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Old 07-29-2022, 08:33 PM   #1
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Can I flat tow my 2005 Honda Accord

Hi, I have an 05 Honda Accord that is in pretty good shape with low miles and instead of purchasing a Toad, I a would like to know if I can flat tow it.

I have read several posts that say… yes you can. But that you need to put the car in reverse and forward drive a couple of times before hooking it up. My rig, 2009 Winnebago Sightseer 37L has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs. An Accord weighs around 3200 lbs. That does not include the weight of the tow hitch of course.

If it can be flat towed, what kind of hitch should I use?

Never towed a car behind my motorhome so I’m a novice here.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
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Old 07-29-2022, 09:29 PM   #2
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2005 Accords were NOT manufacturer-approved for recreational towing. It is not addressed in the owner's manual and they were not listed in the 2005 dinghy towing guides of either Motorhome Magazine or FMCA's magazine supplements for that year. But Honda USA has give individual guidance as shown below.

However, there have been folks flat towing those 2002 to 2005 Accords both with a manual transmission and with a an automatic without issues.

Take a look at this prior post

Here's Roadmaster's baseplate kit for a 2005 Accord: go HERE

And here's the Blue Ox baseplate: go HERE

eta: I believe your OEM hitch rating is 5,000 lbs. but check for sure. Choose your towbar that has the proper capacity (most likely one of at least 5,000 lbs.) and choose the supplemental braking you'd like. And don't forget your wiring set-up for lights, etc. I'm sure others can guide you in the right direction. It's been awhile since I've purchased all of that.
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Old 07-31-2022, 06:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for that information that was really helpful. Being a novice I am pretty much clueless with regards to setting up a toad.

The MH has a 5000 pound hitch rating so I am assuming this means it can tow up to 5000 pounds. This would mean the car and the hitch gear….I assume.

I know it will need to have the lights wired in and a brake system.

I am not sure who to talk to about this in my area. And I am not sure if a Blue Ox or Roadmaster would be best.

But you have given me a running start which I very much appreciate.

Thank you Terry
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Old 07-31-2022, 08:17 PM   #4
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I didn't tow an Accord, but I did tow a 2008 civic. Piece of cake. I installed my baseplate, lights, etc myself. I enjoy doing stuff like that. I had a 2002 Acura TL that I got Honda/Acura to put in writting that I could tow it. They did and I still have the letter.
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Old 07-31-2022, 09:08 PM   #5
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If you're still located on the Key Peninsula, I can give you a few suggestions to at least try ...or at least a good starting point.

First, I personally recommend Roadmaster products. Roadmaster is a northwest-based company that started in Portland and now is headquartered in Vancouver WA. If needed, you'd have better access to their technical support. I've visited their shop several times. It's been quite a few years now since I've contacted them for anything but they used to be very helpful over the phone, by email, or if dropping into their shop in person. Not sure if it's still that way now, however.

Many on the forum will recommend NSA products. I've always used Roadmaster so that's all I personally have experience with during the years we RV'd. I can't comment on NSA as I've never used their products myself. Roadmaster and Blue Ox are the major players but not necessarily the best or your only choices.

If you are not planning on doing the baseplate installation yourself, there are two shops that I can recommend.

You may have heard of Ballew's in Tacoma. They're a hitch shop that has been around for decades and I've had several jobs done by them through the years. They are top notch in my book but like any business, there are always some who will disagree. They are an authorized Roadmaster dealer but also carry other products too.

Ballew's Hitch, Truck & RV

There's also a place in Bremerton that I've not used myself but have talked to several who have had good experiences. It's called Kitsap Muffler & Brakes. They are also a Roadmaster dealer and in addition to doing muffler, brakes, exhausts, and general automotive, they also have a hitch shop.

Kitsap Muffler & Brake - Hitches

Others can give you more up-to-date information than I have about tow bars and supplemental brakes so don't hesitate to post specific questions if you have them.

eta: and yes, I believe you are capable and have the capacity to tow your Accord as if you've confirmed your hitch rating is 5,000 lbs. and your GCWR minus GVWR is 5,000 lbs., you should be fine.

2nd edit: the tow bar I last used and recommend is the Roadmaster 522 (Falcon All-Terrain with a 6,000 lb. capacity) and Amazon is offering it at a pretty good price right now at $770 (GO HERE) but you'll pay more if buying it from a place like Ballew's or Kitsap Muffler. However, consider all the other suggestions you get and make your own decision as to what brand of tow bar you settle on. And BTW, a tow bar weighs around 70 pounds (or most will be under 100 lbs.) so it's not too significant as it pertains to your question about the weight of the towing equipment.

3rd edit: I just looked up the GCWR minus GVWR of a 2010 37L (didn't see a 2009 37L) and it's 26,000 - 22,000 = 4,000 lbs. so even though your hitch might be rated at 5,000 lbs., it appears your towing capacity when the coach weight when loaded to its maximum allowed (or i.e. GVWR) is 4,000 lbs. I still think you'll be fine, however.
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