bing tracking image
Q & A Icon

Ultimate Towing Setup for a 2016 Honda Odyssey for Towing a Casita Travel Trailer


I have a 2016 Honda Odyssey, and want to tow a Casita Travel Trailer. I need a hitch, a transmission oil cooler, and a brake controller. Would you please advise on the best parts for this van.


Helpful Expert Reply:

I would be happy to set up your 2016 Honda Odyssey to tow your Casita Travel Trailer. You're going to need a hitch, ball mount, a couple of wiring harnesses, brake controller, and the requested transmission cooler. Unless your van already has a 7-way connector you will need the two wiring harnesses to not only control your trailer's lighting functions but also the brakes. I have linked installation videos for most of the components I have recommended so you can understand the installation process.

For your hitch I recommend the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver item # 75270. This is a class III hitch which has a 2' receiver. It is custom fit and bolts directly to your Odyssey with included hardware.

The Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit w/Barb Inlets - Class III item # D13503 is a confirmed fit for your Honda Van. It is 11" Wide x 8-3/4" tall x 7/8" deep. This efficient heat exchanger will prolong the life of your transmission and improve its overall performance. I have attached a picture of what the transmission cooler will look like installed.

The first wiring harness you will need is the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector item # 118521. This custom-fit T-One connector plugs into your Honda's wiring harness, which is located behind the driver's-side interior trim panel in your rear cargo area. This will provide your Honda with a 4-flat connector.

The second harness you will need is the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller - 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat - 10 Gauge Wires item # ETBC7. The kit includes a pre-wired 7- and 4-way trailer connector that mounts easily at the rear of your vehicle with an included bracket. This kit is designed for use on a vehicle with an existing 4-way flat trailer connector and plugs directly into it.

For your brake controller I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller item # 90195. This is a proportional brake controller that activates your trailer brakes in proportion to your Odyssey's braking action. It automatically adjusts the trailer's braking based on deceleration of your van.

To round out your towing setup I recommend the Curt Towing Starter Kit for 2" Hitches item # C45534. This towing kit will provide you with a 2" ball and a fixed ball mount with a 3/4" rise and 2" drop. It also includes a hitch pin and clip, hitch receiver lock with keys, hitch cover, and a storage case.

Honda OdysseyTransmission cooler
Honda OdysseyTransmission cooler
(click to enlarge)
helpful expert reply by:
Jerred H

Products Referenced in This Question

Product Page this Question was Asked From

Q & A Icon

Similar Expert Q&A Pages

See More Q&A Expert Answers >>