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etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Honda CR-V

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How to Install the etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Honda CR-V


Hey everyone, Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2018 Honda CRV. I want to walk through how to install the etrailer.com Class Three trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch is gonna look like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is completely hidden behind our fascia. One thing we really see is our receiver tube so it maintains a nice clean look on the vehicle.

It's going be a steel construction, black powder coat finish. Really going to hold up well against rust and corrosion. Adding a hitch on your vehicle is going to give you a lot of different options. Maybe you have a couple of bikes and you're tired of load them in the back of the vehicle. This is going to give you an option to load a bike rack on to make it easier to load and unload because you don't want to put one on your roof.

Maybe you want to put a cargo carrier on, get some items from inside outside, so you can make more room for your passengers, maybe you want to pull a small trailer, hitch is going to allow you to do all of that. It's going to give us a two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, reinforced collar gives us a little extra stability there. Having that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening is going to give us a lot of options for different hitch mount accessories. Hitch pin hole, here, is going to be five eight inch diameter. It's going to take a standard five eight hitch pin.

hitch pin and clip does not come with a hitch, however they can be found here at Etrailer. Rolled steel, safety chain loops, very large openings to 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, like your bike racks, cargo carriers, and ball mounts. From the center of our hitch pin hole, to the outer most part of our fascia, there's going to be about three inches. That number is important for any of your hitch mount accessories like your bike racks and cargo carriers that fold up.

You want to make sure they're not going to make contact. From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube is going to be about 13 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 we're going to have a 525 pound max tongue weight. That's going be the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. So when you're loading the bike rack, cargo carrier, you want to make sure you're not exceeding that downward pressure. We're going to have a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight which is the 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 that we've gone over some of the features, walk through how to get it installed. To start our installation we need to trim the lower portion of our fascia. So where this tab goes in, right on this corner, we're going go over about three inches and up 1.37 inches. Now this may have to be adjusted a little bit. I measured and it seemed like it was a little bit wider than the range is so what I'm going to do is I'm going to cut on the outside of that line. So that I know I have enough width to get my hitch in place. I'm just going to use a rotary tool with a cutting blade. Next we're going to take a strap, you can hang it really from anywhere, but we want to make sure you go underneath your exhaust pipe. I like to go from the springs because they're easy and then we need to disconnect our exhaust hangers. You're going to have one rubber one here, you're going to have one here and then if we need to we're going to have a third one right here in front of the axle that we can take off. We're going to take a pry bar and we're going to pop the end off. And now I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to remove the third one. It doesn't look like it's dropping quite as far as I want it to, to give me that extra room I need to get up to this frame rail over here. Now we're going be installing our hardware in these two holes. We're going be using the two larger holes to get our hardware up into the frame rail. We're going to take our pull wire, you're going to take the spring end, you're going to feed it into the hole you want to come out of and then come out of the big hole. We're going take a spacer block, you're going to slide it on like that and take your carriage bolt, you're going thread it onto the end of the wire. And you're going have four bolts that are smaller and one larger one, you want to use the four smaller ones. Get our spacer box up in there and get that up in there. We're going to do that same thing with this one and then we're gonna repeat the process on the other side of the vehicle. Then we need to remove the two push pin fasteners. You're going to have one here and you're going to have one on this side. Take a flathead screwdriver, if you have a pick like this, pry out the center and you can pull out the base. Now our instructions are telling us to only go up 1.3 seven inches here. I know from experience, and we kind of test fitted our hitch, and this is not cut enough. So we're actually going to come out to this line and I'm also finding that the underbody panel here is kind of holding the hitch up from going up in there all the way. So I'm going to go ahead and trim that little square out there as well. Now, with an extra set of hands, we're going get our pull wires in the corresponding holes in the hitch, we're going to raise our hitch up into position. We're going to pull out our fascia, slide our hitch up into place. Once we get our hitch up into place, go ahead and pull off one of our wires. We'll install a nut on each side that'll hold our hitch in place while we install our remaining hardware. And we're going have a large carriage bolt, you'll notice the plate here, we want to go on the plate side with the head of the bolt, we're going to take this block, put it here and then install the nut and we'll come back and tighten everything in place. 11 16th's socket, we're going to tighten and then come back and torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Then our lower one, we're going to use a three quarter inch socket and again tighten and torque. Once you have all your hardware torqued to the specifications instructions, go ahead and re-install your two push pin fasteners. Go ahead and reinstall your exhaust in reverse order from where you took it off and you're ready to go. That's going to do it for look an installation on the Etrailer Class Three trailer hitch receiver on a 2018 Honda CRV..


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