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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98867 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-496-5010 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98867

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

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with 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 etrailer
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


  • 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

Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer 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.

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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98867

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (547 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.

2015 Ford Explorer

Fits neatly under back bumper and doesn't stand out like older types of bolt on hitch receivers. Installation was easy enough. I see a small spot of rust already after the first week which is disappointing.


This is the second hitch I bought from eteailer.great service fast shipping wouldn’t buy from anyone else. As for the hitch the install it was easy took about 30 minutes on my 2016 Ford Explorer 4x4.. Any one should be able to do it.I’am a 71 year old retired mechanic.

2013 Ford Explorer

Everything fit great. The wire and bolt design to get the bolt to reverse drop in the frame was great ... Took a little finagling but got it eventually :) The hardest part was getting the muffler clamps off. I went out and bought a tool for it and made quick work of it. The next step is to plug in the wire kit I just ordered


Awesome product super easy to install highly recommend product. Directions were spot on. One tip I have is to use a floor jack to support the exhaust system rather than a tie off quicker to drop and raise the exhaust.


Installation is not that difficult. I am 70 years old and did it in my driveway by myself. I backed the car up on ramps and used a floor jack to support the exhaust system.

2016 Ford Explorer

Great hitch, matched up all the previous bolt locations. My only issue was fishing the bolt and lock plate into the frame. The video posted made it seem so easy but after 25 minutes of frustration, I got it. My vehicle had an additional bolt protruding from the end of the frame into the hole area. Oh well, it's not coming off again

2014 Ford Explorer


2013 Ford Explorer

The hitch fit perfectly onto the car. The only hassles with the installation were with one bolt that had to fit through a provided plate into a hole in the frame. Thanks to the fantastic installation videos we knew what to expect and they even provided the tool shown in the video as part of the kit! We already knew exactly what sizes of sockets to have on hand because that was also in the video. Thank you etrailer, you guys are great!

2013 Ford Explorer

This was an easy install to my 2013 Ford Explorer. I've had no issues with towing capabilities. I would say the only issue is a bit of rust on the inside of the hitch receiver. I had to get a cover for it so it would not let the weather affect it as bad. But this is not a reason to give it anything less than 5 stars.

2014 Honda CR-V

Everything about this trailer hitch receiver was excellent from the customer service, purchase, on-time delivery, installation instructions and the installation process. Did have to make one run to Home Depot to purchase the right size socket, but that is on me, not etrailer. The fit up to my 2017 Ford Explorer is factory perfect as shown in the photo. Thank you etrailer.


Trailer hitch arrived quickly and install video was excellent. The hardest part was lowering the exhaust from the hangers I chose the eTrailer hitch because of the powder black coating instead of the glossy black. You can see that the hitch is barely noticeable and fits tightly under the bumper! My lab Riley also digs it!


great hitch but doesn't have a permanent mount for trailer electrical connector.
will send photos via email.

Thanks for the review. I wanted to attach a link to our website to get you started on your search for mounting brackets that would work for your hitch.
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 06/07/2022


This was my second etrailer hitch; the other one has held up well over 7 years of use. The installation is as easy as they can make it and the product is well-built and fits precisely. My only complaint is that the etrailer bolts have 19mm heads, while the vehicle’s OEM bolts are 18mm (which is as large as most over-the-counter socket kits fit) - this left me unable to bolt the hitch on until I got a 19mm socket, which I couldn’t do easily with the tailpipes hanging down… Not sure if they bulk buy 19mm for use with other vehicles too, but using the same as the vehicle’s would be much less hassle for the average aftermarket class III installer (who I’d guess is like me, reasonably handy but without a large tool set).


I was so impressed with the straightforward directions, ease of installation, and quality built into my trailer hitch. After one year, it’s as if it were factory installed. I have had no issues whatsoever with this product. I actually purchased a trailer hitch and installed it on our priest’s car. I obviously have no reservations recommending this product to anyone. I am a disabled Vietnam veteran who believes in support this wonderful country of ours - made in the USA!!


Awesome well built product took 15 minutes to install

2015 Ford Explorer

the speed you got it shipped and the fit was great.only thing I am questionable about is the bolts that hold the muffler links. the lug that the bolts fit in is adequate I'm sure but if I was to build one I would provide a welded nut on the back side so the bolt couldn't tilt in the rubber link. I would have made my own but didn't have the time and yours is very well designed and proven


For the second time, the first being when I purchased a trailer jack last year, I was missing parts, in this case a two bolts, a nylok and two washers. It was obvious, as with the jack, that the cardboard had a tear in it which was patched by someone (crudely at that) which I have pictures of on my phone.

I hate to hear that this was the second box that arrived damaged. I will share this with our shipping department and I will have our customer service team reach out.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 09/28/2022

2014 Ford Explorer

great price, fast shipping and fit perfect with all the hardware you need. definitely would trust them for another hitch

2017 Ford Explorer

Perfect fit & function on our 2017 Ford Explorer XLT.


My wife found your video on U Tube. After my review we ordered the hitch and trailer lighting harness. Great hitch with all required parts to easily install with common tools. Quality parts built to last! Many Thanks!

2016 Ford Explorer

Everything went great, but the explanation video ( the featured one, first click one ) should explain in more detail how to input the metal rectangular metal support is installed in the frame. That was the only point of frustration I experienced. Thanks for the product though.


Worked great, put my receiver to it an have not had any problems.


13 Ford Explorer


Trailer hitch was exactly what I ordered . Instructions were easy to follow , it took approximately 30 minutes to install with the help of another person . Highly recommend Etrailer my order showed up a day before promised. My salesman Justin was very helpful and knowledgeable.

2019 Ford Explorer

Perfect fit on 2019 Explorer XLT.

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  • What Does Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98867 Weigh for 2014 Ford Explorer
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