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Old 09-11-2020, 05:09 PM   #1
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Honda CRV owners, lend me your ear

I'm looking for a different toad. It looks like a CRV Automatic can be towed 4 wheels down, is this accurate? Also I am seeing a speed limit of 65, is that accurate? Thanks for your replies.
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The Honda CRV can be towed 4-down through the 2014 models. After that, NO!
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Had an 08 that I towed about 25000 miles. generally towed at 70-75, no problems, but changed transmission oil every 30000 miles. But I believe Honda does say 65 mph max.
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I have an 04 CRV. As others have said, it ties great. Honda says max 65 mph, which I have always done, and I change the transmission fluid ever 2 years or 30K miles, whichever is soonest. Note you have to disable a fuse or have a charge line to the battery to keep it from dying. There are specific steps in the owners manual to prepare it for towing that are really important to follow. Basically you move it through each gear, letting it run 5 seconds on D before moving to N and letting it run 3 minutes. Itís a great vehicle to tow.
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Have towed a '05 and '14 Honda CRV. And really liked then. Niwmally don't exceed 65 MPH but on occasion do 70. Never had an issue. Normally not in a rush and happy to take our time but occasionally need to pass an obstacle and don't worry about it.
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I don't pull a fuse, got a Honda Odyssey battery, so far so good.
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I don't pull a fuse, got a Honda Odyssey battery, so far so good.
I don't do either, I installed a battery disconnect at the terminal.
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I have an 04 CRV. As others have said, it ties great. Honda says max 65 mph, which I have always done, and I change the transmission fluid ever 2 years or 30K miles, whichever is soonest. Note you have to disable a fuse or have a charge line to the battery to keep it from dying. There are specific steps in the owners manual to prepare it for towing that are really important to follow. Basically you move it through each gear, letting it run 5 seconds on D before moving to N and letting it run 3 minutes. Itís a great vehicle to tow.

Thanks Mac, I read that, very interesting. Seems like you are lubing the gears or something.
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I don't do either, I installed a battery disconnect at the terminal.

This is true of any toad, as you need to have the key on to keep the steering column unlocked. I think that is an easier way of doing it than pulling the fuse. Thanks for your input.
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Thanks Mac, I read that, very interesting. Seems like you are lubing the gears or something.
My understanding is that the "big deal" is that the transmission has to go into neutral from Drive and never from Reverse. Apparently, something gets set by doing this and the failure to do it can be fatal.
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We tow our 2011 CR-V. The pre-tow procedure is to start the car, run it through all the gears, put it in neutral, turn off the ignition, turn the key to the the first ďclickĒ (accessory), and weíre good to go.
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I have an 04 CRV. As others have said, it ties great. Honda says max 65 mph, which I have always done, and I change the transmission fluid ever 2 years or 30K miles, whichever is soonest. Note you have to disable a fuse or have a charge line to the battery to keep it from dying. There are specific steps in the owners manual to prepare it for towing that are really important to follow. Basically you move it through each gear, letting it run 5 seconds on D before moving to N and letting it run 3 minutes. Itís a great vehicle to tow.


Oops! I have a 2014 CRV. Sorry for the typo.
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I installed a switch to disconnect fuse. Fairly simple. Put switch across fuse holder and move fuse in line on lead to switch. Think Roadmaster sells kit.
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I have a 2012. Made my own switch. Pretty easy to do. Battery would die after 8 hours if I didnít pull the 19 and 20 fuse. But since pulling the fuse was a pain put in the switches. All good now. Click image for larger version

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