Towing four wheels down
Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:34 AM
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Sandie & Joel
2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton--425 HP/1550 ft-lbs CAT C-12
2014 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L with ReadyBrute tow bar/brake system
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:29 AM
Barb & Dave O'Keeffe
Full-timimg with our cat Shadow (16 yrs old)
2002 Alpine 36 MDDS (Figment II), 2004 Subaru Forester toad (Mischief)
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:02 PM
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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:06 PM
Bob & Barbara
2002 Affinity 42' tag
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2012 Airdale Terrier
Posted 06 March 2013 - 11:20 PM
Perform the following each day immediately
before towing. Otherwise severe automatic
transmission damage will occur.
Ensure transmission fluid is correct.
(see page 261). Do not overfill.
1. Hookup to tow bar and light cord.
2. Start the engine. With engine running:
3. Press on the brake pedal. Move
the shift lever through all positions.
4. Shift to the D position and hold for
five seconds, then to N.
5. Let the engine run for 3 minutes in N,
then turn it off. (tow in N).
6. Put key in accessory position, release park brake.
Severe transmission damage will occur
if the vehicle is shifted from reverse to
neutral and then towed.
Repeat process every 8 hours for extended towing.
Edited by AC7880, 06 March 2013 - 11:21 PM.
Dan - SKP club member
1994 Bluebird BMC 37'
Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:34 AM
What has been said might be just a little bit misleading. If you look into the owner's manual, there are instructions on what to do each time you begin to tow, just as is true for the Honda CR-V such as we towed for 10 years. It is a very minor thing and understand that all vehicles require that you do something to tow them in addition to hooking to the motorhome.
Does anyone know if I could tow a Honda Fit with all four wheels down without doing anything extra to the car?
What nobody has mentioned here however, is that to tow any vehicle you must first buy and install what is called a base-plate that the tow bar attaches to. This device and the tow-bar will usually cost around $1000 by the time that it is installed and ready for use. It is important to realize this and you also need to have some sort of towing lights on the vehicle which can range from a set of magnetic lights to put on the rear and connect to the motorhome, all of the way to a set of lights that are installed into the existing lenses and that connect to the motorhome. In addition, for safety reasons you should also choose one of the many different axillary brake systems for towing and get it installed into the Fit. This can add an additional $500 to $1000 in cost for preparation.
Those of us here mostly understand those things but we sometimes forget that new RV folks may not realize this and it is important for you to understand that there is no motor vehicle that you can buy which needs no modification at all, unless some previous owner has added that equipment.
Good travelin !...............Kirk
Author & Escapee's Magazine contributor
Full-time 11+ years...... Now seasonal travelers again.
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:07 PM
I just had my CRV rigged at Camping World. I purchased all the parts online, including the base plate($399), Even Brake(Craigslist) $400 + $150 for a second vehicle kit because the seller didn't have those parts, a kit including all safety cables and wiring (about $210) and a Falcon II tow bar I found for $480. All parts were new except the Even Brake(hardly used). All total, with labor, was around $2,500(labor was close to $800, which included a second vehicle kit installation for the Even Brake).
(There were a few small misc. parts I had to buy).
I bought just about everything before I even found a CRV, but I knew about what year I would buy. Tows great and I love it.