks for sending the photos, that's a huge help! The hitch shown in your photos is a Da'Lan Class III hitch, part # 13217. The hitch is a fit for a 1999-2003 Volkswagen Eurovan, not a Chevy. You can see the hitch installation instructions by clicking the provided link. Da'Lan was acquired by Curt several years ago.
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  • Do I Need To Swap The Side Plates On The Curt Receiver Of My 1993 VW Eurovan To Switch To a Class 3?
    You will need to change out the side plates from your class II Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12217 to install the class III Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13217 on your 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan. While they do appear similar the side plates are different as they are designed with larger and stronger components.
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  • Is There A Class III Trailer Hitch For My 2009 Volkswagen Eurovan
    I did some online research and the 2009 VW Eurovan was not sold in the US or Canada. Due to this, none of our trailer hitch vendors have a fit for this vehicle. There is an outside chance the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2", part # 13217, fits your vehicle. I am not sure if there is any difference between the frames of the last US version of this vehicle, 2003, and the frame of your 2009 model. You will assume the risk if you try to see if they are compatible....
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  • Does Curt Trailer Hitch 13217 Interfere with Spare Tire Access on a 2001 Volkswagen Eurovan
    We have not heard of any issues with spare tire access on the 2001 Volkswagen Eurovan and Curt trailer hitch # 13217 installed. The worse case scenario is that you might have to angle the spare tire in/out to clear the hitch cross tube but we have not heard of that even for this hitch so you'll be good to go. 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...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 1997 Volkswagen Eurovan/Transporter
    The T4 generation of the Volkswagen Transporter was indeed the same thing as the Eurovan. In the US it was called the Eurovan and everywhere else it was the Transporter. For your 1997 Volkswagen Transporter/Eurovan I recommend Curt trailer hitch # 13217. This is a 2 inch hitch rated for 400 pounds tongue weight and 4,000 pounds gross trailer weight. But consult the vehicle owner's manual for the vehicle capacity. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900....
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  • Hitch-Mount Cargo Carrier Recommendation for 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan
    Your 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan can be equipped with either a 1-1/4-inch Class II hitch, or a 2-inch Class III type. Cargo carriers are available for both hitch sizes but if you have a 2-inch hitch you'll be potentially able to load more cargo weight since this size hitch generally carries a higher weight rating than a 1-1/4-inch hitch. Both hitches offered for your van are shown on the link provided, the Class III Curt # 13217 and the Class II # C12217. The linked article on hitch classes...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for 5 Bikes for a 1997 Volkswagen Eurovan
    The tongue weight figure quoted to you by Volkswagen will tell you the maximum weight that you would be able to suspend from a hitch. The weight of the bike rack as well as all the bicycles placed on it could not exceed this capacity. To carry 4 or 5 bikes, you will need a Class III trailer hitch, like # 13217. I would recommend going with the Bike Rack with the 5 bike capacity. This way, in 4 years you will not need to purchase a new bike rack. I would recommend the Thule Apex, part...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit and Bike Rack Recommendation for 1993 Eurovan MV Weekender
    The Curt Trailer Hitch # 13217 is a confirmed fit for the 1993 Volkswagen Eurovan. This trailer hitch is a fit for all models of the 1993 Eurovan, so the manufacturer doesn't differentiate between styles or trim levels. If you need a 4 bike hitch mount bike rack, I recommend the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR. This bike rack will fit the 2 inch hitch receiver on the # 13217 hitch, and has a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike. The anti-sway cradles will help prevent bike to bike...
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  • Can 2001-2003 VW Eurovan MV Weekender Tow Riverside Retro 179
    Looks like the Riverside Retro 179 at it's max weight would be around 4,100 lbs which is lighter than the capacity of your 2002 Volkswagen Eurovan. While I cant' find anything specific on whether or not it has brakes I can tell by size and weight that it would have came with them. So for a hitch for your vehicle the Curt Class III part # 13217 with a weight distribution system like # RP66082 if you would be at the max capacity of the trailer. This would not be needed if the trailer was...
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