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Old 01-10-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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I have a 2004 Winnebago Journey motorhome, 36 ft, and have the US Gear brake system. On two trips to Florida, last winter, and this winter. The battery in my tow vehicle, a Honda 2006 CR-V was completely dead and had to be recharged. I've narrowed the cause to the need to pull a particular fuse while towing. When I've attempted to figure out which fuse to pull, I've received multiple answers. My Honda says the #8 radio fuse located under the dash. Others have advised pulling other fuses. (Thus far I have encountered the numbers 3, 23, 32, and a couple of others. I asked this question of a group on the internet identified as "ask the honda experts" and this is what I have received: I was instructed to pull fuse #9 under the hood (but to replace it every time I go through the shifitng procedure required by Honda. The technician who provided this answer indicated that this is the fuse that is pulled by Honda dealers when the units are shipped. The fuse is tied to the radio, computer, and some other ancillary components. The fuse is also easier accessed than those under the dash. This #9 fuse is located under the hood of the vehicle. I've seen so many answers concernin what fuse to pull in the Honda CR-V that I don't know who to believe. I also want to be sure that whatever fuse I pull that it won't negatively affect some other aspect of the suv's performance. Can anyone in the forum help me sort this out. I would be interested in whether or not the advice I received from the Honda "expert" is worthwhile. Also, this technician stated that I should be sure that other "after market" stuff wasn't having a negative draw on the battery. I originally thought that the US Gear braking system might be the culprit. I need to get this problem resolved. It is very annoying, especially if when traveling a long distance. Thanks for your help.

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Old 01-10-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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I tow an 06 CRV and I never pull any fuses. I have never had a dead battery after towing all day.

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Old 01-11-2009, 01:07 AM   #3
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The instructions in my owners manual say to pull #18 (15AMP) fuse for extended towing. This fuse is in the interior fuse box. I am in the process of setting my 06 CR-V up to tow and am going to run a charge line between the MH and the CR-V. That way I won't have to pull any fuses.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:16 AM   #4
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Folks my Honda had a dead battery a few times after towing it a long time behind the MH. It was a hassel to jump the car from the MH. So I did a little research and found this trickle charge product: http://www.rvupgradestore.com/...=VIEWPROD&ProdID=442

since I installed this I have had no issues with a dead toad battery. Give this a look see. Beats pulling fuses!

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Old 01-17-2009, 02:32 PM   #5
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I never listen to "experts" on the internet because if their advice doesn't work they won't pay the repair bill.

Do what you owner's manual says. Why would you not believe the Owner's manual?

If you don't want to pull the fuse you can wire a switch around that circuit.
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Old 01-24-2009, 06:25 PM   #6
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I have an 07 CRV and I can tell you, pulling and replacing the fuse is a PITA. I gave up and ordered and installed the ToadCharger. Works great and I now never have a low battery, as I did before.

It is easy to install and works!
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Same here. Installed toadcharge then towed my 08 CRV 7K miles over 66 days and never had a problem with a dead battery.

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We have an 08 Honda CRV. We have never pulled a plug or fuse. We towed ours to Birmingham AL from Raleigh NC last year without incident. Granted we overnighted in Greenvile SC. But we did not pull fuse. I was under the impression if you pulled fuse, this would affect the satellite radio number if you had one installed.

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