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Old 07-26-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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CR-V towing with engine on

Every now & then the question comes up about leaving the engine running while towing the dinghy . . . Let's just say I was a bit distracted by the grandkids when hooking up our 2010 CR- V yesterday. Within minutes of hitting the road, and San Diego traffic, it occurred to me that I might have left the engine running. Found a safe place to pull over, and sure enough, the engine was on. And the doors had automatically locked as they do when it's driven. And the remote would not unlock them. Fortunately, I had left a window just barely sufficiently open to reach in & unlock the door.
Yet another reason to NOT tow with the engine running.

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Old 07-26-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Thanks for the advice. It's also a good idea to stay focused when hooking up or doing the black tank . I do know how Grandchildren can be. .


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Old 07-26-2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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And the doors had automatically locked as they do when it's driven
When towing our CRV, I keep the valet key in the ignition and the other key on the keychain in my pocket. All you have to do to unlock the door is use a key (like we used to do before electric door locks). Once some dummy (sheepishly looking in mirror) left the ignition on overnight and the battery was dead the next morning. As I was in a hurry to leave, I jump started the car and then towed it while running for about 100 miles or so.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:13 PM   #4
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Except to the ego evidently it does no harm. Just emphasizes the need for unimpeachable routines when working systems in MH's. Every time I do something out of order or change a procedure I pay a price, even if it is just lost time to go back and see if something was done or undone.

My favorite is leaving the storage area and getting about half way home (ten miles) and trying to remember if I locked the door on the MH.

As long as I am at it on our second day out this past winter (we leave for four months) for some reason I looked at my wife in a panic and said "did I close the garage door"?
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #5
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I've never towed the CRV while it was running but I did leave the key in Ignition instead of Accessory once. I was alerted the first time the Brake Buddy engaged. The CRV brakes were power assisted because the boost pump was running. It laid down some rubber.

Don't know if this is connected with the OP's lockout problem, but I have noticed that the keyfob remote does not work when the Brake Buddy is hooked up. I think the BB's wireless signal is interfering with the remote.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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Ever Since.....

Ever since the time DW left it in gear I always double check everything....
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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Nothing wrong with towing with the engine idling in neutral. I did this for about 20 miles or so when the battery on the Element got too low and would hardly turn the engine over. It is certainly circulating fluid in the transmission

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