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Honda CR-V Towing

waltermaxwaltermax Posts: 1
edited December 2013 in Honda
I have a 1997 CR-V and I need to tow about 400 lbs of stuff from NC to RI. In addition to that I will probably have nearly 600 lbs in the cab, and the UHaul trailers weigh about 900 lbs. All together I'll have 1300 lbs behind the car, plus 850 lbs in the car (myself plus the wife).

The '97 CR-V is only rated for 1000 lbs. And my question is what damage will this do to the car? I'm assuming tranny, engine, or chasis, but I'm not certian. I've talked to others on a CR-V specific forum who mentioned towing similar or larger loads without a problem, and have said that the more important problem will be braking power, not engine or tranny.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Some of the CR-V owners who hang out in Honda CR-V may be able to advise you.

    tidester, host
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    The CR-V's 1,000 lbs tow rating assumes you have some load in the vehicle, but I don't think it's a full 850 lbs.

    If there is a problem with your '97, it'll be the transmission over-heating. The automatic in the 1997 CR-V is simply not designed for heavy duty utility. The engine shouldn't be impacted. If the engine can't do something, it simply doesn't do it. You won't break it unless you ignore signs of overheating or similar problems.

    I think you'll get the same advice here as you have at HondaSUV.com. The brakes, suspension, and transmission are the problem.

    If you decide to tote this load (I do know several folks who have towed more than the max.), make sure you get a trailer with brakes and hook them up. It's not just your life on the road.
  • Hello Waltermax
    I have a 1999 Honda CRV-EX that I tow a 2000LB boat with. Often I have 3 of my buddies in the V with me. This is 800lbs inside the truck and 2000lbs behind it. Also a large beer cooler in the cargo area another(100lb?).
    With a transmission cooler and trailer brakes this is no problem. I have towed 1500lbs without a tranny cooler although I still used trailer brakes, again with no problem.
    An acquitance of mine has towed a John Deere farm tractor (2300 lbs)with his V from Detroit Michigan to Traverse City (250 miles), with no problems either.
    One word of advice though, always tow with overdrive locked out. If merging on the freeway it is advisable to down shift to 2nd gear until 50mph to stop gear hunting.
    Towing limits are often determined by companies that are paranoid about lawsuits. The Honda CRV website for the UK lists the towing limit of the V at 3300lbs BRAKED. Less aggressive lawyers? maybe.

    The Honda CRV, is often imitated, never duplicated and always underestimated.
    Matt
  • tcasboytcasboy Posts: 214
    If I were you, I would rent a larger truck and drive the CR-V up into it with all your stuff and just drive the truck up there. Don't know about the cost difference, but you wouldn't have to worry about destroying your tranny and you wouldn't put any miles on your CR-V.

    Just a thought.
  • Hello Waltermax
    If I were you I would just tow the load you are suggesting. Going 300lbs over the max tow rating will not harm your transmission or anything else on the vehicle. Lock it out of overdrive, keep the speed under 60mph and leave more stopping distance and you should be fine. :D

    Matthew Asselin
  • I would like to put a trailer hitch on my 2005 CRV, I was wondering how hard it is to put on myself, it says in the manual there is a electrial plug in the left side of the rear compartment,how do you get the wire to the out side without drilling a hole in the back compartment.thanks for any help
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I would like to put a trailer hitch on my 2005 CRV, I was wondering how hard it is to put on myself, it says in the manual there is a electrial plug in the left side of the rear compartment,how do you get the wire to the out side without drilling a hole in the back compartment.thanks for any help

    Courtesy of the site sponsor, HandA accessories (link up on top)
    Hitch and harness installation instructions

    Trailer hitch intself and wireing harness (scroll down half page)
  • thanks for your reply, it gave me alot of info,I am not sure if I want to do it my self or bring it somewhere, but thanks again for your help
  • Has anyone used the Hidden Hitch trailer hitch for the second generation CRV? Did you use the lighting kit also? What was your experience with this setup? Does it bolt directly to the frame? How hard was it to install?

    Thanks in advance.
  • rday1rday1 Posts: 1
    DOES HONDA HAVE A TOWING PACKAGE WITH THE 2006 CRV SE.

    IS THERE A HONDA TRANSMISSION COOLER FOR THIS MODEL. IF NOT, CAN ANOTHER HONDA MODEL TRANSMISSION COOLER BE INSTALLED?
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,785
    "IS THERE A HONDA TRANSMISSION COOLER FOR THIS MODEL. IF NOT, CAN ANOTHER HONDA MODEL TRANSMISSION COOLER BE INSTALLED?"

    Why do you want one? The CR-V is only rated to 1500 lbs towing...

    If you plan on towing that much, buy a different vehicle that has a large V-6, and is meant for towing a lot more weight.

    BTW, it is considered impolite to YELL BY USING THE CAPS ON while typing...
  • Hi Everyone,
    I've just installed a hitch on my '02 CR-V, and plan to do some light duty towing. I would, however, like to install some kind of air shocks or coilovers to protect the rear suspension, and I've been unable to find anything on the market. Does anyone know of a manufacturer? Thanks! :)
  • tcasboytcasboy Posts: 214
    Don't know of any shocks or stuff, but you could google CRV shocks and I bet you would find an owners forum with all kinds of that info.

    By the way, what kind of hitch did you put on?

    Thanks.

    TB
  • Hey Guys,
    I am seeking some sage advice here. I'd love to get a pop-up trailer to further enjoy my love of camping, but I'm worried about that 1000lb towing capacity, because a trailer under that is TOUGH to find! I've installed my own tow hitch (Class 2, I know it's overkill, but I like being able to use the more standard inserts!) and the lighting wiring. FYI I got all my stuff off the Net, Etrailer.com, great prices! So here are my questions:
    1. Should I worry if I stray over that 1000lb limit a little? Say 1200-1500 neighborhood?

    2. Should I ONLY get a trailer with brakes? If so and they're electric, not surge, then is it a big deal to get a brake controller installed? Or can I do it myself?

    3. Should I DEFINITELY get a tranny cooler, no matter what size/weight of trailer I end up with? Is a cooler tough to DIY, or should I find myself a good tranny shop?

    Of course anything I do has got to be as thrifty as possible, as I'm a college student on a TIGHT budget. Many thanks ahead of time for any and all advice guys! Joe
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Does it have to be a pop up? Personally, I like the tear drop campers.

    http://www.golittleguy.com/

    If you've got an EX or SE, you can even have friends sleep on the "bed" inside the CR-V.
  • Hey Varmint,
    I've checked out the teardrops too, and I do like em, but I feel a little more partial to the popups, and they're WAY more common, so I should be able to find one at a reasonable price.
    STILL hoping for some input on the tranny cooler and all though guys....Any advice?
  • jennyjune1jennyjune1 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 CRV and I'd like to add a tow package to it to tow a sailboat. Do you know if Honda offers tow packages for my model year, and how much they typically cost?
  • philcarphilcar Posts: 2
    i'm on 3rd honda 73 &74 civic, 2000 crv. Hondas are way over-engineered, BUT use common sense!!!!!!! terrain , grades, aerodynamics, headwinds & altitude are often more imptnt than pure weight!
    I've towed quite a bit over 50 years (some I try to forget). :cry:
  • First of all I hope I have got this right as I am converting from Australian Kilos to US lbs.

    We bought a new 2005 Honda CRV with the intention of towing a light camper trailer.
    Honda’s recommended max tow weight un braked 600kg =1,323 lb
    Braked 1200kg =3,526 lb

    The camper trailer we bought weighed in at 350kg = 771 lb
    We worked it out that loaded it would be close to the 600kg =1,323 lb
    So we decided to get push brakes fitted to the trailer
    while it was being built to be on the safe side and to
    make it easer on the CRV.

    Now we find that on right hand lock (especially going through a V dip) the handle on the tow ball hitch hit’s the spare wheel, going along the highway it’s OK but going over steep driveways or setting the trailer up on uneven ground it could put pressure on the spare wheel and damage the tailgate if you are not very careful, going off road with it would be asking for trouble, the only solution we can come up with is to remove the spare wheel if we are going off road at all which causes a storage problem.

    Has anyone else came across this problem and worked out a solution?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    the only solution we can come up with is to remove the spare wheel if we are going off road at all which causes a storage problem.

    Has anyone else came across this problem and worked out a solution?


    Throw it in the trailer?

    Fit a mount on the back of the trailer?

    Don't go off roading with the trailer? I don't think that even Jeep owners go off roading with trailers.
  • starmannstarmann Posts: 4
    Hi folks, I'm just wondering if anyone has any information about towing a crv behind a motorhome. Specifically does the odometer rack up miles while the car is being towed with all four wheels on the ground. I'd appreciate any help you can give me.
  • jerrycrvjerrycrv Posts: 1
    Looking for assistance connecting trailer lights to wiring harness in rear of 03 Honda CRV
  • danpf1danpf1 Posts: 80
    starmann, I have been towing a 1998 EX CR-V sense 99 with the quick disconnect Road master tow bar, without any problems. The odometer is electronic and does not record mileage while being towed. I Purchased a towing light kit from C/W, instead of wiring into the car harness. I didn't want to deal with blown fuses and a possible blown computer, they hook up in the rear tail light lens, but run directly to the wiring connection on the Motorhome. It took me about a half a day to install, the instruction are very good, HTH.

    Dan
  • starmannstarmann Posts: 4
    Thanks Dan That helps.
  • Try this link:

    http://www.handa-accessories.com/crv/02crvharness.pdf

    My CR-V didn't come with remote door locks and bought one on ebay. Apparently, Honda routes all the cables for all or most of the optional equipment so if you add an option later, the wiring is already in place. The remote door lock installation took all of 15 minutes. Looks like the wiring for a trailer is there also. The instructions on the link look like they are for a Honda wiring harness. I didn't see a year model on the instructions, but it's a start.

    Hope this helps!
    cscottrun1
  • Dan I assumed that C/W you mean camping world I looked in their internet catlog for a wire system like you described but found none but my main question is how did you get the new wire up to the tail lights I really didn't want to take all the panels off if there was an easier way. Thanks Gene
  • I am a certified honda sales rep. the 2007 crv is able to be flat towed without racking up miles
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    We bought a new 2005 Honda CRV with the intention of towing a light camper trailer.
    Honda’s recommended max tow weight un braked 600kg =1,323 lb.. Braked 1200kg =3,526 lbs....


    I believe the max recommended tow weight for the CR-V is 1500 lbs.

    From Edmunds Specs:

    Performance:
    Base Number of Cylinders: 4 Base Engine Size: 2.4 liters
    Base Engine Type: Inline 4 Horsepower: 156 hp
    Max Horsepower: 5900 rpm Torque: 160 ft-lbs.
    Max Torque: 3600 rpm Maximum Towing Capacity: 1500 lbs. Drive Type: AWD Turning Circle: 34.1 ft.

    Kip
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,785
    "I believe the max recommended tow weight for the CR-V is 1500 lbs. "

    European Spec CR-Vs will tow almost 3000 lbs if the trailer has brakes, even though they only have a 2.0 liter engine.
  • I just got off the phone with American Honda Customer Service. I asked what the difference is between the American & European CRVs and nobody there knew the answer, worse they said there is no one I can call to get an answer. There must be a good difference since one can tow 1500 lbs and the other 1500 kgs.
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