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#85 of 130 2000 Honda Odyssey - Hitch Install Question
Aug 07, 2009 (7:24 am)
I am reusing a U-Haul hitch (model #36279) that was previously installed onto the same make and model vehicle. (2K HO)
I was given not kit with fasteners. I found the install instructions on line at uhaul.com. https://www.uhaul.com/publication.ashx?fileName=36279.pdf
The hitch has 6 holes (3 per side). Two of them on each side are 12mm bolts that thread into welded nuts (already in place.) After buying a tap to clean out the nuts, I easily (well...a little effort) managed to get the bolts fastened and tightened to 75 ft. lbs. (per the spec).
My problem lies with the remaining carriage bolts. These are required to be fed from the inside of the frame with the nuts on the underside. Getting this accomplished will required more work and hassle as the wholes in place do not allow for the size of my carriage bolt head. Are the carriage bolts required?
I have searched and found other installations that only require the four bolts and nothing further. I believe it was a draw-tite hitch that I viewed.
Any thoughts on the whether the additional bolts are necessary?
FWIW...we typically will use this for a bike rack and small loads/trailer if any at all.
Any thoughts are appreciated.
#86 of 130 Re: 2000 Honda Odyssey - Hitch Install Question [kshortt]
Aug 07, 2009 (6:39 pm)
I added a 3rd party hitch to my 2000 Ody and only six 12 mm bolts were required, all up into threaded nuts already inside the frame members. There were no positions for the extra two you refer to, and I expect you may ignore them. If Honda had required, they would have provided the welded-in nuts in the frame.
I pulled a 3000 lb trailer with above.
#87 of 130 Re: Issues installing U-Haul hitch on a 06 Odyssey [cesar8]
Aug 12, 2009 (1:09 pm)
Which model number hitch was it and/or what Class (II or III)...I was about to buy a U Haul hitch for my 2006 Odyssey for a trip that we are taking this weekend...ugh!
#88 of 130 Re: Issues installing U-Haul hitch on a 06 Odyssey [croftonhills]
Aug 13, 2009 (4:24 am)
It was Class III. Can't recall the mfr name, and I'm now into a 2007 Ody so 2000 records are gone. Allow a day to fiddle with fit (round file to expand bolt holes in the hitch, for example, as I found a bit of hitch distortion on 3 brands I tried until I got one with minimal problem).
#89 of 130 Re: Issues installing U-Haul hitch on a 06 Odyssey [berniken]
Aug 13, 2009 (6:03 am)
2000? Did you install the UHaul hitch on a 2000 or a 2006 (I thought it was 2006). Did you re-install it on your 2007? I have a 2006 and was worried about the bolt holes not matching up after I read your e-mail...almost makes me want to re-consider the OEM (which costs more but looks better). Thanks for the info.
#90 of 130 hey can someone give estamated cost for hitch
Aug 18, 2009 (7:08 am)
i have odyssey 2007 ex can someone please give an estimate for a hitch
#91 of 130 2006 HO, need hitch help
Sep 23, 2009 (4:19 am)
I have absolutely zero experience with hitches. I have done a little hauling but not a lot. Now it looks like I am getting a small boat (19'). With the trailer, it is just under 3000 pounds. I have a 2006 Odyssey, no tow package, no hitch. The trailer has a 2" ball.
I don't foresee hauling the boat more than about 5 miles at a time, ever, and it's all local roads so I won't be going faster than about 30mph. And it's all flat as a pancake.
What do I need to have installed? Any suggestions on outfits that can do the work well, for a reasonable price? Is Sears still reliable for their Auto stuff?
#92 of 130 Re: 2006 HO, need hitch help [magilla66]
Sep 23, 2009 (7:24 am)
yeah hey well first off u need to get a tranny cooler because odysseys are not pick up trucks so they are not made for hauling but if you put trailer hitch and tranny cooler it will work perfectly....
#93 of 130 Re: Tow Hitch for 2008 EX-L Odyssey [sotol]
Jun 07, 2010 (12:49 pm)
Where did you get your air shocks from? Who is the manufacturer? I will be pulling a 16 ft. Funfinder trailer with an '07 Odyssey that I am purchasing on Saturday. We usually pull the trailer w/ my Jeep Wrangler. I want to eliminate the rear sag in the van so that we can go on a long distance trip. I can't seem to find air shocks to fit the Odyssey.
#94 of 130 Re: Tow Hitch for 2008 EX-L Odyssey [wendysinger]
Jun 07, 2010 (1:48 pm)
As an alternative to air shocks, consider a load distribution hitch to keep the Ody level. I have one for my 2007 with my 300 lb tongue weigh tailer and it works very well. This will probably be less costly, and certainly offers no longer term maintenance issue, such as replacing a pair of shocks should the bladder fail on one of them.