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Old 09-17-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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No More Dead CRV Battery

My 2011 CRV w/navigation couldn't be towed more the 3-4 hours with out the battery going dead. Honda says to pull fuse# 34 if you are towing for an extended period. Those of you who have a CRV with the Navigation system know what a PITA it is to try to reach up the dash and pull the hidden most fuse. Honda should have put it in the under the hood fuse box. Then after towing the fun really began in trying to re-install the fuse. My hand is not transparent so as to allow you to see where the fuse needs to go. It was such a hassle to do this that I ended up buying a Battery Pack Jumper so I could start the CRV after towing. This was a lot easier then trying to pull and re-install the fuse.

RoadMaster has a solution to this, it's called a FuseMaster that allows you to just flip a switch and the navigation system is disabled along with the radio. It does not require you to reset the radio code. You remove the oem fuse, plug in the FuseMaster in its place, put a 7.5amp mini fuse in the FuseMaster, mount the switch in the change holder on the drivers side and you're all set. I have let my CRV sit in tow mode in my garage with the FuseMaster switched on for 49 hours and she fired right up with no hesitation. As for my Battery Pack Jumper, I'll leave it in the CRV to help others.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:12 PM   #2
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Sounds like a great solution, Joe. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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If you are handy with "your hands" you can make one for under $10.00.
Here is a picture of the "radio Shack" switch in the dash.
If you want more info on how to make one - post a question.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:50 PM   #4
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I made one but find that sticking the prongs in that darn 7.5 original fuse spot is very difficult and abandoned the project for now. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:54 PM   #5
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JCM, I would love to know what all you used and how you did it. I use a Toad-Charge and it works real well, but I am always looking for simple....
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:15 PM   #6
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Even after I pulled the lower part of the dash off it was still a PITA to get the switch prongs in the fuse slot. What I did was disconnect the negative battery cable and then using 10" long needle nose pliers I was able to get the prongs in the proper position. It took some time and patience but I'll never have to fool with it again. With the lower dash out it was a little easier. If you pull the Dash piece be careful as it is held in place with plastic clips.
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Look into the "Toad Charger" I put one on my rig to run the break system its easy to install. I hooked it up to the house batteries and while over nighting it keeps the battery on the jeep charged.
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Finally, a solution for us that have adult hands. Thanks
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Why wouldn't you just run the 12 volt positive off your trailer plug to the positive side of the CRV battery? Would keep it charged off the coach and no hassle with the radio and such.

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Why wouldn't you just run the 12 volt positive off your trailer plug to the positive side of the CRV battery? Would keep it charged off the coach and no hassle with the radio and such.

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That's what I did. I added a on/off switch and a fuse near the battery of the CRV.
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That's what I did. I added a on/off switch and a fuse near the battery of the CRV.
Likewise!
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How do you keep from over charging the tow car with the charge wire from the motorhome?
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Good question.
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TOAD-CHARGE Dinghy Vehicle Battery Charger/Maintainer

This product prevents over charging.
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