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I installed the Curt hitch a couple weeks ago and a few notes:
  • I did NOT fully cut off the trim piece per the instructions, instead just cut about a 3/8" slit the lengthwise which allowed it to straddle the vertical support bar for the hitch and allowed me to reinstall the rest of the trim piece so that there is no gap. Not sure if it makes any difference but just my preference. Took a little trial and error though.
  • The Curt hitch also hangs about 9 inches off the ground on the sides and 9.25 in the middle I'd say. I don't think they will come out with a flush mount hitch for this like I have on my Subaru or as other have mentioned was available on previous generations of the Honda.
  • While 9" is fine, where it matters is if you have a 4-bike rack that hangs 4 feet off the back of your van and you are going up or down steeper inclines (i.e. backing out of a driveway). I had mine loaded up in this situation and at the lowest point maybe had about 2 inches of ground clearance between the lowest point on the bike rack and the ground, so be careful!
  • Personally I don't see the value in the Kia hitch unless you somehow negotiate them to install for that price. The Curt was $200 total, including tax and shipping, and about 2 hours of my time to install. Neither of these includes the actual harness to hook up to the lights so that is a separate cost unfortunately.
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My 2007 Odyssey is completely concealed (other than the receiver) which looks much better, but it is only one inch higher off the ground than yours, because the Carnival without a hitch has the highest ground clearance in the minivan category.
Good to know!
I installed the Curt hitch a couple weeks ago and a few notes:
  • I did NOT fully cut off the trim piece per the instructions, instead just cut about a 3/8" slit the lengthwise which allowed it to straddle the vertical support bar for the hitch and allowed me to reinstall the rest of the trim piece so that there is no gap. Not sure if it makes any difference but just my preference. Took a little trial and error though.
  • The Curt hitch also hangs about 9 inches off the ground on the sides and 9.25 in the middle I'd say. I don't think they will come out with a flush mount hitch for this like I have on my Subaru or as other have mentioned was available on previous generations of the Honda.
  • While 9" is fine, where it matters is if you have a 4-bike rack that hangs 4 feet off the back of your van and you are going up or down steeper inclines (i.e. backing out of a driveway). I had mine loaded up in this situation and at the lowest point maybe had about 2 inches of ground clearance between the lowest point on the bike rack and the ground, so be careful!
  • Personally I don't see the value in the Kia hitch unless you somehow negotiate them to install for that price. The Curt was $200 total, including tax and shipping, and about 2 hours of my time to install. Neither of these includes the actual harness to hook up to the lights so that is a separate cost unfortunately.
Hope this helps!
I agree with the trim piece- After I cut it off I realized it not that much needed to be cut. Any pics of the hitch? Thanks!
 

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Great news! I ordered my Curt hitch a month ago and it still hasn't arrived. Perhaps I should cancel with my local store and order from your dealer. Can you tell us who you ordered it from?
 

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Great news! I ordered my Curt hitch a month ago and it still hasn't arrived. Perhaps I should cancel with my local store and order from your dealer. Can you tell us who you ordered it from?
Sure! I ordered from Auto Accessories Garage and it shipped the same day and had it in hand 2-3 days later...I'm in Texas and believe that's where it shipped from too so that helped. Can't complain about the price...$185+tax and free shipping.

 

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Good to know!

I agree with the trim piece- After I cut it off I realized it not that much needed to be cut. Any pics of the hitch? Thanks!
Here you go...little dirty but shows how I did the trim piece and could perhaps find a way to connect the two 'flaps'. I wish they had built considerations for the hitch into the design but it works.

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I installed the Curt hitch a couple weeks ago and a few notes:
  • I did NOT fully cut off the trim piece per the instructions, instead just cut about a 3/8" slit the lengthwise which allowed it to straddle the vertical support bar for the hitch and allowed me to reinstall the rest of the trim piece so that there is no gap. Not sure if it makes any difference but just my preference. Took a little trial and error though.
  • The Curt hitch also hangs about 9 inches off the ground on the sides and 9.25 in the middle I'd say. I don't think they will come out with a flush mount hitch for this like I have on my Subaru or as other have mentioned was available on previous generations of the Honda.
  • While 9" is fine, where it matters is if you have a 4-bike rack that hangs 4 feet off the back of your van and you are going up or down steeper inclines (i.e. backing out of a driveway). I had mine loaded up in this situation and at the lowest point maybe had about 2 inches of ground clearance between the lowest point on the bike rack and the ground, so be careful!
  • Personally I don't see the value in the Kia hitch unless you somehow negotiate them to install for that price. The Curt was $200 total, including tax and shipping, and about 2 hours of my time to install. Neither of these includes the actual harness to hook up to the lights so that is a separate cost unfortunately.
Hope this helps!
Perhaps a dual receiver would help in increasing the ground clearance. I used to have a small camper trailer and I would hitch the trailer to the lower receiver and the bike rack to the upper receiver. It worked great.
 

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Here's a pic with my Kuat bike rack and Thule cargo box on View attachment 319
Nice!
What brand are the cross bars?
Any idea what is the total height with the roof top box?
I have a similar Thule box and can make it inside my garage with my Honda Odyssey with the roof top box on it, but I am just making it. Am wondering if I will be able to do that with the Carnival?
 

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Nice!
What brand are the cross bars?
Any idea what is the total height with the roof top box?
I have a similar Thule box and can make it inside my garage with my Honda Odyssey with the roof top box on it, but I am just making it. Am wondering if I will be able to do that with the Carnival?
Cheapo amazon crossbars. It is between 78-79 inches in total height with the Thule box on.
 
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