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Old 03-30-2006, 09:11 PM   #1
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On page 16 of the April 2006 copy of Family Motor Coaching is a towable correction. Apparently Honda now says that the Acura and Honda vehicles are not approved for towing four down, including the Acura MDX and the Honda CRV. I have seen many Honda CRVs being towed four down and was planning on buying a 2007 model. Does anyone know what gives here?
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:11 PM   #2
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On page 16 of the April 2006 copy of Family Motor Coaching is a towable correction. Apparently Honda now says that the Acura and Honda vehicles are not approved for towing four down, including the Acura MDX and the Honda CRV. I have seen many Honda CRVs being towed four down and was planning on buying a 2007 model. Does anyone know what gives here?
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Old 03-31-2006, 04:47 AM   #3
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Honda apparently has been subjected to many transmission warranty claims on towed vehicles and has changed their position on 4 down towing. They never actually approved it - just said they hadn't tested and had no reason to disapprove. Apparently now they have sufficient warranty evidence to take a firm position against it.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:44 AM   #4
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We tow a 2003 CRV EX with all 4 down. The owner of the honda dealership told us he tows his 4 down also. After 10,000 miles towning and 37,000 miles total, no problems yet. We previously had a chevy Malibu and it towed like a dream. The Honda with 4-wheel drive takes about 1 mpg off our millage on the MH. We have a 2004 36 foot on the W-22 s/Toby
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Old 03-31-2006, 06:08 AM   #5
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I have a 2006 Honda CRV.--Just read the manual again--Page 77/78--Can be towed behind an RV--MUST be FLAT towed--4 Wheels down. Tow at safe speeds, not to exceed 65 mph. IN PRINT.
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All previous Honda CRVs - and in fact Accords and Civics too - were towable, but Honda has apparently had a change of heart for 2006.

As rogueii notes, the 2006 Honda CRV owners manual still has flat towing procedures listed. Will have to wau it and see if that page disappears in models produced later this year and beyond.
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I too have an 06 Honda CR-V. Book and selling dealer states it can be towed. I have followed the book to the "T" and all seems to be working just fine. Will continue to tow and see what, if anything, happens.
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Literally thousands of RVers tow CRVs without problems, so I wouldn't worry much. The only thing that appears to have changed is Honda's policy. And since you owner manual has permission to tow it in writing, you should be covered anyway.
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I had a 1999 Honda CRV that I towed 55K with no problems. Bought a 2005 and have towed it 18K with no problems. Both owners manuels for the cars stated they could be towed. If you have any questions on towable vehicles you can contact remco who makes pumps for car that are not towable with all four down. They even say the 2006 Pilot is towable and will guarantee it even though Honda says it isn't.
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I have a 2005 crv ex model, 22k .no problems. I will buy a new 2007 crv asap. love it.
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I was at my Honda dealer's yesterday to get my 2001 CRV serviced. While I was waiting I checked out a 2006 CRV. Its manual gives the same procedure for flat-towing as the one in my 2001 CRV manual. Is there some other source for this information?
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Honda has not had towing instructions in the manuals of the cars for several years. There was a field service bulletin issued a few years back that acknowledged that the cars could be towed. Up until this year the Element also had the same instruction in the owner's manual as the CR-V. According to the Motorhome Magazine towing guide, the only Honda that has that instruction for 2006 is the CR-V.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kirk:
........the only Honda that has that instruction for 2006 is the CR-V. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

And I've heard from a Honda owner who had his transmission replaced under warranty that for 07 the CRV is out as well.
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To Kirk who said Honda "Honda has not had towing instructions in the manuals of the cars for several years". As an offer of proof that your statement is not accurate I would like to point to page 157 of the '04 CR-V owners manual which is titled "Towing Your Vehicle Behind a Motorhome". I have been following the instructions and towing my CR-V for 22,000 miles. I will post a copy of this page on the photos link as soon as I figure out how.
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