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Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver, Wiring Harness and Brake Controller for 2018 Mazda CX-5

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Hi, I have a 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring with no factory installed towing gear. Id like to set it up with a 2 class 3 hitch receiver that looks as unobtrusive as possible, plus the wiring and mounting so I can tow either a utility trailer that uses a 4 way flat connector or a small camper that uses a 7 way connector with electric brakes. It seems like the Draw-Tite 76138 and the Curt 13315 are the options for the receiver. It also looks like Curt and Tekonsha make wiring harnesses with modulator for the 4 pin flat, and you have some kits that include wiring harnesses for both 4 and 7 pin. I guess Id also need a mount for the 4 and 7 pin brackets. Im new at this and getting a little confused. What do you recommend that I get for the entire set of parts Ill need? Thanks!

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We can get you set up with the trailer hitch receiver, wiring harness and brake controller you need for your 2018 Mazda CX-5, starting with the hitch, and for that I recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76138.

I prefer the Draw-Tite over the Curt Trailer Hitch # C13315 or etrailer Trailer Hitch # e98902 due to the Draw-Tite's larger capacities which speak to its overall strength, but essentially the two are otherwise interchangeable so you can go with the least expensive option and won't be at any disadvantage. I have added a link to a video install for you to check out as well.

Since you mentioned you would be towing trailers with a 4-way and a 7-way you will need to add a 7-way, and to install it the first thing you will need to add is a 4-way, the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118746.

You should note this is designed to store in your spare tire area so you'll need to find a way to get the connector underneath your Mazda, possibly by enlarging a hole underneath the spare tire. After that, to get the 7-way connector, circuit breakers, and the rest of the hardware needed to install a brake controller you need the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7.

For a brake controller I recommend the Brake EVN # TK63VR.

This is an easy-to-use, highly effective proportional controller that is going to serve you very well but at a lesser cost than other "name" brands. To install this you will also need the Brake Control Plug-In Harness # 20127.

And for mounting the 7-way, because the hitch is recessed under your Mazda's fascia, you will need to use the Curt Easy Mount Bracket # C58000.

I have added links to video installs and reviews for you to check out as well.

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