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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Item # C12198
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Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately. Great Prices for the best trailer hitch from CURT. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number C12198 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C12198

  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • CURT
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


  • 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
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 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.

12198 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

Installation Details C12198 Installation instructions

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12198

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (82 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

2022 Subaru Forester

The best e-commerce business for all things towing. I’ve installed 7 hitches on Subarus (mine & friends). The best customer service, prices, and selection. Awesome videos and Q&A for products.

2021 Subaru Forester

Super fast delivery, Curt Products are always better than draw-tite. This is my 2nd forester an the install was easier as I remembered not to completely remove the trim box on the passenger side and just remove the screw from the head shield and drill out the shield material against the openings in the frame rail. Glad I opted for the class II 1 1/4 size as it is a cleaner look and I no longer need an adaptor for my bike rack.


This is the third hitch I’ve purchased over the years and it is always a positive experience. The hitch for my 2019 Subaru Forester was nicely packaged and all parts were included.

I would highly recommend buying your hitch needs from etrailer. I installed this myself in about 90 minutes or so. I took my time.

Thank you for another positive experience etrailer.

Still good no rust no chips
Paul - 10/02/2021


When I received the hitch receiver it was bent. The area that was bent was the mount surface on the drivers side. I would assume this happened during shipping since the box was beat up and partially torn open. The product I believe is a high quality product but shipping was extremely careless. A suggestion would be to package the product so as to add protection from damage by shippers. Today it seems that all that matters is to get the package through the system, to the destination and off the truck. Pride in work seems to be non existent. Again I like the product and would order it again but would be skeptical of its condition upon receipt. Thanks

I am sorry that the hitch and box arrived in the way that you have described. I will send this feedback to our shipping department. It sounds like that the side brackets were knocked out of alignment which is why the bolt holes are not lining up. We do have a great FAQ that provides ways to move the brackets back into alignment so the hitch can be installed.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 07/19/2022

2021 Subaru Forester

Went on easily. The instructions online helped a lot. I installed this on my forester to accommodate a 1up bike rack.

I cannot express enough the help that the fishing wires were.

2021 Subaru Forester

The “how to” video is the best part. The trailer hitch is good but without the video showing me step by step installation instructions I would never have attempted installing the hitch myself.

2022 Subaru Forester

Excellent product. Fit perfectly but was very challenging to install. Unlike the many videos showing otherwise. But I installed it alone. Looks great. Can't wait to do some recreational towing..

2020 Subaru Forester

It is a great price for this trailer hitch. The install video made all the difference, without it I could not have installed it. I am a Registered Nurse and not a person that works on cars for a living. The install video made it possible for me to install this trailer.

After a year my hitch is still working great!
Ruben - 05/22/2021

2021 Subaru Forester

Straight forward installation. The featured video shows the use of the fourth frame plug hole as the hardware fish point. I followed the instructions and enlarged the middle hole on each side. Used silicone under the heat shield and hitch bolt hole on exhaust side and between hitch and frame on driver’s side. Video was otherwise very helpful.


I wouldn’t buy a hitch from anyone than etrailer.
etrailer walks you through the installation step by step and provides information about the best hitch for your needs.


Very easy install. Instructions were very clear. No need for a lift. I backed the car onto 2 2x10 boards to provide ample clearance.


Easy to install, perfect fit, works great, finish is holding up nicely.

Great. Works well and finish is holding up really well.
Thomas - 10/21/2022

Subaru Forester

Fast service, item was correct and works great, easy to install on 2020 Subaru Forester. Thank you

2020 Subaru Forester

Wow. Where to begin. The web site is clear, informative and easy to navigate. Price was inline with [online retailer], and shipping was free. Tracking of the shipment was very detailed, accurate and included a map. The pkg was delivered on-time and intact. Upon opening, I was pleasantly surprised to find a fishwire included for each bolt, which saved me countless issues. The videos I found online from eTrailer that showed me exactly what do do for my exact vehicle were spot on. I had allowed 4 hours for the install, but had it mounted completely within 1 hour. I could not be more satisfied with the entire eTrailer experience.

Fabulous - could not be more pleased after a year of usage. The hitch is solid, has been a breeze to connect and disconnect my trailer to countless times, and the finish albeit alwasy a bit dusty is still like new.
Scott - 09/03/2021


There was hardly anything left of the packaging by the time it arrived. Not sure if all the hardware is in the box, but by the looks of it, probably not. Very disappointed in how thus item was handled.

I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/11/2022


I purchased the same style hitch in the past. It installs as per instructions. They've lasted many years and have good quality.

The hitch has remained a tight insecure and has worked perfectly over the last year.
Sid - 03/20/2022

2022 Subaru Forester

Great product, timely delivery. As usual, eTrailer delivers!


The trailer hitch is high quality and fit perfect. Preview video before installation, it was extremely helpful. The fish wire comes with the kit. Highly recommend this product for your Forester.


High quality trailer hitch, excellent welds and nice enamel finish.


The delivery time was amazing, arrived evening of the 3rd day I installed this morning everything went smooth we will mount our bike rack and go for a ride.thanks to e-trailer for such good service.

Larry S - 09/25/2021

2022 Subaru Forester

It just doesn't get much better. This company gets it right in the digital age. Quick delivery, accurate installation video. EVERYTHING just as promised.


Correct hitch and great support while choosing it.


Hitch is everything we wanted. Installation was easy. No complaints!


Product met expectations and service has been outstanding!


so far so good. the ordering and delivery was Excellent. The only reason I have not given a total 5 star rating at this moment is because it is a Christmas gift for one of my children vehicles and installation will not take place till after Christmas. Once that is complete I am sure it will be a 5 star rating with etrailer!

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    The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12198 which is a great option for a 2019 Subaru Forester will work well with most bike racks. If you are looking for hatch access with the bike rack attached, you'll want to make sure the bike rack has a tilting feature like the Thule Hitching Post Pro - Folding Tilting 4 Bike Rack w Anti-Sway - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches Item # TH934XTR. This is what will determine whether or not you can open the hatch with the bike rack still in place as it will need...
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    The difference between the Class ratings for the hitches you were looking at for your 2021 Subaru Forester are a Class II hitch like the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" # C12198 have a 1-1/4" receiver tube and a typically a lower tongue weight and trailer weight rating than a Class III hitch. The # C12198 has a 350lb tongue weight rating and 3500lb trailer weight rating The Class III # C13409 for your Forester has a 2" receiver and a tongue weight rating of...
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  • What is the Bumper Clearance Distance for the Curt Hitch # C12198 on a 2019 Subaru Forester?
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