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Old 09-02-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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Just got home from a 3500 mile trip to Maine, NS, Quebec<Montresl and Niagara Falls.
Towing the '08 CRV the battery went dead several times. I unplugged the MH and the battery still went dead.
Turned off Nav, Radio and fastened seat belts.

Has anyone had this problem?

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Just got home from a 3500 mile trip to Maine, NS, Quebec<Montresl and Niagara Falls.
Towing the '08 CRV the battery went dead several times. I unplugged the MH and the battery still went dead.
Turned off Nav, Radio and fastened seat belts.

Has anyone had this problem?

Thanks,
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:04 PM   #3
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Your owners manual tells you which fuse to remove before towing. Did you remove that fuse?

I have a 2007 and I do not remove the fuse, but I start the engine and let it run a few minutes every 200 miles. I've towed my CR-V about 13,000 miles and the battery has never died.
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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A lot of new cars have this problem - there are a lot of electronics running anytime the key is on or in Accessory, so the battery runs down quickly.

What does Honda say in the owner manual about recreational towing for the 08 CRV? Anything about battery or fuse disconnect? Hondas have not required that in the past, but things change...

Also make sure the key is in the correct position per the manual.
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:35 PM   #5
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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 Silvertrac51:
........ '08 CRV the battery went dead several times. I unplugged the MH and the battery still went dead. .......... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am guessing you probably have some type of auxiliary brake system that is not wired up correctly, or maybe has a switch that is not functioning properly and is draining your battery. How is the battery when your brake system is not installed (if you do have a auxiliary brake system)?


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Old 09-03-2008, 03:43 AM   #6
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I have never had a battery problem when towing. All I do is to follow the directions in the owners manual plus shut off the radio. If we are on the road for more than a day I do start the CRV every morning as part of my "pre travel list" and let it run for 5 minutes or so then follow the directions in the owners manual for towing.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:22 PM   #7
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I have a charge line from the battery on the motorhome to the battery on the 2003CRV. Keeps the CRV battery charged while being towed. It is part of the 6 wire umbillical cord, so no extra work when hooking up. Have a US Gear brake system.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:31 AM   #8
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I have the SMI Stay In Play Brake Control and experienced a dead battery a few times. I have resolved this problem by connecting a line to the battery of my CRV just like Joe.
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I have a 2008 CR-V and a Unified Tow Brake. System has a 6-wire umbilical cord with a charging line. NO problems. Couldn't be easier to hook up to my Blue Ox base plate.
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