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Old 01-07-2015, 07:02 PM   #1
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Question Tow a 2006 Honda Element 4-down?

I am on the verge of buying a 2006 Thor 26' motorhome () on a Ford E450 chassis (). My current passenger car, a 2006 AWD automatic-transmission Honda Element would be well within the Thor's towing capacity, BUT I see info on iRV2 that suggests the 2006 Element shouldn't be used as a toad 4down. (Gee, I'm catching onto the lingo!

On the other hand, a thread on 2006 Honda Element Dinghy Set-up seems to take it for granted that a 2006 Element can be towed 4down and goes into details that are far beyond my capacity to understand.

My Element is well beyond warranty, I'm its second owner, my auto mechanics are an independent garage, and I'm not sure I care what Honda thinks. I just need to know if the car will survive being towed 4down.

I had thought I'd have to get something like a Smart Car for a toad, and I'd still like to do that some day, but if I can use the Element for now, that would simplify my transition to the larger motorhome (the Thor 26') from my current Sportsmobile van 18'.

Advice, please? Comments?

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:12 PM   #2
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Not approved by Honda but you don't have any factory warranty left anyway as you say. That said, yes it should be able to be towed just like a CR-V. Follow those directions and be sure to do it EXACTLY as stated.
We had a go round with Honda over towing our '05 Odyssey. Luckily we got it in writing on Honda letterhead direct from Honda that it was towable four down. They ended up paying for the towing gear we bought and we got a dolly (KK-460). But then I found out that many (well some) Odyssey's were being towed four down with no problems so I went back to four down. I did have to add a charge line as the battery ran down in less than a day of towing.

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A thousand thanks for the info, and best wishes for the new year! -- Kathy
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:00 AM   #4
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We have a 2004 Element AWD and flat tow it. There is a model year in which if you exceeded like 65 MPH it would start rotating the engine (I think backwards) and cause it to fail. I have not had any problems following the recommended procedures.
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