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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"

Item # e98844
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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. Great Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98844 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98844

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 6000 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 900 lbs TW
  • 8000 lbs WD GTW
  • 900 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: 6,000 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 8,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 900 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 900 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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Installation Details E98844 Installation instructions

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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98844

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (1186 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.


I am very pleased with my purchase.The etrailer hitch is a perfect fit for my 2015 Toyota Highlander. This company went above and beyond to assist me with finding a location to install it.

Sha P.


Ive had my hitch for an year and I have not had any problems. It is very well made the color hasnt faded and theirs no rust. I will be purchasing another one for my next vehicle.


Couldn't be happier with my purchase. I had it installed at U-haul and have been towing a Kuat 3 bike rack assembly. Was initially wary that the receiver would throw off the weight balance on my car, especially when driving through snowy conditions and on snow (I live in the Pacific North West and drive through a mountain pass to get to my local ski resort every weekend), but that hasn't been an issue so far.

2019 Toyota Highlander

I just got receiver hitch installed on wife's 2019 Highlander. Went pretty good. I opted not to drop spare tire to install it. The installation video on the website was great help also. I did it on floor with assistance from a jack and my wife. On a scale of 1 to 10 on difficultly i would say maybe a 3. I have not used it yet but seems to be make very sturdy. I do like the way it kind of hides and dont stick out.



Been very pleased with the Trailer Hitch Receiver. I only use it when we go to the beach for a cargo carrier, Thats why i wanted one that fit tight up against the car. Blends in and looks factory.

2019 Toyota Highlander

Very simple to install. I did in my driveway without dropping spare. Had a little help holding up side while installing bolts on other rail. Only tough bolt to put in was one right above muffler. Very happy with the way it fits and looks. Highly recommend



A year in use and no complaints or worries. Functioning very well. Very good product


Hitch fit perfect. Took about 20 minutes to bolt hitch to frame. About 45 minutes to remove and trim plastic cover. If you’re working alone recommend using floor jack to hold in place while installing bolts



Works great. Have hauled bike carrier almost 4000 miles since installation. This hitch was over $1000 less than Toyota wanted to install an OEM

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Steve It's always fun to pull one over on the stealership, isn't it?

Toyota Highlander

The website gave me the perfect fit for our Highlander. Shipping was fast and arrived on time. Installation was a breeze with the hitch and wiring harness. Great overall experience. FYI…I installed this entire system by myself in under an hour.



Works perfect. I was able to install by myself!

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Joshua Niiice! Glad to hear that the etrailer brand # e98844 Class III hitch is working well for you.

2016 Toyota Highlander

Instructions were easy to follow.(watched online video) I backed my 2016 Highlander XLE up on ramps for easy access to install. I used a BOSCH oscillating multi-tool to cut the plastic undercarriage guards - worked great and fit perfectly around the new hitch once it was reinstalled.

BOSCH 18V impact driver with a 9” or 12” 3/8 wobble extension made quick work of the bolts around the exhaust. Very easy 45 min start to finish job if you have a few tools.


Fit as it said it would. Video was on the spot. For someone like me and no garage, laid on my back in driveway and successfully put it on.
Price I couldn’t find any better. Shipping to my house was awesome.
If I had to buy another for other vehicles Etrailer is my first stop!!



Great Use it for aluminum wheel chair carrier

Toyota Highlander

New hitch looks great and was easy to install. Instructions were easy to follow. I backed my Highlander up on ramps for easy access to install. I used a DeWalt oscillating multi-tool to cut the plastic undercarriage guards - worked great and fit perfectly around the new hitch once it was reinstalled.


Trailer hitch was a perfect fit for my vehicle and the instructions on installation were concise and easy to follow. Very happy with the product.

2015 Toyota Highlander

Perfect fit. Easy to install. Only challenge was finding the bolts and instructions. Lol. Didn’t know that they were hiding inside taped hitch.


Rep was friendly and helpful in making sure I got the right hitch. Quick delivery. Hitch mounted quickly/easily. Kit contained all bolts, etc necessary for installation. Good price, too.


This was a great purchase. Easy to install, the video was super helpful and the instruction manual made it very applicable for my friend and I. I excited to have this hitch and use it for years to come.


I have used this trailer hitch for a year now. Great product and company. I took it to a friend to install. Afterward he chuckled saying that it took him about 10 minutes and that I could have easily done it.

2017 Toyota Highlander

This is the second trailer hitch I have purchased from eTrailer and this one is just as good as the last. Installation was relatively easy, the video and written instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I will only be using it to cary a bike rack but the next owner of this vehicle may appreciate the already installed hitch.


Highest rated capacity for weight. Good instructions, easy installation and looks good. Receiver may be a little low for towing and the OEM looks like it would mount higher but at twice the cost and would need new rear fascia so I opted for this model and a kick up hitch ball assembly to correct the elevation difference.



The hitch still works great and adds to the versatility of my vehicle immensely. 10 out of 10. Highly recommend.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.


@Barry That's awesome! Glad to hear the hitch is working well for you!


Easy to order! Free shipping! Fast delivery! Three good reasons to go with

I was very impressed with shipment tracking, every step documented, Google maps tracking is a nice touch. Sale follow up emails are very thorough, excellent customer support!

Installation instructions are very easy to follow, each step detailed. I’m glad I chose to self install, went well, took maybe a leisurely 1 1/2 hours.

The etrailer hitch looks very good, love the matte powder coat finish. I highly recommend this hitch for the Toyota Highlander!

2019 Toyota Highlander

Great hitch hooked up to my 2019 Highlander Thanks to Katie for helping me make the purchase and convinced that everything will be just fine. All the best to you as you continue to help people like me who did not know what to order. Thank you.


I just received the trailer hitch about 2 hours ago have not started installing it but after watching the video I believe it's going to be very easy to install and I believe I'm going to be very happy the trailer hitch is extra heavy duty way more than I need I think


Perfect fit!

Easy to install with
included instructions and videos. Now I can attach my bike rack and take my e-bike to more places.


Hitch installed quickly and was better design then the factory original. I had to make a small cut to a plastic shroud. Has worked great for towing a boat and trailer.


It took me about three hours to fully install the hitch. The hitch itself took me about an hour (including getting all the tools). It was a little harder installing it from the garage floor. A note for anyone using a floor jack like I did; they should be sure to remove the spare tire and secure the hitch to the jack before lifting. The hitch fit perfectly and it wasn't as hard as a person would think. The time consuming part was cutting the plastic and re-installing it. I'm 73 years old and that should say it all. I will recommend to others. Thanks for the great product!

2016 Toyota Highlander

The hitch is very robust and the installation video was very well done and helpful.

2019 Toyota Highlander

I haven’t used the hitch yet but I know it will work fine and looks great. My wife was afraid it would stick out and look bad on my 2019 Highlander but you can see in the pictures it barely passes the bumper.
The hitch had a get small scratches that I covered with flat black rust oleum and it matched great. After looking at the pictures of installed flat 4 prong plug I didn’t like the metal strap so I drilled and taped 1/4 28 threads in the hitch. I think it looks much better. I put silicone around all the screws and bolts. ( You do need to put the flat 4 prong in before you install the screws and that’s probably the hardest thing about this.) I ran the wire to a rubber plug in the left rear floor. You push the plug up in the hole after you install and mount the 4 prong. The 4 prong will not go through the hole. I used a floor Jack to raise one side of the hitch while in put screws in the other side then went to the other side and put those screws in. I did have trouble getting the last screw in no matter which side I tried. I finally used A little persuasion and got it in. I’m 76 years old and it’s not too hard, I did it all by myself. I did have to wait awhile to finish Wiring it up because the wiring comes in 2 pieces but the box I got didn’t have the part with the flat 4 prong plug. The box was sealed from the factory so it wasn’t etrailer’s fault. Just call them and sent a picture and they sent a new box. Great costumer service.



I’ve had the hitch on my 2019 Highlander for a year now and it has held up great. No rust at all except where you slid the ball in and thats to be expected. If i needed another hitch i would get this one again. It looks great, does what it’s supposed to and all at a great price.


Very easy and straightforward installation. The hitch took one and a half hours start to finish. That included getting the tools and the clean up after I was finished. I also did the install alone.

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See what our Experts say about this etrailer Trailer Hitch

  • Does etrailer Hitch Fit 2019 Toyota Highlander with Steel Spare Mounted
    The etrailer hitch part # e98844 is a confirmed fit for your Highlander since your spare is steel. The magnet test you performed proves it is steel since it wouldn't stick to aluminum. The aluminum wheel spare is just too wide which is why they don't fit. I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for Toyota Highlander that Fits with Full Size Spare Tire
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit the 2014-2019 Toyota Highlander. It fits with the full-sized spare tires under the Highlanders as long as they are not on the aluminum rims. The aluminum rimmed spares are too wide so you would not be able to store the tire underneath the vehicle after installation. The full-sized steel spares fit fine. I have attached an installation video on a 2019 Toyota Highlander for you to check out.
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  • Does Weight of Trailer Hitch Affect Vehicle Towing Capacity
    The weight of a trailer hitch does not affect the payload capacity of a vehicle. We've asked our hitch manufacturers about this is in the past and they have told us that essentially the hitch becomes part of the frame so it's weight does not affect any of the weight capacities of the vehicle. This hitch part # E98844 that you referenced weighs 43 lbs. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Will etrailer Hitch for 2019 Toyota Highlander Fit with Black Spare Wheel
    Yes, your black spare that you have is one that is compatible with the etrailer hitch part # e98844. It's only the aluminum wheels that won't fit and what you have is not the aluminum one Nick.
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  • Should Undercoat on Frame Be Scraped Away Before Installing Hitch
    When installing the etrailer # e98844 on your 2020 Toyota Highlander, you'll need to scrape the undercoat so that the mounting flange of the hitch and the vehicle's frame member are in direct metal-to-metal contact. If this isn't done, the bolts won't torque properly and will not stay tight. The hitch can move slightly, eventually causing the undercoat material that's become sandwiched between the hitch and the frame to deteriorate and abrade away over time which will cause the hardware...
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  • Correct etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2018 Toyota Highlander
    The correct etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver for a 2018 Toyota Highlander is part # e98844.
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  • Does Trailer Hitch Install Hardware Require Re-Torquing
    Since hitch bolts are torque-to-yield like with the etrailer hitch part # e98844 that you referenced it is not required that you retorque the hardware. Just one to spec and you're good.
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  • Does etrailer Hitch e98844 Fit 2015 Highlander LE Plus
    Yes the etrailer hitch # e98844 is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Toyota Highlander LE Plus.
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  • Can the etrailer Receiver Hitch # e98844 be Installed on a 2015 Toyota Highlander With a Spare Tire
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" # e98844 will not block the spare tire on your 2015 Toyota Highlander Limited unless it is on an aluminum wheel. The aluminum wheels are too wide. I have attached an installation video of this hitch receivers being installed on similar 2018 Highlander for you to use as a reference. If you let me know what you plan on using the hitch receiver for, I would be more than happy to make some recommendations...
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  • Tools Needed for Installing etrailer Brand e98844 Trailer Hitch on Highlander 2015 Limited
    If you click the provided link, you can see an install video showing the etrailer brand # e98844 being installed on a 2015 Toyota Highlander like yours. According to the linked installation instructions, you'll need the following tools: • Ratchet • Torque Wrench • 10mm socket • 17mm socket • 19mm socket • 1/2 inch socket • 6 inch extension • Flat blade screwdriver • Rotary Tool or sharp utility knife • Safety glasses As you can see from the video, the installation isn't too involved....
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  • Hitch that Fits 2019 Toyota Highlander
    The etrailer hitch # e98844 is my recommendation for your 2019 Toyota Highlander. Because of that I think it's the obvious choice for your Highlander. It has an attractive black matte finish, a great towing capacity, and can be used with a weight distribution system.
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  • Toyota Highlander LE Plus 2019 FWD Trailer Hitch
    We have multiple great hitch options that will fit your 2019 Toyota Highlander LE but I recommend our hitch # e98844 that comes in a more durable matte black finish. The cross tube is more visible but the etrailer is designed for higher capacity towing though you really can't tow more than your vehicle allows with either option. Included are video resources and attached customer install images to help inform your decision.
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  • Will etrailer Brand e98844 Hitch for 2018 Toyota Highlander Work on Any Vehicle
    A trailer hitch like the Class III etrailer brand # e98844 hitch is vehicle specific. This hitch in particular works with 2014-2019 Toyota Highlander models. There are some so-called 'universal fit' or 'multi-fit' hitches out there, but they'll typically be much more visible on the vehicle than a vehicle-specific hitch would be and won't be as aesthetically pleasing. Multi-fit hitches aren't inexpensive either, so you really won't save much in the way of money by going that route. If...
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  • Installation of Hitch Receiver on 2015 Toyota Highlander
    The Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98844 is a custom fit for your 2015 Toyota Highlander so it is an easy installation with just 6 bolts. There is no drilling required and installation time is estimated at 50 minutes. There is some under panel trimming required for this installation, but there is not trimming of the fascia. This is outlined in the attached photo and included in the installation time. Please also see the attached video installation. If you want to use this hitch...
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  • Concealed Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Toyota Highlander
    The most concealed trailer hitch we offer for your 2018 Toyota Highlander is the EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7250 which is a confirmed fit. Only the hitch opening hangs below the rear bumper so it's the least visible option we offer. Most hitches have a crosstube that hangs down too. I attached an install video that shows the hitch installed on a 2018 Highlander just like yours. If you wanted trailer wiring too the best option is the part...
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  • Recommended Hitch with 2 Inch Receiver for 2018 Toyota Highlander
    I recommend using the etrailer # e98844 which will give you the 2" receiver you're looking for, so it's ideal for carrying a bike rack or other hitch mounted accessories. This hitch is confirmed as a fit for your 2018 Toyota Highlander. I've gone ahead and linked an installation video of this hitch and our entire selection of bike racks that will fit in 2" receivers in case you don't already have one.
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  • Spare Tire Location for 2019 Toyota Highlander
    The spare tire for a 2019 Toyota Highlander is stored under the vehicle. If you check out the attached installation video for the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844 you can see the empty location under the vehicle where the spare tire should be. The reason it isn't picture is because the full sized spare with the aluminum rim will need to be removed when a trailer hitch is installed. If you're looking for a way to still transport your full size spare with the aluminum rim without...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for 2018 Toyota Highlander With Full Size Spare Tire Under Vehicle
    For your 2018 Toyota Highlander with a full size spare tire under the vehicle I highly recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844. This is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver that will fit with your Highlander, even if it is a hybrid model. It's also a complete bolt-on installation so no drilling into your Highlander's frame is required. For wiring which will give you a 4-way connector and allow you to power your trailer's lights you need Wiring Harness # 118449 since your...
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  • Are Bike Racks Available For 1/2 Inch Hitch Receiver
    You are correct that the bike racks we offer are designed to work with hitch receivers that have either 1-1/4 or 2 inch openings. I spoke with one of our other Experts who said a hitch that had a 1/2 dimension was used several years ago on some vehicles, but are no longer used. I have attached a photo of one of those hitches. The photo was provided by a customer so I do not have the dimensions for the receiver opening. We do not offer any bike racks that would fit a receiver shaped like...
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  • Does etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver Fit 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Non-Hybrid
    Yes, the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844 does fit both the hybrid and non-hybrid versions of the 2018 Toyota Highlander. I have added a link to a video install of the hitch on a 2018 Toyota Highlander for you to check out.
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  • Availability of Trailer Hitch for 2017 Toyota Highlander That Fits with Full-Size Spare
    We have a Class III hitch option for your 2017 Toyota Highlander that will allow re-installation of a full-size spare tire after the hitch is mounted. The etrailer hitch # e98844 allows your full-size spare to remain stowed under the vehicle. I have linked an installation video for you. If you need a wiring harness you can use 4-pole kit # 118449 which offers easy plug-in installation.
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  • Does etrailer Trailer Hitch Fit 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited
    It sure does! I can verify that the etrailer hitch does indeed fit your 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited; the correct hitch is the following: - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844 I wanted to mention that if you plan on doing some towing with this hitch and your '19 Highlander, and also need a 4-flat wiring harness, the correct fit is the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118449.
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Rusted on 2017 Toyota Highlander
    The rust on your hitch definitely seems extreme for the three year time period you've had it on your 2017 Toyota Highlander. That said, rusting is a direct reaction to oxidation and even without using it in winter weather it can still happen. This can occur starting with small scratches on the protective coating from natural road debris and then it being in moisture of some kind. All hitches can start to rust at some point, and the best way to prevent it would be to check every once in...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2019 Toyota Highlander
    For your 2019 Toyota Highlander I recommend checking out the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98844. This hitch is pretty cost effective, has a class III 2" receiver, a 6,000 lb max weight capacity, a max tongue weight capacity of 900 lbs, and is made in the USA. Unfortunately the way your Toyota is designed no matter which hitch you use you are going to have to trim/remove the underbody panel for install.
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