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Choosing Between Curt Class III and Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitches for 2013 Subaru Forester

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I have a 2013 Subaru Forester. I will be using to pull a full dress motorcycle on a trailer. Which one is best the best one for the job?

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Other than the fact that the Curt # 13147 has a slightly higher (500 lb) towing capacity and the fact that the hitch crossbar is round instead of square tubing, there's not a whole lot of difference functionally between the hitches you mentioned.

Since the Forester is limited to towing 2400 lbs, you won't be able to use all the hitch capacity anyway because you'll be limited to the towing capacity of the vehicle. The Curt hitch is less expensive, but it has one drawback. Curt's warranty stipulates that a stabilizing strap like # 18050 must be used for non-trailer loads like bike racks or cargo carriers. The problem is, the strap doesn't work well on all vehicles, especially those with liftbacks that have spoilers at the top.

The Draw-Tite, # 75650, has no requirement that a strap be used. If all you'll ever use the hitch for is towing, by all means save a few dollars and go with the Curt. However, if you feel that you might want to use a bike rack or a cargo carrier, go for the Draw-Tite.

To complete your towing setup, you'll also need the following:

Trailer wiring harness, part # 118467
Ball mount, part # 2923
Trailer ball, part # 19260 for a 1-7/8 ball or # 63845 for a 2 inch
Locking hitch pin, part # e98882

I've linked you to the installation instructions as well as to install videos for the hitch and the wiring harness.

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