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  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class III
  • 350 lbs TW
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Visible Cross Tube
  • Custom Fit Hitch

2005 Honda CR-V - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your Honda CR-V's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.


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


  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
    • Not rated for use with weight-distribution systems
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from CURT. Technical Support

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

13535 Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver

13535 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details 13535 Installation instructions
Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
3,500 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
350 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

No drilling required for installation , Per Curt warranty requirements, all non-trailer loads (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc) must be supported by stabilizing straps, such as 18050, sold separately

Complete Towing Package for 2005 Honda CR-V

Retail: $321.67

Package Price:$168.81

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Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2"

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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Honda CR-V - Curt

All right, today it's 2006 Honda CRV. We're going to show you a Class III 2" receiver hitch from CURT, part number 13535. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on the CRV. Now you notice it sits completely underneath the bumper of the vehicle. It has to do that because that's due to the way the vehicle is constructed. Go ahead and take a look here at the receiver. This is our two inch opening right here, it has a nice round collar around the edge of it for reinforcement. Also has a generous loop right here for your safety chains.

This hole right here is where your hitch pin goes, and that uses a 5/8th inch hitch pin or your favorite hitch pin lock. Goes to your rectangle shape steel, that goes out towards the flanges here, which reach up towards the frame. As you look over on the passenger side, the exhaust, we have plenty of room around the exhaust so it won't rattle. A couple other details is that this is rated for 350 pounds ton weight, which is the weight pulling down the vehicle. This is all ready for 3,500 pounds pull weight as well. Always double check your owner's manual or your manufacturer to make sure that your vehicle can handle these kinds of weights. Next we'll go ahead and use some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier.

From top of receiver opening down to the ground will be able fifteen and a quarter inches, and from the center of a hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the spare tire is going to be about eight and a half inches. Now the size of your spare tire may change this measurement a little bit. Next we'll go ahead and show you how to install. To install our hitch, we need to move the exhaust out of the way. We'll spray down this rubber hanger here, we'll spray lubricant, and we'll go ahead and push, pull, pry it off. There's one here and there's one on the other side as well.

Now, if you need a little more extra room, there's one more hanger in front of our rear axle here that we can spray down and loosen up. We want to support the exhaust as we do this, that way we're going to slowly lower it. Now with the exhaust down, we can see where we hitch our mount up to the frame. It's going to use this hole here and this one. That was the passenger side, we'll go ahead and take a look at the driver's side as well. Looking at your driver's side we've got the same two holes, so we'll ahead and install our hardware in these holes. This is the simple hardware that goes in the front.

We have this block and a carriage bolt. To help put it in the frame, we've got this bolt leader that comes with the kit as well. Let's go ahead and install this one first. Put our bolt leader through the hole closest to the bumper, and then out to this second hole here, which will be our access hole. Take our block, thread it on and push it into the frame. Then our bolt, which we'll thread it on, and we'll push it into the frame. Then we'll pull out the wire, and our bolt comes out our hole. Now put the hardware in this hole. We'll just put everything together on the outside first. Push in and pull back through. Our hardware's in our frame on our driver's side. We'll repeat the same thing over on the passenger's side. Next we'll go ahead and install a u-bolt that will go onto our tie-down point right here. Simply slide it on like that, and we'll go ahead and put our hitch up using this attachment first. We'll have it loosely installed, and then we'll line up the other bolts and put it into place. Let's go ahead and get an extra set of hands to hold up the hitch, and we'll install the flange nuts that will go onto our u-bolt. We'll take one end of the hitch and put it over the exhaust, and then we'll line up our u-bolt first. Also it'd be a good idea to keep the hitch tilted up until you're ready to line up the bolts. Go ahead and line it up and get it started just enough to get the threads on. That was our driver's side, we'll do the same thing on the passenger side. Sometimes you push the hitch up against the bolt to keep it from moving and making it easier to thread on. Now all our hardware loosely installed, we'll make some final adjustments to center up the hitch the way you want it, and we'll go ahead and tighten down the bolts. We're tightening down our u-bolt using a 9/16th deep well socket. Now tighten down our bolts going through the frame, we use a 11/16th socket. Now we'll torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. This point we can go ahead and put our exhaust back up. We'll just go ahead and spray down the rubber hangers to help push them into place. Now finish it for the CURT Class III 2" receiver hitch, part number 13535 on this 2006 Honda CRV. .

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - 13535

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (192 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Powder coated steel is sturdy and corrosion resistant.
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by: Terrence L03/07/2014

Thanks for the great hitch! I don’t think shipping and delivery could have been faster! Great service! And the Hitch…..great! I watched videos and read some of the tips. I figured it would take me more than the 1 hour estimated since I would not be jacking my vehicle up. I was wrong- it was very easy and more like 30-40 mins if I remove about 15 mins of the minor delays of learning little nuances. My first difficulty was in getting the driver-side exhaust hanger. Despite silicone and trying to get leverage with my thumbs and fingers, I struggled for 10 mins. Then, a small push with the straight end of a 18” wrecking bar on the hanger took care of that. Next I tried to combine a step, placing the hardware bracket and bolt on the fish-wire. 5-10 mins wasted before I conceded that I could not manipulate the wire well with the hardware. Wire to 15 seconds to fish with no hardware. I then got hung up for a few minutes unscrewing the bolt from the fish-wire, surprised at how such a simple thing was hanging me up. I realized the wire tightens on the bolt as you unscrew. I had to get my fingernail or hook the very end of the wire to help open or release the tension, then it becomes simple once again. Placing the hitch by myself was not a big deal. Since I had not jacked the vehicle up, I sat behind the vehicle with the hitch in my lap, easily placed in near position and loosely secured the u-bolt in the middle. Was nothing to then secure the side backets. I am amazed at the great fit. I think the engineering is remarkable. I imagine the bolts are just the proper length and weight needed. Yet, if they were much longer, they could become top heavy and have more of a risk of being pushed to high by accident and fall over in the frame. That seems like a valid fear that could lead to frustration of retrieving the bolt in a near blind sealed frame. Does not sound like it happens often from what I researched. I applaud the engineering. The wiring harness was another story. Got it done, it is great quality and turned out good. I just hate working on trim panels. Not knowing where hidden trim clips are always lead me to undoing needless other screws and panels thinking there must be other hangups. The cargo strap in my CRV that comes through a cutout on the trim panel at the floor board was always in the way on removal and return. If I do this again, I would just remove this little strap to avoid the difficulties it caused. If the instructions could have included some better guidance it may have helped. Specifically if it indicates some negatives that I tried: don’t remove this other cargo hook-it does nothing, don’t remove this blind panel in the front-there is nothing there. Those should be more helpful, but I understand there are likely way too many models and makes variations that it is prohibitive. It installed well. Left at the end with no instructions on hiding the wire or where it might best be routed to the exterior. For now, I’ll just close it lightly in the door while in use. Hope that works, but in future will have to drill hole in spare tire well. in summary, great product. Plugs in wall and well worth it. Took me more like 2 hours to install and a few scratches in the trim. Thanks, I’ll highly recommend your site / products to friends. 119775

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by: Tom G06/14/2009

Good quality, OK installation If you are reasonably handy mechanically, you can install this hitch yourself. I have a 2005 Honda CRV. It took me about twice as long as they estimated, but worked out OK in the end. I found the part where you need to work above the muffler on the passenger side of the car very difficult. There are two hangers on the back end of the muffler that come off pretty easy, but the front hanger I couldn't get. Because of this, it was very tight working on that side. Feeding the bolt and plate through the holes with the fishwire was also not as easy as shown in the video. Don't spin the fishwire on all of the way or it will be very difficult to spin off once you have the bolt through. I had to bend the twisted wire off after the first of the four bolts, making the wire difficult to use for the other three bolts. It was very frustrating. Also, make sure you have a helper when it comes time to lift the hitch into place and tighten the nuts on. It is very heavy and awkward to do when you are underneath by yourself and if you are not careful you can push the bolts up inside the frame. The instructions mentioned that the hangers may need to be bent down to avoid the hitch from touching the muffler. I was hoping this was not going to be case for me as the hanger brackets are big and not easily bent. As it turned out, the bottom of the bolts are just barely above the muffler. It is possible in rough road conditions you might hear the muffler heat shield rattling against the bolts, but time will tell. I left it as is. Overall, I think the hitch will work very well. Just alot yourself more time and more help then the instructions indicate. 1982

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by: Dave P.08/10/2010

Great product, easy install Hitch came via ground shipping in 5 days with all items in box. Installation was on a 2005 Honda CR-V AWD. Used ramps to raise the rear end for better access. Used spray oil to lube the two rubber muffler mounts and the aft rubber exhaust hanger mount. Popped all three rubber exhaust mounts free by hand. Fished all four hitch mount bolts with anti-rotation plates per directions with no problems (I kinked the fish wire to keep the plates separate from the bolts per instructions). Raised hitch to CR-V frame and attached hitch U-bolt to CR- V tie-down ring first (per directions) being careful not to bump the loose hitch frame mount bolts. Then, with two people, raised hitch flanges up to CR-V frames being careful not to push hitch mount bolts up into frames. Started one nut on the driver side, then started and snugged all remaining nuts (don't push nuts too hard or bolts will get pushed into CR-V frames. Torquing passenger side hitch nuts is tough due to tight clearances but manageable. Re-installed all three exhaust hangers to rubber isolators by hand. Install time with set-up and cleanup about 1 hour. Hitch frame bolt holes were in excellent alignment with CR-V frame holes. Found installation video helpful. So far, muffler does not rattle against passenger side hitch frame mount bolt ends. I have good mechanical skills and a good complement of tools. This is the second hitch that I have installed. Great product, directions, and video. Way to go etrailer! 3340

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by: Ron S12/24/2009

Tips for your installation Installation is not as easy as it would seem. The tolerance on the hitch as it lines up with the frame of the car is not perfect. A couple tips: The hardest part, by far, is getting the hitch onto the bolts once you have the bolts fished through the frame holes. I had the bolts fished through the frame holes in no time, and then I lifted up the hitch (by myself with jack stands on the other side) and the holes were close, but not perfect. While pushing it up, the hitch pushed one of the bolts up into the frame. UGH! So, it took me 15 minutes to fish it out with a dental tool! At that point, I put the fish-threader back onto the bolt and left it there as I fished the threader and the bolt through the holes. This allowed me to pull the bolt through and more importantly, to make sure I didn't push it back up into the frame. DO THIS TO SAVE YOURSELF ALOT OF HEADACHES. I destroyed the fish threader in the process, and on the other side, simply used electrical tape. Lastly, the first side went on fairly easily, and one bolt on the second side, but the last bolt on the second side was about 1/8" off due to the tolerance and line up of this hitch. To solve this, I pulled the electrical tape that was on the bolt through the hitch hole, then muscled it so the hitch grabbed just the tip of the bolt, and I had enough thread to grab with the nut. Good luck. 2606

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by: Walt M.06/24/2017

This hitch was exactly as advertised and fit my CRV perfectly!!! Used spray bottle with soap & water to lube the two upper muffler rear hangers and they slid off with little prying needed (did not need to remove the lower hanger in front of muffler). etrailer's installation videos for installing both this hitch and corresponding 118336 wiring harness were spot-on and very helpful (also a good video on the Curt website). Took my time tightening the hitch bolts to specs which was a bit awkward until I thought to use my ratchet extension bars. Maybe the easiest "car repair" I've ever done, and probably saved a lot of $$$ doing it myself. If you can change your oil, you can do this installation no problem! Also, etrailer promptly shipped this product for free (thanks, guys!) and it got here a day early. GREAT COMPANY! When I save up enough to buy roof rack rails in the near future, I'll be back... 398694

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by: Sailor11/03/2014

The CR-V hitch came in just a few days. I installed it by myself on the garage floor without jacking up the vehicle. It took about 1.5 hours, but it went very smoothly. No cussing. All the holes lined up and it fit perfectly. If you're worried about the muffler ending up lower or in a different place, don't be. It went right back in its original location. It looks great. The instructions could use a little help, they're pretty good but they kind of didn't explain one step very well, but it wasn't hard to figure out. Overall a 9.8. 159003


Its great. No rust.

Sailor - 11/11/2015

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by: Jonny C.09/24/2016

I can only speak to the process of assembling it to my 2005 CR-V as I haven't pulled anything with it yet, but I don't anticipate any issues. I am writing about the DIY aspect of the hitch because that was the main concern I had in buying it...It was pretty easy. Assembly was easy and straightforward. The videos posted on the website for my make and model of vehicle were particularly helpful and made the process go even smoother. Attaching the hitch receiver to your vehicle is very much a doable DIY project. They provided the fishing tools that are required to get the bolts into place. I thought it might be one of those "looks easier on a youtube video" type deals where you need to know some silly trick to do it easy, but that wasn't the case. I recommend that you use a car jack as I think it would've considerably more inconvenient if I didn't have one. The hitch looks great, I plan on using it to tow a small trailer from here to there. 299530

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by: Mark S.08/05/2013

This hitch was so easy to install I did it at around 10:30pm on a weeknight, took about 1hr. The video helped more than the paper instructions. Everything fit and lined up perfectly on my '03 CR-V EX. Also the wiring harness was easy too. Towed my Kendon single bike trailer and sportbike w/ ease that weekend. 93370


Still holding strong. Towed my motorcycle to the track at least 10 times using this hitch. Solid

Mark S - 02/05/2015

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by: Jordan M.04/09/2009

Very impressed with this hitch I just finished installing this hitch on my 2003 CR-V and I must say that I am impressed overall. I decided to go for the Curt because of the online installation video. I would recommend spending the extra couple bucks over the other models for the Curt because it is truly well-made and easy to install - there truly are no suprises like widening holes in the frame or any other crap to deal with. Just follow the video (the directions are fine, too) and you will be set. In my driveway on ramps, I loosened the exhaust hangers, put the bolts in the frame holes with the wire, and my friend held the hitch up while I hand-tightened the nuts before torquing them to spec. That's it - it literally took 45 minutes! You can tell it is going to last and be very reliable. I wholeheartedly recommend this hitch and was fast, easy, and cheap - 6 stars!! 1723

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by: K McDowell08/11/2014

Very pleased with this product. The setup instructions could be a little more clear, but I figured it out. Had it installed in less than an hour. I was disappointed that they stuck a white sticker on the part above the muffler, it is hard to take off, and it looks bad to me. I will take it off with glue remover some day. 145723


Great hitch, no issues.

K M - 08/11/2015

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by: Stephanie03/07/2011

Hitch shipped out the day after I ordered it (on a Sunday night) and was at my front door by Thursday. A friend who knows a bit about cars and I installed it together. Installation took about an hour once we got the right sockets (9/16ths is the measurement of the smaller nuts and took 2 hardware stores to find a socket that size for the torque wrench). Hardest part was getting the muffler back on. All in all, it was inexpensive, and not too difficult to install. The video was a great help. Definitely would recommend having a second pair of hands to get it on the bolts; even with both of us under there it took some effort to get it all lined up and screwed on, I can't imagine doing that alone. Can't wait to strap my bikes onto the back of my 2002 Honda CRV and head for higher ground! 8684

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by: Thomas05/19/2016

Purchased the Curt trailer hitch receiver, wiring harness, & ball mount for my 2004 Honda CR-V. Delivery was free and the items arrived within several days after I ordered. It took me about a hour by myself several weeks ago to install the wiring harness with all the parts that had to be removed & replaced to do it. It was a simple task thanks to the installation video on eTrailer's web site. I waited until my grandson was home from college to install the hitch receiver. Today it took the two of us less than a hour to mount it. Thanks again to eTrailer for the installation video provided to show step by step installation. The ball mount appears to be a good quality sturdy product. The purchase price was quite reasonable and I will shop at again. 250834

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by: Thomas05/18/2016

Purchased the Curt trailer hitch receiver, wiring harness, & ball mount for my 2004 Honda CR-V. Delivery was free and the items arrived within several days after I ordered. It took me about a hour by myself several weeks ago to install the wiring harness with all the parts that had to be removed & replaced to do it. It was a simple task thanks to the installation video on eTrailer's web site. I waited until my grandson was home from college to install the hitch receiver. Today it took the two of us less than a hour to mount it. Thanks again to eTrailer for the installation video provided to show step by step installation. The ball mount appears to be a good quality sturdy product. The purchase price was quite reasonable and I will shop at again. 250718

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by: Russ H.02/28/2012

Great product. Excellent powder coated finish. Installation was fairly easy. I thought I might need a lift but had no problem working under my car on my garage floor. I drove the back wheels up onto some pieces of 2 x 8 scrap wood, which gave me enough clearance. You will definitely need a helper to hold it up while you get the bolts lined up. I had to get the hitch because I have a rescue dog named Toby, who takes up most of the back end of my 2006 Honda CRV. I have a utility trailer now to make runs to the home center or carry stuff on trips. 32735

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by: Chris W02/24/2017

Great product. I watched the video, took it out of the box and it was installed within about an hour. Installation was as easy as shown in the video (2006 CR-V). I did all the work from the floor without lifting the vehicle. I soaped the rubber grommets with a spray bottle to get the muffler off - pretty easy (I only removed the two near the muffler). The only help I needed was my wife helped hold up the hitch for the initial bolt-up - no problems at all. Fit and finish are outstanding. I also got a Thule 934XTR hitch mount bike rack, received a the same time, which was also easy to assemble, and fit the hitch very well. I highly recommend this product and this company. Thanks, Chris W 345535

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by: Jeff L07/18/2014

Great product, easy install. Maybe slightly (1 cm?) off with install but acceptable. Fast delivery and good customer service! Definitely recommend the product and this site :-) 142132


Great! No problems at all.

Jeff L - 07/20/2015

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by: Chris O.05/05/2017

Great products and prices, fast shipping. I opened the box right up to give me a surface to lie on and slide under the car. Instructions were good and the installation times for pro and novice were useful. The installation videos for the hitch and car wiring were helpful. The fishwires are brilliant for placing the bolts, but you should know the diagram is wrong. As depicted, the path of the wire thru the spacers would require the bolt and spacer to flip over inside the frame for the bolt to emerge thru the hole. I also found the follow-up information "trailer wiring 101" and similar articles useful. etrailer is doing a good job of being the one-stop place for products and advice. 376835

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by: JK07/12/2011

Curt hitch item 13535 received and installed same day in ~1 hr. Fits perfectly on my 2005 Honda CR-V. A lot of time and elbow grease was spent trying to remove the muffler supports (note that there are 3 on this vehicle, one of which is near the rear axel). Definitely recommend watching the etrailer install video first and having a second set of hands available. Overall, based on a quote I got, doing this myself saved me about $150. Hitch was received in a cardboard box with other items (wiring assembly, ball mount, etc.) and no packing foam. Hitch was scratched in spots and that was the basis for my "good" rating. My concern about the scratches will lead to premature corrosion. 19209

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by: Underdirt04/14/2010

Easy Install I installed the wiring harness and the hitch with minimal assistance from my wife and a floor jack. I didn't have a watch, but things went well and I believe the install took less than an hour for the hitch. The U bolt was defective and it broke when I tried to repair. Called, etrailer and the customer representative is having a new bolt shipped. Just watch the video and play it back to be sure you get each step. The muffler was not a problem, just a little spray lube and the rubber mounts came off. I can see where this could be a challenge if the rubber was old, dry, dirty and stuck on, but I had no problems at all. This CR-V was from the south. Good luck! 2930

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by: Rick D.05/12/2013

Went in well and seems great. Haven't used it yet but looks substantial. Thanks for the YouTube directions as well. 79894


Working great.. Well worth it.

Rick D - 05/13/2014

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by: Terry E06/20/2013

Product worked as advertized and was a one hour project. Good delivery and good product. 85368


Still good...still working as promised.

Terry E - 06/20/2014

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by: Tom S.07/29/2011

Bought hitch to pull a light trailer and sailboat. Took me longer than 20 minutes, but definitely a straight forward process. Installed easily and the video is a big help. The muffler lowers pretty easily, and doesn't require any prying like the instructions indicated. The fish wires work great. The wiring kit works perfectly, but took as much time as the hitch. Two tips: 1) do not screw the bolt all the way into the fish wire or you'll never get them off without destroying the fish - fortunately they provide 2 of them. 2) tighten the middle U-bold some to get it centered before tightening the outer bolts. 20581

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by: Andrew M10/08/2014

We haven't used it yet, but installation was fast and easy. It was harder getting the hangers on and off the muffler than it was to actuall install the hitch. Everything fit our 2004 CRV perfectly and everything was provided including the fish wires for the bolts. The video showed clearly what needed to be done to install this. It took me about 1/2 hour total to install. The hitch is very well made and I am sure it will work great when we first use it in a few weeks. The service provided was also great. Our product was quickly shipped, arrived quickly and was packaged well. 155175

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by: Chris L.04/15/2017

I haven't actually towed anything with this yet, so the excellent is just about the buying and installation experience. The buying experience was great. Free shipping on a heavy item like this was a nice surprise. Arrived in about a week; about as good as I could have hoped. The installation was a bit of a challenge. You definitely need a second set of strong hands. WATCH THE INSTALLATION VIDEOS BEFORE INSTALLING. They are way better than the written instructions. I installed this without the benefit of a lift. It can be done, but takes some patience. 367884

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by: Russ H12/25/2014

I always read customer reviews prior to making purchases thought it only fair I start "giving back" as I rarely purchase anything with poor customer feedback. This hitch is very rugged and the paint finish seems top notch. The directions were very detailed and made the installation go smoothly. The included "fish wire" (for installing the mounting bolts) proved to me that the manufacturer of this product thought through the entire process! When all was said and done the hitch fit like a glove and took under an hour to install including the trailer plug wiring. 166902

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by: Ethan10/06/2014

Very easy to install, took me about an hour. 154585


AWESOME, no problems

Ethan - 10/06/2015

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by: Brad09/08/2008

High quality, easy to install Overall, I'm very happy with this hitch. It is heavy duty and well constructed. The order arrived quickly and in good condition. Installation was quick and easy; however, it may be helpful if the instructions suggested to install the U-bolt over my CRV's tow hook before tightening the 4 main bolts to be sure it is aligned. Finally, the two bolts on the passenger side are above the muffler. My muffler occasionally would rattle against the ends of the bolts while idling. Grinding off the excess bolt length solved the problem. 1265

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by: Frustrated09/17/2013

Initial quality appeared good, but upon installation, I realized that the hitch mounting brackets were either welded on crooked, or the brackets were bent. I was almost unable to install the hitch because the mounting brackets wouldn't line up with the frame holes. After much struggling and prying, I got the hitch installed. Then I realized the wrong sized nuts were included. I was short one 7/16" nut & had an extra 3/8" nut, had to go to the local auto parts store to get the right sized nut to complete the installation. 100402

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by: Harold M04/25/2012

I found not only this new hitch as discribed but the service to be amazing! No I'm not related to the owner just saying that from beginning to end, which by the way was only like 3 days, this project was picture perfict. I can't say enough about how please I am. THANKS and I give you (5) on a scale of 1 to 5! Great Job. 38351

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by: Peter S.09/17/2012

Overall: very satisfactory. Standard delivery arrived in 3 days (to MA). Installation was straightforward once I got proper tools. You may need power or heavy duty wrench to loosen the M12 nuts on the frame. On 2011 Golf TDI these were 18mm (not 19mm as instructions suggested). The additional bolts supplied with the hitch were 19mm. I'll second another reviewer's suggestion for better packaging. I ordered 2 hitches and this one arrived protruding from the box, although not significantly damaged (the other was OK). 54905

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by: David C.07/18/2014

Shipping was very quick. This is the second Curt hitch I have purchased. Both have been solid hitches. The first one was on a Dodge Ram. Installation to twice as long on the Ram (1 hour) compared to the most recent on a Honda CR-V (30 minutes). The main reason is there are 2 fish wires included in the parts bag now. If you are installing alone it is easy to push the bolts back up into the frame rails. With the 2 fish wires the chances are greatly reduced. I highly recommend the Curt class III. Thanks etrailer! 142155

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by: New Jersey03/30/2017

This item is very sturdy and easy to install. I install it alone. I use a small, short table to hold up one end while I put on the middle U bolt's nuts first. I then put on the right and then the left bolt/nut. And finally tighten the middle U bolt and then both sides. Everyone should watch the installation video from etrailer as well as the instruction that come with the package. I also bought the T-One wiring. I watched the installation video from etrailer too. Installation for this part is even easier. 360692

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by: Sergio G.11/19/2016

Ordered my Curt trailer hitch on Nov. 16 and received it on Nov.18. A dealer wanted to charge me $360. plus tax for material and installation. . My cost for hitch and wiring $xxx. for my 2006 CR-V. Watched the videos and installed all of it by myself within an hour and a half. Extremely satisfied with the service and the product. If I had not watched the videos I would not have tried it. Thank you Etrailer and Katie in customer service. I will use your service and recommend you to others. 320459

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by: Bryan T.09/02/2011

This was the easiest automotive accessed install I have ever done. I owe all of the credit to the excellent online installation videos. After watching the hitch and wiring videos, I had no problems!!! I definitely recommend these products and especially this company. I almost forgot, when I placed my order I got free standard (5-7 day) shipping and then not 30 minutes later my shipping was upgraded to 3 day shipping!! Again, all around a great experience!! 23437

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by: Kevin03/25/2010

Top Notch Product Installation was for a 2005 CR-V. Price was right, ordering was a cinch & I received the order in 2 days. This was the first hitch I've ever installed myself and it couldn't have been easier. It took me about an hour to install laying flat on my back with my son helping. No problems at all with the fishwire, dropping the exhaust or anything. Hitch is well-built and looks good on the vehicle. I'm impressed and very happy. Thanks! 2855

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by: Mark L08/20/2016

Trailer hitch arrived quicker than anticipated, well packaged and no scars on the finish. I watched the installation video on, read the directions enclosed, than installed. The installation was a breeze. I did this without help, the most difficult aspect was lining up the holes with the bolts. An extra pair of hands to mount would have eliminated any difficulty. Took me about an hour to install on my CRV. I highly recommend this product. 285929

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by: Aaron Richardson08/03/2016

So far, so good. Product was easy enough to install, and held up well under the weight of a hitch rack and two bicycles. Doesn't protrude too far beneath the bumper, and is finished in a thick, durable-looking gloss black. I'll withhold final judgement to see how it looks in a few months' time, but for now all is well. ETrailer were great to do business with. Attentive, simple and quick. Everything you do want and nothing you don't. 278935

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by: Taylor R06/01/2013

I just put on the hitch last weekend and I haven't had the opportunity to use it yet. However, immediately after installing the hitch I noticed a vibrating sound coming from the muffler. I discovered that the bolts used to attached the hitch on the right side of the vehicle come in contact with muffler when the vehicle is driven. When the muffler vibrates due to exhaust it repeatedly hits the bolts creating the vibrating sound 82835


Contact between the hitch or hardware and the exhaust does happen from time to time on any hitch model. It is due to the looser tolerances on exhaust mounts since the system does move and flex some as you drive. We have an article with all the tricks we use to correct this in our shops. Check out the link. http:/

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by: Joe08/19/2009

Very difficult to install Looks great, but spent far too much time just trying to install it. Received everything as ordered. Thank you. But installation!!! Impossible. Got close but not close enough. After the bolt and washer were bumped up into that closed chamber I was able to retrieve it after an hours labor. Now the hitch itself will not stretch onto the fourth bolt. Now searching for an installer. 2273

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by: Steve Harris03/15/2016

This hitch was a snap to mount. The kit comes with everything needed minus the ratchet and some lubricant spray to dismount the exhaust hangers. Dismounting the exhaust hangers is the hardest part of the install. The hitch came as expected and looks nicer than the rest of the vehicle. I put it on a 2002 Honda CRV for towing a light trailer that I use for yard debris and to tug my wheeler around with. 240784


Hitch works great and still looks great after a year. Guaranteed this hitch will outlast the vehicle. Its pushing 300,000 miles.

Steve H - 03/15/2017

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by: Brad W.04/27/2011

Hitch and wiring were shipped extremely fast. Arrived a few days after my order. Everything went as planned. Videos are helpful. You guys are the greatest! Fishing the wire through the frame is so slick. Hardest part of install was removing exhaust hangers - lubrication tip worked very well. Saved over $200.00 doing it myself. Total installation time of hitch and wiring less than 1 hour. 12439

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by: Lauren B.12/10/2010

Fantastic Service I needed a towing kit for my husband's 2003 Honda CRV so we can tow our small fishing boat. I love the fact that e-trailer suggests a kit by vehicle. I ordered the entire kit at a very low price and it arrived in only a couple of days. The customer service team responds quickly to e-mails. I just need to wait until its a little warmer to put it on the truck. Thanks e-trailer! 3961

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by: Steve G.03/26/2015

Ordered Curt Trailer Hitch and it was delivered FREE to my home withing 6 days. Instructions were included with the product and it took me about 1 hour to install by myself. There were no issues with the installation as promised. I also ordered the plug in wire harness and it also was an easy install with thebenefit of not having to splice any wires. I couldn't be happier. 181039

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by: Alan L.05/06/2012

Simple ordering. Quality product. Detailed installation instructions including videos. Highly satisfied with the overall experience. One recommendation: Kit comes with two fishwires. I would recommend using four. Tolerances are tight and we spent some anxious moments during the fit-up trying to get the hitch in place without pressing bolts back up into the frame. 39515

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by: Wade R.01/26/2011

I couldn't be more pleased with the ordering process, and delivery. Ordered on Monday, received my items on Wednesday and was kept informed along the way where my shipment was. I don't think I have done business with an online company that was so responsive. Install videos was a real seller for me. Very impressed and would not hesitate to use them in the future. 6126

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by: Kevin C08/07/2016

Excellent website-- was confident I ordered right part-- loved the help videos on my specific vehicle and product-- they were very helpful-- 2 people make the job much easier but I was alone so used a floor jack to raise and hold it into place-- everything fit and works great-- good company that cares-- that's a rare find in this day and age! 281055

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by: Austin B.06/03/2013

Installation of the hitch went pretty easily. Hitch itself seems pretty stout too, though I haven't hauled anything yet. My one complaint is that the exhaust on my car comes into contact with the hitch. All et railed would have to do is include some longer exhaust hangers to fix this, since this seems to be a common problem with the crv 83026

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by: Tom O.05/14/2012

The order, communication and delivery process were flawless - very good company to deal with. The hitch installation and wiring instructions were accurate (Honda CRV), and I was able to accomplish in the time estimates. The hitch itself was slight off-square so I had to hammer it a little to get to fit, but it's "pulling its weight" now. 40294

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by: John R.04/15/2014

The hitch receiver fit perfectly and installation was easy. There was enough clearance between the receiver bolts and muffler to avoid contact and rattling. I found the installation video useful in determining whether or not to buy the product as well as how easy it would be for me to install it. Your service has been excellent. 125260

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by: Piers01/08/2012

This was relatively easy to install. The kit came with 6 nuts and bolts. One of the nuts was the wrong size. A small issue. The tools for threading the bolts into the frame worked well. I had to read all the instructions to understand what I was supposed to do, but it went very quickly once I did that. It looks great and fits well. 29319

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  • Ball Mount Recommendation for 2004 Honda CR-V Towing Trailer with Coupler Height 18 inches
  • Sounds like the rental company has given out the coupler height of their trailer when level. Since we know that when the Curt hitch part # 13535 is installed on a 2004 Honda CR-V that the hitch height is 15-1/4 inches that means you would need a rise of right at 2-3/4 inches to tow their trailer level. The part # 2753 has a rise of 2-3/4 inches so it would be perfect. For a 2 inch hitch ball you'd want # 63845, for a 1-7/8 inch hitch ball # 19261.
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  • Is it Possible to Install Hitch on Honda CR-V Without Raising Vehicle Off Ground
  • You should have enough clearance under a CR-V, however you may not know for certain until you are actually under the vehicle. If you find you do not have enough clearance, you can always jack up the rear end and use jack stands -- as long as you take all of the safety precautions associated with using them. The Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch that you reference is a confirmed fit for your 2002 Honda CR-V. For a wiring harness for your application I recommend the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness...
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  • Recommendation For Towing Pop-Up Camper With Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch # 13535 on 2004 Honda CR-V
  • The Curt Class III 2-Inch Hitch, part # 13535, will fit your 2004 Honda CR-V. The hitch has a gross towing weight capacity of 3,500 lbs, but the 1,500-lb towing capacity of your vehicle will be the maximum you will be able to tow. When you add the hitch to your CR-V it will not increase the towing capacity of your vehicle. I am including a link to the installation instructions and an installation video of the Curt # 13535 hitch. If the total weight capacity of your pop-up camper, loaded...
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  • Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation that Allows Rear Door of 2005 Honda CR-V to Swing Open
  • Because the rear door on the 2005 Honda CR-V swings out to the side rather than up, none of the tilting racks will tilt down far enough to allow you to fully open the rear door. But there is another option. You can use a bike rack that swings out to the side like the Thule Apex, # TH9027. Since this rack swings out to the side you would be able to open the rear door most of the way if not all of the way. I have included a link to the installation details and a video review of the rack...
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  • How To Fix Muffler Rattling Against the Trailer Hitch on a 2004 Honda CRV
  • When we have this issue on vehicles here at our shop. Sometimes we bend out the last exhaust hanger just enough to force it away from the hitch . Also the rubber hangers could be on the loose side causing too much play, you could try replacing with new rubber hangers. Check through your directions to see if it mentions flipping or removing an exhaust hanger.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for 2006 Honda CR-V and Yakima Flipside 4 Bike Rack
  • Judging by our install pictures it looks like the Draw-Tite part # 75690 looks to hang the lowest of all of the hitches we carry that are confirmed to fit your 2006 Honda CR-V. It's not a huge difference, but if you check out the picture I attached you will see it sits a tiny bit lower.
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  • Will the Thule Vertex Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Clear the Spare Tire on a 2004 Honda CR-V
  • It is very likely that you will be able to use the Thule Vertex, # TH9029XT, with Curt trailer hitch # 13535 and clear the spare tire on your 2004 Honda CR-V. However, ultimately you will want to install the trailer hitch first, then measure from the center of the hitch pin hole straight back to the distance required to clear the spare tire. If that distance is less than 12 inches then the rack will clear the spare. I have included a link to an FAQ article that will help with how to...
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  • Will the Thule Revolver Bike Rack Work with the Curt Class III Hitch On a 2006 Honda CR-V
  • The only way to determine for sure if the Thule Revolver Swinging 4 Bike Rack, item # TH964, will work is to measure the distance from the center of your hitch pin hole to the farthest back part of your spare tire. The Revolver has a clearance of 7-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the farthest back part of the bike rack. The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, item # 13535, sits just about even with the farthest back part of the rear fascia when installed on the CR-V....
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  • Recommendation for Finding a 2 Bike Rack and Hitch for My 2006 Honda CR-V
  • For your 2006 Honda CR-V, I would recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch for the 2006 Honda CR-V, item # 13535. Installation of this hitch is easy (see video and instructions link) and the 2 inch receiver opening will allow versatility for selecting other items as your needs may change in the future. The 1-1/4 inch hitches available for your CR-V will limit choices now and in the future. In my opinion you will be much happier with a 2 inch hitch and wheel mount style bike rack. Once you have...
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit Recommendation for a Curt Hitch part # 13535
  • We do offer a replacement hardware kit, part # RHK for all of the hitches we carry. All you need to do is enter the part number and manufacturer of the hitch on the product page, hit add to cart, and place your order and we will ship you replacement hardware for your Curt Hitch part # 13535.
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  • Is There A Spare Mounted 3 Bike Rack Or A Hitch Bike Rack For A 2006 Honda CRV
  • For your 2006 Honda CRV I do have the SportRack 3 Bike Carrier Spare Tire Mount Bike Rack, # SR2813, which attaches to the spare tire mounting surface. It will only work with the factory size spare tire. It is a 3 bike rack and has a weight capacity of 132 lbs. The bike rack base mounts behind the spare tire and the center post goes through the center hole of the wheel of the spare tire. Then the bike rack is tightened down against the spare tire. It has a nice feature for vehicles that...
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  • Replacement Hardware Kit Recommendation for a Curt Trailer Hitch # 13535
  • Yes, what you will need to do is go to the product page for the Hardware Kit part # RHK, enter the part number of the hitch you have (13535), select Curt as the hitch manufacturer and then hit add to cart and we will ship you a replacement hardware kit.
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  • What Parts Can I Use to Adapt a 2 Inch Bike Rack to a 1-1/4 Inch Hitch for a Honda CR-V
  • You can use a 1-1/4 to 2 inch adapter like part # HTAD, however, this will reduce your tongue weight capacity by 50 percent. Draw-Tite hitch, part # 24772 has a tongue weight capacity of 200 pounds. If you were to use an adapter like # HTAD, your capacity would be 100 pounds. This means that the combined weight of the bike rack and bikes must be 100 pounds or less. If the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle is less than 200 pounds, take 50 percent of that number. Your vehicle towing capacities...
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  • Carrying 4 Bikes with a 2003 Honda CR-V
  • With a class I trailer hitch, you are only supposed to carry up to 2 bikes. Also, if you use an extension, your available tongue weight will be cut in half. If you want to carry 4 bikes, you might want to consider upgrading your hitch from a class I to a class III. The Class III Hitch that is available for your vehicle is the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, item # 13535, I have posted a link to the installation instructions for you to review.
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  • Will the Motorcycle Caddy # RHMC2 Clear the Spare on a 2005 Honda CR-V with Curt Hitch # 13535
  • The best way to determine if the Oldenkamp motorcycle caddy, # RHMC2, will clear your spare tire is to measure the distance from the center of your hitch pin hole in the trailer hitch to the farthest back part of your spare tire. You can then compare that measurement to the 8-1/2 inch measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole on the carrier to the upright of the carrier. If your measurement is less than 8-1/2 inches then the motorcycle caddy will work. Without a hitch installed...
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  • Which Ball Mount for a Class III Hitch on a 2003 Honda CRV
  • Choosing a ball mount requires knowing what rise or drop you need to keep your trailer and vehicle level. The easiest way to do this is to park your vehicle and trailer on level ground and take some measurements. First measure from the ground to the the inside top edge of the receiver tube on the hitch. Then measure from the ground to the bottom edge of the trailer coupler. If the trailer coupler is taller than you need a rise to make up the difference. If the vehicle is taller, you need...
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  • Recommended Fit and Compatibility of Components for Hauling a Trailer with a 2005 Honda CR-V
  • I checked out all the parts you listed ( # 13535, # 118336, # C45030, # 63845, and # C21500) and good news they will all work together. I do have a few suggestions for you though. I would instead suggest the Draw-Tite hitch # 75690 over the Curt hitch because if you decide to transport anything like a bike rack or cargo carrier in the future you will need to use a stabilization strap # 18050 per Curt's warranty and with the Draw-Tite hitch you won't. Next suggestion is we offer a...
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  • Hitch, Wiring & Related Items for Towing Trailer with 2002 Honda CR-V
  • Towing a small trailer, one that does not have electric brakes, requires a hitch, ball mount, hitch ball and wiring harness for the trailer lights (if it has lights). You might also want some towing mirrors like # KS3990 to give you a better view of the trailer and the motorists behind you. The best hitch option for towing is a 2-inch Class III type. You can use the Curt hitch # 13535 along with 4-pole wiring harness # 118336. For a ball mount and hitch ball use kit # EBMK4 which includes...
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  • Installation of Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Honda CR-V with Wires Blocking a Mounting Hole
  • Anything that is in the way of the hitch mounting side brackets and/or the hardware to mount the hitch would have to be moved out of the way. You would have to pull the wiring harness you see back towards the front of the vehicle and out of that hole using something like fish tape or a straightened wire hanger. Then re-route it so that it is not in the way. I have linked a video showing an installation of Curt hitch # 13535 on a 2006 CR-V and the process will be the same, minus the wires...
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  • Trailer Hitch Receiver Ball Mount and 7-Way Wiring Harness for 2006 Honda CR-V
  • To complete the trailer hitch on your 2006 Honda CR-V to go along with the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver # 13535 you'll need a ball mount, hitch ball, pin and clip, and a wiring harness. I like the Curt Class III Ball Mount # C45036 because it includes the 2 inch hitch ball and a pin and clip. It provides 2 inches of drop so if this doesn't work for your setup I've linked our selection of ball mounts that will fit so you can choose one that has the correct rise or drop you need....
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2004 Honda CR-V without Rear Spare
  • I spoke to my contact at Thule and he said there are no trunk mounted bike rack fits for the 2004 Honda CR-V because there is no way to attach the lower clips of the rack to the rear door of the vehicle. Your best option would be a hitch mounted bike rack. If you don't have a hitch you would first need to start with one like the Curt Hitch part # 13535. See install video. For a bike rack the most popular one we carry is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This is a great rack...
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  • Can a 1-1/4 Inch Hitch be Converted to a 2 Inch Hitch
  • 1-1/4 inch hitches cannot be converted into 2 inch hitches. If your 1-1/4 inch does not have the weight capacity to pull the trailer, then you will need to get a 2 inch hitch on your CR-V. We have one Class III hitch, 2 inch receiver that will fit your 2006 Honda CR-V. It is Curt part # 13535. It has a gross trailer weight capacity of 3,500 pounds and a maximum tongue weight capacity of 350 pounds. Keep in mind, when towing, you cannot exceed the capacities of the lowest rated component...
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  • Can the Curt Trailer Hitch # 13535 be Used to Tow a Small Trailer with a 2006 Honda CRV
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch # 13535, will allow you to tow a trailer with gross weight of 3,500 pounds and 350 pounds of tongue weight, see instructions link. The size of the trailer is not as large an issue as the weight of the trailer is. We have an informative article with trailer towing tips for you to review, see link. You will need to consult your vehicle owner manual to be sure that the trailer you plan to tow and all of the contents carried on it are within the vehicle capabilities. Some...
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  • Is the Hardware Needed for Installation Included with Trailer Hitch # 13535 for a 2004 Honda CR-V
  • The hardware pictured on the product page for Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13535, for the 2004 Honda CR-V, is included with the hitch. You will receive: 2 fish wire tools 2 hex flange nuts 4 carriage bolts 4 spacers 4 large hex flange nuts 1 U-bolt I have included a link to the installation details and a video installation below.
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  • Replacement Installation Hardware for Curt Trailer Hitch # 13535
  • For replacement hardware for a trailer hitch you will need # RHK. You will need to enter the hitch number in the area provided on the RHK page and then select the manufacturer, Curt, in the bow below where you entered the part number. Then our team will assemble the correct hardware. Current pricing is available on the RHK page.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness Recommendations for 2004 Honda CR-V EX
  • Your 2004 Honda CR-V EX can be fitted with either a light-duty Class I hitch like the Draw-Tite # 24772 or with a higher-capacity Class III hitch such as the Curt # 13535 that you reviewed. The Class III Curt hitch # 13535 is an excellent choice as it will give you more weight capacity, safety margin and flexibility for use with a range of accessory items like cargo carriers and bike racks...not to mention a substantial towing capacity. You will want to refer to your CR-V owner's manual...
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  • Fitment of Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13535, on 2005 Honda CRV and Gross Towing Weight
  • The Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, # 13535, will fit your 2005 Honda CRV. The hitch has a Gross Towing Weight of 3,500 lbs., but you will be limited to what the Gross Towing Weight of your vehicle is, which is listed in your owners manual. The reason they make a Class III receiver is because it has a more common 2 inch receiver opening than the 1-1/4 inch Class I receiver and gives you a bigger selection of accessories to use on the CRV and still be within the 350 lb. Tongue...
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  • Does Exhaust Have to Be Lowered to Install Curt Hitch # 13535 on 2003 Honda CRV
  • Yes, the Curt Class III trailer hitch # 13535 that fits your 2003 Honda CRV will require you to temporarily release the exhaust from its rubber hanger. This step is needed just to give you better access to the hitch installation points. The process is simple enough, requiring a spray lubricant as illustrated at the :30-second mark in the linked installation video. The only specialized hitch installation tool needed in addition to basic hand tools is a torque wrench. I have also linked...
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  • Replacement Hitch Installation Hardware Kit for Curt Hitch 13535
  • We do offer a complete hitch installation hardware kit confirmed to have all the correct original-specification parts you need to safely install a trailer hitch like the Curt # 13535. Do please note this hitch does NOT fit your 1999 RAV4; it is a fit for model years 2002 through 2006 only. The correct Curt hitch for your car is part # C13524 To order a hardware kit for any hitch we carry simply enter part # RHK into our search box and press enter. Then just put the hitch brand and part...
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  • Will Curt Ball Mount D-28 Work w/2 Inch Ball 63845 on 2005 Honda CR-V w/Curt Class III Trailer Hitch
  • The first thing you are going to want to look at is the gross trailer weight capacity of your 2005 Honda CR-V. It has been our experience that the vehicle is only rated for 1,500 pounds gross trailer weight and 100 to 150 pounds tongue weight. Check the owners manual to confirm the capacities of the vehicle. The ball mount # D-28 and 2 inch ball # 63845 will work just fine together and with the Curt trailer hitch # 13535 you have on your CR-V. The anti-rattle device and lock you already...
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