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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Acura RDX

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How to Install a Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Acura RDX


Hey everyone. Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2018 Acura RDX. I want to walk through how to install the Curt class three trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch is going to look like when it's installed. You can see our receiver tube is completely hidden behind our bumper fascia.

All we can see is our receiver tube. So it maintains a nice clean look. Hitch itself is going to be a steel construction black powder coat finish, so it's really going to help resist any rust or corrosion and stay looking good for a really long time. Now, adding a class three hitch on your vehicle is going to give you a lot of different options. Maybe you have some bikes in your tire, load them inside the back of the vehicle.

Maybe you don't want to get a roof rack, you want to find an easier way to load them. Adding a hitch, to be able to allow you to put a bike rack on the back again, make it easier to load and unload your bikes. Maybe you want to put a cargo carrier on, get some of the items from inside the vehicle put them on the cargo carrier to make a little bit more room for your passengers. Maybe you want to tow a small trailer. Hitch is going to allow you to do a lot of those different things.

We're gonna have two inch by two inch receiver tube opening which is going to accommodate a lot of different hitch Mount accessories. Reinforce gallery, give us a little extra stability there. The hitch pin hole is going to be five eighths of an inch in diameter. It's going to take a standard five eight hitch pin, hitch pin and clip does not come with a stitch but can be found at the end of each trailer. Rolled steel safety chain loops will accommodate different size safety chain hooks.

Now I'm going to give you a few weight capacities and measurements to help you when deciding on any of those hitch Mount accessories. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our bumper is going to be about five inches. Number's important for any of your hitch Mount accessories like your bike racks and cargo carriers. They may fold up against the vehicle. You want to make sure they're not going to make contact. From the ground to the top innermost part of our receiver tube, we're looking at about 12 and a half inches. Keep that number in mind for any of your hitch Mount accessories that may require a little bit more ground clearance. As far as our weight capacities go, grab a 600 pound max ton weight. It's going to be the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. So whether we're putting on a cargo carrier or a bike rack or even can a trailer on, we'll make sure we're not exceeding that, we're going to have a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight, which is a trailer, plus the load included. I always recommend checking the owner's manual of the vehicle. Make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight, you're going to go with the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch. Now we've gone over some of the features. Let's walk through how to get it installed. First thing we need to do to start our installation, we're going to have two nut plates like this, about two inches down. You're gonna bend it just like that. We're going to come up to our frame rail, you're going to see a large hole and this hole right behind it. We're gonna feed our nut plate in, and let this sit right over top. Just like that. We're gonna do that on each side. Next, these most rear holes they're going to be threaded. They're going to be open to the elements, so I suggest spraying some cleaner in there taking a brush and brushing those out. Make sure there aren't any, any dirt debris or anything like that inside the threads. Next we'll raise our hitch, for our most rear hole, we're going to use the bolt with the thinnest threads. Make sure the teeth are facing up towards the hitch. For the most rear hole we're going to be using the wider thread bolt, same thing with conical tooth washer, make sure the teeth are facing up towards the hitch. Find the nut plate, line it up and then we'll thread our bolt into the nut plate. We're going to do the same thing on both sides of the vehicle. Then we'll come back with a three-quarter inch socket and tighten all of our hardware down. Then we'll come back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Once you have all your hardware torqued to the specifications in the instructions you're ready to go. That's going to do it for a look at the installation on the Curt class three trailer hitch receiver on our 2018 Acura RDX..


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