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Old 11-23-2011, 04:48 PM   #15
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I do not believe the CRV 2wd is towable 4 down. I am on my third CRV.
Unless something has changed CRV 2wd configurations are towable four down with no modifications. We tow an 07 and were looking at a 2010 that the owner's manual said was towable.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:18 PM   #16
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Just bought a 2011 CRV with Navi and am in love. Fixing to head South for 6 months with my new Toad. A few years ago I drove one and it had no power and a lot of road noise so I hung on to my old Toad. I would like to have a 6, but that 4 does ok. A lot better then a few years ago, even quieter.
Anyone having problems by leaving the radio fuse in??

BTW, if you can wait the 2012's have been redesigned, especially the front grill, might not have to do any trimming to set up for towing. Claiming better mileage on it too. But no 6 cyl.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:06 AM   #17
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Anyone having problems by leaving the radio fuse in??
Just do what the manual says...leave the fuse alone.
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We have an 07 w/Navi that we have been towing since it was new without pulling a fuse. We typically do not drive more than 6 hours per day. We start and run the CRV when we stop for lunch and when stopping to overnight for a little while. The only time we have killed the battery was when some dummy forgot to move the ignition out of ACC overnight.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:58 AM   #19
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Unless something has changed CRV 2wd configurations are towable four down with no modifications. We tow an 07 and were looking at a 2010 that the owner's manual said was towable.
Ditto.. We have a 2WD '06 and it tows 4 down just fine. Also added a Toad Charge to make sure there are no battery issues
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2012 cr-v ex

Just purchased the new 2012 CR-V EX last night - first one in Dallas! I'm heading over to see about a tow bar setup and will post the results at that time. It looks to me like the hookup should be easier but I'll leave that to the experts.
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DMac,
Check post #9 and check the manual for 4 down towing and confirm with service department. Maybe the salesman didn't know what he was talking about in the Yahoo forum post.
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Maybe the salesman didn't know what he was talking about
That would be an all time first wouldn't it!
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John - I don't have a Yahoo account to access that post but the owner's manual has a full section on towing the vehicle behind a motorhome. The first statement on page 235 is rather definitive: "Your vehicle can be towed behind a motorhome."

It continues: "Perform the following procedure before towing your vehicle.

1. Check the transmission fluid level - make sure the fluid level is between the upper and lower marks.

2. Start the engine.

3. Depress the brake pedal. Move the shift lever through all its positions.

4. Shift to D (drive) and hold for five seconds, then to N (neutral). Let the engine run for three minutes, then turn it off.

5. Release the parking brake.

6. Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I). MAKE SURE THE STEERING WHEEL DOES NOT LOCK.

7. Turn off all electrical devices. Do not use any accessory power sockets. This can prevenet the battery fron running down.

NOTICE - FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY WILL RESULT IN SEVERE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION DAMAGE. IF YOU CANNOT SHIFT THE TRANSMISSION OR START THE ENGINE, YOUR VEHICLE MUST BE TRANSPORTED ON A FLAT-BED TRUCK OR TRAILER.

DO NOT EXCEED 65 MILES PER HOUR.

AWD MODELS

To avoid damage to the AWD system, your vehicle must be towed with all four wheels on the ground.

Consult your towing part sales or rental agency if any other items are recommended or required for your towing situation.

If you tow your vehicle behind a motorhome, the transmission fluid must be changed every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first.

NOTICE: SEVERE TRANSMISSION DAMAGE WILL OCCUR IF THE VEHICLE IS SHIFTED FROM R (REVERSE) TO N (NEUTRAL) AND THEN TOWED WITH THE WHEELS ON THE GROUND.

Extended towing

If you tow more than 8 hours in one day, you should repeat the "before towing your vehicle procedure" at least every 8 hours. You also need to perform the following procedure to prevent the battery from running down.

1. Remove the 7.5A accessory radio fuse (located in the interior fuse box).

2. Make sure to reinstall the fuse before you start driving your vehicle.


That's it. I have a call in the the service manager at my dealer and will post anything he tells me that differs from the printed manual. Hope this is helpful to all.
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In lieu of messing with the fuse I chose to go with this: LSL Toad Charge Battery Charger
Works great and I never have a dead battery on my toad.
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Or you can use a simple fuse switch. I have one in my Saturn Vue.
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DMac,

Thanks for the clarification and it's good to hear that the CRV's are still a good choice for "Toads".
The post on the yahoo forum was:
"Hi Group:

I am trying to replace my 2004 Honda Element (Honda will no longer will produce
them) with a 2012 CRV. One of the salespersons just wrote:

"I did want to make you aware of one aspect of the 2012 CR-V. It is now
going to be an All Wheel Drive setup, and from all the forums we have been
reading, the 2012 AWD model will not be flat tow compliant. Honda has not
released this information, it is from 3rd party web sources, and RV web forums".

In that he wants to sell me a car and knows it has to be towable, I tend to
believe him.

Have any of you seen this disappointing information? If so, where?

Shirley OBrien
Allure 2006 #31290"

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DMac,

Thanks for the clarification and it's good to hear that the CRV's are still a good choice for "Toads".
The post on the yahoo forum was:
"Hi Group:

I am trying to replace my 2004 Honda Element (Honda will no longer will produce
them) with a 2012 CRV. One of the salespersons just wrote:

"I did want to make you aware of one aspect of the 2012 CR-V. It is now
going to be an All Wheel Drive setup, and from all the forums we have been
reading, the 2012 AWD model will not be flat tow compliant. Honda has not
released this information, it is from 3rd party web sources, and RV web forums".

In that he wants to sell me a car and knows it has to be towable, I tend to
believe him.

Have any of you seen this disappointing information? If so, where?

Shirley OBrien
Allure 2006 #31290"

Thanks again,
The best and only way to check that "info" out is in the owners manual.
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2012 crv

I went up to Pender and met with the Blue Ox folks. Paul was great to deal with and took us through the plant when we picked up the 2012 crv with the newly designed base plat installed. They did a great job of design and build on it. Looks great and works like a dream. We dodged the 50 mph winds and blowing snow on the way back to Dallas and got 37 mpg at 75 mph with the great northerly tailwind.

We head out to Quartzsite tomorrow to have the SMI Stay in Play Duo installed at the show. Then its off to Palm Springs to see the family for while. This is our first trip in a motorhome and the forecast calls for lots of wind across southwest Texas. Should be quite a time! Hope to see some irv2 folks there. Is there a forum on that yet?
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