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Old 10-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Anyone Using a Honda Odyssey as a Toad?

Another member stated that he was using an Odyssey as a Toad, and I wonder if there are others that have successfully done this recently?? I know the CRV is a preferred toad, but since we already have the Odyssey I thought I would asked prior to buying another vehicle to tow.

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Old 10-02-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Another member stated that he was using an Odyssey as a Toad, and I wonder if there are others that have successfully done this recently?? I know the CRV is a preferred toad, but since we already have the Odyssey I thought I would asked prior to buying another vehicle to tow.

Thanks,
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I am towing a 2007 Honda Odyssey Touring. I use the Air Force brake system. I also do the CRV operations before towing. I have not had any lose of power due to towing, and have not removed any fuses. If we stop I usually run the van and cycle through the gears as a precaution.

So far I only have 1500 miles towing the van as the motorhome is new.

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In the last year I have towed my Odyssey 8, 000 miles. Still no change in performance.
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We just purchased a Winnebago 29TR with the Ford 450 frame and V-10 engine. The hitch is rated for 5000# and the Odyssey weighs in around 4200#. I would probably get a tow dolly with brakes so that weight would need to be factored in. This all puts me close to the 5000# hitch capacity.

First, is the rig big enough to pull that vehicle and is the hirch big enough for the assembly I am thinking about?

Newbie to towing and at this point nothing purchased or money spent.

We also have a 1999 CR-V that is much lighter but would need to be towed 4 wheels down. Not sure I want to spend the money for everything to tow it with it being so old. I am assuming I would need a brake unit for it as well.

All thoughts welcome.
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We tow our 2007 Odyssey Touring with Air Force One. Suddenly the battery is dead after an hour towing. It used to work but not now. Have I forgotten something? Side Doors off, GPS off, key in On, neutral gear shift, radio off, dome lights off.

What am I missing?
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We tow our 2007 Odyssey Touring with Air Force One. Suddenly the battery is dead after an hour towing. It used to work but not now. Have I forgotten something? Side Doors off, GPS off, key in On, neutral gear shift, radio off, dome lights off.

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Heating/cooling system off? Is the key fully on or just to the accessory position?

I ran a charge line to the Ody and have had no further problems. Ran into the same problem when we went to Phoenix last year. Ran the battery down twice. As a precaution I had brought a battery charger along.
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We tow our 2007 Odyssey Touring with Air Force One. Suddenly the battery is dead after an hour towing. It used to work but not now. Have I forgotten something? Side Doors off, GPS off, key in On, neutral gear shift, radio off, dome lights off.

What am I missing?
Have you tried a new battery?

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Last year I had the battery die twice in the cold on our way to San Antonio, Tx. We replaced the battery in Houston and have had no problems since. Assume ac/heat and radio are off. Towed the Odyssey Touring over 400 miles on some days with no loss of battery since.
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I rechecked the owners manual and it says that for emergency towing the ignition should be Accessories (I) not in ON (II). I did that and the battery did not die.

I guess I should RTFM.

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I notice some are using the Air Force 1 brake system. There is a brake indicator included. Has any one moved the indicator to the motorhome? I might mention the brake height has to be in same position when towing to work right.
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I rechecked the owners manual and it says that for emergency towing the ignition should be Accessories (I) not in ON (II). I did that and the battery did not die.

I guess I should RTFM.

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Good to hear that you've solved the problem!

And, while we're on the subject of reading the manual, let's remind Honda owners that they can't just shift into neutral and tow without burning out the transmission. There's a shifting procedure detailed in the owner's manual.

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How about the later years, including the 2014? I heard that you may be able to tow that year 4 down too. Any ideas? Thanks.
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I rechecked the owners manual and it says that for emergency towing the ignition should be Accessories (I) not in ON (II). I did that and the battery did not die.

I guess I should RTFM.

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I read the manual on our 09 Odyssey and although I saw the comment about Acc I position for emergency towing I am not certain that means the car can be towed indefinitely with the key in that position.

I am using a tow dolly that requires the steering to be free to turn. Looks like Acc I position unlocks the steering and I can't find anything that operating off of the battery.

Since the manual on the 09 says nothing about being towed in any circumstance other than an emergency there is no real guidance on this subject.

Thoughts?
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