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Old 07-15-2018, 08:48 PM   #1
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Honda toads

Going to be buying myself a runaround car in the near future. With that being said and also wanting to get a motorhome I thought I'll buy something that I would tow 4 wheels down. Debating between a 2014 awd CRV or a 2011 Element. Tell me what your experience is pulling one of those two. I'm thinking Mpg is why I narrowed it down to them. Would like to have jeep, but I'm to cheap to buy a gas guzzler. Let me hear your thoughts.
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:42 AM   #2
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Hey there Snap-On Man...Many RVers chose the CRVs for their toads when Honda was manufacturing an RV friendly Toad.
(I used to work at a Honda dealership plus I have many friends who have toads.)

I am also glad to see you know what the newest model toad you can purchase. Good luck to you and Happy Hunting!
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We have a '13 CRV. No issues and we like it. I don't even know it's back there although I am sure it is like that with pretty much any toad.
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We currently tow a '12 CR-V, AWD and it has been a non issue! It is our 2nd CR-V towed. As noted, the CR-V is a very popular towed as it's light and easy with minimal setup. There has been some complaints regarding the battery size, but for us, we have a battery trickle charge line by RVI, as part of our plug connections and we have has 0 issues with battery over the last 3 years. It's a few minutes to connect or disconnect and easy peasy! Good luck hunting for your towed and we'll se ya travelin down the road.
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I towed a '05 Ody before a friend decided to trade his Essex for a 5th wheel so I bought his '14 CR-V already set up for towing. Found that the "professional install" he had done in Nevada wasn't up to my standards and redid most of it as well as having to rebuild the brakes. No parking brakes left and there was a shudder under hard braking, but it only had 6000 miles on it (plus a trip to AK and back being towed). I've also found the Continental tires to be wearing out quickly.
I also added a charge line and changed to an Osy sized battery box and battery.
And, I don't even notice it back of my rig. But my rig weighs over 46,500#'s empty, is rated to tow 15,000#'s and has lots of hp and torque.
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After doing a little research Iím thinking of going with the CR-V. Maybe Iíll get lucky and find one already set up for towing. Thanks for the input.
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Little late to the party, but we tow a 2014 Honda CRV EXL. Just bought it a year ago with only 9000 miles on it! I installed a Blue Ox baseplate, Blue Ox towbar and the M&G Engineering toad brake system with emergency breakaway protection. The 2014 is our second Honda. We also put about 60,000 miles towing a 2009 Honda CRV.

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Can I ask those of you that tow a Honda CRV are the AWD models, auto or manual teans. I was looking for a used one on auto trader and they all seem to be AWD. I wasn't sure a AWD car could be towed 4 down
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CR-V AWD can be towed four down using the same method as the front wheel drive model. Nothing special needed.
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We love our 2014 CRV AWD. We upgraded to the Odyssey battery & tray since we have a Brake Buddy that requires the use of the aux jack & the OEM battery kept going dead after more than a few hours of towing.

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We towed a '07 AWD CR-V and then a '13 AWD CR-V..... both were perfect tow vehicles. The first one we drove 68,000 miles plus an additional 56,000 miles of towing (124,000 miles total).

The second CR-V we drove 39,000 miles and towed another 40,000 of towing (79,000 miles total).

I would have bought another Honda if they were towable.

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We had been thinking of getting a smaller SUV for 2nd car after I retired.
We bought a Certified Pre-Owned 2014 CR-V FWD EX-L in December 2016 right at the end of the year(dealer was motivated to meet sales numbers). We traded our larger SUV (in excellent condition) because it was too heavy GVWR to tow behind our MH. They gave us more than Kelly Blue Book Trade-in. Turned out that it had a Blue-Ox baseplate already installed, with auxiliary tail lights wired and cutoff with for the radio. Dealer didn't even know. Saved us much $.

Had a SMI Stay-In-Play braking unit installed, and bought a Road Master Falcon 2 with the tabs to fit a Blue-Ox baseplate.

The Stay-In-Play is hidden under the hood and the hydraulic unit and on/off switch are hidden under the dash. Honda owners manual has the instructions on prep for towing. Easily done and ready to roll in 5 minutes after hookup.

Hardly know it's behind our MH as the diesel has plenty of power.
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