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Recommended Trailer Hitch and Wiring for 2016 Honda Pilot EX


I am looking to buy a trailer hitch and wiring for a 2016 Honda Pilot EX, but I am unsure of the wiring that I need. How do I know if I need a 3-way, 7-way, etc? Thank you,`


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Starting with the hitch I recommend the Draw-Tite # 75225 for your 2016 Honda Pilot, which is a Class III, 2" hitch that is a complete bolt-on installation so no drilling in your Honda's frame will be necessary. I've added a link to a video of this hitch being installed on a 2016 Pilot for you to check out.

As far as wiring, it is going to depend on if your Pilot has the factory tow package or not. It is likely you would know this if you did, but if you are unsure you can contact your Honda dealer with your VIN to find out. If you do have the tow package you would need wiring harness # 118286.

Otherwise, you will need a 4-way # 118760 no matter what if you plan on towing a trailer with lights. A 7-way would be needed if your trailer has brakes and you wanted to use a brake controller; if so, please let me know and I'll be happy to get you what you need. I've added links to video reviews and installs of these parts for you to check out as well.

If you are going to be towing, I recommend checking out Ball Mount Kit # 989900, which may fulfill your towing needs in one tidy package; two ball mounts - one with a 3/4” rise or 2” drop and the other with a 2-3/4” rise or 4” drop - a 1-7/8” hitch ball, a 2” hitch ball, and a pin and clip. You can use the link to the help article on ball mounts I've added to determine if this kit will give you the correct amount of drop or rise. I've also attached a link to our page with each of our ball mounts as well as a video review of the ball mount kit.

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