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Old 07-19-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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Towing CRV on a dolly

Do you have to disconnect drive shaft on CRV 4 wheel to tow on dolly
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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You cannot tow a CRV 4 down even if you drop the driveshaft, as per dealer service rep.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:34 PM   #3
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If you are removing the rear drive shaft, I can't see why not.
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You cannot tow a CRV 4 down even if you drop the driveshaft, as per dealer service rep.
Oh! Someone should tell my crv that.
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Do you have to disconnect drive shaft on CRV 4 wheel to tow on dolly

What model year? I assume it is an automatic, but is it AWD? I have a 2013 automatic that is AWD, and it can be flat towed just fine. I have to check, but I believe that I remembered seeing that it can not be towed on a dolly, and must be flat towed. I'll check if you happen to have a 2013 model year and would like me to do so.
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You cannot tow a CRV 4 down even if you drop the driveshaft, as per dealer service rep.

I am sorry to tell you, but this is not true for model year 2014 and earlier, which can be flat towed. Most dealer service rep's and sales people do not take the time to look at the owners manual, they do what most people do and make assumptions that sometimes are not correct.
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Tedgard is correct. All AWD CRVs 2014 and earlier can be towed four down. They can NOT be towed on a dolly.
The 2015 CRV cannot be towed four down and I guessing they cannot be towed on a dolly either.
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We have a 2011 Honda CRV 4 wheel drive. We towed 4 wheel down for 3 years. We want to use a dolly now but read you would have to disconnect drive shaft,. Any advice
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We have a 2011 Honda CRV 4 wheel drive. We towed 4 wheel down for 3 years. We want to use a dolly now but read you would have to disconnect drive shaft,. Any advice
That's good and correct advice! Four wheel drive can't be towed on a dolly, only four down as you have been doing. And removing the driveshaft could be a real problem.
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Towing CRV on a dolly

Do you already own the dolly? If not, would you consider a light trailer? I believe the CR-V weighs under 4K lbs. and you would want to consider the towing capacity of either the dolly or the trailer. It may not cost much more than a good dolly. It may not be any more difficult to load the car (or may even be easier) and no hassle with the drive shaft. It may even provide for more options when it comes time to replace the CR-V... Just a thought...

By the way, I also have a 2007 Honda Acord, which I could tow with a dolly, and when I started out, that is what I did. So if you have a second car, the tow dolly may be an option for that car.

If you have been flat towing for three years, may I ask what is the reasons for wanting to change to a dolly?
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We have a 2011 Honda CRV 4 wheel drive. We towed 4 wheel down for 3 years. We want to use a dolly now but read you would have to disconnect drive shaft,. Any advice
This is a bit confusing...was the CR-V towed 4 down for 3 years, or a different car?

Towing a 4 or All wheel drive automobile on a dolly could create issues in the transmission where the power is split between the front drive system and the rear drive with parts moving at very different speeds.

With the CR-V's rear driveshaft disconnected and the front wheel drive up on a dolly, there would be no problem.
But, driveshaft disconnects are expensive to just dolly tow, so Honda only recommends towing the 2011 4WheelDrive CR-V 4 down...with very specific starting steps - discussed in a 2011 article here:
Outfitting a Honda CR-V for Flat Towing

Hope that helps...the Camry is a much easier answer
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As already stated, the CRV AWD can be towed 4-down through 2014. Why would you want to put it on a dolly or trailer? Just curious!
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We have a 2011 Honda CRV 4 wheel drive. We towed 4 wheel down for 3 years. We want to use a dolly now but read you would have to disconnect drive shaft,. Any advice
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Why do you want to tow a car that can be, (and has been), towed "4 down" on a dolly?
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Taking out the drive shaft on a pre 2014 CRV would really just make it a 2 wheel drive (front wheel drive). The only thing I would think you would gain is another item to store or park. But why?
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