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Old 11-10-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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2011 Honda CR-V LX with 4WD

we normally don't tow with our class A but are now considering purchasing a left over 2011 Honda CR-V LX with 4WD for our toad. is it correct that no modifications or purchases need to be made to the vehicle itself other than the tow bar and necessary light connections ? what is the procedure for traveling.. what position is the key in while traveling ? how is the steering wheel unlocked ? is the transmission in neutral while traveling ? do you have to pull any fuses. can anyone provide a procedure or checklist that they use. thanx Len
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we normally don't tow with our class A but are now considering purchasing a left over 2011 Honda CR-V LX with 4WD for our toad. is it correct that no modifications or purchases need to be made to the vehicle itself other than the tow bar and necessary light connections ?

I KNOW MY 2006 CRV is approved for 4 down - Don't know about the 2011. Ask the dealer to see the owners manual.

what is the procedure for traveling.. what position is the key in while traveling ? Accessory position

how is the steering wheel unlocked ?
Same as above

is the transmission in neutral while traveling ? YES

do you have to pull any fuses. Probably not
can anyone provide a procedure or checklist that they use. thanx Len
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I just bought a 2011 CRV 4 wheel drive.

1. Check Transmission fluid
2. Start engine
3. move shift lever through all positions
4. shift to drive and hold for 5 seconds, then to N and let engine run for 3 minutes
5. shut engine down
6. leave key in acc to prevent wheel locking

Repeat every 8 hours
Also for long periods of towing you might want to remove fuse #34, Radio Fuse.

Great vehicle, I bought the EXL with navigation.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:33 AM   #4
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Read your owner's manual. It's clearly spelled out there, step by step.
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Read your owner's manual. It's clearly spelled out there, step by step.
YEP, and whatever you do DON'T go from Reverse to Neutral, that will destroy the trans in very short order.
And yes, the owners manual has it spelled out along with the cautions. You need to run the engine every 8 hours of elapsed time whether moving or not and go through the gears as was said earlier.

You will need brackets, towbar, lights and braking system at the very least. Figure $2,000 if you buy everything new. Some wiill say you don't need brakes, but you really do. More weight always requires more braking to maintain the stopping distance.
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we normally don't tow with our class A but are now considering purchasing a left over 2011 Honda CR-V LX with 4WD for our toad. is it correct that no modifications or purchases need to be made to the vehicle itself other than the tow bar and necessary light connections ? what is the procedure for traveling.. what position is the key in while traveling ? how is the steering wheel unlocked ? is the transmission in neutral while traveling ? do you have to pull any fuses. can anyone provide a procedure or checklist that they use. thanx Len
You can also check out www.remcotowing.com for any mods that may be needed.
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Quote "You will need brackets, towbar, lights and braking system at the very least. Figure $2,000 if you buy everything new. Some wiill say you don't need brakes, but you really do. More weight always requires more braking to maintain the stopping distance."

Thank you Mr_D! Supplemental braking is not optional in most cases. Do your research. If you tow without supplemental braking pray you never have an accident and the insurance companies start invetigating.
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thanx for the info Len
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I also have a 2011 CRV LX 4X4 and tow it. I need to start the engine every three or four hours to keep the battery charged up. That's not a problem - usually stop every few hours to walk the dog.
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I just bought a 2011 CRV 4 wheel drive.

1. Check Transmission fluid
2. Start engine
3. move shift lever through all positions
4. shift to drive and hold for 5 seconds, then to N and let engine run for 3 minutes
5. shut engine down
6. leave key in acc to prevent wheel locking

Repeat every 8 hours
Also for long periods of towing you might want to remove fuse #34, Radio Fuse.

Great vehicle, I bought the EXL with navigation.
Agree with above, except for fuse removal...not necessary...also max speed is 65. We exceed it once in a while, but not often.
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Tow bar and Braking System

thanx for all of the input. took the wife down yesterday for her approval on purchasing the 2011 CRV LX 4WD and while there I review the section on flat towing. heading down tomorrow to negotiate a deal. next question, what Tow Bar and Braking System do you recommend for the CRV being towed by our 2006 Winnebago Adventure 38J. Len
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I have a Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar and a Blue Ox bracket on my CR-V. I installed separate bulbs in the tail lights, but many people use diodes. I use a Brake Buddy that I have used over 117,000 miles since 1999.
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We tow our '05 Honda Odyssey with a RoadMaster Sterling towbar, brackets, wiring diodes and 9160 BrakeMaster unit. RoadMaster installed the brackets, I did all the rest. Not real hard, just follow the directions.
Friend had the BlueOx setup, he liked it.
We went with RoadMaster because they were only 20 miles from home should I ever need help.
Both are good units with a good reputation.
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