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Old 11-08-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Items needed for hitch install?

Sorry, search isn't yielding the answer...

I understand a harness is on the frame rail

But I keep seeing people posting about adding a relay under the dash

Is that relay just for trailer brakes? All I want is the harness and lights.... I won't pull anything big enough to justify trailer brakes.

Any help to clarify exactly what I will need would be awesome
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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Re: Items needed for hitch install?

Not quite...

Here's the instructions for the hitch (it says '07 but the same for '08)
http://www.handa-accessories.com/ridgeline/hitch07.pdf

And this is the harness. Make sure you get the year specific harness. What is installed from the factory is a partial harness. There are gaps in the wiring that you need to fill in. Don't try to figure out why other than more money for Honda.

http://www.handa-accessories.com/ridgeline/hitch07.pdf
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
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Re: Items needed for hitch install?

I think those are the same links?

Thanks a ton for the reply though... It's snowmobile season and I've waited long enough to put on the hitch ( =
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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Re: Items needed for hitch install?

Lol...yup same link.harness in the front sections and the hitch itself at the end.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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Re: Items needed for hitch install?

Oh my bad, I read the top and failed to go thru the rest once seeing it was the same

Thanks!
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Re: Items needed for hitch install?

Anyone used this kit?


http://www.etrailer.com/Custom-Fit-V...cleid=20086214
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Re: Items needed for hitch install?

Yes. But i went OEM. It was easy to install. Keeps the trailer on a separate circuit. Will not have any issues with the wiring. Only way I would go.

These splice in kits are cheaper kits that tap into the tail lights. Some people have no issues, Others run into corrosion problems and have tail light problems. Stick with OEM wiring.

The hitch itself you have more flexibility with OEM or not.
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Re: Items needed for hitch install?

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It may work ok for you since you're in Denver. But if you have a humid environment, you may find issues with erratic grounds/connections down the road.

I suggest that you stick with the OEM harness which isolates the trailer electrics from the truck electrics.
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