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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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2014 honda cr-v trailer hitch draw-tite custom fit class iii max-frame receiver - 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit 75742
draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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draw-tite trailer hitch custom fit max-frame receiver - class iii 2 inch
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  • Draw-Tite
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 4500 lbs GTW
  • 675 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • Visible Cross Tube
Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from Draw-Tite. Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" part number 75742 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 75742

Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.


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
  • Easy, 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
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 4,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 675 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.



75742 Draw-Tite Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Max-Frame

87621 Hidden Hitch Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver



75742 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 75742 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2012 - 2016 Honda CR-V



Video of Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"


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 CRV, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number is 75742. Here's what our hitch is going to look like installed. You see our side plates are going to come down on each side. They're going to meet here, in the middle at our hitch. This is a class three hitch, so we've got the 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. Just about any type of hitch accessory that they do make for vehicles, they're probably going to have a class three version. Now, when it's time to secure all of those items, you always want to use the hole that's closest to the front of the vehicle, that's a 5/8 diameter hole. You want to pick class three accessories and it looks like, even with that weld there, we're going to have enough room for anti-rattle devices, hitch pins and clips, locking hitch pins, whatever you might choose. The second hole that you see here a little bit closer to the rear, that's for use only with the J-Pin stabilization system. The safety chain connection points have a good opening on them, so you should be able to connect any type of chain.

They're made of a rounded steel stock, so that should be nice and sturdy for us. They've attached a small wiring bracket here if you do decide to run wiring to the outside of your CRV. Typically, your wiring will be in the back hatch but they do have this bracket, three pre-drilled holes there, to attach a four-pole bracket, maybe a seven-pole bracket. If that we're the case, you would have to run your wiring from inside of the vehicle out through a ground in the floor or something like that. That's the only time that would really come into play. When it comes to tow ratings and your trailer weight ratings, you're going to have a 675 pound tongue weight rating. That will be the maximum downward force we can put at the receiver tube opening.

Then, we've got a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That would be the total weight of your trailer and anything that was loaded up on it. Now, the hitch is not rated for use with weight distribution, so you're not going to use any kind of a spring bar setup or anything like that. Of course, you want to check the owner's manual to see what the tow rating of the CRV is and then just use whichever of those are the lowest. Now, a few measurements that are helpful in selecting your ball-mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. We've got about 14-1/2". Then, from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about 3-1/4". Now, the first thing we're going to do is cut out an area here where our hitch is actually going to pass through and go up to the bottom of the frame rail.

Now, you can completely pull this panel down. There's several push pin fasteners that go around the outside edge and a couple of screws or nuts that are in this area but we've found it's really just easier to cut it while it's on the vehicle. What we're going to do is come from our tow hook area here, I want to measure over, the instructions are going to tell you 16-1/4 but we've found 16 is usually better. Then, we want to go over to about 20-1/2, try to mark that in two locations here that way we can get a straight line. Then, from the back lip, which is going to be right about that bend, we need to go forward 3". Now, from that, we'll go forward 8-1/2 to 9", 8-1/2 usually works out okay. We'll use a straight edge and just get all those lines created and we're going to be taking out this middle section right here. Now, the material is a plastic, so typically, a razor knife's really all you're going to need to get in there and cut this out.

All right. Now, once we've got that cut out, there's going to be some material here. It's like some batting material. I like to just pull down on it, then use my knife to get that cut out. Now, we'll use a little bit of black spray paint. What I like to do is just paint that. One, we don't want to see it from behind the car, which we really won't. Two, it's also going to act as, almost like a glue. That's then, going to allow us to look up and in. You can see our frame rail right here. We're going to have one attachment point there and if we come a little bit closer to the rear of the car, there's another one located right there. The next step we're going to do is get our exhaust lowered down. We've got a hanger right here and one right here. We just want to use a little bit of spray lubricant on these. It's going to help us get those slid off. I like to start with this one, it's on this side. You pry it off from the bottom here. You can use a pry bar or a long screwdriver to do it. Once that's slid off, just pull over this way and at the same time, pry out on that hanger. See, that will slide off, get us a little bit of room there. Now, you'll see, with the exhaust out of the way, we're going to have two of the same style attachment points. One here in the rear, one a little bit further to the front. Our hitch also requires a center attachment point. That's going to be a U-bolt. That's actually going to come down through our hitch and we've got a couple of nuts to put on the bottom side there. Now, we're ready to start with lifting our hitch in position. We're going to use just a little spray lubricant in each one of our weld nuts. We're going to use a nylon tube brush, part number 814092. We're just going to get these cleaned out a little bit, just so we can make sure our bolts start properly and we don't have to worry about them running into any interference when we get them in there. Now, what I'm going to do is just guide my hitch right up into position and you see how I can let it rest there on the exhaust That hanger's actually going to hold it in place. That will allow us to get our driver's side up into position. Now, what we want to do is use one of the supplied bolts and the conical tooth washer. The teeth of that washer are going to face up towards the hitch. After we have that through, on the rear-mounting location on each side, we need to put on that flat washer. Now, we can raise it up and get it lined up with that weld nut and get our bolt started. Now, we can come over to the passenger's side and repeat the same process there. Now, we'll want to move to our U-bolt here. You can see that just comes right down through that flange. We're going to be putting on a flat washer, a lock washer and the nut. All right. Now, we can start tightening down our hardware. Then, torque it down to the specifications listed in our instructions. All right. Now, we'll just get our exhaust picked back up. Now, a little bit more of the spray lubricant's going to help you out with getting the hanger in place. We want to do the inside one, then the outside one. We just rotate that on, then we can slide that one on. All right. At that point, everything's re-secured. Our hitch is ready for use. That's going to complete the installation of the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75742, on our 2016 Honda CRV.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 75742

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (384 Customer Reviews)

Fully welded vehicle trailer hitch is strong and durable. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. The combination of an e-coat base and a powder coat finish provides excellent rust protection.

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2015 Honda CR-V


2015 CR-V Ex-L There were a couple things that made the installation more difficult than it should have been. This could be far easier with more explicit instructions. Straight away, the measurement for cutting out the appearance panel requires a little guessing. Because of the curvature of the panel, an accurate measurement would require a reference point for where, along the curve, to begin the 3" starting point. The instructions didn't provide this accuracy. I guessed correctly, and it turned out good. I've included a photo of my final cut out. Hopefully this can save someone a bit of time. I will also mention that it's *not* necessary to remove the entire appearance panel. The thought of doing that was overwhelming, and glad I did not go down that road. And, it is not necessary to cut all 4 sides of the panel dimensions. Just do 3 and fold it out of the way...then you can fold it back over to seal up the area, after the hitch is in. Much neater job and leaves the area protected from whatever stuff can get up in there if the cutout is removed completely. One other instruction that was unclear, is the extra washer that goes above the attachment angle of the hitch. The instructions say: Tape (item 7) flat washer to rearward weld nut location on both frame rails. This should have said, there are 2 washers that need to be placed between the hitch and the threaded bolt hole in the frame, at the location furthest to the back of the vehicle. 1 washer per side. The location toward the front of the vehicle does not need this washer due to _ _ _ _ ? I would help to know why it's necessary to have this washer only on 1 bolt hole per side. It would allow the the installer a bit a confidence knowing the reason why there's only 1 per side. Without knowing the reason, I'm still wondering why it is necessary to cause the hitch to be mounted with the slight angle that this extra washer causes. The muffler hangers were a bugger to get off. You really have to leverage your body in a full extension, while laying on your back, and manhandle those things. It *does* help to squirt a bit of WD inside the place where they slide on/off the stem. I used a large flat head driver to persuade the first one off, then it was mostly a matter of pulling/pushing the muffler to get the hanger free. I used a rolling car jack to hold the hitch in place while bolting it up, and that worked great....it balanced on the center, with a little padding underneath, quite stably. With all the running back and forth to watch the install video, then reading and re-reading the instructions, and measuring multiple times, this job took me every bit of 2 hours. 213182



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As others have indicated, the dimensions for the cutout template in the instructions for this hitch are a little bit off. I also left the outside of the cutout area uncut, leaving the line as a hinge so that the cut section of panel can be folded down and towards the driver side of the vehicle. It is necessary to cut away a strip about 3/8 wide to accommodate the hitch structure. The distance from the edge of the underbody panel to the front of the hitch itself at the closest point of the flat vertical flange is just about 2", not 3" as shown in the diagram. In my case I added a notch to adjust. Other points: - Out of the box the hitch had several scratches and flaws in the finish down to bare metal. I took the opportunity before installation to re paint those areas in order to delay the start of the rust process. Please provide this feedback to Draw-Tite and etrailer internal teams. - The plastic panel was easier to cut than I thought it would be with a sharp knife, single pass, moving slowly and firmly. Holding the flap out of the way to lift and bolt the hitch in place required scratched forearms. When done, I simply wire-tied the flap back in place. Having just gone through a car wash before installing the hitch, the area up above the panel was surprisingly wet - so I don't think this panel provides enough function other than appearance and road noise, so it's not worth extra efforts to create a tighter seal around the cutout and the hitch. - The hardest part was torquing the bolt directly above the muffler. The muffler only swings down a few inches so there is not enough room to get a long beam torque wrench too securely on the bolt, and even then, it can only be swung about 1/16 of a turn. With 6-point sockets this factor was even more difficult - a 12-point socket would have been easier to reposition and turn. Ignoring a little upside-down righty-tighty-lefty-loosey confusion, I ended up torquing it as tight as possible with a small ratchet so that I only need a few short swings of the torque wrench to get it secure. Next time I'll have to get a torque adapter or crows foot. - It was fairly awkward, but not impossible, to do this install while lying on my back on concrete. A lift would be luxurious. - It took about 1.5 hours to install solo - and much of this time was figuring out how to support the hitch up off the ground at each step. To get all four frame bolts started, it was helpful to do things in a modified order: 1. Hook the hitch loosely above the muffler hanger, 2. Capture middle section loosely to the tie down loop with the U-bolt, 3. push driver side up and find the bolt holes to loosely start both bolts, 4. Return to exhaust side and start both bolts. 392543



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Honda CR-V


Wow, what a great hitch. My wife and I plan on towing our bikes with this hitch. We already had a Thule bike carrier that fit onto the 2 inch hitch we have on our Chevy Silverado but sometimes we don't always want to take the truck. We looked at bike carriers to place on the CRV but they all seemed flimsy compared to what we had. As such, we chose to install the hitch. To start things off the price was excellent and I received the item within 2 days of ordering. I also received an email from the company indicating that if I had any issues, to please contact them immediately. A friend and I reviewed the online video (make sure you do this!!!) to install the hitch and moved forward with the process. Following the video and the instructions included with the hitch. we had everything installed within 90 minutes. Just some tips we would include: 1) make the cut into the underside CRV plastic larger than is shown, especially the width. This will allow you to easily place the trailer hitch into position. 2) You do not need to cut a 4 sided hole. Cut 3 sides and bend the plastic toward the driver so that it can be patched very easily with duct tape. I chose to spray paint the plastic and duct tape black but this is not necessary as it is not seen. 3) It was a little difficult to get the muffler hangar back into position once the bolts were tight. We had to loosen the bolts and push the hangar bracket through the hole in the hitch to get this accomplished. 4) We backed the CRV onto 2 small car ramps to allow us the ability to crawl around under the CRV much more easily. I highly recommend this. Overall, I am very satisfied with this product and would highly recommend it to anyone contemplating attaching a hitch to their CRV. I am not a "handy" person but was able to do this without any issues and no one getting hurt!! You can do it!!! 335021


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My wife and I used it to carry our bikes on a trip from St. Louis to Palm Springs last summer. It worked great and we plan to use it for the same bikes on our trip to Colorado. Thanks for the excellent product!!

John W - 01/26/2018

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The is a really good product. The online ordering is easy, the product shipped fast and emails were sent to verify and track. The only downside was when I opened the box and took out the hitch it had a bad scratch on the bottom on one side. Not a huge deal as I was able to paint over it so it would not rust, but still, a branch new product should not arrive damaged. The install went smoothly. As many other reviewers have stated, no need to remove the plastic panel under the back of the vehicle as stated in the video. Just cut a three sided slot and bend the plastic back out of the way while you insert the bolts. The measurements were close but not quite right. 16 1/4 from the tongue was fine and lined up well, The distance from the back edge says 3" but I had to recut it down to 2". Using a utility knife worked great to cut the plastic. In the end it all fit well and I was able to tape the plastic piece back in place. The muffler hanging pieces came off well after spraying with some decreaser cleaner. It's a tight fit but it works. The hitch looks great and was not too difficult to install. It took about 90 min. all together. I added some pictures to show parts of the install. I would definitely recommend this hitch! 226520



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2016 Honda CR-V


The weather and my schedule finally cooperated enough for me to in stall my Trailer Hitch this weekend. I actually installed mine and also I mentioned a week ago to a friend of mine about your trailer hitches and we installed one on his Honda Odyssey at the same time. We started in the morning and had both completed by noon (his van was a 2008 so we had to use a tap to clean out the treads and that took a long time). The following is what I ordered: 1 T-one Vehicle Wiring Harness 1 Curt Led 4-way Flat Connector Tester 1 Draw-Tite Max-frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Class III - 2 First let me thank you for your quick links to the YouTube videos. They were extremely helpful. Draw-tite Max-frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Class III Installation: The YouTube video was again extremely helpful and the technician's suggestion of leaving the plastic under body panel in place was an excellent idea. The only deviation from the instructions/video I made was to not remove the cut out section of the under body panel but to only cut it along the rear and side edges. I then folded it forward and taped it, and the insulation in place to keep them out of the way while I installed the hitch receiver. Once the hitch receiver was in place I bent the small piece back into place (triming a small piece away from the edge that contacts the hitch receiver and then drilled two small holes and zip tied it into place. I took it on a test run with my motorcycle trailer and it worked like a CHAMP!! My wife was a bit concerned at first about having a hitch sticking out at the rear of her car but was VERY pleased at not only how it looked but also how the receiver is recessed such that it does not protrude past the bumper. Thanks again 502556



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2014 Honda CR-V


This hitch was very easy to install on my 2014 Honda CRV. It fits great under the back and is nicely hidden. The instructions provided were clear and easy to follow. My only comment with regards to the instructions is that It is critical to actually measure the area to be trimmed on the Appearance Panel as the diagram provided on the instructions could be misleading based on the holes and ridges in the appearance panel. Measure twice (or 3 or 4 times in my case) and cut once! Based on some other reviews, I also cut only 3 sides on the trim area so I could close it up by drilling a couple of holes and using zip ties. The removal and trimming of the Appearance Panel took the most amount of time for me as I did not want to make a mistake and wanted to end up with a good looking installation which I think I have accomplished. I installed this hitch so I can use a hitch mounted bicycle rack to haul our bicycles to nearby bike paths in our state. I highly recommend etrailer.com! The site is easy to navigate and has so much helpful product information and videos, both installation and product reviews! This is a great and valuable resource that I can't say enough good about. My order was processed promptly and I received my hitch sooner than I expected. It was well packaged and arrived in great condition. 399382



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Thank you for such an awesome experience! Never done this before and watching your video made it really easy to install. My jack had broken so I had to do it from the floor. A little tough but managed without any help. Also, The wiring was cake as well. Perfect demonstration and walkthrough on your video(s). You asked for the pics so I shot a few for you. I've never had a vehicle with a tow hitch so my next goal is a trailer. gotta save for that one :( Well, once again I want to thank you, guys! 408267



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Haven't used the hitch receiver yet, however, it was pretty easy to install. The instructions were easy to read. All parts came as described. The installation instructions that come in the product package are more detailed than online. The online instruction video has no sound on my computer, which is probably why they include the script. Customer service is ver good. The answered my questions the day of asking them. Good transaction overall. Like I said, I haven't used the hitch receiver yet (I need to buy a trailer first), but it is heavy and sturdy. I figure the pic will help give you an idea of what to do when cutting through the plastic undercover to install the unit and leave the cover on. 105940


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Ive had and used a trailer for about 2 months on my CRV. No issues what so ever. Everything is working well. Customer service is still excellent-I recently called to check what I ordered and what the hitch could tow, and got immediate response. Great purchase. One suggestion: perhaps some instruction on how to properly attach and load a trailer to such a hitch, as it would help prevent any mishaps from misuse of the hitch itself. Heightweight/and positioning of trailer load on the trailer is important so as not to overload the tongue weight on the hitch. thanks.

jim p - 11/01/2014

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Thanks for the feedback and reply. Happy to hear you are pleased with your hitch on your CR-V. Please keep in mind that you will need to check the tow rating of your CR-V, and it is rated lower than the tow rating of the hitch you will need to abide by the lowest rated component of your towing system. I have included links to several of our helpful articles that you might find helpful regarding loading your trailer, the tongue weight, and choosing the correct height ball mount for your trailer.

-- Rachael H - 11/3/2014


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I'm very happy with this hitch. The installation went well. The only issue (as others have mentioned) is that the dimensions for the cutout in the underbody panel were not correct. I just made my cutout larger than prescribed in each direction. I also used the "flap" method that a few others have described, leaving the side closest to and parallel to the driver's side as the uncut "hinge" side of the rectangular cutout flap. Since my cutout flap was larger than necessary, it needed to surround the flat metal piece of the hitch coming down, once the flap was moved back up into place, so I cut a slit in the flap and worked it back into place around the metal. As you can see in my picture, the hole is almost completely covered back up. I might tape or zip tie the flap to keep it in place, but it doesn't seem like that will even be necessary. As for the white insulation material, I pulled off the one end, folded it back, and tucked it under itself, rather than cutting it. You might notice that in the installation video the cutout originally shown at 3:54 is not the same as the cutout shown later at 4:19. If you look closely, you can see that the cutout has been extended about an inch or two closer to the back of the car, past the original yellow paint pen mark. You'll definitely want to make your cutout to the later-shown location. One final note: The installation took me much longer than 40 minutes, but that's because I removed and replaced the underbody panel. Also, it was my wife's car, not mine, so we were being very slow and very careful! 264502



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My hitch showed up on time with no signs of damage. I opened the box and removed the hitch to find it badly scratched up in several places. I blame Draw-Tite for that. Very poor quality control. Shame on you Draw-Tite. Also, their drawing for showing where to cut the hole in the trim panel is awful. Shame on you, again, Draw-Tite. In the drawing it shows to cut a hole 17" away from the edge of a rectangular hole that is already in the trim panel. That dimension is from the wrong edge. Decrease it to 16" and you'll be better off. Same goes for the three inch dimension from the edge. Once I cut the hole with my dimensions, it fit great. I didn't cut the sound insulation, though. I released the far edge and tucked in under itself. I think that's much cleaner looking than hacking it up. I would not recommend leaving that trim panel off. It's there for several reasons. Air flow, insulation and weather barrier. I plan on using the piece I cut out as a patch by gluing a flange around the edge and putting it back to cover up the hole. I'll use some self-tap screws so I can remove it to check the mounting bolts. Also, I used thread locker (Loctite Blue) on the hardware. All this took me about an hour and I used my driveway. I'm very disappointed with the finish and hole dimensions for the cut-out in the trim panel. As a CAD professional; the guy that drew that would've been fired if he worked for me. Before I became a designer, I worked for Roush Racing for 10 years and several other teams as a fabricator/mechanic/electronics/crew member. I know what I'm talking about. Shame on Draw-Tite but I can only nice things about E-Trailer. If E-Trailer is the cause of the damage then I'd change my opinion. The hitch looks great with my Thule bike rack and I've already test driven it all. Works great! Good luck and best wishes. -Dale A. (Plymouth, MI) 73284



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This was my first purchase from etrailer and it was the best experience. I wanted to buy a hitch and bike rack for a 2015 CR-V to transport my cruiser bike to the beach. I read a lot of recommendations, reviews and Q&A's posted on etrailer. I chose the Draw-Tite over the Curt, because the Draw-Tite does not require supporting a bike rack with a stabilizing strap. I chose the Thule Platform TH990XT rack, because my cruiser bike's bar is angled and not horizontal. I did not want the bike to hang on an angle. The items shipped quickly and were delivered in a few days. After watching the installation video and reading other reviewers tips, I decided to install the hitch by myself in the garage. I cut a flap in the appearance panel without removing it, by using a utility knife with a new blade. I measured 16 1/4" instead of 17". After spraying lubricant on the muffler hangers, they slid off easily. I loosely installed the U bolt to help support the hitch, while I attached the other bolts to the undercarriage. A 1/2" drive torque wrench with a 6" extension allowed me to get the proper torque on all the bolts. Gorilla tape was used to seal the flap and finish the installation. I have hauled my bike to the beach several times and both items are working well. I am extremely pleased with my purchase from etrailer. 200769


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Glad I purchased this hitch. No issues. Highly recommend.

Jerry W - 06/30/2016

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Installed on my 2016 CRV touring. Easy to install, very straight forward with the installation video. I’m 5’10 140lbs and I installed it myself. Hardest part was getting the first bolt started on the driver side. I had to use a cement block to help hold the hitch up while I got the bolt started. Extra hands could have been used there but I managed. I did do what other reviews suggested and only cut 3 sides out of the weather guard, leaving the edge closest to the front of the car attached and then zip tied it closed when I was finished. I already have over 1000 miles with it and it has done great towing a Curt carrier! 482782



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After deliberating a long time about what to buy, and from whom, I could not be happier with my purchase, product, and experience. It came quickly, at the best price I could find. Etrailer had the specific instruction video online I needed, and had the proper paperwork instructions to fill in for little things. The best trick they mentioned was being able to cut the deflector pan on my 2014 CRV while it was on the vehicle, rather than take it down. Saved at least and hour, and the headache of those crazy plastic panel bolts. The muffler hangers were a bit of a challenge- use lubrication even though it gets all over the muffler. I finished it in 1.5 hours, even with one out-of-order bolting mistake I made. The fit and fishing could not be more perfect. I have added a picture of a work-around I used to avoid needing my wife to climb under the car to help initially hold it in place (most of us don't have the shop lift as pictured in the video). I used my large floor jack to move it in place, protecting the hitch with a blanket - too easy. The ONLY thing I wonder about is if the insulation on top of the deflector that I cut will hold moisture and get heavy and nasty over time. I'm probably going to fashion a cover for the new hole. This is a really nice hitch. Don't let some other knucklehead do it for you, they don't care about your car - or you can pay the dealer $800 to do it. 438679



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First off, this trailer hitch was easy to install (all holes lined up dead on) and the instructions was clear and simple to follow. I removed the plastic panel under the rear of the SUV. I didn't want to cut a large hole (8.50" X 4.25") in the panel as per the instructions. I went ahead and mounted the trailer hitch without the plastic panel. Then I took some measurements and made a template of my own. I cut the hole in the plastic panel just big enough for the left (driver's side) hitch brace to fit through. I cut a thin piece of rubber, with a slit cut down the middle, and glued it over the the inside of the whole in the panel. This should keep out most of the dust, dirt and water. I removed the trailer hitch, pushed it through the hole cut in the panel, with the plastic panel attached I reinstalled both of them. I know it sounds like a lot more work but it looks great. I know, who's going to see it? My wife of course (her SUV). Job done and point made. 296518



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This took me closer to 2 hours to button up, however, had I gone with leaving the appearanc panel on the rig and made my cuts, once I figured out which cuts I wanted to make, this should have been closer to an hour. By nature, I'm a perfectionist, without a lot of skills. Thus the longer time. I went with a hybrid of appearance panel trim methods, used 3 zip ties to hold the access panel in place, and ran one piece of black Gorilla duct tape along the long seem on the passenger side. I used the "leave one side" not cut allowing it to flap. That side would be the drivers side. All similar to Paul E's post (6/24/2016). The measurements were taken from the center of the tow hook. 16 1/2" to 17" for the left hitch leg opening. Measured from the rear of the appearance panel is where I cut out the opening for the left hitch leg starting at 2 1/2" and ran it for 9". So we're essentially talking about a 1/2" X 6" opening. The cut at 16 1/2" is extended to the rear cut to allow the passenger side of the flap to fold around the driver's side hitch leg. Overall my large/main opening was 6" X 9". The hash marks on the drivers side opening are where I bent the flap back. Everything bolted up fine. Quality was good, just someone explain why this isn't welded in a jig to not have to deal with washers. 355489



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Very satisfied with this hitch. The unit is sturdy and well built. My main application is for a hitch mounted bike rack. If you plan on discarding the plastic underbody panel, installation is no problem. I kept my underbody panel and opted to cut the required opening to access the left frame mount. Working to line up all of the mount holes on the underbody panel was probably the most time consuming part of the installation. Looks better with it on. Look no further, this is the hitch for your 2012 CR-V. 47751



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Hitch was easy to install and has worked great. Thanks for checking. 474944



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It seems a very good product, unobtrusive compared to some other hitches (ugly) I have seen on Honda CRVs. Installation was a bit of a challenge. The installation video and instructions indicated to measure 17" from the edge of the tow-hook slot in the appearance panel for the 4 1/4" X 8.5" rectangular cut. It should have been 16" . We had to cut the extra inch off in order all the bolt holes to line up right. Finally, the instructions and its graphic indicated the spacers go in the rear-most holes. The video shows them placed in the front (of the car) holes. 198911



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Great deal, like the hitch. Had some troubles with the diagram on cutting the plastic cover. Oh well no one looks under there anyway right? Not the point. Still looks good. 86790


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Just what the towing geek that has to try to tow anything with what he or she has to tow with. Lol Maybe Honda should look at this hitch instead of the 1 they put on my car. I guess they are just keeping in tow ratings. Great hitch and I dont have any problems pulling my 17 foot 6 boat.

Glenn N - 06/30/2014

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The Draw-Tite hitch arrived in perfect shape and installed without any trouble. I haven't used it yet, but I am sure it will perform as expected. Draw-Tite has been a leading manufacturer for decades so buy with confidence (and no, I have no connection to them). The etrailer installation video along with the instructions really helped make me confident as I did the install. The video will show you a couple of tips that the instructions don't mention. The shortcut of cutting the underside trim panel without removing it (he used a wheel cutter, I used a sharp utility knife). It was easy because the material is soft and thin. I didn't have a sharp cutting wheel and I have a lot of experience with utility knives. Either way, use extra care, safety goggles and gloves. And remove the third exhaust hanger ahead of rear wheel as the video shows. Lube it like the others and it is an easy r & r; you need every inch of space above to torque the fourth hitch bolt. Oh and I wish I had installed the inside rear rubber hanger back on the car's hanger pin before installing the hitch. I left it attached to the muffler (resonator) and after the hitch was in, I had a little trouble getting it back in place. But only a little, I didn't have to remove the hitch thankfully. All in all, great hitch at a great price and great help from etrailer! 509329



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I can rate this "Excellent" because I did the ordering, and let the men do the installation!! No, seriously, after watching the installation video, which was very good, we decided we could install this hitch ourselves. What helped the most was the photos and review from Tony L, and we followed his process of cutting out the appearance panel on three sides, rather than removing the whole thing and it worked out very well! (Thanks Tony!!) The zip ties to close it back up worked well also. What took the most time was working on cleaning out the rusty threads where the bolts were to go in, making sure that we didn't cross-thread the new bolts. We may have taken more time here than necessary, but "better safe than sorry" paid off, and finally after using a lot of WD-40, and cleaning out the threads with a wire brush, everything was prepared for the final installation and the rest went in very easily. Solid product! Look forward to using it! 293735



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I have nothing but great things to say about etrailer. I recently ordered etrailer a Draw-Tite Class III – 2” receiver hitch and wiring harness to install on a 2015 Honda CRV. They had the exact equipment I needed at an outstanding price and even with free shipping. Further, they provided clear and informative installation videos for my exact vehicle and equipment. All the items arrived in a timely fashion and installation went perfectly smooth. Now, I have adequate but limited automotive mechanical and electrical skills and experience for an "average Joe", but etrailer’s clear and informative installation video’s helped me quickly and efficiently install the hitch and wiring harness in just about an hour. The hitch and wiring harness look and work great. I also wanted to commend their service department, and specifically Kevin, for helping me with an order problem that was the result of my error when I entered the wrong shipping information while placing the order. Through a single person-to-person phone call (that lasted well past their "closing time" on a Saturday night) they quickly and completely corrected the error that I made. This ensured the timely arrival of my equipment, and it saved me money. Thank you etrailer! 323425



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I read the reviews and instructions prior to purchasing. Start to finish took well over 2 hours for me, part of that time was spent doctoring a cut on my thumb from the razor knife and going to the auto parts store to get a 3/8" to 1/2" ratchet adapter I had misplaced. I had no help and ended up using jack stands to help hold it up while I got the bolts started, I could not quite hold it still enough otherwise. There is what appears to be sound deadening material under the appearance panel, no instruction on what to do with that. I ended up cutting it and using outdoor duct tape on the edges. I may end up ripping the whole thing out later. I cut the appearance panel on the vehicle as others have done. I paid extra for the Draw-tite over the Curt for what I though was a better coating system, but it came in with some edges scuffed up and I worked on that with some black touch up paint I had. Overall I am pleased with the result, but it was harder than I thought and we'll see how my touch-up paint holds up. 61798



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I have really enjoyed working with etrailer.com to meet my needs for items required to tow a 2014 Honda CRV. The receiver was installed without removing the under side cover. By just cutting the opening for 3 sides using measurements provided on the driver side creates a flap permitting access to tighten the bolts and run toad wiring (this saved me a lot of time). Flap created can be zip tied and sealed with silicone. The receiver has tight tolerances on the passenger side making it hard to re-attach the muffler to hanger. An extra 1/2 inch removed from muffler hanger cut out on receiver would help. 151013



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This is my first experience with etrailer, and it couldn't have been better. I ordered my hitch on Saturday, with the free shipping option. I got an email almost immediately telling me my hitch was available and would ship soon. I got another email on Tuesday saying it had shipped, with a link to check its progress. On the following Monday, my hitch arrived, right on time and in perfect condition. I got it installed on Tuesday, and I am towing! I had a great experience with etrailer, and I saved money, too! 80405


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Yes, I still like our trailer hitch. You cant love a trailer hitch, can you? It does exactly what I expect, and its holding up well no sign of rust, unlike the hitch that came with our Highlander.

Steve S - 06/12/2014

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It took about an hour to install this on our '14 Honda CR-V. Installation was straightforward. I watched the installation video first. I opted to cut an access hole in the bottom plastic cover instead of just removing it as this is a permanent installation. The measurements were about 1/2" off. In my case, I had to trim an additional 1/2" from the side of the cut-out that is toward the center of the hitch. After that, the holes lined up fine. 122095


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Still works great.

Sid L - 04/06/2015

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etrailer is good! The Hitch came within a week. It was packed well and had no damage. The installation video and reviews on the product page were invaluable. Taking the advice of others, I left the panel on and made my cuts using a Dremel with a cutting wheel. I measured 17" from the far side of the tow loop. This was perfect. Instead of cutting out a hole, I made a flap that pulled out to the side. Once the hitch was in place, the flap tucked up in place firmly leaving no gaping hole. Without the help provided, this could have become a project. Instead, it was almost frighteningly easy. Thank you etrailer. 80889


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Rroy,Can you take a photo of the flap that you cut and post it? I assume that the flap had 3 cuts forward, back, and toward the center line of the car. Im also curious about how to seal up the flap so that debris does not get behind the appearance panel.Just so you know, I received instructions from Honda on how to install their hitch and they require several different cuts into the appearance panel in order to ensure that the hitch fits.The etrailer.com method along with your suggestion to create a flap seems a heck of a lot easier.

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Took me about 2 1/2 hours to install this hitch on my wife's 2015 CR-V. A big thank you to the previous posters. I made a 4.25" X 8.50 template first and traced the template on the appearance cover. I cut three sides only and made a flap. After installation, I taped the flap up with black Gorilla tape. I cleaned the threaded bolt holes with a bore cleaning brush and spray lube. The video shows the washers being taped to the front threaded bolt hole. Tape won't stick after spraying the area with lubricant. I used Liquid Nails to paste the washer in place. I used a motorcycle jack to lift the hitch close to the underside of the vehicle so I could get the bolts started. I did not have to remove the exhaust pipe hanger forward of the muffler as shown in the video. Had no problem slipping the muffler off the two rubber hangers after spraying them with lubricant. That gave me enough room to install the bolts. I also had no problem reinstalling the muffler on the rubber hangers by hand after torquing down the bolts. All of this was done with the car parked in the garage. Had plenty of room working on my back. Thank you for the video!! 463325



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2012 Honda CR-V EXL . . . I ordered the Draw-tite hitch and a Swagman XC-2 bike rack together. The bike rack box was shipped inside the box with the hitch; together they were very heavy and awkward. I think that is why the hitch was hanging out of its box on arrival. Somewhere along its travels the hitch suffered a couple of deep scratches - one on either side near the mounting plates. They were bad enough to cause me to go to the store and get some primer and gloss black paint. The installation went well even though I did it on the garage floor while flat on my back. This 66 yr old guy is very appreciative of those who included details and pictures with their review. They allowed me to avoid mistakes. I elected to not remove the under-body panel and I only cut three sides to create a flap that closes the hole back up after the hitch is on. I am very pleased with both items and the quick and easy service of etrailer. 289630



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Hitch went together "without a hitch", but I do have some tips. First, the instructional u-tube video is essential. Second, for most of us, you'll be on your back, so the video does make it look easy as the test car is on a lift-so plan plenty of time (at least a morning). I agree that the shroud cutout needs to be wider, at least an inch wider toward the center of the car. I used a Dremel Multi Tool for the cut and it worked WONDERFUL. I think I'd save the hassle of taking the shroud off the car, and cut it in place - I had to enlarge it that way. Make sure you have plenty of 11/16" sockets, extensions and adaptors. You'll need 1/2" drive to get the required torque on all bolts. The forward bolt above the muffler is especially challenging to reach while reading the torque wrench (I didn't have a digital wrench). The recommended ball mount (#2923 / #2753) allows for only a 7-1/4" clearance to ground from bottom of ball threads. I think a ball mount with less of a drop is more appropriate for the 2012 CRV. Will be contacting eTrailer on this. And they have been wonderful to deal with. 73446



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My third hitch from eTrailer and the service is still superb. I installed the hitch in less than two hours thanks to the online videos. Shipping was fast. 171378


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Thanks for your follow up. The hitch has performed as expected if I remember correctly it is the third hitch I have purchased from eTrailer.

Tom J - 02/06/2016

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Shipping was fast and packaging was excellant. The E-Trailer video was excellant & the hitch bolted to the frame with no problem. I installed this on a 2014 Honda CR-V. Instead of cutting a 8.5" x 4.25" opening in the appearance pannel & having a hole I cut a 3 sided opening & pulled the plastic flap back to insert & bolt the drivers side hitch flange. I then trimmed the flap to snugly fit around the hitch flange & sealed it with silicone. I figured the factory appearence pannel was placed there to reduce road noise in that area & I wanted to retain that. 346018



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Ordered on a Sunday and arrived by Wednesday. Great shipping! The box arrived in great shape. Once I opened up I saw a bit of "warehouse rash"--looked like one side was dragged a little before shipping but touch up paint and all better. I would suggest installing on the ground and not up in the air. if one saves the box you can slide the unit up under(after the panel is removed and cut) This saves the over the head issues and easier on your back. Another tip- if you are on the ground you can use a floor jack to take the weight off the muffler which makes it easier to get the holders off without weight. I also would not cut the panel with a power tool as mine kept melting the plastic. I used a razor knife. All in all Very happy with everything. The local trailer hitch installer wanted $275 plus $60 labor. I did it in a couple of hours and I am 63 years old!! P. S. the install video was for a 2015 but was exactly the same for my 2016. 239426



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We wanted to put a hitch mount bike rack on our 2016 Honda CR-V. The delearship wanted $725 to install a 2" receiver hitch. The part alone was over $500. I went online and found etrailer.com and ordered the Draw-Tite brand class-III 2" receiver hitch. The after-tax price including shipping was less than $110 and the hitch arrived in a couple of days. The best part was the ability to watch a video online at etrailer.com's website of a technician installing the exact same hitch on a Honda CR-V. The video saved me a lot of time. Make sure you have the appropriate tools because you need more than pliers and bailing wire to install a hitch. When you're finished, the bolts will need to be tourqued to specification. I'm buying a torque wrench to add to my tool collection because it's something I'll need again for other projects. I got excellent advice when I called etrailer.com. Highly recommend etrailer.com. 280901



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Bought this along with a folding cargo carrier so my wife could haul a bale of hay with her 2014 Honda CRV without getting the inside of her nice new car all filthy. The install went smoothly. I threw it on in about 45 minutes and it bolted right up. The CRV suspension is a little soft in the rear and I never plan on testing the 525 lb max tongue weight rating but it will work well for what we need. 216113


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Still great. No issues.

Tom - 08/05/2016

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The trailer came with all the accessories needed. What I found most useful, was the tutorial video on the infatuation for the trailer and the wiring, that made the experience of installing the trailer itch very painless. Awesome job with the tutorials guys!! I'll definitely come back to etrailer for future purchases. 240841



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Before I mention the product I have to compliment the e trailer team with great communication regarding my order and deliver status. As for the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, well built product with relatively easy installation. The videos e trailer provided were great resources. The only reason I did not give it the highest rating was the measurements for trimming the undercarriage cover. I live by measure twice and cut once however, I was about a 1/2 inch too short on my first attempt at bolting the Hitch. The 17" measurement should have been 16.5" for the inside of the hitch to clear the cover. If I would have brushed the bolt holes and thread the bolts prior to installing the hitch I would have beat the 40 minute install time. I am very pleased with the product. As for the minor measuring adjustment, what fun is a DIY project without a minor challenge! Thanks e trailer! 180396



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Very good directions and easy to follow. Great product. I have never had a hitch on a vehicle and managed to survive at the mercy of friends. Thought now is the time to get a hitch on a vehicle and use it to haul those items I've had to rely on friend for. Thanks. The only issue I had was the cutout was about an 3/4" off on the 17" measurement. Maybe should of been 16.25" I followed it from the slot opening for the vehicle tie down hook (like directions show). I did the old adage of measure twice and cut once, but still was off. Another small critique, in the directions where the picture shows the hitch installation breakdown add a reference point such as rear of vehicle. This reinforces the location for the flat washer. Not that I had an issue, but just in case someone doesn't read the directions close enough. Some people look at pictures and do the work from that. 84926



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Product is as described. Good quality and well constructed. Installation instructions were simple which made the job easy. The price is very reasonable. Form and fit excellent. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a good quality hitch at a good price. 198692


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Excellent product. Delivery time was short. Installation was fairly easy. I am very satisfied with the hitch.

Robert - 05/29/2016

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Product is great.... this is my fourth hitch and wiring harness purchased from etrailer.com. Love the wiring harness install videos. 159632


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I love it and I love doing business with etrailer. I tell anyone that brings up auto accessories about you guys and girls! :- After the hitch, I also bought a Thule complete two bike rack system from you.Thanks again

Robert S - 11/13/2015

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I always come back to etrailer for all my towing needs. There are a lot of options out there but none like etrailer. They have excellent products that make your job very easy! Everything I bought for my vehicles fits perfect every time. It took me about an hour to install. But before I got my class III hitch I watched etrailer's YouTube video (installation instructions) I had the pan cut and ready to install the hitch. 390306


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Works perfectly for what we use it for.

Richard V - 06/06/2018

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Product arrived when e-trailer said it would. After fortifying myself with the installation video, I tackled the installation. The product installed exactly as the video said it would and was very easy. Thank you e-trailer and I have already gotten a few stares because Honda CR-V's do not have trailer hitches!!!!!! 139452


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awesome

Dale G - 07/05/2015

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Product itself is fantastic, seems sturdy, and looks great on the back of my 2012 Honda CR-V. The video instructions were very clear and helpful, but be aware that the 40 minute install estimate is under ideal conditions - brand new car, on lifts, master mechanic, a full moon, and every star aligned. Even with my former mechanic father helping, it took about three hours (including a trip to get a thread tapper because the frame holes were unusable even after cleaning). Also, plan to cut another two inches of plastic more than what is suggested because it's impossible to get your hand in otherwise. I ended up reattaching the plastic with Gorilla Tape afterward. I'm not disappointed, just want to share that the install may not be sunshine and rainbows and will probably take two people and two to four beers. 385930



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So far so good, it took me longer to put it in then the instuructions or video said (3.5hrs) The reason was the video and instructions said to cut a large opening in the plastic under body panel so as to mount the hitch. Well I elected to make it harder for myself and only cut a small slit in the panel just big enough to slide the hitch end up and then mount the hitch and the panel as one piece. This was a lot harder because to toruqe the bolts on the drivers side you had to reach in trought the wheel well and bummer with only one hand but it looks much better and a cleaner finished look. 184507



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Solid product! Just installed this morning, and it took me about 3 hours. I am by NO means a handy-man, and have never done this before. But after watching the etrailer videos and other customer reviews, I felt prepared to install the hitch. Some customer reviews made all the difference: Because of one review, I didn't remove the appearance panel. Rather, I just measured and cut the panel while still on the car. I also measured carefully, but made the cutout about an inch wider and longer due to another review. I didn't have a lift, so I spent a lot of time on my back, which contributed to the longer install time. My recommendation: Purchase the Nylon tube brush from etrailer and clean the sockets on the frame thoroughly before install. Makes a world of difference. 438015



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The whole installation took me about 4 hours. However I did not follow the directions on cutting the plastic panel because I wanted a much nicer and finished look on the plastic panel. Other wise I could have done the installation in about an hour or so. Like others had done, I cut the plastic on 3 sides but instead of using zip ties or duck tape, I cut tabs out of a plastic sheet and screwed the (door) to the tabs. Them I used black silicone to seal the cuts and around the hitch vertical support. The job can out very nice. 496642



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I purchased this trailer hitch from etrailer specifically because they had the best, most complete and helpful information on their site than anyone else. The installation videos and other reviews were very helpful. Installation took me longer than it should, mostly due to me trying to do it by myself (this thing is heavy), and for some reason not being able to line up the bolts very easily. Note that I did not remove the whole appearance panel but tried to just cut the flap out. Other reviews said that it saved time, but I think in the end it cost me time. But that's probably due to my own issues rather than the hitch itself. The hitch appears to be well made, sturdy and durable. I am very satisfied. 441237



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Great Product, Install was a breeze, If you are 2nd guessing yourself, don't! Top notch product!! Great price and super fast shipping!! Thank you again... 204226


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Outstanding product!!! And price$$$Almost forgot, super fast shipping!

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Appears to be a high quality hitch. Installation instructions and the video were spot on accurate and made the installation a breeze. I'd recommend backing onto some drive-up ramps to provide more elbow room to maneuver the hitch into place. I used the U-bolt to hold it in place while attaching the frame bolts. Once installed, I covered the hole in the underbody tray with black duct tape for a more "finished" look. I wish I would have saved the cutout piece and trimmed it to put back in place after the installation. 139180



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I ordered a Draw-Tite trailer hitch (#75742) for my 2012 Honda CR-V on line, in three days UPS had it at my door. The install took approximately 45 minutes. I did not remove the plastic panel under the vehicle. I simply made a three sided cut, a flap if you will, so I could cover the hole after installing the trailer hitch. I recommend viewing the install video prior to starting. The drawing of the underside panel, on the instruction sheet was a little confusing, I had to tape the drawing to the rear bumped upside down for it to make and sense. I am impressed with the quality of the product, it looks great. I will use the hitch to haul a trailer with my radio control model aircraft to the airfield. 111414


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  • There are a couple different style bike racks that may work for you. You stated you want a bike rack that goes behind your CR-V and not on the roof. We offer trunk mount bike racks and the other style bike rack we offer would be a hitch-mounted bike rack. The trunk mount bike rack I recommend is the Saris Bones 2 Bike Carrier, part # SA805. This is an easy bike rack to put on and take off the rear of your CR-V. It uses 6 straps to secure it to the back of the vehicle and has an...
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  • We do carry hitches that would be a fit for your 2014 Honda CRV. I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch, part # C13119. This is a Class lll trailer hitch with a 2 inch receiver opening. I have attached a link to an installation video of this hitch on a 2014 Honda CR-V. The numbers you see for the weight capacity of a trailer hitch are not based on the vehicle they are installed on. They are based on the strength of the hitch alone. Although many times a hitch may have a rating of several...
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  • Best Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Honda CR-V
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  • The comparison of the Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # C13119, and the Draw-Tite Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 75742, for the 2013 Honda CRV is very similar. The tongue weight difference of 350 lbs for the Curt and 525 lbs for the Draw-Tite would be one of the biggest differences. Also, if you will be using the hitch to haul a hitch accessory like a bike rack or cargo carrier, the warranty on the Curt hitch does require the use of a stabilizing strap like the Curt Support Strap,...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Honda CRV EXL with AWD
  • The trailer hitch that I would recommend for your 2014 Honda CR-V EXL AWD is the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch, # 75742. We have installed this on a CR-V, so I attached the installation instructions and the installation video for you to check out. Draw-Tite is a reputable brand that makes both aftermarket and OEM trailer hitches and it does not require any type of support strap for non-trailer loads like the Curt hitches. For a bike carrier, the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Carrier,...
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 2013 Honda CR-V LX AWD
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Honda CRV
  • As long as you have a hitch installed on your 2015 Honda CRV like the Draw Tite part # 75742 yes, the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack part # S64670 that you referenced would fit and work well for you. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because the rack has an angled shank that would raise the bike rack up by three inches providing additional ground clearance. Because of that, this is the rack I'd recommend for you. The rack includes...
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  • Wiring and Is a Hitch Support Strap Required for the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Honda CRV
  • Draw-Tite Does not require the use of a stabilization strap with non-trailer loads such as a bike rack or cargo carrier on their hitches like part # 75742. It might be a good idea to use one though if you are loading a bike rack or cargo carrier close to the tongue weight capacity of the hitch, vehicle or bike rack/cargo carrier, whichever is rated lowest Curt requires the use of a stabilization strap, # 18050, for any non-trailer loads such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. The strap...
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  • Best Trailer Hitch for Use with Bike Rack on a 2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZ
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  • Comparing Draw-Tite 41944 and Curt C15321 Trailer Hitches for 2006 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Short Bed
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  • Choosing Correct Hitch Tongue Weight Capacity for Using a 4-Bike Platform Bike Rack on Honda CR-V
  • The Curt Class III trailer hitch # C13119 does have a 350-lb tongue weight (TW) rating as you noted, and that capacity must be enough for the weight of the bike rack itself plus that of your loaded bikes. A substantial 4-bike rack like the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE # HR1400 weighs about 80-lbs all by itself. Add the bikes and you are indeed talking about a hefty load on the hitch. In your case I absolutely agree that using a higher-rated hitch like Draw-Tite # 75742 is the way to go....
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