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Old 09-06-2016, 04:13 PM   #1
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Towing a Honda 2013 CRV

I am thinking about upgrading our toad right now we tow a 1996 Jeep Cherokee , With no restrictions . Towing the CRV there is a hand full of restrictions the one that bothers most is the 65 mph speed restriction, Would like to hear some of the comments from those who tow CRV's. Also what tow bar assembly do you use right now I use a roadmaster but thinking about using a Blue Ox Thanks for all the help Pete Hagen (sirmowsalot)
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We towed a 03 CRV for many years before getting bit by the rock crawling bug. Friends tow a 2013 CRV. We nor they ever paid any attention to the 65 mph speed, however we seldom travel over 65 anyway.
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I tow a 2013 CRV with no problems. The 65 MPH is also not a problem as my normal cruis speed is 60-65 anyway, it wouldn't make any difference what I towed.
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I tow a 13 CRV with a BlueOx base plate and Aventa 10,000 lb bar. I would not even consider a lower rated bar just for the sake of saving a few bucks. What tow bar you choose is a personal choice, IMO.

The only issue I have had was with a dead battery on the CRV. Even with a charge line, my battery would be dead after 3-4 hours. I replaced the OEM group 51 battery with a much larger group 24 battery. Problem solved. I do not pull fuses.

As for the 65 MPH limit, I think you will find most makes have the same limitation. I think if you look close at the ratings of the tires on your coach, they will be in the same range so for me, thats a mute point.

The CRV is an excellent Toad. Too bad they changed the transmission on the 2015+ models rendering them non towable.
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Thanks for the comments I think I will have the CRV fitted for towing with the Blue Ox > If I don't like it I can always go by to the Jeep. Thanks ,Pete (sirmowsalot)
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Well, I've towed my '05 Ody at significantly over 65 for about 10 miles with no damage and numerous times at 70 and still no problems.
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Pete,

Can't help with the CRV specifics, but will add you'll never go wrong with a Honda. We have always towed Accords, the first one was well over 300k miles with only routine maintenance (it even had the original clutch) and the current one has over 200k (again with only routine maintenance). I also agree with Dennis45, go with an overrated tow bar for the extra margin, both Roadmaster and Blue Ox are fine. FWIW, I have been using the Aventa LX for several years now and have been very pleased.
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Can you tow the older CRVs with a dolly?
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Can you tow the older CRVs with a dolly?
Not the AWD versions...just front wheel drive.
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I have been towing a 2013 CRV AWD since I drove it off the show room floor. I probably have over 10K towed miles on it and I frequently drive 70 on the Freeway. No problems thus far. I towed a 2001 CRV AWD before I got the 2013, No problems with it either.
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I tow a 2014, (the last year you can tow a CRV) with a blue ox. I have occasionally gone over 65 on hills, but generally I don't drive over 65. I am not in a hurry to get anywhere now that I am retired. I have towed mine at least 10k already, and I have had two other CRV's that I towed with no tranny problems. I did put in the switched fuse, so that I don't have a dead battery when I get there. I have the EX-L Nav model and if I tow more that about 3 hours it will be dead. I bought the Blue Ox fuse switch and mounted it in the dash. Flip the switch and no more problems.
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I tow a 2014, (the last year you can tow a CRV) with a blue ox. I have occasionally gone over 65 on hills, but generally I don't drive over 65. I am not in a hurry to get anywhere now that I am retired. I have towed mine at least 10k already, and I have had two other CRV's that I towed with no tranny problems. I did put in the switched fuse, so that I don't have a dead battery when I get there. I have the EX-L Nav model and if I tow more that about 3 hours it will be dead. I bought the Blue Ox fuse switch and mounted it in the dash. Flip the switch and no more problems.
There are Many discussions on Dead Battery on CRV's. Here is one.

Dead Battery on Honda CRV
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Here is another bit of info on the dead battery, see item 1, 4 & 5

BATTERY for 2013 Honda ODYSSEY
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