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Old 05-31-2016, 10:19 AM   #1
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Advice requested on towed CR-V

I recently purchased a 2013 Honda CR-V as a combination personal use/toad vehicle. I'm in the process of getting a parts list together to make it towable behind our motorhome.
Background info: it's a FWD only, rather basic model, auto trans, 33,000 miles.
The coach is an Itasca diesel pusher, air brakes.
So far on the short list for parts is a Blue Ox base plate and a Blue Ox 6.500 lb tow bar.
I'm kind of waffling on what brake system to use. On one hand, the BRK4000 from Blue Ox seems the simplest to install for an air brake tow vehicle such as mine. Storage/removal would be simple and tidy when not in use, and it's not dependent on electrical power from the toad to run. On the other hand, if I ever change tow vehicles and go to something smaller with hydraulic brakes, the air brake system on the toad just became extra weight. Both systems (Patriot and air brake) cost about the same. I don't plan on changing either vehicle, but one never knows. I'd like some objective input from those that have gone before.
Next question; I see all kinds of light kits that are stand alone systems. That's great until you think about running wires, drilling holes in the tail light buckets, etc. That seems like a huge hassle. Is there a reputable/reliable system out there that is a plug and play install for the Hondas that plug into the existing wiring harness?

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Old 05-31-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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Not sure what you're expertise or experience is but for me, I had a Hitch Shop install the base plate, wire the tail lights, install the breakaway for my Patriot and installe a fused charge line from the coach to the CRV. All this was done for $1150 and all I had to do was hook up and go. They did an excellent job.
I did the complete install on my previous Taurus and decided for $1150 it just was not worth it to me.

Dennis & Carol
2003, 4006, 41' DutchStar, Spartan, ISC 8.3L W/BanksPower - 2013 Honda CRV, BlueOx Baseplate, Aventa Bar & Patriot Brake. And the 04 Bird, Sunshine Car.
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Old 05-31-2016, 10:52 AM   #3
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We bought a 2013 Honda CRV AWD. I bought the NSA ReadyBrute towbars with built-in ReadyBrake, NSA breakaway kit, Roadmaster baseplate, power cable, and diode-type lighting kit. I had a local truck accessories shop install the whole thing for $535 labor.
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:40 PM   #4
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I bought a Hopkins wiring harness with the diodes for my 2012 CRV to avoid having extra bulbs installed in the tail light area. The lights work fine. But, I've had problems with the Roadmaster Invisibrake system, so if I was doing it all over again, I'd choose a different aux brake.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:08 PM   #5
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Duane....I bought a 2013 CRV FWD four weeks ago and set it up myself. I like the Roadmaster base plates because of the hidden design and quick connect arms. I wired the lights myself and then found this setup on "e-trailer" https://www.etrailer.com/t1-2013_Honda_CR-V.htm

If you look farther down in this towing forum, there is a post specific to towing a CRV, about 6 pages long. There is a thread about the middle of the post that talks about changing the tiny CRV starting battery out for a larger one. For about $15.00 you can buy the battery box for a Honda Odyssey that fits right in (website provided in post). I then went to Costco and bought an Interstate Group 24 battery. It dropped right in and makes the CRV more reliable when towing.

Regarding the brakes....I already had the SMI Air Brake system on my other toad and coach, so I used that.

You can PM me and I'll provide my phone number if you have any questions, since I just did everything three weeks ago. The "e-trailer" website has a step by step video on how to install the base plates. I've installed at least 5 sets over the years, but having the video sure speeds up locating all the bolts and plastic plugs.

It's a pretty easy job on the CRV....just remove a lot of plastic. There are only two 1/2" holes that need to be drilled in the sheet metal, everything is just bolt on.
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