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Recommended Towing Capacity Of A 2015 Honda Accord EX-L With Class I Hitch

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I saw the response to the question about a bike carrier for a Honda Fit. My question: Will a Curt class I hitch installed on my 2015 Honda Accord EX-L cause a warranty issue? I use it to tow a small aluminum Trailex Sport Utility trailer, model SUT-200-S, which weighs 120 pounds. Boat, including oars and sliding seat rowing rig, weighs 150 pounds. Combined weight of trailer and load is, therefore, 270 pounds. Estimated tongue weight is about 40 pounds. Thank you.

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Per manufacturer's guidelines, the towing capacity of your 2015 Honda Accord EX-L with one passenger in the vehicle is rated at 1,000 lbs. whereas the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch is rated for a maximum 2,000 lbs. of gross trailer weight (GTW) and 200 lbs. of tongue weight (TW). Therefore you must abide by the lower of the two, being the car. As these capacities are well in-line with the trailer you plan to be hauling, there will be no warranty issues with this setup.

I have attached an installation video for your review.

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Rorschandt

The instructions mention connecting the POSITIVE cable to the battery, but the step by step instructions neglect this step. Is the necessity for this connection eliminated by the custom wiring harness?

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Reply from Chris R.

The black 12V wire does need to be run up and connected to the battery's positive post. It looks like it's mentioned on Step 9 in the instructions. This is needed to provide power to the harness.

Rorschandt

I just purchased a 2017 Accord Hybrid. I need a hitch for my bicycle rack, and occasionally to tow a small utility trailer. Is this car rated for that "1000lb" ?

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Reply from Chris R.

I checked the online version of the owner's manual for your 2017 Accord and it did list a 1,000 pound towing capacity. It did not specify a different limit for the Hybrid model. I might still check with a local Honda dealer to be sure - if you give them your VIN they will be able to verify its towing limits. The Curt # C11681 will work perfectly for a hitch and for the wiring harness (to power a trailer's signal lights) I recommend the Curt # C56173 .

Reply from Rorschandt

@ChrisR Thank you!

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Reply from Chris R.

@Rorschandt No problem at all!

Reply from Rorschandt

@ChrisR Thanks. When I look under the car. there appears to be an plastic aerodynamic panel (or 2 ) where the hitch needs to be. This brought up 2 thoughts, a) I suppose slots could be cut in it to allow the hitch parts to poke through and b) if the manufacturer thought it necessary for an aerodynamic panel to be there, just how much impact will a very un-aerodynamic hitch cause?

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Reply from Chris R.

@Rorschandt That underbody panel will indeed need to be trimmed. If you check out the install manual attached on the Curt # C11681 product page you can see a couple diagrams that show exactly what needs to be cut. This won't negatively affect any of the protection that those panels provided, as the hitch itself will essentially take their place.

Reply from Rorschandt

@ChrisR Thank you.

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Reply from Chris R.

@Rorschandt Anytime.

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