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Old 04-08-2010, 07:40 PM   #1
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Towing a crv awd on dolly?

We purchased today an '04 Honda CRV with all wheel drive and automatic transmission, that we plan to tow on all four. Until we can purchase the tow bar and attachments, we planned on using our current dolly and towing the CRV with the front wheels on the dolly. The question I have is can this be done, since the unit is an all wheel drive without a disconnect(tranfer case) between the front and rear drives.Will the rear wheels try and turn the front wheels that will be tied to the dolly? Has any one had an experience with this?

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Old 04-08-2010, 07:56 PM   #2
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Toad brake requirements

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS/REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLING A BRAKING SYSTEM ON A TOAD? HAVE HEARD THAT THIS IS A STATE BY STATE REGULATION AND ALSO THAT THERE IS A MINIMUM WEIGHT OF VEHICLE THAT MAY BE EXEMPT? THANKS FOR THE HELP!!
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I don't know about the CRV specifically, but the general rule is that an AWD should NEVER be towed with just two wheels on the ground. It messes up the AWD controls.

Check your CRV owner manual under Emergency Towing - it should tell you if you have to get all 4 off the ground.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:53 AM   #4
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Braking regulations do indeed vary by state. You can readily find the trailer towing regulations for each state online, but many states have different rules for towed cars and this is much harder to find.

If your towed car is under the minimum weight for trailer brakes, then it is clearly exempt.Typically the minimum will be in the 2000-3000 lb range. If it is over the minimum, it may or may not be exempt, depending on exactly how the state treats towed cars.

The real reason for a aux brake in the toad is that you can always stop more quickly (shorter distance) with one than without it, and stopping quickly is always a GOOD THING.

If you search the forums for towed brake and/or toad brake, you will find several lengthy discussions of this subject.
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My 99 AWD CRV manual says it must be towed all four down. Never tow with only 2 wheels on the ground.

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Honda CR-Vs with AWD CAN NOT be towed with two wheels on the ground. They must be towed four wheels down or four wheels on a dolly. They do not have a transfer case - AWD CR-Vs have a dual clutch in the rear and towing with two wheels down will cause major damage in just a few miles.

By the way, CR-Vs make excellent toads. I have towed CR-Vs well over 100,000 miles without any problems. Just make sure you follow the directions in the owners manual.
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Thats exactly what I would have guessed, that the rear wheels were somehow connected in a way that towing with fronts up would cause major damage. Well looks like I have a dolly for sale and am off to Bleakley RV to check on what I need. The CRV has frame mounts and is wired for lights, but need the tow bar and whatever else it is going to take. $$$$$$$$$$$$
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You could take two dolly's and attach them together.. One for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels....

Book says pull fuse #18... Front acc

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What chassis do you have on the motorhome. If it is the Ford chassis it places as a 1500# limit fro unbraked towed loads.

Best to go ahead and get a dinghy brake system.

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Have an '06 Ford Chassis.
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Our 06 is AWD, and yes it has to be towed flat. Get a brake system for it and have a charge wire added to keep the battery up in it. Then you dont have to worry about pulling any fuses or the battery getting low.
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Just a note to say thanks for all the info, tips and help with my CRV tow setup. Got everything I needed on Thursday morning, installed it and left for trip at 6pm that day. Every thing went perfect. Thanks again, SAS30
FYI: Got 7.7 mpg on this trip 400 miles, lots of stop and go 2 lanes and some construction zones, also some very hilly conditions.
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So if you got 7.7 towing that is two vehicles going down the road.That means you are getting 15.4 mpg.That is modern political math.
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