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Installation: Connection points are located behind the driver side tail lights. The 4-pole trailer connector will be stored next to the hitch. A mounting bracket is recommended.
Tech Tip: It is always a good idea to apply a small amount of grease to all electrical connections to help prevent corrosion.
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Video of T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness
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installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today on our 2013 Honda CRV we'll be installing the Tow Ready T1 Vehicle Wiring Harness, part number 118561. To begin our install we'll first need to remove the spare tire cover. Then we're going to remove the threshold. To remove the threshold we'll first need to remove the two push pin fasteners. To remove these fasteners we'll need to use a small screwdriver, press in on the center portion of the fastener which will assist in releasing it then we can push it up from underneath and remove it.Once both fasteners are removed we can then gently pull up on the rear threshold and release the fasteners underneath. Now with the rear threshold set aside we'll need to remove the trim panel just behind the second row seating that comes off the driver's side quarter panel.
This is a two piece panel. To gain access to it we'll first need to remove the carpeting that's fastened to it.Then we can go ahead and start working on the interior panel releasing it from the fasteners underneath. Next we'll need to remove the fasteners securing the driver's side quarter panel. Here we have a push pin fastener we'll get underneath and remove it. Then a cargo hook which will press in on the center portion of the cargo hook to release the fastener setting it aside.Next behind the release handle for the second row seating we'll remove the cover and there are two screws to remove.
now with those screws removed well go ahead and remove the rear cargo hook which is secured with a 10mm bolt. Now with all the exterior fasteners removed we'll go ahead and gently pry out on the rear quarter panel releasing the fasteners underneath. Note it may be necessary to use your interior trim panel tool on the outside fasteners that can be reached.Once they're released we'll just work it towards the front releasing the fasteners underneath. next we'll go ahead and take our interior trim panel tool and pop free the upper quarter panel pieces that we can access. Once we do that well gently pull back on it and we can see the manufacturer's wiring and the blue connector that we'll be plugging into.
Now we've gain access to the blue connector.To separate the connector and socket we'll press on the locking tab and then pull out on the connector. Now we can take the new Tow Ready harness and plug in line with the manufacturer's connector. Now that we're plugged inline we'll go ahead and route our wiring down behind the lower quarter panel. Now with our wires routed down and out of the way we'll go ahead and take the gray connector from our harness and plug it into the black converter box provided with our install kit.On the backside of our converter box is a two way adhesive. We can remove the cover and adhere it securing the converter box behind the interior quarter panel.
Note a great location for mounting the converter box is a clean flat surface, preferably sheet metal. with that done our next connection will be our ground wire. This is the white wire from our harness with a pre-attached ring terminal. To ground it we'll remove the manufacturer's bolt, it goes through the sheet metal and into a metal bracket which is already grounded.Once we remove the bolt, we can slip the ring terminal over the bolt and then re-secure it. Now with all of our connections made we'll go ahead and use the zip ties provided with the install kit to secure our wiring behind the interior trim panels. Next we'll take the four pole connector and route it into the spare tire well. We're ready to go ahead and reinstall all the interior trim components.Now with everything reinstalled let's go ahead and show you how to use the new four pole connector. We'll simply open up the spare tire cover and run the four-pole down and out to your hitch receiver or accessory. Note special attention to stay away from the latch as pinching the wire in the latch can harm it. However the weather stripping is thick enough that it won't and we can simply close the rear hatch on it.Then once we're finished using our four pole connector we'll simply roll it up and store it underneath the spare tire cover in the spare tire well. Next we'll need to install a 7.5 amp fuse into the fuse panel. The fuse panel is located on the driver's side underneath the dashboard near the driver's side kick panel. We'll be installing into the port located along the bottom row of the fuse box with the second opening from the right.Now with our fuse installed we're ready to go ahead and test our new four pole harness. To test the harness we'll use a test light. We'll take our ground clamp, connect it to exposed terminal which will be the ground terminal for our four pole connector. Then by probing the first terminal from our ground post we can test the running lights. the second terminal will be the left braking and left turn signal and the third and final post will be the right turn and right braking.Once we've verified that all our signals work we're ready to hit the road. That does it for our install of the Tow Ready T1 Vehicle Wiring Harness, part number 118561 on our 2013 Honda CRV.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (53 Customer Reviews)
by: Mark A07/12/2013
I ordered a hitch and the wiring harness on a Monday afternoon. The U.P.S. man delivered two days later on Wednesday at 3-30pm and I had both items installed by 6-30pm. Quality of both items is first class. Customer service offered by e trailer was just exceptional. Overall a great purchasing experience. The videos provided for installation are a great help. I watched them a couple of times before I even ordered the products and they certainly help fill in the blanks left in the written instructions. The comments written by other customers were also invaluable. I too left the rear panel in place on my CRV and cut the opening leaving a "hinge" at the rear of the car. Just pull it down, slip the hitch into place and replace flap. I am in my mid seventies so used a floor jack to support the hitch when installing bolts. No problem installing both items on my own. One minor issue,,,,,,the name plate on the hitch is not installed level!! Other than that small issue, I would highly recommend both products. The product supplier is to be highly commended for the way in which it deals with customers, just superb.. 89150
I haven't installed the trailer hitch and wiring harness yet, but they arrived promptly and in good shape. I will definitely go to etrailer.com for my future purchases of products they carry. 63165
by: jim p11/01/2013
Rather easy to install, however, the plastic push clips must be carefully dealt with, or else you break them, or forget where they go, because they fall out. Otherwise, it worked. 105942
This is a good product as long as you can do this type of thing on your own. There were no problems with installing the harness and it worked the first time. However, if you've worked on automobile interior panels, you know that taking them apart is easier than putting them back so they align, etc. I ended up with an 1/8" gap I'll just live with. The biggest issue was the handle that releases the rear seat. It's a separate unit that snaps into the rear of the side-panel. It kept dislodging when I re-installed the panel and tightened the two screws. This cause the handle to strike the side of the panel when I pulled the handle to test it. The solution - for me - was to insert two washers behind each screw so the handle unit wouldn't tighten down as much. I secured the washers in place with plumber's putty, then installed the side panel on top, inserted the screws and tightened them only slightly. It will take longer to reassemble the panels than to diassemble them. A few video tips would be helpful. Regardless, this is better than paying Honda $178.00. 108026
I installed the DrawTite hitch in about 45 minutes without any problems. The next day I did the wiring and it was very easy. Once the panels in my 2013 Honda CRV were pulled open, the wiring harness just plugs right in and then the panels are snapped back into place. The wiring took about 35 minutes. Easy installation on the hitch and the wiring. Thanks so much. 73241
by: Stan A.12/29/2013
I purchased the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness #118561 for my 2012 Honda CR-V. The wiring harness install was very simple, simply plug in the connections. The difficult part was removing and then reinstalling the interior panels in the vehicle. I highly recommend viewing the install video, which was very helpful. The video recommends running the four wire plug into the spare tire well, for storage. Then you have to access the four wire connector every time you want to tow. I ran the four wire connector down thru a rubber grommet behind the trim panel, prior to closing things up. I was able to thread the end of the four wire down thru the flap I made in the underside panel, along the back side of the trailer hitch and secure it with zip ties. My total install time was about an hour. 111416
by: Teddy Y07/08/2013
This is great designing product. It took me 30 minutes to get thing done with the detailed video demo. It's kind of pleasure thing to install myself with the instruction video. 88128
by: Rick M.09/23/2013
This receiver hitch is outstanding! I watched the video online and then used the instructions to complete the installation. Since this was my 2nd installation I took my time. No problems...I also installed the wiring kit and everything went smooth, the hitch and wiring both work great! Thank you for providing a superior product at a fair price.. rm 101167
by: Marc K07/22/2014
Awesome product and awesome instructions. The video was perfect!! Watched the video, paused it after each step then did it on my car. Went perfectly! I did buy a cheap set of tools on Amazon to help with the plastic rivets and trim panels, but they were only like 10 bucks and worth every penny I think. Honda dealer wanted $950 to install a hitch and wiring. I didn't feel comfortable installing a tow hitch on my car so I had that done at a local car shop for $250. Spent another $75 or so on the wiring harness and tools, so I'm in for $325 instead of paying the dealer's price. Next time I need a wiring harness or anything for my trailer I will DEFINITELY use etrailer.com!!!!! 142533
Already on the car and works great. It took about 90minutes from start to finish. That included putting everything back together and testing. If I did another one it would only take half th time noe that I know what to expect. All of the other ones involved running a wire under the vehicle to the battery. This item is all within the rear of the vehicle. Only one hole to drill for the ground wire, and that stays inside the car also. The only problem I encountered was getting the panels off of the interior (bigger pictures would help) . I would highly recommend this item. It is easily installed by most anyone with a minimum amount of mechanical or electrical skill. 56532
Hitch came in quickly and I installed it right away. Because this is a BRAND NEW car I was pretty anxious about removing the panels and getting into the electrical system as well as doing the cutout that is required. The videos are VERY helpful and while it took longer than suggested because I took my time, it was in the end pretty straight forward. I may have set the electrical plug too far off center. If you are not careful, the trailer wire can be set up too short to handle a right turn or too long and drag on the ground. It would not be too difficult to move if I needed to.It would be better to have a connector bracket the fit the tube on the hitch directly. 65478
by: Dennis J.04/10/2013
A great product that just plugs right in. Removing the interior panels is kind of scary if you haven't done it before. Really easy to install the wiring harness, just be sure to double check where you have placed the wiring around the control module as the screws in the panel that secure the back seat release lever are located very close to where you might place the wires and the panel doesn't afford much clearance space in this area. I tucked most of the wires up under the highest most trim panel and routed it more towards the rear of the car before bringing it down. 75295
by: Mark A.08/10/2013
Very easy installation. Followed the video. Harness worked perfectly. I would recommend an interior panel tool. The hardest part of the job is reaasembling everything. It went fairly easily. I found that there is an order in the way you replace everything. Unfortunately, I learned it by trial and error. I would say it took about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the job. 94364
by: L F.12/17/2014
Again the video and instructions were spot on. The biggest problem with the install had to do with the car not the kit. Breaking loose the trim panels was not real easy, and re-installing afterwards was more difficult because they had to be pushed away to access the blue plug. I chose not to dangle the four pole plug out of the tailgate but rather I drilled a hole in the rear spare tire well, cut the wires and re-connected them inside the well. Everything went well and it looks better than a wire harness sticking out of the tailgate. 165753
by: David H07/21/2014
I purchased the T-one Vehicle Wiring Harness from Etrailer about a week ago. Shipping was extremely fast, it arrived on the 3rd day after purchase. Installation was an absolute snap, anyone can do it and you do not need any special tools; took me about 30 minutes total. Watch the video. I left the video on play during installation which helped a lot. This is a modular plug-in and use wiring harness, no need to cut, splice, tape, etc. A high quality product you will not be disappointed with. Great price from Etrailer, too ! 142458
by: Jim M12/02/2014
E trailer only handles top quality merchandise and this vehicle wiring harness looks like another example. I haven't installed yet, but will use their installation video when I do. I like to deal with E trailer as my hearing is so bad and they have an excellent website to find the products you need. I have had to have help before and once informed my hearing was impaired, they made a strong effort to speak so I could hear. The reviews are very helpful in deciding on which product to purchase. 163093
by: Don W09/25/2012
I ordered this harness and a Curt hitch for my 2012 Honda CR-V. I have not used the harness yet but the hitch installation went without a "hitch". Took only a hour. Most of that time I spent searching for tools. It looks great and I expect it will perform as intended for many years. Etrailer customer service and delivery are top notch. They matched Amazon price plus 10% as promised. They even upgraded shipping at no extra cost to me. It has been my pleasure doing business with them. 55733
This is my second installation of one of these harnesses. I brought my CRV home from the dealer yesterday and had this done in less than an hour. The toughest part was realigning the interior panels. A plug and play system; no fishing leads to the battery, no bare wires, no soldering, no taping. This has become my number one installation on any vehicle I purchase. With Etrailers fast shipping, you get what you want when you want it. 126882
by: Chris R.05/21/2013
Ordered 4/13, arrived on 5/20. Delayed as part of a shipment; another product in the same shipment was on back order. Went together as advertised. The movie provided for installation was spot on, except that my 2013 Honda CRV had no accessible screw/bolt as shown in the movie to attach the ground wire. I drilled a 3/32 inch hole for the screw provided in the kit, as shown in the kit's printed directions. No surprises, otherwise. 81440
This product is as advertised-installed on a 2012 Honda CRV. I would however, have the u tube video handy as the printed instructions leave you wondering in spots. The video is spot on and leads you step by step through the install. Pay attention to how the plastic pieces of the car relate to one another and how they come apart; this will aid in their re-assembly. Part worked flawlessly-truely "plug and play." 73441
by: Rich F11/25/2013
I have not installed my hitch and harness yet, as I travel a lot on business. But I will say, I received the hitch and harness very quickly and did a quick inspection of the contents. All looks good and I will send in more comments and a photo or two after the install. This is the second hitch I have ordered from you guys and if this goes like the first one did...it was PERFECT!! Thx! 108500
by: Andi D10/17/2014
Clear instructions and easy to install We watched installation video and that helped as well. Used the free shipping and I received the hitch and lighting kit in 2 days! Amazing! 156591
by: Jason Dahly09/03/2014
I recieved the wiring harness in 2 days from the time I ordered it. Watched video on how to install wiring harness on 2014 CRV and everything went great. Took me about 45min to install wiring harness. Saved over $250.00 by installing hitch and wiring harness myself. I would recomend any one to watch video and install items yourself. Looks great and works great. 150013
by: Larry H08/25/2014
Great product and service from etrailer. Delivered quickly. Plug and play. BUT - working with those interior panels is tuff! Instructions and video were very good. Getting the bottom panel re-aligned after installing the harness took me some time (I am a novice) but finally got everything back correctly. Note - Honda CRV 2014. 148348
by: Stephen D.08/04/2014
I just installed this product on a 2014 Honda CRV. This product is genius! I love the fact that I did not have to run a separate line to the battery. The hardest part of the install would have been figuring out how to remove the trim panels, but after watching the video I knew just what to do. etrailer rocks!!! 144223
by: Gary N.11/20/2014
The wiring harness was what I was looking for, or some thing like it from my Honda dealer, but the only thing the had was a hookup that needed to be mounted outside of the auto. You harness was 1/3 the price as theirs, and was easier to install. Thanks to your sales staff for their knowledge of your products. 161976
by: Dave R09/23/2012
2012 Honda Civic - Hitch was here 2 days after order placed. My son had it put on in about 1 hour. You do have to cut a hole in the plastic bed pan on the drivers side but it is WAY out of view. The plug and play wire harness took about 45 minutes and works great. Good product. 55541
by: Scott F.05/13/2014
I installed a Curt Trailer Hitch and T-One Wiring Harness on my 2014 Honda CR-V last night. I had never installed a hitch before. I just followed your instructional videos and went to work. Saved myself $250 and the install went perfect. Thanks ETrailer! 130362
Delivery was prompt and hitch was in perfect condition. Instructional video was very helpful as were comments/suggestions from other customers. Installation time estimate was almost to the minute for the time it took me to install alone. Very satisfied ! 65381
by: Walt B.07/11/2013
The trailer hitch and lighting kit arrived on time. The instructions were flawless and the install was easy. This is my third purchase from etrailer.com and their service, products and instructions have always been top notch. They are the best! 88990
Perfect product. Everything worked as it was suppose to. I installed this on my 2012 CRV, plug and play. The video instruction were amazing. Everything should have video instructions that good. The whole thing took less than 30 minutes. 100541
Great product came to house in 3 days installed in under one hour. Did not take under cover off, I cut it on the car with a utility knife and cut only three sides to make a flap then trimmed flap with my knife to fit. 59240
Fast shipping as always. I put it on this morning, very easy job. Have not installed the harness but have read the instructions and dont see a problem. Thanks, Scott 70289
The trailer hitch went together as described and would recommend it to my friends. The wiring harness is very simple to use and hooked up as described and worked beautifully. A great product! 84568
Works good. Videos are awesome. Much cheaper/functional alternative to going to your local Honda dealer. Don't forget to install the fuse or your brake lights & turn signals won't work! 109867
by: Ed B.04/22/2013
I must admit it was a little intimidating to take our brand new CR-V apart, but the video made it no problem, and it worked the first time I plugged it in. Well done E-trailer. 77327
by: Dean B.08/13/2014
Easy to install. The hardest part was getting the trim back in place. Took approximately 30 minutes to install. Customer service, product, and instructions were excellent. 146550
by: Dan E06/03/2013
Fast delivery, everything as advertised, great service. The install videos helped immensely, got the hitch on in less than an hour. 15 minutes for the wiring. 82958
by: Wil Kirchner10/10/2012
The trailer hitch arrived quickly, and extra items included in the order were packaged with the hitch. Thanks for the quick and accurate service. Wil 56846
by: Tom D.08/19/2013
Product was easy to install (about 15 minutes) and I'm not experienced with auto wiring and installations. The online video was extremely helpful. 95738
by: Bill P.06/04/2014
I recently installed the T-One wiring harness on my 2013 CRV. Video was easy to follow and the whole install was a piece of cake, 30 minutes. 134304
by: Bill T06/25/2013
I recieved item in appropriate time. The install inst were good and it was aN EASY INSTALL. WILL DEFINATELY ORDER YOUR MERCHANDICE IN FUTURE. 85926
by: Mark S.06/17/2013
Easy to follow instructions. Product appear to be of good quality. Not used it yet, but believe it should work great. Thanks. 84927
by: Ron F10/06/2014
Online video made the job go well - took me a couple hours, but everything installed and functioned perfectly. 154644
by: Shawn M.10/29/2013
The product was as described, delivered fast and the video instructions made the iinstall easy. 105564
by: Tom D10/31/2014
The trailer hitch wire harness was easy to install with the help of the etrailer video. 158642
Another great product, great price, and perfect fit with easy to follow directions. 96648
Instruction are great thanks! Works great. Will recommend to friends! 154809
by: Pat P04/30/2014
as advertised. worked first time. on;one videos are great! 128194
by: Chet D.04/22/2014
Plug and play hook up on my Honda CRV. Nice Product. 126706
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