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Old 02-29-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Flat Towing Honda CRV

I am about to purchase; after much research into which vehicle will fit my purpose best, the 2012 CRV AWD. Re. towing gear, I have determined to go with Blue Ox Aventa bar, Blue Ox Base Plate, and Brake Buddy (Advantage select). I would appreciate any and all comments, from anyone having experience towing this vehicle and/or using this gear. Thanks
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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We have pulled an 07 CRV towd since May 07 with essentially the same equipment you are talking about. Honda pre tow instructions are very explicit for transmission lubrication and we always follow them. We have had no issues.
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We have used the Brake buddy since 2003 two coaches and two vehicles over 50,000 miles and no problems. Good choice IMO.
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2011 CR-V roadmaster Brackets and Falcon 2 towbar and Stay N Play duo braking system ....All works great and just hook up towbar plug in wiring turn on braking system and away we go ...... Nice and easy ......
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I, like others, have had a bit of a battery problem with the CRV. We now start up and run the CRV every couple of hours to keep the battery charged. It is a good tow car.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:46 PM   #6
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Thanks 1Ciderdog - in anticipation of that problem I have asked the installer to run and added line from the coach to the CRV battery, for continuous charging while underway. Had you tried this ??
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Hen, That's been on my list for awhile but haven't done it yet. Other more important projects but I will get to it.
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We've towed a 2010 CR-V behind our Monaco for two years now. Other than the battery issue it's been a great choice for us. We live in a city so we wanted a smaller vehicle but we also wanted an SUV for the space. We've carefully followed Hondas procedures to run the engine at every stop and at the end of the day to lubricate the transmission and have had no trouble. We have not followed the instruction to remove the fuse and have run the battery down multiple times. We carry one of those Duracell battery packs to jump the car and it's saved us multiple times. We will ask our shop to set up our tow connection to charge the battery but until then we're ok with jumping it when we need to.
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I, like others, have had a bit of a battery problem with the CRV. We now start up and run the CRV every couple of hours to keep the battery charged. It is a good tow car.
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Our '05 Ody will be towed and I'm expecting battery trouble too. I bought a new battery yesterday and tried to install it today but one nut is corroded and can only be reached with a 10 mm deep well socket and guess which socket I can't find?
If I do have battery trouble I'll run a charge line.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:01 PM   #10
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Flat Towing Honda CRV

Thanks for additional reports from 1Ciderdog, brucemcdou, and Mr. D. Sounds like the only issue has been with the battery drain. Although Winnebago has responded to my concern and reassured me it's well within specs (capacity 5000 lbs), I hope I am not bitting off more weight (3500 # + tow gear) than I should re. milage and performance of the MH. I simply like the idea of being able to safely roof-top my canoe and have a vehicle that can also be used around town, in the sometimes nasty Buffalo weather. Intend to tow with 2008, 24 ft. Winne (E-450 chassis & GVWR of 14500 lbs), powered by Ford V-10 (6.8 L). Most of you responding are towing with larger MHs, some likely powered by diesel pushers. Would appreciate added comments in this area.
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Hi Hen - I didn't comment on mileage. We have a Class A that's approx. 21,000 lbs loaded, with a Workhorse 8.1 liter gas engine and Allison 1000 transmission. We've probably got the same horsepower as you and a lot more weight! Our mileage is perhaps 1/2 to 1 mpg lower when we tow, but the difference between 8 mpg and 7 mpg isn't dramatic - we have more of a difference from hills, wind, and driving speed. We normally run on the highway at around 62 mph, partially due to Honda's 65 mph limit when towing the CR-V - don't know if you were aware of that limit.

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Thanks Bruce, appreciate the additional
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We plug in a solar panel that lays across the front dash when we tow the CRV to help with the battery issue. No problems after doing that.
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We tow our Element behind the coach with no provision for battery charging. We've towed for 6 to 8 hours a day and there is no discernible issue when going to start the car afterward. If we don't disconnect and the car remains attached for the evening ( ignition off overnight) we start the car in the morning before leaving mostly just to go through the transmission shifting routine for fluid circulation. That little bit of engine running seems to be enough to keep the batter charged even on multi day trips
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