The CURT class 3 trailer hitch is the most common type of trailer hitch installed on full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. It is also found on full-size cars, crossover SUVs, minivans and mid-size trucks. That is because the class 3 packs the punch of a heavyweight hitch while still staying light on its feet. This CURT class 3 hitch offers a gross trailer weight capacity of 3,500 lbs. and a comparable tongue weight capacity of 525 lbs. It is designed to be a custom-fit trailer hitch for certain years of the Ford Escape (excluding S models) (to verify your vehicle compatibility, see the CURT application guide at curtmfg.com). It features a round tube frame and comes with all necessary hardware for a complete installation.
The 2" x 2" receiver tube opening of this class 3 hitch is able to accept a hitch-mounted accessory, such as a bike rack or cargo carrier, or a ball mount to tow most standard size trailers, including utility trailers, single-horse livestock trailers, boat trailers and large campers. One special feature about the class 3 that is not found in classes 1 or 2 is its compatibility with a weight distribution hitch. When used in combination with a WD hitch, this class 3''s gross trailer weight capacity increases to 5,000 lbs. and the tongue weight capacity to 525 lbs. (NOTE: Never exceed the lowest weight capacity of any towing component).
CURT class 3 trailer hitches are engineered to be strong and capable, having a quality steel frame and a solid finish. They are put through strenuous testing before being deemed ready for market and come with two coatings -- a liquid Bonderite coating and a powder coat in high-gloss black -- that cure together to form a strong resistance against rust, scratching, UV damage and other wear. Our hitches are our pride, and as such, we back them up with a limited lifetime warranty and a one-year finish warranty.
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hitch #13131 2017 Ford Escape SE
The install took longer than 40 min (1hr 15min), and 1 extra person. Deburing is a must per instructions. Tools required are needed, except use 3/4" box wrench, not 11/16" (misprint). Read instructions first, and watch video. Would be easier to remove rt rear tire to reach forward bolt hole, and fishwire. Install the ft bolts and nuts first, then swing up the hitch and install the rear bolts and nuts. I used a german torque wrench (goodintighten), and ck later again, to retighten if necessary.