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Old 08-12-2013, 07:32 AM   #15
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I use a roadmaster setup, both towbar and baseplate. If you have a roadmaster tow bar then get the same company baseplate to avoid using the adaptors.

Fuse pulling, I believe, is only required with the newer units that have the nav or computer screen. My 2010 did not come with the computer screen and I had no battery discharge problems, my current 2013 does, so I installed a switch for the fuse.
They make great tow cars. Not meant for extreme off road, but they give enough added traction with the awd for most low traction environments that the normal person will encounter. I never took mine in anything but light mud on a forest road, but I can attest it does very well in a half foot of snow on a steep incline.

I use the roadmaster 9700 brake setup. It doesn't have an inertia switch to activate it, which I like. It activates when the MH brake light goes on. If I have to get another I might go with the invisibrake by roadmaster.
I have switched toads several times so I liked the 9700 type brake as there is less installation needed when changing cars.
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Looked at the CR-V but decided to go with a 2014 Subaru Forester manual. One reason was the Forester has additional ground clearance. Not a Jeep but it will work for us.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:59 AM   #17
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Looked at the CR-V but decided to go with a 2014 Subaru Forester manual. One reason was the Forester has additional ground clearance. Not a Jeep but it will work for us.
Not a bad choice at all...ENJOY!
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I have a 2011 CR-V EXL w/navigation (gps) the only problem I had was running the battery down on long distance towing. This was the radio/navigation fuse (7.5 amp) drawing the battery down. I was the very first to install the Roadmaster FuseMaster switch. Made a huge difference. Set the CR-V up for towing in my garage and after 49 hours she fired right up. It has been working just fine for a year now. If the CR-V you are looking at doesn't have the navi system you should be just fine without removing the fuse. On mine it was a real PITA to pull. Honda didn't give any thought to us older folks when placing that fuse in the worse possible location.

I talked to Honda Corporate in Dec 2011 and explained the problem of the fuse location, suggested they install that fuse under the hood in that fuse box. Hope they do it because I'll buy another CR-V in a few years. Great car. Mine got 28.7 mpg at 75mph from SLC, UT to Wendover and back last month.

You do have to run them through the gears and let it idle in neutral for 3 mins and while she's doing that I connect it to the MH using Roadmaster plate and tow bar. Piece of cake. Without a doubt one of the best vehicles I've owned in many years.
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I made up this switch for the fuse on the new 2013 honda CRV I got. NAPA auto parts for a mini add a circuit, a standard mini fuse that plugs in that, and some shrink wrap and crimp on connectors. 8 bucks for the plug in, 6 bucks for the switch. The rest I had already.
SPST switch fits perfectly in one of the plugged spots next to the traction control button on the left side of the dash

Just need to find a way to label it, but it's not important that I do that. If I get near the hobby store that sells model trains I will check to see if they have some white letters about 1/8 in size
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I know this sounds crazy, but being new at this I have learned there are no stupid questions....with our 2012 Honda CRV, do we have to purchase a base plate and tow bar for a 2012, or can we purchase an earlier version and have it adapted to our 2012? Thanks! Bear with us....we are learning!!
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Not all CRV's are AWD , as its an option as I understand it.
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You have to purchase the specific base plate for your vehicle and year. I know there is a lot to learn, but don't be afraid to ask questions. I just switched from a dolly after six years. Didn't mind the dolly, but since I was in the market for a new car decided to get one that could be flat towed. Went from RAV4 to CRV. Another thing to keep in mind is that while it can run into money setting up your CRV for flat towing, remember to divide that cost over the years of ownership. The tow bar and brake system are reusable, so the true cost would be the base plate. You have a very dependable, reliable, well built vehicle, that should give you many years of service. As far as AWD, Honda makes all trims in both FWD and AWD. It really isn't an option as such, you choose which trim level you want in either configuration.
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You have to purchase the specific base plate for your vehicle and year. I know there is a lot to learn, but don't be afraid to ask questions. I just switched from a dolly after six years. Didn't mind the dolly, but since I was in the market for a new car decided to get one that could be flat towed. Went from RAV4 to CRV. Another thing to keep in mind is that while it can run into money setting up your CRV for flat towing, remember to divide that cost over the years of ownership. The tow bar and brake system are reusable, so the true cost would be the base plate. You have a very dependable, reliable, well built vehicle, that should give you many years of service. As far as AWD, Honda makes all trims in both FWD and AWD. It really isn't an option as such, you choose which trim level you want in either configuration.
Thanks so much for your help! Now we know which direction we need to pursue.
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