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Marian Robertson
09-17-2005, 12:36 PM
We are trying to find out if we can safely tow a pop up camper with our 2001 CRV. All reports we have are conflicting. Honda's rating says 1000lbs, however some dealers have told us 1500, and one 2000lbs. Some have told us to up the hitch class and we would be fine. Right now my head is spinning and I just want some good impartial advice. The pop up we are looking is 1100 lbs without any gear. P.S. If anyone knows of any small lightweight pop ups, we could also use that info. Thanks for all the help!!

mtbski
09-17-2005, 12:49 PM
Regardless of hitch class the limits are;
For a Gen II(2002-05) the tongue weight is 150 and the towing capacity is 1,500 pounds. For a gen I(97-2001) the towing capacity is 1,000.

There are people here who have exceeded the maximum towing capacity w/o any problems. If you exceed the max weight you could damage the tranny and overload your brakes creating and unsafe driving condition.

If your trip is short and maily flat roads you'll probably be ok at 1,100, but if you encounter hills you could be in trouble.

wayne
09-18-2005, 12:24 AM
Member Rocket Richard tows a pop up camping trailer with his 2000 CR-V with no problems. I've towed a utility trailer with well over 1000 lbs. for short distances too. You'll feel it back there, especially when braking, but as long as you go easy, you should be OK.

'Curly Q Links'
09-18-2005, 12:58 AM
Whatever you do, you should probably look into changing the ATF (twice) just to give the tranny the best chance at a healthy future. A tranny fluid cooler might save big troubles too. Pulling a trailer adds so much WIND DRAG that it's just like climbing a hill constantly, so the 'little engine that could' will need every advantage you can give it.

:-)

Racoon
09-18-2005, 02:35 AM
And remember that towing automatically puts you on the Severe Maintenance Schedule.

:)

Rocket Richard
09-27-2005, 10:47 AM
Hello Marian Robertson. Here is a picture of my trailer. You have to pull out slowly and gas mileage sucks as per expected, but I'm on my 5th year with my 2000 CRV, and I haven't even replaced a lightbulb on my CRV. Just all fluids regularly. (sever conditions~in Canada)

d-gonz
09-27-2005, 10:56 AM
accordingto honda:
maximum load capacity - 850 pounds
maximum towing capacity - 1000 pounds

fox22
11-23-2005, 01:18 AM
You'll be fine, I've done much... much worse with our 97. My favourite story is pulling a 25ft tandem axle trailer (aux trailer braking system of course) with 3 snowmobiles and a load of wood :twisted: ! BTW This was NOT a fun setup to drive, and I would not recommend it unless absolutely necessary (as it was at the time). I have pulled a ~1500lb trailer many times and the CRV seemed to be able to deal with it fine. Just some advice- Don't try to race up hills, and it helps to drive in one of the lower gears to prevent the transmission from jumping back and forth between two gears and risk excessive wear and overheating. The smaller 4cyl engines much rather prefer higher RPMs than shifting back and forth. Just make sure you bring lots of money for gas :P . So far despite the towing we have done with the vehicle, it now has 202 000kms on it, is 8 yrs old, and is still going strong with no major repairs.

v-sweden
11-29-2005, 12:24 PM
We are trying to find out if we can safely tow a pop up camper with our 2001 CRV. All reports we have are conflicting. Honda's rating says 1000lbs, however some dealers have told us 1500, and one 2000lbs. Some have told us to up the hitch class and we would be fine. Right now my head is spinning and I just want some good impartial advice. The pop up we are looking is 1100 lbs without any gear. P.S. If anyone knows of any small lightweight pop ups, we could also use that info. Thanks for all the help!!

Just look what this guy tow with his 2002 CR-V and donīt worry - your V is real tow-machine 8)

Racoon
11-29-2005, 01:08 PM
Just look what this guy tow with his 2002 CR-V and donīt worry - your V is real tow-machine 8)
In the UK (and Europe?) the tow ratings are listed a little differently than in the US. The US only lists a single trailer weight rating of 1,500 lbs for a 2002+ CR-V (1,000 lbs for a 1997-2001 CR-V).

In the UK they list two weight ratings, one for a trailer with trailer brakes and one for a trailer without trailer brakes.

The UK weight rating for an unbraked trailer is aproximately the same as the US trailer weight rating - 1,500 lbs. The rating for a trailer with brakes is about double that - 3,300 lbs (converted from kgs). (similar weight ratings for 1st Gen CR-Vs are 1,000 lbs unbraked, and 2,000 lbs with trailer brakes).

So if your trailer has brakes you should be able to safely tow double the US trailer weight rating.

Remember, being able to safely stop is far more important than anything else. Also remember that using your CR-V to tow a trailer automatically puts you on the severe maintenance schedule due to the increased load on the CR-V's engine, transmission, and brakes.

:)

JamesBR
11-29-2005, 04:08 PM
Just look what this guy tow with his 2002 CR-V and donīt worry - your V is real tow-machine 8)

I can park my CR-V next to a big trailer too. Doesn't mean that I towed it there.

skyout
11-29-2005, 06:42 PM
We are trying to find out if we can safely tow a pop up camper with our 2001 CRV.

Hi Marian,

First let me say "Welcome to HondaSUV.com". There are a lot of good safety comments from the thread of the August 2004 HR-V Car of the Month (http://www.hondasuv.com/mdx/viewtopic.php?t=52). Please don't think I'm posting this to scare you but rather to give you a heads up. I know the CRV and HRV are different but towing techniques should be close to the same. Like Rac said, "being able to safely stop is far more important than anything else.'

Post some pics of your V for us and let us know how you do with your new adventures. 8)



http://www.hondasuv.com/images/hrv/cotm/aug04/HR-V_before_1_Small.jpg

v-sweden
11-30-2005, 01:14 PM
Here can you check the pulling performance of your Honda CR-V :!:

http://www.whattowcar.com/

.....and JamesBR, yes, you can park your V next to a big trailer -
and your V will have the same great towing potential :wink:

v-sweden
12-07-2005, 07:24 AM
I can park my CR-V next to a big trailer too. Doesn't mean that I towed it there.

I found this pictures in one Swedish Caravan magazine.
They test and compared towing capacity of CR-V (2003) and Subaru Forester (2005).
Caravans weight is 1330-1440 Kg.
Overall opinion for CR-V is: Draw much and easily.