The reason Honda OEM wiring kit installation instructions state removal of interior side panel is for EASY access to the secured connector you referenced in (4) of your description. Removal of spare tire?!? Removal of subwoofer?!? That is not in the installation instructions. And it doesn't take "half a day" to install OEM wiring kit, unless you include waxing the interior paint behind the panel.About the trailer harness:
The aftermarket trailer light harness is $34 and takes 45 minutes to install, compared to the OEM harness that takes half a day to install and is $$$.
The etrailer wiring $34 harness install is very, very easy, if you have one of these tools: mirror, otherwise you need to take the side panel off, when you really don't need to.
Just remove the easy accessible plastic parts, which have to come out if you have a flat tire, without removing the spare tire, the sub woofer, nor the driver's side rear side panel.
4. On the Passport, there is only one large white connector that is not plugged in to anything, but it has been taped to the side of another cable. You can see it with the mirror.
5. Either peel or cut the tape and free the connector.
Forgot to mention, I have an ex-l, it doesn’t have the foot tailgate switch.Thanks for the info, mine came yesterday and I just finished mounting it. I’m an old man, and I don’t have a lift. However, I blocked up one side and was able to lift the other side in place and get a bolt started and then got one bolt in the other side and finished mounting it up. If I can do it, anyone can. The dealer quoted me $1100. To install and that did not include the transmission cooler, which I didn’t need. FYI, the dealer told me if I wasn’t towing over 3500 lbs no need for the cooler. Ordered everything from Etrailer including light kit, which I’ll install later for $225.13 including tax and shipping was free. They were great to deal with too!
scroll through the Q/A and see photo of hitch mounted.
And, It's on sale. $151 is a steal....
I really like the OEM Honda hitch with the new panel and the clean factory look. @$288 it's a bit of a pill to swallow. I'm a vain MF'er though...
OEM hitch - Bottom of receiver opening is exactly 15-5/8 inch above ground (factory wheels/tires, full tank of fuel, empty cargo area, level ground)I have the Curt hitch on our 2019 EXL Passport...The Curt hitch is up close to the bumper...From the floor to the bottom of the receiver hitch tube measures 13 1/2"
Here's how:The reason Honda OEM wiring kit installation instructions state removal of interior side panel is for EASY access to the secured connector you referenced in (4) of your description. Removal of spare tire?!? Removal of subwoofer?!? That is not in the installation instructions. And it doesn't take "half a day" to install OEM wiring kit, unless you include waxing the interior paint behind the panel.
Just as some posters here swear by installing the OEM hitch without removing the rear bumper, the wiring harness could likewise be installed without removing the rear interior panel. After all, OEM wiring kit and aftermarket wiring kits access the exact same preinstalled wiring harness, in same location.
On this forum, it appears all service techs, and most DIYers, prefer to remove the panel to make the job easier & attention to detail . . . rather than saving an hour or so of their DIYers-like-to-work-on-their-vehicle time, stuck doing the wiring through a small opening, and hope you later don't hear a rattling noise behind the rear panel because kit was not adequately secured. In fact, the instructions included with the Etrailer wiring kits all specify removing the rear interior panel.
And typical aftermarket kit terminates in 4-wire flat connector that cannot be used with travel trailer or any trailer with electric brakes (OEM kit has 7-blade connector, and includes trailer brake controller connector and fuses). Also aftermarket wiring kit has no exterior rear bumper final location for the pigtail. It terminates inside the cargo area of the Passport, and must be pulled out and pinched between liftgate and bumper when in use, dangling out above the bumper. Aesthetics.