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Old 09-03-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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Anyone towing an Odyssey 4 down?

We have friends who have been towing a 2007 Odyssey without any problems. We have also decided to tow our 2007 as well. Have friends pre tow instructions we will follow to the letter.
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As you know Honda says only the CR-V and Fit are towable four down since the 2005 model year.
We got it in writing on Honda Letterhead that the '05 Ody we bought was towable four down though.
Honda paid us about $2,200 to rectify that mistake. We left all the towing gear on the Ody and bought a KK-460 dolly.
I've talked to several people towing Ody's and NONE have reported problems towing four down if they follow the CR-V towing instructions.
Just gat back from a weekend trip, got to talking with the DW as I hooked the Ody up four down and burned up the parking brake although I could have done that on the dolly too.
We've towed the Ody from WA to AZ and back four down and the only problem was the battery going dead so I installed a charge line to cure that.
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Just first towed our 2007 Odyssey the full length of the state of Alabama. No issues. Trans fluid still smells new and fresh. Following CVR procedure to tow.
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Mr D: I have a 2005 Odyssey I would like to tow because of the three kids (two in car seats). Any additional words of wisdom since your post? I was thinking of a dolly, but would prefer to pull it 4-down. I am not familiar with the CRV instructions, will look for it.

Anyone else? We cannot afford to trash our van. Thanks!!!
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We have 3K miles towing our 2009 Honda Element (same powertrain as CRV). No problems at all. Just follow these instructions:

http://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/p...000O00176A.pdf
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We have 3K miles towing our 2009 Honda Element (same powertrain as CRV). No problems at all. Just follow these instructions:

http://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/p...000O00176A.pdf
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Mr D: I have a 2005 Odyssey I would like to tow because of the three kids (two in car seats). Any additional words of wisdom since your post? I was thinking of a dolly, but would prefer to pull it 4-down. I am not familiar with the CRV instructions, will look for it.

Anyone else? We cannot afford to trash our van. Thanks!!!
Not really, follow the CR-V instructions and add a charge line to keep the battery up. You will also need to change trans fluid in the Ody more often too.
The main thing to remember is that when going through the gears you MUST go from D to N. If you go from R to N and tow you will destroy the trans as it leaves the trans partly in gear (or at least that's what I was told).
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Not really, follow the CR-V instructions and add a charge line to keep the battery up. You will also need to change trans fluid in the Ody more often too.
The main thing to remember is that when going through the gears you MUST go from D to N. If you go from R to N and tow you will destroy the trans as it leaves the trans partly in gear (or at least that's what I was told).
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Much appreciated!
You need to do the towing sequence (run the engine, go through the gears) every 8 hours on the clock, not just every 8 hours of towing.
One final piece of advice: Remember to release the parking brake!! Need to rebuild mine now.
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