Recommended Equipment Needed for Towing with a 2017 Honda Pilot

Question:

I have a 2017 Honda Pilot and I am looking to purchase a hitch and receiver. I am more interested in versatility than max towing capacity. Main use would be for folding cargo tray and occasional trailer pulling. I would first like to purchase the enter hitch/receiver assembly and then a cargo carrier in a few months for a camping trip. I would like to purchase all through your site. Price is always a consideration. I noticed the Curt C13146 but Im not if there are other/better options. I am looking for recommendations if possible. Thank you. Thank you.

Expert Reply:

Both the Curt Trailer Hitch # C13146 that you are interested in and the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 75225 are identical in weight capacities and installation as well so either one will do a great job. Since you are interested in the Curt option I recommend going ahead with that trailer hitch. You will need to note that neither of these options will fit your 2017 Honda Pilot if you have the full size spare tire. You need the mini spare for proper installation.

This will work great with the 24x60 Curt Cargo Carrier # C18153 which is rated for up to 500 lbs. You need to check the weight capacities of your Pilot to ensure that you do not overload your vehicle.

For towing your trailer you will need wiring for the trailer lights as well as a ball mount and hitch ball.

If you only need the basic trailer lighting functions then you need the Curt # C56291. For a fully functioning 7-Way you instead need the Tekonsha T-One # 118286.

One of the most popular ball mount kits that we have is the Curt Class III Ball Mount # C45036. It comes with a 2" hitch ball and has a 2" drop in the shank. I have attached a helpful article that goes over how to choose the correct ball mount for you to reference.

I have also attached an installation video for the trailer hitch and both wiring options.

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Thank you for your response. I am ready proceed but in reviewing your comments about the size of the spare tire, I thought it would be best if I showed you a picture of the spare that I have and confirm if the Curt hitch would work. Can you please reference the attachment and let me know if this will work. Also, can the average person install this hitch or will I need to take it in to the shop have it installed there? I am quite handy and I have most of the standard tools. In other words, do I need to have any special torque wrenches or any like that?

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Thank you for the picture! Unfortunately I cannot really tell the size of your tire, but I can say that both trailer hitch options will fit with an 18" or smaller spare tire. If your tire is bigger then neither will fit.

If you are handy with tools then both trailer hitches will be pretty easy for you to install on your own as the manufacturers have rated the installs a 3 out of 10 as far as difficulty goes. To install the trailer hitches you will need a ratchet, a 22mm socket, a socket extension (6" for the Curt and 3" for the Draw-Tite), a torque Wrench like part # PTW3001C or # ALL944001, and safety glasses. The Curt instructions calls for a wire pipe brush and the Draw-Tite instructions call for a flat-head screwdriver.

The installation instructions are attached as well as installation videos for you to reference for the installation.

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