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John Connell

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1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« on: March 02, 2017, 07:04:22 AM »
can someone tell me what would be a better car to do 4 down towing a 1998 2 wheel drive jimmy or a 2013 Honda CRV AWD not really sure which one would be a better choice any help?

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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2017, 07:49:27 AM »
The 2WD Jimmy( and its twin the Chevy Blazer) is not towable (without mods), while the CRV is.
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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2017, 09:11:31 AM »
Remco Industries has a towing website that allows you to plug in your vehicle info, and it will list what (if any) special equipment you'll need for your "toad" (what we call a "towed vehicle): http://www.remcoindustries.com/Towing/Store.php

There are other references with that information (such as your specific vehicles' owners manuals) but Remco is a commonly used reference among RV folks.
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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2017, 03:57:29 PM »
I towed a 1991 GMC Jimmy SLE V6, 2 door 4X4 SUV in 1996 & 7, it towed great.  This one was towable since it had a certain number transfer case. 
I have been towing our 2013 AWD CR-V since new and it tows great.  I made and added a switch to turn off the switch that needs to be pulled when towing.  I had a Roadmaster base plate installed and am using my existing Roadmaster Falcon II tow bar.    Dick  nvrver
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John Connell

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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2017, 08:50:45 AM »
thank you for all the great info well appreciated!

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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 12:44:08 AM »
I'm curious what did you go with?  I just bought a 2013 CRV with the intention of flat towing it behind a 2006 Winnie 29B. 
I'm looking to buy the towing equipment now which is why I happened upon this post.

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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2017, 02:57:15 PM »
I have a 2016 all wheel drive Honda Crv and I told them I would like to tow it with all four wheels down and they do not recommend it and yes Gary I called GMC and they said no to the 1998 2 wheel drive Jimmy was just wondering if anyone with a 2016 CRV AWD has ever towed with 4 wheels down and if not looks like I will have to purchase a trailer and trailer Jimmy

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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 07:47:31 PM »
The 2013 CRV is towable 4 down (first post).  Changes in more recent models make the 2016 CRV not towable.  I post this lest someone wonder what changed between post 1 and this post.
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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2017, 08:25:24 PM »
I have a 2016 all wheel drive Honda Crv and I told them I would like to tow it with all four wheels down and they do not recommend it and yes Gary I called GMC and they said no to the 1998 2 wheel drive Jimmy was just wondering if anyone with a 2016 CRV AWD has ever towed with 4 wheels down and if not looks like I will have to purchase a trailer and trailer Jimmy
In the first post you said you have a 2013 Honda CRV AWD. In the last post you said you have a 2016?? Yes to the 2013 and a big no to the 2016. I am towing a 2014 and it is the last year you can tow 4 down.
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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2017, 05:36:35 AM »
Thank you all for your advice, looks like I will be trailering it, both manufacturers said it is getting harder to tow all wheels down due to the electronic transmissions and gear boxes, thanks again.

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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2017, 09:19:55 AM »
The only Jimmy that is towable is the one with the 4WD manual transfer case that can be placed in  neutral. The rest require a tranny lube pump or a drive shaft disconnect, either of which is pricey. Or carry them on a trailer.

The manufacturers are just putting spin on their lack of a 4-down towable product. Electronics aren't really the issue - transmissions & related systems can be designed to be 4-down towable if they want. It takes some engineering effort, though, and has a bit of cost, so most vehicle manufacturers aren't willing to do that. GM had a towable transmission but cost-reduced the towability out of it when they extended the design to other models. Ford, on the other hand, kept 4-down towability as a design objective and many of their models are towable.  Honda had one tranny that was towable, but dropped it in favor a new design.
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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2017, 11:24:44 AM »
Thank you all for your advice, looks like I will be trailering it, both manufacturers said it is getting harder to tow all wheels down due to the electronic transmissions and gear boxes, thanks again.

The CR-V lost its ability to be towed when Honda changed from a traditional automatic transmission to a CVT (continuously variable) one.  AFAIK it doesn't have to do with "electronics" just with a different transmission design.

If you didn't already own the CR-V I would have suggested you look at the Chevy Equinox which, I believe, is still towable in both AWD and FWD configurations.

And don't forget that quite a few vehicles can still be obtained with manual transmissions that permits them to be towed.  Yes, the quantities of stick shift vehicles is small, but you only need one!
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Re: 1998 jimmy or 2013 honda awd crv 4 down towing
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2017, 12:51:18 PM »
thanks Doc