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Old 01-03-2014, 06:30 PM   #1
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2014 CR V with SMI stay-in-play system

Getting the holidays out of the way was all I needed to get this job done. This new toad is ready to go at last. Since my first CRV in 2001 there has been much discussion regarding the removal of a fuse while towing. I have learned that some of the electronics is still on with the key in the tow position. As the photo shows, I do have a "Toad Charge" installed. Do any of you CRV towers have any preferences regarding this issue? I really don't like leaving those electronic items running while towing. I would be more inclined to install a switch in that fuse slot.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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I just pulled a 12v fused charge line from the coach to the CRV battery. I put a diode in the line near the toad battery.... not sure that was necessary but did it anyway. Never had an issue so far.

It is a little tight under the hood for the SMI box isn't it?? I used large zip ties to hold mine in place just about were you mounted yours.

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Old 01-03-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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I don't believe I'm going to wear out any of the electronics by leaving them on. I have a charge line to my CRV and don't bother pulling the fuse. I suppose time will tell.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. My worry about the electronics being left on will last a couple of minutes but that will be all. It is interesting to note that the instructions for towing from the Honda manual are literally word for word from the 2001 manual. Even though many users had the electrical problems. I don't know if Honda ever addressed that issue.
I had seen a photo on this forum about mounting the box to the engine with zip ties but this engine is slightly different and I didn't like the idea of it moving at all so I used some steel bar to fasten it to the cross member where the hood latch is.
The "Toad Charge" is nothing more than a transistor device that limits the charge current to five amps. The diode in series was a good move in the event something happened in the coach that would drain the toad battery.

I added a couple of photos that prove your comment about the space.

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Somewhere on here (or maybe a different forum) I came across some towing instructions for the newer CR-Vs that leaves all accessories off, doesn't require a fuse pull or a charge line. I've tested them and they do in fact leave the car in neutral and the steering wheel unlocked. Apparently a fair number of CR-V owners are using this method to tow. I plan to use this once we pick up our MH. Since it's not the "official" Honda method, I recommend doing your own research before deciding to do this:

Idle car in (D) for several minutes
Shift to (N), DO NOT go to (R)
Stop engine by turning key to ACCESSORY
Shift to (P)
Using a screwdriver, remove the very small switch cover just to the right of the shifter
Using a screwdriver, push down the switch under this cover
Holding the switch down allows you to move the shift lever to (N)
Release all brakes

Would love to hear from anyone using these instructions to tow!

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