crv towing
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#22 Nov 2, 2011
ludwig drum lover wrote:
we have 2 crv's both 2004 wife uses one for her rural mail route, I pull a 1997 forest river travel trailer 29 ft wt is 3,496 lbs dry weight, We do not go to any mountains we camp 50 miles from our home, and the crv pulls it with ease we do not drive over 55 mph we do have have one big 1/4 hill we pull, we have a 1/4 mile to get the speed up, When we hit the hill we are going 45 mph when we reach the top we are going 25 mpd then its down hill all the way, Would I recomend pulling this kind of weight? No! so far we have had not one problem we been doing this for 5 yrs 3 times a yr we camp, matter of speaking the tail is wagging the dog, But Hondas are one excellent vehicle we have had 6 crv's so far and will continue to buy them , AC is weak ,,,,,
You're lucky the transmission is still good. Unless you've kept up with yearly fluid drain-and-refills.
Laura

Myrtle Beach, SC

#23 Nov 29, 2011
Have a 98 CRV and plan on moving cross country. Thinking of hauling with a utility trailer or a u-haul. Towing capacity of 1500 lbs, but don't understand if this includes weight of trailer or not. I have about 1700 lbs of stuff, but trying to pare it down. Just need to know how much stuff I have to get rid of before the move, or if I should just scrap the idea altogether and tow my car behind a u-haul or pay movers to do it for me. Looking for the most economical, but still safe way to do this. Advice?
JLM

Stephens City, VA

#24 Nov 29, 2011
I have a 2009 CRV automatic. I tow a fold down trailer approximately 1100#. So far I have had it on 2 trips equaling about 500 miles. I have had to climb hills and have not had any problems. I keep thinking I should buy a more powerful tow vehicle, but as I read that others have towed without problems I am inclined to keep my CRV. I love it and get great gas mileage even when towing. Note: I do tow in D3 and keep around 60 mph (have gone over, but try not to).
JLM

Stephens City, VA

#25 Nov 29, 2011
Laura wrote:
Have a 98 CRV and plan on moving cross country. Thinking of hauling with a utility trailer or a u-haul. Towing capacity of 1500 lbs, but don't understand if this includes weight of trailer or not. I have about 1700 lbs of stuff, but trying to pare it down. Just need to know how much stuff I have to get rid of before the move, or if I should just scrap the idea altogether and tow my car behind a u-haul or pay movers to do it for me. Looking for the most economical, but still safe way to do this. Advice?
1500 pounds includes the trailer and I believe the tow hitch.
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#26 Nov 30, 2011
JLM wrote:
I have a 2009 CRV automatic. I tow a fold down trailer approximately 1100#. So far I have had it on 2 trips equaling about 500 miles. I have had to climb hills and have not had any problems. I keep thinking I should buy a more powerful tow vehicle, but as I read that others have towed without problems I am inclined to keep my CRV. I love it and get great gas mileage even when towing. Note: I do tow in D3 and keep around 60 mph (have gone over, but try not to).
Just remember to change the trans fluid regularly.
Blimey Down Mate

Seattle, WA

#27 Feb 24, 2012
ludwig drum lover wrote:
we have 2 crv's both 2004 wife uses one for her rural mail route, I pull a 1997 forest river travel trailer 29 ft wt is 3,496 lbs dry weight, We do not go to any mountains we camp 50 miles from our home, and the crv pulls it with ease we do not drive over 55 mph we do have have one big 1/4 hill we pull, we have a 1/4 mile to get the speed up, When we hit the hill we are going 45 mph when we reach the top we are going 25 mpd then its down hill all the way, Would I recomend pulling this kind of weight? No! so far we have had not one problem we been doing this for 5 yrs 3 times a yr we camp, matter of speaking the tail is wagging the dog, But Hondas are one excellent vehicle we have had 6 crv's so far and will continue to buy them , AC is weak ,,,,,
You ARE out of your mind exceeding the towing capacity by more than twice the recommended number.

Your insurance company will gladly decline coverage should you crash and kill someone, you likely are liable for any damage or mayhem you cause. Your dime. Lucky don't mean smart.
Oregon Koyote

Hood River, OR

#28 Apr 2, 2012
I recently purchased a Lifetime tent trailer and expect it to weigh a total of 1000 lbs when ready for camp trip. The tent trailer does not have brakes. My CR-V is a '98 with AT. I can get a transmission cooler installed for under $100. If I get that can I haul this little camper? I expect to travel some hills but not long ones. My immediate destination is 110 miles away. What do you think?
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#29 Apr 3, 2012
Oregon Koyote wrote:
I recently purchased a Lifetime tent trailer and expect it to weigh a total of 1000 lbs when ready for camp trip. The tent trailer does not have brakes. My CR-V is a '98 with AT. I can get a transmission cooler installed for under $100. If I get that can I haul this little camper? I expect to travel some hills but not long ones. My immediate destination is 110 miles away. What do you think?
Your towing capacity is 1500lbs, so you should have no problem. Definately go for the trans cooler. I would change the trans fluid when you have the cooler installed and depending on the length and severity of your trip, again when you get back. A drain and refill is the best. IMO, a trans flush is no good.
Dave

Lancaster, NH

#30 Apr 11, 2012
What has happened to the towing capabilities of cars here in America? Is this some kind of conspiracy? Crap a CRV in USA can only pull 1500 lbs but the exact same vehicle in Europe can pull 3300 lbs. I bet the boat and trailer industry is real happy with these new constrictions. In fact I'm sure it has nothing to do with capabilities of the car and everything to do with the litigious nature of everyone in this country. So sad that things have come to this. Can't even buy a car to tow a boat anymore
Dave

Lancaster, NH

#31 Apr 11, 2012
If I hear of one more letigious dope talk about the insurance companies and the perils of exceeding tow limitations I'm comming after them with a crow bar and a ball hitch!!!!!!!!!
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#32 Apr 11, 2012
Dave wrote:
What has happened to the towing capabilities of cars here in America? Is this some kind of conspiracy? Crap a CRV in USA can only pull 1500 lbs but the exact same vehicle in Europe can pull 3300 lbs. I bet the boat and trailer industry is real happy with these new constrictions. In fact I'm sure it has nothing to do with capabilities of the car and everything to do with the litigious nature of everyone in this country. So sad that things have come to this. Can't even buy a car to tow a boat anymore
I don't think they're towing capacities as much as "lawyer" capacities!
Wrmn

Canada

#33 Jun 20, 2012
Can a 1998 crv pull a 1200 lbs tent trailer without killing transmission?
Wrmn

Canada

#34 Jun 20, 2012
Can a 1998 crv pull a 1200 lbs trailer without killing the transmission?
JLM

Milford, MI

#35 Jun 21, 2012
Wrmn wrote:
Can a 1998 crv pull a 1200 lbs trailer without killing the transmission?
I've pulled my Folding camper trailer almost 3,000 miles since Nov and so far so good. It's weight is about 1,500 pounds (supposed to be 1,100, but weighed higher at the CAT scales).
I drive around 60, and have to be really careful excelling on to the highway because there's not a whole lot of giddy up. I make sure to keep a couple car lengths between me and other cars and keep my speed down so I don't have to make a quick stop. I make sure I stop every couple hours to give the car and myself a break.
I use D3 while towing. I keep most of my gear in the car to distribute the Gross weight. Also get those little round blind spot mirrors to put on your side mirrors. The blind spots in the CRV are horrible and these really help as you need a lot more room to switch lanes. Their available at auto shops, rv shops and wall mart. Cost about 4 dollars.
I did call the Honda dealership to see about getting a tranny cooler and was told that it might void my warrenty; said he would call me back and never did. I would like to put the cooler on, but not sure now if I will.
I was given this advise by the guy I bought my camper from who is a mechanic (he towed with a Hond Element, same engine), that if the car ever overheats to pull over for a while, turn off the a/c, but keep the fan on as it will cool off the engine.

Hope this helps! J
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#36 Jun 21, 2012
JLM wrote:
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I've pulled my Folding camper trailer almost 3,000 miles since Nov and so far so good. It's weight is about 1,500 pounds (supposed to be 1,100, but weighed higher at the CAT scales).
I drive around 60, and have to be really careful excelling on to the highway because there's not a whole lot of giddy up. I make sure to keep a couple car lengths between me and other cars and keep my speed down so I don't have to make a quick stop. I make sure I stop every couple hours to give the car and myself a break.
I use D3 while towing. I keep most of my gear in the car to distribute the Gross weight. Also get those little round blind spot mirrors to put on your side mirrors. The blind spots in the CRV are horrible and these really help as you need a lot more room to switch lanes. Their available at auto shops, rv shops and wall mart. Cost about 4 dollars.
I did call the Honda dealership to see about getting a tranny cooler and was told that it might void my warrenty; said he would call me back and never did. I would like to put the cooler on, but not sure now if I will.
I was given this advise by the guy I bought my camper from who is a mechanic (he towed with a Hond Element, same engine), that if the car ever overheats to pull over for a while, turn off the a/c, but keep the fan on as it will cool off the engine.
Hope this helps! J
I would absolutely get a transmission cooler installed. How would that void a warranty? The point of it is to avoid problems with the trans in the first place.
I'm curious though, why would you keep it in D3, assuming you're on a level road? It won't maintain speed?
mekanix gurl

Courtenay, Canada

#37 Jul 12, 2012
JBC wrote:
My 2006 CRV downshifts on the slightest hill, so I cannot imagine pulling anything heavier than a small utility trailer in hilly or mountainous areas with the 4cyl engine. I am willing to forego the towing in exchange for the gas mileage, but the road noise is something else. I tried putting a thick rubber mat under the cargo space, to no avail.
the CRV's as well as many more of hondas vehicles are designed to downshift going up inclines, even the slightest one its called grade mlogic, its desined to hold the vehicle at a lower gear on inclines. as for the noise, try putting some sort of cloth down in the cargo space, also put it neatly in your wheel wells, the new 2012's are deisnged with cloth in the wheel wells which reduces exterior noise. good luck!
pmoretti95

Columbia, SC

#38 Feb 25, 2013
I am considering towing a small (4x8) U-Haul type trailer with my 1999 CR-V to carry a recliner and a few boxes 900 miles. The CR-V already has the tow hitch installed. Is this a good idea?
liner

Delray Beach, FL

#39 Feb 26, 2013
pmoretti95 wrote:
I am considering towing a small (4x8) U-Haul type trailer with my 1999 CR-V to carry a recliner and a few boxes 900 miles. The CR-V already has the tow hitch installed. Is this a good idea?
Sounds like it should be fine. Make sure the lights are working.
Denise

Onalaska, WI

#40 Jun 8, 2013
Can I tow a fold-down camper weighing 1850# with my 2006 Honda CRV which has a tow capacity of 1500#? No trailer brakes and no special tow package on the CRV.

Any advice appreciated!!! Thanks much!
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#41 Jun 8, 2013
Denise wrote:
Can I tow a fold-down camper weighing 1850# with my 2006 Honda CRV which has a tow capacity of 1500#? No trailer brakes and no special tow package on the CRV.
Any advice appreciated!!! Thanks much!
IMO, you'd be pushing things too much. Depending on the tongue weight, you would need some suspension work as well as a transmission cooler.
You might be able to get away with it for a local tow on level roads. Otherwise my opinion is no.

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