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Old 11-11-2013, 05:51 PM   #71
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We tow a 2012 Mazda 3, manual six speed. There is no steering wheel lock and all you need to do is put in neutral with the brake off and move out. We had great fortune buying the car.... no one made a baseplate for it so Blue Ox put one on for us for free and also gave us the tow bar and all accessories plus lights for towing.... all factory installed for free. Had to take the car to Pender, NE for them to do the work at the factory. They made a template off my car for all future Mazda Skyactiv's. They are great people!!

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Old 11-13-2013, 12:50 PM   #72
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #73
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The manual is very clear on the correct process. Just follow those instructions.

It is not required that you install a charge wire, even though this is usually simply using one of the pins on the wire harness, but the manual simply says that if you are going to tow it over 7 hrs at a time, simply start it when you stop and let it run a few minutes. No big deal. Again, the manual is clear on that as well. Just read what it says regarding Recreational Towing.
That is to circulate the transmission fluid so you don't burn up the transmission, and won't keep the battery charged on some years of CR-V's.
We are towing our '05 Ody four down again. I had to add a charge line to keep the battery from going flat even when I started it per the CR-V instructions. And yes, I know that the '05 Ody isn't supposed to be towed four down. It cost Honda $2,200 to keep from having to do a buy back on the Ody.
Easiest vehicle I've ever towed was a '97 Jeep GC full time all wheel drive, but it was harsh riding and got poor mileage. When we buy another towed it'll probably be a CR-V.
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We tow a 2012 Mazda 3, manual six speed. There is no steering wheel lock and all you need to do is put in neutral with the brake off and move out. We had great fortune buying the car.... no one made a baseplate for it so Blue Ox put one on for us for free and also gave us the tow bar and all accessories plus lights for towing.... all factory installed for free. Had to take the car to Pender, NE for them to do the work at the factory. They made a template off my car for all future Mazda Skyactiv's. They are great people!!

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We had the same "fortune" with our '05 Ody with Roadmaster. The had the Ody for three days. We didn't get the tow bar though as I already had bought a Sterling. The RoadMaster factory was only about 20 miles from home too.
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