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Old 03-18-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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Honda CRV Toad?

Can any one tell me if this is an easy vehicle to adapt to towing 4 wheels down? What equipment is required?
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:10 AM   #2
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Depends on the year of the CRV. The manual that came with my 04 specifically states that it's towable 4 down (frog - four rolling on the ground). Every 8 hours of towing requires an engine start and cycling through the gears for transmission lube. My CRV is AWD (makes a difference) and an automatic.
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We just returned from our winter excursion Monday evening, four days early I might add since our first grand daughter decided to arrive 4 weeks early, and towed our 2010 AWD CRV 5442 miles. The install of the baseplate (blue ox) was more of a challenge than our "replaced" Saturn. The only problem we encountered was our battery going dead quite often. Obviously the Honda draws more current than the Saturn did in the same conditions.
With the CRV you must adhere to the proper procedure prior to towing but it's not a bother.

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Have a 2005 CRV, Automatic, All Wheel Drive. Have towed it 4-down for perhaps 20,000 miles. No problems. The Owners Manuel has specific instructions for towing, simple and straightforward.
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We tow a 2003 CRV and have been happy since mile one. I installed Blue OX baseplate and separate bulb kit myself. If you are at all handy, its not all that hard. Good luck.
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Have towed our 2003 CRV 2WD over 90,000 miles - no problems. Follow the owners manual instructions.
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:11 PM   #7
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Go to www.motorhomemagazine.com and they have a Dingy Towing Guide for all the different makes and models. Also, look up the base plate installation procedures for Blue Ox and Roadmaster. I did my own installation and the Roadmasters Base Plate installation was easy compared to the Blue Ox.
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Why not check into the Ford Escape. It is made in America.
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85Eagle, I do not think that the people in Ohio will be very happy with you.
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85Eagle, I do not think that the people in Ohio will be very happy with you.
We have towed our 2006 CRV 4WD for about 19k miles without any problem.

By the way Ottawa, the CRV is not made in Ohio but across the big pond in England.

Do take a look at the new Ford Escape Hybrid. You don't have to do anything before towing and there is no distance limit.

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2006 CR-V is ok for all wheels down towing. Remember to always go from:

YES -> Motor running -> "Drive" to "Neutral" before turning off and towing

Never -> Motor running -> "Reverse to "Neutral" before turning off and towing

And start the motor after every 8 hours of towing to let the tranny fluid run for a few minutes.
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Nodine then I guess you had better tell Honda that.
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We have been towing a Honda CRV for 3 1/2 years with no problems. I now start the engine every 4 hours or so and let it run for 15 to 20 minutes to avoid running the battery down.
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My mistake. When we purchased ours they were still being made in England.

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