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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Honda CR-V's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.
✔ Confirmed to fit your 2013 Honda CR-V
Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from CURT.
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No drilling required for installation , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation , Underbody trimming required (not fascia)
Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"
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Today on this 2013 Honda CR-V, were going to install part number C13119 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the vehicle. Next well give you some measurements to help you out selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 14-1/2 inches. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the edge of the bumper will be about 1-3/4 inches. Now well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.
First thing we need to do is go ahead and remove a panel thats underneath the vehicle. Now it covers most of the bottom of the vehicle. There will be a variety of fasteners you have to remove. On this particular vehicle we remove two screws, three bolts, and five plastic fasteners. Our next step would be to go ahead and mark and cut a hole in the panel for our hitch; however, in this instance the owner elected to leave the panel off.
All right, next well go ahead and lower the exhaust. Well spray down on two rubber hangers with some lubricant and then pry them off. That will get the exhaust out of the way and now we can show you where attachment points are. Theyre located here and here, the threaded holes in the frame. This is above the exhaust and its the same thing over on the driver side.
Now well go ahead and clean out the thread with some lubricant first and then use a tube brush to help clean out the threads. That will be part number 814092. Now on a newer vehicle this shouldnt be a problem with the threads, but the older the vehicle gets, dirt and debris will get in there and more work this will take, and maybe eventually, you would need a thread tap. Now before we install our hitch, we have to take two washers and just tape it to the hitch for spacers. We will do this in the holes that are rearmost or closest to the bumper.
Now well go ahead and start installing our hitch. Well take the hitch. Lay it on top of the exhaust with the rod going through the hitch. Then well lift up the driver side and install the hardware. Well install a metric bolt and a conical tooth washer. Well make sure the teeth on the conical tooth washer always face up towards the hitch. Well get the driver side loosely installed then go over to the passenger side. With those bolts loosely installed, well go to the tow loop, put our U-bolt through there and install a flange nut for the U-bolt. Now with all our hardware installed, well go ahead and tighten it down, and then go ahead and torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. With all the bolts torqued down, well go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. And with that, that will finish it for our install of part number C13119 from Curt on our 2013 Honda CR-V.
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (295 Customer Reviews)This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.
Quality product. Good quality welds and powder-coated paint. The installation took me about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The majority of that time was related to the trim panel which is removed, cut, and then reinstalled. I did the work in my garage with no lift or jack. I find it "interesting" that the video does not show the cutting and re-installation of this panel because the "customer did not want this panel re-installed" ;-).... If the panel is removed and not re-installed this job could probably be done in 30 minutes. I used a silver-colored Sharpie to mark the cutout on the panel. I recommend using a utility knife (with a sharp blade) instead of a rotary tool. The material cuts easily and the utility knife leaves edges that are straight with no burrs. I used a pair of scissors to cut the fiberglass insulation so that the edges were "clean". My Honda CR-V had mud flaps installed so I had to remove the rear driver's side flap (not a problem at all--2 screws). For lowering the muffler, I definitely recommend the use of WD-40 (or other lubricant) on the rubber hangers (like shown in the video). The lubricant helps a lot. Before I started to pry the rubber hangers off of the muffler, I used a pair of large channel-lock pliers--one jaw on the rubber hanger and the other jaw on the end of the muffler tube. I squeezed to get the barbed end of the muffler tube to go inside of the rubber hanger. After that, I could pull the rubber hanger off of the muffler tube. The hitch itself fit perfectly. It is a little bit challenging to torque the front bolt on the muffler side because there is not much room for the torque wrench above the muffler (which is hanging down because it was removed from the rubber hangers). When putting the U-bolt on, I would suggest tightening the 2 nuts evenly. I alternated between one nut and the other, turning the nuts about 1/2 turn at the time. This guarantees that the U-bolt seats properly on the towing hook. A note about the type of plastic clips that are used on my vehicle... These clips consist of 2 parts: an outer sleeve and a inner pin that slides down into the sleeve. When the pin is pushed into the sleeve, it causes the barbs on the sleeve to expand so that the barbs will not pull out of the panel that the clip is holding. When I first started this job, I was trying to pry out the whole clip (i.e. prying out on the outer sleeve). I realized after removing 1 clip that I should be prying up on the inner pin of the clip. When the pin pops up, the fastener can be pulled out easily from the panel. Similarly when re-installing the fasteners, do not try to "hammer" the fastener back into the holes; instead, pull up on the pin, easily press the fastener into the panel hole, and then push down on the pin to lock it into place in the panel. Very neat design. The fasteners on my Jeep are just one-piece plastic barbs--these on the Honda CR-V are much nicer. The instructions are clear and have good photos. The on-line video is even more helpful. I enjoyed installing the hitch--I would recommend this product to others. 103609
Purchased the Curt C13119 hitch from etrailer for a new 2014 Honda CR-V after going over the wealth of product information available on the site that reassured that I'd be getting the right product. I have a Thule bike rack that we used on our previous car and 2" hitches are not available from Honda dealer installation. I'm not a big DIY guy so had our local shop install it. We only use it for a bike/ski rack, not towing, so I know I won't be overloading it. Also purchased the stabilizer strap for the rack (see photos bellow) as per Curt and Etrailer.com's recommendations to preserve warranty. It's not much extra effort to install and adds piece of mind that it's relieving some of the stress on the hitch. We got all this just days before going on a long trip to the Rocky Mountains. The hitch worked great with all four bikes on the rack! 146718
by: Kraig S.07/25/2016
Another great hitch. Shipping was on-time and the hitch was exactly what I ordered. Finish was even but there was slight damage probably in shipping but it looked like it was struck with a ball-peen hammer. A little filing and some spray paint and it was good to go. Instructions were clear and the cutting of the plastic body panel on the underside was much easier than I thought. Definitely measure and use a straight edge when cutting. Dremel with a rotary cutter worked great. Cutting the insulation was simple, really good shears made easy work of it. Prior to mounting run the bolts all the way in and out a few times to clear any debris from the threads you can't get with the brush. Getting the exhaust clear is a little challenging but manageable. I installed the hitch by myself and it went smoothly. Total time was about 90 minutes. I spent a lot of time on the measuring and also added a rubber barrier around the hole I cut. Very pleased with the fit and look of the finished hitch. 275893
by: Jerry K07/23/2014
I just installed an etrailer hitch on a 2014 Honda CR-V. I spent around an hour from start to finish, including the time I spent rounding up the tools I needed and washing up afterwards. The hitch was a perfect fit and I was able to install it by myself, though I do have a small automotive floor jack that I used to position the hitch in place while I put the bolts in. I also used a slight variation/simplification on the installation instructions that others have discussed on this site for the Honda CR-V. I cut the hole in the plastic underbody panel with the panel in place using a utility knife. After marking the panel with a sharpie I did drill small holes at the four corners of the piece to be cut out but this probably was not necessary. The underbody panel is soft enough, and the location of the rectangle needing removal is aligned with the embossed ribs in the panel, so that cutting the hole with a utility knife requires very little effort and is easily done with the panel on the car. Also, for the 2014 CR-V ( AWD EX trim with 17" wheels) there is plenty of clearance with the vehicle on the ground so that it wasn't even necessary to jack up the rear (but I don't mind lying on my back). I used a foot or so of scrap 2x10 lumber on the top of my floor jack to support the hitch while I jacked it into position. I did squirt some PB blaster on the exhaust hangers but didn't need any specialized tool to remove the rubber isolators (just a big screw driver and pry bar). I also saved the piece of plastic cut from the underbody panel, trimmed it a bit, then taped it back in place using strips of Gorilla tape just to deter road muck from splashing in thru the cutout. In retrospect I think I could have just cut three of the four sides of the cutout, then wedged the flap down and held it out of the way with some tape to gain access to the driver side frame rail. Then the flap could have been trimmed and moved back into position and then either Gorilla taped or even held in place with a piece of thin metal (like a coffee can lid) or plastic and some sheet metal screws (and maybe some Gorilla glue). If someone does try this then the side not cut must be on the outside (side away from the car's center). I will be using this primarily for a hitch mounted bike rack. This hitch is probably overkill for this application but it is such a fine piece of craftsmanship and so reasonably priced that I cannot fathom using any other hitch now. 142671
by: Mark A.08/10/2013
Installation was very easy. Hardest part was the rubber hangers on the muffler. Decided to cut the rear panel with a rotozip instead of removing it, so I took my time measuring. I used a floor jack with a piece of wood and had my wife stabilize it. After cutting the hole, everything went smoothly. Place the bolts, tighten and torque them and your done. The videos were really helpful. Total time about 1 hour. Price and service from E-Trailer were outstanding. 94361
by: Jose Luis C08/13/2015
After ordering this months ago, I finally installed it. Life got busy, so I had to put this project on hold. The video combined with the PDF instructions made for easy installation. I would only add that I needed a pair of wheel ramps to raise the back side so that I could get under the car. I was able to borrow the ramps, the torque wrench, and the socket with extension. The step involving the dremel looked hard, but I just used utility scissors and it was fine. I didn't even need help holding the hitch in place. I did it all myself and it took me about 1.5 hours. I'm not much of a mechanic or anything. If you're used to working with torque wrenches, you could get this done in an hour. I'm so happy with the hitch. It looks great, it's strong, and it was so much cheaper than going to a place and paying for labor and their mark-up. Thank you etrailer.com! 218946
Very rapid shipping, everything was included and worked exactly as described. I did the installation and it took a little less than an hour - it would have taken less than that if I didn't have three kids and an incredible ability to lose tools the second I set them down. I used a floor jack to position the hitch for the U bolt which worked great. Removing the body panel was straightforward once I figured out how to pop out the mounts. I used a box cutter to cut out the plastic from the body panel and missed by an inch but I don't think the description could be any better and it looks fine in place. In the 2013 CRV the panel has a layer of white padding kind of spot welded to the panel which you have to cut. It might be nice to show a picture before and after in the printed instructions as I cut off more than I needed too. The hardest part of this job was getting the body panel back into place as there is apparently a trans-dimensional separating the reality that existed before you remove it from the reality once it's removed. I have no idea how I got it back in there but one minute it was all wrong and then it sort of transported itself into the right place. No idea how I did that...... Removing the exhaust hangers without the tool in the video takes a little work but once I got the oil behind the mounting head then popped right off. Don't tighten any of the four frame bolts until all of them are started or lining up that last one becomes painful. Torqued it all up, re-hung the exhaust (MUCH easier than pulling it off) and it looks great. I have one body panel attachment thingie that won't go back in but I doubt that it matters. All in all a completely painless procedure, thanks etrailer.com! 178399
by: Gary J02/24/2015
I ordered the Curt C13119 hitch in October when I decided to buy a 2015 CRV Touring model. I must have ordered it at the right time of day, I received the hitch the next afternoon. However, I ended up having to order my CRV. I had the hitch for three months before I could install it. I left the plastic panel in place and cut the hole with a utility knife. I started with just cutting three sides to make a flap rather than a whole. I wanted to replace as much of the cutout as I could after the install. Bending the flap to 90 degrees, I had enough room to work. After the hitch was in place, I cut a smaller piece from the flap to fit around the hitch. I then used JB KwikWeld to glue the flap in place. The hardest part for me wast getting the bolt directly above the muffler torqued down in the limited space. Thank you for the videos showing the installation. It made the process easier to watch it happen first. The quality of the Curt hitch is excellent, well made with thick paint. Much better than the U-Haul hitch I had on my last vehicle. I have referred several people to use eTrailer.com based on my experice with their website and products. 175880
by: Joe PA03/12/2015
Product arrived mint and after the snow was off my driveway it took about 1 hour to install (and take pictures). My advice would to use the enclosed measurements to cut out the left opening (I used a dremel) instead of removing the plastic gas tank guard, its easier, faster and safer as the enclosed measurements are PRESTINE!. I installed it alone so I used a jack to hold it up while I screwed everything together. Screw the center (tow hook) bolts first. One word of caution!!!! My car was ONLY one month old (2015 Honda CRV) yet I almost stripped a bolt while screwing it in. CLEAN YOUR THREADS REGARDLESS!!!! 178092
by: Edwin S.09/20/2014
Trailer arrived fine, except there where two gouges where paint was flaking off. Fortunately I had some gray primer and black spray paint which I used to cover the chips. They were on opposite sides of the trailer. The box was in good shape so not sure where it happened. The instructions were very clear and the hitch fit like it was supposed to. All the holes lined up just fine and the videos on line were very helpful. I would have given this product one more mark closer to Excellent except that one thing that I didn't like at all was the way the paint crinkled at the spot where the u shaped bolt gets bolted on with the provided nuts. I was tightening the hitch to the u shaped bolt and as the nuts tightened against the painted hitch I could actually hear and see the paint crinkle. It was as if the paint coat wasn't adhering to the metal. If it had adhered properly, I would have just expected the bolts to scrape some of the paint away not cause it to crinkle. So I took my black can of spay paint and coated the area really well to protect against corrosion. Here in Florida, that is a big problem. 152277
by: Chris R.05/25/2013
I installed this myself on my 2013 Honda CRV, lying on my back on the driveway, no jackstands or lifts. A thin man can lift the hitch and position it on his chest, without too much trouble, and bolt it on. A fifteen minute task, if you leave off Honda's plastic underbody cover. If you elect to cut a hole in the cover and replace it, the fiddling will add considerable time to your job. The diagram which comes with the hitch is better than the copy online to which the etrailer Q&A directs you: once you figure out the diagram, and follow the instruction's admonition to use the cover's ribs as a guide for cutting, that task is straight forward. There is also some sound deadening fabric on the cover which needs to be cut. I used a Dremel tool with cutoff wheel to cut the plastic cover, and scissors works for the fabric. Reinstalling the plastic cover isn't too hard, but takes some fiddling to line everything up to get the fasteners back in. You must have an extension for your socket wrench to tighten the bolts on the hitch, if you replace the plastic cover; I had to buy a ten inch extension. If you don't replace the cover, you don't need the longer extension, and I could have used the short extension which is in my Craftsman metric wrench set. In short, replacing the cover complicates the job. I don't know if there would be any appreciable increased cabin noise without the cover. 81953
by: Elliot B08/23/2013
Very good product. Installed CURT 13119 hitch on my new 2013 Honda CRV. Couple of suggestions: a.) this install is not possible for one person to accomplish, unless you're a super hero who has an extra arm and hand b.) a lift is highly recommended although we installed FLAT on the garage floor. c.) suggest you purchase an exhaust rubber support bracket removal pliers (Lisle at $19.95 is a good buy) OR first make sure your dealer has the pair of rubber hangers for your make and model and then simply cut the old ones off and replace them with new rubber hangers. A pair of new rubber hangers for my car cost me $7.95. d.) If you're installing on a new Honda CRV which has a plastic cover, you DON'T need a rotary tool as a simple utility knife will do just fine in trimming the plastic cover. 96588
by: Thom B.06/30/2015
hitch was as described and simple to install. Delivery was fast, as well. amy, in customer service, was both knowledgable and patient as I asked several questions to determine that hitch and bike rack best suited for my needs. These folks are A-1!! 208361
by: Jim M05/23/2014
I ordered the Curt hitch for our 2012 Honda CRV from etrailer. Easy ordering process. Thorough and professional. It arrived just in time for our planned trip. The Curt hitch is a very high quality product. Installation was fairly easy. Tip: I left the black under pan valence in place. Measured and cut the rectangular hole per instructions using a Dremel. That saved time and effort. Removing the rubber exhaust hangers was probably the hardest part until I discovered they can be pushed off with gloved hands after spraying with WD-40. They went back on easily by hand. I used a floor jack to position the hitch and align the bolts. A perfect fit and quite easy for a one man job! 132107
by: See Mack07/19/2014
This is a very good product. Nice design, well manufactured, and good paint job. However, the hole dimensions are slightly off. Could only get 3 out of 4 bolts into the frame. Had to remove passenger-side bolts and u-bolt to get both driver-side bolts to go in. Then had to pull mount wicked hard to get 4th passenger-side bolt into place. They need to make the slots larger or put better quality practices into their manufacturing process so customers don't get stuck with the issue. Video installation instructions very good. I had to buy a threading tap and carefully removed the dirt caked into the ps vehicle holes - couldn't find a brush like the one shown in video. This looked like the best trailer hitch out there compared to the other brands. 142222
by: Don S.10/05/2014
I received the product very quickly. Installing the hitch went without any 'hitches' and it was very easy to do. The instructions were simple and easy to follow. After watching the video before I even ordered the product was all I really needed to know what I was doing. Made me feel good that I was able to do it myself and saved a huge amount over having it installed by a dealer. I highly recommend this product. 154542
by: Doug L.04/14/2015
The hitch installation was easy and the instructions were accurate. It took me about 2 hours from start to finish and the end result is excellent. Doing the installation myself saved me about $250.00 under the lowest priced estimate from two different hitch installers. Having a second hand helps while attaching the hitch to the frame. I fabricated a cover that closes the rather large opening that remains after cutting the access hole in the underbody panel for the left side installation. Fabricating the panel will keep varmints from taking up residence in the rear of the vehicle and seal the panel from the elements. 185029
Product is excellent. However, as others have said, it's a two person job unless you have a floor jack. We did not remove the appearance panel, used a utility knife and cut three sides to make a flap. After installation, simply folded flap back into place and duct taped it. No gap for dirt and grime to get into. We did have to cut back a half inch on the 16.5" measurement towards the tow loop opening to get the bracket in squarely. 216899
I spent my career in manufacturing and can attest that this is well made. Nice uniform bends, perfect welds, and powder coat is flawless. I was surprised, given the low price I paid for it. IO guess I didn't have high expectations, but just need it to mount my bike rack so wasn't worried. I'm not in love with the way all the manufacturers want to mount this and modify the lower splash shield. It is full of insulation and, by cutting a large, rectangular hole in the driver's side, you are inviting that opening to collect all sorts of water and debris. I am mounting mine this weekend and intend to cut 3 sides and make a light score on the outermost mark. My hope is that I can pull it out of the way, mount the hitch, then trim a minimal amount of the "flap". I will affix the flap back into place with some gorilla tape or the like. It may or may not work, but worth a try. Worst case, I end up with the giant hole I would have had anyway. Anyway, the hitch looks great and etrailer was quick in getting it to me. It had worked its way out of the bottom of the box but there were no scratches or damage. 233342
I bought a new car and wanted to make sure that my bike or rack never touches the car. I was going to buy a hitch directly from the dealer just to have it over and done with. Honda did not offer the appropriate size hitch for my rack so I called my mechanic. He recommended your website and I had the hitch sent directly to my mechanic for installation. The cost including labor was half the price of a car dealer hitch. The hitch arrive in a timely manner and it is all set to go. Haven't attached the bike rack yet. 141094
I've never towed anything or had a car with a hitch so i was going in blind. Did a little research and this looked like a good plan. After purchasing, and installing I have to say that this company it excellent to deal with. Online store was set up great with essentially putting together what I needed automatically for a complete solution. I purchased it and it arrived with very good tracking i might add. So I took the laptop out and set in in the back of the Cr-v and hit play on the install video. Stop go, stop go and an hour later the hitch was installed. Took a nice break because my arms were tired...no floor jack as recommended. Next I set off to install the wiring harness and same experience. The video was dead on. It's not a difficult job at all but does require some patience and ability to swear now and then. etrailer.com was a great choice! It's amazing to open a wiring harness box and have a set of printed instructions for your car included inside, the same with the hitch. Just top notch customer service all the way. Thanks for a great transaction. 183731
My husband said the hitch was extremely easy to attach to my CRV! I am so glad I also purchased the Thule Helium Aero Bike Hitch. I'm sending a picture in a separate email following this one. Thanks again for the ease in dealing with etrailer and for the quick deliveries!! 128852
by: Rob Hurd06/11/2014
Great product! Installation was easy...watched video..very helpful...l measured and cut the plastic panel on the car with a razor knife then installed hitch...reinstalled the cut piece by drlling holes,cutting off 1/4" to allow for hitch then attatching it with black zip ties...worked out great! Etrailer's order/shipping process was awesome! Recieved my hitch in just a few days...will definately use Etrailer again!! 135161
by: Michael N08/10/2014
Much easier to install than I had planned for. Including the diagram to show where cutting into the plastic under panel. If on a garage floor (like I was) I would suggest using a floor jack to hold into position for the center connection, after that, piece of cake. The only thing that I ran into that wasn't mentioned was the sound proofing material on the top side of the under panel. No big deal, but it wasn't mentioned as being something to move or cut. Having a roto-tool made the light cutting easy. I also needed to use a flex joint socket holder to properly reach the forward bolt above the muffler. I can hold my own for most light/medium maintenance issues and this was easy. The included photos of instruction takes the guess work out. Took about 45 minutes and I wasn't rushing it. For the price of this (and wiring harness) it was 1/3 of the price from a dealer and I didn't have to wait 3 to 4 hours. Highly recommend etrailer.com to anyone and I will return whenever the need arises again. 145604
by: Marshall W.11/13/2014
I was not feeling well with a bad cold, but managed to get it bolted on in about 50 minutes. I'm 68 years old also. I did not need to raise the vehichle, there was enough room for my belly button to fit beneath my 2014 CR-V. Also I used a box cutter to cut out the required opening at the specified dimensions, the plastic is thin and soft. There is some insulation behind the panel that I cut, but found out after the fact all I had to do was push it up out of the way, then let it fall into places once again. The worst part of installation was getting the rubber muffler hangs to slip off their pins. I now have a cargo carrier ready to go for whatever I need to haul that I don't wnat inside of my car. Perfect for hauling the big buck I plan to get this hunting season. Looks great! 160776
by: Richard Hogan08/27/2015
Installing the hitch wasn't really hard. Trying to torque the bolt over the back of the muffler was difficult because of no room to get the extension and socket to the bolt. Just can't move the muffler out of the way enough. I found that cutting out a piece of wood 3 1/5" x 7" to cut the opening in the under panel was the best way for me by draw the out line to cut the opening. 222012
by: David T.06/12/2016
Dear Sir, I am very pleased with my recent purchase of a curt trailer receiver for my 2015 Honda CRV. I installed it myself witht the supplied instructions. This took me a little over an hour to accomplish. My only recommendation would be to leave the plastic under body panel in place and cutout the plastic area in place to access the mounting holes in the CRV undercarriage. The exact area to cutout could be accomplished with a supplied template or exact measurements as to the area to cutout as viewed looking up at the undercarriage. I had difficulty removing and replacing the panel just to cutout the small retangular section of plastic to access the mounting holes. Leaving the panel in place would have saved me at least a half hour of installation time. I am looking forward to using your product and thank you for your speedy delivery. Regards, David N. Tothill 260484
by: Dave Boersema03/11/2014
I don't write reviews but this went so smooth that I need to give praise. The hitch fit perfect. The installation video was great and the instructions that came with the hitch were good. Great job etrailer! 120319
Very good and solid hitch. The installation instructions are very clear and I had no problems at all installing it. I would recommend to have a help of a second person to install it. Thank you for the great product. 76301
by: Don H01/07/2014
Quality build. Nice finish. What's most important?? IT FIT AS STATED. No muss or fuss, along with quality hardware and instructions. Priced fairly also. I enjoyed using your site to browse your products, good job. 112170
The trailer hitch looks great and fits my 2015 CRV very well. eTrailer shipped it out in record time. The instructions are very clear, although 30 minute install time is a pipe dream. It was a whole evening. A huge shortcut would be not to remove the plastic cover under the car just to cut a hole and then remount it. They are probably afraid that someone is going to use a sawzall and cut through the gas tank or something. I would just use a multitool to cut the plastic without going deep. That would save you about 2 hours - but you have to know what you are doing and what is behind the plastic. Also, drive the car up on blocks to make it easier. My best trick was to lift this heavy hitch with a floor jack with carpet on it. It allowed easy placement for bolting it on. Great product. 182409
by: Doug W03/17/2016
Curt hitch arrived on time and complete. Install instructions were accurate and video an assist. Easy install overall. Instead of cutting out a complete section of the underbody panel described in the video, I left driver side of the rectangle opening attached, just opening the flap for access to bolts. Upon completion of the install you can tuck the flap back in almost intact for a neater look overall. The wiring harness an easy install also, notwithstanding Honda engineers hiding the connector in the most inaccessible place they could find. I allow the CRV may not be a brute tow vehicle, but we do install aftermarket hitches and harnesses...Honda could have very easily placed the connector plug in the spare tire compartment or behind an accessible panel as they did with my Acura. 240893
by: Jerry Strick01/09/2015
I tried to install by myself lying on my garage floor but as a 72 year old I was having trouble until my neighbor showed mercy and come over to help.. After he got there it was a piece of cake - the fit was perfect. After reviewing some of the other comments on your web site, I did not remove the panel and just cut the hole on three sides and trimmed and taped to go around the hitch to minimize the any crap getting in. Overall, I am very please with the hitch. I tried to get the muffler lose - gave up and went to Honda and got two news rubber allowing me to cut off the ones that were installed - cost less the $15 but sure was worth it!!! Oh by the way it was delivered when they said it would be------- great customer relations. Sorry no pics of two ole men lying on the floor. 168449
by: John W.06/19/2015
The Curt hitch for my CR-V arrived on time and appeared to be packaged well. The hitch appears to be the correct one and, for the most part, the quality and finish of the hitch seemed to be very good. etrailer's online instructions/video were great. My contacts with customer service were pleasant and helpful. The only reason I did not give etrailer '10' ratings in the Bizrate survey is that the hitch did arrive with one significant scrape on it down to the bare metal that I will have to prime and paint. I don't know how Curt and etrailer work together and who would be responsible for inspecting the hitch before packaging.. There was no evidence that the damage occurred during the shipment process. I decided to keep the hitch because I don't want to deal with sending it back. 204528
by: John M.02/02/2015
This hitch seems to be very well built and installs fairly easily. I installed this on 2012 Honda CRV. I will be using this to hold a bike carrier and for that purpose it is probably overkill. But for about the same price I got this class III hitch vs the class II. This is the first time I have ever installed a hitch and it took me longer than I anticipated. I could now do another one in an hour or so. After watching the installation video and reading the reviews, I chose to re-install the appearance panel and insulation which made it a little more challenging. If you are doing this alone, I suggest bolting a 4 ft or longer 2x4 to your floor jack to hold the hitch in place while you make all the attachments. Overall, I am very pleased with outcome. 172127
by: Dean B.08/13/2014
Arrived 2 days after ordering. The videos and instructions were very helpful. I didn't bother taking off the underbody protector/sound dampener and just used a utility knife and scissors to cut out the area around the threads. We tried 6.5" length cut because it looked big in the picture (7") but you definitely need 7 or 7.25 inches. Installed this in approximately 45 minutes and the wiring harness in approximately 30 minutes. Great customer service, instructions, and video. Taking my buddies boat out this afternoon. 146554
by: Rod B.08/20/2012
Ordered last Thursday, somehow received it the next day (Friday). Fantastic!! Took me and my father in-law about 1 1/2 hrs. We took our time. Watched the video 1st then followed the included instructions, nothing to it. Great product as stated. Would highly recommend. Looks like a factory installed item. Thanks so much. 52398
Great product. I watched the on line video before attempting the installation and the installation was very easy. I did not remove the plastic pan on the bottom of the car but instead used the dimensions listed in the installation instructions to lay out the shape of the opening to be cut. Then, it was a simple matter to cut the plastic with a razor knife and trim the white plastic with scissors. It took about 30 minutes from start to finish to install the entire kit. Removing the muffler was easier than I thought it would be after spraying everything with silicone spray. Even easier putting the muffler hangers back on. I would tackle this project again without hesitation. 277260
Great delivery time, a great product and installation instructions are very complete. Pleased with my first on line purchase and free shipping! 130382
by: Jeff Mc08/18/2014
Hitch fits up perfectly. Appearance panel is a bit of a pain to reinstall but a little patience gets it done. Nice install. 147208
by: Ron S07/31/2015
It fits perfectly. However, if I were to install another, I would not remove the plastic shroud covering the gas tank and cut out the rectangle in place. Maybe tell the user there is sound deadening material,about 1/8 in thick, but open space above so a saw could be used is desired, but I would use a utility knife and scissors afterword to cut the sound deadening material If one removes the plastic shroud, maybe a brief explanation of how the two piece Honda fastener works. Pull on the inner piece to relieve it and then pull on the outer portion. Very simple. I broke one before I understood how they work. It's a good product and a great price! 215714
by: Pete S08/18/2012
The hitch went onto my new CRV with no problems. The instructional video was very well done and helpful. It is definitely a two man job to lift and hold it in position while starting the 4 main fasteners. It is well designed to interface with the Honda frame and components and seems to be quite sturdy. The fit and finish of the hitch are very good quality. I look forward to using the hitch to support a rear mounting bike rack 52242
by: Bob L05/12/2014
I'm 63, and I just installed this hitch in 45 minutes. I did have my son help me hold it up to insert the fasteners, but if you have a floor jack, this can be done alone in a snap, in the driveway, with no vehicle lifting. The fit is perfect, instructions were top notch; there were no surprises. I did follow others' suggestions to just cut the sound panel in place, and it cuts like butter with a utility knife, then just trim the fiberglass with a scissors; this procedure will save you a lot of work, and the cutout location per the instructions was exact. Great company, which says a lot nowadays. Thanks, etrailer. 130080
by: Terry G.05/01/2012
This is my second purchase from Etrailer. Both times my hitch arrived quickly and was the best price I could find anywhere. This time however I ordered a CURT hitch. Although it took longer for me to install because of a plastic shield Honda now has in their CR-V vehicles it still was easy to mount. CURT hitch is very well made and looks terrific on my new 2012 CR-V. I'm very happy with both CURT and Etrailer. 38937
by: Rich T01/29/2015
Super fast and secure delivery. 171687
by: Alex E09/13/2015
Nice clean setup I also recommend the wiring setup it connected nicely. I left a review on that how to run the wires through the back without cutting any holes. The pic is the end result. Cutting the hole in the underbody is very straight forward and the bolts went right in. I put everything in loose first and then tightened all the bolts to 50 ft lbs. 225302
by: Clayton F07/04/2012
Installation wasn't too terrible, that dang "appearance panel" was really the only challenge, they didn't make it easy to remove/replace! Product itself had clear instructions, seems very sturdy and well designed. The curve of the rounded bars matches the style of the back end pretty well, and the receiver itself blends well and doesn't look out of place. 46697
by: Michael W09/05/2012
Got this hitch for my 2012 Honda CR-V. Heavy duty hitch, great fit bolted right on. The directions for installing were very good. I also viewed the installation video on etrailer. The video had you trimming the appearance panel on the CR-V and reinstalling with the hitch. The directions that came with the hitch had you trim the appearance panel then reinstalling that panel then install the hitch. I would recommend the latter as the appearance panel is a bit clumsy to get back in place. I found it easier to do the panel first then the hitch. 53993
by: Big Guy04/26/2015
I ordered the Hitch Receiver and the wiring set. They arrived very quickly and were in perfect condition. I did the installation myself, (with a tad bit of assistance from the wife!) The only thing I might suggest is the instructions have you remove the entire back underpart of the vehicle to cut the hole. The most time consuming part was trying to get that back on. LOL It would have been much faster and much easier to cut the hole while it was in place and not have removed it. Other than that, it is great & extremely good quality. 188342
by: Mike W.09/04/2013
Hitch was delivered surprisingly fast. I received it in two days after being quoted 3-5 business days. Installation went rather well, however the diagram to cut the underbody panel was a bit off. The "u-bolt" didn't fit the pre-drilled holes on the hitch. Luckily I have a bench vise which I used to compress the u-bolt to align with the holes. This hitch is a bit difficult to install without a lift and by yourself, but I managed. I would suggest this to anyone in the market for a high quality and easy to instal hitch. 98250
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