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Old 10-10-2015, 02:18 PM   #15
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Only the AWD model can be flat-towed. Per the manual, you start it, shift through all of the gears then to neutral, idle 3 minutes in neutral, shut off, leave the key in the accessory position, release parking brake, and tow. There is a fuse to remove to prevent running the battery down, or you can install a switch in its place for towing.



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Follow up - Went with the 2014. Bye bye Murano. Now to pick out tow bars and braking systems.

I still have the EZ tow dolly and I noticed a couple of things. First, the tires a a bit smaller on the CRV so it might be a bit easier to get the wheel straps on. Second, there are two nice tow hooks under the CRV and I'm betting it might be easier to get the safety chains connected. I had to get down on the ground and wrap the chains around the frame, which was a bit of a pain and I was always scraping my hands up. Who knows? Maybe I won't bother with the Blue Ox and stuff.
You cannot tow an all-wheel-drive CR-V on a dolly. It must be towed with all four wheels on the ground, or with all four wheels on a trailer. The 2WD CR-V can go on a dolly.
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Follow up - Went with the 2014. Bye bye Murano. Now to pick out tow bars and braking systems.

I still have the EZ tow dolly and I noticed a couple of things. First, the tires a a bit smaller on the CRV so it might be a bit easier to get the wheel straps on. Second, there are two nice tow hooks under the CRV and I'm betting it might be easier to get the safety chains connected. I had to get down on the ground and wrap the chains around the frame, which was a bit of a pain and I was always scraping my hands up. Who knows? Maybe I won't bother with the Blue Ox and stuff.
Something you may want to think about is the problem with the CRV battery being undersized. There are many threads on this with pulling fuses, installing charge lines etc to side step having a dead battery.

I can tell you from experience, the Only fix is to replace the group 51, 400 CCA OEM toy battery with a Group 24, 800+ CCA battery. The switch is very simple. From your Honda dealer, purchase the two part battery tray for a 2014 Odessy for about $20 and a new group 24 battery. Go with the highest CCA you can find.
In the end, for under $200 you will not be plagued with dead battery issues.
The CRV is a great toad except for this one little flaw. The 2015 has the larger battery but unfortunately, it is not towable.
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Great tip, thanks! Lots of room under that hood.

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Something you may want to think about is the problem with the CRV battery being undersized. There are many threads on this with pulling fuses, installing charge lines etc to side step having a dead battery.

I can tell you from experience, the Only fix is to replace the group 51, 400 CCA OEM toy battery with a Group 24, 800+ CCA battery. The switch is very simple. From your Honda dealer, purchase the two part battery tray for a 2014 Odessy for about $20 and a new group 24 battery. Go with the highest CCA you can find.
In the end, for under $200 you will not be plagued with dead battery issues.
The CRV is a great toad except for this one little flaw. The 2015 has the larger battery but unfortunately, it is not towable.
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jondrew, I answered the question as you asked it. Don't get mad at me. You were the one that asked it. How was I to know you made a mistake. That is why I proof read my posts before I click on the submit button.

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jondrew, I answered the question as you asked it. Don't get mad at me. You were the one that asked it. How was I to know you made a mistake. That is why I proof read my posts before I click on the submit button.

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Only the AWD model can be flat-towed.
Nope, all the CR-V's before 2015 were towable four down whether all wheel or front wheel drive.
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We have friends towing an '07 Ody and their battery runs down. We had the same problem with our '05 Ody. To cure ours I ran a charge line from the MH to the Ody and no more problems. That's what lots of people do rather than changing batteries.
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Nope, all the CR-V's before 2015 were towable four down whether all wheel or front wheel drive.

Thanks for catching that. I got it backwards from my other post, somehow. The AWD model has to have all four wheels either on or off of the road, trailered or flat-towed. It cannot go on a dolly. That's the most important consideration.



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I was planning on getting a CR-V in '16 to replace the '05 Ody that we tow. But since the new one's aren't towable I guess we'll just keep the Ody even though we don't need the bigger vehicle anymore. I really don't think I'd notice the difference towing anyway.
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I was planning on getting a CR-V in '16 to replace the '05 Ody that we tow. But since the new one's aren't towable I guess we'll just keep the Ody even though we don't need the bigger vehicle anymore. I really don't think I'd notice the difference towing anyway.

Somebody posted that the new HR-V, which is based on the new Fit chassis, is flat-towable, even with the CVT. Unless your over six feet tall, it's probably worth looking at.

EDIT: I downloaded the owner's manual, which explicitly states that it cannot be flat-towed behind a motorhome. Too bad.



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Somebody posted that the new HR-V, which is based on the new Fit chassis, is flat-towable, even with the CVT. Unless your over six feet tall, it's probably worth looking at.

EDIT: I downloaded the owner's manual, which explicitly states that it cannot be flat-towed behind a motorhome. Too bad.
Actually the 6 spd. manual trans model is towable behind a motorhome. Honda just released a manual update to clarify. However the 6 spd. is almost impossible to find at Honda dealers in the USA. I understand from friends in Canada that the 6 spd. is more available there.
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While towing: Remember to switch the headlights to OFF vs AUTO to not run battery down. Also remember on the radio just turning off the radio will not turn off the display (which will run battery down). To turn off display go into the clock setting and at the end of the line that says DISPLAY all the way at the right end it says OFF.
I copied the towing instructions from the owners manual and I keep the copy in the center console to refer back to before towing.
We love our Honda CR-V (although we have a different year than you bought).
Good Luck and happy towing!
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