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#14705 of 16202 Re:Honda Crv Trailer Hitch Thoughts on Towing [aucoin]
Aug 04, 2005 (8:53 am)
I need to install a class II hitch on my '97 Honda CRV. What brand would you suggest?
It wil be used for towing the new Shadow Cruiser lighweight RV.
Here are the trailer specs:
DRY WEIGHT 1,680 lb.
GVWR 3,150 lb.
CARGO CAPACITY 1,470 lb.
There are a couple of companies that make Class II receivers that will fit on a CR-V. Curt and UHaul are two that come to mind. A Class II hitch is rated for a heavier trailer than a Class I. However, it doesn't matter what Class of hitch you put on the CR-V. It's still only rated for a 1,000 lb trailer (without trailer brakes) regardless of whether you have a Class I or Class II hitch.
Honda US only lists trailer weights for trailers without trailer brakes. Honda UK lists weights for trailers with and without brakes. The UK weight for a trailer with brakes it double the unbraked trailer weight. Using those guidelines, your 1997 CR-V could tow a 2,000 lb trailer if it had trailer brakes. The tongue weight is only 100 lbs whether or not the trailer has brakes.
My concern is with the weight specs you list. The tongue weight is too heavy, and the dry (empty) weight is already close to the maximum your CR-V should tow, even with trailer brakes.
If you really must buy that trailer you need a bigger tow vehicle.
Aug 04, 2005 (8:56 am)
Soft seats will conform to your tush, which is nice for trips around town. However, on long trips they actually impeded circulation (giving you a numb rear-end). Harder seats don't have that problem, but can irritate the places where hard bones press down the most (ex: tail bone). And, of course, everybody's back side is going to be different. My recommendation is a long test drive.
#14707 of 16202 Re: Honda CRV: Need help in deciding which hitch is which? [varmint]
Aug 04, 2005 (8:57 am)
the CR-V is rated to tow 1,500 lbs.
It's not often I get to correct the Varmint!
He said he has a 1997 CR-V. They are only rated for 1,000 lbs of unbraked trailer weight. With the 2002 CR-V (larger engine and 4 wheel disc brakes) the rating was increased to 1,500 lbs (unbraked).
#14708 of 16202 Re: Hard seats [blueiedgod]
Aug 04, 2005 (8:58 am)
I thought the seat bottom adjustment just raised the seat up and down, as opposed to rotating it to pitch the seat. If it rotated, it ought to do the trick. I will have to call or go back to the dealer.
As a matter of a fact, I do most my road tripping in a Windstar and its comfy seats are still delightful after 5 or 11 hours.They only have 2 adjustments, too.
Thanks for the advice and thanks to freddd, also.
#14709 of 16202 Re: Honda CRV: Need help in deciding which hitch is which? [theracoon]
Aug 04, 2005 (9:00 am)
I stand corrected.
Actually, I noticed that when you mentioned the tongue weight. 150 lbs would be withing the spec for a 2nd gen, but the gen 1 CR-V is rated for 110 lbs.
Aug 04, 2005 (9:02 am)
You want soft? Try a Saturn Vue.
You want orthopedic? Closest I can think of is a Volvo V50 AWD. The swedes have magical elves making their seats, it seems.
#14711 of 16202 Re: Seats [ateixeira]
Aug 04, 2005 (9:08 am)
"You want soft? Try a Saturn Vue. "
I drove the Vue yesterday and my impression was that its seats were "nice" and incrementally/probably better than the CRV and definitely better than a Jeep Liberty. The Volvo is not on our list because "she who reviews all decisions" does not want anything that looks like a wagon...or an Element. Well, it's her money, too, so fine.
#14712 of 16202 Re: Seats [snappy3]
Aug 04, 2005 (12:07 pm)
"I drove the Vue yesterday and my impression was that its seats were "nice" and incrementally/probably better than the CRV and definitely better than a Jeep Liberty."
When considering the Vue or Liberty, better take a look at the Edmunds forums on those vehicles for reliability. I shopped the Vue and am glad I bought the CR-V.
#14713 of 16202 Re: Hard seats [blueiedgod]
Aug 04, 2005 (12:09 pm)
"Adjust the rake of the seat bottom to take the presure from the tail bone and you should be fine, unless you are one of those really obese 250 lbs and up people. Then you would probably need special seats anyway."
I am over 250lbs, and have driven the CR-V for 11 hour trips, plus light off roading (rough dirt roads). I have no problem with the seats. I find, due to my long legs, that I feel best when the seat is all the way up and all the way back, plus tilted to a comfortable position.
You might also note that it is possible to be over 250 lbs and not "really obese".
#14714 of 16202 Re: Hard seats [stevedebi]
Aug 05, 2005 (6:06 am)
Thanks for the advice, Steve. We would be buying the CRV for the same application you described. I have had vehicles that handled unpaved, beat up roads well and vehicles that "bottomed out" (Windstar), so I had to slow down for every big rut in the road. I would surely like to have a vehicle that I did not have to keep slowing down. All I need is some ground clearance, not 4WD low, huge tires, and an off road package to protect the gas tank and differential.
The only description I got of the CRV's performance was one professional writer who said the CRV got "weak in the knees" off of pavement. That is some lame writing. What does it mean? That the CRV has steering problems? I doubt it. I think the writer is saying that the CRV does not perform like a Jeep Liberty in the most difficult terrain, but I never expected that (!). But to tell the truth I really don't know what to expect. How would you describe its performance on beat up unpaved roads, then?