The CRV and 4-cylinder Odyssey models are designed primarily to carry passengers and their cargo, however the vehicle can be used to tow a trailer if the manufacturer's guidelines are observed.
The V6 Odyssey models have been designed to tow a trailer and carry passengers and their cargo. Not only is the basic body larger than previous Odyssey models, the V6 engine offers good pulling power, even when loaded. The manufacturer offers a trailer hitch assembly and a transmission cooler for this model, which can be purchased from a local dealership.
The CRV and Odyssey models are equipped with a plug for trailer wiring. A complete ready to install wiring kit is available from an aftermarket vendor such as Draw-Tite® or the sub-harness can be purchased at the local Honda dealer. The trailer light plug is located as follows:
CRV models: On the left side cargo area behind the speaker
4-cylinder Odyssey models: Under the left rear light cover
V6 Odyssey models: Behind the left side panel in the cargo area
It is important to remember that towing a trailer will place additional loads on the vehicle's engine, drive train, steering, braking and other systems. If using the vehicle for towing, follow the severe maintenance schedule to help offset the additional strain placed on the vehicle.
Local laws may require specific equipment such as trailer brakes or fender mounted mirrors. Check your local laws.
Installing the trailer brakes to the vehicle's brake system lines can place an excessive load and cause a possible failure to the system. If the system fails when the brakes are needed, tragic consequences could result.
See Figures 1 through 10
Fig. Fig. 1: Here's a Draw-Tite® trailer hitch, wiring kit and the basic tools needed for easy installation- CRV kit shown
Fig. Fig. 2: This ready to install Draw-Tite® trailer hitch and wiring kit is comprised of the following components (from left to right) the wiring kit, trailer hitch, hitch pin, trailer ball and receiver
Fig. Fig. 3: To ease the installation of a trailer hitch use a floor jack to support the hitch and a block of wood to protect the finish
Fig. Fig. 4: Once the hitch is positioned properly, use the jack to hold the hitch securely while the mounting holes are drilled as necessary
Fig. Fig. 5: If holes are drilled into the vehicle's body, paint the bare metal edges of the hole with touchup paint to help protect the body from rust and corrosion
Fig. Fig. 6: Before installing the mounting bolts and support plate, apply a bead of silicone adhesive sealant or and an equivalent waterproof sealer around the drilled holes ...
Fig. Fig. 7: ... then lower the hitch enough to install the mounting bolt and support plate
Fig. Fig. 8: Apply a bead of sealant around the mounting bolt where it protrudes through the underbody
Fig. Fig. 9: Once the mounting bolts are in position and the sealant applied, use the jack to raise the hitch into place
Fig. Fig. 10: Install the fasteners hand-tight, then tighten with a torque wrench to the manufacturer's specifications. The Draw-Tite® hitch for the CRV is well made and was easy to install