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

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

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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 76128 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.


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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch - 76128

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
  • Integrated mounting point lets you attach a bracket for a 4-way or 7-way plug (sold separately)
  • 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
    • Not rated for use with weight distribution systems
  • 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.



76128 Draw-Tite Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Max-Frame



76128 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 76128 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2017 - 2019 Honda CR-V



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

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Honda CRV we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number is 76128. Here's what our Draw-Tite hitch is gonna look like once we have it installed on our CRV. It is gonna sit right below our bumper and that cross tube is gonna be visibile, but it's kind of angled so it's not gonna be very intrusive and sticking out.Since it's a class three it's gonna have the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening which is gonna make it practically unlimited when it comes to accessories. That's gonna mean we're gonna be able to use anything from a standard ball mount, a cargo carrier, all the way up to a four bike rack. The way we're gonna mount all of our accessories is gonna be through this hole towards the front of the vehicle and it's gonna accept a standard five-eighths pin and clip, they're not included in our kit but you can pick one up on our website using part number PC3.The secondary hole towards the back of our receiver tube here is gonna be exclusively for the J-pin stabilization device. What that's gonna do is you're gonna have your standard hitch pin that's gonna go in and then this hook here is actually gonna apply pressure to your accessory on the inside of the receiver tube so it keeps everything nice and snug.

Now it's also a locking device so we can make sure all of our accessories are nice and secure. I just do want to mention that our J-pin stabilization device is sold separately.Our safety chain connection points are gonna be a loop style, kind of a rolled steel stock, welded to the bottom of the receiver tube and as you can see we're not gonna have trouble getting most sized hooks on or off and the slight offset from the hitch pin hole is gonna make it really nice so we're not gonna have to worry about it interfering with our safety chain connections. Another nice thing that Draw-Tite has done is they've welded this bracket right here just to the drivers side of the receiver tube and that's gonna be to mount any kind of electrical accessory if you choose to run your wiring to the outside of the vehicle.Our hitch is gonna have a 675 pound tongue weight which is gonna be the maximum force pushing down. It's also gonna feature a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating and that's the amount that the hitch can pull including the trailer and everything loaded on it. Now I just want to mention you should always double check your CRV's owners manual and you never want to exceed the manufacturers recommended weight.

One thing I do want to mention, if your CRV is equipped with a hands free lift aid 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.I'd like to give you a few measurements and that's gonna help when deciding for accessories for your new hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or even a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is gonna be right around four inches, that measurement's gonna come in handy because if you're getting any kind of folding accessory like a cargo carrier or a bike rack you want to make sure you have adequate clearance so it's not gonna come in contact with the bumper. From the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening is gonna be right around 13 and one-quarter inches. Now at that measurement I would recommend a raised shank on either a bike rack or a cargo carrier giving you that added clearance.

You'll also want to keep that measurement in mind if you're getting a ball mount for your trailer so you can get the appropriate rise or drop to match up.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 our installation we're gonna need to lower our exhaust down. I'm gonna take a strap and I'm gonna come back to where our exhaust Y's together and I'm gonna make sure to support it before we pull it down. Now in order to get the exhaust lowered down the very end of our muffler right above the tailpipe we're gonna have a rubber isolator on a metal hanger here and we're just gonna need to slide that rubber isolator off the metal posts. We're gonna have that on each side if we have the dual exhaust.To make it a little bit easier to get that rubber isolator off I'm just gonna spray some spray lubricant on there and I'm just gonna take a pry bar and I'm just gonna pry on that rubber until it slides off and we'll do that on the other side as well.

With both sides of our exhaust lowered there's not a whole lot of room that it gives us but we do have that flexibility to pull it down. Now if it's not enough room for you you can move further back and it's gonna be right by the rear axle we're gonna have another hanger that we can remove the rubber isolator, just remember you want to make sure that it is supported because that is gonna be a rather large section of the exhaust hanging down.Now above our muffler on our frame rail we're gonna have several holes that are gonna be in the frame. The two main holes where our hardware's gonna be coming through is gonna be the two smaller holes between the two large circular ones. To start to get our hardware in place we're gonna take our coiled pull wire and with the coiled in going in first we're gonna start at that forward small hole and we're gonna 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 and guide it down, you 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.You're gonna take a square spacer block and we're gonna 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 gonna put one piece in at a time, push the block into the frame and then we'll push our carriage bolt in and then we'll pull our wire until our hardware drops through. Now we're gonna do the same thing except we're gonna 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 gonna repeat that same process on the other side as well.Now with an extra set of hands we're gonna lift our hitch up, we're gonna take our pull wires and we're gonna go through the corresponding holes in our hitch. You may need to pull down the exhaust to give yourself a little bit of extra room and then you're gonna lift that until the bolts go through the hitch and you're gonna remove your pull wire. We're gonna take a conical tooth washer and we want to make sure those teeth are facing up towards the hitch and then we're gonna take a nut and secure everything down. Once we have one on each side we can make sure that the hitch is supported, we'll get them in there hand tight, and then we can get the rest of our hardware in place.Since there's limited space to get our hardware tightened up we are gonna go ahead and lower that forward exhaust hanger. Again just take some spray lubricant, find the space to pry on it, and pop it off the hanger. Again make sure you have that support strap so your exhaust isn't gonna fall down too far and cause any problems.Now before we tighten up any of our hardware we're gonna get one more piece in place, we're gonna have a longer, larger half inch carriage bolt and on the drivers side we should have this tab with the square hole that's really close to our tow hook right in the center. We gotta lift up on our hitch, coming from the drivers side we can put our carriage bolt in place and make sure that square engages on the bracket. On the passengers side where the bolt came through we're gonna take our spacer block that has the round hole in it, we're gonna slide it over the bolts, we're gonna follow that up with a lock washer and then finally secure it down with a hex nut.Now with all of our hardware in place we can go back and snug up all the bolts. Now for the hardware going through the side of our frame you'll be using an 11-16th socket and come back with a torque wrench and I'm gonna torque all my hardware down and we'll find that specification in our instructions. We'll repeat that for all of our remaining hardware.For our half inch hardware going through our tow hook I'm gonna be using a three-quarter inch socket. Now it will help if you use a short socket because of the angle of the cross tube. The main thing here is since the tow hook does kind of have an odd shape you just want to make sure that spacer block is gonna sit flat and that it doesn't poke through the hole and start to go crooked.With our hitch in place we can go ahead and lift our exhaust back up and slide the rubber isolators back on the hangers. We can finally take down the strap that was supporting our exhaust. That'll finish up your look at the Draw-Tite class three custom fit trailer hitch receiver, part number 76128 on our 2018 Honda CRV.


Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 76128

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (373 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.

- 76128
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2018 Honda CR-V

I don’t write too many reviews unless product and service is exceptional or poor. My dealing with etrailer was exceptional. From help on the phone to make sure I received correct wiring harness to shipping to ease of instillation. Ian assured me of the correct harness, shipping was quicker than quoted. After watching instillation video on etrailer I was ready to go. I’m installing on 2018 Honda CRV and was never sure that nothing had changed from 2017 CRV. I was hoping maybe Honda would move wiring connection to a easier more logical location. The hitch took 50 minutes to install. Went exactly as etrailer video showed. The only problem I had was lining up hitch plate with tow loop. I suggest loosening up mounting bolt as far as possible and jacking directly under back end of receiver opening. I could not do this by hand but only took 3 pumps on my floor jack and everything lined up. I installed by myself and used a jack stand to balance one side of hitch while I bolted the other side. All hardware tightened and torqued nicely. I did loosen the mid muffler hanger for a bit more room. The Honda wiring harness was exactly where etrailer video showed it to be. Wiring was a struggle due to panels braced in place and I was unable to remove. I had very little room to work and needed wife to pull on panel while I put wiring in place. Watch the instillation videos on etrailer, it is perfect, explains everything you need to know and how to do it. Hitch install was 50 minutes by myself. Wiring install was 90 minutes and I needed extra hands. Price was great and I will go to etrailer for my future needs. 503448


Comments

It has now been a year and hitch and wiring are still working perfectly. Thanks etrailer.

Patrick - 05/02/2019

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2017 Honda CR-V

Installation was pretty simple. Far, far simpler than the Honda factory hitch, which requires removing the bumper cover and drilling into the frame rails with a hole saw. On the other hand, the Honda hitch is more well-hidden than this one, if that is important to you. Took me about 45 minutes to install, and wasn't too hard. I did it alone. The hitch itself arrived with several small areas of the powder coat scratched away to the bare metal, apparently by movement within the shipping box. Also, the area where the tubular frame is welded to the receiver was covered with weld spatter, leaving dozens of tiny sharp metal protrusions all over the tubes under the powder coat. Kind of crappy quality control, but whatever, once installed I guess I don't care. 366731



- 76128
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2018 Toyota Sienna

I have used this product in the past. I put the first one on my 03 Sienna van. Easy to attach so I purchased and attached one to my 05 CRV. Worked great, so my 14 CRV was next and now my 18 CRV. I'm amazed at the easy attachment of the wire harness I bought with each hitch. If there isn't a factory hitch already on my car, I will be purchasing another hitch for any vehicle I buy. 562314



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2017 Honda CR-V

Box arrived undamaged, prompt shipping, item was well packaged to prevent damage. After watching the video, it took 2 of us about 45 minutes to install. We accidentally tightened the 4 bolts snug and couldn't get the tow hook bolt to fit without loosening them first. Besides that, the whole thing went smoothly and again, the instructional video was great. I used a Thule 4 bike carrier but could only fit 3 bikes (not etrailers fault). Drove 150 miles each way and had no issues, even after hitting some bumps it held up great. Thank you for making a great product, I will be sure to use your company again in the near future. 428869



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The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that after mounting the hitch to the frame, I found out that the hole for the 1/2 inch bolt that goes through the factory tow hook had a metal burr large enough to prevent the bolt from going through the hole. It would have been a lot easier to file it down prior to installing the hitch. This added about 20 minutes to the installation (luckily I did have a small enough file to be able to work on it underneath the vehicle) Did the whole project with the vehicle jacked up and laying on my back on the garage floor. The time consuming issue was working with the rubber mounts for the exhaust system (both taking them off and putting them back on, without damaging anything in the process) I am sure that it would have been much easier if I had access to a lift but I expected issues ahead of time since I did not have a lot of headroom to work with. Total job with setup, installation of the hitch and also the wiring took about 3 hours. Much of that was going back and forth finding ways to remove/reinstall the exhaust mounts 470808


Comments

After one year of use, I am still very satisfied with the hitch. I mainly use it for a platform type bike rack but have also pulled my 4x8 trailer a few times without any issues. A great product!

Willy V - 01/28/2019

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Great fit and finish. I was able to get this installed by myself in less than an hour from my garage floor. I recommend unhooking the exhaust from the hangers all the way from the center hanger back to give plenty of room to work around. While I did this on my own, an extra set of hands to align and hold in place while snugging up a couple bolts will help you avoid some cursing. :) 572355



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

The fit is perfect, I had a little trouble getting the bolt thru the tow hook but I loosened all the bolts off then installed the tow hook bolt then tighten everything and it all fit great. etrailer is the best, excellent service and quick shipping. 440498


Comments

It been a year that Ive had this hitch, it has been great, installation took about an hour by myself except I had help holding the hitch up while installing bolts. I would recommend this hitch and Etrailer to everyone.

Paul S - 10/07/2018

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- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

Hitch seems good, and easy to install. Great directions. However, in less than a year, rust spots started showing. Works well on my 2017 CR-V. Use it for a bike carrier. 563367


Comments

Rust will sometimes form from moisture in the air and salt on the roads. If the hitch is exposed to a lot of salt on the roads or salt water, it is a good idea to spray it off with freshwater periodically. If rust has started to form, use a fine sandpaper and sand it off as much as possible then cover that spot with a rustoleum type of paint. It is also a good idea to check over the hitch for any scratches and paint over these areas to prevent future rust issues. I have attached a help article on preventing rust.

-- Heather A - 09/11/2018

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Packaging is a bit sparse, the box was significantly damaged and the hitch was hanging out of the box. This item fit perfect above the exhaust. The tab that bolts to the tow ring on the vehicle lined up perfectly, but the rectangular washer that goes over the tow ring is not hardened and bends when you torque to 75lbs*ft. you will need a crows foot for this which is not listed in the required tools. I will be replacing this item with an appropriate hardened washer. I do question the 20 minute installation, it took me about an hour. I do not have a lift which would of made it much easier, however an extra set of hands would of been nice. Getting the threading wires off of the bolts, trying to hold the hitch in position and starting the nut with the washer was very difficult by myself. 528672



- 76128
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2018 Honda CR-V

Quality Draw Tite hitch. Shipped fast and was a great price. I did the install myself using a set of ramps to lift the rear of the car. From start to finish it took 45min. The exhaust hangers came off easily with a small crowbar. 567962



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

The hitch arrived in just a few days. Boxing was undamaged and the hitch was in perfect condition. Installation on my 2017 CRV AWD Touring was just as the video showed. I backed the CRV up on ramps which made it easy to work underneath. Getting the muffler hangars loose was a bit of a challenge but some lubricant helped and a really big, long screwdriver worked as a prybar. I did strap the exhaust system up and I did have to undo the additional exhaust pipe mount just ahead of the back tires to get enough clearance to work above the exhaust system. Having two people would have made things faster at this point but I found a heavy cardboard box just the right height to put the hitch on, then I wedged it up higher with 2x4 blocks as I slid the box forward until I had the hitch over the exhaust system and up against the frame. With the bolt pull wires through the hitch holes, they guided the bolts right into the holes with almost no attention on my part. It did take some time to get the mount on the proper side of the center tow hook, but there was enough play in the bolt holes to get a good alignment. Do be careful removing the bolt pull wires and starting nuts and washers. I almost lost one bolt in the frame. I found that if I jammed a flat blade screwdriver against the bolt right up at the point where it comes out of the hitch, I could then pull the guide wire off and start the washer and nut with the other hand while the screwdriver held the bolt firmly in place. Getting my torque wrench in was a bit tricky, but I found that a 2 inch extension worked just right to get it on the nuts from the bumper side. This hitch used a flat bar instead of a large, heavy washer against the nut on the center tow hook. It took some time to get the nut tightened without having part of the bar slip through the open part of the hook. Some re-engineering could probably improve that one part of the install. Finally, I found that a large adjustable pipe pliers worked very well to squeeze the exhaust mounts back onto their rods. With it adjusted for a wide opening, I could just get it around the mount and the rod. Then it was just a matter of making sure the holes were lined up and squeezing the pliers handles. Total time with a few breaks was about two hours. The Hands Free Tailgate "Kick" sensor still works but there is one specific sweet spot about three inches to the right of the receiver and the "kick" needs to be right up to the support bar of the hitch. Once I found it, it works every time. Oh ... the sensor also works as you are moving around underneath if you have your keys in your pocket. The tailgate opened and closed at least a dozen times as I was working, so make sure you have enough clearance if you are working in the garage and also keep tools clear of the tailgate closing. 569466



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

My brother and I installed this ourselves. We did have access to a lift. I think this might be very difficult laying on your back in a driveway. You really do need two people when you get to the point of holding it up and getting it into place. Otherwise, getting the muffler hangers loose was the most difficult part of the process. WD40 to the rescue. The whole process took us about an hour. 365127


Comments

A year later Im still a happy camper. So far weve only used it for our bicycle rack but I think Im going to purchase a cargo carrier as well.

Self I - 04/17/2018

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Thanks for the follow up. I have included a link to our current offerings for cargo carriers that are compatible with 2 inch hitches.

-- Rachael H - 4/18/2018


- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

The hitch does not fit well: after hand-tight installation to car frame the bracket at the back of the hitch receiver did not fit the towhook. I had to replace supplied bolt with smaller diameter one. 438473


Comments

Looks good after a year of light use. No problem whatsoever

Ben T - 10/02/2018

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Very pleased. No modifications to the vehicle, easy to mount. 12.5" from the ground to the top of the receiver. Took about 2 hours to install. 574547



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

Trailer hitch is well built, but automatic tailgate sensor is blocked and no longer works after installation. If you want to open tailgate with your foot, do not get this one. 566687


Comments

Honda is aware of the fact that the power liftgate sensor becomes blocked once a trailer hitch is installed. Honda offers a Power Liftgate Sensor Relocation Bracket as part # 08U59-TLA-100A. Your Honda dealer should be able to provide this part for you.

-- Mike L - 09/19/2018

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Installed in one hour with jack stands to hold hitch in place while installed bolts completed by myself 562103



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2017 Honda CR-V

Haven't installed yet but if it goes as fast as the delivery, with free shipping, I know it will be FANTASTIC! 565259



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This hitch was ordered on a Tuesday and on my porch on Thursday. Hitch was packed simply, but had zero damage. This is the second hitch I’ve purchased through etrailer - will absolutely buy from these guys again. Installation was straightforward and relatively easy. 574313



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

Shipping was fast, instructions/video were good, but the quality control on the hitch was awful. The receiver portion of the hitch isn't welded on straight - it is off by about 15 degrees. I didn't think to check this before installing the hitch, so now I'm stuck with it because I'm certainly not going to take it off, box it up, and send it back. The rest of the hitch is level, it is just the 2"x2" receiver portion that is waaay out of alignment. Buyer beware. Would use etrailer again, but definitely not drawtite. 454570


Comments

etrailer sent me a new hitch due to my issues, and that went on straight, so happy camper after a year now

Scott - 11/24/2018

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2018 Honda CR-V

My review is both positive and negative unfortunately. Positive: As for the receiver, it fit beautifully and installed as advertised. Furthermore, the wiring harness installation was much easier than I expected. The written instructions provided are helpful but not very clear and ultimately watched the install videos which made the installation straight forward. Negative: The receiver packaging badly damaged upon delivery resulting in the part obviously being dragged around a bit as it was scratched and gouged in several locations. A little filing/sanding and paint and it was good to go. I would have given 5 stars but the part was damaged and customer service gave me the run around instead of addressing the damage complaint. If you don’t mind poor customer service and possibility of receiver being damaged due to poor packing process (No packing material in box at all). This is a nice receiver and looks very nice installed. 539655



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

# 76128 hitch is great and fairly easy to install, especially with 2 people & without a lift. My buddy & I installed it in ~ 1.5 hrs. from start to finish, including unpacking and preparation. Just spent more time admiring it after. The 2017 CRV Touring I have is different than my older CRV's since it was redesigned in 2017, being a wider car and the old models had threaded bolt holes in the frame that made it easier to fasten to it. The fish wires supplied worked well but would have been better to mount with a threaded bolt to frame design. I would have preferred to have the carriage bolt backing plates to be threaded so that this could happen. Otherwise this hitch is awesome and the toe kick on my Touring model CRV still works without using the expensive Honda optional sensor bracket they have. 381492


Comments

Awesome !

Gene D - 05/17/2018

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2018 Honda CR-V

I spent quite a bit of time shopping around before purchasing on etrailer and am extremely glad I did. It was much easier than I expected. The places I found locally were either very expensive or the reviews were not great. Here are the reasons for my 5-star review: 2018 Honda CR-V 1. The shipping was quick and the item arrived as described. 2. All the parts needed were included, including the pull wires. 3. The online video did a great job of showing the process. 4. With two people, it was easy and took around 45 minutes to install. The fit was perfect. The rubber muffler hangers were the trickiest part. They came off easily but we had to use lubricant to get them back on. 5. The customer service was great but honestly was not needed. I got an email as soon as the order shipped with contact information should I have had any questions. 542121



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

Definitely wasn’t an easy install on my Honda 2017 CRV Touring. Took me 3-4 hours or so. I bought a exhaust hanger removal tool online that was helpful. One of the nuts was missing and had to go to Home Depot to buy their last one in that size. Would have been 5 stars if all nuts were included. I should have counted all the hardware before starting. The hands free liftgate still works but you have to find the sweet spot. The stickers all came off easily to give it a nice clean look. 549623



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Honda

Ordered this hitch for a 2017 Honda CR-V on a Thursday afternoon and it was sitting on my doorstep before noon the next day, using the free shipping. Granted it was only 120 miles away, but couldn't send/deliver snail mail faster. Product was exactly as advertised. I also bought the etrailer rubber hitch cover. Installation would be easier with the proper equipment (muffler hanger remover) and car ramps or a lift, but was able to use long screwdrivers, a wonder bar, and brute force for removal along with a pair of 2x10's on each side to raise the vehicle 3 inches. I was able to complete the install without revoving the muffler hanger farther forward (in front of rear tires), but it does add some difficulty (tight quarters, large hands, used 3/8 inch rachet drive with short sockets). If you have the chrome tailpipe extenders, remove them (10 mm socket) so you can reach the muffler hangers. 361954



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Here's a tip that might save some freaking out from happening. When I raised the vehicle I only did the right rear side just high enough to get my lowest jack stand under and be able to roll far enough under to reach the exhaust hanger in front of the rear axle. when I got the hitch loosely secured on the main four bolts I next went to install the hitch to tow point bolt and it was not lining up. took me a minute but I finally realized the vehicle being off level cause I only raised one side was enough to not allow it to fit correctly once I leveled the vehicle up it lined up perfectly. Another Install note: since I installed this bymyself I let the exhaust loose from the rear hangers and left the one in front of the axle secured which allowed me to rest the hitch on the right and left mufflers. when I was ready to secure the bolts I only had to push the hitch up a few inches on the side I was working on and the other side stayed put on top of the muffler. Once it was loosely secured I then let the front one loose and that allowed the muffler to drop for me room to have room to work the torque wrench. Great Product very nice to install everything fit well and shipped on time. this is my second hitch from E-Trailer. 415574


Comments

The Hitch is awesome and works well

Greg M - 08/08/2018

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2017 Honda CR-V

I was only able to locate your company that had an exclusively made hitch for the new 2017 Honda CRV. No one else had one available and stated they wouldn't for about 2-4 months! I am an avid biker and did not want to wait! So glad I came across your site. I am pleased with the overall look. I would like to thank you for your promptness in mailing the item out so quickly and your professionalism in providing me with a contact number had I run into any problems. So pleased..... I am now set to travel with my bike! The hitch looks wonderful! 409903



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Since the towing capacity of the CRV is pretty low, i plan to use this for a light utility trailer to haul lumber, yard waste, and small home-msde boats. Possibly a bike carrier in the future. I went with the higher class rating to get the 2" receiver as most of the accessories I've been looking at seem to use this size. I selected this over the Curt to avoid the need for sopport straps. Installation was relatvely simple as per the included instructions, with on small hiccup. On my 2017 CRV the backing plates for the carriage bolts didnt fit through the front clearance hole on either side. This was not a big problem since the included fish wires were long enough to reach the front bolt holes from the larger rear clearance hole. I was able to complete the install in under an hour without a lift and only dropped the rear muffler hanger. While that did make it challenging to get the torque wrench on the nuts on that side (the ones above the muffler), an extension and a universal joint (as is shown in the install video) really helped. I bought the universal joint to have on hand for this install, expecting to return it if I didn't use it. I'm really glad i had it on hand, and glad i watched the installation video to get the idea. 522383



- 76128
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2018 Honda CR-V

This was a perfect fit. Also, the installation video on the site was valuable. We are very pleased with the purchase. 574481



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

I needed a 2" receiver for my bicycle rack. This was just the ticket. The vehicle isn't stout enough to pull my camper, so it won't be used there. The video was great but it should be noted the vehicle in the video was a CR-V AWD. The exhaust is a bit different on the FWD but not drastically. A couple of things I learned: 1) Use a lift if at all possible. If you must do without, be prepared to lie on your back on a creeper for a while. 2) Be sure the tab that attaches to the tow loop is positioned to its left (looking from rear to front) before putting the 4 nuts on the bolts attached to the fish wires. If it's on the wrong side you'll have to loosen everything back up to shift it over. The receiver assembly is quite sturdy and well finished. It's appearance compliments the CR-V and in no way is a distraction. Also it doesn't protrude past the bumper to become a "knee knocker. That's nice! Well constructed product that I would recommend! 432402



- 76128
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Honda

Draw Tite hitch fit perfectly to our 2018 Honda CRV. But forget that 20 minute installation jazz...We had jackstands and a floor jack, but man loosening and re-installing the 3 exhaust points was entertaining. We did not have the special exhaust tool. We used a crowbar and channel locks. The hitch itself looks nice but would be improved if they removed the weld splatter before coating. Suggest using WD-40 to help remove exhaust grommets. I also used the etrailer shipping box to hold up the hitch and slide it under the car thanks to a suggestion from another installer. I then loosely attached the center bolt to hold up the hitch while I worked on attaching the side mountings. Beware of sharp points underneath the car, it's easy to get a cut. Enjoy a hot shower and cold beer when you are done! 526327



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

Product was delivered promptly and was well packaged. Installation was fairly simple according to the online instructions. Use a crowbar to pop the exhaust system holders off and let it drop as much as it will. Use a strap to support the pipe near the rear axle to keep it from hanging loose. I used a piece of stiff wire to hold the center of the hitch in place while I worked on installing the nits and bolts in each end of it. Space is limited so getting a torque wrench on the end nuts is quite difficult but can be done. You may find you a 3" to 6" riser on your hitch ball mount to keep your trailer level as the receiver sits pretty low. The wiring adapter wasn't difficult to install after I was able to determine how to remove the interior panels. Remove the top and bottom lift gate threshold covers and the plastic cover behind the rear seat s and the cargo hooks. Also remove the rear door threshold on the drivers side. This will make getting the lower rear side panel out to get access to the upper rear side panel. You don't have to completely remove the upper side panel to complete the install. So you can stay away from the airbag pin at the front top of the upper side panel. Everything worked after the install. I am highly satisfied. Check etrailer web site and YouTube videos for additional install hints and how to's for your install. I use the hitch to mount a bike rack, a cargo carrier, and to pull a kayak trailer depending on what my needs are at the time. 365206



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When the hitch was delivered it had broken through the box. Kinda a disappointing start, but everything seemed to be ok and all the parts were still there, so I proceeded. I read other reviews that had the same experience. The hitch was simple to install and the video was a tremendous help. It looks great on the vehicle and I look forward to trying it out real soon. Overall, very satisfied. 423886



- 76128
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2018 Honda CR-V

I ordered the products by telephone. The person at etrailer was very easy to deal with and the ordering process went quite smoothly. Hitch and wiring harness arrived quickly as promised. Videos were invaluable in showing how to install. The wiring harness is somewhat difficult to hook into the existing wiring due to the close quarters behind the panels, so be patient with this hook up process. Otherwise, the hitch installation went smoothly and was installed just like the video explained. The hitch looks very good on my wife's CRV. She is happy and I am happy with how it looks. Thanks. I will use etrailer in the future when our family needs a new hitch or accessories. 514442



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2017 Ford Transit Connect

I am very pleased with the overall product, it fits great, looks good, and the installation went very well. The instructions and videos were very helpful and I would highly recommend reviewing them prior to installing the receiver. I encountered only 2 minor problems: - Problem 1: The packing box was damaged in transit on one end resulting in some minor damage to the paint. No parts were missing and there was no damage to the receiver. A couple minutes with some spray paint and all was well. - Problem 2: There are 4 access holes to mount the receiver to the frame, each requires a bolt and a small (3/16x1x2) spacer. On my 2017 CRV the 2 access holes in the front are larger than the 2 access holes in the rear of the car. The spacer will not fit through the rear access holes without trimming some of the material off the sides of the spacer. Only a very small amount of material needs to be removed. I had a bench grinder available to do the trimming, but the amount trimmed is so small you could probably use a flat file to get the same results. 3. I spent a little more time on installation with touch-up painting and trimming the spacers, and that is the only reason that I didn't go with the 5 star rating for the this review. My only other comment is that I believe that an experienced professional with a lift and the right tools can do this install in 20 minutes, but for the DIY installer I'd plan a minimum of an hour. (In my case, I spent about 2 hours, mostly being very careful the new car.) 4. I attached my bike rack to the receiver and took a road trip, and the receiver not only met expectations but actually improved on the space and access available when installed on the previous vehicle. All in all, a excellent experience. 447184



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2017 Honda CR-V

I have the 2017 Honda CR-V Touring. Ordered the hitch and it arrived in a few days in good shape, ready to installed. Took my helper and I, 1 hr and 45 min to install, not counting the time to get my tools together and the car up the ramp. WD-40 spray was a big help getting the muffler hangers loose, but it was not has difficult as I expected. Instructions and video were spot on, very clear and helpful. BUT Touring owners beware, you will loose the hands-free access power tailgate feature. The hitch does block the motion sensors. I had asked Angela at etrailer and her reply was "... the hitch should not interfere with the power tailgate sensor." I guess "should" is the key word. So, beware, it does block the sensors and your foot will no longer open the tailgate. After some time Googling, I found the [link] Honda Installation Instructions. In order to restore the hands free feature, I will need to remove the bumper shell, and move the sensor unit 7 inches to the right, as that is where it's installed if the Honda trailer hitch accessory is installed. So, that's now on my to do list, as it's pretty handy to have, and I miss it already. So other than the hands free sensor issue, great price, great service, great product. I added the hitch so I can attach my bike rack. 365744



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Product was relatively inexpensive; but as others have noted the rear mount, which attaches to the cars tow hook, was misaligned and it took huge effort to get the bolt aligned and oriented correctly. Because others had issues where this part of the hitch did not align and had to return the hitch for another unit, I actually called and was told by Crystal that the manufacture had fixed the problem and that I would not encounter this issue. For now, I would be reluctant to recommend this product for the CR-V as some units definitely have misaligned rear bolt housings; personally, I would go with another brand and make sure you don't get to the final step of installation and realize that the rear bolt doesn't align and then have to go through a return and then reinstall process. 459536



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

Very good experience shopping and purchasing through etrailer. My hitch was shipped ground with an expected 5-7 day delivery time. I got it less than two days after ordering. The website said it would take about 30 minutes to install but, expect it to take longer if you have not done something like this before. The hitch went on with minimal effort and turned out great. I had to align and tighten the center bolt first in order to get the hitch centered on the vehicle. Besides getting the alignment right, the hardest part was getting the rubber exhaust brackets back on. All things considered, it was a pretty basic project and I would suggest this product to anyone. The video really helps. Thanks etrailer! Great product, great service! 425182



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2017 Honda CR-V

The video instructions were a huge confidence booster and proved to show everything that was needed to do the install. The fish wires were an incredible addition to the whole process. Kudos on making those available. The install was done on a vehicle that was only 4 months old, so things were still quite clean and rust free, which made things go much easier with undoing the exhaust hangers. The only snag we hit, causing the loss of one star in the rating, was that the hole for the bolt that goes through the tow hook was closer to the ground than the inside bottom of the tow hook. we had to wrestle with it to even get the carriage bolt through the tow hook, and even then, the threaded end of the bolt was canted upward quite significantly. As a result, the plate that went on this carriage bolt was canted and the top end wouldn't stay up on the tow hook, instead dropping inside so only the bottom of the plate was capturing the tow hook. So that's how we had to leave it. Since I only intend to use it with a bike rack, I don't see it being a serious issue for me. Delivery was prompt, the item was well packaged, instructions were great, it took two of us about 90 minutes to complete the install. Thanks for making all the rest go so smoothly. 413257



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2017 Honda CR-V

I had never used this site so I was worried about the fit seeing as this year Honda CR-V 2017 was a complete redesign. I will now be coming back to this site for future hitches. I needed it by the weekend so I choose 2 day shipping. A day and a half later it was at my door. Thanks for the fast shipping! 340172


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Still works Great

Russell S - 02/09/2018

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- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

This is my third hitch from eTrailer over the past 10 years. Just purchased a 2017 Honda CRV - Touring model. The hitch itself is well made and very study. Installation instructions & video are good. Installation can be a little challenging because you need to lower the exhaust system. Be sure to lower both sides in the back AND the center by the rear tire. I waited on the center and tried working in very cramped conditions - you need the center lowered as well. The tailgate auto lift feature which triggers by kicking your foot under the bumper does still work but is much more selective. You'll need to find the right place to kick to trigger it and practice a bit - but otherwise fine. I found getting my foot close to the underside of the bumper just to the right of the hitch receiver to work best. Overall I have found eTrailer to have great products and very good and responsive customer support. Will buy again in x years when I get my next new car. 362129



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2017 Honda CR-V

The fit is not anywhere near perfect. With the subframe nuts and washers loosely attached to the subframe, I had to jack up on the receiver to get the receiver high enough so that the center bolt would go through the towing loop. Then, after tightening everything down, the receiver appears to angle to the left when compared to the bumper. It will probably get the job done, but its not pretty and the 20 minute install time is ridiculous--2 hours is more like it, and that was with help. Point of reference: I have installed 4 similar type hitches like this before so I am not a newby. 464054



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Excellent material used..so easy to install..everything needed for the install are included even the fishing line which is great..i didn't expect that it is included in the kit..but it is.i love it!I plan to used it carrying my motorcycle and bicycles.the only hard times I had was unhooking the 3 rubber hangers that holds the mufflers. Overall I must finished installing it in less than half an hour..the installation video helped a lot too.. 400807



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

I went to the dealership for a trailer hitch, and they said it would cost me $350 for just a 1.25" trailer hitch Class 2, and another $200 to $300 to install it plus the price of the wire harness. I bought this class 3 hitch for less than half the cost, with a harness, and installed myself in 2hrs. The quality of this hitch is equal or better than factory one, plus I can use my 2" accessories. You'll have to partiality lower your exhaust system, which is very easy. You just pop off some of the rubber hangers. The hitch uses factory holes to mount and provides fishing wires to make for an easy 1 hr. install. I highly recommend this product and etrailer shipped to my door in 4 days. 394846


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After one year, there are no complaints on my end. The products work as advertised, and Ive had no issues with either of them.

Sealander - 06/19/2018

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- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

We had a hard time finding the correct hitch for our 2017 Honda CR-V locally and online. In fact, a competitor tried to install the wrong hitch twice on my vehicle. eTrailer was out-of-stock on my hitch and they said there was a waiting list for the product. Imagine my surprise when I got an email two days later that my product was shipped! It arrived promptly and I finally had the right hitch installed! Thanks, eTrailer! I will definitely recommend you to my friends. 373504



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Price was fair, hitch arrived quickly and without any damage, and the installation instructions and video were clear and precise. Great job on all points eTrailer and Draw-Tite! But (the only thing keeping this from being a five star review)....I had a heck of a time getting the 1/2" carriage bolt through the 2017 CRV factory tow hook. Even with the hitch hanging loosely by it's other four bolts so I could move it around a bit, and pushing the tow bar up at the bottom, the carriage bolt hole just didn't clear the tow hook loop enough for the bolt to slide through the tow hook. I really had to make the other four bolts loose to get that tow hook bolt hole to line up, and once I was able to get the bolt through the hole and the tow loop then everything went fine after that. But it was not as quick/easy as the video shows, and that made me think something was wrong. I attribute this issue to either 1) The position of that tow hook on my CRV is somehow a little higher than expected for this installation, or 2) The hitch bolt hole was manufactured a little off. For whatever reason, it took some fiddling to get that part of the installation done. Do yourself a favor and buy an exhaust hanger removal tool to help with that part of this job. It's $25 well spent. And you definitely need to remove the two rear AND the center exhaust hanger otherwise the exhaust will not drop low enough to get a torque wrench in there to work. With everything torqued down properly, the tube design of this hitch looks great on the 2017 CRV and I'm looking forward to throwing my 4-bike Thule rack into it and hitting the road with the family. Happy installations everyone! 374461



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Honda

I ordered a Draw-tite class 3 hitch, electrical wiring for a trailer and a Thule Apex 4 bike rack. Everything was delivered within 4 days of ordering. The installation was easy- I did it by myself whiel on crutches- I only needed my wife to drive the Honda onto some ramps, which I recommend as the space is tight underneath even the high riding CRV (it's likely doable without ramps but...). I even was able to support the hitch on some old milk crates and 2x4s to get it into place unassisted- a one man job with planning. The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack -Tilting - TH9025 was an easy fit into the 2" hitch. My only complaint was that the Draw-tite hitch came with a couple of dings in it just above the 2" receiver opening. I used high gloss black enamel rustoleum paint to go over the dings. etrailer told me that this happens and that's what they get delivered. Seems like lousy quality control on Draw-Tite's part, but for the price, you really can't complain. It looks great on the SUV!! 460964



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2017 Honda CR-V

Product well packaged, delivered on time and their follow up communications are great. All the other reviews that detail this installation are accurate, particularly concerning the rubber muffler supports. They can be tough and of course it was 90+ degrees when we installed this hitch! Some sharp edges under there too on the vehicle. Use WD-40 or some other lubricant on those rubber donuts to ease removal and reinstallation of the rear muffler hangers. Use a pry bar. Fish the fasteners after lowering exhaust. And WATCH the fish wires, Wear EYE Protection!!! Cannot stress that enough. Another reviewer suggested first supporting the mufflers by whatever means (make sure they have cooled off!), then use the tops of them to support the front of the hitch and proceed to attach it to the rear tow hook. That works very well if you are doing this solo. Afterwards proceed to attach the hardware to the large front flanges. Be careful not to knock the bolts back through the holes while positioning the front. I used anti-seize on the bolt threads, we get rough weather up here in the Northeast. This hitch is HEAVY so be prepared for that. 382810



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2017 Honda CR-V

First of all, shipping was quick. I ordered on a Wednesday night and it shipped out Thursday morning. It was delivered early Saturday afternoon--nice not to have to wait until Monday. The eTrailer video (and the previous reviews by Pryce and Adam) were extremely helpful. I'm not a mechanic, but the hitch was on the car and cleaned up within two hours of when the UPS guy dropped it off. (I did have all the right tools, including ramps and a torque wrench.) As others have said, the trickiest part was pulling off the muffler mounts and getting them back on. (I DON'T have the special exhaust removal tool Adam mentioned.) Most of it was a one-man job, but I did get help supporting the hitch when putting the first two nuts on. 570101



- 76128
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2017 Honda CR-V

Hitch was a perfect fit on a 2017 Honda CRV Touring. The foot activated rear hatch opener still works as claimed. The hardest part was getting those rubber doughnuts for the exhaust off & on. Also suggest getting something to hold the hitch in place against the frame of the vehicle once you get it into position. I used a one gallon pail w/ some wood blocks in the center of the hitch, a floor jack on one side and a 2x4 (that happened to be the perfect length) on the other side. Then it's just a matter of threading the washers & nuts on and torqueing them down. The wire fish for the mounting bolts is brilliant. Took me a little over an hour, but could do it faster the next time. 349420



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I've ordered a number of hitches from etrailer. This is the first one I've been unhappy with. I had wanted to order the Curt hitch for my CR-V, but it was on intergalactic back order, so I settled for the Draw Tite. Mistake on my part. The Draw Tite is welded with less precision that the Curts I'm used to. The tubing angles are ever so slightly off, to where mounting the hitch to align all bolts AND the tow hook bolt in the rear were nearly impossible. The receiver is not square to the ground or truck, just a touch off. Therefore, my bike rack is canted slightly to the right, not level and parallel to the ground. I use the same rack on multiple other cars with no issue. It's the hitch. The receiver is welded up just slightly clockwise. Not a problem if you're hauling a trailer, as the ball doesn't care. But with a bike rack, it matters. To those of you with a CR-V, I recommend you wait on the Curt hitch. I wish I had. As soon as the Curt is available, I'll order it and take this one off and take it to the dump. Lesson learned. Curt hitches have greater attention to assembly detail. 387797


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