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Old 06-18-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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We just completed our second road trip with our towed Crv and the Roadmaster towi bar and ready brake system worked very well! Thanks to everyone for your advice.

However, each time we arrived at our destination the battery in the Crv was dead and I had to jump the car. I pulled the accessory fused as it directed in the owners manual but no luck. I must be doing something wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 06-18-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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I use a spare terminal in the 6 pin hook up for a wire from RV chassis battery to the toad battery. In the line is an 20 amp auto reset circuit breaker at both ends to ensure no electrical problems. My toad battery stays charged. No need for any other electronics, the additional battery is controlled like an additional battery in the charging circuit of the RV.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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When I had my Blue Ox installed they added a charge line to the CRV that keeps the battery charged from the coach. I do not pull any fuses. You should be able to the same, it is not a separate line as it uses one of the pins on the umbilical cord.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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We just completed our second road trip with our towed Crv and the Roadmaster towi bar and ready brake system worked very well! Thanks to everyone for your advice.

However, each time we arrived at our destination the battery in the Crv was dead and I had to jump the car. I pulled the accessory fused as it directed in the owners manual but no luck. I must be doing something wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Frank & Jeannie in Sanibel, Fl
Have someone drive behind you for a few miles to see if your toad brake lights are on all the time. Might be that your Ready Brake cable is too tight, thus allowing a slight brake pedal application all the time. Probably not enough to actually drag the brakes, but enough to trigger the brake lights.

Another possible cause would be a radio on in the car. Did you pull the correct fuse out? Our Honda Element shows two fuses that handle various accessories. Although I never pull either. No dead battery yet.

How do you handle the turn signals for the CRV? Or are the signals on the RV visible enough to be OK?

We tow the Honda Element via the same Ready Brake rigging that you have, so if you have any questions, I may be able to help. I installed everything myself, so I'm pretty familiar with the setup.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #5
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I use a spare terminal in the 6 pin hook up for a wire from RV chassis battery to the toad battery. In the line is an 20 amp auto reset circuit breaker at both ends to ensure no electrical problems. My toad battery stays charged. No need for any other electronics, the additional battery is controlled like an additional battery in the charging circuit of the RV.
I added a similar charging line but only one fuse and I added an on/off switch near the battery.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:36 PM   #6
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We just completed our second road trip with our towed Crv and the Roadmaster towi bar and ready brake system worked very well! Thanks to everyone for your advice.

However, each time we arrived at our destination the battery in the Crv was dead and I had to jump the car. I pulled the accessory fused as it directed in the owners manual but no luck. I must be doing something wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Hi Frank & Jeannie

I tow a 2009 without a problem. Are you placing the ignition key in the off position. That is just before the position of being able to remove the key. Also have you had the CRV battery checked
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Hi Frank & Jeannie

I tow a 2009 without a problem. Are you placing the ignition key in the off position. That is just before the position of being able to remove the key. Also have you had the CRV battery checked
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I also tow an 09 with no problems. I did install a switch so I don't have to pull the fuse each time. Have towed over 20,000 miles and no battery problems.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #8
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Had/have the same problem with our '05 Ody. Have all the parts to add a charge line. 2-30 amp auto reset fuses (one for each end of the line since a short can occur anywhere), some 10 Ga stranded wire and some insulated terminals. Also need to switch the 4 pin connectors to 6 pin. Our DSDP is supposed to have a fused line already in place for this but I haven't found it yet. Since it's a DP it's really easy to wire a new line in right off the chassis power switch.
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I also had issues with my battery dying as well and even after pulling the fuse, I figured that when my ReadyBrake pulled on the brake pedal, it lit my brake lights as well as my turn signal also draining the battery. Like others, I added a line from the MH umbilical cord to the CRV battery with in-line fuse.
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I am in the process of adding a charge line to our recently aqcuired 06 CRV battery also. I have a spool of 12ga. stranded copper wire, does anyone think it is heavy enough or should I go to 10ga? Also, would a 20A fuse be sufficient?
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In addition to all the other good comments I guess I would have my battery condition checked as well. One day is too soon for the battery to wear down (unless some of the other circumstances exist). But as long as you are solving this problem check the battery for condition. Might be time for a new one.
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I am in the process of adding a charge line to our recently aqcuired 06 CRV battery also. I have a spool of 12ga. stranded copper wire, does anyone think it is heavy enough or should I go to 10ga? Also, would a 20A fuse be sufficient?
How far are you going? 30 amps going 15 ft takes 10 ga which is what I'm doing although some charts show that taking 8 Ga wire. Since it's just a line to keep the battery charged what I'm doing is overkill though.
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In addition to all the other good comments I guess I would have my battery condition checked as well. One day is too soon for the battery to wear down (unless some of the other circumstances exist). But as long as you are solving this problem check the battery for condition. Might be time for a new one.
On our Ody I put a new battery in just before leaving for a trip, on the second day it was dead and I followed the running instructions from Honda for the CR-V as well as turning off all the heat, radio etc. In fact it went dead two times in 6 days of towing and they weren't consecutive days either. Has not gone dead since and I haven't towed the Ody four down either.
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Mr D, I am taking the charge line off the extra pin on my connector at back of moho. I will only be running the line from there to the battery, estimating 5-6'.
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