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  • Draw-Tite
  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 300 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible Cross Tube
This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" part number 36520 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 36520

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Stylish, round-tube design
  • Drawbar and pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.



Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.


In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario.


etrailer.com Technical Support

At etrailer.com 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.



36520 Draw-Tite Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

90089 Hidden Hitch Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver



36520 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 36520 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2012 - 2016 Honda CR-V



Video of Draw-Tite 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 Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda CR-V - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2016 Honda CR-V, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class II Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36520. Here's what our hitch looks like when it's fully installed. It is a Class II, so it's going to give us the 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" receiver tube opening, and we are going to be able to see the crosstube just right below our bumper. It features a reinforced collar, which is going to give it a little bit more strength and a nice clean look. Our hitch is going to use a standard 1/2" pin and clip. It's not included but you can pick one up on our website using part number PC2. Now, the safety chain loops are going to be a rolled steel stock style welded to the bottom of our receiver tube, and as you can see, we're not going to have too much trouble getting most size hooks on or off. Our hitch is going to feature a 300 pound tongue weight along with a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating.

Now, I do want to mention you always want to double check with your vehicle's owner's manual to make sure it can handle that amount of weight. Now, I'd like to give you a few measurements that'll help you when 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 is 4-1/2". From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, it's going to be right about 13-1/2". Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how we get the hitch installed. To begin our installation, we're going to need to remove this panel underneath the back of our vehicle. Now, we're going to have Several pushpin fasteners along the edge here that we're going to need to remove as well as some back here.

I'm going to be using a flathead screwdriver, and if we come up to the pushpin, we can pop the center section out and that'll release the rest of the clip. Now, we're going to repeat that for all the fasteners along the edge here and there should be four fasteners along the edge. Now, directly in front of our tow hook towards the front of our vehicle, we're going to have one more pushpin fastener, and we're going to remove it the same way. Pop the center section out and that'll will release the rest of it. Just a little bit further towards the front we're going to have three bolts holding that panel in, and we're going to be using a 10mm socket to remove them. In the driver side wheel well, we're going to have two more fasteners we're going to need to remove. We're going to have a Phillips screw here and then one on the very outside of our wheel well.

Now, I'm going to be using a Phillips bit to remove those screws. With the panel out of the way, we are going to need to lower our exhaust down. Now, I'm going to take a little bit of penetrating oil and I'm going to spray it onto my hangers. That's going to help assist getting the rubber isolator off. Now, if you don't have any penetrating oil, you can use soapy water or anything that's just going to help lubricate it to help it slide off. We are going to have to trim our panel that we just took off, and I already went ahead and marked out the area that we are going to be trimming. You can find those measurements in your instructions.

Now, I'm going to be using a utility knife to cut it because it is just plastic, but you can use whatever you have laying around that will cut through it. With the panel trimmed, we're going to go ahead and put it back in place. Now, I do want to mention that if you trimmed it, you want to go ahead and take your hitch and test fit it to make sure that the trimming you did is adequate enough. We're going to take our 1/2" flat washers. Now, if we come to our hitch, we're going to be taping our flat washer to the rearward most mounting hole, which will be the hold closest to the receiver tube. We can put our washer in place. Just going to take a pieces of tape and secure it to my hitch so it won't fall off. Once we get this one secure, we're going to do the same thing on the other side. Now, on the bottom of our frame we're going to have two weld nuts. We're going to need to clean those out. I'm going to take a little bit of penetrating oil. I'm going to spray it inside the weld nut. Then, I'm going to come back with a nylon brush, and I'm going to clean out any debris or any rust that's going to be in there. Now, if you need a nylon brush, you can pick one up on our website using part number 814092. I'm going to repeat that for all the weld nuts we're going to be using and we're going to be using these two on each side. We're going to take our M10 bolts, followed by a 7/16 conical tooth washer, and we're going to want to make sure that the teeth are facing the hitch. Now with an extra set of hands we're going to put our hitch into place. Over here on the passenger side there's going to be a hole in the hitch, and that's where our hanger's going to go through. Then, we're going to lift it up lining it up with the weld nuts in the frame. We're going to get one bolt in on each side just to keep it from falling down, and then we can get the rest of our hardware in place. Here at the center of our hitch, it's going to be right behind our factory tow hook. Now, we're going to take a 3/8 U-bolt that's in our kit. We're going to go around our tow hook and line up the holes so that the U-bolt will come out the two holes on our hitch. Now, with that in place, we're going to take a flat washer followed by 3/8 lock washer, and then finally we're going to secure it down with a 3/8 nut. We're going to repeat that same combination of hardware on the other side of our U-bolt. I'm going to come back with an 11/16 socket and I'm going to snug up my U-bolts. Now, when you start to snug them up, you want to alternate so it doesn't bend or twist it and get in a bind. Now, using a 17mm socket I'm going to snug up all my M10 bolts. I'm going to repeat that for all my remaining bolts. Again, with the 11/16 socket I'm going to come back and torque down my 3/8 nuts on my U-bolt here, and I'm going to torque it down to the specified amount in the instructions. Using a 17mm socket, I'm going to come back and torque all my M10 bolts to the specified amount in the instructions as well. With our hitch torqued down and in place, we can go ahead and start putting our exhaust back where it belongs. We can just rotate the rubber isolator back onto the hanger. That'll finish up our look at the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 36520, on our 2016 Honda CR-V.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 36520

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (151 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

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2013 Honda CR-V


The hitch was installed easily and took about 1.5 hours. The major problem was lack of experience with the installation on a newly purchased car. Not wanting to damage the various plastic clips, I used excessive care in their removal. One major concern that I had was the re installation of the plastic splash/dirt shield. In the video, the installer did not re-install the shield "at the owner's request". The installation information that came with the hitch showed a diagram with only one small section cut out. I followed the diagram carefully but found that the shield would not fit over or under the cross member of the hitch. As a result I had to cut out much of the shield thus reducing the number of connection points between the shield and the bottom of the car. I believe that you should update both the YouTube video and your instructions to coincide with the realities of a Honda 2913 CRV. Dave. 80149


Comments

Dave, thank you for your thorough feedback. I am going to forward your suggestions on improving the panel trimming instructions to Hidden Hitch, the manufacturer of this hitch. As for updating our video, the installation video of this hitch on a 2013 Honda CR-V available at the moment was made in house during an installation on a customer vehicle. Per the instructions, we gave our customer the choice as to whether they would like the appearance panel trimmed or removed completely. We really do have to accommodate their requests. However, we now realize that seeing this step would be extremely beneficial to our customers. The next opportunity we have to install this hitch on a 2013 Honda CR-V, we will be sure to ask if we can get some footage demonstrating the panel trimming and re-installation process.

-- Kristin B - 05/14/2013

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Any progress on getting an istallation video for the 2014 and putting the splash shield back on?

-- comment by: Linda N - 03/08/2014

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We have not yet had a 2014 CR-V in for this particular hitch. We did have one in for a Curt C13119 and we did trim the cover on that vehicle. The hitch is very similar in design and the video will give a pretty close idea as to how it will work with the other hitch you were looking at.

-- Patrick B - 3/10/2014

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I am traying to install a Hitch to my 2012 CRV but I see you remove a plastic cover that cover the bottom of the CRV before the installation . Do you re-install the botton plastic cover once you complete the installation of the hitch?Regards,

-- comment by: Gerardo S - 03/17/2014

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You can either leave the cover off, or you can trim the cover to fit around the hitch and re-install it. We have a video showing how to trim and re-install with this hitch # 90089
Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch Receiver with Drawbar - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
$98.95
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-- Patrick B - 3/19/2014

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HiThe hitch has worked well, both with my trailer and bicycle rack. I dont think there has been a problem as a result of cutting away the splash shield. But time will tell!!!Dave

DAVE M - 05/14/2014

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Hitch is solidly built and good appearance. The class II hitch exceeds the tow capacity of the CRV but I wanted the stronger tongue rating for a bike rack than a Class I hitch. Very pleased with e-trailers service, arrived very quickly in study / heavy cardboard box with additional cardboard affixed to hold hitch in box without shifting. The hitch receiver was also wrapped in padded material and plastic wrap to further protect it. As others have noted, there is NO need to remove the under body appearance trim to cut the opening required - other than working upside down under the car it was easily done without removal. Just use a razor blade or oscillating trim saw to make the three cuts and bend the panel back towards the driver side. Then cut the sound insulation the same with a pair of scissors. When finished mounting the hitch return the trim to position and affix the 3 cut sides with zip ties. The dimensions in the printed instructions for the cut are accurate however the reference point from which you measure over to the drivers side should be the passenger side edge of the tow hook opening. I used the middle position of the tow hook as the reference point and had to trim a small additional amount out towards the center of the car for the bolts to properly align. One important note, remove the inner rubber muffler hanger from the muffler and NOT the car. I removed the inside hanger from the car only to find out after fully attaching the hitch that you can not slide the muffler hanger through the opening in the hitch to reattach. So I had to remove the passenger side bolts place to be able to slide the muffler hanger through the hitch opening - then after the hitch was attached attach the muffler hanger to the muffler. Total install time (including basically mounting twice due to muffler hanger issue ~ 1 hour) 234020



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Honda 2014 CRV - I agree that details on the 'cut out' of the bottom plastic panel would be a help. The instruction sheet has a diagram but I ended up having to trim an additional 1/2 inch or so to the inside to allow the hitch to fit. The panel helps 'support' the panel behind the rear wheel so re-installing seemed a good idea. Other than that - easy install - very satisfied and etrailer even upgraded my shipping! Thanks. 108025


Comments

I just installed this hitch on my 2014 CRV and I cut the panel on the car. I went the 17 inches as shown on diagram and marked the dimensions as shown. Using a box cutter with about 12 inch of blade exposed I cut the 17 inch length which cut easily. I then cut the crosswise cuts towards the outside and left it as a flap. I did cut about 6 inches on these cuts to make it easier to get my hand in. The cross cuts are a little harder so watch your fingers but not really bad. I suggest you look at the position of the mounting hole on the muffler side and see just how close to the rear they are. Make sure you cut the flap far enough to the rear so it will fit the hitch. After you get 1 bolt in each side make sure you check that the rear of the hitch will clear the tie down on the vehicle. I suggest you install the U-Bolt loosely at this time..Also when taping the washers to the hitch put them close to the outside edge of the slots on the hitch and use just one piece of tape as you may have to slide them to get the bolts to line up. I just folded the flap back in place and taped it. Worked like a charm.. Hope this would help. Great hitch.

-- comment by: Roger J - 04/12/2014

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Working on a 2013 CRV and I also needed an extra 12 inch trimmed on the inside. Im thinking the diagram wants us to measure 17 from the center of the hole not the edge. Also agree that the panel really should be re-installed to maintain the integrity of the other plastic parts.

-- comment by: Collin R - 06/30/2014

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Honda CR-V


I bought this hitch to tow a light sailboat and had previously bought one for my Volvo which was great. It came early and free shipping for some reason. It is over-rated for the CRV tow capacity but I see no harm and it was light enough to hold in place while bolting. The CRV has a plastic mud shield under the trunk and this has to be cut for the hitch anchors to penetrate up to the frame. I used the instruction sheet measurements and the excellent video but would try it again without removing the plastic panel, (that is a pain) and make the rectangular cutout a half inch larger all around for ease of working. I saved the piece and vinyl taped it back. I just undid the inside muffler hanger (lots of silicone spray first) then put it back when the hitch was just barely hung by starter bolts. You can wiggle the muffler suspension rubber block through the right end hitch leg opening. I should have slipped off the suspension arm on the muffler (lower one) instead of the upper one on the frame. The whole thing is very accurate, goes right into place and lines up with the valance covering the rear bumper, very accurate fit. You get a U bolt to fasten the hitch to the factory CRV tow loop for additional support. The Draw Tite one is a easy bolt up to Honda with this design, and doable without help. 338122


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Thank you for your review and your business, Jack. Great information on the install! The weight capacitity of each component - the tow vehicle, the trailer hitch, ballmount, ball, and safety chains - must be greater than the gross trailer weight GTW. The towing system will only be as strong as the weakest piece. For more information on towing, please see this article:

-- Laura E - 02/09/2017

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The little Draw Tite 1-1/4 inch hitch is black and shiny after many salt water launchings maybe powdercoat? It looks classier than some I see even on a Honda, good design, fit and function.

Jack C - 02/02/2018

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Honda CR-V


I love this hitch. I have installed many hitches going back to one on a 1970 Torino and this was the easiest install by far. Even if this install needs more time (cleaning out the frame holes for the mounting bolts) you should be able to do this in an hour or less. Very well engineered product and Honda helped too. The hardest part is removing and reinstalling the muffler hangars. I made use of the video on Etrailer's web site to make the install easier. GREAT JOB! I will soon be ordering more products for my Honda CR-V. 90397


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Absolutely no problems with the hitch or the install. I built a rack for my wifes Sun 3-wheel bike and haul it over 1300 miles each Winter and have experienced 0 problems. This is a good product.

Al H - 01/18/2015

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2015 Honda CR-V


Hitch came in on-time yesterday. We read the instructions and watched the video 2x before installation. The measurement for cutting the plastic liner on a 2015 Honda CRV was off by 1". It was 16" from the tow hook hole rather than 17". Other than that, instructions were spot on. It helps to install the u hook first to hold the weight of the hitch. This additional contact point with the vehicle also made for a very solid installation. Glad we went with this particular hitch. 209310


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Doing great!

JA i - 07/03/2016

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Very easy taking the plastic off, perfect fit product with easy installation. The plastic noise dampener covers the driver side bolt holes so they were clean but the hardest part was cleaning the exposed bolt holes in the frame from 3 years of rust and grit. Tip not shown on YouTube video: Plastic instructions could be better. When making cuts to put the plastic back on...I didn't want to cut a big square piece like the instructions said so instead I made cuts on 3 sides (2 parallel to the back bumper and one perpendicular where the hitch would need to come through the plastic. This allowed me to bend the plastic back to see the bolts and bolt on the hitch. Once the hitch was installed, I fastened on the plastic (the 3 cuts allowed room to flex as needed). Lastly, I used zip ties to fasten the 2 parallel cut sides and a utility knife to clean up the cut exactly around the hitch. The cut plastic seamed back together nicely and I think the look is a lot cleaner than in some pics I've seen and the zip ties have held nicely. 314042



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Easy to install. I removed cover to cut. I didn't cut piece completely out. Left one side attached and put back in place with black tie raps. See Pictures. Also left white noise barrier in place. Just leave one side attached and fold back down. 180075



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Recived the product very quickly. Installed it today in about 90 minutes. Install was pretty straight forward. Cutting out the plastic body panel was the hard part. Do not wait until the last step to rehang the muffler. We had to unbolt the middle and entire right side to get the muffler back on the hanger. Install the towbar loose, rehang the muffler, then tighten everything down. All in all, a good install and everything fit as it should. 209391


Comments

Product is working fine. No issues with rust at this point.

Bill K - 07/03/2016

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Very pleased with price and the quick shipping! Have not installed yet but it looks solid. Directions on web page look good so I will install as soon as it weather warms up some. Very Happy at this point! 168030


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love all the products that I have gotten from you all. I will be a customer again! I recommend you all the time.

Herb P - 01/18/2016

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2016 Honda CR-V


I recently purchased a trailer hitch and wiring harness for my new 2016 CRV. It arrived quickly and in good shape. After watching the installation videos several times, the installation was quits simple and straight forward. For the cutout in the appearance panel, I made a template to trace using the measurements given in the instructions and cut it out without removing the panel from the car. When the hitch was completely bolted in place, I drilled matching holes (about 3 per side) in the cutout piece and the panel still in place and "laced" them together using small cable ties to cover the opening and then sprayed the spot with Flex Seal to complete the job. Installing the wiring harness was just as shown in the videos. What a difference from the days of identifying wires and splicing them together! 319883



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Honda CR-V


The hitch for my CR-V arrived earlier than expected and fit like it was from the factory. The etrailer instructional video helped make the install easy, including where to trim the underside sound deadening shield. Excellent experience, all around! 124045


Comments

Like the day I put it on. Its holding up great!

Jim - 04/07/2015

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2013 Honda CR-V


Mounted on a 2013 Honda CRV, hitch it has a 1 1/4" receiver. The directions leave a bit to be desired. Expecially where to cut the hole in the plastic panel covering the gas tank and whatever else is under there. I did not cut the hole out completely, but left a good part of one side attached and after installation was completed I taped it back together using black gorilla tape and it worked out quite well. It took quite a bit longer than expected to install. I haven't used it yet but I think it will do quite well to insert a bicycle carrier and take my bike with me. I do not intend to pull any kind of trailer with it. No wiring was installed for the purpose of towing. All in all I think it is a good hitch and very adequate for what I intend to use it for. 105274



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This is the third draw tight hitch I've purchased from e-trailer. Every order just as it should be and even had to use customer service for a little wiring help. Top notch! 167368


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Everything has worked well. I will be ordering the same for our second CRV. From you people of course

Chris - 12/31/2015

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2014 Honda CR-V


I had a worry about cutting such a large hole in the 'appearance panel' under the rig. You can't really see it so it must have some purpose other than appearance. Instead I used some metal snips and a 1" wood bit and made a slit and some access holes. I plugged the holes with plastic caps I bought at Ace-True Value. Seems to work just fine. Photos attached. 229860



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I believe this is my 3rd trailer hitch from Etrailer; excellent experience each time. I got this for a 2016 Honda CRV for hauling bikes. I decided on the class II hitch for just couple more dollars to give me some heavier towing options if I need it later on. Also, this one has a 1 1/4" hitch instead of 2" which is more prevalent on class II hitches, so it fits my bike rack. The hitch showed up on time, packaging was intact, no missing parts, and good instructions. The CRV has pre-drilled/tapped holes in the frame, so fit and alignment is critical; this fit perfectly, I was able to install it without any assistance from start to finish in less than 45 minutes. Overall, another great experience with Etrailer and product. Thanks again. 366553



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The draw tight hitch and the t one harness install was just as discribed,high quality and easy install made way easier after watching the videos .your site is the best place to get a hitch and accessories for sure , best price by far. The only thing I did different from hitch install video was not drop the plastic splash shield just cut it the same and leave one side ( the driver side edge ) not cut . Like a flap whe done I put it back in place and put little holes in the plastic and secured it with nylon ties . Thanks for a quick delivery. 335771



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The hitch receiver arrived in great condition. I installed it on the Honda CRV, and it is working as expected. I use it mainly to hold my bike rack. The only reason I did not rate as Excellent is the installation instructions were useless for the required cutout of the appearance panel under the CRV. There is a black panel that needs to be cut in order for the hitch to be installed. The dimensions were not based on specific measuring locations, and the diagram did not match the actual panel on my 2012 CRV. My final cut was close, but I still needed to file down the side of the cut for the hitch to fit properly. This caused more time under the vehicle. This would be greatly improved by simply providing a template! 208093



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Hitch installed without a significant problem. Documentation has a drawing of the appearance panel cut out but you should start with the measurement from the tie down hole to the hitch clearance hole (16.25") and do everything relative to that because the drawing is not proportional to the topology shown on the drawing. Instead of a rectangular hole from the instructions, I went with a slit for the hitch flange and circular holes for the bolt installation. See picture. I would drill the holes to 1" or cut 3 sides of the rectangle and fold the plastic down next time because it's difficult to get the bolts threaded into the holes with limited visibility and imperfect angle to the bolt holes using my method. 456685



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2016 Honda CR-V


Great product, fits well, makes a nice looking installation. Preparations of vehicle prior to mounting hitch harder than video shows. First, try to get vehicle on hoist and have helper. The hardest part is fitting the plastic panel back in place and getting muffler out of hangers. Left wheel well is tough when you are laying on your back and working by yourself. Also, drawing and measurements of cutout did now match my new Honda CRV. After I got panel back in place, hitch wouldn't fit so panel required trimming on one end. I have a well equipped shop and have done much mechanical work over the years but I would rate this a challenging job. Would be very difficult for person with limited mechanical skills. 301559



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2012 Honda CR-V


Fits nicely on my 2012 Honda CRV. Mounted my Thule bike rack on it yesterday and everything worked great. Thanks! 148655


Comments

Hitch still working great! Took a 2 week road trip with bikes mounted on rear and experienced no problems.

Rick N - 08/26/2015

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2015 Honda CR-V


Well made hitch. Good installation instructions, however I would rate the installation at more of a 7 out of 10 for difficulty rather than 5 out of 10. I cut the access hole in the plastic skirt on three sides rather than four and then folded it back in place and sprayed the seams with the spray on rubber sealant you see advertised on late night TV which worked well . The hitch looks good on the car. I went with the class 2 hitch since its rated capacity exceeds the car's towing capacity so I could see no need to go with a class 3. The wiring harness was difficult to install because access to the connection location on this car required careful removal of many trim connectors and trim pieces. 488014



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Excellent service. Delivered right on time. Excellent quality. Fit perfectly. Took longer than suggested to install but that's more to do with watching the excellent video and reading reviews as I went along. Followed the video but came to agree with one review which said on a 2015 CRV use 16 1/4" rather than 17" for the distance from the tow hook hole to the first cut. Followed others' recommendation about leaving a flap and using wire tires to lock the flap back in place and found it made a much better finish. Was doing the install solo so got one bolt started by the muffler then used a hydraulic jack to lift the middle into place, then inserted the other bolts. Great product. 224667



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I would not have tried this until I saw the video. My daughter helped me install the hitch since I'm a senior 76 and counting. Very clear instructions except we did find a few more screws holding the splash pan in place. If I had read all of the reviews I would have cut the hole in the pan with it in place. It did take us 3 hours to do but then I'm pretty deliberate when I undertake something like this because I want to get it right the first time. The hardest part for me was releasing the muffler from the isolators after that it went quickly. I covered the hole with the cut out piece and secured it with tape and a coating of goop (a rubber cement) for water proofing. 263593



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The trailer hitch went on with out a hitch(haha) . Easy installation the on site video' s where very helpful they gave me the confidence to install the hitch myself . The wiring harness video made it look easy as well, but panels pulled off ok there isn't much room for big hands plus 100 degree days in South carolina plus another panel up near the rear seats popped off that wasn't in the video they were a bugger to get back together .Persistence payed off everything got back together . I haven't used the hitch yet this is the second hitch I've purchased from etrailer and had no problems with first one so I am confident this one will be fine also . 277281


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Still works great I hook up my 14ft Alumacraft boat and trailer to the Draw-Tite hitch on my CR-V plug the trailer lights in and away I go .

Tom W - 07/28/2017

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Mr. J, The hitch & rack was delivered by the carrier this PM well packed, well prepared an easy to work with. Assembly was a piece of cake, receiving ports clean & appropriately placed. Simply a joy to work with. I am ready to hit the historic C&O Canal tomorrow. Both pieces were perfect. I was particularly impressed with the weight, construction and convenience of the whole project. You even, explained the process for modifying the body work for a form fit. Thanks loads Your ad photo of a CRV is a match to mine. Interestingly, the assembly allows plenty of space for kayak&canoe carrier & tiedown. Again, thank you. alan 313475


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A year has passed and my hitch gives me only one concern. Why in heavens name didnt I do this a long time ago? Coupled with a standing bike rack it works perfectly. Thanks so much.

Alan R - 11/03/2017

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Great product, great price. Easy to ins tall. 193080


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Have been putting it to good use. No problems.

Art A - 05/26/2016

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The Hitch: While mesuements are given for cutting the opening, the drawing is not a 100% accurate to match the panel and there is no referance as to exactly where to measure from in either direction. If you guess from how the poor instruction drawing looks you will be wrong. The Wiring: Exactly how to remove the panels is not completely addressed and this proved to be the hardest and most annoying part of the installation. Where and in what direction to pry, lift push or pull would be useful. It would probaly be better to ignor most of the instructions and figure it out yourself. 57157



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I received the hitch very quickly. I installed it on my 2012 Honda CRV. The instructions were excellent and easy to follow. The whole job took about two hours. I went a step further than the instructions. I made the cut out in the plastic cover panel as instructed. I saved the piece I cut out and after installing the hitch and reinstalling the cover, I taped the cut out piece over the hole using black duct tape. It will keep any water out. I am very happy with this hitch and would recommend it as Honda wanted about $500.00 plus installation. A very good hitch perfect fit. 61846



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SO FAR SO GOOD,,IT WAS EASY TO PUT ON BY MY SHOP (PRETTY EASY THEY SAID) 201008


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Good so far

DICK R - 06/18/2016

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I have purchased other trailer hitches before and was very satisfied. I purchased a Honda CRV and needed a hitch. The installation video sold me on the product and their were no surprises when I installed the hitch. The instructions showed hints that saved alot of headaches. Excellent! Shipment was fast and everything arrived without issues. I also purchased the CURT wiring harness which made the electrical install complete. They even included a 10amp fuse to upgrade the 7.5 amp fuse. I will definitely recommend ETRAILER.com to my friends. 504681



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First the hitch arrived in only 3 days from ordering! Next the install went very well with no problems at all. The video was spot on re the steps needed to install. The only area in need of improvement was the measurements for cutting the appearance panel to keep it while installing the hitch. ( the panel may have changed as the car I did the install on was a 2015 ). The cutout was off by a little and I had to enlarge it to clear the hitch. I solved the issue of the larger than needed hole by fabricating a cover made from casket rubber. ( sorry no photo ). 165750



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The delivery was prompt and the hardware is solid. I watched the installation video which was great. I decided to cut the opening in the rear panel without removing it. The material was easy to cut using a sharp utility knife. Pulling the muffler from the rubber supports took a liberal amount of lubricant, but eventually they came loose. Installing the hitch was straight forward, but it is a 2 person job to get it in place to start the fasteners. It took me about an hour to install and it looks great. Looking forward to hitching my bike rack and riding again. 346312


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Use it primarily for hauling bikes. Great product.

Alex G - 02/27/2018

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Fit perfectly. No issues. Seems very sturdy for holding my bike rack. Was a little tough to install without a helper, but I attached it to the tow hook with the U bolt to help get it into position. Also, I did not remove the plastic panel to cut the access hole. Simply marked it according to the directions and then cut it while still on the car. 285861


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Still works perfectly!

Steve M - 08/20/2017

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Great delivery. Installed the hitch just fine. I couldn't be happier. 138576


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Tom T I decided the best way to do the cut out on the splash sheild was to disregard the vague diagram .I disconnected the exhaust and left the shield in place. I then connected the passenger side only and raised the driver side with a small floor jack. where it touched the shield i traced around the metal plate on to the shield. With a shop knife i cut out the plastic. No need to remove the splash shield,its a pain to put back on. This way saves a lot of time and work.

-- comment by: Tom T - 01/05/2015

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Installation on a 2014 CRV was very straight forward especially if you do not remove the plastic panel. Made a paper template that attached to the plastic panel and used a Dremel tool with cutting wheel to cut away three sides of the panel and folded it back and held in place with a small clamp. Used tie wraps to support the center of the hitch to the tie down mount on the vehicle to take off the weight and allow one person to easily do the installation. Used Loctite when installing the bolts and torqued to specifications. 179908



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Very happy overall with quality of hitch receiver and ease of installation. One caution: you'll likely have to chase the threads in the frame to remove rust and prep them, at least the two on the passenger side. It's not hard to do but adds time to the install. Instead of taping the rear washer I used a dab of anti-seize to hold it in place on the frame, not on the receiver. Easier to sight and align bolt with hole. And while you can do this alone it's easier with a helper. That's it. Great product. 395278



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I was pleased with this hitch from the time I opened the box all the way through the installation. I was surprised how beefy this hitch was made, and the quality of workmanship was impressive also. It bolted up perfectly, and the instructions were clear and easy to understand. I also used the installation video on Etrailer's website- very awesome step by step video of an actual installation on my specific vehicle. As a side note- hats off to Honda for the pre-threaded attachment holes. 232089



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The videos that e-trailer provided for the installation of the hitch and the wiring harness made this job go very well. I ended up cutting a smaller hole in the appearance panel than they did on the video and still had a easy time with installation. The videos provided on-line should give anybody the confidence to attempt this installation. The products were just as described on-line. There was no disappointment with the service, instructions, or products I ordered. 186668



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2014 Honda CR-V


Very easy to install. This is the second time I've used etrailer and was very satisfied. The hardest part was finding out where to cut the appearance trim. The instructions that came with the hitch on where to cut the trim was aweful. The best thing you could do is cut a small opening and re-install the trim. Then try and install the hitch and cut away what trim you need while installed on the car. Hopefully, you can update the video for a 2014 CRV. 142247



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Hitch works well. Very sturdy, well made, fit my car perfectly. On the other hand, installation was difficult. Instructions for cutting the plastic cowling under the car were unclear; I made a mess of it with a box cutter but probably had no impact on performance. One of my bolt holes had rust that took over an hour to remedy. It would be helpful for the manufacturer to include a small round wire brush with rest of the installation hardware. 441494



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Excellent product!! This is the second hitch I have purchased from etrailer and I have been pleased with both. I will be towing a 15 foot boat. I can only tow up to 2500-3000 pounds as per my vehicle instructions/stats. I compliment etrailer on the process of purchasing to the installation of my hitch. Even though I have installed many hitches over the years, the video was very informative and helpful. Thanks for a great experience. 420234



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Perfect fit, great quality piece. Installation video helped prepare ahead of install. But did not need to remove plastic cover to cut to fit. Also no reason to cut out the full 4 x 8.5 " rectangular opening. Just cut 3 sides leaving a flap that can be folded back for hitch install and then reattached (held in place with ty raps / zip ties) to cover the hole . This only adds a little more time to the job but has a much more finished look to it. 272748



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2015 Honda CR-V


So far installation on my 2015 honda crv went well. There is a plastic cover on where you mount the hitch, so you have to either cut it or remove it completely. Removing it causes some issue with the left rear mud flaps, so I cut a slit in the plastic and custom fit the plastic. A bit harder than what the directions say, but looks better and keeps the integrity of the plastic cover. The hitch fits nice and tight to the bumper cover. 185388



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2012 Honda CR-V


From product information, the online purchasing and the installation. etrailer has done a marvelous job with keeping all this information on their website. Their customer service was amazing, answered all my questions.. I did the installation myself, it was a breeze because of all the information and support that etrailer provided me with. I will definitely be purchasing other items from their company.. Keep up the great work.. 501105



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This hitch mounted to my CRV without any problems. It is a nice tight installation with only the receiver being visible. I also installed the wiring kit. The video was very helpful on the technique for removing the interior panels. 268283


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The hitch is still on the CRV. Ive only used it a couple of times since hauling a small trailer from California to Utah. The hitch works as designed and is not obtrusive on the vehicle.

Barry S - 01/16/2018

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Thank you etrailer.com for the quick delivery and helpful online videos. I was able to install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch and the plug-in lights I also got from you guys in about 2 hours. I will definitely be purchasing from you all in the near future. The Draw-Tite hitch was in perfect condition when it arrived and exactly what I needed. The price was great, service was awesome and the products were delivery as advertised!!! 298237



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Honda CR-V


This is the second hitch and wiring harness I've purchased from eTrailer. Both experiences have been great. This order was delivered in two days, and it came in great shape. I put the hitch on my CR-V by myself last night. Took me about an hour, and it was very simple to do. I think eTrailer's prices and service are great, and they will be my first choice in the future if I need to get a third hitch assembly or harness. 338293


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I recently sold my CR-V and upgraded to a Pilot. Bought my third hitch assembly and wiring harness from etrailer. Again, great price and quick delivery. This assembly was even easier to install than on the CR-V. The installation videos on etrailer’s website are extremely helpful.

John B - 02/03/2018

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Reviewing installation. Instruction sheet a bit difficult to follow. Most useful for materials enclosed, tools required and for sizing of required sockets. Went to etrailer video on YouTube and found this extremely helpful for my 72 year old mind and all-thumbs body to follow after viewing it many times. I took my time (2 weeks) and did it right. Looks good on the car. Haven't tried the bike rack yet. 440656



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Excellent hitch and very easy to install. I installed the hitch without removing the under panel by measuring and cutting with a box cutter. I set the blade with about 1/2 inch exposed. I cut three sides leaving the long outer side uncut. By pulling it down, you can insert the hitch and hook it up. After installing the hitch I raised the panel back up to fill the gap as shown in the picture. 243467


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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • You are correct, the trailer hitch is rated higher than the 2013 Honda CR-V but you still have to go by the weight capacities of the vehicle since they are lower. So you will want to stay within the manufacturers 1500 pound limit, even though the hitch is rated higher. The 2300 pound trailer is going to be too much for the CR-V. You would either need a different tow vehicle or an even lighter trailer. If you go with a lighter trailer then you will also need a ball mount, pin and clip,...
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  • Aftermarket Trailer Hitch & Wiring for 2015 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L
  • We do offer both aftermarket trailer hitches and wiring harnesses for your 2015 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L. Generally speaking, dealer-installed tow packages will end up with a final total cost that is more than if you purchase an aftermarket hitch and wiring harness and install these yourself. The only specialized tool needed for hitch installation, apart from the basic tools, is a torque wrench which you may be able to borrow. Some auto parts stores will lend or rent these. One is required for...
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  • What is the Tongue Weight Capacity of a 2012 or 2013 Honda Odyssey
  • I checked the owners manuals for both the 2012 and 2013 Honda Odyssey. The maximum tongue weight for either year is going to be 350 pounds (10 percent of the max gross trailer weight capacity of 3,500 pounds).
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  • Comparison Between Hidden Hitch # 90089 and Draw-Tite # 36520 for 2014 Honda CR-V
  • Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch are both sister companies that are owned by the same parent company, Cequent Performance Products. Both hitches are identical. The hitches share the same weight capacity, installation would be the same and the quality would be equal. If you'll be using the hitch for towing, you'll need the ball mount, part # 36051. You'll also need the trailer wiring harness, part # 118561 and a 1-7/8 inch trailer ball, part # 19256 or a 2 inch ball, part # 19258. I've provided...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • First, you do not have to use a stabilization strap for trailer hitch # 36520 when using a bike rack but you could if you wanted to for extra support. There are many bike rack options for 1-1/4 inch trailer hitches that hold 4 bikes. The issue is that on a Class I trailer hitch, the maximum amount of bikes you can carry would be 2. A Class II trailer hitch on the other hand can handle 4 bikes. But for a 2013 Honda CR-V there are Class III trailer hitches available like # 75742. However,...
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  • Can a 2012 Honda CR-V Carry 4 Bikes On an OEM Honda 1-1/4 Inch Trailer Hitch
  • First, what you should know about aftermarket parts is that you are protected by the Magnusson-Moss warranty act that states in part that your warranty cannot be voided unless the aftermarket part actually caused the problem. Next, if the 1-1/4 inch hitch on your CR-V is a Class I, then you will need to stay at 2 bikes maximum because a Class I hitch cannot withstand the stresses of additional bikes. Hitches are designed to take into account that there will be some jarring back there...
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  • Trimming the Appearance Panel to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • When installing a trailer hitch on a 2014 Honda CR-V the appearance panel can be trimmed or removed. I have linked a video that does show the panel being trimmed. The instructions do show exactly where the panel needs to be trimmed. I have included that picture. The shaded area is the area that needs to be trimmed. The issue is that there can be slight variances amongst vehicles so you would use it as a guide. The picture is indicating you need to measure 17 inches over from that...
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  • What Size Hardware is Used to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • For the hardware used to install trailer hitches on your 2013 Honda CR-V it will depend on the hitch. Draw-Tite Class III hitch # 75742 and Class II hitch # 36520 use Hex Bolt M10X1.25X30 CL8.8 and a 3/8-16 U-Bolt. Curt trailer hitch # C11555 uses 1/2-13 x 2-1/2 LG and 2-7/16-14 x 1-1/2 carriage bolts along with matching block spacers. Curt hitch # C13119 uses a 7/16 - 14 x 1.75" x 1.00" C-C u-bolt and M10 - 1.25 x 30 hex bolts. If you have one of these hitches but not the hardware...
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  • Would the Curt Folding Cargo Carrier part # C18153 work on a 2012 Honda CRV
  • If you have a 2 inch hitch on your 2012 Honda CR-V like the Curt hitch part # C13119 you would not need to use an adapter to install and fold up the Curt Cargo Carrier part # C18153. If you have a hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36520 you could use an adapter like the Brophy Hitch adapter part # HTAD, but you should note that doing so will cut the capacity of your hitch in half.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2014 Honda CR-V
  • Only certain Curt trailer hitches require the use of a stabilization strap, # 18050, for non-trailer loads such as a bike rack. If you go with a Draw-Tite hitch # 36520 then you will not have to worry about that. The purpose of the strap is to reduce some of the stress on the trailer hitch. It does what it is supposed to do and wouldn't hurt to be used with any hitch if you wanted. The Draw-Tite hitch listed above is actually a Class II trailer hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver so...
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  • The Best Recommended Trailer Hitch, Wiring, and Brake Controller for a 2013 Honda CR-V
  • If you will be towing any trailers that have electric brakes then you will need to add a 7-Way trailer connector and a brake controller in order to activate the brakes. Starting with a trailer hitch we have Class I, II, and III hitches available for your 2013 Honda CR-V. The most popular option is the Curt Class III hitch # C13119. But, even though this hitch is rated for 350 pounds tongue weight and 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight, you will need to consult the vehicle owners manual...
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