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Old 07-04-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question From a 5th wheel to a dutchstar

Looking for some input about what system to use for connecting a tow vehicle to our (new to us) 2008 Dutch Star 4023. Considering purchasing a 2012 CRV.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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LOTS of CR-V's being towed, one of the most popular and they work well. All models are towable four down too.

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Old 07-05-2012, 06:11 AM   #3
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Thanks for the confirmation on the CRV. Any thoughts on a tow bar and tow vehicle braking system?
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:18 AM   #4
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For the ultimate in simplicity that involves no electronics, check out the Ready Brute/Ready Brake. I use one, love it, and have yet to read a complaint here regarding either system.
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You are going to have to have a base plate mounted on the CRV and a tow bar. I like Blue Ox but there are others. If you are pretty handy, you can do the baseplate yourself.

You are also going to need to wire the tail and turn signal lights so they work with the motorhome turn/brake lights. You can add bulb and sockets to the tail lights, use diodes to isolate the circuits, or use a TowDaddy wiring system. You will also want to add something to keep the CRV battery charged.

And finally, you are going to need a supplemental brake system. If your coach has air brakes, you might want to use something like the SMI Air Force 1 system or you could use one of the brake in a box solutions (RVi, Brake Buddy, etc.).

If you are prepared to do the work yourself, you are looking at about $2500 in parts. If you are going to hire it out, prices will start at $3000 and go up depending on what you have them do.
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I used the NSA ReadyBrute towbars with built-in ReadyBrake. This combination was several hundred dollars less than others I looked at. I think I paid about $850 for the combination, including shipping! This towbar is rated at 8000 lbs where most are 6000 lbs. I look at other brands on the campground and how flimsy they look compared to mine, and pat myself on the back for making a good choice!

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