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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Honda Odyssey - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2013 Honda Odyssey, we will be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Max Frame custom fit class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part #75270. Here's what our class 3 trailer hitch is going to look like once it's installed. It's going to have a nice round tube design the full width of the back of the vehicle, tucked up underneath with a nice black gloss finish to blend in but the bottom side of the vehicle and if you're going to see it from the backside, it's going to be rather aesthetically pleasing. Maximum tongue weight capacity will be 675 pounds. Maximum towing capacity, is going to be your trailer with everything included is going to be 4,500 pounds. Now, with weight distribution your maximum tongue weight capacity will still remain the same at 675 pounds but your maximum gross vehicle weight of your trailer that your going to be towing and towing capacity will go up to 5,000 pounds. Now it's going to have that plate steel design for our chain tie-downs and it's going to be fully welded to add strength and dependability. Now with that black powder coat finish, it's also going to prevent any kind of rust and corrosion.

On the side here, we're going to have 2 pinholes. A 5/8th inch pinhole to attach all your 2 inch trailer and your accessories as well as a 1/2 inch pinhole directly in front of it for your J Pin stabilization device. Now that we've got a better look at our hitch once it's installed, let's go ahead and get a few measurements to better assist you in selecting from those mini-hitch accessories for your new 2 inch receiver such as: ball mounts, bike racks and cargo carriers. From the center of our pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's going to be about 5-3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground, it's going to be about 12 inches. Now let's go ahead and see how it's installed.

Firs thing we're going to need to do in the installation of our new hitch is remove the under body panel on the driver's side. We use a flat blade screwdriver or trim panel removal tool to pop the centers out and lower these fasteners. We'll have 3 fasteners around the outside and one on the back. The one on the back is going to be a 10 millimeter screw located up here at the top. You can see our Philips head screw also attaching this panel just behind the rear driver's mud flap, located right here. Go ahead and remove that as well so we can pull down that panel.

You may also need to remove the driver's side mud flap to gain access to that final screw. Once you have that screw removed, we'll go ahead and lower down that driver's side appearance panel and return that back to the owner. Now go ahead and reinstall our driver's side mud flap now that we have that appearance panel down. You're going to have 2 attachment points here at the rear, which will be the weld nuts and 1 weld nut just toward the exhaust hangar. If it makes it easier you can also lower down the exhaust to give you a little bit more working room but it's not required. Use a little spray lubricant to spray off the weld nuts and clean them out.

This will make it easier to attach your hardware. Use a tube brush part #814092 if necessary to help you clean out those threads. Go ahead and use our spacer block to go in between our receiver hitch and the frame. So it should look about like so. Then on the bottom side of our receiver, going through the receiver and into the frame into the existing weld nuts we're going to use our bolt with our conical toothed washer with the teeth facing towards the receiver. Let's go ahead and get an extra set of hands to help us raise our hitch into place. Go ahead and secure our front attachment. Just get it started and then we can slide those blocks in and the attachments. Now with our bolts started, we'll go ahead and repeat that same process on the passenger side. Go ahead and tighten down our hardware. Now, with our hardware tightened down we'll go ahead and torque it to manufacturers specifications noted in our instructions. That will do it for our review and installation of the Draw-Tite Max Frame custom fit class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part #75270 on our 2013 Honda Odyssey. .

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