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etrailer.com Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Honda CR-V

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How to Install the etrailer.com Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Honda CR-V


Speaker 1: Today we're in a 204 Honda CRV. We're gonna be installing the etrailer.com trailer hitch receiver. Part number e98868. Here's what our new etrailer hitch looks like when it's installed. You can see how the tube here sits just below our rear bumper. We're gonna have easy access to our hitch.You can see how the black matte finish is gonna match our rear bumper nicely.

It's gonna have that two inch by two inch opening with a reinforced collar. It features a 5/8's hitch pin hole for securing our accessories. It's gonna work with your hitch pins, or any other locking hitch pins with a 5/8's diameter. The safety chain loops are going to be large enough to fit most chains. It features a gross trailer weight rating of 3500 pounds, which is the pulling capacity of the hitch.

And it features a 350 pound tongue weight which is the fourth push down.Now, with those weight capacities given, you'll want to be sure and check with your CRV's weight capacity and go with what ever number is the lowest. Now we'll give you some dimensions that may help you when purchasing some accessories for your Honda CRV. From the inside top edge of the receiver tube, down to the ground is about 13 and 1/4 of an inch. From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the outside edge of the bumper, is gonna be about two inches.To begin our installation, out first step is to lower the under body panel, here. We got some push pin fasteners here on the outside, and we've also got some 10 millimeter bolts here on the inside.

Lets go ahead and state taking those bolts down. You will want to set those aside, cause we will be reusing them. For the push pin fasteners, you can use a trim panel removal tool, or you can use a flathead screwdriver. Whichever is easiest. They just pop out like this, and then you can pull them out.

You want to be sure to remove the one next to the mudflap. And then, here on the drivers side there's just two fasteners here on the wheel well, they're both Phillip's head screws.So, what we can do is we can just go towards the front of the vehicle and then pull it down. On to our next step, we'll need to lower the exhaust, we've got two rubber isolators, just gonna take some lubricant here. Then you can take a pry bar and just kinda push that off. Then our exhaust is just gonna rest on our sway bar here.Now back to our underbody panel. We need to make a cutout so our hitch can fit up in there and bolt to the frame. So, per our instructions, I measured over, I marked it, then I measured over again, I marked it, then I measured up, then I got my length to finish it out. Now, to cut it out, you can use a box cutter, inaudible 00:03:01, whatever's easiest. So, we'll just start cutting our way across. Now once we've got it cut out, underneath we got out padding here, I would just use some scissors to cut that out.We can go head and reinstall the underbody panel. We'll just fit in back up in position around the wheel well and then push it in place and then reinstall our fasteners. Once you got the holes realigned, simply push that push pin in place and then push it in to lock it. With the underbody panel back in position, lets go head and grab that U-bolt in our kit and place it over our tilt hook. Just pull it down until it moves freely, just like that.Now we're just about ready to put up hitch up in position. Lets go head and clean our threads, and you can pick up a nylon tube cleaning brush on our website. Hit it with some lubricant and then give it a good cleaning. Go ahead and repeat that same process for all your holes. Now, we get four bolts in our kit, each bolt gets a conical tooth washer. You want to make sure those teeth are facing up, we'll raise of hitch up into position, and we'll start threading into place.It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands when you're doing this. On our drivers side, we'll go up through out cut out. On our passengers side we're gonna go up over our exhaust. Now, once we align those holes, like we said, go ahead and start threading in our hardware and then we can give our other hand a rest.Before you tighten everything down, it's a good idea to leave it a little bit loose on the hardware. That way you can line up your U-bolt, push that through, and then we'll put on our hardware. With all of our hardware in position, let's go head and snug everything up. An that's just gonna be an 11/16's socket. For our rear one, you can just kinda push that exhaust to the side, just enough so we can draw that out .With everything snug up, let's go head and torque it down to manufacturers specifications. Now it's time to put our exhaust back up into position. I've gone ahead and put some more lubrication on there, that way we can easily put it back where it was. Just line up the holes for the isolators and push them on. And that's gonna complete out installation of the etrailer.com trailer hitch receiver. Part umber e98868 on our 2014 Honda CRV.


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