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Trailer Hitch and Brake Controller Recommendation for 2018 Honda Odyssey


I am looking to tow a v-nose 5x8, 3000lb gvwr enclosed trailer behind a 2018 honda odyssey. The max towing capacity for the odyssey is 3000lb. What hitch setup would you recommend? In your experience, are trailer brakes absolutely necessary given this setup or can someone get by safely with cautious driving and common sense?


Expert Reply:

If you'd be towing at your vehicle's capacity a brake controller would be a very good idea.

You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118753.

From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well.

For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup.

For a hitch the Draw Tite part # 76171 would be a great option. I attached an install video for this as well.

If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag.

If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount with the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level, check out the link I have included that explains how to measure to choose a ball mount to tow the trailer level.

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Jameson C

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