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etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch Installation - 2019 Honda CR-V

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How to Install the etrailer Class III Trailer Hitch on a 2019 Honda CR-V

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2019 Honda CR-V, we're gonna be showing you how to install the class three two inch trailer hit receiver. But before we do that, why don't we kind of check it out and make sure this will be the right hitch for your Honda. When it comes to the CR-V, these are really popular vehicles and I could see why, it's an awesome SUV, you know and very capable. People use these to do a ton of different things with whether, you know, you're pulling a small trailer around, you know, maybe you got some kayaks or a wave runner or camper. Whatever the case may or, you know, people also use a lot of different accessories with them.

You know, I see other CRV a lot of times with a bike rack on the back that occasionally a cargo carrier and just about everything else. So having a hitch back here just makes sense. You know, it's really gonna open up your opportunity on what you can use your Honda for. With that said, you know, because all those reasons, there's quite a few hitches actually available for the CRV and you want to pick the one out that's gonna make the most sense for you. Honestly, out of all 'em available, this one's probably my favorite.

And I say that for a few different reasons a lot of 'em being the way it's gonna look. I think it has a really nice appearance to it. And another reason is what you're actually or how you're gonna be able to use it. You know, it has good weight capacities and really good clearance. And so it's gonna work for a lot of different things.

So why don't we just kind of elaborate on that a little bit and, you know, make sure that this one will work for you. So I talked about the appearance. I think it looks really good. For the most part, It's gonna be completely hidden. You know, really the only thing you're gonna be able to see is the receiver tube opening there.

And I also like the finish of it. It has the carbide matte black and to me it almost looks factory. You know, it kind of matches the plastic here on your back bumper. So I think it does a good job of kind of blending in. Another important thing to me at least is the fact that it gives us some really good clearance. So not only ground clearance, because you know the only thing you're gonna be able to see is this little piece here, and it's gonna sit up nice and tight against the bottom, but also bumper clearance. So if we look, the end of the receiver tube is gonna be, I mean, pretty much flush with our back bumper and what that is going to allow you to do is take any of those folding type accessories, put 'em in that upright position and not have to worry about 'em hitting the back of your Honda. So with this being a class three hitch, it is gonna have that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. This is a super common size and a lot of different things are gonna be able to work with it. At the end, there's a reinforced collar for a little bit of extra support and it is going to use that standard 5/8 pin. Now keep in mind at pen and clip, do not come included. If you need one, though, not a huge deal. You can always grab one here to etrailer and the safety chain openings are gonna be a loop style. You know, they're pretty good size and will allow us to use just about any size hook that you might have. There are a few popular questions that I do want to address and that is in regards to you, what models, you know, such is gonna work with. And this one will work with all of 'em whether you have an all-wheel drive like we have here today, your front wheel drive, you know, your gasoline and hybrid models. It's gonna work with all of 'em. So, you know, regards which one you have, you'll be in good shape there. Something else that I wanna talk about too is using your hands free lift gate assist. If your Honda has that feature, unfortunately today ours doesn't come equipped with it. So I can't actually show you, but in the past, I've put this hitch on and it does still work, right. You just have to kick your foot to either side of the hitch to get it to open. With that said, though, some people say they do run into some issues with it not working and things like that. It sounds like that's kind of on the rare side but if that does happen to you and you really wanna retain that feature, Honda actually offers a more or less a relocation bracket. So it'll move that sensor around a little bit to clear trailer hitches and allow that feature to still work. So chances are really, really good. You put the hitch on that lift gate will still work like it should. If not, you know, if you're that unlucky person there's a solution for you. You can get that relocation bracket from Honda and everything will open up. As far as the hit's weight capacities go, it's gonna have a 525 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. And that's gonna be the amount of weight that's pushing down on the hitch. So pretty high number actually and should be able to use just about any size bike rack or cargo carrier that you want to for example. As far as hitch's 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. So the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. I do always like to suggest so, you know, it's never a bad idea just to grab your Honda's owner's manual. That way you can make sure your CRV can pull that much weight safely. And with that said, if you are gonna be pulling a trailer around, you do want the lights to work on it. You know, that way people know what's going on, you'll be safe and legal. And to accomplish that, you can always grab some trailer wiring. Now I'm gonna give you a couple of measurements and you can use these to help figure out which hitch mounted accessories to get. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening, that's gonna be about 14 inches. So if you do plan on pulling a trailer, chances are pretty good. You can get a ball mount that has a slight 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 two inches and you can use that measurement to figure out exactly if any of those folding accessories you might have can be stored in that upright position without contacting the back of your Honda. But other than that, at the end of the day, you know, nice hitch. If I had a CRV and I was wanting to put a trailer hitch on it, this would probably be the one that I would go with. As far as the insulation goes, it's really not too bad. You're gonna have to lower your exhaust down a little bit. So you just pry off some hangers to do that. And once that's down, you have quite a bit of room to kind of work and get the hitch up there. So really shouldn't of fight you too much. If you wanna see how that's done, feel free to stick around. We'll go ahead and install the hitch together now. To begin our installation, we're gonna be here underneath the back of our CV. And what we need to do is lower our exhaust on some, that way it'll give us a room that we need to actually get our hitch shaw up. Before we lower it though, I like to take a strap and just run it from side to side. That way we can kind of control how fast and how far we let the exhaust come down. To if the exhaust lower and we're gonna have three isolator hangers that we need to remove. So one just like this on each side of our vehicle and then one more towards the middle. But to get these off, you can spray 'em down with some soapy water, some penetrating oil, whatever you got. And then we're just gonna take a pry bar. And pry those ends off 'Cause that's, what's holding our exhaust up. So I already did this for the other side and then we can come here to the middle. So with this one, don't really have a great angle here but we'll make it work. Doesn't really matter which side you pry off. Whichever one's the easiest. I'm using that soapy water. Really does go a long way. So that worked pretty good. We'll pull that off and then we should be able to loosen up our strap. We're gonna let the exhaust come down some. Now, if you look on the bottom of our frame rail, we can get our hardware in place. And so we're gonna have two attachment points. We're gonna be using this one and this one and it's gonna be set up the same on the other side of our vehicle. So from this point on anything you do to this side, we're also gonna repeat to the other side 'cause it'll be so the same way. Well, with that said, what you're gonna do is take the coil under your fish wire, run it through the attachment point through that larger opening. And then you can take the spacer block the smaller carriage bolts, thread those on, push it on through. Drop it down, make sure that bolt comes down all the way and kind of feel it lock into that. To that square opening there on your spacer block. So we'll grab our other fish wire. Do the same thing. Get that threaded on. Pushed that pin to place and drop it up. So at this point we need to trim out part of our fascia. And so I went ahead and marked that out. There is some measurements in your instructions. Make this a little bit easier though, I pulled out this trim panel fastener. I'ma pull this one up too. So with these, just take a flat blade screwdriver and pry underneath the head. We'll pull that out and that'll just give us some more working room here, you know, and make sure when you do this, feel it behind there, make sure you don't have any wires or anything like that, which we're in good shape. And I'm just gonna use a pair of snips here to cut this material out. You can also use a Dremel tool combination of both. Sometimes even a sharp utility knife can do the trick which I may use to score this top part here but we'll see. The reason we're doing this is to allow a little bit more room for our hitch. So we'll shoot up there, not a big deal. I'll come back with the razor edge and kind of clean everything up. So I got our edge cleaned up. I'm just took a razor knife and just kinda skimmed it. And this underbody panel, I believe in the past, I run into some issues with that kind of hitting and interfering a little bit too. So I figured make it easy on us, we'll just cut out a little bit of that portion too, just so we have a clear opening there. So again, I'll just grab my snips here and that little piece out the way. Now with an extra set of hands, you could take our hitch, get it into position. So you're gonna want to take the corresponding pull wires and put 'em in the appropriate and holes in the hitch here. You can lift this up and while we're lifting, we're gonna have to kind of pull back on our fascia, get the hitch up there. And we should be able to pull on our wires here and get the bolts to drop through. Once they're drop through, you can remove the fish wire, take the flange nut and get at least one started on each side, hand tight. That way the hitch will support itself. So once the hatch is in place, you come here to your tow hook, you're gonna have a large carriage bolt just slide that through a big spacer block and a flange nut. So we'll get that started. And then once we have this started, we can grab these pins here that we took out and just simply just push those back into place. So once you have all of your hardware in place and hand tight and come back and snug it down. So for these bolts here, or nuts rather, you're gonna use an 11/16 size socket. And then for the one here in the center, you can use either a 19 millimeter or a three quarter inch socket. both of 'em will work just fine. Once all of your hardware is snug, we're gonna completely tighten it using a torque wrench. You can find that torque spec in the instructions. You don't have a torque wrench, you can grab one etrailer or a lot of times go to your local auto parts store and they'll have one there available to rent. Something that I did that you guys can do too, if you want to, is I actually painted our hardware black, kind of just helps it blend in a little bit and actually take the box if the hitch comes in and cut it up and kind of cover everything up here. That way when you're painting, you're not getting all the spray everywhere. So, you know, looks a little bit better, but with that said, that done, now we can simply just rehang our exhaust. So to rehang it, you wanna spray it down again and line it up. And these, you can just do by hand. So we'll get them on there. We're pretty tight so spraying 'em down really goes a long way. So I got the other side down already that leaves us with just one more here in the center, and with the exhaust supporting itself again, we can go ahead and remove our strap. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the trailer hitch receiver on our 2019 Honda-CRV..

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