Best 2005 Honda Odyssey Hitch Options

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Best 2005 Honda Odyssey Hitch Options


Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitch option on our 2005 Honda Odyssey. The hitch on the top of our rack here is going to be the CURT Class 3, part number C13068. Followed by the Draw-Tite Class 3 Max Frame Hitch, part number 75270. Our third hitch is going to be the CURT Class 2, part number C12031. The hitch on the bottom is going to be the Draw-Tite Class 2, part number 36417. You're going to notice that we have a difference in hitches here. The top 2 are going to be class 3 hitches, these bottom 2 are going to be class 2.

That's going to give you a 2 inch opening on our class 3s, an inch and a quarter on our class 2s. Another difference you're going to notice on our class 3 hitches is the CURT is going to have one 5/8 hitch pinhole. The Draw-Tite is going to have our standard 5/8 hitch pinhole, and it's going to have a half inch hole for our J-Pin stabilization device. Another difference you're going to notice on our class 3 is that on our CURT, it's a nice, smooth transition here with this plate where it's welded all the way around the outside. Our Draw-Tite, it's an open end tube here that protrudes out past the edge. They're both going to be the same strength, it's just going to be aesthetics from the rear of the vehicle.

Another difference you're going to notice is how they mount. On on our CURT, we're going to use the 2 rearward holes, we're going to use factory weld nuts. The forward most hole is going to use a carriage bolt that we're going to fish through an existing hole in the frame. For our Draw-Tite, it's going to use 3 existing weld nuts to attach it. Another difference in our 2 class 3 hitches is going to be our CURT is going to have 350 pounds of tongue weight, which is the amount of downward force, and 3500 pounds of gross trailer weight, which is the amount it can pull with a loaded trailer. If you're going to use weight distribution, that's going to bring you up to 500 pounds of tongue weight and 5000 pounds of gross trailer weight.

Now with our Draw-Tite, we're going to have 675 pounds of tongue weight and 4500 pounds of gross trailer weight. If you go up to a weight distribution with that, you're going to stay at 675 on your tongue weight, but we're going to move up to 5000 pounds on our gross trailer weight. The difference in the length here is what's going to give you a little bit of extra carrying capacity on the Draw-Tite over the CURT. Now, we're going to go ahead and show you the differences of our class 2 hitches. You can see on our CURT hitch, it's a nice round tube design where our Draw-Tite is going to be a square tube design. Another difference you're going to notice between the CURT and the Draw-Tite is the Draw-Tite uses a round 00:03:16 style safety chain loop.

It's going to give you a nice, large hole for your large safety hooks. Where the CURT is going to have a flat steel with a little bit smaller diameter hole, so if you have a really large safety chain loop hook, it may not fit into there. Another difference you're going to notice is on our CURT, it's got a reinforcement plate on the top and the bottom as well. Where our Draw-Tite is only going to have one across the top. Another difference you're going to notice between the CURT and the Draw-Tite is the Draw-Tite is only going to use 2 holes to mount it into the factory weld nuts. Where your CURT is going to use 2 of the factory weld nuts and we're going to have fish that third bolt down through the existing hole in the frame. Like the class 3s, the CURT has got a more aesthetically pleasing side cover here. Where the Draw-Tite is going to pass through and stick out, stick past the edge of our plate on the hitch. On our class 2s here, our CURT is going to have a 350 pound tongue weight and a 3500 pound gross trailer weight. Our Draw-Tite is going to be 300 pounds of tongue weight with 3500 pounds of gross trailer weight. Now a note on the CURT, if you're using it for a non-trailer load such as a cargo carrier or a bike rack, they recommend the use of a stabilization strap. Another difference between our class 3 hitches and our class 2 is the class 2 are both going to come with a hitch pin and clip. That's included with your kit. All of our hitches are going to be a nice black powder coated finish. It's going to help protect against rust and corrosion, and keep them looking nice for years to come. They're all going to tuck up nicely under the back of your vehicle so it's going to fit up against the bottom fascia 00:05:05. They're all going to have this reinforcement collar around the outside so if you're going to use an anti-rattle collar or anti-rattle device to go around your hitch, it's going to clamp on the outside of that. You can see we have a Draw-Tite class 3 hitch installed here on our 2016 Odyssey. You can see it fits up very nice against the bottom of our vehicle. With the black powder coated finish, it's going to make it aesthetically pleasing. I hope this aids you in your buying decision for a hitch for your 2016 Honda Odyssey.


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