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Old 06-01-2016, 07:32 PM   #1
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I thought that I was very sure that I knew the answer to the question that I am now going to ask..... and that is this: I pull a 2013 Honda CR-V as my toad behind the coach. I have been under the impression that my CR-V did not accumulate mileage when it was being pulled behind the coach. When we travel, the toad is used for little side trips, going sight seeing etc. However, today, the "oil life lite" came on, indicating I was down to 12% synthetic oil life. I checked and I changed the oil 12 months ago, and I simply don't think there is any way that we have driven the Honda enough miles of actual "motoring" miles to be down to 12% oil life remaining, and I think the only way that we could have done that is that the Honda is in fact accumulating miles on the odometer when being towed. There are no plans to tow the Honda for the next couple of months, so can other Honda CR-V owners shed light on this issue..... does it or doesn't it accumulate odometer miles when being towed (with the ignition on)?

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Do you have the key in the off but not locked position. The steering must be free. I noticed that if the key was in the accessory position it did record miles.
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My 2013 CRV does not accumulate miles while being towed
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The issue may be that you are towing with the key "on". Mine is towed with the key "off", as far as I can turn it with the gear selector in neutral. "Key left in ignition" warning buzzer will be blaring away until I close the door.

"does it or doesn't it accumulate odometer miles when being towed (with the ignition on)?"
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Our Ody doesn't accumulate mileage when being towed. Just need to be sure the ignition switch is in the "Acc" position and not "On".
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I thought that I was very sure that I knew the answer to the question that I am now going to ask..... and that is this: I pull a 2013 Honda CR-V as my toad behind the coach. I have been under the impression that my CR-V did not accumulate mileage when it was being pulled behind the coach. When we travel, the toad is used for little side trips, going sight seeing etc. However, today, the "oil life lite" came on, indicating I was down to 12% synthetic oil life. I checked and I changed the oil 12 months ago,

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Gary,

Neither of our CR-Vs (2003 and now 2014) (nor our old Saturn) accumulate mileage while towing.

I'm pretty sure (based on one of our other cars that triggers at the 5K, 6 month marks) that the Oil Life lights are both mileage AND time-based.

Since you last changed 12 months ago, I'm betting the light is triggering off time rather than mileage.

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My 14 CRV does not accumulate miles when being towed with the key in the accessory position, towed it about 35000 miles
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Gary, I think you hit the key word on oil changes....12 months. I just finished reading the new Colorado owner manual and it states that the change oil light will come on at the mileage or 12 months which ever comes first. I'll bet the Honda computer is the same.
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On my 3 different Hondas the most likely culprit is the dealer or whoever forgot to reset the maintenance light last time it was serviced. Do a internet search on how to reset the Maint light on a Honda CRV. It's also in your manual.

I have towed a CRV then later a Honda Pilot, each for over 30,000 miles and neither counted the miles towed.
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Gary,

No accumulation of mileage on our 2014 CRV. If it has been 12 months since your last oil change the oil life monitor is probably telling you the truth.
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Well, your feedback coincides with my personal belief. So I am going to put post-it-notes in the Honda and write down the odometer before and after each leg on long hauls to prove it to myself. I believe I always have it in the " | " key position, never the " || " position.

It was a year, but I forgot to say that the odometer also said that 10,000 miles and 1 year had passed, and I just don't believe there is any way we put 10,000 miles on the Honda just doing sight-seeing side trips but lots of miles behind the coach.

I'll re-post after my next long trip. But thanks for confirming my beliefs!

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It was a year, but I forgot to say that the odometer also said that 10,000 miles and 1 year had passed, and I just don't believe there is any way we put 10,000 miles on the Honda just doing sight-seeing side trips but lots of miles behind the coach.

Isn't this an easy one to answer? Don't you have maintenance receipts that would show what the mileage was ~a year ago? Since I know how many miles the MH has traveled in that year I then know both the driven and towed miles.
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That's what I have done and the whole issue.......

I do the oil changes (pure synthetic Mobil 1 )
on my Honda. When not behind the coach, my wife drives it virtually exclusively to the WalMart and KROGER once per week. I write down the mileage, the date, and what I did for maintenance.. The data is: 12 months, ~ 10,000 miles on Honda odometer, once weekly trips to market when home, then ~10,000 miles this year behind coach, unknown number of miles doing little side trips we parked in RV parks. So, the issue is simply my inability to believe that 10,000 miles was added in the last year driving side trips and to the market. One explanation is that 2. 3, 4K miles added behind coach. Maybe had ignition "On" rather than in "Acc" position..I don't believe that is likely, thus the thread.

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