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Old 09-15-2008, 03:14 PM   #1
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Hi again, we are trading our 07 Miata for an 08 CRV. Hope that we are not making a mistake, but need a toad. When you tow the CRV do you have to pull any fuses? Also does the mileage record on the car when you tow. We are going to trade probably tomorrow and I have called Hitching Post in Ocala to do the base plate and wiring. Do you think I am doing he right thing or is there a better choice? Heading north first of the month and hope to take the CRV instead of the Harley and trailer...too much trouble with the trailer and hooking and unhooking plus finding a large enough site...thanks for the info...Judi
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Hi again, we are trading our 07 Miata for an 08 CRV. Hope that we are not making a mistake, but need a toad. When you tow the CRV do you have to pull any fuses? Also does the mileage record on the car when you tow. We are going to trade probably tomorrow and I have called Hitching Post in Ocala to do the base plate and wiring. Do you think I am doing he right thing or is there a better choice? Heading north first of the month and hope to take the CRV instead of the Harley and trailer...too much trouble with the trailer and hooking and unhooking plus finding a large enough site...thanks for the info...Judi
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:55 PM   #3
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The Honda CRV is one of the better toads out there.
I have a 2004 but probably the same.
No fuses to pull. It may say so, but I have towed mine for 4 consecutive days, with just the once in the morning running the engine to go through the transmission shift sequence and it still started just fine.
Just be sure all extras are off, radio,heater,cruise control etc.
You can tow 8 clock hours, not towing hours.
Read your manual and do the shift sequence exactly as it says.
I use a brake buddy with mine and it does the job just fine.
I have found out through trial and error that you do not want to make real tight turns when in loose sand, as my front wheels cocked sideways twice now. This was at 3-4 mph in desert sand pulling into a camping spot.
When that situation occurs, my wife gets out to observe just in case.
Its a great toad, enjoy no the towed mileage does not register.
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We have the 08 CRV and have towed it all season without any problems.
Read your manual and make sure you go through the shifting procedure before towing.
We use the US Gear braking system.
Love our CRV!
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:27 AM   #5
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The CRV is a great toad. We have a 2007 EXL AWD which is the same as the 2008 model. All that is required for towing is to hook it up, hook up your brake control if you use one, follow the instructions in the manual for positioning the gear shift lever, lock the door and go. We have about 20k miles on ours plus about another 6k towing. The speedometer does not rack up miles while towing. No fuses to pull. Instead of using diodes in the wiring for the lights, I installed an extra bulb and socket in the brake light lens that is wired to plug into the motorhome. I got the kit from Blue OX.
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I've towed Honda CR-V's since 1999 and many of my friends also tow CR-V's. I towed a 99 CR-V 81,000 miles and drove it another 120,000 miles and the only problem I had was a dead battery at the seven year mark. It never went to a shop for repairs during the eight years I owned it.

I have towed my 07 CR-V 12,000 miles and driven it another 19,000 miles and my wife and I love our CR-V.

Your owners manual has a section for towing behind a motorhome and you need to follow their procedures to a tee. It shows which fuse to remove, but unless you have an EX-L model with Navigation you do not need to remove the fuse. (A Honda tech told me that.)

I like to run through the procedure every 250 miles when I'm traveling a long distance. That may be over-kill, but in 93,000 miles of towing I have never had a problem.

In my first CR-V I wired the lights with diodes and the lights were dim. The diodes cause a half-volt drop so the lights become dim. In my latest CR-V I installed separate bulbs in the tail lights and the lights are much brighter.

In 1999 I bought a Brake Buddy and I'm still using it. I have a Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar and a Blue Ox baseplate that I installed myself.

You will enjoy your new CR-V.
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My CRV toad is an 06 so I don't know if the procedures are the same fo the 08. I don't pull any fuses and the mileage does not record.

I highly recommend the Stay-in-Play Duo for auxillary braking. Totally hidden, one switch to activate, and powered thru the Coach wiring. I had a brake box at first but the Stay-in-Play Duo is a far superior system in my humble opinion.

I also went with seperate lights in the bottom of the lens.
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