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Old 08-22-2016, 09:21 PM   #1
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Which tow bar for 2014 Honda CRV

I purchased a 2014 CRV today, the last year the automatic version is towable. Now I need recommendations on tow bars/base plates. Please share what you use and why? Also any idea as to cost to get put on the vehicle.
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I purchased a 2014 CRV today, the last year the automatic version is towable. Now I need recommendations on tow bars/base plates. Please share what you use and why? Also any idea as to cost to get put on the vehicle.
I went with Blue Ox. I like their configurations and options. Just an opinion.

I'm installing my 2nd Blue Ox baseplate on a 2011 CR-V. Had a 2003 CR-V that I self-installed first. The tow bar I'm using is an Aventa LX towbar because it is motorhome-mounted (a big plus).

The kits are really meant for a shop to install. I've taken my time and carefully followed the instructions provided as well as videos from e-trailer. The baseplate for my '11 took me about 10 hours to install. It is not for the faint of heart when you start cutting sheet metal structure to clear the way for the baseplate brackets. But...the end product is so well concealed that I cannot notice the baseplate once the bumper cover is back on.

We towed our 2003 for over a year (and 10,000+ miles) with the Blue Ox equipment. I had no troubles to speak of. What I really like is that I got to where I could hitch or unhitch in less than 5 minutes. I kept a small bag in the CR-V with safety cables, removable tabs, and wire pigtail. The tow bar itself folded neatly behind the motorhome with a vinyl cover.

I was able to do my complete tow system for just over $2,050, including almost $1,000 for an AirForceOne braking system. I bought the Aventa LX used from a guy who decided not to tow after a few months use. If I had to pay full retail for all parts, it would have been about $2,850. These prices do not include labor. My brother had a lower-grade tow system (it was a 'rigid' car-mounted tow bar) and "Stay-n-Play" installed on his CR-V/motorhome for a bit over $3,500 including labor.
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I went with Blue Ox. I like their configurations and options. Just an opinion.

I'm installing my 2nd Blue Ox baseplate on a 2011 CR-V. Had a 2003 CR-V that I self-installed first. The tow bar I'm using is an Aventa LX towbar because it is motorhome-mounted (a big plus).

The kits are really meant for a shop to install. I've taken my time and carefully followed the instructions provided as well as videos from e-trailer. The baseplate for my '11 took me about 10 hours to install. It is not for the faint of heart when you start cutting sheet metal structure to clear the way for the baseplate brackets. But...the end product is so well concealed that I cannot notice the baseplate once the bumper cover is back on.

We towed our 2003 for over a year (and 10,000+ miles) with the Blue Ox equipment. I had no troubles to speak of. What I really like is that I got to where I could hitch or unhitch in less than 5 minutes. I kept a small bag in the CR-V with safety cables, removable tabs, and wire pigtail. The tow bar itself folded neatly behind the motorhome with a vinyl cover.

I was able to do my complete tow system for just over $2,050, including almost $1,000 for an AirForceOne braking system. I bought the Aventa LX used from a guy who decided not to tow after a few months use. If I had to pay full retail for all parts, it would have been about $2,850. These prices do not include labor. My brother had a lower-grade tow system (it was a 'rigid' car-mounted tow bar) and "Stay-n-Play" installed on his CR-V/motorhome for a bit over $3,500 including labor.
I'll second Big Boys motion.
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Have a 14 CRV with Blue Ox baseplate and Aladdin tow bar. Have had no problems over around 8K, and like the way it installed. I did use diodes and use the brake/parking light bulbs rather than try to install another bulb in the tailight housing.

Watch out for the dreaded TPMS problems with the CRV. I've had it since day one, and am still going in circles getting Honda to admit there is a problem.
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I vote Blue OX. I found a used tow bar and had it rebuilt at a FMCA rally for about $25.00. I also bought a used Brake Buddy at the same time. I had separate LED lights (from Blue Ox) installed, this way there is no connection to the Honda electrical system. I had the dealer install the baseplate and lights.
I haven't had a problem with the TPMS if it comes on check the tire pressure and if ok just turn it off/reset it
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I have Roadmaster and it works great. It's what camping world had. I like the way the blue ox does not need an external cross bar when towing. Other than that, when not in use, you barely notice it.
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I bought used Brake Buddy, SterLing towbar, cross bar, and Vue base plate for $500. Needed some work. Sold Vue base plate for $100. Had to buy baseplate for $400 for our Accord. Less than $900 invested. Rv came with electrical connector. Roadmaster makes strongest equipment, crossbar ugly but really helps.
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Blue Ox baseplate and Ready Brute Elite tow bar/braking system.
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I highly recommend the NSA ReadyBrute Elite towbars with built-in ReadyBrake! I used the Roadmaster baseplate on my 2013 CRV. When not towing the front of the CRV is really "clean" looking, not a lot of junk sticking out! I also used the NSA Breakaway kit.

This is what the front looks like with the brackets removed.



This is what it looks like ready to tow! Actually, this photo is of a Honda Accord, but I wanted you to see the towbars and Protect-A-Tow shield.

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I did use diodes and use the brake/parking light bulbs rather than try to install another bulb in the taillight housing.

Watch out for the dreaded TPMS problems with the CRV. I've had it since day one, and am still going in circles getting Honda to admit there is a problem.
Same here on both the diode and TPMS.
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Well Roadmaster brackets are a little heavier built and all I have ever used and now they make the round reciever arm like Blue Ox that makes it easer to attach the arm also you don't have to have the Xbar just go with the EZ5 type and it pins just like the Blue Ox, I do like and use a Blue Ox tow bar I like the way the arms are protected.
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Blue Ox baseplate and Ready Brute Elite tow bar/braking system.
This would be my choice. Good system and best bang for the buck.
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Have the same but a 2005 CRV. Has worked well for the past two years. The Blue Ox base plate connecting points are just about invisible when the pins are removed.
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I have a 2014 CRV That I bought new and then installed the Demco Base Plate myself. I already had a Demco Commander tow bar that I had used on a previous toad. We have over 12,000 miles towing the CRV and have not had any problems. I have approximately $900.00 in the purchase of the tow bar and base plate.
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