How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a Honda CR-V (2017-2021)

Adding a trailer hitch to a Honda CR-V requires only a few tools, a Draw-Tite 76128 trailer hitch and a short amount of time to complete the installation. This trailer hitch and installation process will work for Honda CR-V model years 2017-2021.

Follow these basic steps to begin hauling trailers and other kinds of hitch-mounted accessories for your Honda CR-V today.

Tools needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Torque Wrench
  • Exhaust Wrench
  • Ratchet Strap
  • Pry Bar
  • 17mm & 19mm Sockets

Honda CR-V (2017-2021) hitch installation steps

1. Prep the underbody 

Lower the exhaust by removing by taking off the two exhaust hanger brackets found on each side of the vehicle. Use a pry bar to best remove each hanger bracket.

The 3rd rubber isolator will also need to be removed. Use ratchet straps to support the exhaust.

2. Feed fish wire into the frame

Fish carriage bolts through the access hole to the attachment points on the vehicle’s frame. Repeat on each side of the vehicle.

3. Raise hitch into position

Now that the underbody is prepped the hitch is ready to be put into place. Be sure to feed the fish wire through the hitch to prevent the bolt from being pushed back into the frame rail.

4. Install hardware

Install provided hardware through the tow hook. Take the carriage bolt through the hitch and tow hook, with the spacer. Then take the lock washer and attach it with the nut. 

Place the canonical washer's teeth side up onto previously install carriage bolts. 

5. Tighten and torque hitch

Tighten and torque all carriage bolts down according to the manufacturer's specification using the torque wrench and 17mm socket. Bolt located on tow hook will need the 19mm socket.

6. Re-install exhaust hangers

Finally, we will re-install the previously removed exhaust hangers to raise the exhaust back into its natural position.

You should now have your trailer hitch installed on your Honda CR-V.

How much does it cost to add a hitch for a Honda CR-V (2017-2021)?

The price range of a hitch for a Honda CR-V ranges from $125 to $175. U-Haul carries several different classes of hitches and offers different sizes to accommodate both 1¼ to 2-inch receivers. U-Haul offers both installation services at local U-Haul service centers and will ship your hitch to your home.

How much does it cost to have a hitch installed on a Honda CR-V (2017-2021)?

Installation costs are normally under $100 but you should check with your local U-Haul Moving Center® as prices can differ based on location, the hitch model you are installing, and your vehicle. All U-Haul Moving Centers can install a hitch to your vehicle and with over 1,500 U-Haul centers throughout the country, you can have your hitch installed and be back on the road in no time.

All trailer hitches sold and installed at a U-Haul Moving Center® come with the option of a lifetime warranty plan guaranteed to replace your hitch with no limitation for any damage, including collision, corrosion, accidental overload, jackknifing, and vehicle theft.

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How long does it take to install a hitch on a Honda CR-V (2017-2021)?

Installation takes anywhere from 1 to 2 ½ hours depending on the hitch being installed and your vehicle. We recommend making an online appointment from our website to accommodate your busy schedule. In addition, U-Haul service centers offer an extensive line of towing accessories (Ball mount, Hitch ball, Pin, and Clip, Wiring) to help you safely tow your boat, camper, or trailer

Do you need a wiring kit for Honda CR-V (2017-2021)?

If you are planning to tow a trailer or camper with brake lights, running lights, and turn signal, you will want a wiring kit to power the lights on your trailer. The most common lighting harness comes in a 4 pin and 7 pin connector. The 4- way connector has basic lighting functions (running lights, brake lights, turn signal) while the 7-way connector adds a 12-volt circuit, circuit for electric trailer brakes, and reverse lights. U-Haul offers both 4-way and 7-way connectors. Find out which option is best for your Honda CR-V. 

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