Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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  • Curt
  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Curt. Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number C12169 can be ordered online at or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.

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Curt Trailer Hitch - C12169

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar, pin and clip sold separately
  • Assembled in the USA


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

12169 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

C12169 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details C12169 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2017 - 2019 Honda CR-V

Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Honda CR-V

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Honda CR-V, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class II Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C12169.He's what our hitch is gonna look like once we have it installed. The nice thing about it is that the cross-tube is going to be hidden behind the bumper and all we're going to see is the receiver tube sticking out. It is a Class II hitch, which means it's going to give us that inch and a quarter by inch and a quarter receiver tube opening, which is going to be great for small cargo carriers, small bike racks, or even light-duty towing.The way we're going to mount all of our accessories is through the hitch pinhole here, and it's going to accept a standard half-inch pinning clip, which are included in our kit, which is always a nice bonus. The safety chain connection points are going to be a loop style welded to the bottom of the receiver tube, and as you can see, we're going to have plenty of room to get most sized hooks on or off. Our hitch is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight, which is going to be the maximum weight that's going to be pushing down at the receiver tube. It's going to have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount that it can pull including the trailer and everything loaded on it.Now, per the manufacturer, Curt does recommend the use of a stabilization strap for any non-trailer loads or anything that's not supported by tires, like most cargo carriers and bike racks.

I do want to mention you should always double-check your CR-V's owner manual, and you should never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight. One thing I do want to mention, if your CR-V is equipped with a hands-free lift gate option, the hitch may interfere with the operation. One thing our customers have noted is that if you move to either side of the receiver tube, it still may work however in the middle it may be blocked by the receiver tube. I'd like to give you a few measurements. That'll help you in deciding for accessories for your new hitch, such as a bike rack or even a cargo carrier.From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be right about two and a half inches.

That measurement's going to come in handy if you're looking at some folding accessories to make sure you have the clearance that it's not going to come in contact with the bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 13 and one quarter inches. At that height, I would recommend a bike rack or a cargo carrier with some kind of raised shank, that way you have that little bit added ground clearance. Also keep that measurement in mind when looking for a ball-mount to find the appropriate rise or drop to match up to your trailer. Now that we've seeing what our hitch looks like, and gone over some of the features, let's how you how to get it installed.To begin your installation, we're going to need to lower our exhaust out.

I'm going to take a strap, and I'm going to come back to where our exhaust Y's together, and I'm going to make sure to support it before we pull it down. In order to get the exhaust lowered down, the very end of our muffler right above the tailpipe, we're going to have a rubber isolator on a metal hanger here. We're just going to need to slide that rubber isolator off the metal post. We're going to have that on each side if we have the dual exhaust. To make it a little bit easier to get that rubber isolator off, let's just spray some spray lubricant on there.

I'm just going to take a pry bar and I'm just going to pry on that rubber until it slides out. We'll do that on the other side as well.With both sides of our exhaust lowered, there's not a whole lot of room that it gives us, but we do have that flexibility to pull it down. Now if that's not enough room for you, you can move farther back and there's going to be right by the real axle, we're going to have another hanger that we can remove the rubber isolator. Just remember you want to make sure that it is supported, because that is going to be a rather large section of the exhaust hanging down. Now, above our muffler on our frame here, we're going to have several holes on the bottom of the frame. We're going to have two smaller ones in between two large holes. Those two smaller ones are going to be our mounting holes. We can take the pull wire they provide in our kit, just going to put a small bend in it, and we're going to take the coiled end and go into the small hole and loop it back down so it comes out the large hole.Now you want to leave the tail hanging out. You don't want it to go all the way through and drop it. Then we can take one of our square spacer blocks, we're going to feed it over the coiled end and then take one of our seven-sixteenths carriage bolts and thread it in place. Then one piece at a time, we're going to feed our hardware into the frame, making it a little bit easier doing it one piece at a time. Then we're going to pull on our pull wire until our bolt drops down. Now for our second mounting location, we're going to do the same process, and take our pull wire, put a small bend in it, go in the small hole and we're going to be coming out the large hold right behind it. Then either reach in, or just turn the wire around so that it'll come out the hole. Push our bolt in and then pull it down through the frame. We'll repeat that process on the other side as well.We are going to have to do some trimming on our lower fascia in order to get our hitch in place. However, before we start cutting, it's always a good idea to look behind what you're cutting to make sure you're not going to cut into any wires or double check to see if you have that hands-free lift gate option. On the bottom we're going to have this panel here and on each edge we're going to have a pushpin in place, and then right forward of our tow hook, we're going to have another pushpin. We're going to remove those so we can get a little bit of room to look back there. I'm going to take a flathead screwdriver, and there's some small notches on either side of our pushpin. Just want to come underneath that notch, pop out the center, which will take the tension off, and then we can pop out the rest of our pushpin. The ones on the outer edge of the fascia are going to work the same way. Just going to pop the center out and pull the rest of the pushpin out.We can grab the lower part of our fascia and we're just going to pull it away a little bit, and we're going to pull the cover down, that way we can get a good look to see if there's any electronics or that hands-free lift gate behind here. As you can see, we don't have that option on our vehicle, so we're okay to cut and we don't have to worry about anything. Now, if you do have the hands-free lift gate, it is going to be in the instructions of how to trim it, but you would have to remove it and trim the housing and then put everything back in place. Now we can go ahead and start marking out where we're going to cut on our fascia. The instructions are going to tell you a little bit different of how to measure it, but I'm going to be using our tow hook as reference point for our center. Now, overall our cut's going to be three inches wide. If we come right to the center of our tow hook and measure an inch and a half on each side, that'll give us a good reference point.Now we're going to need to measure from about the center of the hole that's just to the left of our two hook here, we're going to be going up three inches. Now we're just going to have a straight edge and we're going to connect our lines and make our two vertical lines. This is the area that we're going to need to cut out. It's going to be a three inch by three inch hole, and it'll make room for our receiver tube to come out right there. I'm going to be using a rotary tool to cut out my square, that way we have nice clean cuts on the edges. You can use whatever you have available, if it's a razor knife, a pair of tin snips. You just want to be extra careful and if you do have some sharp or frayed edges, just comes back and clean them up after you're done cutting the hole out.Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to get our hitch in place. Just want to make sure you put your pull wires through the corresponding hole in the hitch. Going to lift up over our exhaust, and you will need to pull down on the fascia so that the hitch will go in between the fascia and the trunk pan. Then once you have your bolts drop down through, you're going to remove one of your pull wires, you're going to take a flange nut and we're going to secure it one on each side, that way this hitch will support itself. Then we can work on getting the rest of the hardware in place. Now, make it a little bit easier on yourself. If you push on the bolt, it'll keep it from spinning, making it a little bit easier to get that flange nut in place.At the back of the receiver tube, we're going to have this bracket that's going to line up and be on the driver's side of our tow hook. We're going to take our half-inch carriage bolt and we're going to go through. You want to make sure that that square part engages on the hole on the bracket. On the other side of our tow hook, we're going to take our spacer block with this round hole in it, and we're going to slide it over. We're going to take a half-inch flange nut and secure it down. Just want to make sure that that spacer block is nice and flat against the tow hook and it's not turning where it can get crooked. For the hardware on the side of the frame here we're going to be using an 11/16 socket to snug it up. For our half-inch hardware at the tow hook, we're going to be using a three quarter inch socket to snug up that.I'm going to come back with another 11/16 socket and a torque wrench, and I'm going to torque all the hardware down in the frame to the specified amount in the instructions. Then we'll repeat that for the remaining hardware. Then we'll come back and torque our half-inch bolt as well. Just make sure to check the instructions, because it is going to be a different torque spec. With our hitch torque down we can lift our exhaust back up and slide the rubber isolator back onto the hanger. Finally, we're going to remove the straps that are supporting our exhaust. When you push your pushpins back in place, you want to push that outer ring in first, and then lock it down by pushing the center in.That'll finish up your look at the Curt Class II Customer Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C12169 on our 2018 Honda CR-V.

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12169

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (9 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

- C12169
2019 Honda CR-V

Simply fantastic. Tucks up away and out of sight, but still easily accessible. Purchased the wiring kit -entire install took about an hour. Do Not waste $7-900 having a dealer install - if you are any bit mechanically inclined and have 2 people - you can do this easily. Definitely watch the video on - much better instruction on how and where to measure for the bumper trimming. The CURT instructions are black and white and the picture of where to trim stinks. Video is MUCH better reference. A second set of hands really helps for installation. Using this setup on my 2019 CRV EX AWD for hitch mounted bike rack and occasional light towing of an aluma trailer. I've purchased hitches, racks, and trailer wiring kits from etrailer for prior vehicles - always have been happy with the incredible value and quality for the money. Another great experience, and I'll keep coming back! 672977

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2018 Honda CR-V

I finally got around to installing the hitch I bought last year for my 2018 CR-V. etrailer's instructions and videos made it very easy. I did it by myself simply laying on the ground under the vehicle. It probably took me 2 hours, but saved the $650 dealer charge to install. If I was to do it again, I would definitely buy a set of exhaust hanger pliers ($15-$20). The hanger arms on my CR-V did not have a lip/?? to use a pry bar against as shown in the instructions. I probably spent half my time just getting the hangers off (2 rear plus middle one). The Curt hitch that hides the cross bar behind the bumper makes for a much nicer looking install. I am very pleased with my etrailer purchase and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a hitch for their vehicle. 691292

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This hitch suits my purposes perfectly. (I use it to mount a Thule bike carrier.) 610968

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2017 Honda CR-V

On time & as advertised 642315

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Great receiver. Looks better than I even hoped and it works great too. Your videos covering installation of the hitch assembly and wire harness were the best. They made the job go very smoothly. Thanks for great products and instruction. I’m sure I’ll be back in the future. . 634885

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Very good service, delivery, product and relatively easy to install. Manual instructions are not that clear but the video they provide on line makes it simple. I am somewhat an experienced mechanic and it still took me 2 hours by myself so the 40 minute estimate is a little off. 477607

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2018 Honda CR-V

I received my orders on time, every thing was there. I waited to complete this until after I installed the hitch on our 2018 CR-V. The video on your web site was a great help and one reason I ordered from you. Installation went well, I had a friend help which was needed to get the hitch up and the bolts aligned. Very happy with your service and product. 499116

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2018 Honda CR-V

Nice fit, looks like a factory install. The exhaust pipe was much more difficult to drop than the video indicated, but it all worked out in the end. 643113

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2018 Honda CR-V

I received the order in time for the weekend and in great shape . The quality was excellent and the product fit with no problems . This was the first installation for me , so the instructions and video were a time saver. Thanks for the great service and products . 576203


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  • Least Visible 2-Inch Hitch Option for 2018 Honda CR-V
  • The best 2-inch hitch option for your 2018 Honda CR-V is the Curt model # C13397. This USA-made hitch has the 2-inch receiver size you want and it is also the most discrete in appearance. You can refer to the linked video for a comparison of hitch options and to the included photo and video showing this hitch fully installed. The small center receiver tube is the only part of the hitch that will be visible. If your plans are for a hitch bike rack or hitch cargo carrier you can use such...
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  • Why is Stabilization Strap Required to Use a Bike Rack in a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Honda CR-V
  • The use of the stabilization strap # 18050 is purely a Curt construct for their warranty requirements. The hitch, in this case # C12169, can handle a loaded 2 bike rack but if you don't use the strap it voids the hitch warranty. If you do not want to use the strap then the only remaining option is Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 36597. I have also included a video that shows how the strap works if you choose to go with the Curt hitch.
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  • Will The Hands Free Sensor To Open The Trunk Work With A Trailer Hitch Receiver On A 2017 Honda CR-V
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" # C12169 is confirmed to fit your 2017 Honda CR-V and will allow you to use the hands free sensor on either side of the rear bumper. The center sensor will be blocked by the hitch receiver opening, but just a few inches to either side of center will work fine. Unless you are looking for a small hitch, I recommend you go with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # C13397 instead. Unfortunately...
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  • Installation Video for Trailer Hitch Receiver on 2018 Honda CR-V
  • The Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" # E98848 for your Honda CR-V does not have a video yet. However, the installation is identical to the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C12169 so I've attached that video to assist.
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  • Will the Thule Adapter Sleeve Work on the Thule T2 Pro XTS
  • I do have an option for you but I spoke with my contact at Thule and they informed me that the Replacement Hitch Adapter part # 853-7489 would not work on the Thule T2 Pro XTS 2 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9035XTS due to complications with the AutoAttach system. The only option I have for you to use the Thule T2 Pro XTS on your 2018 Honda CR-V would be to install the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12169 in place of the trailer hitch you have now as this trailer hitch has a 1-1/4"...
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  • What do the Measurements for the CM-SP2 Spacer Mean for Installing Curt Hitch on a 2018 Honda CR-V
  • Both the Curt 2" Receiver # C13397 and the 1-1/4" Receiver # C12169 use the same CM-SP2 Square Hole Spacers for the install on your 2018 Honda CR-V. The description of .250 x .88 x 2.25" stands for the dimensions of the spacers themselves. That would be 2.50" thick, .88" wide, and 2.25" long. I confirmed this with my contact at Curt. I have attached an installation video and instructions for both Curt trailer hitches for you to check out.
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  • Will the Curt Hitch C12169 for a 2018 Honda CR-V Affect Fuel Economy
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C12169 which is a fit for your 2018 Honda CR-V weighs around 25 lbs. In theory, the more weight you add to a vehicle, the less miles per gallon (MPG's) it will have but we are talking extremely small fractions here and you would by no means notice any drop in MPG's. The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 36597 which is also a fit for your 2018 Honda CR-V is a few lbs lighter but I would not let this alone be the basis for my choice as the affect...
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  • What is Wire Labeled Brose in Rear Bumper of 2017 Honda CR-V
  • Looks like Brose (the brand I see in the picture you sent in) makes hands free lift gate sensors for Honda. Most likely the wiring was installed on your vehicle as that may have been the easiest solution but the wires don't connect to anything which is why when you cut yours nothing happened.
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  • Does Rear Fascia Need to be Trimmed to Install Curt Trailer Hitch on 2019 Honda CR-V
  • There is some fascia trimming involved for both the 1-1/4" # C12169 and the 2" C13397 Curt trailer hitches that fit your 2019 Honda CR-V. I recommend going with the 2" receiver because it actually calls for less trimming (not sure how) and the larger receiver gives you more options for accessories (and a wider range of bike racks to choose from). I have attached an installation video and a sample picture for you to see what the finished product looks like. It is worth noting that if...
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