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Deciding Between The Curt And Draw-Tite Hitches For My 2021 Subaru Forester


I recently got a 2021 Subaru Forester that I want to use to carry my bike rack. The rack fits a 2 inch hitch and carries 4 bikes every now and then, but 2 bikes most of the time. I saw quite a few different hitches available and got a little overwhelmed. Im looking at the Curt C13409 and Draw-Tite 76271, but am curious to see which you recommend as I didnt see any real differences between them. Though I do not currently have one, we have been considering a small camper as well, so the hitch may need to be able to pull a camper at some point. I already have the Tekonsha 118467 harness in my cart as that had the best reviews. Figured it wouldn't be bad to get both installed at once.


Expert Reply:

Though the Curt # C13409 and Draw-Tite # 76271 are nearly identical to each other, there are a few subtle differences. First being where they sit once installed.

The will both have the exact same height of 14-1/2 inches, but the Draw-Tite # 76271 will be recessed 5 inches from the edge of the bumper to the center of the pin hole. The Curt # C13409 will only be 4 inches. This is a pretty small difference, but with you using a bike rack, you will want to make sure the center of the pin hole on the shank to the closest edge of the rack will be more than 5 inches if you decide to go with the Draw-Tite.

A less subtle difference between them is that the Draw-Tite # 76271 can be used with a weight distribution system if needed. Both hitches carry the same weight ratings, but since you mentioned possibly looking at towing a small camper at some point, this will be a big plus for the Draw-Tite.

The only otther difference between them is where they are made. Draw-Tite hitches are produced in Mexico, whereas Curt hitches are made in America, but the mounting hardware can also be imported.

And just to confirm your wiring choice, the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat # 118467 would have been the one I recommended. This is a plug and play harness and will be very easy to install and get working.

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