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Recommended Trailer Hitch for a 2008 Acura RDX

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Im looking at hitches with 1 1/4inch receivers for my 2008 Acura RDX. The Curt C12004 and the Draw-Tite 75563, any idea why there is a price difference between them?

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For your 2008 Acura RDX, the two 2" hitch receivers you mentioned, # 13536 and # 75563, have the different tongue weight and towing weight ratings. The # 13536 has a 300-lb tongue weight and 3500-lb towing weight, while the # 75563 has a 400-lb tongue weight and 4000-lb towing weight. They both have a similar design and mount. One distinguishable difference is that the Curt hitch is made in the USA and the Draw-Tite hitch is made in Mexico. Also, Curt requires the use of a stabilization strap, like part # 18050, when carrying any non-trailer loads such as a bike rack or cargo carrier.

If you choose to tow a trailer, you will want to get a ball mount like Curt Class II Drawbar # C45503, but you will want to make sure you have the right rise or drop on your ball mount to tow a trailer level. You will also want a hitch ball in either a 1-7/8" like Tow Ready's # 19256 or a 2" hitch ball like # 19258.

I checked the owner's manual for your 2008 Acura RDX, and based on what the manufacturer says this vehicle can safely tow, I'd recommend an upgrade to a Class III hitch receiver like Draw-Tite # 75563. This hitch will give you a 400 lb total tongue weight and a 4000 lbs towing capacity. That would still be within the manufacturers recommendations. Even if you chose not to use the hitch receiver to tow a trailer, the 2 inch hitch opening gives you many more options for accessories like bike racks and cargo carriers.

If you choose a Class III hitch receiver and plan to tow a trailer, I'd recommend the B&W Tow & Stow 2 Ball Mount, # BWTS10035B. This is an adjustable mount to account for up to a 3-1/2 inch rise or a 3 inch drop and includes both hitch ball sizes.

If you will be towing, you will also need a wiring harness. I'd recommend the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Connector for your 2008 Acura RDX, # 118500.

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