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Old 02-27-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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Trailer or Dinghy towing

I am considering the trailer option (not a lot of difference in cost)
Any opinions please. Dinghy would be Honda CRV 2008 EXL
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:50 AM   #2
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John:
Why not tow 4 down??? The CRV was made to be towed 4 down and avoids a lot of trailer headaches.
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The CRV is one of the few vehicles that tell you in the owner's manual it's okay to tow four down and give you directions as to what procedures to follow. These are two reasons we bought a CRV...that and the fact that it's a Honda.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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Trailer or Dinghy

Thanks Guys,
I was thinking trailer to save wear etc on CRV.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:20 PM   #5
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Did you fit hitch to crv yourself and if so any tips please
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:30 PM   #6
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Here's a link to installation instructions for a Blue Ox base plate.
http://www.blueox.us/Uploads/Docs/BX2246.pdf
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Thanks Guys,
I was thinking trailer to save wear etc on CRV.
Although the trailer will save some wear and tear on the CRV the trailer will still experience tire, wheel bearing and brake wear. Not much of a tradeoff in my opinion.

We flat tow the majority of the time but we also tow our 26' enclosed trailer depending on what kind of trip we are going on. The trailer towing is great but it also has its fair share of issues with campgrounds.

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Our PT is towabli four down but the equipment was not available in the time frame we had to work with before our first trip. There enters the dolly and can't say I'm sorry we have it. When it comes times to sell the PT I don't have to replace any front facia for holes that had to be made for mounting plates or any electrical to remove as well. I know you're looking at a trailer but you are correct the price difference is nearly the same initially without the future cost of putting everything back the way it was. Not everyone wants to buy a used toad. Acutally the cost of the dolly came out less then what it would have cost for the other equipment. JMHO
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Here are the RoadMaster bracket installation instructions

I prefer the RoadMaster as they do Finite Elemental Analysis on the system. Seems like none of the other manufacturers do it.
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I looked at trailers this weekend to pull behind the MH.

Trailer
Buy one and you are done. Buy a new car? drive it up and hit the road

Tow 4 down
Spend as much as a trailer for every vehicle you own. Buy new car, spend a grand putting all the tow crap on it. Wreck the car, buy towing crap again for the new car.

You get the point.....
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I am considering the trailer option (not a lot of difference in cost)
Any opinions please. Dinghy would be Honda CRV 2008 EXL
I think you're going to find the Honda AND a trailer are more than the motorhome is rated to tow. The Honda alone weighs 3463 lbs. Even the smallest and lightest of the car haulers come in at 1660 lbs. The combination would put you over the 5,000 lb towing capacity of your motorhome. While it's only slightly over the capacity I think you'll find the performance and mileage will suffer especially if you attempt any mountain travel.

Even though the cost for a trailer is close to the same as outfitting the car for 4 down towing you'll have to deal with storing and maintaining another expensive piece of equipment. We've towed our Jeep 4 down for over 65,000 miles. It still looks and runs like new. There has been little if any wear associated with towing.
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I looked at trailers this weekend to pull behind the MH.

Trailer
Buy one and you are done. Buy a new car? drive it up and hit the road

Tow 4 down
Spend as much as a trailer for every vehicle you own. Buy new car, spend a grand putting all the tow crap on it. Wreck the car, buy towing crap again for the new car.

You get the point.....
Actually, when you buy a new car you'd probably just need a new base plate for about $400, depending on the wiring setup used.

IMO a trailer would be a PITA, especially in a campground.
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To me the trailer is one more thing to deal with. It may end up causing some problems if you are staying in an RV park. I think most RV spaces are not large enough for your motorhome, a trailer and a tow car. So you may have to take the time and effort to move the trailer to a storage area. Some people won't use a tow dolly for the same reason.
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If the vehicle is towable 4 down, that is the best way to go.

The only reason I can see to trailer a vehicle that is towable 4 down, is if you expect to break the toad. Which might be the situation in my case. I have a lifted, heavily upgraded Jeep Wrangler that I use for off-roading and rock crawling. One of my big fears is breaking something and having to repair it before I can tow it home.
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