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Old 02-23-2016, 05:54 PM   #15
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Hi Matt;
We have had 14 foot Bolers, 16 foot Boler, 27 foot 5th wheel and 28 foot class C motorhome. I LOVED the motor home but had to agree that the costs where much higher than we wanted to spend. So we are back to a 13 foot 1973 Boler. We had some upgrades done this winter which include a new axle system with new electric brakes. 13 foot Bolers never came with electric brakes but because one of our tow vehicles was near its limit we felt the electric brakes were a must.
So take your time, check out all sorts of trailers. If you can attend Fibreglass trailer events as day guests and see what people have as trailers, tow vehicles, etc and what amazing things they have done to their units.
We have gone back to a 13 footer after suffering footitist and can't be happier.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:06 PM   #16
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Welcome! Do you already own the CRV? Or just thinking ahead? If the latter, keep in mind that a minivan has so much extra useful space that will come in handy.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:21 PM   #17
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For several years my wife and i towed a 13 foot Uhaul with a 2004 Honda CRV with an automatic tranny. The Uhaul weighed in at 1480 lbs fully loaded. We live in Idaho and towed a lot ( probably in the neighborhood of 25,000 miles total ) over the Cascades, Rockies and some in the Sierra Nevada's with no ill effects. We tow generally at 60mph and did not find ourselves slowed to an objectionable speed on the many mountain passes we went over. The CRV was rated to tow 1500 lbs and normally you would want to go no more than 80 percent of rated capacity, but the Uhaul and CRV seemed a good match. We encountered no mechanical issues as a result of towing with the CRV. Our Uhaul did not have brakes but I would not recommend towing without them. In summary I can vouch for the CRV being a capable tow vehicle up to 1500 lbs but would not leave the driveway without brakes on the trailer and be sure you have adequate, but not excessive tongue weight. lee and Norma
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:43 PM   #18
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tow V

Unless you already own the CRV (very nice vehicle ) and you want to keep good mpg for your daily driver I would look at these

Look at Mazda cx5 ,2000lb tow
Subaru outback ,2700lb tow 200 tongue
GMC terrain 3500lb tow with v-6
Chevy Equinox 3500lb with v-6
Ford Escape 3500lb tow ecoboost 2L
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:47 PM   #19
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:56 PM   #20
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Hi Matt;
We have pulled 16 foot Boler with a Nissan V6 Frontier. We have pulled 13 foot Bolers with a Ford Ranger and a Chev. Cavalier Convert. The Frontier is V6 and the 2002 Cavalier is a 4 cylinder.
We pulled the 5th wheel with a Frontier V6 with Nissan's approval as it was a new truck at the time. The motor home we had was a Chev. V8 350 cubic inch.
So if you stay at the smaller end of the fiberglass trailers your CRV should be fine. We sold a 13 foot Boler to a couple with a CRV and they had no trouble pulling it.
You might have to upgrade the tires or something to make it hold the road better.
Take care,
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:19 PM   #21
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Hearsay can be a dangerous thing

What proof do those that claim such things have that they are in fact the exactly the same vehicle even though the majority of vehicles are now built in different countries depending on where the market is they are being sold? And or that the towing environment/standard (i.e. test speeds/grades) the tow rating is set on, is in all ways the same in Europe as it is in North America?
Part of the difference is the requirements of the trailer itself in Europe. A new 5th wheel Escape imported to the Netherlands had to be refitted with an entirely new axle due to the brake system requirements and the coupler to the tow vehicle to meet their standards. European speed limits are generally much lower and traffic laws are a bit different than the US (except on the Autobahn.) I follow the US owners manual on my vehicles, although I'm certain the ratings are conservative with a healthy safety factor for liability purposes.
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Old 02-24-2016, 07:03 PM   #22
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Hi Matt;
My experience is with Canadian vehicles. As I have stated to others Andy Taylor of Can AM Rv in London Ont. has done years of research into tow vehicles, and there capabilities. He is kind of a guru of tow vehicles in Canada. I am sure if you contact him via email after searching out him on the internet, he will have very solid and useful suggestions for you.
All the best,
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:16 PM   #23
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Yes, Matt, while you need to be thoughtful about what you tow and how you load it, a tow vehicle with a 1500 lb tow capacity can do what you ask of it. I towed an '03 Scamp 16 for about three years with a Honda Element. The Scamp was a side-dinette unit with a fridge and sink... and no other options. It was hard to find and I drove from Iowa to Ohio to pick it up. I paid $4k for it in 2010. I had the Element equipped with a 2" receiver hitch. I also had a Tekonsha Prodigy brake controller installed. The 16' trailer has trailer brakes, and I would tell you it would be a necessity for any trailer you tow with a CRV to have trailer brakes as well Here's an album of that Scamp.

P5095039 cropped (Medium) by Roger H, on Flickr
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:05 AM   #24
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I've got a 2015 CRV. It has more than enough power to tow my 1700 lb Trillium. If all my camping destinations were local I might consider it. But I'm not convinced Honda intends for me to pull a travel trailer, even if it were we within the tow limit. Honda sells on OEM hitch and wiring harness. The hitch is a class 1, limited to 2000lbs and 200lb tw. The wiring harness is a 4 pin. No brakes. No charge line. And while dealer will certainly install the hitch and harness, I doubt they will do the rest of the wiring. The installation instructions are easy to find on line and worth reviewing.

There are of course after market hitches, rated to class 3. Like the OEM, the installation instructions are easy to find. What's interesting is the Curt class 3 hitch I looked at only uses 4 of the 6 weldnut attaching points provided. Certainly not as robust an installation as the manufacturer intends. Also, like the OEM, the charge line and brake wire are left to you to figure out.

I wired a Subaru Forester. The CRV would be similar. It certainly doable and there are folks who will do it for you. But before you decide, you should do some homework. Good luck, Raz
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:15 AM   #25
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My experience is that none of the smaller vehicles do much to encourage trailer towing. Three reasons, I think. One, small egg trailers are barely a blip in the RV market. There are not enough of us to matter. Two, they'd much rather sell you a large SUV or truck. Lots more profit there. Three, in the US no extra training or licensing is required to tow a trailer. People do stupid things, and manufacturers certainly consider potential liability when setting tow ratings.

As to the Class I OEM hitch, there's no reason to offer anything larger. In fact it could be taken by lawyers as encouragement to ignore the 1500 pound rating. Most people would probably install an aftermarket 2" hitch for towing a small trailer, but doing so doesn't change the 1500 pound rating.

A larger vehicle is not necessarily any easier to set up for towing. Based on several posts I've read, Toyota doesn't give much help or encouragement with wiring, either, and I'm talking about vehicles with 3500 pounds or more of rated towing capacity. When we bought our Pilot, we also cross-shopped Highlanders. By many measures, the Highlander was the better vehicle, but it was several thousand dollars more and would have required many hundreds more to set it up to tow. The Pilot was basically plug-and-play.

I would never recommend towing with an under-rated vehicle, but neither do I subscribe to the philosophy that bigger is always better. There is under-sized, there is over-kill, and there is right-sized. The answer depends on a lot of factors, trailer weight being just the starting point.

BTW- Scamp 16s typically weigh 2400-2600 pounds with well over 200 pounds on the hitch. That is not something I would even remotely consider with a CRV.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:29 AM   #26
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Hi, Welcome to our site. i have a 2011 CRV and a 13 Casita and to be honest, I can tow it but i have to be careful when doing it. I think a better fit for you would be a 13 foot Scamp! Hope this helps!
All the best, Monte
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:32 AM   #27
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Welcome Matt. I share your commitment to teaching kids about travel and just got a 13" scamp for our 1.5 and 6 year old. 65 square feet plus the great outdoors should be enough for us.


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Old 02-25-2016, 09:48 AM   #28
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My experience is that none of the smaller vehicles do much to encourage trailer towing.
I think both Honda and Subaru, the two I am familiar with, do encourage towing but not travel trailers. Both provide dealer installed towing options to increase the versatility and sales of their vehicles. But this capability is intended for small boats and utility trailers not travel trailers. It's common in the sales brochure to see a pair of snowmobiles or jet skis being towed. And while both brands will tell you you need brakes for a trailer over 1000 lbs, neither provide harnesses or even information on how make such connections.
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