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Old 09-29-2013, 08:53 AM   #1
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Towing '04 Honda Accord

We just purchased a 39Ft Class A Winnebago Journey. We are looking to tow my 2004 Honda Accord. Can you tell me the towing system you use to pull your vehicle please?

If anyone has suggestions for us we would appreciate it.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:26 AM   #2
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If your Honda has a automatic transmission you have to use a dolly and keep the front tire off the ground. You can not tow a accord with 4 down.
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I tow my 2000 accord auto trans 4 down with no problems. There is a cutoff about your year and I would check. I use a roadmaster baseplate and towbar with a readybrake braking system.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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Been towing 2002 Accord with automatic for the past two years, Roadmaster base plates, and braking system.
Just have to start car and run it through the gears... Search this forum and you will find the process
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We tow an Element (2003) I am not sure the 2004 is not towable. I think Honda changed their position in 2005 but I believe the platform is the same. It might be a good idea to see what your local Honda dealer service department has to say. Certainly the Accord is out of warranty so if it goes under, you underwrite the repair. Check with the service manager and simply ask if the 2002 and 2004 transmissions are inter-changeable. If so you are good to go. You can tell him what you are wanting to do and get a more candid answer if he says the two trannies are the same. I believe they are.
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I think I have a Roadmaster base plate . Here is a previous discussion http://http://www.irv2.com/forums/f8...wn-113190.html
Make sure your last shift is from drive to neutral. I have been towing my 09 for 2 years 12,000 miles so far fine.
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I have been towing my 05 accord with auto trans for two years now with zero problems. Follow what "whodoc" said and you will be fine. I find it funny when someone comments about not being able to tow four down when they have never done it. Using roadmaster base plate and no braking system.
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We just purchased a 39Ft Class A Winnebago Journey. We are looking to tow my 2004 Honda Accord. Can you tell me the towing system you use to pull your vehicle please?
If anyone has suggestions for us we would appreciate it.
Lawgirl.... if you have any doubt about flat towing, try checking either of these two fora-- they're specifically focused on Accords, and the folks their will likely know the whys and wherefores.

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FWIW, I've been flat towing an 04 Element for 15 months with no problem. Different platform, but here's the thing: my owners manual gives approval and procedures for flat towing the Element. In about 05 or 06, Honda withdrew this approval by simply excising the section from the owners manual. There was no engineering reason, it was all the legal department trying to dodge any future liability issues. The point is that Honda USA may well have embarked on this policy change across all platforms, and there may be no technical reason at all for you to have to avoid flat towing your 04. Check into it.

BTW, I use a Roadmaster Sterling towbar (that was on the coach at purchase), with the appropriate baseplate and bracket purchased from eTrailer. Works fine, easy install.
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This has been valuable information. I ahve a Honda dealer a mile down from home so I will take that advice and speak with them. I have been dealing with them for years.
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Honda does not "officially" endorse towing the Accords with auto tranny four down, BUT, I have a copy of a letter from Honda Engineering stating that it's OK if you go through a shifting procedure before towing. We had a 2001 Honda Accord that we towed for 10-12K miles and now tow a 2008 Honda Accord. Have not had any problems. JMHO!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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