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

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

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  • Draw-Tite
  • Class II
  • 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • 350 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 36597 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 36597

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, 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: 350 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.



36597 Draw-Tite Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver



36597 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 36597 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2017 - 2019 Honda CR-V



California residents: click here


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 Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Honda CR-V

Speaker 1: Today our 2018 Honda CRV, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Class Two custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number: 36597.Here's what our hitch is going to look like. It is going sit just right below our bumper, and the cross tube is going to be visible, but it is going to be tucked back a little bit, so it is going to be slightly hidden. It is a class two hitch, which means it's going to give us that 1-14" by 1-1/4" receiver tube opening, which is going to be great with some of our smaller cargo carriers or our smaller bike racks or for doing some light duty towing.The way we're going to mount all of our accessories is going to be through the hitch pin hole here, and it's going to accept a standard 1/2" pin and clip. Now, while they're not included in our kit, you can pick them up on our website using part number: PC2.The safety chain connection point are going to be loop style, kind of rolled steal stock. It's welded to the bottom, and we're not going to have too much trouble getting most size hooks on or off, because they do a have a rather large opening on them.Our hitch is going to feature a 350 pound tongue weight, and that's going to be the maximum pressure pushing down at the receiver tube. It's going to have 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, and that's going to be the maximum amount it can pull with the weight of the trailer and everything loaded on it.

Now, with all of that in mind, I always recommend that you double-check your CRV's owner's manual, and you never exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight.One think I do want to mention, if your CRV is equipped with a hands free lift gate option on it, 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.Let's give a few measurements that will help you for deciding on accessories for your new hitch, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch from the hole, to the outermost edge of the bumper, is going to be right about 3-3/4". That measurement's going to be useful when you're looking at folding bike racks and cargo carriers, making sure you have adequate clearance before that accessory will come in contact with the rear bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening is going to be right about 13-1/2".

At that height I would recommend getting a cargo carrier or a bike rack with a raised shank, giving you that much more clearance. Also, keep that measurement in mind to find the appropriate riser drop for your ball mount to match up to your trailer.Now that we've seen what our hitch looks like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed.To begin installation, we're going to lower our exhaust down. So, I'm going to take a strap, and I'm going to come back to where our exhaust wides 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 hangar 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 rubberized isolator off, I'm just going to spray some spray lubricant on there. I'm just going to take a pry bar. 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 whole lot of room that it give us, but we do have that flexibility to pull it down. Now, if it's not enough room for you, you can move farther back.

It's going to be right by the rear axle, we're going to have another hangar that we can remove the rubber isolator. Just remember that you want to make sure that it is supported, because then it's going to be a rather large section of the exhaust hanging down.Now, above our muffler on our frame rail, we're going to have several holes that are going to be in the frame. The two main holes of our hardware is going to be coming through, is going to be the two smaller holes between the two large circular ones. So to start to get our hardware in place, we're going to take our coiled pull wire and with the coiled end going in first, we're going to start the bend forward small hole, and we're going to feed the wire in until it comes out or comes close to the large hole at the back of the frame. If you need to, just kind of reach in and grab it, guide it down, just want to make sure you leave the tail still coming out the other end, so we don't pull it all the way through. We're going to take a square spacer block. We're going to go over the coiled end and then take one of our small carriage bolts and thread it onto the coiled end of our wire.To make things easier, we're going to put one piece in at a time. First, the block into the frame, and then we'll push our carriage bolts in, and we're going to pull on our wire until our hardware drops through.Now we're going to do the same thing, except we're going to start with the small hole going towards the back. To make it a little easier, you kind of want to put a bend in that pull wire, so that we can put it in, and it'll come right back down. Again, the square spacer block first, going over the end and thread that bolt onto the coiled wire. Push everything back into the frame and make sure it drops down. We're going to repeat that same process on the other side as well.Now, with an extra set of hands, we're going to lift our hitch into position and take our pull wires. We're going to go through the holes that line up on our hitch. Once the bolts are going through our hitch and dropping down, we're going to remove the pull wire, and we're going to take a conical tooth washer, making sure that it's facing up towards the hitch, with the teeth going towards it. We're going to take a hex knot and put it on there, hand tight, for now. We get one on each side, so we can make sure the hitch won't fall, then we can work on getting the rest of the hardware in place.In the back of the receiver tube, right in the center, we're going to have our tow hook. We're going to have two holes on the bottom of that bracket. So we can take our U-Bolt. We're going to go around our tow hook and slide it so it comes out both holes on the bottom, so it's kind of straddling that tow hook there. Then, we're going to follow that up on each side with a flat washer and then a lock washer. Then finally, we're going to secure everything with a hex nut.For our bolt inside of our frame here, we'll be coming back with an 11-1/16th socket and snugging them all up.For the bolts on the bottom, it's also going to be an 11-1/16th socket, but you may want to grab a deep well, just because of the U-Bolts will be sticking out.I'm going to come back with a torque wrench. I'm going to torque all the hardware down. We'll find that specification in our instructions. We'll repeat that for all the remaining hardware.You're going to tighten up your U-Bolt. I would recommend just kind of going back and forth, tightening up a little bit, where you get it nice and even and it doesn't bind up.With our hitch in place, we can go and raise our exhaust back up and slide it back on to the rubber isolators. Finally, we can remove the strap that was supporting our exhaust.That'll finish up your look at the Draw-Tite class two custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number: 36597, on our 2018 Honda CRV.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - 36597

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (107 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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2017 Honda CR-V

Easy to install 575213



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2018 Honda CR-V

Thanks to the videos you have posted, the installation was so easy, it took me 40 minutes. Delivery was free and fast (4days). 544003



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2018 Honda CR-V

I like the design and ease of the assembly of the product. This is the 2nd etrailer product I have purchased. The only negative is that the product was not packed very well, it broke through the box in shipping. The unit is gouged to the point where I need to prime and paint a couple of spots to stop rust from forming. 552500



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I've owned this produce for over a year now and it's been used to carry a Thule bike rack capable of holding 4 bikes. This hitch has been fantastic and has endured all my abuse. A tip for someone purchasing is NOT to use your local car dealership for the install but instead find a local mechanic or do the install yourself. I've spoken with others that found the mark-up for install at local dealerships was 2-3x greater than local mechanic. Good luck! 547725



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2017 Honda CR-V

When it arrived the UPS driver took off quickly and when I looked at the box I saw why. One corner was completely ripped open and the hitch was sticking out. Everything was in the box because it was all secured. It looked like it was droped and the weight of the hitch broke the box. If there are any scratches, they are very minor and irrelevant. Great packaging George, keep up the good work and thank you for a good deal. 461991



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Subaru Outback Wagon

This is my second Draw Tite hitch I have purchased through eTrailer, and I am just as satisfied on the install on my wife’s new Honda CRV as I was on her old Outback. 2 days after I ordered it online it was on my doorstep. Just installed this am in about an hour. The instructional video and the hints people give on the reviews make it really easy. I didn’t use ramps and it worked out fine- as far as the exhaust hangers: -the silicone lubricant worked great (didn’t hurt the Vehicle is only 5 days old!) - used a small pry bar to remove them- and a pair of channel locks to push them back on, great idea from another reviewer! I have our Thule bike carrier on it now and the receiver is in the perfect position with no interference opening the rear hatch. Thanks again etrailer for saving me about $400 vs the Honda dealer option, and making it a breeze! 562826



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2018 Honda CR-V

The hitch arrived quickly, in three days! All of the parts were properly included and it installed just as the video suggested. I did use a suggestion from another review and used a board and floor jack to support the hitch while I was getting the bolts lined up and started. I chose to work with limited space (only unhooking the back muffler mounts) so I had to come up with a way to hold the bolt from moving while I started the washer and nut. An old metal putty knife pushed into the bolt threads left space for my large hands to get the washer and nut started. Just a warning, largely because of the limited space I was working blind. Even though all of the nuts fit the same socket size, they have different bolt sizes. I took a few minutes trying to put the u-bolt nut on the frame bolt. The electrical worked as shown, but the video should include how to pop out the lower section of the driver side wall molding. It was held with something other than the tie down and release lever and I could not pop it loose for fear of breaking something. Working in the resulting space was tight and getting the lead down under it was a knuckle buster. 568384



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2017 Honda CR-V

The installation of the hitch on the 2017 CR-V Touring was straight forward. I used the etrailer video to get helpfull hints. Toughest part was the muffler hangers. I used WD40 per the video. The exhaust was still high even after releasing the center hanger. Fishing the bolts was fairly easy. I suggest two people for the initial placement of the hitch. I hung the hitch loosely by the center tow ring, then pulled fish wires through holes on the hitch mounting plates. While my wife helped hold the hitch in place I got the first nuts started on one side then the other. Torque wrench was tough to use in limited space. Foot actuation of tailgate works, just off to one side. 356939


Comments

Foot actuation of the tailgate works marginally. I use the key fob most of the time

Gregory S - 03/21/2018

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2017 Honda CR-V

The hitch is great. Installation was relatively easy, though it's worth noting that the video provided shows the installation being done on an AWD version of the CR-V. I have a FWD, and the mufflers and exhaust are configured slightly differently. The result was that the mufflers do not lower as much as it appears they do in the video. Having a bit less clearance for the hardware made it tougher to access the holes. I also want to point out that the video doesn't explicitly say that you must use the rear-most frame rail access hole (the one you push the block and bolt into) for the front bolt hole also. There is a larger hole in the front near the bolt hole (you can see it on the video), but it isn't large enough to feed the block into. The fish wires are long enough, so it's not a problem. It took me nearly an hour to do the install, with a helper. The hitch seems very well built, and looks good. I'm very pleased. 386198



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Ford Edge

The hitch was received in a very timely manner. It looked like a job for two people, so I recruited my nephew (a certified Honda technician) to help. He had originally offered to install the hitch after hours at work, but things got too busy, so he came over on his day off. I backed the CR-V up onto a pair of ramps to give us some room. We watched the video and started the installation. Getting the rubber muffler mounts off was a bit of a chore, but we both commented on how ingenious the fish wire technique was. He held up the hitch while I assembled one of the bolts. Then I held up the hitch while he assembled one of the bolts on the opposite side. We found installing the u-bolt made this much easier, and fairly quickly assembled all the hardware and then tightened all the fasteners to spec. He commented on how much easier it was to install the Draw-Tite hitch than it was to install the Honda option. I purchased both the hitch and Tekonsha wiring kit, plus a 4-wire & 7-wire tester, plus a rubber hitch cover. The Honda option was $350, plus whatever taxes would apply. In any case, the Draw-Tite hitch way exceeds the CV-R specification (hitch 3500/350 lbs, vehicle 1500/150 lbs - towing capacity/tongue load). He said the Honda hitch required removing several panels & insulation, the bumper, and drilling the frame (the Honda hitch slides into the end of the frame). He also thought mounting the hitch from the ground was easier (we got more leverage on our backs) than using the shop lift. Then we installed the wiring kit per the video. Getting some of the panels loose was a bit of a pain, and we couldn't loosen the topmost panel the way it was shown on the video, but we were able to pull out the wiring harness plug enough to connect it. I also didn't really like the way on the video that just hung the plug out the rear hatch. So we removed the rubber plug on the rear wall underneath the sound insulation in the spare wheel well, then using some vise grips, bent out the steel enough to widen the hole so we could slip the 4 pin plug through, hammered the metal flat again, pulled the cable out the bottom and wrapped it once around the round hitch tubing. Then I drilled out the center of the rubber plug, and cut one edge to the center, slipped it over the cable and replaced the plug from inside the wheel well. Used the new tester to verify everything was good and button the CV-R back up, replacing all the panels and weatherstripping. Very professional job, and better than the instructions. I use the rubber plug cap to keep the plug out of the way when not in use, by looping through one of the chain attachment loops (see photo). Extremely happy with the purchase. Fantastic design, really couldn't be much happier. Definitely recommend this purchase. 436262



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New 2018 CR-V EX-L. Hitch for my Thule bike rack. Samantha at eTrailer helped me quickly and efficiently make sure I had the right parts, emailed me the tracking number. The service was excellent. I think this is either the third or fourth hitch purchased here, and I've never been disappointed. Working by myself, it took 2-1/2 hours, including time to round up tools, borrow the ramps from neighbor, back it on the ramps. Ramps were about 8", just about right (for an old guy) to get to the muffler doughnut forward of the wheels. Two loops of rope to prevent the pipes from dropping far and also so the two mufflers would hold the weight of the hitch after lifting it in, rest the hitch on mufflers and lightly attach the center aft U bolt. Everything worked per the instructions. The rubber muffler isolators are difficult because no amount of WD40 will penetrate into the rubber where it's needed. I used a small 12" prybar and a small block of wood, (see the picture) maybe 3"x4"x3/4" to hold in there for leverage for the prybar, and it worked fine. Replacing the muffler back into the rubber isolators was easy because the WD40 could be sprayed where it was needed. So reassembly was quick. 469336



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2010 Honda CR-V

This is our second 'Draw-Tite' hitch. The original is still on our 2010 Honda Fit. It has and will continue to serve us well. When we recently purchased a new Honda CR-V, we hoped that we could get the same type of hitch and we could. It easily accommodates our Swagman Platform bike rack (which is interchangeable between the cars!) We liked and like that the hitch has a nice profile and looks good as an add-on to our cars. Based on the performance of our older one we are confident that this hitch will be just as great. Although not requested, I want to mention the customer service from etrailer. No question too trivial or silly for this group of professionals. And our installer was thrilled with the detailed instructions. Thank you!! I 408494



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Honda

This is the second E-trailer hitch I've purchased and installed on my own vehicle. The first was on a 2006 Mazda3. This review is for the 2017 Honda CRV Touring I just bought. I read the reviews from others before purchasing this hitch. Many said the kick sensor for the tailgate would still work. Well, if you've got 30 seconds to kick around you might get the tailgate to open. I find this car feature now dysfunctional. The hitch was delivered quickly without any damage to the shipping box. All parts ordered were present, along with the wiring harness, tester and receiver plug. The hitch took about 1.5 hours to install following the very helpful video etrailer provides online. It is necessary to drive your car up on rear ramps to gain working clearance. Hitch assembly fits well but the mounting bolts above the muffler have reduced clearance between car frame and muffler to around 3/8". I worry the gravity hung mufflers might hit the mounting bolts if the car travels over rough road. The supplied 7/16"x 1-1/4" long bolts could be shortened by 1/4 inch and still have full tread on the nuts. I would have gone to the hardware store and bought them except you don't know this until it's all assembled. The fishing wires for the bolts are not reusable to redo the installation either. If this turns out to be true I will ask etrailer to send me new fish wires so I can redo the install. The receiver angles out at near perfect 90 degrees from the bumper, and for all intensive purposes is not twisted, very important. I do find fault with visual quality however. As the pictures attached show, the safety chain hook mount was not welded on center or level. Frame paint was scraped off all over which I touched up before mounting. The receiver welds are a bit sloppy and have slag splatter under the paint. The 3 stickers on the support frame are not straight and are crinkled. None of this should impact function but does give the impression of poor quality. The wiring harness took about 2 hours to install. Mostly because of tight working space making removal of wrapped tape around cars accessory plug difficult. One of my car's trim clips did break and fall into the car frame during reassembly but it doesn't appear it will impact anything. The convenient little hitch wiring tester was worth the $5 bucks but there are no labels or instructions to identity which led should lite during test. The only way I knew was to pay close attention to their wiring installation video. Another very helpful video. In summary: The installation was moderately difficult requiring some physical flexibility. I may have to redo installation if mounting bolts prove to hit mufflers on rough roads. The non centered safety chain loop is visually noticeable and unappealing. I will forget about it in time but I should have sent the hitch back for replacement. The fit is good and I would purchase this hitch and wiring harness again. 433439



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2017 Honda CR-V

You really can't go wrong ordering from etrailer.com. They have the best support and the installation videos are great! I purchased and installed the Class I trailer hitch from Draw Tite for my 2017 Honda CRV Touring. No cutting was involved and the hitch installed easily. The most time consuming part was the removal and reinstallation of the rubber muffler hangers. I had read another reviewer who used large channel lock pliers to take them off and put them back on and he was "Bang-on" with that suggestion. Since those rubber hangers are new, they're pretty rigid despite using spray lubricant. I would also like to suggest that if you are installing this by yourself, it is far easier to install the center U-bolt first.This allows the hitch to hang from the center and you can freely install the nut/washer on each side as the weight of the hitch is centered. Also, by keeping the fish wires in place, you can easily fish the wires through each hole of the hitch and then install the nut and washer and torque them down. I can also confirm that this hitch works with the Hands-Free tailgate and is far less expensive than the OEM Honda hitch. 390778



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The product seems to be extremely well made and works fine after installed. However, the installation was a bit more difficult than I had hoped, and the guy in etrailer video makes it look so darn easy. It took me about an hour and a half to complete the install. If I had had all the tools handy it would have gone much faster. The hardest part for me was getting the light kit connection made to the one in the vehicle, as there was very little room to work and the vehicle wire was really short, and I ended up skinning up my hands and arms on the sharp trim panel edges in the process. Plus removing all the brown tape that was wrapped around the vehicle connector was a bit of a pain too. I did not need the included 15 amp fuse, as my CRV already had one installed in the designated spot. All in all, I would probably do it again, thanks to the helpful video from etrailer. 384437



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2017 Honda CR-V

2017 CRV 1.25" Draw-Tite 36597 receiver hitch from etrailer.com is fantastic. 1. I ordered it online from etrailer.com for around 95 dollars plus about 20 dollars for shipping. 2. I emailed my professional installer the install-video from the etrailer website. 3. I received the hitch from etrailer in 3 days. 4. Took it to my professional installer, who installed it in less than 1.5 hours. Installer said it was just like video from etrailer site: lower mufflers, put bolts through pre-drilled holes (once he widened those holes). 5. Installer charged me under $100 6. Total cost under $200 7. My Thule 1.25" bike rack fit the receiver hitch perfectly. That afternoon, I moved 8 different bikes to various locations on the bike rack. Everything worked smoothly. 8. Later that day, I went grocery shopping. The kick sensor for opening/closing the CRV's back door worked fine. It was not obstructed by the hitch. 9. I did not like the white "Draw-Tite" lettering on the left brace of the hitch...so I peeled it off. 10. I left the white technical info on the right brace because it is useful and not ugly. 11. The only reason I need a receiver hitch is for my bike rack. 12. My bike rack is 1.25" and securely key locks onto the 1.25" receiver. 13. A Class III 2" receiver is larger than I need. It could be fitted with an adapter for a 1.25", BUT I was not convinced the adapter could be as securely key locked, and the 2" receiver would make the CRV look more like a truck. 14. To me, the Class II 1.25" receiver hitch looks fine as part of the back of my 2017 CRV Touring. See pics. If you think you have difficulty seeing the hitch, you are correct...it melds with the CRV. 15. Prior to discovering etrailer, I asked my Honda dealer to order the Honda 2017 CRV hitch and install it. That would have been 1k. After reading the 30-some page installation instructions, I became concerned with the Honda installer having to take so much of the CRV apart...including the back sensors. Fortunately my Honda dealer could not get the Honda hitch. 15. Fortunately I carefully reviewed the etrailer.com website and video. 16. I am extremely pleased with etrailer. 370540



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2017 Honda CR-V

The hitch was exactly as advertised. It shipped rapidly and was received in great condition. The installation was straight forward. All parts were there and the written instructions were easy to follow. The installation video on the etrailer website was extremely accurate and helpful and allowed me to save by doing it myself. It took about an hour but that is without a car lift. The hardest part was dropping the exhaust system due to the tight rubber supports. Once that was out of the way the actual attachment of the hitch went fast. I suggest using a slip joint pliers to re-install the rubber exhaust supports to squeeze them back into position. I would recommend buying from etrailer.com! 377164


Comments

Great!

Scott C - 05/10/2018

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2018 Toyota Highlander

This is a great class II hitch for my wife's 2018 CR-V. We will use it for a bike carrier & cargo carrier . I already have a class III Draw-Tite hitch on my Toyota Highlander. It was a great fit and the etrailer.com instruction video was a great help. I installed it by myself in about 90 minutes. It would have been great to have a second person but I used jacks to help support the other end of the hitch while I attached each end. 545996



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2017 Honda CR-V

My Draw-Tite 1-1/4" hitch arrived yesterday evening. I installed it on my brand-new 2017 Honda CR-V this morning in about 50 minutes, laying on the ground, without any vehicle-lifting necessary. I said "brand-new " because that means the two rubber exhaust hanger 'donuts' are also brand new. The only difficult part of the job was removing them and re-installing them on the mufflers ( with WD-40 and large screwdrivers - and it wasn't THAT difficult ). Since they were brand-new, the hanger-pins ( on the mufflers ) slid apart and together without much effort. Because of this observation, here is MY TIP: If your vehicle is NOT new, remember that rubber muffler-hangers can become hard and non-compliant due to heat and age hardening. Because of this, sliding the muffler-hanger pins out and in can be very difficult, especially in these tight quarters. I recommend installing new hangers, which are softer and have new, smooth holes. Just a detail, and this has nothing to do with this excellent raw-Tite hitch. 404705



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Instructions made it very easy to follow the steps. Very helpful when placing the order with Paula. You can tell that she likes her position. 647539



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Hitch fit great with no modifications. Instructions were clear. Welds are a little sloppy, but cant be seen once installed. Etrailer.com was easy to use, great product info and fast free shipping. 643668



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Delivery was timely and packaging worked just fine. Hand holds on the box made it easy to handle after delivery to the house. I have not installed it yet. I’m 69 and hoping to find someone to do the install. However, I have read the instructions and watched the video on the web site. The install looks VERY doable. The video looks to be particularly helpful. The hitch itself is VERY solid and will absolutely do the trick. The fact that it attaches to the frame AND the tow hook is significant. Apparently the tow hook attachment adds stability and eliminates the need for any additional strapping when used foe a bike rack (see details of other hitches). Plus, it may aid in the install itself. 641676



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Follow up on my previous review. I ordered the 36597 (draw-tite) for my 2019 Honda CR-V because it did not require facia trimming. Also, I found with the 36597 that I did not have to relocate the hands free tailgate kick opener. Kick (wave foot) just left of the chain hook and it works just as good as before. I had to use the c56370 wire kit with ground wire. Because of the small space to work in when connecting the wire kit, I found doubling the ground wire back toward the spare tire area and grounding (drill small hole and using small bolt) into good metal saved a lot of trouble. 640142



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Item installed easily and looks great. 639258



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Easy installation, no rust after a year, looks the same as when it went on. Delivery was on time. 634420



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Quality control is poor. I was sent the wrong size nuts for the bolts mounting the hitch to the frame. I was lucky I had some of the larger nuts that were needed. Installation was easy, hitch fit like a charm and the installation video was excellent. Highly recommend - just be sure to check your parts. 633840



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With the great video, it was easy to install and fits perfect. Been using it for a year and love the hitch for my CRV 615201



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Very nice trailer hitch receiver. Easy to install and seems to be of very high quality (good material thickness, good welds, and accurate hole placement. I would certainly buy from etrailer.com again. 611350



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Easy to install and I have hauled plenty with my 2017 Honda CRV AWD since I installed it. No problems. Great investment. 608952



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I have been totally satisfied with my trailer hitch. It bolted on per your instructions, and to good, secure points. The fish wire that was included in it was exactly for the bolt size and my frame. Then there is the wiring harness. Had it not been for your videos for both the harness and hitch installation it never could have happened. Honda made it difficult and etrailer did everything you could to make it possible. Thank you. 608805



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2019 Honda CR-V

Fantastic! Went right on my 2019 Honda CRV! My husband and I were able to install in just over an hour. The install videos were clear and showed us just what we needed to do! It’s a solid son of a hitch! 607696



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easily installed and very solid quality, it meets our needs very well!! 600876



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The hitch came on time and was securely packed. It is very substantial and nice looking. Had it installed yesterday and there were no problems with the installation. I plan on using the hitch to hold a bike rack. When the bike rack is not on the car, you hardly notice the hitch is there. 599354



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2018 Honda CR-V

Took longer to instal but that was due to my lack of mechanical skills. It all fit perfectly. I would recommend it as well as etrailer. 598819



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Excellent product. Good price. Reasonable installation. 590742



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2017 Honda CR-V

Terrific customer service from Meghan M at etrailer. She provided product information for a hitch that would have cost me many times more if I bought a hitch at a Honda dealership. She gave me good advice about shipping, and the hitch got delivered in just one day. I'm very impressed. 581754



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Easy install - good quality and a great price.... 575987



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2018 Honda CR-V

I installed the hitch by myself which I usually do all my own work on my cars, everything went as planned separating the hardware according to where they go, I put on the first nut while holding the hitch and manipulating things around to get lined up. It wouldn't go on, I read in another review a guy got three u-bolt nuts and three hitch to frame nuts,well,I did too, after a trip to the hardware store,that was very frustrating. I finished install up with no problem,its a nice hitch and looks great. Great customer service, I will continue to use E- Trailer for my trailering needs. No picture because it looks like everyone elses install which is always very nice. Please make sure the package has the proper hardware in it, thats why I gave you four stars. 558842



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2018 Honda CR-V

Bolted up perfectly. Highly recommend. 557799



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Easy to install. Watched the video and completed it without issues. Took about 45 minutes. When I need a hitch or trailer parts accessories I come here! 549886



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I received the product on time. It is still in the box and will be installed next week. 549729



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2018 Honda CR-V

I ordered a trailer hitch for a 2018 Honda CR-V. The etrailer.com website was super easy to use to find the right hitch for the vehicle, and it arrived two days sooner than I expected. The product was great as were the installation instructions. I don't order trailer hitches very often, but next time I do, I'll go to etrailer. 542055



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2018 Honda CR-V

Trailer hitch had some paint flake off when I was taking it out of the shipping container. The box had twice as many Staples in it than needed. The plastic bag holding the parts had a tear in it. Everything else was ok. 541195



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1998 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

Once again, fast free shipping with quality parts and hardware. The installation was a snap with the video instructions. Awesome touch furnishing the pull wires. Thanks again for making it a pleasure to work with you. 538885



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The hitch fit my new 2018 Honda CRV perfect. I didn't have ramps and was afraid to use jacks, so my buddy and I crawled under the car and lowered the muffler in a pretty tight space! But we got it done. That was the hardest part. Fish wires worked great. Just using it for a bike rack so no lights, etc to worry about. Thanks for designing a product that fits so well and matches it's description. Delivery was also right on schedule. 528541



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I am really impressed with the quality and strength of the hitch. Every car I have owned for the past 20 years has had an eTrailer hitch put on it. This is the first time I have used this manufacturer. Kind of sorry I didn’t use them for my 2011 Fit. Great product. 525677



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2018 Honda CR-V

Not our first draw-tite. A brand we have used successfully in the past. Arrived quickly and well packaged. Installation took 30 mins. We installed this receiver on our 2018 Honda Cr-V. It is mostly used for our bicycle carrier. 518865



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2018 Honda CR-V

In my haste to remove the rear muffler hangers, I did not notice there were two hangers for each muffler and only loosened one for each. Needless to say it was tight to install washers and nuts, but I managed. Good fit,good product. To fellow CRV owners, make sure you loosen both hangers for each muffler, you will save time and avoid frustration. My mistake, hitch is fine. 516304



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2018 Honda CR-V

This product was very straightforward to install on my Honda crv 2018, and fit perfectly. The video made it crystal clear how to do the install. 512872



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2017 Honda CR-V

Shipping was very fast with great communication regarding my order and shipping info. 511953


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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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  • Trailer Hitch for 2018 Honda CR-V Allowing Hands Free Liftgate Function
  • There are some hitch receivers for the 2018 Honda CR-V that allow for the hands free liftgate to function. Those options are: EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 306-X7345 Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" # 36597 Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 76128 These by the design allow the hands free liftgate to function on either side of the center receiver. The other options...
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  • Choosing Between 1-1/4-Inch Class II & 2-Inch Class III Trailer Hitch for 2017 Honda CR-V
  • In general there are more products made for the 2-inch Class III hitch type than for the 1-1/4-inch Class II. Some bike racks and other hitch-mount accessories such as cargo carriers can work with both hitch sizes but many are intended for one or the other. Adapters are not a great idea since they change the geometry of the overall hitch/rack system; and this is why all hitch adapters will cost you half of your hitch capacity. If you used your 2-inch hitch bike rack in an adapter like...
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  • 2017 Honda CRV Trailer Hitch Receiver Round Tube Dimension Comparison
  • For your 2017 Honda CR-V, there is a difference between the 1-1/4 inch receiver versus the 2 inch receiver other than just the receiver opening. The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" # 36597 has a round tube that is just under 2 inches in diameter. The Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" # 76128 has a round tube diameter of 2-1/2 inches. If you will be using this hitch receiver for towing or need a lighted accessory,...
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  • Trailer Hitch Fit Recommendation for 2017 Honda CR-V Touring
  • We had a customer come back and state that the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36597 fit and worked well on their 2017 Honda CR-V Touring so we know it would be a great choice. You will most likely just have to kick to either side of the hitch opening to get the lift gate to open. Everything needed to install the hitch is included as well.
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  • Installation of Draw-Tite Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver for 2017 Honda CR-V
  • I've linked a video of the Draw-Tite Class II Trailer Hitch Receiver # 36597 being installed on a 2017 Honda CR-V. Unfortunately, a copy of the instructions isn't available to use yet. The wiring harness for the CR-V is # 118741 which we don't have a video for as of yet. We likely will soon. The installation is fairly simple. It plugs directly into the wiring of the CR-V behind a trim panel on the driver's side in the rear cargo area. Then after the harness is connected you'll need...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2018 Honda CR-V Touring for Carrying Bike Rack
  • For carrying a bike rack the 1-1/4 inch hitch you'll want is the Draw Tite part # 36597 for your 2018 Honda CR-V. Reason being that unlike the Curt hitch Draw Tite does not require the use of a stabilizer strap when carrying a non-supported load like a bike rack. If you need a 2 inch hitch adapter instead you'd be better of using a 2 inch hitch like the # 76128 since using an adapter like that cuts the capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. The Saris Thelma (no longer available) part...
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  • Available Trailer Hitches for 2017 Honda CR-V EX-L
  • We have both 1-1/4-inch Class II and 2-inch Class III trailer hitches confirmed to fit the 2017 Honda CR-V. All offer no-drill installation and you can see them on the linked page. These hitches have trailer weight capacities of either 3500-lbs or 4500-lbs. We generally recommend using a 2-inch hitch rather than a 1-1/4-inch hitch since there are many more available accessories for the larger size and in most cases you get higher capacity for not much more cost. Even if you don't need...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for 2018 Honda CR-V That Does Not Require Cutting of Bumper Fascia
  • The Draw-Tite # 36597, which is a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch receiver will not require you to cut the bumper fascia on your leased 2018 Honda CR-V, but I have more good news for you - there is ALSO a Class III trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver that will not require you to cut the bumper fascia on your '18 Honda CR-V, the Draw-Tite # 76128. The reason why the Draw-Tite hitches do not require cutting of your CR-V's bumper fascia and the other hitches do is because the Draw-Tite...
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  • Will Curt Clamp-On 3 Bike Rack for 2" Ball Mounts # C18103 Work with a Motorcycle Carrier
  • The Curt Clamp-On 3 Bike Rack for 2" Ball Mounts # C18013 is compatible with standard 2 inch ball mounts like part # 80232. The 0.30 inch difference that you measured is not significant enough to affect the installation of this bike rack so it should fit just fine. With that being said, you will need to make sure that you stay under the Tongue Weight (TW) capacity of your 2017 Honda CR-V. Although the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 36597 that you purchased has a Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)...
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  • Sizes of Hitches and Hitch Bikes Racks for 2018 Honda CR-V
  • Hitch bike racks including those from Thule and Yakima are made to fit either a 1-1/4-inch hitch, a 2-inch hitch or based or their design sometimes both sizes. To illustrate, Thule hitch racks for both hitch sizes are shown on the linked page. The T2 Classic # TH9045 fits any 1-1/4-inch hitch; the EasyFold # TH903202 fits both 1-1/4 and 2-inch hitches; and the Yakima FullSwing # Y02465 fits only 2-inch hitches. You may be able to review the racks shown to spot your Thule rack to help you...
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  • 1-1/4 inch Trailer Hitch Recommendation for 2017 Honda CR-V
  • For a trailer hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening confirmed as a fit for your 2017 Honda CR-V we have the Draw Tite hitch part # 36597 which is a Class II and would be a great option. I attached an install video for this hitch on a similar 2017 CR-V as yours as well.
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 36597 Work with Hands-Free Liftgate on a 2017 Honda CR-V
  • It is my understanding that the Honda hitch crosstube goes straight across and isn't a V-shape like the Draw-Tite hitch # 36597. The design difference allows the Draw-Tite hitch to work with the hands-free liftgate sensor on the 2017 Honda CR-V. However it is also possible for a hitch, any hitch, to partially block the sensor so if that happens you would have to kick your foot off to one side or the other of where you would normally activate the sensor.
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  • 2017 Honda CR-V Touring Trailer Hitch
  • We had a customer come back and state that the Draw Tite Hitch part # 36597 fit and worked well on their 2017 Honda CR-V Touring so we know it would be a great choice. You will most likely just have to kick to either side of the hitch opening to get the lift gate to open. Everything needed to install the hitch is included as well.
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  • Will Draw Tite Hitch Fit 2017 Honda CR-V Touring and Allow Liftgate Sensors to Open Hatch
  • It is my understanding that the Honda hitch crosstube goes straight across and isn't a V-shape like the Draw-Tite hitch # 36597. The design difference allows the Draw-Tite hitch to work with the hands-free liftgate sensor on the 2017 Honda CR-V. However it is also possible for a hitch, any hitch, to partially block the sensor so if that happens you would have to kick your foot off to one side or the other of where you would normally activate the sensor.
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  • Weight Difference Between Draw Tite Class II and III Hitches for 2017 Honda CR-V
  • The Class III hitch for your 2017 Honda CR-V # 76128 weighs 30 lbs and the Class II part # 36597 weighs a total of 22 lbs.
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  • Trailer HItch Recommendation for 2017 Honda CR-V For Carrying Bike Rack
  • Both of the Draw Tite hitches that fit your 2017 Honda CR-V have the same powder coat finish that helps to fight corrosion. That being said whenever available I recommend going with a 2 inch hitch as it will have more capacity and have more accessories made for it since that's a more popular hitch size. For your CR-V the part # 76128 would be the better choice that I would recommend. Unless you have a hitch rack that only fits 1-1/4 inch hitches. Then you would want the part # 36597.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Trailer Wiring for 2017 Honda CR-V Touring
  • The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" # 36597 is a confirmed fit for your 2017 CR-V Touring. It will limit the use of the hands free tailgate sensors to either side of the center receiver tube, but will still allow that function without any noticeable changes. If you will be doing some towing with this receiver, I recommend the ball mount # 36051 which comes with the pin and clip along with the wiring harness # 118741. This custom-fit T-One connector...
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