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#1 of 143 Towing with a CR-V: Limited Towing Capacity, and Hauling Heavy Stuff
Nov 01, 2005 (4:57 pm)
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!
#2 of 143 Re: Towing with a CR-V: Limited Towing Capacity, and Hauling Heavy Stuff [waltermax]
Nov 01, 2005 (9:03 pm)
Some of the CR-V owners who hang out in Honda CR-V may be able to advise you.
Nov 02, 2005 (2:22 pm)
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.
#4 of 143 Re: Towing with a CR-V: Limited Towing Capacity, and Hauling Heavy Stuff [waltermax]
Dec 02, 2005 (11:53 am)
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.
#5 of 143 Re: Towing with a CR-V: Limited Towing Capacity, and Hauling Heavy Stuff [w
Dec 02, 2005 (7:06 pm)
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.
#6 of 143 Re: Towing with a CR-V: Limited Towing Capacity, and Hauling Heavy Stuff [w [tcasboy]
Dec 16, 2005 (4:35 pm)
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.
#7 of 143 hooking up hitch
Dec 28, 2005 (8:14 am)
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
#9 of 143 Re: hooking up hitch [blueiedgod]
Dec 29, 2005 (9:01 am)
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
Dec 29, 2005 (12:33 pm)
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.