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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 e98866 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98866

  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • etrailer
  • 350 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. 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
  • Sturdy, square-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: 3,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 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.

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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" - e98866

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (248 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.


Everything fits nice thanks for the assistance Kim, this is why I keep coming back to etrailer .
Parts fit

Working out great
Tom - 04/24/2022


So far, I like it! It's heavier than what we thought and I haven't put it on my car yet but hubby has and he's really liking how easy it was to get on my car! It is so much easier for me to get bike on it and lockdown!! I look forward to being able to get the bike on by myself and go riding!
The only drawback is I drive a Ford Escape, when the bikes are on, you can't let the back hatch open. The Escape's hatch goes lower so even with the tilt, the hatch hits the bike. It's not a deal breaker, my hubby is a very smart man so he'll figure out something to use that can protect the car hatch and bike for the occasional 'Ooops" !

Chevrolet Colorado

This works absolutely wonderful for my car. I am big into mountain biking and needed it to bring my bikes around. My family recently took a trip to Colorado (we’re from Minnesota) and the receiver worked great the whole way to bring our 3 bikes along with us. I would highly recommend if you need a hitch receiver for your car.

2018 Ford Escape

Am extremely impressed and pleased with this product, the installation video, and speedy service!

2018 Ford Escape

I would have given 5 stars if the cardboard package hadn't been ripped open in shipping. Nothing was missing because the package of hardware was taped to the hitch itself, a smart move.

A friend and I had it installed in two hours. Instructions were great.


I am using this hitch receiver to carry bicycles. I did not want to strap something to the rear hatch. I was very pleased with the ease of installation. I was most impressed with the special devices used to fish bolts through the inside of the frame. I do not need them anymore, but I hung one up in my garage as a reminder of how ingenious they were.

Ford Escape

This is a sturdy hitch receiver! You'll definitely want two people for the install or maybe some type of jack as this thing is heavy and awkward when upside down. Make sure you have the tool to make the holes for the bolts a little bigger but other than that the directions were perfect. I've had this on our Escape for almost a year on the salt heavy roads of Indiana and there's no signs of rust at all. I like how you can only see the 2" received square and not all the support steel like other systems have! I would recommend this receiver!

2018 Ford Escape

Think this is the 4th hitch I've purchased from etrailer always fast shipping and complete. Pretty simple installation watching the install video helped.
Fits fantastic, thank you


I have this installed by local mechanic, he said it was easily done and look like a good quality hit so I'm very pleased with the hitch. It was also very nice to be able to talk to someone not just leave a message and they never return a call. As far as I'm concerned this is the only place to buy a hitch from!


I've had my trailer hitch for a year now. I use it for my bike rack and am very satisfied with its performance.

2014 Ford Escape

Do not order much on-line , this was easy and showed up at my door in a really quick time frame , woulda gave it 5 stars but I have to put it on , the hardware I seen on the video was exactly what came in box . Will let everybody know how it goes

Well after raising up the car , I decided not to install the hitch , the hitch was so well made attaching it to the underside frame of the ,rust bucket bothered me ,
Dan - 03/28/2022


Very happy! Product was shipped and delivered promptly, at a great price. Installation was a piece of cake following the video provided by etrailer! Would definitely use them again!!!

2017 Ford Escape

I installed this with the help of one other person (to help lift into place) in about an hour. The kit comes complete with everything you need except the tools and elbow-grease.


Thank you etrailer. My product arrived today and in perfect condition. The whole process was very informative and simple to proceed with. I have not done the install as of yet but will very soon. I’m also impressed with the quality of the hitch (heavy duty)


I purchased the Class III hitch and harness for my 2017 Ford Escape. First thing I noticed was the quality of the product. I love supporting American businesses that take pride in their product. I watched the online installation videos that were very helpful. I installed the hitch and harness without issue. You will need an extra set of hands though, installation is a bit awkward for one person.

2013 Ford Escape

This product meet my expectations. Everything was packaged well with no damage during shipping. Watching the YouTube video in advance really made it easy to install. My brother and I had it under my 2013 escape se in under an hour. It fit perfectly with no issues with install. I highly recommend this hitch for all escape owners. I will definitely be shopping with etrailer in the future. Thanks for selling great products.


Was satisfied with shipping Speed. Installed it myself in four hours. Probably Two hours if i had a lift to raise car so i could stand under it and also have help lifting it in place. I used a floor jack to help raise and position it in place. Video provided on etrailer web site was the main reason i bought from etrailer as it showed the installation on my make and model of car. Price was also competitive. Would recommend etrailer to others.

I am very satisfied with the product. It seems to be very well made.
Thomas - 10/05/2021

2015 Ford Escape

Product and hardware work as expected. Easy to install especially after watching the video about installation.


Product came early, the instruction video was rock solid. It was a bit more struggle installing it without a lift, but everything fits and is in good order.

2014 Ford Escape

The best advice I can give, is to measure everything before attempting to fit this hitch. The mountings on my hitch were too narrow to fit around the frame rails. I didn't realize this until after I spent the time and effort to get it into place. It was about 0.25-0.5 inches too narrow to fit around the frame.

Customer support was helpful and pointed me to this page:
This would have been helpful information before attempting to install.

I ended up using a bottle jack to bend it open wide enough to fit around the frame.

The hitch also was not packed very well because one end had poked out of the box by several inches.

Due to the packing, installation, and other work due to flexing, the nice finish that was once on the hitch is now scratched off.

Overall, the hitch is very sturdy and will hold up, but installation was much more difficult due to the "flexing". This should be pointed out on the install sheets and installation videos.

Without these issues, my rating would be much higher.


Missing the bolts and everything to hook up the hitch and box was opened and torn will update once I hear back if I do

I see that we sent you the hardware that you were missing. Do you have any comments about the hitch or install?
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/17/2022

2016 Ford Escape

Very solid and well constructed. Was actually worried before I did the install, your difficulty rating was a 9 out of 10 for this item but the installation went smooth with help of the installation videos that y'all included in the descriptions on this site.


The hitch was delivered 1" bent and was not installable. I had to take it to a machine shop and have it straightened. Knowing that the damage was do to shipping I didn't hold etrailer accountable. Was fixed it fit like a glove and is performing well!


The hitch was bent where it would not fit between the frame rails. Because of lack of time to meet our delivery date I had given our customer. We had to put in a vise and bend the side rails to fit the car.

Since you were on a time crunch, you did the best thing you could have done as suggested in this help article regarding flex:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 10/18/2021


Shipping was actually faster than expected.
Installation was only a bit difficult, but final results are fantastic.
The product is very secure and I love that it can remain on the car and I still have easy access to the back. It's very easy to lower the rack for that convenience.

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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Trailer Hitch

  • Where Does etrailer Hitch E98866 Bolt Onto a 2016 Ford Escape
    If you take a look at the instructions I have linked for etrailer hitch # E98866 for the 2016 Ford Escape you will see that the hitch also uses the holes that support the muffler. That is probably why you do not see all of the holes required for installation.
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  • Will Hands Free Lift Gate of 2014 Ford Escape Work with Hitch # E98866 Installed
    The hands-free liftgate of your 2014 Ford Escape will still function with the hitch part # E98866 installed. You will have to kick your foot to either side of the hitch opening though.
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  • Can Heat Shield Be Re-Installed on 2018 Ford Escape After Installing Hitch E98866
    Installation of hitch # E98866 does require you to trim the heat shield at the points that contact the frame rails and to then re-install it after trimming it. This step is required for many hitches on many vehicles and there is no risk of heat-related damage to the vehicle or the hitch. This trimming is detailed in step 2 of the linked installation instructions and the pertinent diagram is linked for you.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2019 Ford Escape
    The trailer hitch I highly recommend for your 2019 Ford Escape is the Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98866 because it has a concealed crosstube and is a complete bolt-on installation that will not require drilling into your '19 Escape's frame to install. This Class III, 2" trailer hitch is almost entirely hidden behind your bumper, as you can see by the accompanying photo. This hitch has a black powder coat finish to protect it from corrosion and also has a 3,500 lb towing capacity...
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  • Hitch e98886 Not Wide Enough For 2014 Ford Escape
    Thank you for your purchase of the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866 for your 2014 Ford Escape. The issue you are seeing with the hitch not appearing wide enough is called "flexing" and can be an unfortunate byproduct of the what happens during the shipping process. What happens is the mounting brackets get bent inward a bit during shipping, and while it doesn't affect the integrity of the hitch, it can make it seem like the hitch doesn't fit. So you will need to bend the brackets...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ford Escape
    The Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98866 referenced in your question is confirmed to fit your 2018 Ford Escape. It features a 2 inch receiver opening. I am not sure what you are referring to with a 3/4 inch receiver, as this is not a standard hitch receiver size. If you are wanting a 1-1/4 inch receiver for your Ford Escape instead, I recommend the Draw-Tite Class II # 36524. This is also confirmed to fit your vehicle and has a tongue weight capacity of 300 pounds and...
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  • Does etrailer Trailer Hitch for 2019 Ford Escape Allow Hands Free Lift Gate
    The Draw Tite part # e98866 is a fit for your 2019 Ford Escape Titanium with the foot activated lift gate. We've found that the lift gate function still works but you'll need to kick your foot to either side of the hitch opening instead. I attached an install video link for this for you to check out as well. If you were looking for trailer wiring as well the best option is the easy to install and very reliable part # 118802 which I attached an install video for as well.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2018 Ford Escape SE
    For your 2018 Ford Escape SE I recommend the Class III Trailer Hitch # E98866 because of its hidden crosstube design that allows for a clean factory appearance because only the receiver itself is visible (see attached image) and unique matte black finish that gives it a rugged look that better matches the vehicle's exterior. This particular hitch is also made right here in the USA. This custom hitch will use existing holes in the Escape's frame for a no-drill installation...
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  • Help Determining Cost to Have Shop Install Hitch on 2013 Ford Escape
    The install time/cost for installing a hitch on a 2013 Ford Escape depends on which hitch you end up going with. For example the concealed crosstube hitch # e98866 is listed as taking about 1.5 hours for an average Joe to install and about half that for a mechanic. The more visible # 75758 would probably only take about 1/2 an hour for a mechanic. Some shops will have a minimum 1 shop hour rate for all jobs so what you'd want to do is call around and ask what the shop rate is and use that...
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  • Best Hitch and Wiring for a 2014 Ford Escape Titanium
    I've got a great solution for you! For the hitch use etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part # e98866 . It covers you right up to your weight ratings of the Escape. It also has a matte black finish as compared to the high gloss on the others which will blend in better with your vehicle. For wiring use the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # 118566 this is custom fit for your Escape and requires...
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  • Does the etrailer Hitch E98866 Come With Mounting Hardware
    Yes. The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # E98866 does come with everything you would need to install it, from the mounting hardware down to detailed, step by step instructions. If you've got some basic hand tools, you can likely install this yourself by following along with the installation video I've linked to this answer. If you'd rather not, you should be able to have any local auto repair shop install this for a fee. If you're going to be towing with this hitch you'll also need trailer...
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  • Does Installing Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2018 Ford Escape Require Car to be Elevated
    It is not a requirement to have your 2018 Ford Escape elevated in order to install the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866. It can help but it is certainly not required; most people do not elevate their vehicles during the installation of a hitch. I have added a link to a video install of this hitch on a 2018 Escape, as well as the directions, which should also be helpful. Additionally, if you are looking to do some towing with your Escape and do not have the factory tow package...
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness for 2018 Ford Escape
    I recommend part # C56320 for trailer wiring on your 2018 Ford Escape. It has a higher amp draw than the other option. It plugs in behind each tail light and then there's a wire that needs to be connected to the Escape's battery. Everything you need for the instal is included. I've actually linked a video from when we installed it. I've also linked the video of us installing the htich, part # E98866, in a 2017 Escape. The process is the same with your 2018.
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  • Does the Curt C13900 Fit a 2019 Ford Escape SEL?
    I spoke to Curt, and the multi fit # C13900 will fit your 2019 Ford Escape. However, this will require drilling and may or may not need trimming of a heat shield or fascia to fully install. That being said, we do also have customer fit options available. The # e98866 will not require drilling for the install. I also included an install video we have of this hitch on a 2019 Escape for you to take a look at.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford Escape
    The best hitch option we have for your 2018 Ford Edge is the hitch part # e98866. I recommend this hitch because it has a concealed crosstube which makes it less visible as you'd only see the hitch opening below the bumper. It also has great towing capacities at 3,500 lbs trailer weight, a 2 inch opening (most popular size), and is priced great. For trailer wiring then you'd want the Curt part # C56320 which installs by plugging inline with the taillights of the vehicle and...
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  • Parts Recommended to Tow a Jet Ski Trailer with a 2013 Ford Escape
    You're going to need to add a trailer hitch and a wiring harness to the 2013 Ford Escape to tow that trailer. Of the available hitches I like the hitch, part # E98866, because of the concealed crosstube and matte black finish. Both make the hitch less obvious. Then the Tekonsha wiring harness, part # 118566, has the highest amp draw rating and also a higher quality converter so you shouldn't have to worry about it going bad. I've linked install videos for both items. In...
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  • Towing Capacity and Parts Needed to Tow Trailer with 2017 Ford Escape
    Based on my research your 2017 Ford Escape with the 2.0L engine has a towing weight capacity of 3,500 pounds if it's equipped with the Class II factory tow package or 2,000 pounds if it's not. If you are unsure if you have the tow package I recommend contacting your local Ford dealer with the vehicle's VIN and they should be able to tell you this. It's also a good idea to verify the towing capacity in your copy of the owner's manual or ask the dealer this as well. In order to pull even...
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  • Least Visible Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2019 Ford Escape
    The 3 trailer hitches with the most hidden receivers for your 2019 Ford Escape are the Curt # C13186, the Draw-Tite # 75782, and the # e98866. Since they all have the same profile it really boils down to what style suits you best. If you plan on towing then I recommend the Draw-Tite because it has an integrated wiring mounting bracket that really gives you a clean looking installation. If you only plan on using the trailer hitch for accessories like a bike rack or cargo carrier...
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  • Trailer Hitch, Wiring and Ball Mount Recommendation for 2019 Ford Escape
    We have everything you'll need to tow your pop up with your 2019 Ford Escape. You need a hitch like the Class III # e98866 which is a confirmed fit for your vehicle, has plenty of towing capacity, and is mostly hidden as well. You will need trailer wiring as well to activate the blinkers, turn signals, and running lights of your vehicle as well which we offer that as # 118802. I attached install videos for both of these on similar Ford Escapes. Since you wanted to do some towing you might...
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  • Trailer Wiring and Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford Escape
    Since your 2018 Ford Escape does not have trailer wiring or a hitch that would essentially mean you do not have the tow package so for trailer wiring you'd want the T-Connector part # C56320 because it's the most reliable option we offer for your truck and it doesn't require any splicing. I attached an install video for more info as well. For a hitch I recommend the etrailer hitch part # E98866 because it has a 2 inch opening, great towing capacities, and has a hidden crosstube which...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Ford Escape that Allows Hands Free Liftgate to Function
    The USA-made hitch part # E98866 that fits your 2018 Ford Escape does still allow the hands free liftgate to work but you'll just have to kick your foot to either side of the hitch opening instead. I attached a picture of the hitch installed on a similar Escape as yours as well as an install video too. For trailer wiring you'd then want the T-Connector kit part # C56320 which is a custom fit for your vehicle which means no splicing to install it and because it has the most...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation for Towing Trailer with 2018 Ford Escape
    First thing you need to tow a trailer with your 2018 Ford Escape will be a trailer hitch which for that I recommend the Class III, custom fit Hitch part # E98866 because it's a 2 inch hitch with plenty of towing capacity, is made in the USA, and only has the hitch opening visible so it would be mainly out of sight. I attached an install video and picture for you to check out as well. For trailer wiring I then recommend the T-Connector kit part # C56320 because it requires...
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  • Hitch and Trailer Wiring Recommendations for my 2018 Ford Escape Titanium without Tow Package
    For your 2018 Ford EscapeTitanium without the tow package the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector part # C56320 is the way to go. It is custom fit for your application and requires no cutting or splicing of your factory wiring harness. The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver part # e98866 is an excellent choice in hitches. It is also custom fit and designed specifically for your Escape. I have linked installation videos on both of these to check out.
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  • Can Muffler be Removed Without Removing Draw-Tite Hitch 75758 on 2018 Ford Escape
    The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 75758 does install with the hitch and it's brackets directly below the muffler on your 2018 Ford Escape, so the hitch would need to be removed in order to replace the muffler on this vehicle. We do have options for hitches that would not require the muffler to be removed, as they install with the brackets above the muffler; what you can use are either of the following: - etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98866 - Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver...
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