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Old 07-14-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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2013 Honda CRV - dead battery

I'm hoping someone has some advice for us. Years ago, we towed a 2007 Honda CRV with zero problems. Eventually we moved on to a 2010 Ford Edge, and found that the battery tended to die after about 5 hours of towing. We recently purchased a 2013 Honda CRV, and towed it for the first time about 4 hours with no problem. We were passing through so left it hooked up, but ran it after we parked and ran it again in the morning before we left. The next leg of our trip was almost 5 hours, and when we arrived and unhooked, we found the battery was dead. The only thing I can think of that is affecting the 2013 as opposed to the 2007 is that on the 2013 we have navigation and blue tooth. I'm not sure if that makes a difference . . . I even wondered if one of our cell phones in the coach as we drove down the road may have been connected. Has anyone had any experience with this challenge?

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Old 07-14-2013, 08:22 PM   #2
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We have a 2013 crv. In the owners manual tells you to remove radio fuse to save battery. I did not the first time and it killed the battery. Now I do remove it and no more problems. It is hard to remove & replace in the box due to space
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:30 PM   #3
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We have a 2013 crv. In the owners manual tells you to remove radio fuse to save battery. I did not the first time and it killed the battery. Now I do remove it and no more problems. It is hard to remove & replace in the box due to space
We ran a charge line from the coach to the CRV battery. No fuse pulling, no flat battery.
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Get one of these.

http://blueox.com/Uploads/AppGuides/BX88272.pdf
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I have a 2012, had the same problem. Put a switch between the fuse, since the fuse is hard to get to. Turn the switch off when towing, Have towed now over 5K miles, No problems. I used a fuse with longer spades to add the switch.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:52 PM   #6
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We ran a charge line from the coach to the CRV battery. No fuse pulling, no flat battery.
That's what I finally did with our '05 Odyssey. Used 10 Ga wire and two (one at each end) 30 amp auto resetting fuses.
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I installed this in my toad.

http://www.rv-partsplus.com/rving-fuseswitch
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:25 PM   #8
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Honda battery rundown

Install a simple blade type cutoff switch on one of the battery posts. We have 2007 Element, Honda battery is a weakling. CRV and Element are the same chassis. Our cutoff switch is on the positive post so we can still keep the breakaway system "hot".

After we run the transmission procedure prior to departing, we throw the switch and bingo, no car draw on the battery. Also, no odometer increase.

Our toad lights are powered by the bus, not the toad electrics.

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We ran a charge line from the coach to the CRV battery. No fuse pulling, no flat battery.
bingo, best approach, easy to do and never need to worry about
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Not to hijack the thread, but it sounds like there are a lot of smart people on here. Does Honda say for sure whether or not you are allowed to tow a 2013 Honda CRV , Automatic, All Wheel Drive, with all 4 wheels down? I am in the market.
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Not to hijack the thread, but it sounds like there are a lot of smart people on here. Does Honda say for sure whether or not you are allowed to tow a 2013 Honda CRV , Automatic, All Wheel Drive, with all 4 wheels down? I am in the market.
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ABSOLUTELY!

I want to say page 236 on my owner's manual but I don't have it in front of me.

Basics require:

1. A starting sequence to get tranny fluid through the tranny.
2. 65 mph speed limit,
3. Pull fuse 19 (if I recall correctly) to stop getting a dead battery.
4. Repeat start sequence every 8 hours of towing or at the beginning of each day.
5. Flush and refill tranny fluid every 2 years or after a bunch of miles which I don't recall.

Sorry...too late in the evening to run out to car and grab the manual.
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Towing a 2013 CRV EXL AWD now. Nice vehicle.
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OH HECK! Made me look.

Link to 2013 CRV manuals Owner's Manual | 2013 Honda CR-V | Honda Owners Site

Pages 235 & 236 for the non-NAV CRV I have cover it all.

Tranny fluid change 2 years or 30K miles.
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Thanks folks, I appreciate the information. Part which I had never heard was that after going through the gears, the final shift has to be from drive to neutral, not reverse to neutral. Interesting! Sounds like when I get set up to do this, a written checklist will be in order.
I have listed my present car for sale, and am ready to go shopping.
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