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Old 04-01-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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After looking for a long time, we finally found a beautiful ONE OWNER, SMOKE FREE TOAD. Any special precautions when towing 1997 CRV AWD on Dolly ??? I have read the owner manual and understand the procedure for FOUR DOWN. Is that procedure necessary since the front wheels will be on the Dolly ?
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:20 PM   #2
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I would research that VERY carefully before attempting. Typically, All Wheel Drive vehicles cannot be towed on a dolly. Since it is ALL wheel drive it is ALL wheels down or none via trailer.

Hopefully someone here can give you the exact restrictions for the CRV.
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If my memory serves me correctly my CRV 2011 manual says not to tow on a dolly - either four down or completely on a trailer. I'll go read it again and if not correct I'll let you know but I don't know if that applies to your 2007.
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I would research that VERY carefully before attempting. Typically, All Wheel Drive vehicles cannot be towed on a dolly. Since it is ALL wheel drive it is ALL wheels down or none via trailer.
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Never heard of an AWD that could be put on a tow dolly.
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If my memory serves me correctly my CRV 2011 manual says not to tow on a dolly - either four down or completely on a trailer. I'll go read it again and if not correct I'll let you know but I don't know if that applies to your 2007.

I read my book and it says serious transmission damage can occur if towed on a dolly. Mine is listed as a 4 wheel drive not all wheel as you mention in post 1. I don't know if that makes a difference. You might as a Honda tech at a dealer ship.
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UPDATE!!!!!!!!! I just found this by GOOGLE, good information for anyone else needing the same answer as I did.
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These are the instructions I got from Honda Motors Customer Service line for an AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION model - - -
If you are towing with the front (drive) wheels up ON A TOW DOLLY - nothing special is necessary - UNLESS you have an AWD model - then, make sure the differential fluid for the rear axle is completely topped off.
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UPDATE!!!!!!!!! I just found this by GOOGLE, good information for anyone else needing the same answer as I did.
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These are the instructions I got from Honda Motors Customer Service line for an AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION model - - -
If you are towing with the front (drive) wheels up ON A TOW DOLLY - nothing special is necessary - UNLESS you have an AWD model - then, make sure the differential fluid for the rear axle is completely topped off.
When I bought my CRV the dealer told me to never use a dolly or it would damage the transmission. Better check something other than Google.
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I would research that VERY carefully before attempting. Typically, All Wheel Drive vehicles cannot be towed on a dolly. Since it is ALL wheel drive it is ALL wheels down or none via trailer. Hopefully someone here can give you the exact restrictions for the CRV.
Nick is spot on here.

I have a 2013 AWD CRV and you CAN NOT tow it on a dolly. I have never heard of any AWD that could be towed with a dolly. Like Nick said; it's 4down or 4up on a trailer. Maybe the older ones is different, but I doubt it. ...good luck

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After looking for a long time, we finally found a beautiful ONE OWNER, SMOKE FREE TOAD. Any special precautions when towing 1997 CRV AWD on Dolly ??? I have read the owner manual and understand the procedure for FOUR DOWN. Is that procedure necessary since the front wheels will be on the Dolly ?
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Ok, first, you say you've read the owners manual. And, you state you "Understand the procedure for FOUR DOWN", correct? And, you ask if that procedure is necessary?

Well, what does the owners manual state, exactly, word for word, in terms of flat towing your 1997 Honda CRV? I've not read your year manual but, like Ciderdogs, ours was an '11 CRV EX-L and it specifically stated to NOT tow these vehicles on a dolly. Honda changes drive line characteristics every now and then but, as far as the model CRV is concerned, according to about 98% of the owners out there that tow them, flat tow them.

It sounds, by the sound of your statement, that you'd prefer towing on a dolly. Dollies are only used primarily because the particular vehicle that someone want's to drag along as a toad, CANNOT be flat towed for various reasons. I'd say the general consensus out there is that, if you can FLAT TOW, then why do a dolly thing? Having a dolly during traveling/camping etc. can become a pain due to trying to find space for them while at RV parks or camp spots.

If your manual states specifically that you should FLAT TOW your CRV with ALL FOUR DOWN, then, you should follow those instructions. Your choice.
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