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Old 04-10-2013, 08:55 AM   #29
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Just in the process of setting up 2013 CRV. Manual says one fuse to pull. Asked dealer, and response was to turn off radio, which is on the acc fuse. I have a charge wire from my coach battery to the back of the mororhome ,which I will connect to the toad battery with a fuse for on the road charging. It is very easy to set the charge line. I used battery minder cables with the ring connectors. They come with a built in fuse. Connect one end to your coach battery and the other to the toad battery. I ran the cord along the underside of the motorhome around the wheel wells with plastic wire fasteners.

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:38 PM   #30
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i wired my 2013 crv directly to the coach to charge battery.. i do not use an isolator so it is probaly a good idea to pull the pigtail when you start toad.. i also use a brake buddy and you cannot have two brake lights, one from coach and other from buddy so i switched the wire on brake light switch... you must put the car in neutral 1st and then throw switch or you get anti skid and steering icons.. no fuse to pull..

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Old 07-03-2013, 02:16 PM   #31
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This thread has been very helpful. If the fuse is pulled (as recommended by Honda) are radio settings lost?
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #32
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:42 PM   #33
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The problem I had when towing our 2011 CRV was not the fuse having to be pulled but the 12 volt power required for the Brake Buddy air compressor. If you used the brakes often it would drain the CRV battery. I purchased a power pack with 12 volts and a cigarette plug. Plugged the Brake Buddy into it so it does not drain the CRV battery.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:04 AM   #34
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crv 2013 tow procedure will this work

Run CRV 5 minutes in neutral. Shut off, put it in park, turn the key off and leave it in. the steering wheel will not lock if you leave key in. On the right side of the shifter, open the emergency tab, push switch down move shifter back to natural. Key off no battery use. Will this work.
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I would not follow that procedure for two reasons. One is you would not be following the routine as listed in the owners manual. It specifically says to go from drive into neutral and let the car run for three minutes. To go from park into neutral without the engine running is a no-no. And two, since you have a new vehicle under warranty, you certainly would void the warranty if you had any transmission issues. Simplest solution is to run a charge line to the CRV.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by 123golfnut View Post
Run CRV 5 minutes in neutral. Shut off, put it in park, turn the key off and leave it in. the steering wheel will not lock if you leave key in. On the right side of the shifter, open the emergency tab, push switch down move shifter back to natural. Key off no battery use. Will this work.
Will it work? Heck if I know...

Is it the smartest thing...I don't think so. As mentioned, the owner's manual is pretty specific on what you should do.

There are reasonably simple ways to do it within the owner's manual requirements.

1. Install a fuse bypass switch to kill the radio (fuse 19 in most/all newer models. (I have seen some references to a dual fuse bypass for CRVs with NAV but not in the last couple years. There is a dual bypass available from Blue Ox if needed.) It takes very little time to install one.

2. Run a 12V charge line from RV to toad. For those with things that can kill the battery such as an aux brake system using the toad's battery to power it, this is probably the best. Done correctly is eliminates the need for bypassing fuses.

Personally, I'm not interested in being some engineer's test bed for working around well established practices with a new vehicle. Nor am I interested in pushing the envelope at the expense of time and money in or out of warranty just to work around proven procedures.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:58 PM   #37
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Where to tap into wiring for lights

I would like to use the existing lights on the CRV. I am planning to use diodes but I ran into a problem. I thought I read were if you taped into the wires on the back driver side it feed both sides of the lights. Well I cut into the tail light wire before the plugs where the wires came from the front of the car. But it only ran the drivers side.

So the question is where to tap into the CRV wiring to work both sides of the tail and brake lights?

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Old 08-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #38
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I guess I'm missing something. I read this thread, and many many others, about dying batteries when flat towing, pull this fuse, pull that fuse, put in a relay, put in a diode, leave the key off but finagle the lever to neutral, touch wood, turn around, spit three times, yada yada yada.....

Isn't it easier, when you're already spending $1500-$2000 to prep the tow hardware, to just have someone install a charge line from the MH? I mean, how hard does this have to be?
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I ran a 12v charge line through a 6 pin connector from the MH to the CRV. I can tow all day without flat battery problems.
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