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 on: September 04, 2015, 07:39:54 pm 
Started by Janey - Last post by Doneworking
Janey, one more thought specific to your 2350 PC.

Since the 2100 and 2350 is on a Ford 350 chassis and the longer models are on a Ford 450, be mindful that the hitch on the 2350 is pretty low to the ground compared to the longer models.   The tow bar needs to be pretty level from the towed vehicle to the hitch receiver on the PC.   If it is not, you have to use a hitch attachment to raise or lower it to make it level. Not perfectly level, but without the riser my Jeep at the end of the towbar was a full six inches higher than the receiver on the PC.   Any place that sells hitches or towbars can help you with this.   Get a good heavy duty one.  Your CRV is lower than my Jeep so it may not be a problem or if it is a problem, probably a much less rise is necessary.   Just guessing on that.

Paul

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 on: September 04, 2015, 06:24:05 pm 
Started by Janey - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
Another thing to consider when towing is the extra effort it takes to stop.  That can lead to the most dangerous of moments.  Even with the auxiliary braking system that we have in the CR-V, some sudden stops get scary--that's why we seldom travel at more than 55 mph.

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 on: September 04, 2015, 05:43:15 pm 
Started by GoPhoenix - Last post by GoPhoenix
RKS, we would still like to sell.  Have had some offers but none acceptable.  Looks like we will still be travelling.

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 on: September 04, 2015, 04:04:11 pm 
Started by Janey - Last post by Joseph
Keep an eye on state laws. Many states have a posted speed limit of 55 while towing. States like Ca where people typically can drive 80 mph and not be bothered will need to stick close to the 55 mph limit when towing or will get popped for speeding.


And finally... Have a great trip!

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 on: September 04, 2015, 01:43:22 pm 
Started by GoPhoenix - Last post by BGolden
When It comes Travel Apps I am hoarder.
For camping,,,,Good Sam, KOA, RVParky, AllStays RV. and CampFinder.
For Travel,,,,,,,,MyPilot for Pilot and Flying J travel centers, Truck and RV Finder  this app will also list highway rest areas and Walmarts. and Blue Beacon truck wash. Yes I do use Blue Beacons because they have set up their washes to handle motor homes and travel trailers.  TVTowers is a great app for finding the antenna directions, making it easy to aim the antenna ( for folks who do not have Sat TV.)
Google Maps is a definite favorite, along with Google Earth.
My most recent app is Nashville that gives great info for the upcoming Rally. And the CatScales app.

Bill G

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 on: September 04, 2015, 01:28:40 pm 
Started by GoPhoenix - Last post by RKS
GoPhoenix
We find ALLSAYS indispensable both when on the road and at home  when planning trips.
If your updating your apts does that mean your not selling?

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 on: September 04, 2015, 12:48:17 pm 
Started by Janey - Last post by Bruce and Sharon
Janey,

Weve been towing a CR-V behind a motorhome for about 13 years and find it very easy.  We now have a 2013 AWD version.

My primary advice to you is to carefully follow the instructions in your CR-V owners manual in the section entitled Towing Your Vehicle that includes:

1.  Procedures to follow with the transmission before starting to tow,

2.  Do not exceed 65 mph,

3.  Tow with four wheels down on AWD models,

4.  Change CR-V transmission fluid at required intervals,

5.  Never shift from Reverse to Neutral and then tow with the drive wheels on the ground, and
 
6. Special instructions for towing more than eight hours in one day that includes procedure to prevent the CR-V battery from running down.   We installed a Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass - 13" - 20-Amp Mini-Fuse.

We use cruise control when towing with our PC while on flat highway sections, but usually not if the transmission shifts down to maintain the speed.   

There is a recent thread on this forum regarding MPG that you might find helpful.  Since most of our driving is in California were limited to 55 mph while towing and think that is reasonable even without the law.

We really like the tow-haul mode of the PC, but dont use it all the time.  We apply it help slow us down on sudden stops and on downhill sections, then release the mode as soon as engine breaking is not needed.  It might be good to use on steep uphill sections while towing, but weve seldom felt that the engine was suffering without it.  The transmission in normal mode seems to keep the engine happy.

There might be more for me to add that I can't think of now, so please post again with any more questions.

--Bruce

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 on: September 04, 2015, 12:24:09 pm 
Started by GoPhoenix - Last post by GoPhoenix
We have some Smartphone apps we use: Good Sam, Google Maps, Gas Buddy.  But assume there are some useful apps that we are not using and perhaps should be.  Recommendations?

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 on: September 04, 2015, 12:09:15 pm 
Started by Janey - Last post by Doneworking
Janey,

I think you will get lots of different opinions expressed about this subject.  I will share my personal observations since we also have a 2350, a year older model.

First of all, we are towing a Jeep Trailblazer and it weighs about 4100 pounds.  So, that is two tons (or more with the junk we always seem to carry) wagging back there like a big tail on a medium sized dog.   Your CRV probably weighs around 3300 pounds per specs, so it is about 800 pounds or so lighter and that is a lot and will work to your advantage. 

I think the speed is totally dependent upon many factors just like regular driving speed should be dependent.  Weather, road conditions, traffic, terrain, etc. 

On interstate highways with a 70-75 mph speed limit, I drive about 65 when towing but I may bump it up to 70 on long stretches of open road with light traffic.  On good two lane roads I drive about 60 mph.  I very seldom tow using a cruise control.  I prefer to have the "feel" of vehicle in my foot at all times.  The exception is great weather, great road and very little traffic.   Then, I will occasionally use the cruise control for short distances just to stretch my right leg and move it around a bit. 

As to the tow mode, I simply don't use it that much although many people prefer to just use it as you describe.   I simply, again, like to "feel" the transmission and engine and I shift manually if need be to a lower gear.  Now, at times I use it and then it is mostly when descending long and declines in the roadway.  For example, coming down a mountain pass for miles at a time.  The braking action works very well.  However, I personally find the Big Surprise of it suddenly shifting down and the tach showing significant increase in RPMs just a touch unnerving.   So, being old and set in my ways I guess, I like to control those functions myself and not rely on some preset standard established by some engineer guru that has probably never driven a RV pulling a toad and has never in all highly likelihood ever been on the particular road I am driving under those conditions. 

Here is an exception:  I find the Ford to be a bit cold natured when first started and I find the tow mode useful to compensate for that for the first few miles from a cold start.

Before many disagree with me, please reread my first paragraph rolling on the floor.   Each of us will have definite opinions and experiences and each driving pattern/habit will be best for them.  I just share my experiences.  We drive mostly in the Plains and in the Rocky Mountain West, so I encounter a lot of very different circumstances and conditions. 

Most importantly, find what is the most comfortable driving technique for you and your rig and only observation and experience can tell you.

Paul 

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 on: September 04, 2015, 08:09:36 am 
Started by Janey - Last post by Janey
Leaving for a big michigan to west coast trip.  First time towing a Honda CR-V with our 2014 2350 PC.

1.  How do you utilize cruise control?  When do you use it and when not?
2.  What is the best speed for efficient mpg and vehicle control?
3.  Special tips  for the novice.  I need your input.

I was totally unaware of the tow-haul feature tii studying this forum. Whew!  So glad I did. I'm leaving it on all the time - since that's what it's for.

Janey (excited as heck!)

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