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Old 01-26-2014, 08:17 AM   #1
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Anyone towing a Honda Fit

We are starting to look at vehicles to tow 4 wheels down behind our DP. For us cost is important as is fuel economy. (yes we know the DP doesn't get great mileage) We are currently looking at the Honda Fit and would like to know if anyone is towing one. We know the 2013 can be 4 wheels down towed. Also What braking system are you using for the Honda Fit. Currently looking at the SMI brake system option.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:23 AM   #2
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sorry I posted the above in the wrong forum.
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We are in Florida from upstate NY for the second year towing a 2012 FIT sport with automatic trans. Love it. Flat tow with a tow bar. I go by the owners manual to get ready to tow. Getting 34mpg driving around central Florida. I will answer your braking system question with a disclaimer. I do not use any braking system. I AM NOT RECOMMENDING THIS, BUT I AM HAPPY WITH IT. Car weighs 2200 lbs and I don't really feel it back there. I have driven with and without the car. Just feels the same. Mine is an older gas job with the workhorse drivetrain. If I had a DP I might consider a CRV. Adding another 1000 lbs I would add brakes. Very happy with the FIT.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:35 AM   #4
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I think there is a Honda Fit for sale in the classifieds here on IRV2.

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Funny you should ask. We decided on the Honda Fit after meeting a couple at a campground that just bought one. We purchased a 2013 model about 4 weeks ago. After getting quotes to set it up ran crazy high I decided to do it myself. I went with the Roadmaster Baseplate with the Brakemaster 9160 (air over air) with Breakaway switch and the Falcon All Terrain tow bar. Online instructions are available in print and on You tube. Cost of materials was right about 1600 and labor was free. I also know a lot more about my MH today than I did today.
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Funny you should ask. We decided on the Honda Fit after meeting a couple at a campground that just bought one. We purchased a 2013 model about 4 weeks ago. After getting quotes to set it up ran crazy high I decided to do it myself. I went with the Roadmaster Baseplate with the Brakemaster 9160 (air over air) with Breakaway switch and the Falcon All Terrain tow bar. Online instructions are available in print and on You tube. Cost of materials was right about 1600 and labor was free. I also know a lot more about my MH today than I did today.
For me It was important to have a proportional braking system and keep my costs down. So I went with the Brakemaster. The Roadmaster base plate is the only plate that I saw of the four makers that did not require drilling any holes. Everything just bolts right in.
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We are FTers and tow the 2012 Honda Fit Sport with manual transmission four down using a Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar setup. Use the SMI AF1 as a braking system. We love our little Fit. Great fuel economy plus it's roomy enough inside to carry our two road bicycles when heading down the road.
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Have you seen the latest crash test results on the Honda Fit?
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The IIHS devised the small overlap frontal test in 2012. The Honda Fit was an IIHS top safety pick in 2013. Now it is a death trap? I don't think so.

That seems an overreaction. Frontal impact crashes represent 59 percent of passenger vehicle "tow-away" crashes and result in 38 percent of passenger-vehicle occupant fatalities. 25% of frontal crash deaths are due to small overlap crashes. Hence, less than one in ten fatalities are due to small overlap crashes. There are about 40,000 automobile crash deaths a year. There are now more than 300 million people in the U.S. driving three trillion miles a year. If you drive for 50 years your chance of dying in a car crash is 1 in 100. Considering this, read the test details and measurements to get a better idea of actual risk.
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Have you seen the latest crash test results on the Honda Fit?

I was a motor vehicle crash reconstructionist for 22 years (law enforcement). Our unit handled all of the serious injury and fatal crashes for our jurisdiction. In answer to your question, no, I have not read the latest crashes test reports.
I will tell you, however, that a fatality is possible in any vehicle on the road today. I do not purchase vehicles based upon the crash reports.
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i tow a honda fit. i can't say it's good or bad, but it works for me. light, easy to set up, and does the job. as for crash test, i concur it's light, but in the scenario of smashing onto a solid object at above 40 mph, there will be no much difference to any cars unless you are driving a tank or humvee. Just be sober and cautious on the road...
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Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. We have decided to go with the Fit and I was aware of the crash test posts concerning the Fit but thanks for the comments. We are just waiting until March to buy. I am leaning towards the Blue Ox adventa (10,000 lb limit). It is only approx. $100 more and you never know if down the road we may decide on a much heavier toad. Probably will go with a Blue Ox base plate but still up in the air (no pun intended for the air force one) on the braking system. I am leaning towards SMI air force one but not sure yet.

Again thanks all for your comments. We really appreciate.

Also Tompen where in Upstate NY are you from? Although we have been down living in Florida for 15 years, we are originally from Syracuse, NY.
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We tow a 2010 fit base at no problems. The thing is with all the add-ons we are down to 29 mpg over all mileage for 20000 miles, the first 25000 miles before mods we were at 31. I weighed it on lust last trip and it came in at 3300 lbs. baseplates trailer hitch for the bikes break system etc. and all the other things we pack adds up.
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Have you seen the latest crash test results on the Honda Fit?
More liberal propaganda to scare the driving public.
Best thing is drive defensible.
Treat all other drivers as Idiots.
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