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Old 07-08-2019, 12:28 PM   #29
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Well, I towed it. We went to Nashville this weekend. It is a 500 mile round trip. The Odyssey did well. I watched as the DW maneuvered out of the RV park with the turns and what not. One thing that I noticed is that the dolly does not turn as tight as my previous tow dolly or the car 4 down. What I mean is that when I make a turn I would try to leave space for the towed vehicle to get around the corner so it would not hit a curb or something. With the Acme it seems to not cut as close or track quite a tight as the other things that I have pulled. And I like that. It gives me a little cushion when turning.

Back to the main point, the only thing that I noticed with the Odyssey is that when I went to start the car it took about 2 or 3 seconds to start. This is odd because normally it starts very quickly when the button is pushed. It did this both times after towing it. Not sure if this is an issue or what is causing this to happen. If anyone else has experienced please post.

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Old 11-29-2019, 07:21 AM   #30
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Well, I towed it. We went to Nashville this weekend. It is a 500 mile round trip. The Odyssey did well. I watched as the DW maneuvered out of the RV park with the turns and what not. One thing that I noticed is that the dolly does not turn as tight as my previous tow dolly or the car 4 down. What I mean is that when I make a turn I would try to leave space for the towed vehicle to get around the corner so it would not hit a curb or something. With the Acme it seems to not cut as close or track quite a tight as the other things that I have pulled. And I like that. It gives me a little cushion when turning.

Back to the main point, the only thing that I noticed with the Odyssey is that when I went to start the car it took about 2 or 3 seconds to start. This is odd because normally it starts very quickly when the button is pushed. It did this both times after towing it. Not sure if this is an issue or what is causing this to happen. If anyone else has experienced please post.

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I’m also considering flat towing my 2018 Honda Odyssey. Did you pull the fuse for the electric parking brake and how did you secure the steering wheel from turning while towing? I cannot find the fuse location in the manual for the parking brake.
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I’m also considering flat towing my 2018 Honda Odyssey. Did you pull the fuse for the electric parking brake and how did you secure the steering wheel from turning while towing? I cannot find the fuse location in the manual for the parking brake.
In an earlier post I believe he stated that he bought an Acme dolly and is not flat towing.

The Acme EZE Tow Dolly mandates that the steering wheel must be unlocked. I have one and tow a Sonata on it and that steering wheel will not lock.

There are other considerations when flat towing if the owner's manual says to not flat tow, not just whether it seems to tow well and runs at the other end. For example, some earlier Ford vehicles mandate that the automatic transmission fluid level must be lowered or transmission damage could occur.

Those initially said they could be flat towed then a revision came out and said they had to have the transmission fluid level lowered and I think a modified dipstick was provided. I'd guess the fluid was getting blown out of the dipstick and then the transmission was running too low but do not know for certain.

Others say to run the vehicle XX minutes every XX hours to circulate transmission fluid.

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Old 11-29-2019, 07:42 PM   #32
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In an earlier post I believe he stated that he bought an Acme dolly and is not flat towing.

The Acme EZE Tow Dolly mandates that the steering wheel must be unlocked. I have one and tow a Sonata on it and that steering wheel will not lock.

There are other considerations when flat towing if the owner's manual says to not flat tow, not just whether it seems to tow well and runs at the other end. For example, some earlier Ford vehicles mandate that the automatic transmission fluid level must be lowered or transmission damage could occur.

Those initially said they could be flat towed then a revision came out and said they had to have the transmission fluid level lowered and I think a modified dipstick was provided. I'd guess the fluid was getting blown out of the dipstick and then the transmission was running too low but do not know for certain.

Others say to run the vehicle XX minutes every XX hours to circulate transmission fluid.

FWIW,

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You’re right, that was a brain fart moment. I meant to inquire about dolly towing. I probably typed “flat” because that’s all I’ve ever done and it’s stuck in my mind. I plan on dolly towing my Odyssey.
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Well, I towed it. We went to Nashville this weekend. It is a 500 mile round trip. The Odyssey did well. I watched as the DW maneuvered out of the RV park with the turns and what not. One thing that I noticed is that the dolly does not turn as tight as my previous tow dolly or the car 4 down. What I mean is that when I make a turn I would try to leave space for the towed vehicle to get around the corner so it would not hit a curb or something. With the Acme it seems to not cut as close or track quite a tight as the other things that I have pulled. And I like that. It gives me a little cushion when turning.

Back to the main point, the only thing that I noticed with the Odyssey is that when I went to start the car it took about 2 or 3 seconds to start. This is odd because normally it starts very quickly when the button is pushed. It did this both times after towing it. Not sure if this is an issue or what is causing this to happen. If anyone else has experienced please post.

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Would love to hear any further test results as I would love to tow my 2019, Did you pull fuses, Acme tow dolly right? Thanks in advance...
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