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Old 07-11-2016, 05:58 PM   #15
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If you power any toad brake system with the undersized original equipment battery in a CRV the charge in that battery will be depleted while/as you tow.

Adding a charge line from the towing vehicle to the CRV battery solves that problem.

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Actually Mel, with the OEM battery and a Patriot, the charge line alone will not quite keep up. Larger battery solves all.
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Is there a particular year Oddesy for the two piece battery box? Thanks
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I tow my 2012 CR-V with no battery problems on the stock battery. At first I glued a small plastic handle to the top of the fuse to make it easy to pull, then later did a bypass switch. Without the fuse, the console 12v plugs are dead so you need to run a separate plug from the battery for the brake controller, I use a Brake Buddy. Another thing to help is to remove fuse #16 under the hood which turns the brake lights on from the brake pedal being pushed down. A handle glued to the top of that fuse makes removal easy also. That's assuming you have some sort of brake lights operated by the coach. We hardly run more than 8 hrs a day.
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You can add a battery cutoff switch under the hood. Don't forget your radio code! You will not run the odometer.

This allows you to leave the key on so steering is free to track.

This approach requires adding wiring and an additional bulb to each rear light, and you draw all power and light commands from your bus when connected. There is NO interconnection to the toads existing electrical system when you are hooked up.

Has worked great on our Honda Element, which is the cool version of the CRV, for 5 years and 42000 miles of towed time.

Also, be religious about changing the transmission fluid per Honda spec.
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You can add a battery cutoff switch under the hood. Don't forget your radio code! You will not run the odometer.

This allows you to leave the key on so steering is free to track.

This approach requires adding wiring and an additional bulb to each rear light, and you draw all power and light commands from your bus when connected. There is NO interconnection to the toads existing electrical system when you are hooked up.

Has worked great on our Honda Element, which is the cool version of the CRV, for 5 years and 42000 miles of towed time.

Also, be religious about changing the transmission fluid per Honda spec.
Just getting our Minnie Winnie set up to tow a Ford Focus. We have the battery cutoff switch and the wiring/bulbs for Focus done. Blue Ox hitch and last step is Patriot braking system. Since the Focus battery must be off for towing, it appears we need a charge line from the RV. Patriot has its own battery that Blue Ox says will run a few hours. Wondering if we need a charge line if we don't drive more than 3 hrs at a time? We would charge with trickle charger at overnight stops. Does this work or do we need the charge line??
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I find this the simplest solution to bower my break buddy. No extra wiring needed.
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Need a spell checker, should be POWER my brake buddy.
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Is there a particular year Oddesy for the two piece battery box? Thanks
The Honda Part Numbers are in the photo in post numer 13.
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Located the 12 volt pin on the toad light harness coming from the MH and then installed a 10 gauge wire through a resetting circuit breaker directly to the positive battery terminal. Verified the 12 volts is only present with MH ignition on. Didn't remove the fuse in the CRV but did turn off everything. Towed for 7 hours with no problem. Thanks to all for advice!
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Thanks Mel, added the line and it works great!
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