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Recommended Trailer Hitch for Hauling a Trailer With a 2004 Honda CR-V

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Hello, Im in the process of looking for a hitch for my 2004 Honda CR-V. That being said I will be pulling a 17 ft Aluminium Jet Drive Boat and a 14 ft utility trailer with up to 3 ATVS on it and the occasional use of a hitch mounted carrier. I see that you carry 2 different brands of hitches, Curt and Draw-Tite. Which of the 2 do you recommend for my CR-V id prefer whichever is the heavier or better built for heavy use. Thanks

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Although the Curt and Draw-Tite are both very good hitches, for your application I recommend getting the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Hitch # 75690 to use on your 2004 Honda CR-V. With the Curt hitch for your vehicle, if you are going to be using the hitch for anything but towing then you are required to use a stabilizing strap, otherwise you will void your warranty.

The Max Gross Trailer Weight for the Draw-Tite # 75690 is 3,500 lbs and the Max Tongue Weight is 350 lbs.When I looked up the owners manual for your Honda there are a few different variables that go into determining what your weight limits are, so you will want to consult your manual to make sure that you do not overload your CR-V.

Since you will be towing a trailer you will want to hook up a wiring harness so that you can have power to the lights on your trailer. I recommend using the Hopkins Wiring Harness, part # 43105, which we actually have a video of being installed on a 2004 CR-V that I will attach for you. If, by chance, your boat trailer has a 7-Way wiring harness and which utilizes electric brakes you will want to use part # ETBC7. This will give you a 4-Way and a 7-Way connection at the back of your CR-V. If you don't have a brake controller but will need one, one of our most popular controllers is the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195.

If you do not have a ball mount or hitch ball yet, a good starter option would be the Ball Mount Kit # 989900, although you will want to do some measuring to see if this will work for your application. I have attached a helpful article that shows how to determine what kind of ball mount that you need.

If you would like assistance picking out a hitch mounted carrier, you could either let me know what it is you are looking for and I can help you find something, or you can follow the link to the cargo carriers that I attached. You can narrow down your search to what you want by clicking on the specifications.

I have attached some demonstration videos for you as well.

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