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Old 05-24-2017, 04:45 PM   #15
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To Save Battery

We tow a CR-V. The owner's manual says that to tow it, pull a certain fuse (better, put in a switch to do the same thing since the fuse is virtually inaccessible).

HOWEVER, we also use Brake Buddy for the toad, and it must be plugged in to what we used to call the cigarette lighter, but the fuse / switch turns off that 12V outlet. You also need to reset the radio security code, time, etc if you use the switch / fuse.

So I leave the switch (fuse) on as for normal driving, and remember to charge the CR-V battery after a day or 2 of towing. If I tow it a day, and then use the CRV for a day of local trips, there's no problem.

When I leave the key in the first 'on' position, no dashboard lights, speedometer, etc are on -- just the steering wheel is unlocked. Odometer miles are not clocked.

So check what your vehicle does and what other systems you have need.
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This is interesting. We tow a 2013 CRV and had a dead battery after about 6 hours of towing. We put in the fusemaster and never had a problem again. We also don't need to reset anything in the car after we flip the switch. This must be dependent on what your car year is.
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