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Old 12-13-2014, 09:51 PM   #1
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Honda Accord 2013- tow dolly help

I am new to RV'ing and just purchased an Acme EZE dolly to tow dolly to pull either a 2013 Honda Accord or 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD. I mostly plan to pull the Honda. The Honda manual does not indicate if I need to unlock the steering column when towing. Nor does it say how to keep the column unlocked.

Does anyone have any experience towing a newer Accord or Ram truck and how do you set up your vehicle for towing?

Thanks for the help
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:57 PM   #2
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The steering wheel needs to be unlocked on an Acme EZE dolly. It doesn't have a swivel plate for the front wheels to sit on, so the wheels must be free to allow the rear axle of the car to track properly going around corners. Usually to unlock steering, turn key to accessory then back to off, leaving key in the ignition. Don't know if your car does it that way or not, check with a Honda dealer if it doesn't.

On the 2WD Ram truck, I hope it's a manual transmission, because an automatic can't be towed. Again, try the key on to unlock then off, leaving key in the ignition.
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Both vehicles are automatics, hence the tow dolly. If I leave the key in the ignition, won't the battery be run down? How do I avoid that?
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If the key is off, it shouldn't use power, unless an interior light is on.
I've also skimmed through the manual for 2013 Dodge Ram 1500.

My Ram Trucks: Ram Owners Service Manuals - Ram Cars, Minivans, SUVs

On page 561 it says towing an automatic transmission truck on a tow dolly is "NOT ALLOWED." Unless you install a drive shaft disconnect I think your truck isn't going on the dolly.

On the Accord, if you have a key for the ignition, it will work as I said in post #2 (pg 131 of Owner's manual) If you have the 'Start/Stop' button and fob, you can unlock the steering column (Yes, it has a steering lock) by pushing the Start/Stop button and turning the steering left or right. In the manual, it's not real clear if it stays unlocked or not, it also doesn't explain if pushing the Start/Stop button leaves engine running or not, you'll have to experiment with it. I'd check and make sure the steering doesn't lock up when the steering passes through straight ahead again if you have the keyless button start function.

http://techinfo.honda.com/rjanisis/p...u/2A1313OM.pdf
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I am new to RV'ing and just purchased an Acme EZE dolly to tow dolly to pull either a 2013 Honda Accord or 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD. I mostly plan to pull the Honda. The Honda manual does not indicate if I need to unlock the steering column when towing. Nor does it say how to keep the column unlocked.

Does anyone have any experience towing a newer Accord or Ram truck and how do you set up your vehicle for towing?

Thanks for the help
Katie
Unlocked or locked is up to the design of the dolly. No swivel pan or steerable wheels requires unlocked steering. We hace a KK-460 which has steerable wheels sot eh column is locked.
Front wheel drive will work fine on a dolly, rear wheels drive and automatic, probably not as was already said.
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Thanks for the reply. Both vehicles are automatics, hence the tow dolly. If I leave the key in the ignition, won't the battery be run down? How do I avoid that?
I'm an idiot at times....No key, just the start button.

Honda is not any help in determining how to do it. I appreciate your help. So the Ram is untowable.

So for the Honda, I should push the start button, turn the steering wheel to unlock the column and then what? Does it stay with the accessory mode on or do I push the button again to turn it off?
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I found the answer on page 133
If you leave the vehicle for 30 to 60 minutes with the shift lever in (P*1 and the
power mode in ACCESSORY, the vehicle automatically goes into the mode similar to
VEHICLE OFF (LOCK) to avoid the battery drain.
When in this mode:
The steering wheel does not lock.
You cannot lock or unlock doors with the remote transmitter or the smart entry
system.
Press the ENGINE START/STOP button to switch the mode to VEHICLE OFF (LOCK).
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