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UPC: 612314135509

Class 3 Trailer Hitch with 2" Receiver #13550

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  • Rated to 5000 lbs. gross trailer weight and 500 lbs. tongue weight
  • Made with a vehicle-specific design for a custom fit
  • Tested for safety in accordance with SAE J684
  • Precisely welded for superior strength and fit
  • Constructed with a sleek, round-tube main body
  • Protected by a durable high-gloss black powder coat finish
  • Co-cured in a rust-resistant liquid Bonderite coating
  • Strengthened with a cast, welded, seamless collar
  • Equipped with an open-back receiver for easy cleaning
  • Backed by a limited lifetime warranty
  • Made in USA


  • Trailer hitch weight ratings are limited to vehicle manufacturer's stated capacities
  • Includes installation hardware




  • Side Application Type DescriptionBlank
  • Part TypeClass 3 Trailer Hitch
  • Shipping Weight44.000
  • Product Weight36.000
  • Drilling RequiredNo
  • WarrantyLimited Lifetime Warranty (One-Year Finish, One-Year Parts)
  • Main BodyRound
  • Mount Type DescriptionBlank
  • Weight Distribution(WD)6,000 LB
  • Weight Distribution Tongue Weight(WDTW)600 LB
  • Weight Carrying Capacity(WC)5,000 LB
  • Tongue Weight(TW)500 LB
  • Receiver Tube Size2

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 5,000 lbs. and a comparable tongue weight capacity of 500 lbs. It is designed to be a custom-fit trailer hitch for certain years of the Ford Explorer 4-door, Mercury Mountaineer or Lincoln Aviator (to verify your vehicle compatibility, see the CURT application guide at 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.

Guides & Install Sheets

Product Videos

  • Product Videos CURT Trailer Hitch Installation Techniques
  • Product Videos CURT Trailer Hitches
2002 Ford Explorer 4-Door, Fits beneath OE 1.25 In. receiver
2003 Ford Explorer 4-Door, Fits beneath OE 1.25 In. receiver
2004 Ford Explorer 4-Door, Fits beneath OE 1.25 In. receiver
2005 Ford Explorer 4-Door, Fits beneath OE 1.25 In. receiver
2003 Lincoln Aviator All (Fits Beneath OE 1.25 In. Receiver)
2004 Lincoln Aviator All (Fits Beneath OE 1.25 In. Receiver)
2005 Lincoln Aviator All (Fits Beneath OE 1.25 In. Receiver)
2002 Mercury Mountaineer All (Fits Beneath OE 1.25 In. Receiver)
2003 Mercury Mountaineer All (Fits Beneath OE 1.25 In. Receiver)
2004 Mercury Mountaineer All (Fits Beneath OE 1.25 In. Receiver)
2005 Mercury Mountaineer All (Fits Beneath OE 1.25 In. Receiver)

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    2002 Ford Explorer XLT Perfect Fit under the OEM 1.25"

    GREAT Product. Easy Install. 45-60 minutes.
    1) Sprayed some WD40 on my six original bolts. Brushed the WD40 around the bolts with a steel bristle brush. Waited about 15-minutes.
    2) Used a breaker bar/ long handled ratchet with an 18mm socket and all six bolts came loose without too much trouble.
    3) Had two neighbors hold the hitch in place under the original 1-1/4 OE hitch. Replaced the bolts.
    4) Held the hitch in place with a jack (I didn't want to take too much advantage of my neighbors.) Finished the bolts and made certain they were tight.
    5) Had to alter the light electrical connector to fit with the new hitch in place BUT NOT too much trouble.

    I was grateful to Curt MFG. This was truly an easy project and I was glad that I didn't pay our local shops ~$125 to install it.
    My family and I were on the road with the bike rack the next day. The $125.00 installation savings paid for 2/3 of my bike rack :) (Allen 555RR)

    Hitch seems VERY solid. I read another review at one point that the bolts that come with the hitch are NOT long enough to go through this new hitch and the OEM. I didn't use the bolts that came with the hitch. I used the once I removed from my original hitch.

    My next purchase will likely be the Curt 23024 so I can secure whatever my load is on either my original 1-1/4" hitch or my new 2".

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