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Well the search button doesn't work for my mobile version dunno why. But I figured I'd ask this question...
I've got a 2010 4cyl accord lxp.

I need a trailer hitch for a small uhaul trailer that I'll be towing. Is it worth it installing or should I just spend the extra $500+ and rent out the actual van instead of trailer? Any recommendations for a hitch to buy? Install guides?

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I would just rent the van. I don't think these accord trannies can handle towing. It may cost kore in the long run if you tow.
 

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Get a trailer hitch. I got one on my coupe and I love it. Hitch cost about 120. You can also buy a trailer for like 160$. takes about 1-2 Hours to install. hauled some 2x4, Pre-Hung door, Plywood etc with a trailer.

 

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Many freak out when you say you will tow with an Accord... don't worry, the Accord does great at towing when you are within your limits. Hell, the same exact car with the same drivetrain in Europe is rated to tow double (many speculate that we have low limits here in the US because of our sue happy nature). It just takes one Joe Blow idiot to load up a 4,500 lbs. trailer on a compact car and then kill someone, but that's a different topic all together.

Any rate, I towed a 4x8 utility trailer from Buffalo to Lake Placid this past summer on vacation. Total weight of trailer + cargo was approximately 800-900 lbs. The Accord did phenomenal. On the thruway, which was the majority of my trip, I was able to do 65 MPH in 5th gear getting 25 MPG. Sure, on decent grades in small towns or near Lake Placid when going 40-45 MPH, I was cranking along in 3rd, but it sure won't hurt the car.

The hitch I bought was from eTrailer.com, I opted for the Hidden Hitch 60325 as I feel it looks a lot better than the other offerings from Curt and DrawTite. The Hidden Hitch is decently recessed making it less noticeable when you don't have a trailer connected to the car. Installation was very easy, I referred to the instructions in the box and then did watch an installation video from eTrailer.com. I do feel that if you watch the video and follow the instructions, you'll be fine!

Here's a photo from the day we left for our trip all loaded up.
 

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I installed a hitch primarily for my bike-rack. I was happy to learn I could save money while moving by towing a 5'x8' trailer. Last year I towed that size trailer 2500 miles (multiple trips). I never had any issue, and I averaged between 18-24mpg with the trailer (highway speeds were in 4th gear). I wasn't concerned with the transmission because I row my own, but with an auto I would be sure to select your own gears (use 1, 2, 3 or whatever, not overdrive). It goes without saying, but while towing be sure to give yourself a good distance to stop/slow down. Accelerate slowly. Basically, don't be a dumb*** and you'll be alright.

I also got my hitch from etrailer, but I chose the draw-tite one. I don't remember why, but it looks fine behind the car. You'll also need the trailer wiring kit (also available from etrailer), and that's easy to hook up (plug-n'-play). Once installed, the hitch will let you do other cool stuff (bike rack, luggage rack for extra capacity,...) Keep in mind, though, that towing is extra wear-and-tear on your car. It's a hidden cost, but it's there. These cars were not designed to tow, but they are definitely capable of hauling a light load here and there.

Be safe.
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Towing 20 pounds of lumber on a lightweight frame trailer is probably OK. (If you had a sedan @korrupt you wouldn't need a trailer to haul that lumber :) )

Towing a full loaded Uhaul trailer is probably going to put massive stress on a tranny not designed for that thing.

Honestly, if you're just doing a 1 time move you might as well spend $30 to rent a 20' truck for the day. If you do end up towing, I'd be swapping tranny fluid before and after the trip and making sure your brakes are bled.

(Also note that the 3 guys who posted pics in this thread either have the V6 or MT. I4 AT is much weaker)
 

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This is true, I4 with MT here. Probably did put more strain on the clutch when taking off but really there isn't too much that could go wrong.
 

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Towing 20 pounds of lumber on a lightweight frame trailer is probably OK. (If you had a sedan @korrupt you wouldn't need a trailer to haul that lumber :) )

Towing a full loaded Uhaul trailer is probably going to put massive stress on a tranny not designed for that thing.

Honestly, if you're just doing a 1 time move you might as well spend $30 to rent a 20' truck for the day. If you do end up towing, I'd be swapping tranny fluid before and after the trip and making sure your brakes are bled.

(Also note that the 3 guys who posted pics in this thread either have the V6 or MT. I4 AT is much weaker)
I have one of these bad boys installed. Cost about $25 with coupon code P20. Helps keep the transmission cool.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/we...p?cm_mmc=ET-_-Trans-_-Confirmation-_-General#

This trailer was originally made for my kayak Just getting more uses out of it. Didn't want to risk damaging roof with a roof rack. So i put the roof rack on the trailer lol.
 
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I would just rent the van. I don't think these accord trannies can handle towing. It may cost more in the long run if you tow.
the manual says 0 towing capacity - at least on the coupe.
 

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Get a hitch. You're good for 1000lbs easy.

I'm finally catching up to towing more with large SUV's than I have 4 bangers of all varieties. With just my 04 Accord, I've towed all sorts of things on my 4x8 utility trailer. Motorcycles, ATV's, lumber, mulch, sand, gravel, soil, bricks, riding lawn mower.

Beside 1/2 yards of gravel/sand/soil which are around 1000lbs, this is the largest thing I've towed with my Accord. A Polaris X2 500. It did just fine.



Oh...I forgot about this. Total weight is right around 1k, but trailer has hydraulic surge and the angle only helped. Piece of cake for the one time I needed to pull this while we between vehicles.
 

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Honestly, if you're just doing a 1 time move you might as well spend $30 to rent a 20' truck for the day. If you do end up towing, I'd be swapping tranny fluid before and after the trip and making sure your brakes are bled.

For my location and my move...we're talking $800+ for the rental...
I'm looking at either spending $200 for the trailer + hitch + wiring or just $800 for the truck...
 

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For my location and my move...we're talking $800+ for the rental...
I'm looking at either spending $200 for the trailer + hitch + wiring or just $800 for the truck...
if you damage the unibody, it will cost a lot more.
 

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This trailer was originally made for my kayak Just getting more uses out of it. Didn't want to risk damaging roof with a roof rack. So i put the roof rack on the trailer lol.
That has to be one of the best ideas I've seen. :notworthy:thmsup:
This also would allow putting roof rack for bikes on the trailer too.

Nice !

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I have one of these bad boys installed. Cost about $25 with coupon code P20. Helps keep the transmission cool.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/we...p?cm_mmc=ET-_-Trans-_-Confirmation-_-General#
Hopefully it doesn't cool too much. That cooler doesn't have any provisions to prevent flow at cooler temperatures. When its cold out the trans might take forever to get up to operating temp.

When I installed a trans cooler on my truck I also installed a 170* trans oil thermostat since I lived in Michigan at the time.

I installed a hitch primarily for my bike-rack. I was happy to learn I could save money while moving by towing a 5'x8' trailer. Last year I towed that size trailer 2500 miles (multiple trips). I never had any issue, and I averaged between 18-24mpg with the trailer (highway speeds were in 4th gear). I wasn't concerned with the transmission because I row my own, but with an auto I would be sure to select your own gears (use 1, 2, 3 or whatever, not overdrive). It goes without saying, but while towing be sure to give yourself a good distance to stop/slow down. Accelerate slowly. Basically, don't be a dumb*** and you'll be alright.

I also got my hitch from etrailer, but I chose the draw-tite one. I don't remember why, but it looks fine behind the car. You'll also need the trailer wiring kit (also available from etrailer), and that's easy to hook up (plug-n'-play). Once installed, the hitch will let you do other cool stuff (bike rack, luggage rack for extra capacity,...) Keep in mind, though, that towing is extra wear-and-tear on your car. It's a hidden cost, but it's there. These cars were not designed to tow, but they are definitely capable of hauling a light load here and there.

Be safe.
Jordan
Wow, how did you get that one past uhaul? The trailer itself weighs 900lbs.
 

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Haha dang I didn't realize it weighed that much...two separate locations told me I could tow the 5x8 just fine. My car handled it perfectly well (even loaded with nearly 700 pounds of furniture/books/crap). Let's just say I won't be making a habit of that haha I didn't really have much of an option at that point though (long personal story).
 

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According to uhaul's website:
The allowed cargo weight (the amount of weight you can put in a trailer) is based on your vehicle's curb weight (3,500 lbs.), the trailer's capacity and your hitch system rating.

If your hitch rating is: - Allowed cargo weight is:
1,000 lbs - 0 lbs
2,000 lbs - 1,150 lbs
3,500 lbs - 1,650 lbs
5,000+ lbs - 1,650 lbs
So if the hitch is rated 2000 lbs or more they'll rent it to you. The problem is our cars are only rated for 1000 lbs - even if a hitch with a higher capacity is installed.

Either way, towing capacities are usually pretty conservative. As long as you're safe and smart about it you can exceed the rating by some. Just don't get caught, or get in an accident.
 

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According to uhaul's website:


So if the hitch is rated 2000 lbs or more they'll rent it to you. The problem is our cars are only rated for 1000 lbs - even if a hitch with a higher capacity is installed.

Either way, towing capacities are usually pretty conservative. As long as you're safe and smart about it you can exceed the rating by some. Just don't get caught, or get in an accident.
I wouldn't bet on that. I know of one Toyota sedan that was towing close to capacity and it burned the tranny fluid. You could smell it. Plus the limit is probably more frame-brake-suspension based than engine / tranny.
 

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IF you want to support etrailer buy one there, otherwise you can get the same stuff at amazon.com cheaper. Use etrailer for specs.
something to note, drawtite, reese, hiddenhitch and several others are all identical devices but have different stickers. Almost all the manufacturers are gone and are now just names owned by one parent company.
 
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