Honda CRV towing capabilities

Submitted: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 19:35
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Hi all ,
I was just talking to my sister and she was asking if she could tow with her CRV,so I looked at her handbook and it said

Maximum towing weight
trailer without brakes AT: 600kg
MT: 600kg
with brakes AT: 1200kg
MT: 1200kg

The maximum permisable vertical load on the coupling device

AT: 50kg
MT: 50kg

now I thought all you do is take 10% of 600kg = 60kg
10% of 1200kg = 120kg
on the ball ,doesnt that exceed the 50kg in the book and why do they say you can tow something this heavy but dont go over that weight ?
we are a bit confused can anyone help as there is not that many vans she will be able to tow ?

P.S just for the record I thoght she would be better off not using a CRV for towing and buying a Pajero or prado would be a good idea.

Regards John.
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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 19:56

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 19:56
I would be very cautious about towing anything too heavy with the CRV, you could possibly do heavier if you put a weight distribution kit on the vehicle but all said and done these vehicles are 4 cylinder and will struggle to tow something extremely heavy.

I would also imagine that you may have difficulties with hitching and unhitching given the position of their tow bars (that is they are low to the ground).

We have a Suzuki GV (2006) model and whilst it towed our off road trailer it had some difficulties and hitching and unhitching was a night mare.

The problem was solved when we upgraded to a bigger 4WD.
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Follow Up By: panuara - Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 21:47

Tuesday, May 05, 2009 at 21:47
We had a CRV and towed a 1982 16ft Millard van. Pulled it OK but when I read the Ball weight and checked against van ball weight decided to buy a Hyundai Santa Fe. Very Happy. Much less effort.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:12

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:12
I'm just an amateur but I don't think your 10% rule works.

But in any case it wouldn't take much to hit 600 kg TVM with a loaded camper trailer or pop top so you are likely to be looking at a braked trailer and car circuit.
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Follow Up By: Johnny boy - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:25

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:25
Hi Sigmund,
Im not sure if it does either but thats how I was told to calculate it by a guy who sells caravans,so I hope he knows?
I still think that they are going to hurt thr CRV with whatever they tow as it just dont look like it can handle it , but I may be wrong.

Cheers John.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:54

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 at 17:54
Well it might be a rule of thumb but in any case 50 kg ain't much.

I agree with your doubts about the CRV as a tow vehicle.

I use a Forester with a camper trailer of about 700 kg and it's just within the comfort zone. Fuel consumption goes up about 12% on the open road and pulling highway hills at 110 kph needs a drop to 4th and it's pretty revvy.

And no matter what the CRV handbook says trailer brakes are essential in my view.
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