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Old 06-22-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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CRV Owners - ????

Looking at a 2011 CRV for our first toad. Going to use Blue x and AF1. I will have the equipment installed.

So how simple is it to hook up and get on the road. Any secrets or ???
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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We have towed a 2007 CRV since the day after it was bought - travel about six months per year. We use a Blue Ox tow bar and base plate. Hooking up takes about two minutes, running the transmission through the recommended pre towing procedure (very important) takes 5 minutes or so. Even though we have a NAV system and do not pull a fuse, there have been no issues with losing battery charge for us when towing. We typically only run 5-6 hours per day and start the car when we stop for lunch.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:38 AM   #3
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+1 for jzick. Follow the CRV manual for running it through the gears and idling for 3 monute. There is nothing special to do for the SMI brake system except turn the switch on.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:48 AM   #4
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A checklist is not a bad idea. After a couple of trial hook-ups, you will know how to structure the list. The process is not really complicated, but I've found hooking up to depart an RV park somehow attracts people who come over to chat or say goodbye. That's when you may be distracted and forget an important step. My wife stands guard for me and does the obligatory chatting.

Also, things get dirty and even greasy in the hitch area. I have a pair of gloves and a wiping rag stowed in the place where I keep the towing "stuff".

Oh one more thing. Sometimes you may not be parked level when unhooking. Set the hand brake on the toad so you are not chasing it down the street when it is detached. Or, having it creep forward to attack you. Then there are times when one bar release latch is in a bind. You might have to manually rock the car a bit while someone pushes on the stubborn latch release.

It is all fun ...
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Can the AWD be flat towed?
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Can the AWD be flat towed?
Referring to the AWD CRV? I think it can but look in the owners manual under "Towing" heading. Sure a lot of CRVs being towed around.
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We have a 2010 CRV, and bought specifically for our toad. I'm Blue Ox all the way including the Patriot braking system. I can hook up or unhook in less than 5 minutes.

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We have a 2013 awd crv and we tow it. It is just like other crv's you just follow the directions for towing.
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Piece of cake to connect and disconnect. I use the Roadmaster hitch and baseplate. Doesn't matter if we're not level or straight. Never binds. The only issue: Sometimes setting up the Patriot brake unit takes more than one try for it to say READY. It gets easier with experience. Never had a dead battery even after 8 or more hours on the road. Doug 2003 Journey, 2010 CRV AWD
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Well, we are the new owners of a 2011 CR-V-EX-L in white with gray interior.

A US assembled made car. Still first time foreign car owner.

Monday I'll start shopping for the Blue OX and AF1 components. Then a place to install it all.

Thanks to all that replied.
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We tow a 2013 CRV AWD. Blue Ox tow bar, Brake Buddy brake unit (very similar to Patriot). We have a 12v charge line from the RV and I installed an LED on the CRV dash to confirm the charge line is working. We created this checklist for starting and stopping the tow.
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Help me here. I was looking at a 2014 crv a few days ago and was told it can be towed 4 down if I had a roadmaster disconnect installed. Is this right or wrong. appears from above post its a plug and play vehicle??

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Help me here. I was looking at a 2014 crv a few days ago and was told it can be towed 4 down if I had a roadmaster disconnect installed. Is this right or wrong. appears from above post its a plug and play vehicle??

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The RoadMaster "disconnect" is to keep the battery from running down. Some people stop and run the CR-V often enough that the battery doesn't run down on others they have to pull a fuse or run a charge line.
We have an '05 Odyssey that the battery runs down too quickly so I'm in the middle (literally) of installing a charge line.
Yes, I know. the '05 Ody is not approved for four down towing but I've seen and talked to too many owners to worry now.
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