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Parts Needed to Tow a Trailer With a 2010 Honda Odyssey

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I am a single mom from Utah that wants to take her children camping. I have a 2010 Honda Odyssey. Ive been reading blogs re towing a lite trailer one I already placed a deposit and need to pick up in Fargo ND. The blogs seem to state more positive than negative when it comes using the Odyssey to tow a trailer. But the bad sounds scary. The trailer is a Bumper Hitch Trailer 17 foot Scamper ECO 2,350 #. The 2010 Odyssey states its tow capacity at 3,500#. I see many of the blogs state that installing trans and steering coolers makes it all okay. What do you guys have to say and what kind of tow hitch will I need to install to my Odyssey please?

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By all means, take your children camping! I took a look at the owner's manual for a 2010 Honda Odyssey and it looks like the maximum total trailer weight (the weight of your loaded trailer) you Odyssey can tow is going to depend on the number of occupants.

According to the manual, the number of occupants is calculated at 150 lbs per person, so take that into account, though it seems likely your Odyssey will still have enough capacity for a 2,300 lb trailer, just be mindful of the amount of weight you are loading into the trailer itself. The manual also states you will need sway control and as you mentioned, a transmission fluid cooler and a power steering fluid cooler.

Having said all that, I can get you a list of all the parts you need, starting with a trailer hitch, the Draw-Tite # 75270 and to add a 4-flat to your Odyssey so you can power your trailer's lights I recommend the Hopkins # HM11143115.

You will also need a ball mount, hitch ball and pin and clip. In order to choose the correct ball mount, you need to know the difference between the height to the top of your hitch receiver and the height to the bottom of your Scamper's coupler. We have test fit the Draw-Tite hitch on a 2010 Odyssey so I can tell you that it measures 11" to the top of the receiver so if you give the seller of your trailer a call they should be able to tell you the measurement to the bottom of its coupler.

If the height of your hitch is greater, you will need a ball mount with that amount of drop. If the height of the coupler is greater, you'll need a ball mount with that amount of rise. For example, because the top of the hitch on your Odyssey measured 11 inches, if the bottom of the Scamper's coupler measured 14 inches you would need a ball mount with 3" of rise such as the Draw-Tite # 40345. Depending on the hitch ball the Scamper's coupler takes this ball mount would need 1-7/8" Hitch Ball # 19260 or 2" Hitch Ball # C40020; for a pin and clip you can use part # PC3.

For your coolers, there is a dual cooler which will work for you, the Derale Combination Cooler # D13302 which you'll need to install with Installation Kit # D12006. This cooler will work as both a transmission AND power steering cooler in one so you do not have to try and fit two coolers in your Odyssey.

Finally, there is sway control, and I recommend Friction Sway Control Kit # 83660; you will also need Sway-Control Bracket # RP26003. The sway control will simply attach to the side of your trailer tongue while the bracket is put on your ball mount and is the system's attachment point.

Using all of these parts together will create the safest possible scenario to take plenty of camping trips together in your new trailer.

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