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 4,000 lbs. and a comparable tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs. It is designed to be a custom-fit trailer hitch for certain years of the Ford Ranger pickup or Mazda B2300, B3000 or B4000 pickup (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 6,000 lbs. and the tongue weight capacity to 600 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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1990 Ford Range Install
The Curt 13138 Class III hitch is great! Very well made and a perfect paint job. Very easy to install. You will have to drill two 1/2" holes into the frame for Gen II Rangers (1989-1992). There is, however, a serious problem with it. If you are using 235/75R15 tires (every 1989,1990,1991, and 1992 4WD Ranger Super Cab came with these size tires stock from the factory) your spare tire will no long fit in the spare wheel holder. The back of the CURT Hitch prevent the 15" tires from going in or coming out. This issue should have been disclosed but it isn't. I'd rate it a 4.5 out of 5 if I could but I can't so it get's a 5. My plans include building a swing out spare tire holder attached to the bumper and use the spare tire space in my Super Cab for a 2nd gas tank so it is not an issue for me. I just left the 14" spare in the holder for now. I would definitely buy another one of these tow bars for my next Ranger project.
Curt 13138 Hitch
I put this on a 2006 Ford Ranger Sport. It took me about 45 minutes without any helper. This is a solidly built hitch. It looks good, fits good and tows good. One small item - if your truck has the optional 16" tires, the spare tire will contact the back of the hitch box slightly. Its just enough contact to keep the spare from sitting flat in its well like its supposed to but not enough to prevent reinstalling the spare. Even with that issue it still gets 5 stars.