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Old 08-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Honda CR-V 4X4 as "toad"?

I am considering purchasing a 2006 CR-V to be utilized as a "toad" behind our 2011 Challenger motor home. I would like to hear from those on the FORUM who currently have a CR-V or are familiar with them being used as a towed vehicle. This one is in excellent condition and is an automatic. I have the latest issue of the guide for towing, but I'm not certain of all that is associated with this earlier model. Any information as to ease of towing, (hook-up), weight, etc, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Old 08-08-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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I am considering purchasing a 2006 CR-V to be utilized as a "toad" behind our 2011 Challenger motor home. I would like to hear from those on the FORUM who currently have a CR-V or are familiar with them being used as a towed vehicle. This one is in excellent condition and is an automatic. I have the latest issue of the guide for towing, but I'm not certain of all that is associated with this earlier model. Any information as to ease of towing, (hook-up), weight, etc, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Bronk,
I can't speak to the earlier CRVs, but my 2012 is an automatic AWD and it tows beautifully. The CRV is a very popular toad and the towing instructions are spelled out in the owner's manual. Honda does recommend pulling the radio fuse, if you will be towing it for long periods, over 8 hrs IIRC.
PM me if you have any specific questions.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:46 AM   #3
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Page 177 (might be slightly different depending on exact model) of the 2006 Honda CRV owners manual covers flat towing.

Page 178 covers fuse pulling for extended towing. Looking at those instructions you will be very smart to install a fuse bypass switch. Tranny fluid must be changed every 2 years or 30,000 miles.

YES...very useable as a toad!
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I have a 2006 AWD CR-V(all CR-Vs are auto), and it tows nicely. In the morning just warm up the engine/trans for a few minutes, shift it thru the gears and off you go. Never had a battery discharge problem, even on a 2-day 1000 mile run to FL.
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I am considering purchasing a 2006 CR-V to be utilized as a "toad" behind our 2011 Challenger motor home. I would like to hear from those on the FORUM who currently have a CR-V or are familiar with them being used as a towed vehicle. This one is in excellent condition and is an automatic. I have the latest issue of the guide for towing, but I'm not certain of all that is associated with this earlier model. Any information as to ease of towing, (hook-up), weight, etc, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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We tow a 2008 CRV 2 wheel drive. Tows great. I normally warm it up before a tow and run it for 10 or 15 minutes when we stop for lunch or the evening. I keep the speed at 60 to 62, Honda limits to 65. Also they want you to shift through the gears before a towing in drive then move to neutral before towing. Suggest reading the manual.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:17 AM   #6
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Bronk, go for it. I'm sure you'll love it.

Our 03 CRV is the first non big 3 car we've ever owned, and I couldn't be happier with something this size. (I'm 6'2"/300).
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We towed a 2006 CRV 4x4 for 6 years. No problems at all. Now we have a 2013 CRV 4X4 which tows just as well as the 2006.
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A CR-V is not a 4X4, it is an AWD, meaning the AWD only cuts in when needed and the driver had no control over it. Also there is no transfer case so no low range. In one test they tried a little offroading and the passengers had to get out and walk to make it up one grade.
If you want a 4X4 then you should look at a Jeep, if you just want a great towed then a CR-V is the way to go.
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Not all CRV's are AWD , as its an option as I understand it.
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Been towing our 2006 CRV AWD for 6 1/2 years now. I use Blue Ox tow bar and SMI Stay in Play for auxillary brakes. Start in up in the AM, run thru the gears and we are good to go. I usually stop every 2 or 3 hour so I start the CRV while stretching the legs. Never pull any fuses.
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nctox, we have just purchased a 2012 Honda CRV AWD and are ready to tow it behind our Fleetwood Providence......problem is, we can't figure out where to hook the tow bat to in the front. We can't rind any reference to it in the book. If anyone could help, we would really appreciate it! We want to leave on Tuesday and tow our CRV; but can't figure where to hook it up. Thanks!
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nctox, we have just purchased a 2012 Honda CRV AWD and are ready to tow it behind our Fleetwood Providence......problem is, we can't figure out where to hook the tow bat to in the front. We can't rind any reference to it in the book. If anyone could help, we would really appreciate it! We want to leave on Tuesday and tow our CRV; but can't figure where to hook it up. Thanks!
You have to have a vehicle specific base plate installed on the CRV. That is what the tow bar attaches to.
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Boy, do we feel like the really dummies here....can you tell we are new at all of this???? After reading a bit further into the forums, I realized that the baseplate is what we are needing. Now...if we can just decided which one to purchase! We already have a RoadMaster tow bar. Any suggestions in this are would also be appreciated. Guess we will be "dollying" our spare vehicle...a Nissan Altima.
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Since you already have a Roadmaster Tow Bar, I would suggest that you install a Roadmaster base plate. Choose the base plate that "matches" your tow bar. You can go the Roadmaster web site, plug in the information and pull up the tow bars and base plates for your vehicle. You also want to consider wiring the lights. They have kits for that too, or you could use magnetic lights. Also a braking system for the toad. Something like the RVI 2 or Brake Buddy are easy to install. I just went to four down after six years with a dolly. To switch over was an expense, but I purchased a new CRV, set it up and plan to keep it for a long while. I sold the dolly to defray some of the cost.
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