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Old 04-23-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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Flat towing the 2012 honda crv

I am now flat towing my 2012 CRV. One annoying difficulty has become apparent, after the first tow. In order to flat tow the valet key needs to be left in the ignition, in the accessory position - this is to allow front wheels to remain unlocked. With the key in the ignition, I have not found a way that I can lock the vehicle doors - either manually nor electronically. I did also review the programming section, and temporarily defeated the auto lock system, but that did not work either. Once you remove the key from the ignition (by placing transmission in park) you are again required to work thru the pre-tow transmission sequence before resuming your travel. In order to perform the transmission prep., you have to remove the portable Brake Buddy System, that sets, on the driver side floor. So, in order to lock the car you need to: dismantle and re-initiate the brake system, and re prep the transmission (which remains in neutral while being towed. Any ideas for resolution would be much appreciated. thanks.

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Old 04-23-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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Our 2007 will lock all the doors by putting key in the slot on driver's side door and turning. That way the ignition stays in ACC and transmission in neutral for towing. Is the 2012 different? We are going to be looking at 2012 this weekend. Guess I will have to try one.

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Thanks for quick response, I should have thought of that, before hitting the panic button. I was convinced that the solution would have to be an electronic one, since there are so many programable features on the car. The local dealer had also advised as you have and I was able to manually lock the driver's door with key in the ignition. So far, I had just towed it home (35 miles) from the RV dealer how installed the base plate - and it towed well. Towing with Winnebago 24 Access, (Ford V-10).
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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I just went out and checked our CRV 2011.

Valet key in ACC, wheels unlocked, doors will not lock with the electronic buttons, but will lock with a key in the drivers door.
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