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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"

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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 C12221 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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CURT Trailer Hitch - C12221

  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 2500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • CURT
  • 250 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
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Hitch assembled in the USA, bolts overseas


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 250 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.

12221 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12221

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (87 Customer Reviews)

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


On 06/14/2012 I posted my comment about the wonderful product I purchased from I stated I would add pictures later… It is now later.
My pictures will show how I had to move things before I purchased my Hitch from and modified a store bought trailer.
The third picture shows the trailer attached to my hitch after the assembly of the trailer…
The forth picture shows the trailer attached to my hitch after doing the trailer wiring and checked out the lights… (All went well)
The fifth picture shows my hitch and trailed now at home in Florida… 1,100 miles from Delaware to my home in Florida…. 18 ½ hours on the road… (All went well)
I love how easy my hitch and wiring went together… Thank you again


I have pruchee several trailer hitches and products from etrailer over the years and they have always exceeded my expectations with the quality and especially their customer service


Works as expected - very sturdy! What more can I say? It does the job!



Still going strong after another year. Thanks!


Fit perfect! I used a metric tap to clean threads. Without it install would have been much more difficult! I payed $10 for the tap.Maybe you could include it with the hitch and charge a little more.


The mounting holes did not line up with tapped holes in car frame. I had to hand file the hitch holes nearly 1/4” to mount the hitch. Also the hitch made contact with my exhaust pipe causing rumbling noise. I have removed the hitch pending a fix for that.

Etrailer Expert

Jenny N.


It sounds like the side brackets of the hitch were flexed which is why the bolt holes did not line up. Most of the time the side brackets can be flexed back into alignment and still be installed. I also do have a good FAQ to help with eliminating the hitch rattle that you are experiencing.

2005 Toyota Matrix

So far so good. Bought this hitch for a 2005 Toyota Matrix. After I tapped the frame bolt holes out, tons of road grime, this hitch mounted right up. Uaing it for a hitch mounted 2 bike carrier and it's done great so far. Just drove 800 miles with the bikes on the back and no problems.

2008 Toyota Matrix

Excellent! Installed entire kit in under an hour. Hardest part was the bolt holes on the undercarriage. They were rusty and needed to be retapped. The electrical was a breeze. Great product. Hitch blends in well with car, 5 stars!


Hitch fits my vehicle perfectly. Had mounting holes cleaned and prepared before hitch was delivered making installation simple. Price was fair, shipping was quick.

2010 Toyota Matrix

Fits perfectly on our 2005 Toyota Matrix (base model) - only problem was getting the weld nuts cleaned out, but after 10 years of Midwestern winters I'm not surprised that they were extremely crud-filled. I used a wire brush from a shotgun cleaning kit and lots of WD-40 to clean them out.


After sitting on the living room floor for 4 days, I finally found time to hook up it up. It was straightforward, a breeze to install. Makes my car look a bit manly now lol. I will use it to tow a dirtbike, mountain bikes and a wheelchair.

2009 Toyota Matrix

Arrived very quickly. Installation was a breeze. Took advice from video and cleaned bolt threads first. 4 bolts later and it was installed. No difficulties at all and no trimming of plastic. Very pleased.

2012 Toyota Matrix

Perfect fit, easy install, fast shipping

2003 Toyota Matrix

Received hitch earlier than expected & all looked new & undamaged, however the bolts attaching the hitch did not fit. I cleaned the existing nuts in the frame with WD40, a tooth brush & Qtips but the bolt gets very tight quickly & feels like the threading is wrong & tightening feels that it is damaging the nut. So I called & gave them all the information on the bolts they sent & told them the problem I was experiencing. They elected to send me a new set of bolts which are the same as the originals so I haven't been able to install the hitch. At first it looked like this was going to be an easy job but because of the bolts nothing has been accomplished. I'm not sure what to do! Buy a tap to tap nuts to fit bolts or try to find & buy the right size bolts for the existing frame nuts. What do you suggest???

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


Due to the age of your vehicle, and the fact that you live in an area that experiences winter weather, the nuts that are welded into the frame members that are used to mount the hitch are very likely corroded which is preventing you from fully threading in the installation hardware. In many cases, a good shot of spray lubricant like WD-40 or PB Blaster and some scrubbing with a wire brush from a battery terminal cleaner # DW00254 will clean the threads well enough that the bolts can be threaded into place. In some cases, when the corrosion is severe, a M12 x 1.25 thread tap is needed.

2009 Toyota Matrix

Perfect for my matrix car was able to move my son from college back with no problems


Installation time is much longer than advertised. Expect to invest in a M12x1.25 tap to ream out the threads in the frame bolts. (These are hard to find and I suggest etrailer stock these.) The nylon tube brush suggested by etrailer to clean the threads in the video may work in a newer vehicle but not in my 2012 Toyota Matrix S and a tap was necessary. There was also an issue with the muffler hitting the hitch frame. I solved that grinding the channel back where it hit the muffler (which was in a non-structural area). Bending the muffler hanger back to move the muffler back as suggested in the comment section didn't seem like a good permanent solution to me. Otherwise I thing the hitch is a great product. Installation wasn't as easy as advertised.

2006 Pontiac Vibe

E-Trailer sets the standard for ecommerce! I have ordered several items from this company and I cannot commend them enough on their product description, instruction videos and item packaging. The best in the industry. The item I ordered is exactly as described and very well built. This hitch is going on my daughters car so I spent many hours researching and reading reviews. I always have my daughter assist me when I work on her car, I want to learn how things work. My wife couldn't believe how quickly this went on and my daughter was very happy with the hitch and the bike rack we installed. With E-Trailer I have no concerns.

2010 Toyota Matrix

The trailer hitch receiver for our 2010 Toyota Matrix was a perfect fit! The online instructional videos made it a breeze to install. I was able to mount it without an extra set of hands (although the exhaust pipe was conveniently placed to serve as a temp hanger on the passenger side...:) Delivery came sooner than expected and the bike rack we bought it for also fit perfectly. provided excellent service and a perfect product. We couldn't be any happier with this transaction.


Easy to install. Only problem is lack of enough clearance from muffler. Any little bump you go over on the road or worse if you are on a dirt road, the muffler makes quite a racket rattling on the hitch.

Etrailer Expert

Sierra K.


Thank you for your review. This is actually an easy fix. You would just need to bend your hanger bracket to get the exhaust further away from the hitch.

2005 Toyota Matrix

Received my hitch with no delay, products that I had bought were as stated.. I found out about you guys from watching youtube, even how to install my hitch and how to wire my car for it. All of you show great concern about product, from taking orders and asking about its install. Well,safe to say I got my hitch shipped to me in no time. I installed my hitch and wiring of it. Install of both went well. Thanks to everyone involved with my purchase and to the ones that put the vidios on youtube.


WOW!!! Just like in the movies!!! Out of the box and on the car in less then 5 minutes... The wiring was a snap also (Little more then 5 minutes but easy)!!! Could not ask for more... Great quality HITCH and Wiring very structurally manufactured and easy to install THANK YOU ETRAILER - - - OH and the Price was Great too!!! Oh yes Shipping - - - I Got the package real fast also!!!! GREAT DEAL, GREAT COMPANY!!! AGAIN THANK YOU etrailer!!! Sorry I didn't take any pictures yet if I can get back to this site I will attach a few later...

2003 Pontiac Vibe

Awesome job guys! I needed a hitch for my 03 Pontiac Vibe for towing a small trailer with. I found exactly what I needed for my car quickly and easily on your site. The hitch was delivered fast, and it attached to my car within 20 minutes securely and easily!
Thank you for a great product and a great service!

2005 Toyota Matrix

Amazed about how fast I received it. Quality plus appearances. Fits perfect with rated fasteners
And, the sales Lady was so helpful.



My son is getting a new general motors product if it does not have a trailer hitch let me assure you I will contact you guys first. You guys offer complete TurnKey understanding for a do-it-yourself


I (female) installed this hitch by myself on my Toyota Matrix XRS and towed a uhaul trailer from Maryland to California with no problems. Excellent product. Highly recommend. I also called customer service with a couple of questions during install and had an excellent experience.

2004 Pontiac Vibe

Fairly easy installation... It was a bit of a challenge to get enough leverage on the wrench to reach the beefy torque requirement, but got it done. I've used the hitch a bunch of times to transport bikes, and it's been perfect for the job. This is installed on a 2004 Pontiac Vibe GT.

2003 Pontiac Vibe

Hitch installed as easy as could be possible:
in position, install 4 bolts

It does hang down below the bumper more than I expected, though.



Im still happy with them. I now use the setup, with added brakes and an adapter, to tow my race car.

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See what our Experts say about this CURT Trailer Hitch

  • Is Heat Shield Modifcation Required to Install Curt Trailer Hitch # 12221 on a 2008 Pontiac Vibe
    The Curt hitch # 12221 is only a fit for the 2008 Pontiac Vibe GT models. Heat shield modification is only required for installation if the heat shield interferes with the hitch installation area. If you do not have a GT model, then heat shield modification would not be required. I would recommend the Draw-Tite model # 24812, as this hitch does not require heat shield modification, and it includes a pin and clip, which would be required if you plan to tow a trailer. Ball mounts are sold...
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  • Comparing Trailer Hitches # 12221 and # C12013 for a 2007 Toyota Matrix
    I went out to the warehouse and examined the Curt Hitch # 12221 and # C12013. While they are similar, there is a key difference in the designs. From the top of the mounting brackets on each side of the hitch down to the bottom of the receiver, hitch # C12013, hangs lower. This makes sense because it is designed to fit all models including XR and XRS of the 2003 to 2008 Toyota Matrix. Some models have a rear fascia that hangs lower so a hitch that hangs lower is needed. Since you have...
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  • Solution for Trailer Hitch Bolts that Seem to Big to Thread In
    We get this question pretty often and while it may seem like the threads are too small the real fix is to use a thread tap with the M12 size and they'll thread in. This happens frequently on vehicles that have a few winters on them.
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  • What Size Are The Supplied Bolts For The Curt Hitch item # C1221?
    You will need a 19mm socket with a 10" extension to tighten the 4 1.25" bolts on the Curt hitch item # C12221. I have linked a couple installation videos to help you with anymore questions you may have.
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  • 2013 Toyota Matrix S Hitch Fit Confirmation
    The Curt hitch part # C12221 that you referenced is confirmed to fit all models of the 2013 Toyota Matrix so it will work well on your S model. One of the most popular cargo carriers to use with the hitch is the Pro Series carrier part # 63155 which would be a great option that measures 20 inches by 47 inches.
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  • Is Trimming of the Vehicle Required When Installing a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Toyota Matrix
    The only trimming or modification required is if your 2008 Toyota Matrix is an XR or XRS model. The installation instructions for Curt Trailer Hitch, # 12221, linked below, state that if you do have an XR or XRS model, the lower valance MAY require trimming. All of the available trailer hitches have similar disclaimers; that trimming MAY be required. If you plan on doing some towing, the trailer hitch comes with the required ball mount. You can use hitch ball # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter)...
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  • Differences Between the Curt Hitches for the 2009 Toyota Matrix
    The difference is the shape of the cross tube. The part # C12228 has a square shaped tube whereas the part # C12221 has a round shape. Typically the round tubes are less visible than the square ones.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2009 Toyota Matrix
    First, where the car was built is not as important as what market the car was built for. If it was built for the U.S. market, it does not matter if it was made in Canada, Mexico, or Japan. You have probably noticed that many cars for any given year come out about a year early, so it is not unusual to see a model year 2009 car with a build date of 2008. A Class II hitch is going to be the better option and out of the 2 Class II hitches, I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch # 12228 because...
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  • Will Curt Hitch # C12221 for 2009 Pontiac Vibe Work with MagnaFlow Cat-Back Exhaust # MF16849
    Curt and other makers of hitch receivers determine how their products fit to any vehicle based on the vehicle being in stock condition. They cannot test their hitches with all possible aftermarket products and so Curt cannot offer absolute certainty of the compatibility of their hitch # C12221 with your MagnaFlow exhaust # MF16849. However, my technical contact at Curt did offer that if your aftermarket cat-back exhaust uses only the OEM exhaust hangers and mounting points, if the pipe...
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  • How to Clean Out Weld Nuts on a 2006 Toyota Matrix to Install a Trailer Hitch
    You would not use a tap to clean the threads. A tap would be used to cut new threads. To clean out the weld nuts on the vehicle in order to install a trailer hitch you will just need some WD40, a wire brush like # DW00254, and a little elbow grease. I have included a link to our FAQ article and a video on cleaning out weld nuts for hitch installation.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness for 2006 Toyota Matrix
    The trailer hitch I recommend for a 2006 Toyota Matrix is the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 24812. This hitch offers an easy bolt-on install with no cutting or drilling required. It has a 1-1/4" opening which will work great for towing or hitch mounted accessories like bike racks or cargo carriers. In order to tow you'll also need a trailer wiring harness, the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118386 is a plug-in fit.
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  • Does Conical Washer 01292-008 Fit Curt Hitch that Fits 2007 Pontiac Vibe
    Yes the Reese conical washer part # 01292-008 will work with the install hardware of the Curt hitch # C12221 that fits your 2007 Pontiac Vibe.
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  • Can Curt Trailer Hitch on 2007 Toyota Matrix XR Handle More Than Rated Tongue Weight
    Like you mentioned, the highest tongue weight rating for a trailer hitch on your 2007 Toyota Matrix XR is the 250 lbs of the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12221. I can't recommend going over that amount at all, even at lower speeds, as it is not rated for or tested for more than 250 lbs and exceeding that will not only put undue stress on the hitch, but also void the warranty. So you will definitely want to stay at or below the 250 lb limit to ensure you can safely get to your destination...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS
    The Curt Class-II hitch # C12221 has a higher weight rating and would work with your 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS. Draw-Tite # 24812 is a Class-I hitch where as the Curt # 12221 is a Class-II. The Class-II hitch will have a higher rating than Class-I. But keep in mind the maximum towing weight capacity of your 2009 Toyota Matrix is 1,500 pounds per the Toyota Matrix owners manual. Per Curt instructions, the fascia might have to be trimmed on models with lower fascia but I pulled the Curt hitch...
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  • What Parts Are Needed To Tow A Trailer With A 2010 Toyota Matrix
    If you plan on towing a trailer then wiring and a ball mount would be necessary as well. For the wiring you'll need the Tekonsha T-One Wire Harness # 118460. For the ball mount you'll need to know the ball size for the coupler (1-7/8, 2", 2-5/16") and how much of a rise or drop is needed. I've attached a link below to a help article that will walk you through the measuring process for the correct rise or drop. I also recommend picking up a hitch pin and coupler lock like the Curt # C66DR...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit for 2007 Toyota Matrix XR
    All available hitches made for your 2007 Toyota Matrix XR include both Class I and Class II types in the 1-1/4-inch size. All are shown on the linked page. You'll notice all three options, parts # 24812, # C12221 and # C12013, share a very similar overall design; this is due to all of them using the same mounting points on the car's frame. This means that there will not be much if any difference between the installations. Ground clearance will not be markedly better or worse with any hitch. If...
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  • Why is Draw-Tite Hitch a Class I and Curt Hitch is a Class II for a 2006 Pontiac Vibe
    Hitch manufacturers determine the Class rating for a given hitch. The amount of hardware used to install a hitch isn't a factor. With that said Curt decided that hitch # C12234 will be fine to use with Class II accessories and gave it a Class II rating. Their hitch for the 2006 Pontiac Vibe GT models, # C12221, is also a Class II but it has been tested and rated for a higher tongue weight and gross trailer weight capacity 250/2500 pounds. If you are using the hitch for a bike rack or cargo...
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  • CURT Hitch Recommendation for a 2011 Toyota Matrix AWD XR
    The CURT hitch you would want for your 2011 Toyota Matrix AWD XR would be a CURT Trailer Hitch # 12221. I attached installation instructions for you to check out also. You will need to trim the lower fascia to install this hitch. The CURT Hitch # 12234 that you referenced is not a confirmed fit for your vehicle so I would not recommend it for you. You may be interested in purchasing the following products to complete your towing setup: Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118460 (installation...
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  • How to Carry 3 Bikes on a 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT
    Yes there is a way that you can carry 3 bikes using your 2009 Pontiac Vibe GT. You can use a trunk mount bike rack. Your Vibe has that spoiler piece at the top of the rear hatch. To avoid putting stress on that spoiler there is only 1 bike rack I recommend; the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top rack # HRF2-3. This rack has an extra arm piece to move the top straps up and over that spoiler so no weight is put on it. And this rack holds 3 bikes and costs about the same as a trailer hitch plus...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow Trailer with 2007 Toyota Matrix
    I took a look at the online version of the owner's manual for your 2007 Toyota Matrix and found that it can tow a trailer that weighs up to 1,500 pounds. I do recommend verifying this in your copy of the manual just in case you have a different model. In order to tow a trailer you will need to start with a trailer hitch. I recommend the Draw-Tite Class I Sport Frame Receiver Hitch # 24812. This custom hitch will use existing holes in your vehicle's frame for a no-drill installation and...
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  • 2-Bike Carrier Recommendation for 2010 Toyota Matrix
    You have two general options for bike racks for use on your 2010 Matrix: a hitch mount rack (that requires a hitch be installed on the vehicle) and a trunk-mount type. The trunk mount route will be more cost-effective, but the hitch-mount option gives you the ability to use both a hitch-mount bike rack and other hitch-mount accessories such as a cargo carrier. A hitch also means that the weight load of the bike rack and bikes will be carried by the strongest part of the car - its frame...
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  • Will the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver C12221 and the Swagman XC S64650 Work on a 2009 Toyota Matrix
    The Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver, part # C12221, and the Swagman XC, part # S64650, will work well on your 2009 Toyota Matrix. The only other thing that you will want to keep in mind is that per the Curt warranty you will need to use a Support Strap # 18050 for any non-trailer loads like a bike rack or cargo carrier, otherwise the warranty is void. If you would like to add some security to your setup, I recommend using the Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock and Cable # S64031 which will help to...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2006 Toyota Matrix
    There are Class I and II trailer hitches available for your 2006 Toyota Matrix. With a Class I hitch you are limited to just 2 bikes. With a Class II you can carry up to 4 safely. The Class II hitches available, # C12013 for XR and XRS models and # C12221 for all other models, also require the use of a stabilization strap, # 18050, for the Curt warranty requirements. Still this is the best way to go if you want to carry more than 2 bikes. Platform style racks are great because they can...
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  • Difference Between Trailer Hitches C12221 & C12013 On 2007 Toyota Matrix
    Yes, you are correct the differences are that on # C12221 the heat shield modification may be required, and lower fascia may need to be trimmed for hitch installation. On the # C12013 a heat shield modification may be required. It does not need a fascia modification, which presents an easier install on the 2007 Toyota Matrix. Also the # C12013 fits the 2003 - 2008 Toyota Matrix XR and XRS. The # C12221 fits Canadian models of the Matrix FROM 2009 - 2013 (Toyota Matrix,) and 2003 -...
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