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Old 11-14-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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Advice please....

Hi, I'm a newbie...sigh....I need to know if its possible to tow a 2008 Honda CRV behind a National dolphin 2002. Its an automatic and AWD...( all wheel drive )...Salesman looked up the weight as 4500 on line and not sure if a car hauler from uhaul would come in under 500 lbs. If the max on the hitch is 5000 that would be squeeking it. Can I tow with all 4 wheels down? It doesn't have navigation if that makes a difference. Need to haul it from Northern CO to AZ.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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Yes....I've been pulling our CRV since it was new (2006).

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:45 AM   #3
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Thx! Is there something I need to do to the car? The dealer says 2300 to install blue ox tow bar.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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IMO, you need to do your own curb weight research or, better yet, weigh it. Our 2007 CRV weighs about 3600 pounds. We have been towing it since it was new. If you are going to tow four down (IMO, the only way) you will need a base plate for the car, and tow bar and wiring for lights. You should also, IMO, choose an auxiliary braking/break away system (we use Brake Buddy). To have the tow equipment installed will cost somewhere around $2500, including equipment.

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IMO, you need to do your own curb weight research or, better yet, weigh it. Our 2007 CRV weighs about 3600 pounds. We have been towing it since it was new. If you are going to tow four down (IMO, the only way) you will need a base plate for the car, and tow bar and wiring for lights. You should also, IMO, choose an auxiliary braking/break away system (we use Brake Buddy). To have the tow equipment installed will cost somewhere around $2500, including equipment.

Good luck.

Honda has a proceedure for preparing to tow, make sure you know the proceedure outlined in the owners manual. There are differences depending on the year.

CR-V is one of the most popular vehicles to tow 4 down. Great car as well.
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You might price around for a base plate & tow bar installation & tail/brake lights. In our area most muffler shops also sell and install tow set ups. One problem with CRV's is the battery tends to discharge if the engine is not started every couple of hours. I added a separate line from the RV to the CRV battery so now the CRV battery is always charged.
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I was quoted 1350. Installed with no braking system for a similar install the brake unit was a 1000 add on so if you aren't getting a brake unit of some type you should shop around
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A 2008 Honda CRV has a factory curb weight of 3549 lbs. It is well below the 5000 lb hitch rating of most newer motorhomes.
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Thx! Is there something I need to do to the car? The dealer says 2300 to install blue ox tow bar.
Yikes!
There's been some trouble with Blue Ox on CRV's...but maybe it's year-specific.

Here's a link to a recent discussion elsewhere about a Blue Ox system destroying a CRV's brakes- the worst part is, the installation of the system apparently voided this poor guy's warranty! Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Malfunctioned brakes on a towed crv honda 2012
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Hi, I'm a newbie...sigh....I need to know if its possible to tow a 2008 Honda CRV behind a National dolphin 2002. Its an automatic and AWD...( all wheel drive )...Salesman looked up the weight as 4500 on line and not sure if a car hauler from uhaul would come in under 500 lbs. If the max on the hitch is 5000 that would be squeeking it. Can I tow with all 4 wheels down? It doesn't have navigation if that makes a difference. Need to haul it from Northern CO to AZ.
Thx,
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Once again, don't trust a salesman. If you're only doing this once, I'd rent a U-Haul car hauler, it wouldn't be worth it to install base plate, braking and lights, plus buy a tow bar. You might check and see if the driveshaft can be disconnected and wired up to haul on a dolly for a one time thing. U Haul also installs towing equipment, I don't know about base plates, but I'd ask around before paying $2300 to install a <$400 base plate.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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Thx BFlinn181,
I agree. I don't know that I would tow enough to make a blue ox worthwhile. I just need to figure how to get it there once....I will look at tow stuff in CRV owners manual...just right now I'm in the throws of selling off house and its contents....I am dealing with loss of my mom and trying to shovel thru 30 years of stuff. Never want to have to do this again....sigh.....I will be ok and be excited about the move and stuff maybe tomorrow...:-) You all will never know how much I have learned and supported on this site....thanks to all!::::::::
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Sorry to hear about your mom. As a one time thing, talk to U Haul. They can inspect your RV's hitch to make sure it's up to the job, hitch up the trailer and connect the lights. Then you drive CRV onto the deck and tie it down. No reason to modify the CRV for towing 4 down if you're only doing it once.
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Sorry to hear about your mom. As a one time thing, talk to U Haul. They can inspect your RV's hitch to make sure it's up to the job, hitch up the trailer and connect the lights. Then you drive CRV onto the deck and tie it down. No reason to modify the CRV for towing 4 down if you're only doing it once.
I wouldn't trust U-Haul to "inspect" an RV and tell me if the hitch is heavy enough! They don't have the expertise that a frame shop would have. They install ready made hitches on vehicles already designed to have them only, not custom installs where they actually have to beef something up.
And I do agree, it's not worth the cost and trouble just to haul it one time.
Weight is way off too, even our '05 Odyssey weighs about 4,400#'s according to Honda. I know that's dry but it is a much bigger rig than the CR-V too.
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Sorry to hear about your mom. As a one time thing, talk to U Haul. They can inspect your RV's hitch to make sure it's up to the job, hitch up the trailer and connect the lights. Then you drive CRV onto the deck and tie it down. No reason to modify the CRV for towing 4 down if you're only doing it once.
I think this is the best advice!

And I disagree with the opinion that U-Haul's incompetent to determine the suitability of your hitch/rig to tow a car hauler. Since it's their funeral if they rent you something that ultimately proves unsafe/unsuitable for your rig, they're very motivated to make a thorough evaluation.

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