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Old 07-10-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Mileage register on Toad?

Thought I had read a number of times here and elsewhere that mileage did not accumulate on the odometer on a toad while flat towing.

Played golf with a gentleman today who works at Kia here in Kamloops, BC. He said that it's illegal for a toad not to register all miles whether being towed or otherwise. I countered saying I thought I had heard that it is not. He responded suggesting that it might not be for older ones but for today's newer digitally logged cars he was quite confident he was right.

Is there a definitive yes or no on whether toads register miles on their odometer while being towed?
Or is it qualified by year, make, model, how you hook it up, whether key is on or....?

BTW, I'm leaning hard toward a Honda CRV EXL 4WD 2009-2011 for my toad.

Thanks!

Oops, Should have put this in the Toad section.
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Not on my '07 Saturn Vue.
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Not on my '06 CRV.
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Your friend is wrong. I don't know of any modern vehicles that rack up miles while being towed.
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I would'nt think that the law say's that miles need to be recorded. If so then if it was on a trailer would you have to record those miles to?????
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Glad to hear it. That was the answer I was hoping for. So does anyone have any tow vehicles that DO register mileage?
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Cool, just noticed that 2 of the respondees are Dutch Star owners. Must be a freindly bunch!
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Usually the pickup for the speedometer is tied to the transmission, if the transmission is not moveing no milage will record.
I have a driveshaft disconnect on my toad and the milage doesn't register when towing.
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In the old days there was usually a cable connected from the transmission to the speedometer. The transmission rotated the cable which in turn showed the speed and racked up miles. Anyone remember reaching up under the dash and disconnecting that cable so Dad wouldn't know how many miles you drove the family car? Just had to remember to reconnect it or you were in deep trouble.

Modern cars for the last many years have electronic controlled speedometers and odometers. A sensor on the transmission sends a pulsed signal to a computer and that computer sends information to the speedometer and odometer. If the key is turned off nothing will register.

Yes David, Dutch Star owners are a friendly bunch as are all motorhome owners.
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Glad to hear it. That was the answer I was hoping for. So does anyone have any tow vehicles that DO register mileage?
mine registers miles on toad..........but mine is ancient........see signature......ronspradley
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Some of my best friends own Dutch Stars----I think my 93 Ford Ranger stick shift PU accumulates mileage----I tow it seldom so do not care.

My CR-V does not---and what the others have said is correct------but check anyway when you buy a toad.
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My Tracker registers the Mileage

Our's is a 92 Tracker and other than disconnecting the Cable there is no way to disable the odometer.

I can't say with certainty whether or not it is illegal although I rather suspect it is on a privately owned Car .

I do know that a functional non resettable recording odometer is required on all commercial vehicles.
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In the old days there was usually a cable connected from the transmission to the speedometer. The transmission rotated the cable which in turn showed the speed and racked up miles. Anyone remember reaching up under the dash and disconnecting that cable so Dad wouldn't know how many miles you drove the family car? Just had to remember to reconnect it or you were in deep trouble.

Modern cars for the last many years have electronic controlled speedometers and odometers. A sensor on the transmission sends a pulsed signal to a computer and that computer sends information to the speedometer and odometer. If the key is turned off nothing will register.

Yes David, Dutch Star owners are a friendly bunch as are all motorhome owners.
I love the over-all freindliness of campers and RV'ers. It's clearly part of the allure of going full time for us.

I'm not sure but won't I have to have the key on "accessory' with a newer Honda CRV 4x4? ...and maybe therefore register miles on the odometer?

Just trying to be sure 'cuz I trust this group more than I would your run-of-the-mill car salesman.
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Some of my best friends own Dutch Stars----I think my 93 Ford Ranger stick shift PU accumulates mileage----I tow it seldom so do not care.

My CR-V does not---and what the others have said is correct------but check anyway when you buy a toad.
What year and model is your CRV?
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