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2019 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.  
Exceeding any load limit or improperly  
loading your vehicle and trailer can cause a  
crash in which you can be seriously hurt or  
Total trailer weight  
Do not exceed the maximum towing weight  
of the trailer and towbar (with/without  
brakes), luggage and everything in or on it.  
Check the loading of your vehicle and  
trailer carefully before starting to drive.  
Towing loads in excess of the maximum  
towing weight can seriously affect vehicle  
handling and performance and can damage  
Check if all loads are within limits at a public scale.  
If a public scale is not available, add the estimated  
weight of your luggage load to the weight of your  
trailer (as quoted by the manufacturer), and then  
measure the tongue load with an appropriate scale or  
tongue gauge or estimate it based on luggage  
Total Load  
the engine and drivetrain.  
Refer to the trailer owner’s manual for additional  
Break-in Period  
Avoid towing a trailer during your vehicle’s first 1,000  
km (625 miles).  
If you tow a trailer in mountainous conditions,  
remember to reduce 10% of the combined vehicle  
and trailer weights from the maximum towing  
weight for every 1,000 metres of elevation.  
Never exceed the maximum towing weight and  
specified load limit.  
2 Specifications P. 770  
uuTowing a TraileruTowing Preparation  
Trailer nose load  
The trailer nose load should never exceed 100  
kg (220 lbs). This is the amount of weight the  
trailer puts on the towbar when it is fully-  
loaded. As a rule of thumb for trailer weights  
of less than 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs), the trailer  
nose load should be 10 percent of the total  
trailer package.  
Trailer Nose Load  
Excessive trailer nose load reduces front tyre traction and steering control. Too  
little trailer nose load can make the trailer unstable and cause it to sway.  
To achieve a proper trailer nose load, start by loading 60% of the load toward the  
front of the trailer and 40% toward the rear. Readjust the load as needed.  
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 the regulations of the  
country where you are driving.  
Towing equipment varies by the size of your trailer, how much load you are towing,  
and where you are towing.  
Consult your trailer maker for proper installation and  
setup of the equipment.  
Improper installation and setup can affect the  
handling, stability, and braking performance of your  
The towbar must be of an approved type and properly bolted to the underbody.  
Safety chains  
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  
If you are thinking of getting a trailer that has brakes, be sure they are electronically  
actuated. Do not attempt to tap into your vehicle’s hydraulic system. No matter how  
successful it may seem, any attempt to attach trailer brakes to your vehicle’s  
hydraulic system will lower braking effectiveness and create a potential hazard.  
Consult your trailer sales or rental agency if any other  
items are recommended or required for your towing  
Additional towing equipment  
There may be laws requiring 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.  
uuTowing a TraileruTowing Preparation  
Trailer light  
1Towing Equipment and Accessories  
Trailer lights and equipment must comply with the regulations of the country where  
you are driving. Check with your local trailer sales or rental agency for the  
requirements in the area where you plan to tow.  
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.  
Back-Up Lights  
(Light Green)  
Rear Fog Light  
+B Trailer (White)  
We recommend that you have a dealer install a Honda wiring harness and converter.  
They are designed for your vehicle.  
uuTowing a TraileruTrailer Stability Assist  
Trailer Stability Assist  
Helps to stabilise the vehicle and trailer when the trailer severely sways.  
1Trailer Stability Assist  
Trailer stability assist is not a function that prevents  
the vehicle and trailer from swaying. Avoid high  
speeds, abrupt steering, improper trailer load, and  
sudden braking to keep the trailer from swaying.  
When swayed too severely, the system becomes  
ineffective, and you may loose control of your  
vehicle, causing the trailer to roll over or get  
How trailer stability assist works  
When the vehicle and trailer become unstable while driving, trailer stability assist  
determines the cause. If the trailer oscillation is detected as the cause, and the  
swaying increases, the system applies the brakes or controls engine output to reduce  
vehicle speed.  
Both the vehicle and trailer brake lights come on automatically if you brake to  
reduce vehicle speed.  
2 Driving Safely with a Trailer P. 509  
Trailer towing sway is caused by:  
Improper towbar down load  
Excessive Speed  
The VSA system indicator blinks during the trailer  
stability assist operation.  
2 VSA Operation P. 547  
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 must not  
exceed 100 km/h (62 mph).  
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. 504  
In addition to the normal precautions, place wheel  
chocks at each of the trailer’s tyres.  
Securely attach the tow bar, 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  
Check if the lights and brakes on the trailer are working properly.  
Check the pressures of the trailer tyres, including the spare.  
Check regulations concerning the maximum speed or driving restrictions for  
vehicles towing trailers. If you are driving across several countries, check each  
country’s requirements before leaving home, because regulations may vary.  
We recommend you drive uphill of less than 12%  
slope. Follow the trailer association’s  
recommendations for suitable roads.  
Winds caused by passing large vehicles can sway your  
trailer, keep a constant speed and steer straight  
Models with Auto Idle Stop  
Turn off the Auto Idle Stop system using Auto Idle Stop OFF button. The trailer  
weight can affect your vehicle’s brake effectiveness if Auto Idle Stop is activated  
on a hill while towing a trailer.  
Always drive slowly and have someone guide you  
when reversing.  
uuTowing a TraileruDriving Safely with a Trailer  
1Towing Speeds and Gears  
Towing Speeds and Gears  
The shift down indicator will not prompt to  
downshift to 1st gear. It is up to you to downshift to  
1st gear to increase engine braking. Avoid sudden  
engine braking.  
Drive slower than normal.  
Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.  
Continuously variable transmission models  
Use the (D position when towing a trailer on level roads.  
Road and traffic conditions may require you to shift  
at times other than those indicated.  
Manual transmission models  
Either shift up or shift down indicator will come on at the best time to shift to a  
higher or lower gear for the better fuel economy.  
uuTowing a TraileruDriving Safely with a Trailer  
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 white (Hot) mark, turn off the  
climate control system and reduce speed. Pull to the side of the road safely to cool  
down the engine if necessary.  
Continuously variable transmission models  
Shift to the (S position if the transmission shifts frequently.