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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2020 Honda Pilot

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Honda Pilot


Connor : Hey guys. Connor here at etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the CURT class 3 trailer hitch for our 2020 Honda pilot. Now as you can see here, we have a very clean finished install look. This hitch has a hidden design, meaning the main cross tube is actually tucked under here behind the bumper, so we're not going to see any of that from outside the vehicle. The only part we are going to see is the part we need, which is the receiver tube opening right here.

Now, as you can see here, CURT has a really nice glossy powder coat finish. It just looks really nice on the back of the vehicle and it doesn't stand out too much. At least keep in mind if our vehicle is equipped with a hands-free liftgate feature, we want to make sure we place our foot on either side of the receiver tube opening here. That way we can trigger the sensors.Now another feature I really like about this CURT hitch is the overall design and that it's tucked up right under the rear bumper here. Now this is going to do two things.

Number one, it's going to give us the hidden look we have for, and it's also going to improve our ground clearance. So we don't have to worry about scraping on some of the steep driveways. And as we can see here, there is no cutting or trimming of the spaceship panel here. It just simply sits and butts up right underneath it.Now our CURT class 3 trailer hitch here has a two inch receiver tube opening. This two inch receiver tube opening is going to be great of course for not only telling, but also bike racks and cargo carriers because it just gives you a lot more variety to choose from.This trailer hitch has a 6,000 pound gross trailer weight capacity, which is essentially what we're going to be pulling behind the fully loaded trailer as well as a 900 pound vertical load rating, which is essentially at tongue weight and the downward force.

Now keep in mind this trailer hitch can be used with a weight distribution system and that's up our gross trailer weight rating to 8,000 pounds. However, our tongue weight rating will remain the same.A couple of the things we see here on the side of our receiver tube opening is number one, the hitch pin hole. The hitch pin hole is going to be the standard five eights inch diameter. This is going to be used to secure our ball mounts, our bike racks and our cargo carriers. If we keep in mind here, there is an additional pin and clip sold separately, which we have here at etrailer.com.

This is just going to simply insert into the hole here.We're going to secure on the other side with our clip. Now if needed, we can provide a little bit of security and obtain a locking hitch pin, which is also here available here at etrailer.com. Now if we take a look down here, we see we have two safety chain loops on either side of the hitch receiver tube opening. Now, these are going to accept are smaller S type hooks, which we're going to find on some of the light duty trailers. You can see here fits in there nicely. Clearly our hitch pin here. We're also going to be able to accommodate the larger clevis hook, which is going to be found on some of our medium and heavy duty trailers and again, it fits nicely over the safety chain loop and we don't have any interference with our hitch pin.This CURT class 3 trailer hitch is very easy to install by yourself. You can do this at home, with just common handhold tools as well as on the ground. We don't need to really lift the vehicle up in the air at all. There was only three bolts per side. There is no drilling, there's no welding and there's no cutting of bumper fascia here.Now another thing I really like about this is, as explained earlier, there's no cutting to the rear fascia here, which is required on some of the other hitches where the receiver tube sits up closer to the bumper. This means we don't need to make any permanent modifications to our new vehicle. Now a few measurements you want to keep in mind when selecting your ball mount or bike rack or cargo carrier are the distances from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the outer edge of the bumper. That's going to be four and a half inches.Now this is going to ensure that we don't have any issues with our folding bike racks and cargo carriers coming in contact with the vehicle. The other measurement we have here is the distance from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube and this is going to be useful when we're selecting our ball mount so we get the correct rise and drop to match our trailer.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how easy this hitches to install on your own. To start our installation today, the first thing we're going to want to do is open the rear hatch on our vehicle here because we're going to need to access the inside so we can lower the spare tire, which is in going to allow us to raise our hitch up into position. So there is going to be a button on the underside here we can press. We can come in here and there's going to be a few panels we need to remove first in order so we can get to the nut to lower the spare tire down. The first one, just outer panel here. We can go ahead and release the lever here, pull it out of position. Now place it up here in the vehicle to get it out of our way.Now that we have the top panel out of the way, we can go ahead and work our way down to this center hole here. This is going to expose the nut for the spare tire. So we want to take our trim panel tool here and just pray this cover off. And then we have a rubber plug here which needs to be removed as well. We can take our same trim panel tool or a flathead screwdriver, whatever you have on hand, just gently ease that out, making sure we don't damage the grommet.So this is going to expose the nut or bolt here if you will, to lower our spare tire. Now in order to lower it down and turn this, there's going to be some tools we're going to need, which are also located in the vehicle and they're going to be on the driver's side here. Behind this panel. We want to simply remove this and as you can see here we have our two holes, we have our two tools here.So we're going to have to pry out from this panel here. Just take our trim panel tool again, just lift it up to break those three. So how this works is, we're going to place the socket in here over the bolt here that we removed the plug from. We're going to simply place that over there. And then what we do here is we take this other end with the indented head here. We're going to insert that through the hole here on the crowbar and now this is going to allow us to turn counterclockwise and this is actually going to loosen up the spare tire. We hear it break free down there. Then once we get it nice and loose we can lower the rest by hand by just simply turning this crowbar here.Now, we don't need to go all the way down so I recommend giving it a few turns and then looking underneath to see how far down the spare tire has moved. Now as you can see here we have the spare tire load already. We're going to go ahead and give it a couple more rotations to lower it more. It's basically just going to help with lining the hitch up on the frame a little bit easier.Now before we raise our hitch up into position, we want to take a look at the hardware that came with our kit. Now we're going to have six in 14 hex head bolts here. We're also going to have six matching conical tooth washers and what we need to make note of is these washers here. Now we see the teeth on the outside parameter here. We just want to make sure when you insert a bolt through here that these are going to be facing up towards the trailer hitch and not down at the bolt head.Now we're going to need a 22 millimeter socket in order to tighten these down. So in order to get our hitch up into position, we're going to want to grab a couple of set of hands because it's going to make this a lot easier. So now that we have our spare tire down, we're going to want to be careful. We're going to slide our hitch up under the bumper and over the spare tire here and just start things out. We're just going to get one bolt installed on each side here, to hold the hitch in place. Now we have all six of our bolts against the frame and hand tight. I want to go ahead and take our ratchet here and again our 22 millimeter socket, we're just going to touch everything up to make it nice and snug. This is going to take some work out of the process and we going to torque everything back down with torque wrench.Well, our next step here is to take our torque wrench and we're going to torque all six of our fasteners down to the specified mountain in our instructions. So now that we have all of our fasteners torqued down to the specifications on our owner's manual, we can go ahead and raise the spare tire back up into its position, which we again do through the hatch there in that rear panel.Now that we have our hitch up into position, we have all our fasteners torqued down to the specifications in our manual and we raised the spare tire back under the vehicle.That's going to do it today for our CURT class 3 trailer hitch, our 2020 Honda pilot.


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