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Old 01-03-2015, 02:50 PM   #71
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Just the man I need to talk to. I just bought a 2011 Honda CR-V this summer. Yesterday I got the Blue Ox Base plate put on and now I'm looking up the instructions on what I have to do so I don't tear out the transmission and I don't make the battery go dead. Can you give me any helpful hints of what you do to tow your vehicle. I used to tow a Mazda Cronos and I didn't have to leave it in accessory. As long as when I shut the engine off I didn't touch the key the steering never locked. I was hoping that maybe this might be true with the Honda. Do you have any ideas on that?
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Old 01-03-2015, 04:05 PM   #72
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The owner's manual covers this.

1. Hook up to RV
2. shift through all gears, ending by idling 30 seconds in Drive and then directly to Neutral and idle for 3 minutes.
3. Turn key to accessory position.
4. Make sure parking brake is released.
5. Get out and go.
Make sure you never shift from Reverse to Neutral for the end of Step 2.

To avoid running down the battery, the owners manual tells you to pull the 7.5 Amp radio fuse. Alternatively, you can install a switch (Roadmaster sells one) which can bypass the fuse and avoid puling it. Some people simply stop every couple of hours and run the car awhile.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:59 AM   #73
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Just the man I need to talk to. I just bought a 2011 Honda CR-V this summer. Yesterday I got the Blue Ox Base plate put on and now I'm looking up the instructions on what I have to do so I don't tear out the transmission and I don't make the battery go dead. Can you give me any helpful hints of what you do to tow your vehicle. I used to tow a Mazda Cronos and I didn't have to leave it in accessory. As long as when I shut the engine off I didn't touch the key the steering never locked. I was hoping that maybe this might be true with the Honda. Do you have any ideas on that?
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It is no big deal. Just follow wallacerm's advice. I built and installed a disconnect switch for the 7.5 amp fuse. It is in an impossible location to remove and reinsert. You may consider starting the car and running through the gears after about 4 hours of towing. Look in your owners manual. The instructions are clear. I would suggest a transmission service before you start towing, if you have not had one as recommended on your service schedule.

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It is no big deal. Just follow wallacerm's advice. I built and installed a disconnect switch for the 7.5 amp fuse. It is in an impossible location to remove and reinsert. You may consider starting the car and running through the gears after about 4 hours of towing. Look in your owners manual. The instructions are clear. I would suggest a transmission service before you start towing, if you have not had one as recommended on your service schedule.

Happy trails,
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I rigged our 2014 CRV with blue Ox system also. I added a brakebuddy auxiliary charge line. Costs just $20 on Amazon. Towed to Florida from NY with no problem. No need to mess with a fuse.


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I rigged our 2014 CRV with blue Ox system also. I added a brakebuddy auxiliary charge line. Costs just $20 on Amazon. Towed to Florida from NY with no problem. No need to mess with a fuse.

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Have a charge line on ours too using the Invisibrake and Sterling All Terrain.

And x 2 on the fuse being nearly impossible to get out.
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The owner's manual covers this.

1. Hook up to RV
2. shift through all gears, ending by idling 30 seconds in Drive and then directly to Neutral and idle for 3 minutes.
3. Turn key to accessory position.
4. Make sure parking brake is released.
5. Get out and go.
Make sure you never shift from Reverse to Neutral for the end of Step 2.

To avoid running down the battery, the owners manual tells you to pull the 7.5 Amp radio fuse. Alternatively, you can install a switch (Roadmaster sells one) which can bypass the fuse and avoid puling it. Some people simply stop every couple of hours and run the car awhile.
We also tow a Honda CR-V. The things I might add to the procedure list for towing are:
Turn the headlight from the AUTO position to the OFF position.
Also make sure the display for the radio is off by going to the clock settings and push "display off" (Yes, I know putting this in the clock settings is confusing but that is where it is). Simply turning the radio off does not turn the display off which can run battery down.
We tow a 2011 Honda CR-V so these settings may be different in a 2014.
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We use the TOAD line to prevent the battery going dead. You can find it at etrailer.com
Yes, the name of it is TOAD.
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I noticed most of the CRVs in the odometer discussion are AWD. We just purchased a 2014 Honda CRV front-wheel drive to tow. Does anyone with FWD have experience with this?
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For all of you considering a 2015 Honda CRV as a toad, THEY ARE NOT towable 4 wheels down. Honda put a new transmission in the CRV that is not towable. Same is true for the 2015 Fit with automatic.

See 2015 Honda CR-V Not Towable 4 Down - Towing - FMCA Motorhome Forums.
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I noticed most of the CRVs in the odometer discussion are AWD. We just purchased a 2014 Honda CRV front-wheel drive to tow. Does anyone with FWD have experience with this?
FOUR wheel or FRONT wheel? Front wheel is same as AWD. We have towed an Element for years and the prep to tow procedure it exactly the same on front.
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I noticed most of the CRVs in the odometer discussion are AWD. We just purchased a 2014 Honda CRV front-wheel drive to tow. Does anyone with FWD have experience with this?
AWD/FWD and front wheel drive/2 wheel drive CRV's don't rack up millage as you tow them. If you are looking for the technical reason why I can't help you there in depth. All I know is that there is no direct cable to the od as we had on the early cars. The new systems use some sort of a sensor that requires ignition power by design. When we tow the CRV we set the key to ACC to unlock the steering wheel. The dash is not powered.

That is how I understand it all.

I hope you enjoy your CRV as much as we do ours. When towing I hardly notice it is there and cornering/ maneuvering is much easier than when I had a small car on a tow dolly. I am now a much happier camper. Tow with confidence but do remember, the tires DO count the miles towed. They will seem to wear out faster than they should by the od reading.

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Also, Honda recommends changing the tranny fluid at 30K miles. Since your odometer doesn't log towing miles, make sure you add those miles to your odometer miles when deciding to do the tranny service. Just had mine done and the shop was not able to do a real tranny flush since the CRV has no external transmission oil cooler, so no way to attach the flushing machine. So, you can only drain what you can and refill.
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Thanks all for the odometer info. Which brand towing equipment do you like best as we haven't bought ours yet?
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Thanks all for the odometer info. Which brand towing equipment do you like best as we haven't bought ours yet?
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Ray, I would recommend the ReadyBrute Elite from NSA RV Products. Their towbars are rated at 8000 lbs. The ReadyBrake built-in braking system is simple, effective, and easy to install. I think you will find this is the least expensive system on the market that is highly rated!
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