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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2022 Honda Odyssey

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2022 Honda Odyssey


Hey neighbors, it's Brad here at etrailer. And today, we're installing a class III receiver hitch from Draw-Tite on a 2022 Honda Odyssey. This is a great looking hitch installed on the vehicle, 'cause only thing you see is your receiver tube, the rest of your center crosspiece is hidden behind the bumper. It gives it a nice sleek look. Solid steel construction, and black powder coat finish, gives it a really nice look as well. Looking at this receiver tube, you can see that it's two-inch-by-two-inch, which is gonna allow you to hook up accessories, whether it be a bike rack, cargo rack, or a ball hitch.

Also, you can see there's a standard 5/8 hitch pin hole, which, the hitch pin is not included with the hitch, but we do have those here at etrailer. You can also see there's rolled steel safety chain loops, which is nice and open to allow us to attach larger style hooks. Let's talk about weight. So our tongue weight capacity, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube is gonna be 525 pounds. Now the gross trailer weight is going to be 3,500 pounds.

And what that is, is your trailer plus the weight of the accessories on it. Now it's very important to check your owner's manual, to see what the vehicle is capable of towing and compare that to what the hitch is rated for. Pick the lowest of the two. Now we're going to do some measurements. From the center of our receiver pin hole to the outside edge of the rear fascia is four inches.

Now that's important to know for when thinking of the accessories that you have, you can make sure that it's not too close to your vehicle and making contact. The other important measurement that you're going to want to know is the top of the receiver tube pitch to the ground, which is about 13 1/2 inches. That's important because that'll determine your ground clearance going up a hill, over bumps, or your cargo carrier bike rack hangs down a little bit lower. It's pretty important to know. Now install on this hitch on the Odyssey was pretty straightforward.

There does require a small amount of trimming, and I know that can be scary on a brand new vehicle, but truly it is worth it for a nice clean look on your hitch. Now, let me walk you through the installation. To begin the installation, we're going to need to remove our plastic garnish on the driver's side here to access our mounting points. So we can begin by separating these push connect clips, which are pretty simple. I'm using plastic, in that way if I do slip, it's not going to scratch our paint. So once you pop that out, the rest of the foot should come with it. Now on our passenger side, there's also two push connects on this exhaust deflector. So, helpful tip, if you don't have a plastic trim removal tool, a flat head with a lot of tape around the edge to prevent from scratching might be the trick. You can also help these out by pushing them on the back side, sometimes that will help. We're gonna head back to our driver's side and we're going to want a 10-millimeter socket. And then as you can see, there is a bolt there that will need to be removed. So we'll just take that off. And then you'll also see, there's a Phillips screw there, which attaches our little splash shield here to this plastic diffuser. So, using a small Phillips head screwdriver, we're going to go ahead and get that removed. So we're at the removal of the exhaust hanger from the exhaust, just a quick spray of a little lubricant there will help you move it along. If you don't have lubricant, you can also use soapy water. Now with a flat head or a pry bar, just press this away from the jaws. So now we're going to remove the two plastic pushpins to start to begin the removal of our rear fascia. Now we're going to remove the four Phillip head screws that are on the wheel well liner to separate the fascia. Move your mud guard and repeat on the other side. Something to keep in mind is the passenger side may still have a plastic push pin in it. Continuing the removal of the rear fascia, we now need to open our rear hatch. Once that's open, you can see here, there's two hex heads. These are five millimeter. Go ahead and take those out. And you can also repeat this on the other side when you're done. Before removing the rear fascia, you're gonna want to tape along the edge where the rear fascia meets the rear quarter panel, and that's going to help protect any scratches or scuffs when removing or reinstalling your bumper. Get the help of another set of hands. We're going to remove the rear fascia by working our way from this edge to the middle. Now be careful with this because there may be some wiring attached. So you don't want to just pull the bumper away and pull the wiring. So take your time and slowly remove it. Now you're gonna have that extra set of hands that just help you remove the rear fascia to help you put the hitch on. Now it helps to have a bolt with a conical tooth washer and the teeth are going to face towards the hitch, have that handy because you're going to hand thread it as you put it on. Slide the passenger side over the exhaust and hand tighten one of the bolts in. Now you can let it go and continue on installing the bolts. Once you have all your hardware hand threaded in, go ahead and tighten them down. So now that you tightened down your hardware, you're going to go back with your torque wrench, set your torque wrench to the proper setting in the instructions manual and make sure that they're all properly installed. So with your rear fascia, you're gonna be trimming a 3 1/2-inch-by-5-inch opening, which I've taped off to keep our lines clean, set the bumper on something that elevates it like a trashcan. That way, it doesn't scratch as you're cutting. We're using tin snips here which should go through it. If you have a rotary tool that also works well. For this part of the instructions, I'm going to trim a 10-inch-by-1-inch section of this under body panel and that's just to allow for clearance of the hitch dropping through. So you can go ahead and use tin snips or a rotary tool, whatever you have handy and just go along that line. So there you have it. Look and installation of our Draw-Tite class III receiver hitch on our 2022 Honda Odyssey..


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