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Old 11-20-2015, 01:38 PM   #15
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Below is a copy of the letter from Honda.

Dear customer:
Regarding your inquiry on towing your Honda or Acura automobile behind a
motorhome:
For your vehicle, the Owner's Manual advises against towing at more than 35 m.p.h or for more than 50 miles. However, this recommendation exists primarily because Honda has not conducted formal tests at higher speeds and for greater distances. We are not aware of any particular problems being caused by motorhome towing of Honda/Acura automobiles with either manual or automatic transmission, so long as proper pre-towing preparations are made and the vehicle is towed at legal highway speeds.

Manual Transmission
When preparing to tow your vehicle, make sure the transmission is full of fluid. Do not overfill.
Release the parking brake.
Shift the transmission to Neutral.
Turn the ignition key to the ACCESSORY (1) position to release the steering wheel lock. Make sure that the radio and all accessories are turned off.

Automatic Transmission
When preparing to tow your vehicle, make sure the transmission fluid level is full. Do not overfill.
If Honda/Acura automobile with an automatic transmission is towed with the front or all four wheels on the ground, you must do the following every day immediately before towing:
Start the engine.
Press on the brake pedal. Shift the lever through all the positions (P,R,N,D,2,1).
Shift to D, then to N. Let the engine run for at least three minutes, then turn off engine.
Release the parking brake.
Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (1) so the steering wheel does not lock.
Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power sockets are turned off so you do not run down the battery.
If you travel more than 8 hours in one day (including stopping time), you must stop and repeat the above procedures.

NOTICE:
The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Always leave
the key in the ACCESSORY (1) position to prevent damage to the steering system
when towing behind another vehicle.

CAUTION:
Severe automatic transmission damage will occur if the car is shifted from reverse to
neutral and then towed with the drive wheels on the ground.

NOTICE: ,
Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shift the transmission or start the engine, your vehicle must be on a flat bed truck or trailer.
If you tow a Honda/Acura vehicle with automatic transmission, the fluid must be changed every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Although experience has shown that the Honda/Acura transmission and power train are capable of being "motorhome towed", America Honda does not assume responsibility for any vehicle damage or liabilities incurred due to the towing device, towing vehicle, lighting hookup, or other towing equipment or towing procedures; any responsibility for these items is assumed by the owner/operator.
If you have additional questions, please call American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
(National Consumer Affairs) at 800-999-1009. "

Tim, notice that it says "Press on the brake pedal"
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I usually go through the whole procedure when we stop for anything that give me the 5 minutes I need to do it, regardless of how long we have been on the road. Not sure if that is a good idea or not.

I may be missing something but don't remember reading that you had to hold your foot on the brake while the car runs in neutral for 3 minutes. I set my stopwatch and use this time to do a last walk around and verify everything before leaving, so the brake is not on.

Am I screwing up here?

Tim, I really think the only reason for keeping your foot on the brake pedal is to keep the vehicle from moving when you are shifting gears! I'm sure putting the park brake on would be fine! Only problem with that is that if you forget to release it you're in BIG trouble! I think I'll continue to use the foot pedal so that can't happen!
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I make sure one of the arms is locked before running the transmission through the gears, so the car can't go anywhere. Once I have advanced to the neutral location I start the timer and then start inspecting everything to make sure it is right. That usually only takes me a couple minutes so I hope back in the toad for the final minute which is a good time to make sure the SMI is on and tested
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I make sure one of the arms is locked before running the transmission through the gears, so the car can't go anywhere. Once I have advanced to the neutral location I start the timer and then start inspecting everything to make sure it is right. That usually only takes me a couple minutes so I hope back in the toad for the final minute which is a good time to make sure the SMI is on and tested

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