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Draw-Tite Hitch Receiver and Complete Towing Setup for 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Van

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2021 sprinter crew van 144 wb. Came with factory step on back what hitch do I need?

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I would be happy to help you find a hitch receiver for your 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 van with a factory step. In order to haul a trailer you are going to need a wiring harness as well. The Draw-Tite item # 75601 you were looking at is the best hitch receiver available. I highly recommend it based on its ease of installation, weight capacity, and the built in bracket for attaching a wiring harness. The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver item # 75601 has a maximum gross trailer weight of 5,000 lbs and a maximum tongue weight of 500 lbs. I have attached a picture of this hitch receiver installed on a Sprinter 2500 and also linked an installation video so you can follow along with the process.

For your wiring harness I recommend the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector item # 118649. This wiring harness will allow you to control your trailer's lighting functions. The T-One connector plugs directly into the existing wiring behind your rear tail lights.

If you want to control your trailer's brakes you will need the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller - 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat - 10 Gauge Wires item # ETBC7. The kit includes a pre-wired 7- and 4-way trailer connector that mounts easily at the rear of your vehicle with an included bracket. This kit is designed for use on a vehicle with an existing 4-way flat trailer connector and plugs directly into it. You will then connect the blue wire to the blue wire on the brake controller, connect the black wire to the positive post on the vehicle's battery, the white wire to ground, and the yellow wire to vehicle's reverse circuit if applicable. This will provide you with the ability to control your trailer's brakes and also provide you with a 12v power wire for you trailer's accessory lights. This kit will attach directly to that bracket on the Draw-Tite item # 13358 hitch receiver.

If you are in need of a brake controller brake controller I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller item # 90195. This is a proportional brake controller that works with trailers having up to 4 axles. The brake controller activates your trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It automatically adjusts the trailer's braking based on deceleration of your vehicle. The brakes activate immediately, there is no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers. The Prodigy P3 has 5 Storable settings that allow you to customize the controller for multiple trailers, varying loads or different drivers. The 3 boost levels setting lets you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness. I have attached a picture of this brake controller installed.

To round out your towing setup I recommend the Curt Towing Starter Kit for 2" Hitches item # C45534. This towing kit will provide you with a 2" Ball, a fixed ball mount with a 3/4" rise and 2" drop, and is rated for up to 7,500 lbs. It also includes a hitch pin and clip, hitch receiver lock with keys, hitch cover, and a storage case.







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