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Husky Front Floor Liners Review - 2016 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2016 Honda Odyssey we'll be doing a test fit on the Husky Liners WeatherBeater Custom Auto Floor Liners, for the front in black, part number HL18881. It's also available in gray, part number HL18882. To begin our test fit let's go ahead and remove our old factory floor mats. You can see they're a one piece design here. We'll need to unlock the factory points here. Then we can draw that up. We've got one more on this side that we need to unlock, and then it should come loose.



CIPA Clamp On Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2014 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2014 Honda Odyssey, we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Universal Bar Towing Mirror, part number CM11980. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up while towing a trailer. The mirror can be rotated 360 degrees and can be adjusted to any angle. It can also be extended out to better suit our towing needs. Simply loosen up the nut up here, bring it out, and then tighten it back down.



CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2014 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2014 Honda Odyssey, we'll be doing a test fit on the Cipa Dual View, clip-on towing mirror, part number 11953. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, park, or even back up, while towing a trailer. Both the larger and the smaller mirror can be adjusted to any angle. If we look over here, you can see how it's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror, and we can even still fold it in. With both mirrors, it measures 7 inches long, and 5-1/2 inches wide. I'm here at the passenger side of my Honda Odyssey.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Odyssey - Curt

Today on our 2016 Honda Odyssey, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class III, which is a 2-inch receiver, part number C13068. Now, this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on your vehicle. As you can see here, we've got a 2-inch by 2-inch receiver tube opening with a reinforcement collar around it. We've got a 5/8-inch hitch pinhole right here. We've got the steel plate that's welded to the bottom side with the holes for your safety chains. As you can see here on this cross frame, it's got a black powder coat finish that helps give it superior rust and corrosion protection. There's no drilling or welding required in order to install this hitch. It uses 4 existing weld nuts and 1 carriage bolt to fish wire it into place.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Odyssey - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Honda Odyssey we'll be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, which is a class two hitch with a 1-1/4" opening, part number 36417. Something that's particularly nice about this hitch is the ease of the install, because you simply have two weld nuts on either side for you to put the bolts up into, and the fact that it's an 1-1/4". If you already have those 1-1/4" accessories, then this hitch will work really well for you. Here we've also got the 1/2" hitch pinhole. Then down here, if you're doing light duty towing you've got the loops for your safety chains. Then we've also got a collar here around the receiver tube for a little extra reinforcement.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Odyssey - Curt

Today on our 2016 Honda Odyssey, we'll be taking a look at and installing the Curt trailer hitch receiver, which is a Class 2 with a 1-1/4" opening. Part number C12031. This is what the hitch looks like once it's installed on your vehicle. It's got the 1=1/4" by 1-1/4" receiver tube opening. It's got the reinforcement collar around it here. It's got this 1/2" hitch pinhole right there.



Putco PURE Halogen Headlight Bulbs Installation - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey I will be installing the Putco PURE high performance halogen headlight bulbs. Part number P239005SW. The Putco lights come in a quantity of two, with a bulk type of 9005, and wattage of 65 watts to 12 volts with a color temperature of 3800 Kelvin. These also meet the Department of Transportation specifications. We're going to show you how to install this on our low beam side, since our high beam side is hard to get to and hard to see with our camera. We'll start by removing our bulb, we can take it out and set it to the side. Here we've got our low beam, again for demonstration purposes, you want to make sure that you don't touch the glass whenever you're installing this. We're going to take our bulb and start by inserting it in and lining up our cabs.



Putco PURE H11 Halogen Bulbs Installation - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, we'll be showing you how to install the Putco Pure high performance halogen bulbs, part number P230011SW. The Putco lights come in a quantity of two with bulb type H11 with a wattage of 55 watts at 12 bolts and a color temperature of 3800 Kelvin. These lights also meet the Department of Transportation specifications. Now we're going to show you how to install this on our low beam side since our high beam side is hard to get to hard to see with our camera. We'll start by removing our bowl. We can take it out and set it off to the side.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2005 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2005 Honda Odyssey, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install this Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with a 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number is C56161. Right now, here's what you're going to have in your wiring kit. Of course, just what we're after there. We're looking to have this 4-pole connector situated at the back of the vehicle so we can connect the trailer or cargo carrier, or what have you, to it. As you can see, that runs into our converter box. Now, this converter box is going to take signals from our vehicle, and it converts it into a usable signal for our trailer. Now, this offers surface-mount technology.



Air Lift AirLift 1000 Air Helper Springs Installation - 2014 Honda Odyssey

Today on this 2014 Honda Odyssey, we're going to review and install the Airlift 1000 Air Helper Spring for coil springs. Part number AL60815. As you see here, these springs actually reside inside the coil springs. Now, it does come with all the hardware, fitting, and airline needed to install. Here's our key right here that goes out to both airbags, and we go to the back of the van. We see one single valve right here that will allow you to insulate up both at the same time. Now lift capacity is going to be one thousand pounds for these air springs. We'll go ahead and show our stock measurement on our van first.



Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, we're doing a test fit of the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Mount bike carrier. This is designed to work with vehicles with spoilers and the part number for that is HRF2. We already have our bike in place. We're first going to show you how we secure that down, then we'll go over some features. We have two cradles in place with three straps, two on our frame and one as our anti-sway strap in the back. We'll start by pulling down and lifting up to remove these and we can pull our bike off of our rack and set it off to the side. With our bike out of the way, I always suggest that you replace your straps so you don't lose or damage them.



Stromberg Carlson Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, we're doing a test fit of the Stromberg Carlson 23 by 60 cargo carrier. This part number is CC-100. It has a weight capacity of 500 pounds and works with 2-inch hitches only. First thing we're going to do here while it's still on our vehicle is take a few measurements. Ground clearance being first, we're going to go to the bottom of this bolt here. We'll have about 8 inches of clearance.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, we're doing a test fit of the Curt folding 20 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is C18151. This has a 500 pound weight capacity and works with 2-inch hitches only. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with our ground clearance. We're going to have about 9 3/4 inches of clearance.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, we're doing a test fit of the Curt 20 by 60 cargo carrier. That part number is C18150. This has a 500-pound weight capacity and is designed to work with 2-inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. Our ground clearance is first. We're going to have about 12 1/4 inches.



Curt Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, we are doing a test fit of a Curt 20 x 48 cargo carrier. That part number is C18110. This has a 300 pound weight capacity and is designed to work with both 1 1/4 inch and 2 inch hitches. The first thing we're going to do here, is take a few measurements. We'll start off with our ground clearance. From the ground to the bottom of this bolt here, we're going to have about 12 1/4 inches.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2012 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2012 Honda Odyssey, we're doing a test fit of the Maxxtow 48 by 21 cargo carrier. That part number is MT70422. This has a 500-pound weight capacity and works with 2-inch hitches only. The first thing we're going to do here is take a few measurements. We're going to start off with our ground clearance. We're going to have about 9 1/4 inches.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today in this 2013 Honda Odyssey, we're going to be testing the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. Part number TH912XTR. As you can see we already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look. Now, how the bike is actually attached to the rack, we're going to have 3 points of contact with the bike's frame: we're going to have two straps up top here, and one strap of. One strap of to the side which is going to access an anti-sway strap, to keep it from going back and forth, hitting the bike rack and possibly the bike in front of it. Let's go and take the bike off and set it aside. Now once you remove the straps it's always a good habit to actually put them back in place because you don't want them flapping around when you're driving, you don't want to loose them while you're driving. Now a fact, once you get into situations in which you're in close court, such as parking garages or parking in general, these arms do fold down but before I do that, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first is going to be how much distance is added to the vehicle once the bike rack is installed, and we go ahead and measure from the bumper. So, from this point down, we have about 27 inches. For ground clearance, which is going to be this point right here, it's about 10 1/2 inches, and then the closest point is going to be this gray lever here, that's going to be about 3 inches. Now, as I said earlier, these do fold down, you just go to this gray lash here, lift up, let it fall, and once you hear that click, they're secured in place. Now, at this point the only measurement that changes is the over all distance, which is now, with the straps all the way...



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today, on this 2013 Honda Odessey we're going to be test fitting the Swagman XC2 Bike Rack, part number S64650. We already have a bike installed, let's go ahead and take a closer look. How the bike actually attaches to the rack, you're going to have wheel cradles at the bottom, but it'll actually be held into place only by one point of contact on your bikes frame. That is going to be the frame hook up here. Let's go ahead and take the bike off, and set it off to the side. To do that, the actual frame hooks, you push this button in here, and that will release it or lower it. Now, do that down here.



Surco Products Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today in this 2013 Honda Odyssey we're going to be test fitting the 20x48 Surco cargo carrier for 1-1/4 inch hitches, Part Number 52017. If you take a look here, we actually have a nice open mesh flooring here, which is going to make it a lot easier to clean, once you remove what it is you've been hauling. It also has these bars here, all the way around the cargo carrier, which will provide nice tie down points to secure your cargo while you're driving. The exhaust is actually on the passenger side and faces down, so you're not going to have to worry about any heat-sensitive materials while you are driving. So now I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. It will give you a better idea of how much distance has been added to the vehicle, once you install this cargo carrier. I'm going to go ahead and measure from the bumper. So to this point here, that's going to be about 23-3/4 inches. For ground clearance, it's going to be about 12 inches. And for the closest point to the bumper, which is going to be right about here, it's going to be about 2 inches. Now, of course, with nothing in the cargo carrier we have complete access to the rear hatch of our vehicle to get anything that we need.



Rola 21x55 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today in this 2013 Honda Odyssey we're going to be test fitting the 21 by 55 Rola Cargo Carrier for inch and a quarter hitches. Part number 59507. First off I'd like to point out it has this open grate bottom here which makes it a lot easier to clean once you take off what you've been carrying. Plus, all around the carrier there are nice points here to put down hooks, straps, whatever you need to hold down your cargo. Next I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements. The first is going to be the total distance added to the vehicle once the cargo carrier is installed. That's going to be this point here and that's going to be about 28 inches. Next I'll go ahead and do the ground clearance down here at the end.





Honda Odyssey Questions

  • The two racks are very similar, but they have a few differences. Although they weigh about the same, the SwingDaddy, part # Y02464, has a higher weight capacity than the Thule Vertex Swing # TH9031XT. The Vertex can carry 140 pounds, while the SwingDaddy can handle 150lbs. The Vertex has a longer shank, which would place the rear of the upright portion of the rack approximately 14 inches away from the hitch pin hole in the receiver, versus 11 inches for the SwingDaddy. Both...
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  • As you can see by the photo I have edited for you, the Hidden Hitch, Draw-Tite and Curt hitches available for your Odyssey are all pretty similarly designed. When we installed all three hitches on a 2013 Odyssey, we found that the Curt # C13068 had about a 1/2 inch greater ground clearance (12-1/2 inches) versus 12 inches for the Hidden Hitch # 87479 and Draw-Tite # 75270 models. The receiver of the Hidden Hitch and Draw-Tite hitches are recessed a bit more under the vehicle,...
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  • The Hollywood Racks SE4, # HR1400, and the Swagman 2+2, # S64692, are two comparable bike racks. Like you have already said, the racks can handle 2 or 4 bikes with the last 2 bike section being removable. The SE4 weighs a little less (shipping weight is 82 pounds) when compared to the 2+2 (89 pound shipping weight). For wheel cradles I give the edge to the 2+2. The actual cradles are more secure than the hoops used on the SE4. Both racks have the same 45 pounds per bike capacity...
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  • First, the FullSwing, # Y02465 and the SwingDaddy, # Y02464 have comparable arm spacing of approximately 11 inches on center. The SwingDaddy has been around longer. The FullSwing is a new rack and features several upgrades from the SwingDaddy. The cradles on each rack can be adjusted but on the FullSwing the cradles are on a track type of system on the undersides of the arms. This makes adjusting the spacing between the bikes easy. The SwingDaddy cradles would have to be rotated...
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  • Thule does offer two 5-bike capacity racks, the Apex # TH9026 or the Vertex, part # TH9030XT. These racks will tilt rearward away from the vehicle once the bikes are removed, allowing access to the rear of the vehicle. There's a few differences between the two racks, the Apex offers higher quality cradles that are more heavily padded. The Apex also offers an upgraded shank that has a built-in locking anti-rattle device as well as an integrated cable lock. The Vertex and Apex...
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  • The weight capacity on the Thule Vertex 5, # TH9030XT, is 150 pounds. That would be 30 pounds per bike. The average adult bike weighs about 30 pounds. Provided that the combined weight of all 5 bikes does not exceed this 150 pound limit the rack can handle the weight. The Vertex and Apex, # TH9026, have the highest capacity of any of the 5 bike models we carry, see link. Regarding the childrens bikes, measure the length of the top frame tubes. If they are greater than 12-3/8...
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  • The Tow Ready 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Folding Rack, # 63124, is more economical than many other racks because it does not have dual arms, uses hook and loops straps to secure the bikes, and does not have anti-sway cradles. But the single arm could work to your advantage as a very narrow kids bike frame will fit without the use of an adapter. One disadvantage is that the cradles on this rack do not rotate and an adapter would help level the bikes. This rack is a tilting rack that...
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  • I think installing the Recessed Trailer D-Ring, # RR5K, that you have referenced, would be better than # LRB1, because the backing plate is going to help distribute the load from the ring which would be better for your wood decking and make for stronger connection points. If you use this kit with the backing plate an attachment to the frame is not required as the backing plate, which would be underneath the wood floor, would prevent the hardware from pulling out. The only down...
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  • When choosing a weight distribution system, the most important factor to consider is the fully loaded and ready to tow tongue weight of your trailer plus the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of your 2004 Honda Odyssey. Tongue weight of a trailer is typically calculated to be 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight. If your Scamp trailer weighs 2,700 lbs, then the tongue weight may be around 270 lbs to 405 lbs. You must then add the weight of the cargo that you load...
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  • For a 5-bike rack that also tilts out with or without bikes loaded take a look at the Softride Hang5, # SR26496. It holds the bikes vertically which actually makes it easier to load 5 bikes. This rack is heavy though at 100 pounds. This means that the combined weight of the bikes cannot exceed 250 pounds to stay within the capacity of the hitch. Otherwise, the best option is to use a swinging rack like you said. You can use the Thule Apex, # TH9027. With this type of rack if...
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  • The hitch I would recommend for your 2012 Honda Odyssey is the Draw-Tite Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 75270. This hitch is a 2-inch hitch with a 350-lb tongue weight capacity and a 3,500-lb towing weight capacity. This hitch will accept a 4-bike rack with no problems. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Draw-Tite hitch. The Thule Parkway 4 Bike rack, part # TH956, you have referenced will work on the 2-inch hitch, but I would also recommend to look...
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  • Yes, in addition to a hitch, you will need a ball mount, ball and trailer wiring. I will explain what the parts are and what they do, then I will include some recommendations of parts for your 2008 Honda Odyssey. A ball mount slides into the receiver, or square opening in the hitch. They are available in different heights so that depending on how tall the vehicle is and how tall the trailer is, a ball mount can be selected that will keep the whole rig level. Balls are available...
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  • For your 2003 Honda Odyssey with factory side rails I recommend Rola roof rack # 59899. It includes the feet, aluminum aero bars, and the feet and bars can be locked (locks and keys are included as well). I have linked a video review showing some of the features for you. For a kayak carrier that can hold 2 kayaks with a total weight up to 99 pounds I recommend using the Rhino-Rack carrier, # S512, with extension arm # RRS512X. I have linked a video review of the kayak carrier...
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  • Yes, the Hollywood Racks SE 4 Bike Rack, # HR1400, will fit on your 2012 Honda Odyssey with the Curt Trailer Hitch, # C13068. In the folded position, the closest part of this bike rack will be 6 inches away from the face of the trailer hitch receiver. Once the Curt hitch is installed, the distance from the face of the Curt trailer hitch and the rear-most edge of your bumper will be 3 inches. You will have 3 inches of clearance between the rear-most part of your bumper and...
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  • The Roadmaster High-Low Hitch Adapter, # RM-048-8, is only designed for tow bar applications. I do have another, more cost effective solution. You could use the Curt Multipurpose Ball Mount, # D210. Though it is designed to tow while carrying a cargo carrier or bike rack, you can use it to just carry a cargo carrier. The rise on the receiver is not as high as the High-Low adapter, but the receiver portion has a 350 lb tongue weight.
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  • When it comes to purchasing a 2+2 style platform bike rack for your 2014 Honda Odyssey, my top recommendation would be for the Kuat NV, # N101-103 for gun metal gray, and # N105-107 for matte black and polished chrome. The versatile design of this racks allows you to carry most bikes regardless of their size or frame design and it's aluminum construction makes it durable, lightweight, and corrosion resistant. As for the concern of the 2+2 style not being as sturdy as a 4 bike...
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  • A 2-inch Class III hitch like Draw-Tite # 75270 is indeed the best way to transport 4 bikes on your 2010 Honda Odyssey. Installation of this hitch is shown in the linked video, for your reference. Hitch-mount racks put the entire weight load of the rack and bikes onto the car's frame - its strongest part - and a hitch also allows use of other accessory items like a cargo basket such as # C18153 from Curt. Once you have your hitch installed, you'll want to take one simple measurement....
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  • Thule does not recommend using any rear strap-mounted bike rack on the Odyssey, due to the fact that the rear hatch that the rack would attach to is not strong enough to bear the weight of the rack and the bikes. Hollywood Racks makes a trunk mounted rack that would work for you. Their Over-The-Top model is available in a 2 bike version as part # HRF2 or as a 3 bike version, part # HRF2-3. The rack is designed differently than the Raceway Pro 3 you're asking about. The Over-The-Top...
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  • Having low ground clearance at the rear of a minivan is the nature of the beast. Of the hitches we offer for your 2015 Odyssey, the Curt Class II hitch, part # C12031 would offer the most clearance, about 12 inches under the receiver which is about 2-1/2 inches more than what you'd get from the Draw-Tite # 36419 or the Hidden Hitch # 90153. If you were planning on towing with the hitch, you'd need the following to complete your towing system: Trailer wiring harness w/ 4...
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  • Since both the Softride Dura # SR26247 and Thule Vertex # TH9029XT use a threaded hitch bolt that draws the shank tightly against the side of the receiver, both bike racks will be very stable in the receiver and should not move around on you. The Dura includes a lock that attaches to the hitch bolt, while with the Vertex the lock # THSTL2 is sold separately. When overstretched, the straps on the Dura are more prone to breakage. I always tell folks to resist the temptation to...
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