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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2021 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2021 Honda Odyssey

Hey everybody, how's it going Today, we're gonna be going over and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver here on our 2021 Honda Odyssey. So this is what our trailer hitch is gonna look like installed. Now, this one does have a visible cross tube, meaning we can see the cross tube below the bumper here, but what this means is we also don't have to make any permanent modifications to the vehicle. And by that, I mean we don't have to trim this underbody fascia panel here. So if we take a closer look at the trailer hitch here, you can see we have a nice shiny black powder coated finish. This is gonna help it blend in well with the vehicle.

It's also gonna help protect our hitch from rust and corrosion. So our trailer hitch here has a class three rating. Therefore, it's gonna be great when used for towing. If we are gonna be towing a trailer, we're gonna have a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount we can pull outward. We're also gonna have a 675 pound tongue weight rating, which is gonna be the downward force here on the receiver tube.

Now, if we choose, we can also use this trailer hitch with a weight distribution system. If we do that, our gross trailer weight capacity is gonna increase to 5,000 pounds. Now keep in mind, the trailer hitch is actually tested separately of the vehicle. So we do actually need to abide by the lower of the two rated components in regards to the towing capacity. So in addition to towing, we can obviously also use our trailer hitch for bike racks and cargo carriers.

So whether we wanna hit the trails or free up some space inside the vehicle we're gonna have plenty of options to choose from because we have the larger two inch by two inch receiver tube opening. So on the side of the receiver tube, we're gonna see we have two pin holes here. The larger one is a 5/8 inch diameter. That's gonna be our standard hitch pin hole, which will accept our standard 5/8 inch diameter hitch pin and clip. Keep in mind, this is gonna be sold separately.

I will say, however, that most bike racks and cargo carriers are gonna come with their own hitch pin, but if you have a ball mount, you'll probably need to pick one of these up. We do have tons of options here at etrailer. Now, if you're wondering what the other hole is gonna be used for, that's gonna be specific for a J-pin stabilization device that has a locking feature as well that helps secure your ball mount a little bit tighter so there's less rattle, and we sell that as well for this hitch, but on the bottom of the trailer hitch, we're gonna see we have our safety chain tabs here. Those will accept both the larger clevis hooks, as well as a smaller S type hooks. So another nice feature about the Draw-Tite hitch here, if we're gonna be using it for towing, we're obviously gonna need a trailer wiring harness. We actually have this nice little welded on bracket to our hitch tube here that allows us to easily mount one of our trailer connectors here. So now we have a couple measurements here for you that are gonna help you when you're selecting your hitch mounted accessories. It's the distance from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube. That'll be useful when you're selecting your ball mount. So you can make sure you get the correct rise and drop to tow your trailer level. That's gonna be right at 13 inches. And then finally, we have the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper. That's gonna be four inches, and that'll be useful when you're selecting your bike racks and cargo carriers. That way, you can make sure while they're in this towed position, that they don't contact the bumper. So in regards to installation, this one is very simple. It's definitely something you guys can do at home by yourselves. We don't have to make any permanent modifications unless we choose to. We really don't need any specialized tools. So aside from that, it's pretty straightforward. Let's go ahead and show you guys how to install it together now. So the first step of our installation, we wanna come over here to the driver's side of the vehicle, underneath the bumper, and we're gonna be looking for a panel here. If present, your model may or may not have this, ours does. So we get to show you what it looks like, but here it is. We actually need to go ahead and remove this to install our trailer hitch. So we're gonna have a few different types of fasteners holding this on. The first ones, what we have here, these little push pin fasteners, we're gonna get a trim panel tool. We're gonna remove each of these. There's gonna be a couple along the outside edges here. We'll just simply take our tool, pry out the center section. We should be able to remove the rest completely. And then if we come inside the wheel well liner here, you're gonna see we have one Phillips head screw up here. That needs to come out as well. With that removed, we should be able to just pull our panel out. We can go ahead and set this aside. So now we're gonna come over to the passenger side here. You're gonna see we have this little plastic exhaust deflector right above the tailpipe. There's gonna be two pushpin fasteners we need to take out cause we need to remove this as well. So the next thing we need to do is to go ahead and lower our exhaust here. Before we do that, we're gonna take some sort of support strap. Chances are, you're probably gonna be on the ground. So it'll make more sense to use a block of wood or some jack stands. You might actually not even need to do this since the vehicle does sit kind of low. There's really not much more room for our exhaust to go, but because we're in the air, we're gonna go ahead and use a cam buckle strap, attach it to two points here on the lower control arms, and then pull that tight just to act as some sort of brace. So now we're gonna take a spray lubricant and we're gonna spray down two of our rubber isolators here, which hold our exhaust up. We have one here, and then we have one sort of in the center as well. So in order to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger, there's two tools you can use. Number one, we have an exhaust hanger removal tool that's designed for this exactly. Chances are, you probably don't have this. So we will show you the other method as well, using a pry bar. Now we have a pry tool here. Normally, we try to wedge it against a piece of metal and sort of use it to pivot it off, but this one, there's not really any wedge point. So we're just gonna take the end of it here. Just firmly grasp the pry bar and just press the isolator off. So now we're gonna go ahead and clean out our weld nuts here. We have three weld nuts, one here, one here and then one here. We'll go ahead and spray a general purpose lubricant in those holes. Then we'll just simply take a wire brush and clean them out. So now we're gonna go ahead and get our hardware ready. We're gonna need three of our hex bolts and three conical tooth washers for each side. We're gonna make sure that the teeth on the conical tooth washer are facing up towards the hitch. So now we're gonna take our trailer hitch here and set it into position. Now, if you have someone else nearby that could help you with that, it's definitely gonna assist in this next step. We have a little pole jack here we're gonna use to help us. So we have three different weld nuts to choose from. We have one at the rear most here, one in the center, and one here in the front. It doesn't matter which one we install for now. We're just gonna use it to help hold the hitch into position. So now that we have one bolt in on each side, we can just go ahead and finish installing your remaining fasteners. So now that we have all of our hardware inserted, we'll come back with our 19-millimeter socket, we'll go ahead and snug them all down. And then the next step would be to come back with our torque wrench here. The specifications can be found in the instructions. So now we're gonna go ahead and raise our exhaust back up into position and install our exhaust deflector. So in regards to the appearance panel, you can actually just leave this off if you want to. They do, Draw-Tite, however, recommends that we trim this a little bit. Now there's gonna be a nice diagram in your instructions. It's pretty easy to trim. If you have a set of tin snips or a razor blade, the best way to do that is to go ahead and just mock it up, and you can kind of see here where it would contact the panel. And that's gonna do it today for our look-in installation of the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver here on our 2021 Honda Odyssey..

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