What Is Tongue Weight And Hitch That Will Fit On 2009 Honda Element

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I am considering installing the Draw-Tite Class 1 #24720 hitch on my 2009 Honda Element. I will be pulling a @750-800 lb. hot dog trailer. What exactly is tongue weight and will this hitch suffice?

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The first thing you will want to check in the owners manual or with the car dealer is the GCVWR (Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating). The GCVWR is the weight capacity for your vehicle, which includes the vehicle, trailer and the contents.

The Trailer Hitch for the 2009 Honda Element, # 24720, will only work on a 2009 Honda Element that is not an SC model. If your vehicle is not a SC model then it would fit and work fine for towing the 750-800 lb. trailer. The Gross Towing Weight on the Draw-Tite, # 24720, is 2,000 lbs. and a tongue weight of 200 lbs.

You will need a hitch ball depending on the size of the coupler on your trailer. If it is 1-7/8 inch, then the Tow Ready Ball, # 19256, will work. If it is 2 inch, then you can use the Tow Ready Ball, # 19258.

The tongue weight is the downward pressure placed on the hitch ball by the coupler on the trailer. The tongue weight is 10 to 15 per cent of the overall trailer weight. On your trailer that is 800 lb., the tongue weight would be about 80-120 lbs., which would be fine for that hitch.

If you have the SC model then you might look at the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the 2009 Honda Element, # 75659. It has a Gross Towing Weight of 3,500 lbs. and a tongue weight of 350 lbs. You will need to buy a ball mount like Draw-Tite Ball Mount, # 2923, and the pin and clip Draw-Tite Accessories, # PC3. Also, the hitch ball to use is Tow Ready Ball, # 19260, if the coupler is 1-7/8 inch size or Tow Ready Balls, # 19247, if the coupler is 2 inch size.

The wiring harness to use would be the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring for the 2009 Honda Element, # 118465.

I am sending two links of the installation instructions on both hitches.

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