I just bought a new 2012 Honda CRV and would like to know where in Oregon ( or area ) to get a tow bar and electrical wiring installed ??
I'd like the wiring done so that the battery in the car won't go dead after 4 hours on the road , with the ignition turn ON . I think that requires running a wire from the positive post on the motorhome battery to the positive post of the Honda battery .
What brand of hitch has the wires running right thru it, as opposed to dangling all over on the ouside .
Any ideas as to what this will cost me ?
Thanks to all of you , I think rv'ers rock .What a neat community .
Another San Diegan huh? Cool. We're way up here in Ramona. I purchased a tow-base plate, wiring harness, tow hitch and rear tow harness from www.etrailer.com. They were very good people to deal with. They had all I needed in stock and it was shipped to me pronto.
I did the install of all of it. Now ours is an '11 CRV EX-L w/nav and AWD. The 2012 will be a slightly different but, the wiring should, I say SHOULD, be the same. I'm one of those that is not afraid of tapping into the factory wiring and, I set my toad/CR-V lights up to act the exact same when towing it, as they do when driving it. It was a very easy setup to do. I added a tow hitch to the little CR-V and rear wiring harness so we could use the car to pull a little 5'x8' trailer to Home Depot and other places we might need for larger loads that won't fit in the CR-V.
I installed only two diodes to protect the CR-Vs wiring down stream from the rear tail lights. Now, if you don't plan on doing any of the install yourself, it's up to you to tell your installers how you'd like it done. Many folks simply drop it off and say, "Call me when it's done" and don't care how the lights work. Well, that is certainly up to you. It's your car and your choice. As stated, it's very easy to do it the way I did it and it works flawless and correct.
You can order up all you need from etrailer.com and it will be dropped off at your door step. Then, if you're having it installed, take it to where ever it will be done. As far as tow bars and concealing the cable/pig tail stuff, there's a few out there and I know some will contain the safety cables but, I'm not sure if they'll also conceal the pig tail too. You'll get lots of answers on that one. Good luck.
Scott and Karla SDFD RETIRED
2004 Itasca Horizon, 36GD Slate Blue 330 CAT
2011 White Honda CRV EX-L,4WD w/NAV Toad 2008 Caliente Red LVL II GL 1800 Goldwing KI60ND
Roadmaster is in Vancouver, WA, just across the river. We have been extremely happy with their tow bars. They are great folks to deal with. We have had two CR-V's that we tow with Roadmaster. The latest is an '11 and the battery never does in it. I believe the battery issue only arises when you have the Nav. system. We tow ours for 15 hours and never worry about a battery.
I'd call Roadmaster and have them set you up with someone.
I had my Honda hooked up to tow at the local hitch and tow shop. It was about $2500 for everything including an Invisabrake set up. I realize you are not near, but just wanted to let you know how much it might cost if a shop does it for you.
Jack & Kay
2007 Tiffin Allegro 28DA
Ford Chassis V-10
Blue Ox Tow Bar to a 94 Honda Accord
Just remember if there is a line from positive battery to vehicle, that you will want a cut off switch and fuse installed in the line as well.
4 whopping cylinders on Toyota RV's. Talk about great getting good MPG. Also I have a very light foot on the pedal. I followed some MPG advice on Livingpress.com and I now get 22 MPG! Not bad for a home on wheels.