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    Anyone tow with a Honda CR-V?

    So long story short we need to use our 2011 CRV to tow the ski over the mountains on labor day. Has anyone ever towed with one? If so how did it do?

    Ours is a 2001 LX AWD.

    Thank you!
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    Single PWC on single trailer? I would not expect any problems.

    Does the CRV have a tow rating?

    Already have a trailer hitch and trailer lighting connector installed? If so, is the tow ball at the correct height to match the trailer?

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    I believe the CR-Vs of that generation are rated for 1500 lbs towing capacity. U will be fine, we have quite a few customers that tow with their CR-Vs (Honda dealer) with no issues. I'd make sure your fluids are up to date (trans, coolant and rear diff).

    Enjoy the trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Single PWC on single trailer? I would not expect any problems.

    Does the CRV have a tow rating?

    Already have a trailer hitch and trailer lighting connector installed? If so, is the tow ball at the correct height to match the trailer?

    Shit I forgot about needed a hitch and lights 😉 of course I got all that stuff (on order) just curious how the little motor will like it.

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    That's the one I ordered

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    Quote Originally Posted by r33pwrd View Post
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    ... Already have a trailer hitch and trailer lighting connector installed? If so, is the tow ball at the correct height to match the trailer?

    ... I got all that stuff (on order) ...
    Ball height is important. Until the hitch is bolted up to the vehicle it is hard to estimate which ball mount you will need.

    Don't forget to calculate (or measure) the rear suspension droop when the tongue weight is on the ball and the vehicle is loaded up with people and stuff. The ball mount you install needs to position the top of the ball at the correct height for the level trailer frame despite all the loads pushing the tow vehicle downwards.

    When you have it correct, the trailer frame will be level with the ground when trailer and vehicle are both fully loaded, ready for the road. You do not want the trailer frame angled downwards at the front. Trailer frame angled slightly upwards is OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
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    ... Already have a trailer hitch and trailer lighting connector installed? If so, is the tow ball at the correct height to match the trailer?

    ... I got all that stuff (on order) ...
    Ball height is important. Until the hitch is bolted up to the vehicle it is hard to estimate which ball mount you will need.

    Don't forget to calculate (or measure) the rear suspension droop when the tongue weight is on the ball and the vehicle is loaded up with people and stuff. The ball mount you install needs to position the top of the ball at the correct height for the level trailer frame despite all the loads pushing the tow vehicle downwards.

    When you have it correct, the trailer frame will be level with the ground when trailer and vehicle are both fully loaded, ready for the road. You do not want the trailer frame angled downwards at the front. Trailer frame angled slightly upwards is OK.

    Lol man like I said just curious about how it will tow. I have set up many trailers / tow rigs. Everything you are saying is obvious to anyone that has ever set one up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r33pwrd View Post
    ... I have set up many trailers / tow rigs.

    Everything you are saying is obvious to anyone that has ever set one up.
    Well, this is a public forum so I always assume there will be others reading the thread who may be learning about this stuff for the first time.

    Often these threads get discovered and read months and years later by other people searching for answers.

    We have both seen many, many trailers that were not set up correctly. Especially in regards to ball height and getting the loaded trailer frame level.

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