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Old 09-13-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Towing a Honda Fit

We have a 22' Class C Chateau. We are thinking of towing a Honda Fit. Before we buy one we would like to know the best way to tow it (dolly or four on the ground), what equipment we might need, what it would cost and where we might find it. Thanks.
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Old 09-13-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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I love pulling 4 down. If you buy a dolly, that is two more tires and four more bearings two worry about. I have been pulling 4 down since 1993 and have not had any problems. Once in a great while, I will pull up past the fuel pump, but you can back up three or four feet with no problem. I am a big fan of blue ox. call them and they will tell you what you need.
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PS I also pulled a Honda. two in fact. a 2002 and a 2012. Both were Civic's and I had no problems with them.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:10 PM   #4
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Fit is towable four down. I much prefer RoadMaster due to the extra stress analysis no one else seems to do.
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We've flat towed our FIT on a Blue Ox Aventa LX tow bar for 20,000 miles with no problems at all. Just be sure to follow the startup sequence in the owners manual. Always make the last shift from Drive to Neutral before switching off the engine. If the last shift is from reverse to neutral unspecified bad things happen.
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I would suggest you tow it flat. While technically you won't need to add a supplemental brake system, the RVi brake works very well with the Fit. We went Blue OX for the tow bar and base plate. As to wiring, I would suggest you use the TowDaddy system. They've recently added a plug and play model which will minimize your installation time.

Please note, working spaces in and around the Fit are tight. It's easy to work on, but you kind of have to take a lot of things off to get to what you want.
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While technically you won't need to add a supplemental brake system,
Why do you say that? Some states require supplemental brakes on anything being towed, and, since there is no reciprocity on equipment like the is on drivers licenses and insurance, you must be legal is every state you go through, not just your home state.
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The manual for the 2012 Fit I looked at does not recommend it for recreational towing. Concerned about warranty issues if I towed I ended up getting a 2012 Focus with Manual xmission, which described in the manual how to recreationally tow.
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My manual for my 2012 tells how to shift the auto trans for towing, and specifically mentions towing behind a motorhome. I opted for a dolly, and i specifically use a Eze-tow with the removable ramps, due to the low ground clearance of the Fit.
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All years of the Fit are approved by Honda for four down towing with either manual or automatic transmissions.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:41 PM   #11
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We are buying a fit and will be towing it on a dolly.

The "what is the best way to tow" is a loaded question. The best method as far as the Fit is concerned is a dolly. A dolly will put the least amount of stress on the car being towed and when properly equipped with brakes requires no supplemental braking system.

The best for you is another question and there are lot of folks on this site that really like to tow 4 down.
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We tow a 08 Fit 4 down and are very happy with it. I use a Ready Brute Elite tow bar with ReadyBrake surge brake and a blue Ox base plate. It is so light that it works very well. I'm glad we have the backup camera so I can keep an eye on it or I wouldn't know it's there. I also use a protect-a-tow as it is low and I don't seem to be able to go anywhere without coming across a road under construction.
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Why do you say that? Some states require supplemental brakes on anything being towed, and, since there is no reciprocity on equipment like the is on drivers licenses and insurance, you must be legal is every state you go through, not just your home state.
I would never tow a car without a brake system. However, a number of states use 3000 lbs as their cutoff weight. At 2700 lbs, the Fit would not technically need supplemental brakes.

I still believe that a responsible driver will want to use a brake system but there are still die hards out there who don't think they need it.
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I tow a 2009 Fit with my Phoenix Cruiser 2551 four wheels down using Road Master and AMI all in one brake. Just did 10,000 miles. The manual does say not to tow, but that is towing by Fit. The manual describes process for towing. Only real concern is very low clearance under fit, exacerbated if you use front wheel dolly. Glad we had brakes on Fit car pulled in front on me while doing 60 on limited access highway.
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