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Old 07-06-2007, 06:37 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a toad which can be towed all 4 wheels down and am considering one of the following 2007 vehicles:

Ford Escape 4x4 V-6 5 spd manual trans
Jeep Liberty 4x4 V-6 6 spd manual trans
Honda CR-V AWD 4 cyl Auto trans
Saturn VUE AWD V-6 5 spd manual trans

They are all listed as 4 wheels down towable by Motorhome Magazine but I cannot get any confirmation about the Honda CR-V with the auto trans. Sure wish they put a 6 cyl and manual tranny in that thing.

I would appreciate any and all feedback from any who have these vehicles or know what it takes to set them up to tow. Thanks
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Old 07-06-2007, 06:37 PM   #2
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I am in the market for a toad which can be towed all 4 wheels down and am considering one of the following 2007 vehicles:

Ford Escape 4x4 V-6 5 spd manual trans
Jeep Liberty 4x4 V-6 6 spd manual trans
Honda CR-V AWD 4 cyl Auto trans
Saturn VUE AWD V-6 5 spd manual trans

They are all listed as 4 wheels down towable by Motorhome Magazine but I cannot get any confirmation about the Honda CR-V with the auto trans. Sure wish they put a 6 cyl and manual tranny in that thing.

I would appreciate any and all feedback from any who have these vehicles or know what it takes to set them up to tow. Thanks
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:23 PM   #3
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Hi Aggiepilot,

I'm a Honda CRV woman myself. I like the vehicle and it tows very nicely. I use Blue Ox towing products, which include:

* Blue Ox's Alexus all-terrain tow bar (this is the way to go -- you can hook and unhook on uneven terrain and when you are not perfectly lined up).
* a bracket that is installed on the toad
* Blue Ox's Apollo braking system

When the bracket is installed the toad is also rewired toad to allow the TV taillights and turn signals to activate the toad's lights, and to connect to the Blue Ox braking system.

I also purchased an accessories wiring kit, 5000lb. safety cables, receiver locks and coiled wiring harness.

Here are the costs:
Tow Bar 579.00
Apollo Braking 999.00
Bracket (approx.) 230.00
Tow Accessories kit 180.00

Then there is the cost of installation, if you cannot do it yourself.

This motorhome business can get pretty expensive!
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:33 AM   #4
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Why the manual tranny in the Vue? We have an 06 Vue V-6 AWD Auto-transmission and it tows beautifully. We have the Blue Ox equipment, which is very easy to hook up. We are very satisfied with the total package
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:42 AM   #5
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Aggiepilot,

Just a note on the Honda CRV. Contact Honda directly, not a dealer, and ensure your warranty will be valid if you tow all 4 down. Motorhome Magazine may or may not have done this, but to make sure you're covered, have them send you a letter. When we shopped for a Toad, we considered the CRV and Element, dealer stated it was okay to tow, Honda said sorry you cannot for valid warranty.

Saturn and Jeep have always been the two that everyone turns to as default toads 4 down so they should pass with flying colours. The next is what vehicle you like, gas mileage, comfort, etc. Personally, I would like the Honda if it's 'OK'ed' by Honda as I have a bad history with Saturn. Just my opinion only.

Bottom line is everyone who tows anything takes a risk, 4 down, dolley, trailer, etc. The others are all manuals and likely are fine but I would still check with the manufacturer (Liberty and Vue are fine as I checked them).

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Old 07-07-2007, 02:28 PM   #6
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My neighbor tows a 2007 CRV and it is OKed by Honda for towing.

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The CRV is the only new Honda OKed for towing.
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:09 AM   #8
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rv roamer is that the 2007 CRV that is ok? Will Honda give you a letter that says that it is ok. Iknow that they approved earlier models and then renigged.
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It is printed right in the owners book.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:14 AM   #10
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Check out the Suzuki Grand Vitara,6cyl,auto and is OK to tow 4 wheels down, that said the rear hatch open like a car door and is much easy for the DW to load and unload at the store and home than the overhead hatch.JMHO
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by campernut2:
rv roamer is that the 2007 CRV that is ok? Will Honda give you a letter that says that it is ok. Iknow that they approved earlier models and then renigged. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Tell me about the earlier Honda models that Honda approved for towing and then renigged.

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Old 07-08-2007, 02:25 PM   #12
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UPS 34 you stated
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">It is printed right in the owners book.

2006 Honda CR-V Toad </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I know it is in the 2006 and earlier models but I do not think it is in the 2007 Owners Manual even though Motorhome Mag has it on their approved list of 4 wheels down. I know there are folks towing the 2007 4 wheels down but without a statement in the Owners Manual or a letter from Honda it is my understanding they risk no warranty coverage if towing causes a problem. Cheers.

Indiana Journey- I would prefer a manual transmission as I feel there are less issues in towing a manual tranny vehicle vs an automatic. Cheers.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Tell me about the earlier Honda models that Honda approved for towing and then renigged.
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The Odyssey is the one Honda backtracked on.

On another forum a poster stated that Honda bought back his Odyssey.
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I am also in the market for a vehicle to tow. My question is this, is there any vehicle that can be towed with all 4 on the ground that does not rack up mile when being towed? If not, is there a way to get around racking up miles during towing without putting the tow on some kind of dolly?
Thanks in advance for your input.
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