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Why Does Curt Class I Hitch # C11681 Require Stabilization Strap But the Draw-Tite # 24899 Does Not


Hi, Your posting said Curt should use Stablization Straps, and that the Draw Tite does not. Is this b/c the Draw Tite is stronger/has betterfoot fit, but the Curt is weaker or the fit is not as good? I like the look of the Curt, but if its not as strong, I might have to consider others.


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Curt does require that in order to maintain the limited lifetime warranty coverage on their Class I trailer hitch receivers a stabilizing strap must be used. This precaution does not indicate any weakness in the Curt hitch as compared to the Draw-Tite or Hidden-Hitch models. All are built to essentially identical standards. Curt simply chooses to be extra cautious by requiring use of the strap, which is a very good idea with any of the available hitches.

Curt strap # 18050 is a cost-effective easy-to-use accessory that is a good option for any of the hitches we offer, even though it is not officially required by Draw-Tite or Hidden-Hitch. The strap will both help to take up some of the tongue weight load on the hitch and also to reduce the tendency for the attached item to move around while under way. This is a good preventive step for protecting both the hitch of your choice and your Accord frame, which carries the load of anything on the hitch. Please see the linked video.

All three of the hitches offered for your 2013 Honda Accord can be seen on the link provided. All are Class I
light-duty hitches with a 1-1/4-inch receiver opening and all share the same 200-lb tongue weight rating, which is the downward force on the hitch from what is attached to it. This makes them suitable for use with accessories such as a 2-bike Class I rack (but not a larger one) or a Class I cargo carrier. The linked article on hitch classes provides additional important information on hitch capacities.

Please note that your 2013 Honda Accord is only rated for towing up to 1000-lbs. please refer to your owner's manual to confirm.

For reference I have included a link to our pages for all 2-bike hanging-style Class I bike racks as well as to all Class I cargo carriers. Please note that the combined weight of the carriers and their contents cannot exceed the 200-lb tongue weight limit on the hitches. This is true for both bike racks and cargo carriers.

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