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tdengler

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Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:00:20 PM »
I'm looking for a toad to pull behind my Winnebago Aspect 26.  I'm thinking of a Honda CRV 2014 or older of course.  I find lots of conversation about people who have towed these but most reference the process for towing an automatic transmission unit.  What about manual transmission units.  The Dinghy Towing guide says, "Yes" to automatic transmission but N/A to manual transmission.  What does that mean?

Lowell

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Re: Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 05:30:49 PM »
Honda hasn't made a CR-v with a standard transmission since 2006.
Lowell

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tdengler

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Re: Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 01:44:41 PM »
Well, that answers that question.  What if I buy a 2005 with manual transmission?

Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2018, 09:30:36 AM »
It's towable. The 2005 Dinghy Tow Guides show the manual tranny version and say YES.

http://webcontent.goodsam.com/DinghyGuide2005.pdf
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8Muddypaws

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Re: Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2018, 10:16:49 AM »
You'll find manuals to be quite rare.  I tried to find a 2006 Element (same frame & running gear as CRV) and gave up after months of searching.  The other thing about the manuals is that they are geared very low.  At 65 MPH the engine is turning 1,000 RPM more than the auto.  I've come across articles about how to put an Acura overdrive in the Element manual transmission.

There is no problem with towing the auto.  Run it long enough to warm it up, run it through the gears a couple of times, and don't go from reverse to neutral right before towing, always from Dr to neutral.  We've got thousands of towing miles on ours and the only problem we've had was self inflicted.  (Left the e-brake partially on)

I change 1/3 of the transmission fluid with every oil change but that's the way many CRV/Element owners do their own maintenance.  Once you've changed your own you'll understand why.

Our 2008 is the DWs daily driver.  She still loves it, fading paint and all.  (It's red)
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GaryA

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Re: Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2018, 10:24:13 AM »
We tow a 2006 CRV, automatic, and it tows very well.  I wouldn't want a manual and that's just me.
Gary Alexander
2014 Thor 28z
Waxhaw, NC

tdengler

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Re: Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2018, 07:16:28 PM »
Thanks for the input everyone.  Anyone have a suggested site to search for toad vehicles for sale?

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Re: Towing Honda CRV Manual or Automatic Transmission
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2018, 10:08:43 AM »
If you men vehicles already equipped with base plates for towing, try the classified ads on RV sites (like this one).  If you mean any vehicle that can be used as a dinghy with the appropriate equipment added, then no, there is no such place.
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