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Old 07-08-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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2013 Honda CRV

We are looking for a vehicle we can tow 4-Wheels down behind our Four Winds Class C motor home. Before we purchase one, can anyone out there confirm a 2013 CRV can be towed wheels down? Thank you kindly.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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Do not pretend to be an expert, but I believe all CRVs are towable four down. IMO, the best way to be sure is to go to a dealer and ask them to show you the owner's manual for a specific vehicle. Look under "Recreational Towing" in the manual.
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Owner's Manual | 2013 Honda CR-V | Honda Owners Site

Owner's Manual | 2013 Honda CR-V | Honda Owners Site

I looked up the owners manual on line and it gives the procedure for towing 4 down. There may be model differences, 2 or all wheel drive but the CR-V is a perennial 4 down towing favorite. Drop by a dealer and peruse the owners manual for the one you want.
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Both the AWD and two wheel drive models are towable four down as is the Fit. These are the only current models that Honda approves for four down towing. This started for all other models in 2005, right after we bought our '05 Ody to tow four down. Luckily we got it in writing on Honda letterhead. Their legal dept was not happy about us having that letter!
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Yes without any problem. You need to remove a fuse or install an adaptor.
Also a short procedure is required like turn on engine, let it run for 3 mnutes and shift the transmission from P to D and back finally to N. Never shift from R to N for the last step.
Very happy with our 2013 AWD CRV
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Yes without any problem. You need to remove a fuse or install an adaptor.
Also a short procedure is required like turn on engine, let it run for 3 mnutes and shift the transmission from P to D and back finally to N. Never shift from R to N for the last step.
Very happy with our 2013 AWD CRV
Our instructions are to run it for 3 min in neutral AFTER running through all the gears and shifting from D to N as the last.
Here's the letter Honda sent us on it:
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With the Canadian Instruction manual (yes towing is in the booklet) it is also mentioned to remove a fuse (the one for the radio) in order not to drain the batterie. Also speed limit is I believe mentioned up to 60 mph if I recall well
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FWIW: The Honda owners manual for a 2007 Honda Civic reads that towing 4 down is NOT recommended. We have a 2007 Honda Civic 5 Speed Manual Tranny and we have towed it for many miles at normal highway speeds. Me thinks they would rather we buy a CRV.
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I own one.
Yes without any problem. You need to remove a fuse or install an adaptor.
Also a short procedure is required like turn on engine, let it run for 3 mnutes and shift the transmission from P to D and back finally to N. Never shift from R to N for the last step.
Very happy with our 2013 AWD CRV
I tow a 2012 front wheel drive CRV without any problem. If you don't want to mess with pulling the radio fuse, I recommend an after market switch that can be located on the dash.
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I own a 2013 CRV AWD towing behind a motorhome. No problems. Great toad and car, just follow the nstructions.
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Do not pretend to be an expert, but I believe all CRVs are towable four down. IMO, the best way to be sure is to go to a dealer and ask them to show you the owner's manual for a specific vehicle. Look under "Recreational Towing" in the manual.
Thank you for that information. It is appreciated.
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Our instructions are to run it for 3 min in neutral AFTER running through all the gears and shifting from D to N as the last.
Here's the letter Honda sent us on it:
Just to reenforce something that seems to not be mentioned much...

Transmission fluid must be changed every 2 years or 30,000 miles. Honda does not differentiate on whether that is 30,000 miles of towing but I would think it is a rare situation where someone tows 30,000 miles in 2 years.
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