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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Towing a Trailer

Towing a Trailer  
Towing Preparation  
1Towing Load Limits  
Towing Load Limits  
Your vehicle can tow a trailer if you carefully observe the load limits, use the proper  
equipment, and follow the towing guidelines. Check the load limits before driving.  
3WARNING  
Exceeding any load limit or improperly  
loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a  
crash in which you can be seriously hurt or  
killed.  
Total trailer weight  
Maximum allowable weight of the trailer,  
cargo, and everything in or on it must not  
exceed 1,500 lbs (680 kg). Towing loads in  
excess of this can seriously affect vehicle  
handling and performance and can damage  
the engine and drivetrain.  
Check the loading of your vehicle and  
trailer carefully before starting to drive.  
Check if all loads are within limits at a public scale.  
If a public scale is not available, add the estimated  
weight of your cargo load to the weight of your  
trailer (as quoted by the manufacturer), and the  
tongue load.  
Total Load  
Tongue load  
The weight of the tongue with a fully loaded  
trailer on the hitch should be approximately  
10% of the total trailer weight.  
Excessive tongue load reduces front tire  
traction and steering control. Too little  
tongue load can make the trailer unstable  
and cause it to sway.  
To achieve a proper tongue load, start by  
loading 60% of the load toward the front  
of the trailer and 40% toward the rear.  
Readjust the load as needed.  
Break-in Period  
Avoid towing a trailer during your vehicle's first 600  
miles (1,000 km).  
Never exceed the gross weight ratings.  
Gross weight information  
2 Vehicle Specifications P. 510  
Tongue Load  
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uuTowing a TraileruTowing Preparation  
1Towing Equipment and Accessories  
Towing Equipment and Accessories  
Make sure that all equipment is properly installed and  
maintained, and that it meets federal, state, province/  
territory, and local regulations.  
Towing equipment varies by the size of your trailer, how much load you are towing,  
and where you are towing.  
Consult your trailer sales or rental agency if any other  
items are recommended or required for your towing  
situation.  
Hitches  
The hitch must be of an approved type and properly bolted to the underbody.  
Safety chains  
The lighting and wiring of trailers can vary by type  
and brand. If a connector is required, it should only  
be installed by a qualified technician.  
Always use safety chains when you tow a trailer. Leave enough slack to allow the  
trailer to turn corners easily, but do not allow the chains to drag on the ground.  
Trailer brakes  
Recommended for any trailer with a total weight of 1,000 lbs (450 kg) or more:  
There are two common types of trailer brakes: surge and electric. Surge brakes are  
common for boat trailers, since the brakes will get wet. If you choose electric brakes,  
be sure they are electronically actuated. Do not attempt to attach trailer brakes to  
your vehicle's hydraulic system, as it will lower braking effectiveness and create a  
potential hazard.  
Additional towing equipment  
Many states and provinces/territories require special outside mirrors when towing a  
trailer. Even if mirrors are not required in your locale, you should install special  
mirrors if visibility is restricted in any way.  
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uuTowing a TraileruTowing Preparation  
Trailer light  
Trailer lights and equipment must comply with federal, state, province/territory, and  
local regulations. Check with your local trailer sales or rental agency for the  
requirements in the area where you plan to tow.  
Backup Light (Brown)  
Brake Light (Pink)  
Option (Yellow)  
Small (Red)  
Left Turn Signal (Violet)  
Right Turn Signal (Green)  
Grand (Black)  
Your trailer lighting connector is located behind the left side panel in the cargo area.  
Each pin’s purpose and wiring color code are shown in the image.  
When using a non-Honda trailer lighting harness and converter, get the connector  
and pins for your vehicle from a dealer.  
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uuTowing a TraileruDriving Safely with a Trailer  
Driving Safely with a Trailer  
1Driving Safely with a Trailer  
Things You Need To Know Before Towing a Trailer  
Operating speed when towing a trailer is restricted  
up to 65 mph (100 km/h).  
Have the trailer properly serviced and keep it in good condition.  
Make sure that all the weights and load in the vehicle and trailer are within limits.  
2 Towing Load Limits P. 353  
Parking  
In addition to the normal precautions, place wheel  
chocks at each of the trailer's tires.  
Securely attach the hitch, safety chains, and other necessary parts to the trailer.  
Securely store all the items in and on the trailer so that they do not shift while  
driving.  
Check if the lights and brakes on the trailer are working properly.  
Check the pressures of the trailer tires, including the spare.  
Towing Speeds and Gears  
Drive slower than normal.  
Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.  
Use the (D position when towing a trailer on level roads.  
Turning and Braking  
Turn more slowly and with a wider turning arc than normal.  
Allow more time and distance for braking.  
Do not brake or turn suddenly.  
Driving in Hilly Terrain  
Monitor your temperature gauge. If it nears the red (Hot) mark, turn off the  
heating and cooling system*/climate control system* and reduce speed. Pull to the  
side of the road safely to cool down the engine if necessary.  
* Not available on all models  
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uuTowing a TraileruTowing Your Vehicle  
Towing Your Vehicle  
Your vehicle is not designed to be towed behind a motor home. If your vehicle needs  
to be towed in an emergency, refer to the emergency towing information.  
2 Emergency Towing P. 506  
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