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Trailer Hitch and Trailer Taillight Wiring Recommended for 2015 Subaru Forester

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I have a 2015 Subaru Forester and am looking for a hitch and all necessary additional parts to pull a U-Haul 5X8 trailer cross country. What are your recommendations?

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I'd recommend a Curt Class III hitch, as Curt manufactures a nice product and they do a great job on their durable powder coat finish. I'd recommend either the # C13144 which is a standard or # CU64FR which is a concealed hitch. Once installed, the # C13144 would be fully visible and the # CU64FR would have the crossbar concealed with only the receiver and the safety chain loops visible. The hitches both have the same capacity, but the concealed version requires a much more extensive installation, as you can see in the linked installation videos. I'll link to a photo showing what the hitches look like when installed.

In addition to the hitch, you'll need a trailer wiring harness like # 118467, a ball mount like # 2753 and a trailer ball like # 19261 for a 1-7/8 or # 63845 for a 2 inch ball.

Small U-Haul trailers will usually use a surge coupler, which means you won't need a brake controller.

I've linked to install videos for the hitches and trailer wiring harness mentioned above, as well as links to the written instructions.

Install Appearance Comparison Curt Class III Hitches for 2015 Subaru Forester
Install Appearance Comparison Curt Class III Hitches for 2015 Subaru Forester
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