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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Honda Odyssey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Honda Odyssey


Today is the 2015 Honda Odyssey. We're going to show you a Curt Class 3 two inch receiver hitch, part number C13068. This is what our hitch looks like on our Odyssey. You see the it does sit below the bumper, but it does tuck up right against the bumper. This will give you as much ground clearance as it can being tucked up close to the vehicle. All right, let's take a closer look at the receiver end. Up on the front there is a reinforcement collar.

It has a symmetrical shape- Seam is on the back, as well as the front, nice little finished touch to it. This is our two inch opening. Go back down a little bit, here is our hitch pin opening, that uses a five-eights of an inch hitch pin or your favorite locking pin. On the bottom we have a plate that also doubles as a place for your safety chains. Nice sleek look compared to your regular loop style. Then the body of the hitch- Of course we see the round stock, and the tubing goes all the way across to both sides.

The hitch by itself is good for 350 pounds tongue weight, which is the weight that pushes down on the hitch. It's good for 3,500 pounds pulling weight on a trailer. Now when you add a separate weight distribution assembly to it, the tongue weight actually goes up to 500 pounds and pull weight goes up to 5,000 pounds. Always double-check with your owners manual to make sure that your vehicle can handle these types of loads. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the top receiver opening down to the ground will be about 14 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper would be about five and three-quarter inches. Next, we'll go ahead and show you how we install the hitch.

We'll start off with the passenger side and lower the exhaust. We'll spray it down with some lubricant, and then we'll go ahead and pry off the rubber hanger. On our driver side, we need to remove this panel. There will be three plastic fasteners on the outside edge, plus a couple more on the back side. To remove the plastic fastener, take a flat-blade screwdriver, pop open the centers, and you can pull off the rivet.

Sometimes you'll have to pry it out as well. Some vehicles will have this extra trim panel here, and one of the fasteners is hidden behind it, so we need to go ahead and loosen this up by taking out these two screws with a Philips screwdriver. Back behind the tire, there is a bolt we have to remove using a ten millimeter socket. Now there's another ten millimeter bolt right here we have to remove. One final bolt right here using a Philips head screwdriver. Then we can go ahead and take this panel down. This is an option part here; you can leave this off after you have your hitch installed, or you can put it back on. Next up on getting our vehicle ready is we need to clean out the holes that have threads in them. Once again we'll use this spray lubricant on them and use a tube brush to help clean out the threads. Take one of the hitch bolts to make sure they thread in okay. This is our driver side done, we'll repeat the same thing over on the passenger side. Now our hitch are going to use these two holes here and here on the passenger side. On our driver side, it's going to use the two same threaded holes and also this hole right here, which does not have any threads. We'll start our install of the hitch with this hole. Inside the frame for this hole, we need to install the carriage bolt and the block. To help us do that, the kit comes with a bolt leader. We'll take our bolt leader, run it through the hole we're going to use and out this larger hole, which will be our access hole. We'll thread our block on, push into the frame, thread on our carriage bolt, push that to the frame as well, and pull it out the hole. At this point, you can leave the bolt leader on or off. If you leave it on and accidentally push it back into the frame, you can easily pull it back down. We'll use a metric bolt and a toothed washer. Make sure the teeth of the washer go up towards the hitch. These two will use the same fastener combination on both sides of the hitch, and this is our driver side, so the bolt we put in earlier will use this hole. Now we need an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put it up in position, and we'll put two of these bolts loosely in place to help hold it up. With the hitch still loose, we can move it around and put the rest of the hardware in place. Our first bolt we installed, we'll apply the inaudible 00:04:56 nut. Now all of our hardware's installed, now we can tie it down and torque the bolts down as best by instructions. To tighten this nut, we're going to use an 11-16 socket. These bolts will require a three quarter inch. We'll repeat this on the passenger side. Back to our panel here, this is optional if you want to put this up. Otherwise, you can put the mudflap back in its place. If you want to put this back up, all we've got to do is make a small modification to this bolt hole right here- Just elongated it this way, and there'll be enough clearance for it to go in place. It still will be tight, but it will work. Now I can go ahead and put our plastic panel back up into place. With that hole made a little oblong, that gives us a little wiggle room to move our plastic around, and we can reinstall it faster. Back to our passenger side, we'll go ahead and reinstall the rubber hanger. With that, that'll finish it for the Curt Class 3 Two-Inch Receiver Hitch, part number C13068 on this 2015 Honda Odyssey.


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