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Old 09-20-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Towing Honda CRV 2013 (key in the off)

I have seen the discussions regarding towing the CRV and dead battery. I have located the fuse to remove and researched the Fusemaster. But one writer noted that the steering wheel doesn't lock with the key in and in the off position. I have asked the salesman at the dealership about towing this way and he couldn't answer other than to say that maybe the key needs to be in I for turn signals and brake lights. My RV dealer has put a wiring system in that bypasses the cars signals. They installed a separate bulb in each tail light that hooks to the RV, so the towing doesn't require the cars lights. So, I went to the Honda owner link and couldn't find a way to ask the question "Can the car be towed with the key in, in the off position thus not requiring the fuse to be removed??
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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It should be in the accessory position. The Manual owners manual will say where it should be. If its in the off position the steering wheel will lock.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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On my 2011 CR V I tow with the key in the off position... The steering wheel does not lock till the key is pulled out. Mine is wired to the CR V lights and they work fine with key in the off position. I also ran a wire to the battery from the powered wire in the plug and tow all day and no dead battery....

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Just install a 12 volt charge line from the RV to the toad and the battery will never run down. I just towed my CR-V for 5 days straight without unhitching or running the engine other than the towing prep sequence every morning. Key in Accessory, no fuses pulled, no flat battery problems.
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Just install a 12 volt charge line from the RV to the toad and the battery will never run down. I just towed my CR-V for 5 days straight without unhitching or running the engine other than the towing prep sequence every morning. Key in Accessory, no fuses pulled, no flat battery problems.
Right on, end of discussion,,,,
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This is interesting why do we have to put it in acc position? With key in ignition the steering wheel does not seem to lock. My Accord pulls fine and has only gone dead once, sure I put it in accessory position but I thought that was because steering wheel would not turn. I have to pull key out to get steering to lock. Maybe Honda is afraid the key may fall out of ignition while under tow then it would lock steering.
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Because the manual says to! You have a vehicle that can be towed wheels down. They give you the instructions on how to do it. The bigger question is why would you not follow the manual?
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My 1.7 cents view is while your car is under warranty do as hondacsays. Do not give them an opportunity to turn down a warranty repair. Of course the decision is yours but I'd much rather the manufacturer pay if a something goes wrong in the next 5 years
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