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I have a 2008 Pilot that I am considering adding a hitch to in order to attach a cargo carrier such as this one from etrailer:

http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo-Carrier/MaxxTow/MT70260.html

I have never had a hitch on any vehicle nor done any towing so I just want to make sure this can be done without putting excess strain on the vehicle.  I anticipate using the cargo carrier for a snowblower/lawnmower etc occasionally.  Any guidance is very much appreciated.  Thank you.

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Gregory,

I would have the hitch installed at a reputable dealer, and at this time, the dealer should be able to look up the load rating for the Pilot.  With the information you have given me, it looks like you will be towing a light load, which should be no problem.

Carl

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Will discuss suspensions, lifts, lockers along with tire suggestions. Trail ratings and possible requirements needed for specific type of trails. Safety equipment and what you should carry with you. Certified off-road instructor. I am not a mechanic, and 4-Wheeling is a hobby, so if I can't answer a technical question it is due to my mechanical knowledge being related to vehicles that I have owned, or have worked on. I do not have manuals on all vehicles, and I suggest that you obtain a repair manual for mechanical problems and do some research before asking your question. Most mechanical questions can't be answered completely without looking at, or listening to the vehicle in person.

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40 plus years of 4 wheeling in a variety of vehicles. At the present time, my major off-road rig is a 94 Jeep Wrangler with a spring over and a 1 1/2" suspension lift. This gives me a total lift of 7" or so. I have lockers front and rear. I have removed the track bars, and sway bar for maximum articulation. I am running a stock 2.5 ltr 4 cylinder with a Jacobs ignition along with a cold air high flow filter. It has 4.56:1 gears with a Dodge NV4500 transmission along with a 3.8:1 Atlas II transfer case. This gives me a final ratio of 105:1 in low gear/low range. Other vehicles I own, are a 96 Ford F-250 with a 6" lift, posi rear end, 36" Hummer tires, 5 speed with a fuel injected 460 ci engine, an 87 Samurai with an 8" lift, Ford 9" rear end with a spool, Chevy Dana 44 front end with an electric locker, 5.88 gears, 16% reduction in high range and a 6.5:1 low range with 35" Baja Claws, and a stock 2003 Grand Cherokee Overland. Trails I have run are the Rubicon (10 times), Dusey Ershim, Fordyce Creek trail, McGrew trail, several trails in Moab, Utah along with local monthly runs.

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Lost Coast 4x4's Cal 4-Wheel Corva UFWDA Blue Ribbon Coalition

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Certified off-road instructor - Certificates in engineering/electronics

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