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2023 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Towing a Trailer

Towing a Trailer  
Towing Preparation  
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.  
Total trailer weight  
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.  
Maximum allowable weight of the trailer,  
cargo, and everything in or on it must not  
exceed 1,000 lbs (450 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.  
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 Specifications P. 694  
Tongue Load  
Tongue Load  
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.  
Continued  
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uuTowing a TraileruTowing Preparation  
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 maker for proper installation and  
setup of the equipment.  
Improper installation and setup can affect the  
handling, stability, and braking performance of your  
vehicle.  
Hitches  
The hitch 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.  
Consult your trailer sales or rental agency if any other  
items are recommended or required for your towing  
situation.  
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.  
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.  
Trailer packages and products:  
Ball mount, hitch plug, hitch pin etc.  
Wiring harness kit  
Trailer hitch kit  
Are available at a dealer.  
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.  
The trailer lighting connector is located behind the  
left side panel in the cargo area.  
Even if you are planning to use the non-Honda trailer  
lighting harness and converter, ask a dealer for the  
correct connector and pins.  
Grand (Black)  
Left Turn Signal (Light Blue)  
Right Turn Signal (Green)  
+B Trailer (Light Violet/Red)  
Small (Gray)  
Brake Light (Green)  
We recommend that you have a dealer install a Honda wiring harness and converter.  
They are designed for your vehicle.  
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.  
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uuTowing a TraileruDriving Safely with a Trailer  
Driving Safely with a Trailer  
Things You Need To Know Before Towing a Trailer  
Operating speed when towing a trailer must not  
exceed 62 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. 447  
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 pressure of the trailer tires, including the spare.  
When towing a trailer, we recommend that you carry  
a full-size spare wheel and tire for both your vehicle  
and trailer.  
Models with parking sensor system  
Remember to unhitch the trailer before changing a  
flat tire. Ask the trailer sales or rental agency where  
and how to store the trailer’s spare tire.  
Turn off the rear parking sensor system.  
2 Parking sensor system on and off P. 585  
Turn off the Low Speed Braking Control system. It may activate if it detects the  
towed object as an obstacle.  
2 System On and Off P. 510  
Towing Speeds and Shift Position  
When towing a fixed-sided trailer (e.g., camper), do  
not exceed 55 mph (88 km/h). At higher speeds, the  
trailer may sway or affect vehicle handling.  
Drive slower than normal.  
Obey posted speed limits for vehicles with trailers.  
Use the (D position when towing a trailer on level roads.  
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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  
If the Engine temperature near limit. Avoid heavy acceleration and high  
speed. message appear on the driver information interface, turn off the climate  
control system and reduce speed.  
If the Engine temperature too hot. Do not drive. Allow engine to cool.  
message appear on the driver information interface, pull to the side of the road  
safely to cool down the engine.  
If the Power system temperature high. Power may be reduced. message  
appear on the driver information interface, pull to the side of the road safely to  
cool down the power system.  
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uuTowing a TraileruTowing Behind a Motorhome  
Towing Behind a Motorhome  
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. 689  
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