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What is the Difference between the Curt C12188 and the Draw-Tite # 36660 for My 2021 Ford EcoSport?

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I have a 2021 Ford EcoSport and am looking for a trailer hitch receiver. I see that there is a Curt and Draw-Tite hitch available so which one should I go with?

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You are correct that for your 2021 Ford EcoSport there are two trailer hitch receiver options, the Curt # C12188 and Draw-Tite # 36660.

These hitches are very similar as they both share a similar design meaning they have roughly the same installation difficulty. Both hitches have a 1-1/4" receiver opening, and both also have the same 350lb tongue weight and 3,500lb trailer weight rating.

With that said I recommend going with the Draw-Tite # 36660 due to it not requiring an stabilization strap like the Curt # C12188 does to avoid voiding the warranty on the hitch.

If you plan on towing a light utility trailer, I recommend a ball mount/ball like the ones in the Curt Towing Starter Kit # C45147. If you need a wiring harness, that is the Upgraded Modulite Vehicle Wiring Harness Kit w/ 4-Pole Trailer Connector # 119147KIT. This harness will give you brake light, running light, and turn signal functions.

I included a video of the Draw-Tite # 36660 being installed on an older EcoSport to give you an idea of what the installation process will entail.

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