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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Honda Odyssey


Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2020 Honda Odyssey, we're gonna be showing you how to install the CURT Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. But before we do that, why don't you check it out and make sure that this is something that's gonna work for you. So I know whenever I'm driving down the road, I see people using these Odysseys to do a little bit of everything. Whether that's pulling a trailer or using accessories, like a bike rack or cargo carrier and just about everything else in between. So if it we're me and I was looking for a hitch for my Odyssey, I'd want something that could accomplish all those tasks.

So you are gonna be able to see this whole hitch. It is going to be visible, but honestly, I don't think it looks too bad. It doesn't look out of place on the back of the Odyssey. With that said, if appearance is something that's really important to you, there are hidden type hitches available where the only thing you'll really be able to see is the receiver tube opening. And those are gonna sit up a little bit higher too, not much, but a little bit more, give you a little extra ground clearance.

So something to think about, really that ground clearance is really gonna matter just really depending on what you plan on using it for. If, let's say for example, you plan on using a cargo carrier a lot and you want that extra ground clearance sit up a little bit higher. That's where that sort of come into play. But if you're using the hitch for a little bit of everything, pulling a trailer and things like that, really not a huge deal. So I do wanna address a big question that a lot of people ask and that's, if the hitch is going to interfere with your hands-free lift gate assist, and the answer is no.

Now, unfortunately our model today does not come equipped with that feature, so I can't show you it on this particular vehicle. But I know from experience in the past, we've had a ton of Odysseys in that do have that feature and everything works the way it should once you get the hitch on. The only thing you're gonna have to do is kick your foot to either side of the receiver tube opening and it takes a little bit of practice to find that sweet spot, but once you do, it'll be super easy. With this being a class 3 hitch, it is gonna have that 2-inch by 2-inch receiver tube opening. A super common size and ton of accessories will work out with it.

The end, there is gonna be a reinforced collar for a little extra strength, and it is going to use that standard 5/8 pin and clip. Keep in mind though, pin and clip does not come included. If you need one, though, not a big deal. You can grab it here at etrailer. They're gonna have plate style safety chain openings and they do sit a little further back so you're not gonna have to worry about it interfering with your pin and clip. And they're gonna be large enough to use just about any size hook that we might have. This hitch is gonna have some pretty good weight capacities. As far as the maximum gross tongue weight rating goes, that's gonna be 525 pounds, and that's gonna be the amount of weight that's pushing down on the hitch. So pretty good number, and you should be able to use or just bought any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you'd want to, for example. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, that's gonna be 3,500 pounds. And that's gonna be the amount of weight that is pulling on the hitch. That is the weight of the trailer plus anything that you might have on it. Now this can be used with a weight distribution system, and that is a separate component. And what happens when you use that is it's going to make your Odyssey and your trailer ride nice and level whenever you're towing it down the road. With that said, if you use a weight distribution system, the gross trailer weight rating is going to increase to 5,000 pounds, but the gross tongue weight rating is going to remain the same at 525. Do always like to suggest, though, never a bad idea to grab your Honda's owner's manual. That way, you can make sure your Odyssey, can pull out much weight safely. And whenever you are pulling a trailer, you've got to want those lights to work. That way, people know what you're doing and you'll be safe and legal. And if that's your intention, you can check out some trailer wiring to get that done. Let's go ahead and grab a couple of measurements. That way, we can figure out which hitch mounted accessories are gonna work out best. So if you go from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, it's gonna be about 13-1/2 inches. So if you do plan on pulling a trailer, chances are pretty good. You're gonna need to get a ball mount that has a rise in the shank. If you go from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, that's gonna be about 3-1/2 inches. And you can use that measurement to figure out that if any folding accessories you might have can be stored in that upright position without contacting your bumper. So when it comes down to it, I think this hitch will work out real well for a lot of people. It's gonna allow you to tow your trailer or use your accessories and get the job done, whether it be for work or play. Now as far as the installation goes, really not too bad since it is visible, a visible type hitch, really not a whole lot to it. So really shouldn't give you a whole lot of issues. Speaking of which let's go ahead and pull into the garage and put it all together now. To begin our installation, we're gonna be working here underneath the back of our Odyssey. And first things first on the driver's side, we need to remove this plastic under body panel. There's gonna be a few different types of fasteners. One type is this plastic push pin style. There's gonna be four of these, so kinda just along the edge here. To get those out, you can take a trim tool or even a flat-head screwdriver. You're just gonna pry underneath the head of it and work the entire fastener out. Now, if you move to your wheel well, just behind your back tire, there's gonna be a Phillips head screw, right here. So go ahead and pull that out. And then right here, up against the bottom of our frame, there's gonna be a 10 millimeter bolt. Now, grab your socket, pull that out. Now we should be able to grab the panel, just work it out from under the vehicle and set it to the side. Now, moving over here to our passenger side, just above our tail pipe, there's gonna be a plastic deflector there. You get that out of the way. And this is pretty simple. We're just gonna have two of these push pin type fasteners, pop those out and set this to the side. Now we can go over our attachment points and get our hardware inside of the frame rail. And I wanna mention from this point on, anything we do to this side of the vehicle, we're also gonna do to the other side. So it'll be set up the same exact way. With that side, we're gonna have three attachment points. These two are gonna be threaded weld nuts, and then we're gonna be using this open hole as well from an attachment point. So we'll go ahead and start with this one. What you're gonna do is take the pull wire. We'll grab your spacer block, put that over, and then a carriage bolt. So that carriage bolt is gonna thread on to the pull wire. You're simply just gonna feed this up into the frame and get the bolt in there first and then the block, work it until it drops out of it, like so. Now as far as these two are concern, what I do suggest doing is spraying them out with some penetrating oil and just taking a brush like this, working it back and forth. That way, if there's any rust or dirt in there that will clean it out. And the hardware that we're gonna use for the weld nuts will just be a bolt and a conical tooth washer. We'll put the washer on the bolt like this, that way, the teeth on it are gonna face up towards the hitch. So once the hitch is up there, you're gonna take these bolts. And these are simply just gonna thread right into those weld nuts. Now with an extra set of hands, we can get our hitch up into position. So you wanna make sure to take your pull wire and run it through the corresponding hole in the hitch. It's usually easier to get up and over the exhaust pipe on the passenger side first. And we can swing this side up. Wanna make sure that the bolt drops through, then you can take your hardware and you wanna get a least one, get one started on each side, hand tight. That way, the hitch will support itself while we work on the rest of our hardware. And so the hitch is supporting itself, the rest of our hardware going. But this one you're simply just going to remove that pull wire, and a flange nut is gonna go on there. Just kinda a quick pointer, one thing you can do, sometimes it's hard to get that nut started because a bolt wants to move around. You can kinda just put some side pressure on it. You put a little more stable. Makes it a little easier to get the nut done. Well, once everything is hand tight, we'll come back with a socket and snug everything down for these two. We're gonna use a 19 millimeter. And for the flange nut, we're going to use an 11/16. For the one's over here on the passenger side, it's a little tight because you have your tail pipe there. So it may help if you use a swivel that kinda lets you get in there more at an angle and get everything tighten down. Once everything's tight, you need to come back with a torque wrench and torque all the hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. If you don't have a torque wrench, you can grab one here at etrailer, or a lot of times, your local auto parts stores have them available to rent. Then we'll come back over to our passenger side, take this deflector here and simply reinstall it the opposite way that we removed it. So with the panel here that goes on the driver's side, we've got a couple of choices, what you can do with it. You can leave it off, not a big deal, but honestly I held it up there and it's really close to fitting. So I figured why not just trim it out a little bit and get it reinstalled. So I just made some dots here where I need to cut. And with this being pretty thin plastic, I'm just gonna use a pair of snips to get this material removed. Now that we have it trimmed out, you can go ahead and reinstall it in the opposite way that we removed it. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the CURT Class 3 trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Honda Odyssey..


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